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Saturday news, July 7, 2012

Chamber of Commerce Still Looking For Little Ambassadors

(Le Mars) -- Ten children will be selected as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Little Ambassadors.  The selection will take place after July 20th, but until that time, the Le Mars Chamber office is still accepting nominations for Little Ambassadors.  Children must be four to six years of age and live in town or rural Le Mars.  Please submit a 5 x 7 photo with the name of the child, the parents, address and phone number with the submission.  Chamber officials ask you not write on the photo, and photos will not be returned.  The selection committee will choose five boys and five girls.  The children will participate in several Chamber sponsored activities, including Ice Cream Days.  The children will also be featured on the cover of the Le Mars Visitor's Guide that will be distributed to welcome centers and to several motels and hotels.  The selection of the Little Ambassadors will occur on Monday, July 23rd.

 

Merrill Fire Department Respond to Utility Pole Fire

(Merrill) -- The Merrill Fire Department was called to 714 4th Street shortly after 10 p.m. last night to extinguish a fire on an electric utility pole.  The fire was put out rather quickly.  No word as to what may have caused the pole to catch fire.

 

Sioux City Burned Victim Identified

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City investigators have identified the man who died in a house fire Thursday morning. Officials say 41-year-old Brian Marshall died from smoke inhalation. Sioux City fire marshal, Mark Aesoph, says the fire was caused by an electrical problem.

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There were smoke detectors in the home, but Aesoph says they were apparently not working.


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Aesoph says it's another reminder to regularly test you smoke detectors and be sure that they have fresh batteries.

 

12 Year Old Driver Involved in Accident

(Orange City) -- The Iowa State Patrol is investigating an accident that occurred on July 3rd on Highway 60 in which a 12-year old was the driver.  Two vehicles were traveling south on Highway 60 and approaching the intersection of county road K-64.  The first vehicle was in the left hand lane and the second vehicle was in the right hand lane.  The car in the left hand lane driven by Tyler Henderson of Paullina, the 12 year old, made an improper right turn cutting off the second vehicle driven by 18 year old Mary Mercier of Bennington, Nebraska.  Henderson's grandfather, Paul Van Wechel, the owner of the car was riding in the front seat with Henderson.  There were no injuries involved with the accident, but Henderson was cited for turning from an improper lane, and Van Wechel was given a citation for allowing an authorized minor to drive a vehicle.

 

Grassley Comments On Senate Passed Farm Bill

 (Akron) -- Last week, prior to the Independence Day holiday recess, the U-S Senate voted on the Farm Bill.  Iowa Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee says the farm bill may be the only passed bill that will save the American taxpayer money.

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Grassley says the Senate saved the crop insurance provisions, which he believes is good, not only for America's farmers, but the general public.

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Some wonder if there may ever be a day when production agriculture will not be subsidized with government funds.  The Iowa Republican Senator believes that as long as food stamp remains a part of the farm bill, then farmers will still be entitled to subsidies.

Des Moines Man Runs Around Lake Michigan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has completed a 1,037-mile run around Lake Michigan.
     Steve Cannon of Des Moines completed the last leg of his 40-day, 40-marathon trek on Thursday. The 46-year-old real estate agent ran clockwise around the lake, logging 26 miles a day.
     After several days of triple-digit heat, a thunderstorm greeted him in the final 15 minutes of his run along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. He started and ended his trek at Harry Caray's Tavern in
downtown Chicago.
     Cannon says the greatest challenge of his run was mental - that he had to shut out the world and focus on each step.
     His run raised $32,000 for cancer research.
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President Obama To Visit Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More details are out on President Barack Obama's visit to Iowa next week.
     His campaign says he'll be at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday to focus on the economy.
     Doors at Johnson Hall open at 10:15 a.m. The event is scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
     Free tickets will be available on Saturday at Obama for America offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Waterloo and at the IBEW Local 405 office in Cedar Rapids.
     Obama carried Iowa in 2008, but it's among a handful of states he and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney see as the most competitive in the presidential race.
    

Obama and Romney Both Say Healthcare Law Important To Swing States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney say the Supreme Court decision upholding the president's health care law gives each of them advantages in swing
states like Iowa.
     Obama's team says the decision has swelled, by the thousands, the ranks of campaign volunteers in states he won in 2008 and hopes to win again.
     Romney's camp has claimed success using the ruling as a fundraising tool. It says millions in small-dollar contributions have poured in from across the battleground map as the law's
opponents have come to see electing Romney as the last hope for getting the law repealed.
     Both campaigns say the groundswell is on their side and could make the difference come November.

 


    

 

    

 

 




 

   

Friday News, July 6

County to Begin Paving Project on C-60

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced County Road C-60 from K-49 to K-42 will be closed beginning Monday and it will remain closed until September 14th.  Road crews will be laying new pavement for the six mile stretch of highway. 

 

Heat Wave Causing Problems for Road Department

(Le Mars) -- The ongoing heat wave is creating problems for road departments as highways have expanded and buckled.  Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe says the heat is responsible for at least two areas that have needed patching due to the pavement expanding.

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The county engineer says each repair project due to the heat expanding the pavement can cost the county a few thousand dollars.

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Last year the county road crews had to make two repairs where the road had buckled, and Rohe believes additional buckling may occur this summer especially if the heat wave continues.

 

Utility Companies See Surge in Energy Usage From Heat Wave

(Le Mars) -- The heat wave has utility companies seeing a surge in energy usage.  But officials with Northern Iowa Power Cooperative, otherwise known as NIPCO say they have anticipated the extra surge and have adapted accordingly.  Kent Pauling is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for NIPCO.  He says they have not seen any outages due to the excessive heat.

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NIPCO serves approximately 32,000 customers through its seven rural electrical cooperatives.  Pauling says a few years ago, the member co-ops established a program called "Switch Makes Cents" that redirects energy away from some customers during peak load times.  Pauling says the program has been beneficial, especially during this heat wave.

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Mid-American Company spokesperson,Tina Potthoff says although energy usage has increased it isn't at the record set during the summer of 2011.

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Potthoff says Mid-American has not had any power outages as a result of the heat wave. Potthoff offers some energy saving tips that can be implemented to help save energy and money.
   
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Cattle Under Stress From Heat Wave

(Orange City) -- This heat wave is not only uncomfortable to us, but it can be deadly for livestock.  Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension Livestock Specialist says for market cattle, the heat and humidity can be troublesome, especially when there is little to no air movement.

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She says cattle producers have done a good job of placing the cattle in shaded areas or turning on water sprinklers to cool down the cattle.  The I-S-U Beef Specialist hasn't heard of any instances when the cattle have parished as a result of the heat, but she says performance levels will decline.

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Doran says besides market cattle, the heat can also negatively affect cow-calf  operations.

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Pasture ground is also feeling the stress of the drought.  Doran says many of the pastures in northwest Iowa are looking "tough"

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As a result of the dry and hot conditions, Doran expects hay will soon be selling at premium prices.  She suggests producers transport their livestock either at night or early in the morning prior to the rise of the heat and humidity.


 

 

   

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