Tuesday News, June 2
City Council To View New Fire Truck
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will meet today, but they have a light agenda. Fire Chief Dave Schipper will be showing the city council the new fire truck that has been added to the arsenal of fire fighting equipment. The truck, is referred to as a Quint, which allows it to do many things. The truck is equipped with a 55 foot extended ladder, which will allow the fire department to better fight structure fires. It has the capability of pumping water, and is equipped with a 750 gallon tank, as well as it has the capability of dispensing foam for chemical fires. The truck will also carry the necessary equipment for rescues.
County Supervisors To Meet This Morning
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hold its weekly meeting this morning at the County courthouse board room. The Supervisors will hold a second reading to vacate Brookdale subdivision. The county governing board will also review and possibly approve the settlement agreement with Higman Sand and Gravel Company. The board of supervisors will hold a budget amendment hearing at 10:00 a.m. Al Fagan will request the board to approve a minor subdivision in Hungerford Township, and Brad Bagley of Mike's Saloon will discuss a septic system issue, an a request for a renewal of a liquour license. The county supervisors have on their agenda time to discuss and possibly approve driveway easement agreement. County engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the board to submit some construction contracts.
Le Mars To Host Tourism Meeting
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars will be hosting the Western Iowa Tourism Regional annual meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th and will be attended by various city and county representatives interested in promoting tourism to their communities. The meeting will be held at the Willow Creek Golf Course. Le Mars Convention and Visitor's Bureau director, Jessica Brownmiller, serves as the president of the Western Iowa Tourism Region organization. She says the goal of the meeting is to celebrate the past year's accomplishments and recognize volunteers and learn about plans for next year. The keynote speaker for the event is Holly Hoffman, author of Your Winner Within. Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe & the last woman standing on Season 21 of the CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua.” An accomplished speaker, Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges and we are often faced with situations that seem insurmountable. She will share her message of positivity, determination and confidence and show us how to succeed with the knowledge, tools and discipline that we possess. Shirley Phillips, Executive Director of the Western Iowa Tourism Region, says "tourism in Iowa is about more than places to visit. It's about jobs, economic growth, quality of life, and revenue generation. Phillips says it's about investing in Iowa's future. Tourism works for Iowa and its economic impact of $7.6 billion in 2014 reaches every job sector, county, school, child and household in the state". Phillips says "it is fast becoming a work force recruitment tool enticing more people to Iowa."
Legislature Reaches Budget Agreement
(Des Moines) -- At long last, it appears the state legislature has finally reached an agreement with the state's budget. House republicans and Senate Democrats were at odds with how much money should be appropriated to each of the state's departments. State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars, and chairman of the House appropriations committee told KLEM news that after some intense negotiations sessions, the two sides have come together.
Soderberg says both sides were able to compromise, while maintaining their principles.
Soderberg says leaders of the state legislature will continue to meet to work out the final details.
Soderberg says the entire budget needs to be reached and finalized, before the session can be adjourned. The two major budget issues that held up the process, and caused the legislature to extend its session beyond a month when they had hoped to adjourn was the funding for medicaid and the education funding for K-12.
The Le Mars state representative says the two big pieces of the budget puzzle have been resolved, now they are working on the smaller pieces of the state's budget.
Child Dies After Pick Up Truck Runs Off Road And Hits Backyard Trampoline
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a 6-year-old boy playing in a backyard has died after being hit by a pickup truck that went out of control after colliding with another vehicle.
Police say the child died about 12:30 p.m. Monday when a truck rear-ended a van and then veered off a road, crashing through two fences before hitting a trampoline on which two children were playing. The pickup pushed the trampoline into a drainage ditch before finally stopping.
The 6-year-old died. A 4-year-old boy didn't appear to be injured but his mother took him to a hospital as a precaution.
Police were interviewing the driver of the pickup, 44-year-old Guadalupe Villa-Guzman, of Des Moines. He has a suspended driver's license.
Bird Flu Continues To Hit Iowa's Poultry Farms
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two more cases are bird flu have been found at Iowa turkey farms.
The Iowa agriculture department announced Monday that the avian influenza had been confirmed at a farm in Hamilton County with 36,000 turkeys and that a preliminary test for the disease was positive at a Calhoun County farm with 21,000 birds. A federal lab in Ames will test the Calhoun County samples to confirm the disease.
Once the flu is confirmed at a farm, all the birds are euthanized.
The agriculture department says the virus has infected poultry at farms with more than 26 million birds.
Junk Food Aids Police In Burglary Arrest
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say they charged a man with burglary after following a trail of junk food away from a convenience store.
Officers responded to a burglary call Friday night at Creekside Market and found someone had used a brick to shatter a glass door.
They followed a trail of snack food away from the store and found 20-year-old Francisco Jacob Munoz about 100 yards away. Officers reported his shirt was covered in nacho cheese.
Munoz was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication.
Online court records didn't indicate whether an attorney was appointed who could answer questions about the charges.
A Johnson County jail employee says Munoz was transferred to the Muscatine County Jail.
Ohio Governor Looks To Enter Presidential Race
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) plans to travel to Iowa later this month - a signal that his decision to dive into the 2016 presidential race may be imminent.
His nonprofit New Day for America announced Monday that Kasich will visit Iowa on June 24 to speak to the Great Des Moines Partnership and at other events. He returns to New Hampshire Thursday and Friday.
The second-term Republican governor and former congressman has been traveling the country and appearing frequently on Sunday morning news shows as he determines whether he has the support and financial backing to win the GOP nomination.
He has described himself as the most qualified for the GOP's expansive field, though he remains relatively unknown nationally.
Police Help Free Deer From Soccer Goal Net
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - Three police officers in northeast Iowa have saved a deer that became tangled up in a soccer net.
The Decorah officers were sent to a field a little after 7 a.m. on May 18. One of them, Sara Hendrickson, took along some scissors.
The three discovered that the soccer net was wrapped several times around the neck of the frightened animal. Officer Brent Parker laid atop the deer to hold it down while Hendrickson attacked the net with the scissors.
The deer bounded away after being freed.
Decorah Police Chief Bill Nixon says he thinks his three officers handled the situation perfectly, praising them for their creative thinking.