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Two People Injured From Sunday Night Auto Accident

(Le Mars) -- Two people were injured from a one-vehicle accident that occured Sunday evening.  The accident happened shortly after 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of County road C-16 and Hickory Avenue.  Apparently, the car being driven by 58 year old Lesa DeBoer of Akron lost control when it had encountered excessive mud on the road, from farm equipment traveling from the field to the roadway.  The car slid off the roadway into the ditch, then ended up striking two trees on a farmstead.  The other victim was 17 year old Taylor DeBoer of Le Mars. The Le Mars Ambulance transported the victims to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.  The victims were transferred by Mercy Air Care helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Le Mars.  Responding to the scene was the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

Sioux City Police Officer Remains Hospitalized After Shooting

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police officer, and Le Mars native Jill Ohm remains hospitalized and last reported is listed in stable condition following a shooting incident Friday afternoon.  Ohm was shot in the chin when trying to apprehend a suspect.  A manhunt ensued following the shooting.  Police officers and other law enforcement agenices conducted a door-to-door search of Sioux City's west side near 3rd Street.  Police were able to locate the suspect, Noah Ironshell, in a basement of an abandoned home.  Apparently, Ironshell, had shot himself in the head.  He is listed in critical condition at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

 

Clovis Brings Campaign Back Home

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County's own state wide candidate, Sam Clovis met with supporters at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Le Mars on Friday.  Clovis is from Hinton and is the Republican candidate seeking the position of state treasurer.  Clovis says he was asked to run for the treasurer's position by Republican party leaders.  He says he has found many people simply don't know what the duties are of the state treasurer.  Clovis spelled out his goals for the office.

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One area of responsibility for the state treasure is to oversee unclaimed property and to attempt to locate the original owner to return the unclaimed property.  Some states have implemented a tax on unclaimed property.  Clovis indicated he would not introduce such a plan, and feels it is wrong for the state to issue such a tax.

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The Morningside economics professor and one-time conservative radio talk show host talks about the level of enthusiasm he has witnessed while campaigning across the state of Iowa.

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Michelle Obama To Campaign In Iowa For Bruce Braley

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - First Lady Michelle Obama will appear in Des Moines Friday to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley.
     Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said Sunday that Obama and Braley will attend a rally at Drake University Friday afternoon. The event will stress the importance of early voting in the competitive Iowa Senate race.
     Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and officer in the Iowa National Guard from Red Oak. They are vying for the seat held by retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
     Republicans are hoping to win in Iowa in their drive for the six-seat gain they need to grab the Senate majority.
     Obama has been stumping for Democrats in a number of tight races around the country.

 

Branstad Uses Illinois Television Stations To Reach Lee County

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is spending some of his overflowing campaign money on Illinois television, with the hope of carrying remote Lee County, one of two counties that have eluded the governor in his long career.
     The Republican seeking a sixth term acknowledges it is not a cost-effective move but hopes to highlight how the county's economy has rebounded since his 2010 election.
     Branstad also hopes to win big in Polk County, the home of his Democratic challenger, state Senator Jack Hatch and trim his losses in Johnson County, a liberal homefront. Johnson and Lee are the only counties Branstad hasn't carried.
     Ahead in the polls, a Branstad landslide could help achieve his larger goal of leaving a thriving Iowa Republican Party behind, should the 67-year-old step aside in 2018.

 

University Of Iowa To Set Up Engagement Center In Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa plans to open an engagement center in Council Bluffs at Iowa Western Community College.
     The center would focus on information technology. 
     The university also plans to take its Venture School to Council Bluffs. The six-week program shows entrepreneurs how to launch successful businesses. The focus is on how to test-market a product to help new businesses beat the high rate of failure among startups.
     UI President Sally Mason says the university wants to reach out to the western part of Iowa and attract more students. The university has engagement centers in Iowa City and Sioux City that provide expertise, training and support for small businesses.
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Des Moines Family In Dispute With School Over Rawandan Immigrant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa family is fighting the Des Moines school district's refusal to enroll the Rwandan immigrant they are caring for because of questions about his immigration status.
     The district's lawyer, Andrew Bracken, says it appears that Habibu "Habi" Moise Habienza's legal residence remains with his family in Rwanda, so Des Moines won't enroll him.
     The 16-year-old's guardians, Ray and Carrie Bening, are appealing to the Iowa Board of Education because they say the boy's immigration status shouldn't be an issue.
     University of Iowa immigration law professor Stella Elias says children are entitled to an education regardless of how they came to be in the country.
 
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Saturday News, October 4

Sioux City Police Officer Shot

(Sioux City) --   A manhunt for a suspect who shot a Sioux City police officer started late Friday afternoon, and continued for several hours, before finally capturing the suspect.  Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says officers were dispatched to 1623 West 3rd Street shortly after 5:00 p.m. regarding a disturbance involving a suicidal person.     

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The suspect then fled the scene and Chief Young says he is considered armed and dangerous.

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Ironshell was barefoot when he fled the shooting.  Police and personnel from several other law enforcement agencies searched house to house through a wide area of the westside.  Ironshell was found a few hours later in the basement of an abandoned home in the 1500 block of West 3rd Street.  He had shot himself in the head and was taken to Mercy Medical Center.  A condition report was not immediately available on Ironshell.  Officer Jill Ohm is also hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.  Ohm is a native of Le Mars.

Young says police are not looking for any other suspects in the case.

 

Ernst Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst made a campaign stop in Le Mars on Friday as part of her 99-county tour prior to the election.  Ernst, who hails from Red Oak, Iowa, met with about 40 Plymouth County residents at the Pizza Ranch restaurant during the lunch hour.  Ernst told the gathering there are a number of differences between her and her opponet, Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley.


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Ernst addressed the mid-east situation and spoke of the need to fight terrorism overseas.

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The Republican Senate Candidate also addressed the barage of political advertising, and how she intends to get her message to the people.

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Clovis Returns To Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- In addition to Joni Ernst visiting Le Mars on Friday, Plymouth County's own Sam Clovis met with supporters at the Pizza Ranch restaurant.  Clovis is from Hinton and is the Republican candidate seeking the position of state treasurer.  clovis says he was asked to run for the treasurer's position by Republican party leaders.  He says he has found many people simply don't know what the duties are of the state treasurer.  Clovis spelled out his goals for the office.

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Argosy Casino Boat Sold

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The owner of the former Argosy floating casino in Sioux City has sold the three-deck boat and two barges.
     Mike's Incorporated, an Illinois company, says it purchased the vessels, but didn't disclose how much it paid for them. The  structures are expected to be moved downstream next week.
     The riverboat casino closed in July after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it to cease operations.
     The commission said it wasn't partnered with a state-licensed local nonprofit group as required by Iowa law. The casino's parent company fought the order, but the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that it needed to close.

 

Freeze May Hurt Crops From Maturing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Friday night's freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region's corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest. 
     The area of most concern includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, where just 40 percent to 50 percent of the corn crop is mature, but a U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist says a freeze could reach as far south as Iowa and Nebraska. A hard freeze would stop growth, leaving the crop underdeveloped and lower in quality.
     In some areas of Iowa and Nebraska corn and soybeans were planted weeks later than normal due to spring storms. Agronomists say fields need more time to dry before they're harvested.

 

Des Moines YMCA Denied Historical Landmark Status

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A zoning board has denied a request to grant landmark status to a 57-year-old YMCA building in downtown Des Moines. That means the highly visible riverfront structure could be demolished.
     Former city councilman Jack Porter made the request for the landmark designation, saying that the building is a part of the city's history.
     His request was opposed by local developers and city planners. A real estate group handling the building's sale says it's recently been listed at $5.5 million. The group says a potential buyer is negotiating a purchase and that the process could take another six months if the building is given a landmark designation.
     City Planner Eric Lundy says landmark status would limit the site's potential.

 


  



   

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