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Monday News, May 4

Defective Heater Causes Hog Barn Fire

(Le Mars) -- A defective heater in a hog barn was the cause of a fire that started at about 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning prompting the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department to respond.  The fire was located at 34756 160th Street.  Bob Puetz, the owner of the hog facilities, was doing chores when he could smell smoke.  He says he looked around the landscape to see who may have been burning, but didn't notice anything.  He then stepped inside his hog barn and noticed the barn was filled with smoke.  The barn was filled with small feeder pigs, but fortunately, no pigs were injured.  The fire was confined to the ceiling of the hog barn burning insulation and a wood rafter.  Fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire fairly quickly.  Damage to the facility is estimated to be at about $2000. Fire fighters were on the scene for nearly an hour and 45 minutes.

 

 

 

Fire Department Issues April Monthly Report

(Le Mars) -- 49 calls. That's the number submitted by the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department for the number of calls during the month of April.  The fire department responded to nine fires, seven rescues, and 13 investigations.  Twice, the Le Mars Fire Department offered mutual aid. Once to Oyens, and the second time was to Orange City. The fire department had 18 requests for services. Fire chief Dave Schipper says during the month of April the fire department trained 244 citizens in the use of fire extinguishers.

 

 

 

Secondary Road Crew To Replace Bridge

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that 160th street between Sunset Avenue and county road L-22 will be closed, beginning today, and continuing through mid-August.  County road crews are replacing an aging wooden bridge and instead replacing it with a 90 foot by 30 foot concrete slab bridge.

 

 

 

Fatal Traffic Accident In Buena Vista County

(Storm Lake) -- A fatal accident happened in Buena Vista County over the weekend. The accident involved a Terra Gator fertilizer applicator and a pick-up truck. The accident happened shortly after midnight Saturday evening, going into Sunday morning, at approximately one quarter of a mile west of the intersection of 250th Avenue and county road C-49.  The driver of the pick-up truck, 40 year old David Unger of Albert City had to be extricated by rescue personnel.  Unger was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center by ambulance, and later air lifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.  Unger was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center.  The passenger in the pick-up truck was 29 year old David Redecop of Albert City. He was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Terra Gator was 25 year old Ethan Johnson of Jolley, Iowa. He was not injured during the accident.  The accident remains under investigation by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office.

 

 

 

 

Woodbury County Sheriff Disappointed In Legislature

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - He's seen for himself how it works, offered to explain why it would be useful in Iowa and tried to get state legislators to approve it for statewide use.

But as another legislative session winds down with only a limited chance of action on a proposal to keep alcohol offenders out of jail with twice-daily sobriety testing, Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew is discouraged.

"This should be a bipartisan issue," Drew said, lamenting the Legislature's failure to move ahead with the so-called 24/7 sobriety program this session.

The program, in wide use in South Dakota, allows people convicted of alcohol-related offenses to continue living with their families and going to work instead of being locked up.

 

 

 

Fort Dodge Fire Department Respond To Two Kitchen Fires

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Fort Dodge firefighters have responded to two kitchen fires that happened on the same street within minutes.

The first fire was reported shortly after 3:10 p.m. Sunday, and the second fire was reported just after 3:20 p.m.

According to Chief Kent Hulett, the first fire started after the stove was accidentally turned on. Authorities say the fire was discovered by a family member who heard the smoke alarms.

Fire Marshal Doug Ostbloom says the second fire started when someone turned on the wrong burner on their stove as they were trying to cook noodles. They turned on a burner underneath a pan full of grease, which ignited and spread to a microwave and cabinets.

Both homes had fire damage in the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the house.

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Legislators Go Into Overtime With Session Due To Differences In The Budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - At the center of the unresolved Iowa budget is a simple disagreement on how to count the money.

On one side are Senate Democrats and Governor Terry Branstad, who support using some surplus budget dollars to balance the books. On the other side are House Republicans, who say the state should not spend more than the projected revenue for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.

The fiscal clash means lawmakers are at odds over how much to spend on individual departments, differing on key areas like education. While Friday marked the final day for lawmakers to receive daily expense payments, they cannot adjourn until they craft a budget deal.

Branstad says he hopes they can reach a budget resolution in May.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

   

Saturday News, May 2

Branstad Declares State Of Emergency Due To Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has declared a state of emergency due to a bird flu outbreak that's forcing farms to kill more than 17 million chickens and turkeys.

Branstad's proclamation announced Friday will remain in effect until May 31st unless it's terminated earlier.

The proclamation activates disaster response and recovery procedures for Iowa's homeland security and emergency management programs. It authorizes use of state money, supplies and equipment to track and monitor bird flu, establish restrictions around affected farms and rapidly detect cases.

It also allows more time to dispose of poultry carcasses.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says it's important to step up the response as the disease spreads.

Northey announced four more farms infected - three turkey operations and a 1 million-chicken egg-laying operation in Madison County.

 

 

 

Northey Comments About the Bird Flu

(Le Mars) -- KLEM news visited with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey about the Avian Bird Flu.  As of late yesterday afternoon, Northey says Iowa has confirmed 21 cases of the Avian Bird Flu.

 

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Northey says it may still be too early to see if the bird flu has created a rise in egg prices, but he adds it probably will happen within the next few weeks.

 

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The Iowa Agriculture Secretary says those 16 million hens infected with the bird flu represents nearly 25 percent of Iowa's poultry industry. Northey explains how the poultry industry will go about the process of disposing all the infected birds.

 

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Northey says the process is a bit different for the disposal of chicken laying hens.

 

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Two Iowa Residents Plea Guilty To Trafficking

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Iowa residents have pleaded guilty in a federal sex trafficking case in Virginia.

Laura Sorensen and Aldair Hodza entered the pleas Friday in federal court in Richmond to sex trafficking and transporting a person across state lines for prostitution.

Court records show Sorensen and Hodza held a 20-year-old woman captive on a trip in December to Virginia and forced her to have sex with men who answered online ads.

Prosecutors say the defendants tortured the woman with lit cigarettes and other heated objects, pierced her feet with nails and poured bleach into her wounds.

 

   

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