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Wednesday Afternoon News, September 24

Plymouth County Authorities Arrest Le Mars Man On Drug Charges

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have arrested a Le Mars man for possession of drugs.  During a traffic stop, shortly after midnight, Tuesday morning, 41 year old Timothy Orban of Le Mars was stopped for equipment violations at county road K-42 and Juniper Avenue, just east of Hinton.  Orban was found to have a suspended driver's license.  Deputies also found Orban to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Orban was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance on a third offense, which is a class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor.  Orban was transported to the Plymouth County jail and bond was set at $5,000.

 

Le Mars To Asphalt Streets

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City officials will be closing some streets beginning today in order to lay asphalt.  City Administrator Scott Langel says Barkley Asphalt Company has been hired to lay asphalt in five different city locations.

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Langel says several residents living near the Memorial Cemetery had recently shared their concerns regarding the water runoff with the city council. 

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The city administrator tells which other city streets will be closed due to a scheduled overlay of asphalt.

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National Farm Safety And Health Week

(Le Mars) -- This is National Farm Safety and Health Week, a time devoted to call attention to the dangers associated with agriculture.  We continue our week-long series today.  Iowa State University Extension Farm Safety Specialist Chuck Schwab says agriculture sustains a higher number of deaths per 100,000 workers and therefore is the most dangerous occupation when compared to mining, construction, and manufacturing.

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Schwab says there are five categories of farm-related accidents that compile most of the injuries or deaths.  They include tractor and ATV roll-overs, machine entanglements, suffociation, roadway collisions, and electrocutions.

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Another danger that livestock producers are noticing is the build up of toxic gases, especially in confinement facilities.  Schwab says, if not properly ventilated, many of the gases found in a confinement facility can either cause a producer or animals to lose consciousness from a lack of oxygen and suffocate, or, they can also be explosive.

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Just last week a pork producer from northern Iowa suffered burns on his body when it was suspected a bubble of methane gas was trapped in the pits beneath the building had ignited when he was powerwashing the barn.

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Tomorrow, during the noon hour news update, we will continue our focus on farm safety.

 

Rand Paul To Visit Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will visit Iowa next month to campaign for Republican congressional candidate Rod Blum, according to a Wednesday news release from Blum's campaign. 
     Blum's campaign said Paul will appear at a public event at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Oct. 22. 
     Blum is running in the 1st Congressional District against Democrat Pat Murphy. The seat is vacant because four-term congressman Bruce Braley is running for Senate.
     Paul has visited the leadoff voting state of Iowa several times over the past two years. In June, he spoke at the state GOP convention. He has been touring the country this year amid speculation about his 2016 presidential plans.

 

Reynolds Announces Mentoring Program For Women

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa is launching a statewide effort to recruit mentors to encourage young women to consider careers in science and technology, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday. 
     The effort is part of a national campaign called Million Women Mentors. The Iowa program seeks to enlist 5,000 mentors for young women in the state over the next four years to encourage women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, often called STEM, education. Officials said 1,500 have already signed up.
     Reynolds said STEM education "continues to grow momentum across the state." She stressed that there are good job prospects in related fields and said women should seek out those opportunities.
     The program will be geared at girls aged 12 and older, and mentors will be expected to offer at least 20 hours a year in service. Some companies and universities have already pledged to participate, including Hy-Vee, Vermeer Manufacturing, the Principal Corporation, Drake University and all three of the state's public universities. 
     For those interested in participating, the program is online at www.mwmia.org .

 

Early Voting In Iowa To Begin On Thursday

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Early voting by absentee ballot will begin in Iowa on Thursday, and the secretary of state is encouraging all eligible voters to participate.
     Iowa allows absentee voting by mail and offers early in-person voting at the offices of county auditors beginning the 40th day before Election Day.
     Residents have increasingly opted for voting by absentee ballot in recent elections for the convenience and in response to increasing pressure from political parties striving to get as many votes as possible cast by Election Day.
     Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced earlier this week that the number of absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters this year is nearly double the number sought 43 days before the 2010 election.
     Democrats have in recent election cycles excelled at the strategy but the numbers released Monday show Republican absentee ballot requests are up nearly 145 percent from 2010 to just over 31,000. Democratic requests have climbed nearly 67 percent to nearly 58,000.

 

 

 

 



   

Wednesday News, September 24

Merrill And Le Mars Fire Departments Respond To Accident

(Merrill) -- Both the Merrill and Le Mars Fire Departments, along with the Le Mars Ambulance  responded to an auto accident late yesterday afternoon on county road K-42 near the Plymouth Energy ethanol plant. Apparently, a pickup truck being driven by 24 year old Brady Bordner of Waterloo pulled out from the Plymouth Energy driveway and was going to park on the west shoulder of County Road K-42, just south of 220th Street.  52 year old Raymond Delfs of Le Mars was going northbound on K-42, just south of the Plymouth Energy driveway.  Bordner failed to see the Delfs pickup truck and pulled into his path.  Delfs says he tried to avoid the accident, but contact was made. The Bordner vehicle came to a rest at the intersection of 220th Street, while the Delfs vehicle ended in the west ditch, just north of the intersection.  Both Delfs and a passenger with Bordner, 33 year old Lawrence Campbell sustained some injuries and were transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office is investigating that accident.

 

 

Le Mars Man Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Methamphetamine Charges

(Sioux City) -- A Le Mars man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced to more than eleven years in federal prison.
Jason Moore, 30, received the prison term after an April 25th guilty plea to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
Moore admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about June of 2012 through March 2013, that distributed more than 500 grams of actual(pure) methamphetamine. During the time period of the conspiracy, Moore lived in Northwest Iowa and sold methamphetamine to various customers in Northwest and Central Iowa. Moore traveled to Des Moines, one or two times a week to obtain methamphetamine for resale in Central and Northwest Iowa.
Moore was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge
Donald E. O’Brien. Moore was sentenced to 162 months with credit for 19 months previously served for a current sentence of 143 months’ imprisonment.

Water Color Paintings On Display At Le Mars Art Center

(Le Mars) -- For the next month, the Le Mars Art Center will be home to a traveling watercolor painting art exhibit from the National Watercolor Society.  Jeannie Wiener says Le Mars art officials worked for nearly a year to obtain the exhibit.

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Wiener says the exhibit was previously in Wyoming and will next be in Illinois following Le Mars.  She says obtaining the exhibit was part good timing, and a part of having the necessary qualifications.

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The 29 watercolor paintings will be on display at the Le Mars Arts Center through October 25th, and Wiener says the represented paintings are about a third of the total paintings from the society's international show.  She says viewers of the art paintings will see both realism and abstract displays from artists from across the world.

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Wiener says more than 2000 artists compete for the 90 pieces to be showcased at the National Watercolor Society exhibit. Wiener, herself is an artist that uses watercolors, and she says she's greatly impressed with the detail of work exhibited.

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Of the 29 paintings on display at the Le Mars Art Center, Wiener describes her favorite.

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Argosy Casino May Have To Stay Until Missouri River Recedes

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Owners of the closed Argosy riverboat casino on the Missouri River said high water may delay the structure's removal from the Sioux City waterfront.
The Argosy riverboat casino closed in July after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it to cease operations, saying it wasn't partnered with a state-licensed local nonprofit group as required by Iowa law. Its parent company, Penn National Gaming, fought the order, but the state's supreme court ruled that it needed to close.
Mayor Bob Scott said Monday at a city council meeting that the casino's owners say they're prepared to pay the city if high waters prevent it from meeting the Sept. 28 removal deadline.     "The rivers are way up, so the boat won't go under the bridges," Scott said.
If the waters don't recede, the owners are required to pay $7,500 in rent each month for its berth at Larsen Park Road.
City officials will have to decide what will take its place on the riverfront once it's gone.
Councilwoman Rhonda Capron said she'd like to see a walking trail, while some residents have suggested a fishing pier at the site. She said the final decision would be based on what the community supports.
"Some of these people are really coming up with some original ideas," she said. "I'm looking for more input from our people, because we only get one shot to do this and it's going to be there for a long time."

 

Study Confirms Branstad Outspending Hatch

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new study confirms what anyone watching Iowa television probably knows already - Gov. Terry Branstad is massively outspending his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch in the Republican incumbent's drive for re-election.
The data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity shows that $2.9 million has been spent on television advertising in Iowa state level races - such as governor or the state legislature - through Sept. 8. 
Nearly all the money has been spent on the governor's race, with $2.2 million coming from Branstad's campaign, and just $129,200 from the Hatch campaign.

 

State Democrats Believe They Will Take Over Iowa House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Iowa House, but Democrats said Tuesday they are hoping they can flip some seats in November and take control. 
Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, said he is optimistic about the party's chances for regaining a majority in the chamber, which has been Republican-controlled for about four years. The state House currently has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, so Democrats would need four additional seats for a majority. 
"We believe the kind of effort we're putting forth in the campaign, the quality of candidates that we have, the mainstream agenda versus the tea party extreme, is what will work well for us in the November election,"  Smith said. 
He also noted that the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has listed Iowa as a top chamber for the party to flip in 2014.
But Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, said he was confident that the GOP will keep control and could even increase its majority in the chamber.
"If the Iowa House is one of the DLCC's best opportunities, they don't have very good opportunities," Paulsen said. 
Iowa is one of a handful of states with a politically divided legislature - Republicans control the House and Democrats the Senate - and the majorities are slim in both chambers. Most credit that to a non-partisan redistricting process that means many seats are competitive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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