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Monday Afternoon News, Oct. 22

City To Open Grass, Leaf, and Tree Disposal Site

(Le Mars) -- Clean up on the city leaf, grass, and tree site is near completion.  Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole says the site will be open and manned from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  In addition, the city will have the site open tomorrow, October 23rd as a way for people to catch up.  The grass, leaf and tree disposal site will be open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.


Le Mars To Flush Water Mains

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars Water Department will start flushing water mains in the southeastern part of town on Tuesday.  Water superintendent, Gayle Sitzmann says the city will do the booster area first which consists of south of 12th Street and east of 2nd Avenue.  On Wednesday, the city will continue north of 12th Street to Plymouth Street and east of 14th Avenue.  Sitzmann says the entire procedure may take up to three days to complete.  Sitzmann says businesses and residents may experience discolored water and should refrain from washing clothes during the flushing times in your area.


School Board To Review Past Year's Achievements

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will discuss the annual progress report during their regularly scheduled meeting tonight.  Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner will review the highlights with the school board.  Kindergarten teachers will appear before the board to inform the directors about how their students have been learning about phonetic awareness as a result of the teachers professional development.  The board is expected to act upon one resignation.

Crime Stoppers Investigate Theft of Truck Drive Shaft

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating the theft of a drive shaft from a 2002 pickup truck.  Early Saturday morning, Police received a call from the victim indicating he went to drive his pick up truck, but when he put the vehicle in gear, the vehicle would not move.  Upon inspection, it was determined that someone had removed the drive shaft from the truck.  The theft is under investigation and anyone with information about the incident are asked to contact the Le Mars Police Department or Plymouth County Crime Stoppers.


Two Missouri Men Face Fines For Illegal Fishing

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say two Missouri men face fines and civil damages connected with the netting of shovelnose sturgeon on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says 43-year-old Robert Housman, of Sikeston, Mo., was charged with violating Iowa regulations on netting and possessing shovelnose sturgeon. The
state seeks nearly $3,700 in fines and $18,000 in damages from Housman.
The department says 39-year-old Michael Dye, of Charleston, Mo., faces the same two charges and another for lacking a commercial fishing license. The state seeks nearly $3,800 in fines and $18,000
in damages from Dye.
A public phone listing for Dye could not be found. Housman didn't immediately return a message Monday from The Associated Press. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.


Iowa DNR Says "Watch Out For Deer"

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Iowa drivers need be on the lookout for deer as the harvest thins the corn fields and the mating season begins.
Iowa ranks second among the states in the number of car-deer crashes. Only West Virginia has more.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says this is the time of year for drivers to be most watchful. State Farm, which tracks statistics on deer-related accidents, says November, October and
December, in that order, are the most common months for deer accidents.
Tom Litchfield of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says corn crops make good cover for deer, and as the harvest progresses, the deer scatter. Deer are on the move mostly at dawn and dusk, but Litchfield says it could be anytime during the mating season.



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