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Thursday News, June 21

"Cash Mob" To Occur Today at Noon

(Le Mars) -- Today at noon, we will learn which downtown retail business has been selected for the first Le Mars Chamber of Commerce "cash mob".  Those businesses that are eligible include: Binneboese Shoes...Claussens...Fashionette...Hardware Hank...Hotopp Jewelry and Gifts...Joba's...Rust Western Shed...Sunshine Foods...and Glen's Copier.  The premise of the "Cash Mob" is to encourage people to first gather at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce where Mayor Dick Kirchoff will draw one business name.  Then the gathering of people will go to that business and with each person purchasing at least $20 worth of items to show support for the Chamber, that business, and to help the local economy.  Le Mars Mainstreet Coordinator Mary Reynolds  says the idea came from the Main Street Iowa organization.

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Reynolds is hoping for at least fifty people to participate in the "cash mob".  Additional "cash mobs" will take place later in the summer with the selection of a business outside the downtown district, as well as restaurants.

Outdoor Movie Scheduled for Tonight

(Le Mars) -- Ice cream days may be over, but there is one event scheduled for this evening that was postponed from last week.  The outdoor movie which will be featured at the Olson Events Center this evening.  Although, rules preclude us from telling you the name of the movie, officials give their assurance that it is a family-themed movie that everyone will enjoy.  Bring your lawnchairs to the Olson Cultural Events Center at dusk.  The event is sponsored by American Bank.  Wells Blue Bunny will distribute free novelties.


Woodbury and Monona Counties Recieve Up to 4 Inches of Rain(Undated) -- Although Le Mars may have missed out on the plentiful showers from yesterday. Southern Woodbury County and northern Monona county are reporting having received several inches of rain. Danbury is said to have received at least three inches of rain, and Onawa got up to four inches of rain. The Monona County Sheriff's Department says they did not receive any reports of structural damage. James Oberreuter, a farmer from Danbury, Iowa, reports having received 3.8 inches of rainfall in about an hour's time.

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Disgruntled Employee Files Law Suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa state employee who criticized his boss at a public demonstration says in a lawsuit that he's been punished for exercising his First Amendment Rights.
    Daniel Noonan filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday. He says he lost three days' pay for comments at an April 17 rally in Ames. Noonan works for Iowa Workforce Development.
     A newspaper account of the rally included Noonan's criticism of Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert for not taking a pay cut "'like her predecessors did during tough times.' "
     Noonan says he made the comments during an approved vacation and union day off.
     A department spokeswoman wouldn't comment on the lawsuit but said Noonan was on paid union leave and not a vacation day when he made the remarks.


Army Corps of Engineers To Repair Missouri River Channel

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $8.3 million in contracts to restore the navigation channel along a nearly 120-mile stretch of the Missouri River in Iowa and Nebraska affected by last summer's historic flooding.
     The corps says the project is to repair a 300-foot-wide by 9-foot-deep channel between Sioux City, Iowa, and Rulo (ROO'-loh), Nebraska.
     Dikes and other rock foundations are used to create the channel and prevent erosion along the bank. Many were damaged by the high floodwaters.
     The repairs will take about 250,000 tons of rock and will involve cranes operating from barges. The project is in two sections - from Sioux City to Fort Calhoun, Nebraska and from Fort
Calhoun to Rulo.
     Work is to begin within the week and be completed by September 2014.


Powerball Winners Want To Remain Anonymous

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Workers at a Quaker Oats plant sharing a record lottery jackpot in Iowa are demanding anonymity following a day of public celebration.
     The 20 workers say they'll go to court to get an injunction ensuring their last names aren't released. It's believed to be the first time an Iowa lottery winner has chosen to take legal action
to keep a name confidential.
     The announcement follows a day of celebration for the group that calls itself the Shipping 20.
     They boarded a chartered bus Wednesday to Iowa headquarters in Des Moines. They sported bright red T-shirts. Then they were showered by confetti as they smiled for television cameras at a
news conference.
     The $241 million Powerball jackpot amounts to a lump-sum payment of about $5.6 million per winner after taxes.


Pick Up Basketball Game Ends in Stabbing

(Fostoria) -- A pick up basketball game at Fostoria, a small town near Spencer, resulted in a stabbing and assault. The Clay County sheriff's office was notified of the stabbing at about midnight Sunday evening.  Apparently, a physical altercation broke out between Carl Gordon, age 18 of Fostoria and Justin Champine, age 42 of Fostoria, and Justin Burtis, age 26 of Estherville.  Champine and  Burtis, were playing a game of basketball along with two juvenile males.  It is reported that Gordon and Jacob Mersch, age 26, were watching.  Mersch left the scene to report the assault.  Upon further investigation, it was found that Mersch left his residence with a filet knife and went to the basketball court and saw Champine and Burtis go to Champine's residence.  A short time later, Gordon went to his residence, got a steak knife, and then went to Champine's residence. Champine saw Gordon outside of his window with a knife and went outside, tackled Gordon, and was cut by the knife.  Burtis assisted Champine in taking the knife away from Gordon and Gordon fled on foot.  Gordon was later found and arrested.  He has been charged with Disorderly conduct and public intoxication, both simple misdemeanors, and going armed with intent, which is a class D felony.  Mersch was charged with public intoxication and going armed with intent, a class D felony.  Burtis was charged with disorderly conduct.  On Monday, the Clay County Sheriff's deputies placed Champine under arrest and charged him with disorderly conduct.   


Accident Being Investigated  

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County sheriff's department is investigating an accident that occured on Monday afternoon on Highway 75 and 60 between a semi truck and trailer and a car.  The accident happened shortly after 5 p.m.  The semi-truck, driven by 34 year old Brian Brownmiller of Le Mars was heading north on Highway 75.  The car, driven by 60 year old Kevin Kimble of Le Mars was on the off ramp of Highway 60.  Kimble stopped and then proceeded to turn left going southbound driving on the on ramp of Highway 75 into the path of the semi truck.  The semi truck hit the car just behind the driver's side.  Kimble admitted he was tired and did not notice the truck until he started his turn.  Kimble suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital. The Le Mars Fire Department and the Le Mars Ambulance assisted at the scene of the accident.






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