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Wednesday afternoon news, August 22

Train Collides With Semi Truck and Trailer

(Le Mars) -- A semi truck and trailer collided with a north bound Union Pacific Train Wednesday afternoon at Le Mars.  The accident happened at 18th Street Southwest and Highway 75.  It doesn't appear there were any injuries involved with the collision as the back of the trailer came into contact with the train.  The truck, owned by Westside Transport of Cedar Rapids was hauling bales of cardboard waste.  The train consisted of grain cars.  The truck ws attempting to cross the railroad tracks, when it appears to have yielded to north bound traffic on Highway 75, leaving the trailer to remain on the tracks when the train hit it.  The Le Mars Police Department and Union Pacific rail officials are investigating the accident.


Le Mars City Council Discusses Madison Avenue Water Line

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council has approved the date of September 4th at 12:00 noon as the date and time for a public hearing regarding the extension of a water main on Madison Avenue.  The area that will be served by the city as a result of the water main extension are the properties north of the interchange of Highway 60 and Highway 75.  Currently, Fedders Marine and RV has indicated an interest in moving its business to that location. City officials anticipate other businesses may also show an interest in the area.  Until the construction is completed, Fedders Marine and RV and other businesses will get their water from the Southern Sioux Water Association, of which the city of Le Mars will temporary purchase that water.  Southern Sioux Water Association already offers water services to residents living along Highway 75, north of Le Mars.  The city council hopes to have construction start in October with the timetable for completion on the Madison Avenue water line to be finished in November.

 

Le Mars City Council Sets Date For Bids On Former IDOT Property

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council also approved the date of September 4th for a public hearing regarding city owned property located on North Highway 75.  The property was formerly owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation and was used as a storage facility.  The city council established the date of August 28th at 1:30 p.m. as the time and date for bids for the property to be submitted to the city.


Le Mars Chamber Ready For Food "Cash Mob"

(Le Mars) -- After work Thursday evening, you may want to stop by the Le Mars Chamber office  located on Central Avenue to learn which food related business will be chosen for the third "Cash Mob".  Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Chamber says one of five downtown Chamber members that serve food are eligible.

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If you are perhaps worried about consuming $20 worth of food at one time, Reynolds suggests you consider gift cards.

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Reynolds says the Chamber will sponsor one more cash mob in September that again will feature a food related business, but located outside the downtown district.


Viet Nam Veteran Gets His Medals

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Army veteran has received new Vietnam War medals to replace ones that were stolen from his home in the late 1990s.
U.S. Rep.Steve King presented Dennis Roberts Tuesday with 11 new medals. The medals given to Roberts include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Medal. He's waiting for one more, the Good Conduct Medal.
Roberts received the medals from King during a ceremony in Sioux City.
Roberts says the medals will occupy a blank spot on his wall, as a reminder of the days when he served his country. Roberts served in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970.


Rastetter Amends Financial Disclosure For Ethics Commission

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Board of Regents member Bruce Rastetter has filed an amended financial disclosure statement with a state ethics board just days before the board considers whether
he violated state ethics rules.
The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board meets Thursday to review a complaint filed by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a government watchdog group.
The complaint alleges Rastetter misrepresented himself on financial disclosure forms as a farmer when in fact he owns numerous investments and gets significant income from executive
positions at corporations he oversees.
The new disclosure filed Monday adds his position as CEO at two companies in addition to multiple investments and real estate holdings.
Rastetter's lawyer says the new disclosures are intended to resolve ethics questions.
Iowa CCI declared victory saying it's an admission of guilt.

 

Restaurants Complain of Odor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines city officials say residents are complaining about a putrid smell that forced patio diners at one restaurant to move indoors.
The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/NEVTq4 ) the stench was traced to an animal rendering plant less than a mile southeast of the downtown. City officials say they received 14
calls Monday night, enough to trigger the city's first odor inspection in 10 years.
Bruce Gerleman, who owns a downtown seafood restaurant, describes the odor as a "putrid, dead animal smell."
He says dignitaries dining at his restaurant after a World Food Prize ceremony complained about the smell Monday night. He says patio diners at Jethro's BBQ, another restaurant he owns, were so
offended that they moved indoors.
Inspectors traced the smell to Darling International, which processes animal byproducts.


Company Wants To Convert Waste Into Ethanol

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A company that converts organic material into ethanol is requesting access to Iowa City's trash.
KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids says (http://bit.ly/Owqray ) Fiberight Industries is planning to build a $60 million refinery in Blairstown. The Maryland company is expanding into Iowa, and a top executive asked Tuesday to lease three acres of Iowa City's landfill.
Fiberight vice president Steve Gerber says more than 50 percent of the materials that go into landfills is organic and can be turned into ethanol.
Gerber says the company also sifts out recyclables and methane gas, both of which can go back to the community for other purposes.  The company estimates the project would reduce trash coming into the landfill by about 80 percent.

 

 

 

 

   

Wednesday News, August 22

Four Fire Departments Fight Silage Fire

(Merrill) --  Smoke could be seen for miles, as fire fighters from four communities were at the scene of a fire located at 25675 County Road K-49, or about 5 miles east of Merrill.  A corn silage pile, along with numerous round bales, ignited when a payloader tractor, while working on the silage pile, touched the dry husks of the bales.   Underneath the silage pile were old rubber tires that also ignited.  Lost are several round bales, tons of corn silage, and the payloader tractor that has a value of at least $30,000. That fire started at about 2:40 p.m. and fire officials were on the scene for more than three hours.  Fire fighters from Merrill, Hinton, Le Mars and Oyens responded to that fire.


Le Mars Fire Department and Dean Foods Work Together For Disaster Drill

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will hold a simulated disaster drill on this evening at Dean Foods between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper says it will be a "hands-on" drill focusing on a truck that has spilled some acid.

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Schipper says other area fire departments have been invited to participate in the drill.

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Jarrod Otta is the plant manager for Dean Foods.  He says the milk plant wants to treat the drill as a real emergency.

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Otta says the production line will be shut down for about 15 to 20 minutes, but he says the employees will take an active roll in tonight's drill.

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Plymouth County Sheriff Office Gets Police Dog

(Le Mars) -- The newest member of the Plymouth County Law Enforcement team met with the county board of supervisors during their Tuesday meeting.  Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo and Deputy Jacob Wingert introduced Fala, a four and a half month old German Shepard dog.  Deputy Wingert will be the trainer and handler of the new canine patrol.  Wingert says the dog, its food, and veterinary services are being donated.

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Wingert says it will take approximately two years to fully train the dog as a registered police dog. He says the dog already displays several characteristics that lead the sheriff's office to believe Fala will make for a good police dog.

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Deputy Wingert says Fala will be a big help with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department once the training is completed.

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Wingert says during these early stages of training, he is working with Fala with her socialization skills.


Le Mars Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Distribution

(Cedar Rapids) -- A Le Mars man is one of five individuals sentenced to federal prison for a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  30 year old Brent Lamp was sentenced on August 20th to 17 and a half years in federal prison.  Lamp pleaded guilty to receiving multiple quantities of methamphetamine and resold it to numerous other people, between January 2011 to December of 2011.  Lamp was previously convicted of a felony drug offense in Plymouth County in December of 2001.

 

Penn National Rejects Casino Contract Offer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The operator of Sioux City's riverboat casino has turned down a contract offer from its nonprofit partner that holds the gambling license.
The Missouri River Historical Development on Monday approved an extension of its operating agreement with Penn National Gaming Co. through March 2015, and added language that would allow the group to negotiate with other operators on a new land-based casino.
Penn rejected the offer on Tuesday.
The  move could set up a showdown at Thursday's meeting of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The current contract expired in July, and the commission has warned that if a short-term deal isn't reached by this week, the state may have no other choice but to shut down the riverboat, which has over 300 employees.

 

Student Pilot Made False Claims On Training Logs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo student pilot who admitted to falsifying flight logs to claim he flew more hours than he did is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Des Moines.
Thirty-three-year-old Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous earlier entered a guilty plea to making a false statement to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Al-Daous told FBI agents he falsely logged twice the actual number of hours he flew to save on the cost of getting a pilot's license.
He attended flight training at Livingston Aviation in Waterloo during 2010 and 2011. When he applied for a commercial pilot training program in September, the flight school discovered he had
not made many flights listed in his logbook.
Prosecutors on Wednesday will seek a year in prison. Defense attorneys say probation is sufficient punishment.

 

 

 

 






 

 

   

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