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Monday Afternoon News, October 27

Two Vehicle Accident Causes Injuries

(Le Mars) -- Authorities and rescue workers responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident that happen at about 11:40 a.m at the intersection of County roads C-38 and K-22.  Fire fighters from the Le Mars Fire Department assisted with the extrication of victims from the vehicles as a result of the collision.  Mercy Air Care helicopter was dispatched to the scene to transport injured victims to Mercy Medical Center Trauma Unit.  One vehicle was a pick up truck owned by Southern Sioux Rural Water Association.  The pick up was towing a flatbed trailer hauling a skid loader.  The other vehicle was a passenger car.  No report as to the names of the victims involved with the accident. 

 

Le Mars Community School Board To Meet Tonight

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hear a report this evening during their regular meeting from Jeff Peters of Williams and Company as he details the recent audit performed on the school district. In other action, the school board will hear a report from Vicki Borchers and Kluckholn principal Scott Parry discuss the district's progress in implementing the requirements of the recently enacted Iowa's Early Literacy Legislation.  The school board will also consider the names of the people nominated to serve on the District Learning and Instructional Impact Team for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Siouxland Food Bank In Need Of Food And Volunteers

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers will donate money and their time to replenish shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland, which is struggling to keep up with increased demand.
     Tyson Foods connected The Pack Shack, a hunger relief organization from Rogers, Arkansas, with the Food Bank of Siouxland to pack 250,000 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables. 
     The Arkansas group is hosting a Feed the Funnel event in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. In a two-hour shift, a person is expected to pack an average of about 250 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents, and each participant is asked to donate about $63 for them. 
     More than 105 groups in 11 Iowa counties are served by the Food Bank of Siouxland.
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ISU Sociologist Says Political Advertising Has Effect On Emotions

(Ames) -- With countless political ads either heard on the radio or seen on television, is it any wonder to know the public may grow tired of the constant political bashing?  However, an Iowa State University Sociology professor says regardless of what we think about political ads, they do have an impact upon how we view the candidates.  Stephen Sapp says the political ads are created to stir up emotions. He says the creators of the ads are skilled at the "psycology of outrage".

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Sapp says for some people they may get tired of the negative ads, and it may produce a backlash effect taking away the incentive to participate in the political voting process, but yet, he contends those negative ads still help form our opinion.

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Each candidate wants votes, but they also seek endorsements. Sapp says an endorsement from a respected entity can indeed help sway a voter's  opinion. 

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The ISU Sociology Professor says political debates can sometimes bring out the worst in candidates, but again, he says they do help influence our opinion.

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Hatch Again Advertising On Television

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is back on television with a new ad.
     Hatch stopped airing television advertising in late September. Campaign spokesman John Hedgecoth says Monday that a new ad, titled "Fresh Start," will run through Nov. 3 on Des Moines and Cedar Rapids television stations. He could not immediately say how much the campaign was spending on the ad buy. 
     Gov. Terry Branstad has held a sizable lead throughout the race, with more money and support than Hatch.
     The latest campaign finance reports show Branstad raised $1.3 million between July 15 and Oct. 14 and had $1.3 million left in cash. Hatch raised nearly $880,000 and had about $280,000 on hand. Hatch and his wife have loaned $140,000 to his campaign.

 

Osceloa Business Destroyed By Fire

   OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - A fire has destroyed the Osceola Farm and Home, a 42-year-old business that drew people from the surrounding area.
     Des Moines television station KCCI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1v4YSaB ) that officials are still investigating what caused the early morning Sunday blaze. 
     Store manager Dennis McMurry says he thinks the fire quickly spread, engulfing the store in thick, black clouds of smoke, because of paint, kerosene, oil and motor oil inside it. 
     McMurry watched the building burn down. He says it's hard to believe that all that remains of the business are metal scraps. 
     Police Chief Marty Duffus says firefighters opted not to battle the fire from inside of the store because of melting steel. They instead used ladder towers to fight the blaze from outside.
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Monday News, October 27

Remsen Man Shot During Hunting Accident

(Remsen) -- A Remsen man was seriously injured Saturday while pheasant hunting in Plymouth County.
Ross A. Arens, 18, of Remsen, was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City after receiving a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Arens was crossing a creek and was handing his shotgun to another member of his hunting party when the gun discharged at approximately 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is still investigating the incident. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene of the incident. It is thought the incident was accidental and it took place in a field near 230th street and Highway 140, south of Remsen.

 

Pennslyvania Man Arrested For Cocaine Possession 

(Le Mars) -- A Pennsylvania man was arrested early Saturday morning by the Le Mars Police Department for the possession of cocaine.  The subject, identified as 28 year old Zachary Bujak of Butler, Pennslyvania was originally stopped for expired plates.  However, the driver of the vehicle was found to be intoxicated and in possession of cocaine. He was charged with OWI for a second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor and possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.  He was  transported to the Plymouth County jail.

 

Couple Arrested For Marijuana And Methamphetamine Possession

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police also made an arrest late Thursday evening involving two people who were stopped for eratic driving, but was found to be in possession of marijuana.  The incident happened in the 800 block of 12 Street Southwest.  Sobriety tests were conducted and found that 40 year old Terrell Rose of Sioux City was under the influence of a drug other than alcohol.  He was taken to the Plymouth County jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  46 year old Gina Landwier of Pleasant Hill, Iowa was a passenger in the car, and was found to be in possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine.  She was also taken to the Plymouth County jail and charged with drug offenses.

 

Sunday Roll Over Accident Near Remsen

(Remsen) -- The Remsen and Oyens Fire Departments responded to vehicle accident on Sunday morning at about 9:40 a.m.  That accident happened on a gravel road near 13054 county road L-12.  We are still waiting for a final accident report, but apparently the vehicle rolled and caught on fire.  The fire departments were on the scene for approximately an hour and a half.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Resond To Patio Furniture Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire Sunday morning at 810 6th Avenue southwest.  The fire was reported at 11:05 a.m.  When fire fighters arrived on the scene they noticed some backyard patio furniture had caught on fire, when apparently the patio furniture had been too close to a fire pit.  Winds kicked up the ashes from the fire pit that was still smoldering from the previous night and scattered those ashes on the patio furniture, causing it to ignite.  Fire fighters were on the scene for about 15 minutes.

 

Wayne Schipper Honored By Iowa Association Of Fire Chiefs

(Le Mars) -- Retired Le Mars Fire Chief, Wayne Schipper was honored Saturday evening by the Iowa Association of Fire Chiefs during their annual convention and banquet held in Le Mars.  The elder Schipper had served on the board of directors, as well as president of the state fire chiefs association, for more than 25 years. Wayne Schipper was presented a glass plauque acknowledging his long career as the Le Mars Fire Chief, as well as his service and dedication to the Iowa Association of Fire Chiefs.  Schipper's term of office on the board of directors for the Fire Chiefs Association expired this year.  

 

New Clean Water Rules Take Effect

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies.
     The rule, which took effect Wednesday, establishes new inspection and permit procedures. It does not impose mandatory permits for farms that repeatedly spill manure, a measure some environmental groups including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement want.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources signed a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year to develop the new rule after the EPA threatened to take over federal Clean Water Act enforcement if state officials didn't do more.
     The federal agency says the rule meets its requirements, but Iowa CCI says it's still too weak.

 

Herbert Hoover Remembered 50 Years After Funeral

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) - Fifty years ago the funeral for former President Herbert Hoover attracted more than 75,000 people to his hometown of West Branch, Iowa.
     A ceremony was held Saturday on the 50th anniversary of the funeral to remember that day and honor Hoover.
     Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, says Hoover's death in the fall of 1964 helped bring Americans together during the presidential race between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater.
     Quinn says he remembers Hoover as a humanitarian who fought world hunger.
     At Saturday's ceremony, Quaker minister Ruthie Tippen read the eulogy that Hoover family friend Elton Trueblood delivered at the funeral.

 

Special Olympics Participant Gets New Bicycle

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two days after an Iowa fast-food worker's bicycle was stolen from outside the Culver's restaurant where he worked someone surprised him with a new one.
     The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Nathan King came out of the Mason City restaurant Saturday and found a new silver Schwinn hybrid bike waiting for him.
     King says the gift made him feel special, and he wishes he could thank the anonymous person who gave him the new bike.
     King has worked at Culver's for 10 years, and he relied on his old bike for transportation all those years. It disappeared during his shift on Thursday.
     King has completed several marathons and he's a member of the North Iowa All Stars Special Olympics basketball team.

 

Postal Worker Charged With Stealing

 FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa postmaster has been accused of stealing prescription pain medications from the mail.
     Mason City television station KIMT reports (http://bit.ly/1oODWbk ) that Danny Miller has been indicted and is scheduled to be in U.S. District Court in Sioux City on Wednesday. Miller's attorney didn't immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.
     Court document say Miller is charged with theft of mail by a postal service employee. He was appointed Forest City postmaster in 2012.
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