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Thursday News, October 16

City To Clean Sewers

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Waste Water officials are announcing the city will be conducting its annual sewer cleaning.  Ron Kayser, Superintendent for the City's Waste Water Department says the routine and necessary maintenance reduces the likelihood of sewer lines plugging.  The Le Mars Waste Water Department has hired an outside contractor to do the annual sewer cleaning, beginning today (Thursday).  Kayser says the process could take up to six weeks to complete.  The area designated for sewer cleaning includes all the area west of 4th Avenue Northwest and Southwest extending from 6th Street Northwest to 14th Street Southwest, and the entire area south and west of Central Avenue to 14th Street Southwest.  Kayser says it may be possible that residents experience some minor sewer problems and/or traffic congestion in these areas.  If you have questions regarding the sewer cleaning, you are urged to contact the Waste Water Treatment Facility at 546-5003 during normal business hours.


Brenda Gengler Honored As Chamber "Employee Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce honored its latest "Employee of the Month" Wednesday morning during a chamber coffee event held at Northwest Iowa Credit Union.  Brendqa Gengler has been selected as this month's "Employee of the Month."  Brenda was nominated by Steve De Boer CEO of Northwest Iowa Credit Union.  Brenda has been an assistant manager and loan manager for the past 28 years at NW Iowa Credit Union in Le Mars.  She is a dedicated employee who has faithfully served the members of the NW Iowa Credit Union for 28 years.  She knows every job function in the workplace and willingly performs any and all duties as needed.  Members always get great attention and care when they deal with Brenda.  Co-workers respect and appreciate the examples she sets.  She is trully worthy of the recognition as Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.  Our congratulations to Brenda Gengler of the Northwest Iowa Credit Union for being honored as the Chamber's "October Employee of the Month."


Woodbury County Supervisors Settle Lawsuit

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Woodbury County Board has agreed to settle a woman's lawsuit over what she said was mistreatment at the county jail.
     The board approved the settlement on Tuesday. The county will pay Nicole Clay $15,000, and Sioux City will pay her $7,500.
     Clay said in her lawsuit that corrections officers tore off her top and bra and banged her head against a wall when she was being booked into the jail on Aug. 12, 2011, for public intoxication. Clay also says the arresting officer who searched her purse and looked through photos on her cellphone didn't have a warrant.
     Attorney Tom Verhulst, who represented the county, says the county "maintains no liability but decided to pay the settlement and move on."


Iowa Supreme Court Hears Arguments On "Speeding Cameras" Case

(Storm Lake) -- The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday evening on a Sioux City case involving traffic cameras. Michael Jacobsma, a lawyer from Sioux Center, sued the city after receiving a speed camera ticket for going 67 miles-an-hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone. Jacobsma represented himself before the justices, saying he was denied due process because the ticket was mailed to him after the photo was taken without an actual officer confirming he was driving.

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74 Year Old Man Charged With Stabbing Woman To Death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 74-year-old man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of a woman in Des Moines.
     Officers were sent around 3:10 p.m. Wednesday to check a report of a fight at an apartment building office. They found the 54-year-old woman suffering from stab wounds. Police say she died later at a hospital. Her name won't be released until relatives are notified about her death.
     Police say 74-year-old Norman Wadsworth had blood on him and was found near the crime scene. He was interviewed, jailed and charged with first-degree murder. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney in the case.


African Leaders Say Food Is In Jeopardy Due To Ebola Outbreak

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Agriculture ministers from West African nations at the center of the Ebola epidemic say only money and global coordination will keep the health care crisis from becoming a food emergency.
     In Sierra Leone, where thousands are infected and more than 900 have died, 40 percent of the nation's farmers have abandoned their fields. Agriculture Minister Joseph Sam Sesay says annual economic growth of more than 11 percent has dropped to an expected 3 percent.
     Liberia Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth says billions of dollars of outside agricultural investment is gone as farming has been decimated.
     The officials spoke Wednesday at the World Food Prize Foundation annual meeting in Des Moines where government, academic, corporate, nonprofit agriculture and food experts gather to discuss issues of hunger and boosting agricultural productivity.


Ammonia Released In Water Tributary

VILLISCA, Iowa (AP) - An unknown amount of ammonia has entered a small unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River in southwest Iowa.
     The state Department of Natural Resources says the anhydrous ammonia was released from the United Farmers Mercantile Co-op in Villisca between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. It went into a city storm sewer before entering the tributary.
     DNR officials detected high concentrations of ammonia throughout the tributary to the river, but no fish kill has been reported.
     Co-op employees are pumping contaminated water out of the tributary. They are also pumping contaminated water from an on-site pit.
     The case remains under investigation.


Democrats Try To Tarnish Ernst Image

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As time runs short in the competitive Iowa Senate race, Democrats are trying to tarnish the centerpiece of Republican Joni Ernst's successful Senate campaign - her appealing image as a down-to-earth farm girl.
     In recent weeks, Democrats have promoted stories about a dispute Ernst's husband had with a house painter, construction contracts awarded to her father when she was Montgomery County Auditor and local political conflicts during her time in county office.
     Ernst supporters say the attacks won't change their opinions. Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard, is running against Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley.
     Recent polls have shown a close race. The candidates and outside groups are spending millions on television advertising and bringing in big-name surrogates to boost enthusiasm.





Wednesday Afternoon News, October 15

Beauty College Burglarized

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating a burglary and theft of the Le Mars Beauty College.  Sometime during the Tuesday overnight hours, suspects entered the Beauty college through a south window.  Police believe multiple suspects are involved, given the quanity of items stolen.  Police say several bottles of hair products, including hair related tools, such as blow driers, curling irons, scissors, combs and brushes were stolen.  Officials are conducting an inventory of items and visiting with students, as part of the investigation.  Le Mars Police officials say in excess of $1000 worth of products and tools were taken during the burglary.


Two Separate Roll Over Accidents Cause Injuries

(Le Mars) -- A 17 year old Sioux City female was involved in a single vehicle accident that happened on Monday evening.  According to a traffic accident report from the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Josephine Johansen was traveling westbound on county road C-38 when she lost control of her vehicle and it went airborne over a creek and struck the embankment of the westside of the creek.  The vehicle rolled once and came to a rest on its wheels.  Johansen suffered some injuries, but was able to get herself free from the vehicle and crawled up to the bridge.  She was picked up by a passer-by and taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by private vehicle.

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man suffered minor injuries after his car rolled during a one-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 1:00 this Wednesday morning. David Meylor northbound on Nature Avenue when he lost control of his car after crossing a bridge.  The vehicle entered the west ditch and struck a power pole with the right front fender causing the vehicle to roll onto its top. Meylor was taken by a private party to Floyd Valley Hospital.


Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation Looking For Board Director

(Le Mars) -- The Board of Directors of the LeMars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member. The LBIC Board is made up of four representatives of the City of LeMars, four representatives of the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and six or more at-large positions. All at-large positions are three year terms.

Anyone interested in serving on the LBIC Board should provide a letter stating their interest in the position and their willingness to serve a three year term. The letter should be sent to: LBIC, 50 Central Ave. SE, LeMars, IA., attn. Neal Adler. All letters must be received by November 7th. The Board of Directors will hold an election at their December meeting to fill any open seats.


Weather Director To Visit Flood Research Center

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The director of the National Weather Service says he's visiting the Iowa Flood Center to learn more about how its researchers are predicting and helping respond to flooding.
     NWS Director Louis Uccellini said Wednesday the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa is a "tremendous asset" that is helping fill gaps in the ability to predict impacts of floods on local communities. 
     He said the five-year-old center's work with local officials is "a very important learning experience" as the weather service tries to partner with communities to save lives and mitigate property damage.
     Iowa Flood Center officials invited Uccellini to visit as they lobby to become a nationally designated and funded center for flood research. They say they're hoping to partner with the new National Water Center in Alabama.


Residents Near Lake Manawa Concerned About Camping

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Neighbors in an area near Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs are concerned about camping and other issues near the lake.
     About 80 people gathered at Bass Pro Shops to learn about two renovation projects by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Lake Manawa State Park. Under the proposed plan, 51 full hookup campsites would be made and dedicated spaces for tent camping would be eliminated, though tent camping would still be allowed. 
     Mike McGhee, the department's project manager for lake restoration, says the two projects are expected to total more than $10 million.
     Residents who live in Lake Manawa neighborhoods were concerned about overall park and lake safety. Some wanted to reduce camping numbers or prohibit the recreational activity all together while some supported the department's plans.


Food For Liberia

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man is leading an effort to gather food to be shipped to Liberia, a west African nation that's struggling to deal with Ebola.
     Walter Gwenigale Jr., who's lived in Des Moines for the past seven years, visited family in Liberia this summer. He saw that the deadly disease was not only taking a toll on Liberia's population but also on the nation's food supplies. More than 2,300 people in Liberia have died from Ebola. 
     According to the World Bank, labor shortages in some west African countries are limiting food production and fear of the disease abroad is hampering trade. 
    Once Gwenigale arrived back on U.S. soil, he contacted a nonprofit agency about sending food shipments to Liberia. On Tuesday, Outreach Inc. sent a second shipment of 300,000 meals to Liberia.










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