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Saturday News, June 6

Fire Department Respond To One Vehicle Accident

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department had a busy night.  First, they responded to a one vehicle accident near West Le Mars on Highway 3 near Kestrel Avenue.  When fire fighters and sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene at about 2:18 a.m. the car was on fire.  The driver of the vehicle was was pulled away from the burning vehicle by passerby's who came upon the accident scene. The Le Mars Ambulance also responded to the scene.  The male victim has been identified as 40 year old Jessie Compton of Decatur, Nebraska.  Compton suffered injuries and was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital, then was airlifted via medical helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  His condition is considered serious at this time. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident.  Fire officials were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Wells South Ice Cream Production Plant Encounters Ammonia Leak

(Le Mars) -- Within minutes after returning to the station following the accident, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a call of an ammonia leak at the Wells Enterprises south ice cream production plant. Fortunately, the leak was small and Wells employees were able to stop the leak within a few minutes.  Fire officials were called to help ventilate the facilities.  There were no injuries as a result of the ammonia leak.  Fire officials were on the scene for about half an hour.

 

 

 

Joy Hollow Log Cabin Successfully Moved From Fairgrounds To Museum

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Historical Museum officials are breathing a sigh of relief.  After a long wait, the 115 year old Joy Hollow log cabin was successfully moved from the Plymouth County Fairgrounds to its new home at the museum.  Friday's move marks the fourth time the cabin has been relocated.  Dale Morrow of Morrow Housemoving Company of Jackson, Nebraska says everything went smoothly with the move.  He says there were no traffic tie-ups or low hanging trees or electrical wires to worry about.  The cabin was able to make the move intact, with no bricks or logs falling during the move.

The moving of the log cabin drew a number of spectators to witness the event that took an hour and forty-five minutes to complete.  Wayne Schlotfeltd is a director with the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  He says the cabin's restoration will begin around July 1st.  He says he doesn't know the timetable for completion of the project.

Assisting with the cabin's move were the Le Mars Police Department, MidAmerican Energy, and Premier Communications.

 

 

 

Floyd Valley Hospital Golf Tournament Benefits Pediatric Care Unit

(Le Mars) -- On Tuesday, golfers at the Willow Creek Golf Course will be helping Floyd Valley Hospital's pediatric care unit.  It's all part of the Floyd Valley Hospital's annual golf tournament.  Floyd Valley's Community Relations Manager Ann Cole-Nelson says this marks the 18th year for the golf tournament.

 

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Through the years, the golf tournament has been able to raise nearly $155,000.

 

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Cole-Nelson says the golf tournament is open to anyone, and at last check, she says there are still some tee times available.  She says the event should prove to be fun while benefiting Floyd Valley hospital.

 

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Golfers interested in participating in the Floyd Valley Golf Tournament should contact the Willow Creek Golf Course to set up a tee time.  Cole-Nelson says the fee is set at $45 which includes your lunch.

Legislature Finally Adjourns Session

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session, approving a $7.3 billion spending plan that includes modest increases for education, funding to maintain mental health institutions and a tax-break for broadband Internet infrastructure.
The Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-controlled House concluded their work Friday afternoon. Their budget bills move to Governor Terry Branstad, who must decide whether he will sign off.
Under the compromise spending deal, the state will spend about $7.3 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. The deal represents only a slight increase over the current spending and includes $7.17 billion in ongoing spending, plus $135 million in one-time payments for items like schools, universities and Medicaid. Those payments will come from the surplus fund dollars left at the end of the current fiscal year.
Le Mars state representative Chuck Soderberg says he was disappointed that a gun rights bill was not able to get through the Senate.
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Senator Ernst To Host "Roast And Ride"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - GOP presidential hopefuls are taking a break from the hotel ballrooms and church basements where they usually campaign.
Several are going to the "Roast and Ride" event in Iowa this weekend. It features a pig roast, motorcycles rides and speeches. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Texas Governor Rick Perry are expected to ride.
It's a new event in Iowa. The big draws used to be a straw poll that is becoming less relevant and the annual Democratic steak fry that ended last year. The "Roast and Ride" event is being held by freshman Senator Joni Ernst.
Also attending are Senators Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham, former Governor Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

 

 

   

Friday News, June 5

Log Cabin Scheduled To Move Today (Friday)

(Le Mars) -- At long last, the Joy Hollow log cabin may actually make the move from the Plymouth County fairgrounds to the Plymouth County Historical Museum today.  Officials say the proper permits have been obtained, trees have been trimmed, and the cabin's foundation has been erected at the museum site.  The move has been delayed numerous times due to weather, and proper permits not issued.  Should the cabin actually move across town today, it would be five days past the deadline the fair board told the museum that the cabin would need to be removed.  The cabin's move is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. this morning. Officials estimate it will take at least two hours to move the 115 year old log cabin across town.

 

 

 

Legislature May Adjourn Soon

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers are on the brink of adjournment after approving bills late into the night.

The Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate backed budgets for economic development, agriculture, administration and infrastructure spending Thursday. They also approved a plan that seeks to support broadband infrastructure in the state.

Lawmakers are hoping to adjourn soon. They've agreed to a spending plan of about $7.3 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The tentative deal includes $7.17 billion in ongoing spending, plus $135 million in one-time payments for items such as schools, universities and Medicaid. Lawmakers had originally estimated the one-time spending at $125 million.

Several budget bills still await final approval before the lawmakers can adjourn for the year.

 

 

 

Regents To Hold Tuition Freeze For Fall, But Uncertain For Spring

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says tuition will be frozen at state universities for the fall semester, but he is not detailing what will happen in the spring.

At a board meeting Thursday, Rastetter said a tuition freeze would continue at the three public universities for the fall. But he said officials will need to assess if the institutions have enough state funding to maintain the freeze in the spring.

Under a compromise spending plan developed by the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate, universities will get a funding increase, but not the full $8.8 million requested to maintain a third year of tuition freezes.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he hopes the tuition freeze will continue in the spring.

 

 

 

Judge Says Speed Cameras Can Remain On Interstate 235

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request to turn off the speed enforcement cameras on Interstate 235 in Des Moines.

A judge ruled Thursday that removing the cameras "might create a more hazardous traffic condition at the camera location."

A lawsuit was filed against the city in March that argued the cameras violate motorists' fundamental right to travel granted by the U.S. and Iowa constitutions.

The suit also says the cameras entrap motorists and that the equipment used to enforce speed limits fails to meet national standards.

The judge is set to hear arguments to dismiss the case June 18.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has separately ordered the Des Moines to turn off the cameras because they were not making roads safer. City officials say they will fight the order in court.

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Bird Flu Cases Start To Decline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - There are no additional bird flu cases in Iowa giving hundreds of state and federal workers and hired contractors a chance to catch up with the backlog of birds to be euthanized.

Iowa Department of Agriculture officials say they expect to have all turkeys exposed to the H5N2 virus euthanized and composting by the end of the day Thursday. That's about 1.2 million turkeys.

Of the nearly 28 million chickens exposed to the virus, about 24 million have been euthanized. Disposal using composting, on-site burial, incineration and placement in landfills, continues.

Officials believe warmer temperatures will kill the virus and Iowa is expected to have highs in the 80s for the next seven days.

Minnesota reported one new case on a turkey farm.

 

 

 

Grassley Says USDA Has Been Slow To Act On Bird Flu Virus

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley addressed the bird flu issue during his weekly news conference.  Grassley says the U-S Department of Agriculture has been slow to respond to Iowa's poultry producers request for action.

 

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Grassley worries that when the time comes for producers to re-populate their barns, the federal government will be slow on action during that time.

 

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The republican senator is also critical of the U-S-D-A's inability to help producers with the disposal of the millions of dead bird carcasses.

 

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Grassley says that he and Senator Joni Ernst have been visiting with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas to schedule public hearings regarding the bird flu, but so far, nothing has been scheduled on the Senate calendar.

 

 

Meth Manufacturer Sentenced To 20 Years

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. attorney says an eastern Iowa man who caused a fire the damaged six mobile homes while attempting to manufacture meth has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade on Thursday sentenced 27-year-old Michael Lala to prison after he pleaded guilty in January to attempting to manufacture meth.

In a plea agreement, Lala acknowledged that in November 2013 he was cooking meth in a mobile home in Hiawatha when a bottle tipped over, causing a fire that destroyed the structure and damaged five neighboring mobile homes.

In the agreement, Lala also admitted making meth many times between 2012 and 2014.

After his 20 years in prison, Lala must serve three years of supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

 

 

 

Coralville Man Claims Justification To Kidnapping Step Daughter

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Court documents say a 48-year-old Coralville man will claim justification in defending himself against accusations that he abducted his 10-year-old stepdaughter.

Kenneth Johns is accused of kidnapping the girl from a Solon home in early March. Johns' attorney filed documents Wednesday that say Johns intends to "rely on the defense of justification" in contesting a kidnapping charge.

The girl's mother, 44-year-old Shelly Johns, in April pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges. Criminal complaints say Shelly Johns burned her daughter's face with a cigarette, smacked her, kicked her and pulled her hair. Police also say Shelly Johns kept drugs inside the house where she lived with the girl and used them in her presence.  The girl's disappearance prompted a state-wide Amber alert.

 

 


 

   

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