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Monday Afternoon News, March 23

Le Mars Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Woman was arrested by Plymouth County Authorities on Saturday for a charge of domestic assault.  27 year old Morgan Stille was charged with assault after deputies investigated a complaint. The incident occurred near Titan Machine, just north of Le Mars.


Deputies Execute Arrest Warrant For Le Mars Man

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man was placed under arrest on Friday by Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies for a warrant on possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdeameanor.  29 year old Robert Call of Le Mars was taken into custody and faces a 1,000 dollar bond.


Orange City House Burns Saturday Evening

(Orange City) -- The Orange City Fire Department, Alton Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance responded to a report of a structure fire that occurred Saturday evening at about 10:30 p.m. at 303 Kentucky Avenue Northwest in Orange City, IA.
When emergency responders arrived they found a ranch style house on fire with flames showing on the back of the residence burning up to the attic area.
The fire was extinguished and considered under control at 11:39 p.m. The residence sustained extensive heat and smoke damage. Orange City Fire units remained until 1:48 a.m. No injuries were reported.
The property sustained an estimated $100,000 in damages.


City Twig, Branch, Leaf, and Grass Disposal Site To Open Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have announced the twig, branch, and grass drop-off site behind the Riverview Ball Complex will open starting this Wednesday, March 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through November, with weather permitting.


Man Injured By Forklift Released From Hospital

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Iowa man injured after being run over by a forklift at a Storm Lake business has been released from the hospital.
     The Storm Lake Police Department says 54-year-old Douglas Knoke was airlifted Friday to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City after being struck by the forklift in the Meridian Manufacturing parking lot. Knoke, of Storm lake, was released from the hospital on Monday.
     Police say Knoke was walking near the large forklift when it hit him and knocked him to the ground. They say the vehicle then ran over him. Information on the extent of Knoke's injuries has not been released.
     No charges were filed following police investigation.


Late Snow Fall Delays City Spring Cleaning

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - An overnight snowstorm along northern Iowa has dampened Mason City's efforts to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning.
     City officials had rescheduled the town's first yard waste collection day of the year for Monday because of a recent bout of pleasant weather. A snowstorm that moved across the upper Midwest Sunday night into early Monday morning and dumped about two inches of heavy snow in Mason City, however, left officials questioning their decision to switch their original April 6 start date.
     The National Weather Service says about 15 inches of snow accumulated in parts of southwestern Wisconsin, and about 11 1/2 inches fell in Decorah, Iowa.
     Despite the weather, City Administrator Brent Trout says the city did anticipate some yard waste to be picked up.


Ames Fire Leaves Fatality

   AMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say one man was killed and two others were hurt after a house fire ravaged an Ames home late Sunday night.
     Ames firefighters responded to reports of the house fire just after 11 p.m. The man killed in the fire is being withheld pending identification by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. 
     Two men, 27-year-old Carl Boese and 26-year-old Lin Yang, escaped the flames by jumping from second-floor windows. They were transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center for treatment. Information on their conditions hasn't been released.
     Authorities say it took several hours to contain the flames that engulfed the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Legislature Hears From Gun Control Proponents Regarding Allowing Children To Use Handguns

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gun control advocates are reiterating their opposition to legislation that would allow a child of any age in Iowa to use a handgun with a parent's supervision.
     The Rev. Cheryl Thomas with Iowans for Gun Safety said Monday at a press conference that the legislation, which passed recently in the House, would increase gun violence in Iowa. The Senate is considering a similar bill but leaders have indicated it would require some changes to advance.
     The bill would allow children under 14 to use a handgun with a parent's supervision. It would also remove mandatory background checks on some handgun purchases, removing a de facto three-day waiting period, among other things.
     Supporters say the legislation will create uniformity across the state for people seeking gun permits and renewing them.






Monday News, March 23

Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative To Hold District Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative will hold its district meeting this evening at the Le Mars Community High School.  The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting to begin at 7:00 p.m. Members of the Northwest REC will have the opportunity to vote for a board member.  Shirley Benson is seeking re-election to the board of directors.  The other board candidate is David Milbrodt.  The Le Mars Community High School Show Choir Crimson and Black will perform for the cooperative energy disrict meeting.


Sign Up Deadline For Farm Programs Is Friday

(Le Mars) -- Farmers have only a few more days to decide which farm program they wish to participate in.  Jeff Davis serves as the Farm Services Agency Director for Plymouth and Sioux Counties.  He says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co

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Davis says farmers may want to inquire about the ARC-ic program which allows farmers to place all farms under one program.

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The Farm Services Agency Director says the 2014 Farm Program also offers farmers the choice of what is referred to as the PLC prgram.

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Davis says which ever farm program a farmer decides upon they will remain with that program through 2018.  He says farmers do have the opportunity to sign up one farm with one program and another farm with the second program.  He says they can even split the programs with different crops.

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Davis encourages farmers to visit their county F-S-A office prior to next Tuesday's deadline in order to have Department of Agriculture officials explain the different options with the farm programs.


Roll-Over Accident Near Red Oak Claims One Life

   RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man was killed and two other people, including a 3-year-old, were injured in a one-vehicle rollover in southwest Iowa. 
     The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Brandon Perez, of Fort Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene near Red Oak. Thirty-year-old Hilary J. Knox, also of Fort Madison, and an unidentified child were flown to the Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center, respectively, in Omaha, Nebraska. Their conditions weren't immediately known.
     Investigators say Perez was driving early Sunday when his vehicle dropped off a shoulder of U.S. Highway 34. The report states Perez overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross the road into a ditch before rolling over several times. 
     Knox and the child were thrown from the vehicle.
     The accident is being investigated.


Man Charged With Vehicle Homicide For Death Of Passenger From Auto Accident

NORWAY, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old man faces several charges after driving a vehicle that crashed and killed his passenger in Benton County. 
     Mark Himmelsbach of Norway is charged with homicide by vehicle and operating under the influence in the March 12 wreck. 
     According to the Iowa State Patrol, Himmelsbach was driving the vehicle when it failed to go around a curve and went into a ditch. The vehicle rolled and ejected 20-year-old Christine Ballard. Ballard was pronounced dead at the scene. 
     Online court records indicate Himmelsbach's bond was set at $25,000. He bonded out of jail on Friday. 
     His preliminary hearing is set for March 30. 
     It wasn't immediately clear if Himmelsbach has an attorney.


Legislature Pondering Over Allowing Time Off For Adoptive Parents

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In Iowa, adoptive parents are closely watching a bill in the Legislature that would expand some time-off entitlements when they bring a child home.
     The legislation would essentially require an employer that offers some forms of paid time off or other entitlements for the birth of a child to do the same for an employee who's adopted a child in the past 12 months.
     The Senate passed the measure Thursday. Rep. Joel Fry, a Republican from Osceola, is seeking bipartisan support in the House.
     Most people in the country rely on private benefits or unpaid leave through federal law for the birth or adoption of a child. Iowa could become one of the only states requiring some time-off entitlements for adoptive parents.


Texas Man Arrested For Hot Lotto Ticket Mystery

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A second man has been arrested in connection with a mysterious scheme to collect a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto jackpot that was won in 2010.
     Robert Clark Rhodes II, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, has been arrested and authorities plan to bring him to Iowa to face fraud charges.
     Officials had been trying to identify the winner of the $14.3 million Hot Lotto ticket since a New York lawyer tried to claim the prize just before the one-year deadline in 2011.
     Earlier this year, an Iowa man who worked for a lottery company was arrested. Authorities say Eddie Raymond Tipton violated state law when he bought the ticket and then tried to get others to help him claim it. Tipton has pleaded not guilty.


Council Bluffs Motel Has Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A hotel in western Iowa had to be evacuated for several hours after carbon monoxide levels spiked in the pool area and several guests became dizzy.
     Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment and two others needed oxygen at the Council Bluffs hotel.
     Firefighters say carbon monoxide levels in the pool area of the Quality Inn and Suites motel were dangerously high Sunday. Authorities say a malfunctioning pool heater appears to be the source.
     Guests were allowed back in the hotel after the carbon monoxide was cleared out.








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