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Monday News, March 31

Fire Officials Determine Electrical Short Cause For Le Mars House Fire

(Le Mars)- An investigation into what caused a fire in a Le Mars home on Thursday has been ruled to be an accident. Le Mars fire and rescue was called to the home of David Stinton at 44 5th Ave SE Thursday morning.  Le Mars fire and rescue has determined the fire started in the basement of the home. The most probable cause of the fire was determined to be when the main power supply going into the breaker box arced and sparked the fire. The fire then spread across the basement ceiling under the kitchen, up the pipe chase to the second floor and into the roof areas of the home. Damage is estimated at $180,000.

 

Le Mars And Merrill Fire Departments Respond To Sunday Grass Fire 

(Le Mars) -- Both the Le Mars and Merrill Fire Departments responded to a grass fire at 24002 200th Street.  The fire alarm was sounded at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Fire officials were on the scene for nearly a half hour.

 

Fire Fighters Extinguish Car Fire

(Le Mars) -- About three hours after fighting the grass fire, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to extinguish a car fire.  A Jeep Wrangler belonging to Derek Kellen caught on fire at 32547 County Road C-38.  The vehicle was fully engulfed when fire officials arrived on the scene. Fire fighters were able to put out the blaze fairly quickly, but they had concerns about the winds and a nearby house.  The car fire was ruled to be accidental, possibly caused by corn stalks up under the frame of the vehicle.  The fuel line had ruptured and accelerated the fire. 

 

Investigators Look At Youinkers Building Fire 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A team of federal experts will investigate the fire that decimated a century-old building in downtown Des Moines this weekend.  Structural experts were evaluating the former Younkers store on Sunday to ensure it will be safe for the team from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Brian O'Keefe says the ATF team will spend at least a week examining the site.  The ATF team is being brought in because of their expertise and because of the size of the fire.  O'Keefe says there no evidence of a crime at this point, but the cause hasn't been determined.  City workers were cleaning up ash from the fire, but Sunday's strong winds made that work difficult.

 

150,000 Chickens Die From Fire

GALT, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of chickens have been killed in a fire at an egg farm in northern Iowa.  The fire was reported Sunday at the Centrum Valley Farms' operation in Galt. Company officials say no farm employees were injured.  Centrum Valley Farms Chief Operating Officer Steve Boomsma said in a release that the fire began in a barn where about 75,000 hens were housed. Boomsma said that in addition to that loss, smoke from the fire resulted in the loss of a flock of 75,000 hens in an adjacent barn.  The fire cause is being investigated.

 

Boy Scouts Released From Hospital

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Two Boy Scouts who were hospitalized with burns after gunpowder explosions in Council Bluffs last week have been released.  The two boys, Jared Holcomb and Scott Brown, had been treated at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln since the incident on Thursday.  The boys were hurt while experimenting with gunpowder at a Council Bluffs home in preparation for a spring ceremony.  Two other boys and two adults were also injured but didn't have to be hospitalized as long. Holcomb and Brown were released from the Lincoln hospital on Saturday.

 

Sioux County Healthiest Iowa County

(Des Moines) - A new report ranks the overall health of all 99 Iowa counties. The study used some 30 factors to compile the rankings. Things like childhood poverty, smoking, college attendance, physical activity and access to physicians. Julie Willems Van Dijk (WILL-ums van-DIKE), deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says Sioux County, ranked as the state's healthiest county.

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She says Sioux County also ranked high in categories that surveyed social and economic factors, clinical care and the physical environment.

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The study found Appanoose County, in southeast Iowa on the Missouri border, was the least healthiest Iowa county.

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While Sioux County ranks as Iowa's healthiest county, the rest of the top five are: Winnesheek, Chickasaw, Lyon and Mitchell at number-five. On the other end, the bottom five are: Montgomery, Wayne, Mills, Adams and Appanoose at 99th.

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Plymouth County came in at number 9 overall in the state with health outcomes 9th, length of life 9th, and health factors 10th.  The rankings come from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health-focused philanthropy. This is the fifth year of the rankings, published online at: www.countyhealthrankings.org

 

Iowa's Newes Prison Ready To Open 

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's new maximum-security prison in Fort Madison is nearly ready to house prisoners.  Prison officials expect to move into the new facility sometime in the next few weeks once the State Fire Marshal approves.  But Rebecca Bowker with the penitentiary in Fort Madison says the moving date won't be announced ahead of time for security reasons.  The new $132 million prison was built about a mile north of the current Iowa State Penitentiary. It has 800 beds, which 250 more than the current facility.  The current Iowa State Penitentiary was built in 1839 and is the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River.

 

Democrats Push Energy Efficient Bills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats are pushing to pass a package of bills designed to increase the state's production of energy from solar power, wind and renewable fuels.  The wind and solar bills passed the Senate without opposition Thursday and were sent to the House, but the biofuels bill was delayed by Senate Republican leader Bill Dix, who says he wants more time to study it. The measure is estimated to cost $23 million over six years.  The bill increases the tax credit for E15 to 10 cents per gallon from June 1st through September 15th. During the remaining months the credit is 3 cents. The fuel must be reformulated during summer when it's more volatile, increasing distributors' costs.  Democratic Senator Robb Hogg says it will help encourage use of E15 year around.

 


 

 

 


   

Saturday March 29 News

Fire Investigators Find Elecrirical Short Cause For House Fire

(Le Mars)- An investigation into what caused a fire in a Le Mars home on Thursday has been ruled to be an accident. Le Mars fire and rescue was called to the home of David Stinton at 44 5th Ave SE Thursday morning.  Le Mars fire and rescue has determined the fire started in the basement of the home. The most probable cause of the fire was determined to be when the main power supply going into the breaker box arced and sparked the fire. The fire then spread across the basement ceiling under the kitchen, up the pipe chase to the second floor and into the roof areas of the home. Damage is estimated at $180,000.

 

Police Release Quarterly Report

(Le Mars)- The Lemars Police Department has issued its quartetly report for the 3rd fiscal quater. The report said the departmentad had 1256 calls for service, investigated 344 complaints, issued 617 traffic citations, 473 warnings, 71 accident calls, and 117 arrests.

 

Women Causes Accident From Driving Wrong Way On Highway

(Alton)- Sioux county authorities are investigating a motor vehicle accident that happend on highway 60 Thursday one mile south of Alton. Toni Jongerius, 59 of Sheldon, was northbound on highway 60 when she drifted off the roadway onto the left shoulder. She then entered the median colliding with a median crossover driveway, struck a traffic sign, and countinued driving in the southbound lane. A deputy was able to get Jongerius stopped two miles north of Alton. No injuries were reported. Jongerius's Honda Accord sustained approximently $4,000 in damages. Jpngerius was charged with failure to maintain control, striking a fixture upon a roadway, and failure to file a police report.

 

New Wildlife Exhibits To Debut Today

(LeMars)-Three new additions to the wildlife collection at the Plymouth County Historical Meseum will at the center of the "Welcome to Spring" party schedueled for the meseum at 10 am today. Making their debut will be a black bear, raccoon and a great horned owl. Dawn Snyder who is the educational director at the Dorthy Pecaut Nature Center will be the fetured speaker in the Meseum's study hall next to the wildlife exhibit. Paul Williams of Hinton the museum's unofficial naturalist will be on hand as well talking about American Indian artifacts that he donated. The American Indian exhibit is located in the Loess Hills Hallway. The new wildlife exhibits were donated by the Bruce Brock family.

 

Siouxland Garden Show In Full Swing

(Sioux City)-Spring is officially here because it is time for the annual Siouxland Garden Show. Adrienne Jansen of Iowa State University Extension says there is a lot to cee and do to help you get ready to plant your garden:

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This year's theme is "Gardens Make The World Go Round."

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The Siouxland Garden Show begins at 10A.M. at the Sioux City Convention Center and runs through Sunday. 

 

Legislation Passed To Protect Elderly From Abuse

(Des Moines)(AP) — As Iowa's population ages, lawmakers are determining the best policies to protect the state's elderly population from financial exploitation and other abuses.
U.S. Census data ranks Iowa ninth in the nation in the percentage of population age 65 or older, and Iowa ranks fourth for residents age 85 or older. Given that, lawmakers are considering legislation intended to better protect older Iowans and the future elder population.
The state Senate and House have approved different versions of a bill intended to toughen penalties for financially exploiting elderly people and to establish better protections for vulnerable adults.
Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, says protecting Iowans who are most vulnerable is a priority. He says the House-backed bill is "a positive step toward protecting Iowans who can't protect themselves."

 

Unidentified Body Found In The Mississippi River

 KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man found in the Mississippi River near Keokuk.The Keokuk Police Department says the body was discovered early Wednesday. It was trapped in debris by a power plant. Keokuk police are scanning the state's database of missing persons for any leads. They've also reached out to authorities in nearby Illinois and other agencies.The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Additional information has not been released.

   

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