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Firefighters Respond To Two Cases Of Unattended Food That Caused Smoke

(Le Mars) — For the second time in two days, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department have responded to calls to multiple resident complexes because of food that had been left unattended on the stove, or in the oven.
Firefighters were called to the Prime Living at 1st Avenue northeast on Sunday at around 11:15 a.m., and again today, at the Midtown Apartments, formerly the Abbey nursing care facility, located at 320 1st Street Southeast at 1:25 p.m. In both instances, smoke could be seen coming from the residence. Upon investigation, unattended food was the culprit for
creating smoke, and causing fire alarms and smoke detectors to be sounded.
Firefighters were able to use industrial fans to help ventilate the smoke from both premises. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says unattended food left cooking on a stove is a cause for many home fires. He reminds people during this October Fire Prevention Month, to always be mindful while preparing
food.

 

 

Fire Department Issues September Monthly Report

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a total of 52 calls during the month of September. According to the monthly report, the Le Mars firefighters acted on 17 fire calls, 13 rescues, 11 investigations, ten requests for services, and one mutual aid call to Merrill. Fire Chief Dave Schipper reports during the Month of September, 31
members were re-certified in confined space rescues, six firefighters attended the annual State Fire Convention at Waverly, and the department handled six emergency calls in 45 minutes during the storm that struck Le Mars on the afternoon of September 20th.

 

 

Man Is Injured Following Camper Explosion

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man was severely burned when his camper exploded after he lit a cigarette.
The explosion happened around 2 p.m. Sunday in the town of Schleswig.
The 28-year-old injured man was flown to another hospital for treatment of his burns afterward.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s office says the 28-year-old opened the door of his camper to light a cigarette just before the explosion.
The camper was destroyed in the blast. Three nearby businesses
sustained minor wall damage from the explosion.

 

 

King Offers Comments Regarding Delay With Farm Bill Vote

(Hinton) — Sunday, September 30th was the final day of the existing farm legislation, and although legislators from both the House and the Senate have been busy in conference committee to reach an agreement, a new farm bill still waits in the wings. Iowa Congressman Steve King is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, but is not part of the conference
committee. King was asked by news reporters whether Congress should extend the current farm legislation, or if he believes a new farm bill will be passed within the near future.

King says Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, who is the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee is wanting to stall the proceedings.

No date has been set for the vote for the new farm bill.

 

 

Regional Economy Show Signs Of Weakening

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states, but business leaders are concerned about the ongoing trade disputes.
The overall economic index for the region slipped to 57.5 in
September from August’s 61.1, but it remained in positive territory.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says he expects business will slow down but continue growing in the next few months because of the trade concerns and rising interest rates.
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth.
A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

 

 

Several Hundred People Run In Tibbett’s Honor

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – Several hundred runners gathered in the hometown of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts over the weekend to honor her memory with a run.
The Des Moines Register reports the run on Sunday in the east-
central Iowa town of Brooklyn helped raise more than $20,000 for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Mollie Tibbett’s older brother, Jake Tibbetts, encouraged
participants to enjoy the run the way his sister would have.
Twenty-year-old Mollie Tibbettts vanished while out for a run in
Brooklyn on July 18. Her body was found in a cornfield more than a month later.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in
Tibbetts’ stabbing death.