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Monday Afternoon News, December 29

Forcast Calls For Sub-zero Temperatures

(Le Mars) -- The weather forcast is calling for some sub-zero temperatures for Tuesday, but weather officials do not believe those conditions will remain much past a few days.  Meterologist Mike Fuhs (Foos) says in comparison to last January when northwest Iowa had suffered from several days of sub-zero weather, this time will be a good news - bad news scenerio.

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Fuhs says by New Year's Day on Thursday, northwest Iowa may see a bit of a warm up bringing temperatures back to near normal levels.

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Longterm, over the next 30 days, Fuhs says Le Mars may see some colder temperatures.

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2014 Set Record For Total Precipitation

(Le Mars) -- A record has been set for the amount of precipitation northwest Iowa received during 2014.  Mike Fuhs (Foos) of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says Sioux City and many parts of northwest Iowa had set records especially with the heavy rains of June.  Fuhs says normal rainfall amounts for a year is slightly above 28 inches.

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Fuhs says June alone accounted for nearly half of the yearly rainfall.

 

Le Mars Had Several Achievements In 2014

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars was able to see several achievements in 2014 according to City Administrator Scott Langel.  Langel says many of the expansion projects were a direct result of the city's growth and development.  The city administrator says the new waste water treatment facility, located two miles west of town, probably ranks as the city's top project.

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Langel offers a listing of some of the other city's achievements from this year.

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The city official says the expansion of the Floyd Valley Hospital is a major achievement milestone, as is the downtown business facade historical rennovation project.

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The sixth item on Langel's list will affect the local police department's future headquarters.

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Number seven on Langel's list is the second and updated listings of Community Betterment Projects which Langel admits will take on more significance next year.  The city official concludes his list by talking about the new short-line railroad agreement.

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Langel cited the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Floyd River as another achievement.  The bridge enables people living on the west side of town to safely cross the river without having to share the road with traffic. 

 

City Will Not Pick Up Christmas Trees

(Le Mars) -- The City of Le Mars Public Works Department will not be picking up live Christmas trees curbside this year, according to a city issued news release.  However, beginning December 29th through Friday, January 9th, Christmas trees may be DROPPED OFF at the Public Works Department at 331 1st Street NE.  Residents are asked to remove all lights, plastic covers, tinsel, stands and garland. 

 

Napkins Distributed To Bars To Help Cut Down On Drunk Driving

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A group in Sioux City plans to distribute 36,000 bright yellow bar napkins that encourage people to avoid driving after drinking in the nights leading up to New Year's Eve.
     It's the latest campaign launched through Mercy Medical Center's Reality Education Alcohol Prevention Program, otherwise known as REAP. The napkins say, "Friends do whatever it takes to stop friends from driving drunk."
     According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration, nearly 10,100 people were killed last year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Those deaths accounted for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S.
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Monday News, December 29

Museum To Be Open On New Year's Day

(Le Mars) -- Officials with the Plymouth County Historical Museum have announced the “Museum Manger” will be open to the public on New Year’s Day, along with all five floors of exhibits.
Hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The display will close at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The exhibit will remain open through Epiphany Jan. 6 but will be closed on Monday, Jan. 5.
Admission to the hundreds of nativities, housed in the Museum’s Study Hall, is free. Museum officials say over 600 people had viewed the nativities by the end of December.

Fire Destroys Anthon Machine Shed

(Anthon) -- Fire destroyed a machine shed and damaged two other buildings on a farm near Anthon.  That fire was first noticed at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening at 4029 220th Street.  Fighting the blaze were the Anthon Fire Department, and fire departments from Correctionville, Cushing, Danbury, and the Healy Werks.  Woodbury County Sheriff's Office reports there were no injuries with the fire, but a tractor and several bales of hay were lost in the fire. Sheriff's office officials closed highway 38 between Michigan and O'Brien Avenues to control traffic while firefighters worked.  

 

Grundy Center Fire Destroys Manufacturing Company

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) - A fire has heavily damaged a manufacturing plant in Grundy Center. Firefighters were sent to Heavy Equipment Manufacturing on Saturday morning. No injuries were reported in the blaze.

 

Buses Flagged For Safety Violation Repairs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Data shows the number of Iowa school buses flagged for repeated safety citations has nearly doubled since 2012.
     Nearly 22,000 bus inspection citations have been issued since June 2012. They include unsafe tires, inoperable warning signals or strobe lights and dysfunctional wheel bearings.
     Most affected school districts have notified state officials that the buses were repaired before they were returned to service. But the state's education department has sent letters to three districts this year over safety concerns.
     Representatives for some districts with the most repeated citations since January 1st, 2011 say some issues weren't necessarily related to the same problem. One district official says a private company is now conducting its bus service.

 

Iowa Highway Patrol Advises To Have Winter Survival Kit In Vehicle

(Le Mars) -- A good new year's resolution may be to equip your car with a winter surival kit, and to have your car prepared for the snow and cold temperatures that are being predicted.  Iowa State Patrol trooper Vince Kurtz encourages motorists to slow down and be prepared for changing road conditions.  He says allow yourself a little more time to reach your destination, and to allow more space between you and the other vehicles on the highway.  Kurtz explains what are the essentialsfor your winter survivor's kit.

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Kurtz reminds motorists to buckle-up and to drive defensively.

 

Prescott Man Faces Stabbing Charges

PRESCOTT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man faces charges in connection to a stabbing in southern Iowa.
     The Adams County Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Kirk Frederick of Corning faces charges of willful injury causing serious injury and going armed with intent. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Authorities say they received a 911 call sometime between Thursday and Friday about two vehicles trying to run each other off the road. A man was later found in one of the cars with stab wounds. The man was taken to a local hospital then later airlifted to Des Moines in critical condition.
     Authorities say the injured man and Frederick had been fighting earlier at a rural residence near Prescott. The name of the man with stab wounds has not been released.

 

Officials Remove Animals From "Mall Zoo"  

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials have removed caged wild animals from a "mall zoo" in Des Moines following a court order over their care.
     Agencies including the Animal Rescue League of Iowa helped remove the 31 animals early Saturday from Merle Hay Mall. They will be sent to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and the World of Reptiles in Des Moines. The ARL will also provide temporarily care for some animals.
     The animals include black bears, a cougar, snakes and an alligator.
     A judge on Wednesday denied a bid by Pella Wildlife Company to regain control of the animals from the city of Des Moines. Concerns had been raised about the animals' care at the mall, where they were part of an education exhibit.

 

Gardeners Learn They Are Breaking Some Laws With Seed Swap

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gardeners at hundreds of spots around the country are sharing seeds as part of an increasing interest in locally grown food, but some agriculture officials say the well-meaning effort violates state laws.
     In spots like Duluth, Minnesota the conflict has surprised gardeners and library officials who never thought to examine the intricacies of state seed laws.
     Agriculture officials say they weren't looking for a fight but must enforce laws that are intended to protect farmers by ensuring seeds are viable, will grow the intended plant and aren't mixed with unwanted seeds for weeds or plants.
     Advocates of seed-sharing programs said they don't necessarily blame agriculture departments, but some express frustration that laws focus on the needs of modern hybrid seed producers while limiting age-old, person-to-person seed exchanges.

 

Musician From Lawrence Welk Orchestra Dies

 ALGONA, Iowa (AP) - Richard "Dick" Dale, who played sax and crooned tunes for the famed Lawrence Welk orchestra, has died in his Iowa hometown of Algona. He was 88.
     Brian Schaaf, of Oakcrest Funeral Services, said Monday that Dale died Friday at a hospital in Algona. A Mass is scheduled Saturday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.
     Dale graduated in 1943 from Algona High School and sang and played the sax at many Midwest clubs, including the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. But he was best known for his work with Welk's orchestra and television program, which he joined after auditioning in 1951.
     Dale and his wife, Marguerite, moved back to Algona in 2006. He told the Mason City Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/148J29w ) in 2007 that, "I've had a wonderful career, really."

 

 


 

 

 

 

   

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