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School Bus Accident Near Rock Valley

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - School officials say no one was seriously injured when a school bus tipped over on a gravel road while picking up students near Rock Valley yesterday morning.
     Rock Valley Superintendent Chad Janzen says there were ten students on the bus when the accident happened about 8 a.m.  Janzen says most of the injuries were "nicks and bruises," but one student was  taken to a hospital as a precaution.
The bus driver wasn't hurt.
     Janzen says the bus had picked up two students and wasn't going very fast when it went off the road and tipped over in a ditch. The cause of accident in under investigation.
     Janzen says the students ranged in age from preschoolers to ninth graders.

(Akron) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office is investigating an auto accident that occurred Tuesday evening when a vehicle was reported to have rolled and trapping the two occupants.  The investigation found that Joseph Tripp of Akron was driving southbound on K-18 and was being passed by another southbound vehicle.  The passing vehicle clipped the driver's side of Tripp's vehicle, causing him to temporarily lose control.  Tripp went through the west ditch and was nearly stopped on 314th Street when Tripp accelerated, swinging his car around, again losing control.  Tripp went into the south ditch where his vehicle rolled once and came to a rest on the passenger's side.  Tripp and a passenger, Heather Rodriguez, also of Akron were freed and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life threatening.  The investigation continues and charges are pending.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Fairboard is asking the county for some financial assistance.  Fair board president, Tony Schroeder appeared before the supervisors on Tuesday and informed them of the many changes that are occuring at the fairgrounds.  The fairboard has received funds from the county in the past and is asking for $20,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.


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Supervisor Guenthner questioned Schroeder about the fairboard's plan for financing and its current financial situation.  

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Schroeder says since the year 2000, the fairboard has spent nearly one million dollars on maintenance and upkeep. The newly elected fairboard president did tell the supervisors that the fairboard does not have any debt.

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Republicans have announced the locations for the January 3rd caucuses.  Precincts 1 & 6 which include the townships of Portland, Westfield, and Sioux will gather at the Security National Bank community room at Akron.  Precincts 2,3,4,11,12,and 13 that includes the townships of Preston, Grant, Johnson, Washington, Elgin, America, and LeMars Wards 1,2,and 3 will caucus at the LeMars Convention Center Lower Level in LeMars.  Precinct 5 that includes the townships of Fredonia, Meadow, Marion, and Remsen will gather at the Remsen Union High School Auditorium in Remsen.  Precinct 7 that includes the townships of Liberty, Plymouth, and Stanton will meet at the Merrill Community Center gym.  Precinct 8 including Hancock, Perry, Hungerford, and Lincoln townships will meet at the Hinton Community Center in Hinton.  Precinct 10 includes the townships of Union, Henry, Elkhorn and Garfield will caucus at the Kingsley Community Center at Kingsley.  Caucuses will begin at 7:00 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m.

 

(Storm Lake) -- The long-time Storm Lake police department office manager has been fired and charged with theft in connection with missing city funds.  Public Safety director Mark Prosser says 43-year old Lee Martin of Storm Lake was arrested Tuesday in connection with an investigation that began earlier this month.  On December 2nd, Prosser was notified of possible irregularities in funds transferred from the public safety office to city hall.  On December 6th, Martin was placed on administrative leave and Prosser ordered an investigation.  Police allege Martin had been taking cash from deposits transferred to city hall totaling over 12-thousand dollars in the past 12 months, and also altered receipts.  Additional investigation is underway into previous years of cash transfers from Martin's office to city hall.  Martin worked for the public safety department the past 21 years.  Prosser says the very person charged with insuring the department's books were balanced and funds were appropriately transferred to city hall is the one who allegedly was circumventing the system.  He termed it a very disappointing case of violation of the public's trust.  Prosser says additional safeguards have been put into place to insure that similar incidents are prevented.  Tuesday afternoon, Martin was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, and first-degree theft.  Martin was jailed on a 35-thousand dollar bond and her employment with the city was terminated.

 

DENISON, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa fire chief has been charged after an audit suggested he spent thousands of dollars for his personal benefit.
     A complaint filed Wednesday charges former Denison Fire Chief Michael McKinnon with first-degree theft and felonious misconduct in office.
     McKinnon left his job last year under a cloud of questions about his management. An audit last month questioned $95,000 in spending, including about $40,000 paid to businesses he owned that included invoices for post office boxes that did not exist. Other spending included a motor for his boat.
     Special Agent Terry Klooster of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says McKinnon has moved to New Mexico but is expected to turn himself in when he makes his initial court appearance
December 30th.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State health officials say a new flu strain that was detected in north central Iowa has dropped out of sight.
     The Iowa Department of Health says the H3N2 strain sickened three children in Webster and Hamilton counties. All three recovered.
     State Medical Director Doctor Patricia Quinlisk says the virus apparently failed to continue spreading.
     The new strain of  flu is a hybrid of viruses that have infected pigs over the last decade and a gene from the H1N1 strain that caused the pandemic two years ago.
     About a dozen cases of infection with H3N2 have been reported nationally.
     Quinlisk says health officials continue to watch closely for new cases, but haven't seen any.
    

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of deer killed during the recent shotgun seasons in Iowa is down about 9 percent from last year and about 30 percent lower than in 2006.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources released the deer kill numbers Wednesday, saying about 70,000 fewer deer were taken during the recent hunting seasons than in 2010.
     The chief of the Iowa DNR Wildlife Bureau, Dale Garner, says the reduced kill is the result of a reduced deer population in the state. He says the number of deer is near the state's objective and
hunters are being encouraged to be more selective.
     Officials say they will review the harvest and deer population and make proposals to stabilize the deer population.
 

 

 

   

   

Six Fire Depts Fight Blaze in Hawarden

(Hawarden) -- Fire officials from six different communities were busy fighting a structural fire last evening in Hawarden.  Fire broke out at about 10:30 p.m. and fire crews battled the blaze for more than five and a half hours.  Jon Strong is the fire chief for the Hawarden fire department.  He says the 90 feet by 250 feet building was used primarily for storage.

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He doesn't know the damage estimate, but says it will be in the several thousands of dollars.  Strong isn't certain of the origin of the fire but says the state fire marshall is scheduled to arrive on Thursday to investigate. There were no injuries involved with the fire.  Those fire departments that responded included: Hawarden, Akron, Ireton, Sioux Center, Alcester,South Dakota; and Hudson, South Dakota. 

(Akron) -- Prior to responding to the fire in Hawarden, the Akron Fire and Rescue Department were called to the scene of a roll-over auto accident.  The accident happened about 8:45 p.m. last evening.  The accident occured at the intersection of K-18 and 314th Street.  The subjects of the accident were reported to be pinned inside the vehicle.  The names and the conditions of those involved in the accident are not known at this time.


(LeMars) -- Each year the LeMars Junior Varsity Boy's Basketball team hosts the Hall of Pride Game at the LeMars Community High School.  Both workers and team players donated their time with all proceeds going to support non for profit organizations in our area.  The event was able to raise several hundred dollars. This year, team members chose to donate $570 to the new LeMars Area Dialysis Services and the remainder of the funds were donated to the Nohava Backpack for Kids program.  Mike Donlin, president of the LeMars Area Dialysis Service accepted the donation and says the board of directors are very pleased and delighted that the Junior Varsity basketball team chose to support our cause.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors once again heard from Gene Pluegger of LeMars who appeared before the Supervisors again asking if they would consider paving a stretch of road about a mile long near a cemetery.  Pluegger asked the supervisors to consider placing the paving project on the five-year plan.    Chairman Jim Henrich said they can't give any promises that the road will be placed on the five year plan.  Supervisor Mark Loutsch tried to explain that the county sometimes is able to receive funding from the state and that many times determines which roadway is placed on the prioritiy list.

The Board of Supervisors also heard from Dick Sievers, the executive director of Mid-Sioux Opportunity.  

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Sievers informed the supervisors that all funds stay in Plymouth County, although the charity organization helps people in a five-county area.    Sievers says it is likely the funding from the federal and state government will likely be cut over the next 2 to 5 years.  He didn't say which programs would be adversely affected but only to say the budget cuts will be inevitable in most programs.  Supervisor Craig Anderson asked the question if Mid-Sioux had calculated how many employees may lose their jobs as a result of the proposed budget cuts.  Sievers replied, he hasn't looked at that as of yet.  Mid-Sioux employs more than 80 people and the headquarters are located at Remsen.  The Supervisors also heard funding requests from Tony Schroeder representing the Plymouth County Fair, and from Judy Bowman representing the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

 


(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are asking for the assistance of the public to find a suspect involved with an assult.  At about 7:00 this morning, the Sioux City Police Department received a report of an assault at 17th and Jones Streets.  A 16 year old female reported that while she was waiting for her bus, an unknown male grabbed her from behind.  The suspect covered her mouth and threatened to harm her.  The girl was able to escape when a car passed and the male released her.  The victim ran home and appears to be uninjured.  The only description of the suspect is that he is male, about 6 feet tall and thin.  He was wearing a dark brown work style coat, jeans, and a mask or scarf over his face.  The Police are asking if you were in the area of the incident and have a better description of the suspect or witnessed the incident, please contact Detective Troy Hansen at 898-4554. You can also contact Crime Stoppers by calling 258-TIPS, texting to CRIMES with SCPDTIP in the message.

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Republicans have announced the locations for the January 3rd caucuses.  Precincts 1 & 6 which include the townships of Portland, Westfield, and Sioux will gather at the Security National Bank community room at Akron.  Precincts 2,3,4,11,12,and 13 that includes the townships of Preston, Grant, Johnson, Washington, Elgin, America, and LeMars Wards 1,2,and 3 will caucus at the LeMars Convention Center Lower Level in LeMars.  Precinct 5 that includes the townships of Fredonia, Meadow, Marion, and Remsen will gather at the Remsen Union High School Auditorium in Remsen.  Precinct 7 that includes the townships of Liberty, Plymouth, and Stanton will meet at the Merrill Community Center gym.  Precinct 8 including Hancock, Perry, Hungerford, and Lincoln townships will meet at the Hinton Community Center in Hinton.  Precinct 10 includes the townships of Union, Henry, Elkhorn and Garfield will caucus at the Kingsley Community Center at Kingsley.  Caucuses will begin at 7:00 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's jobless rate has fallen below 6 percent for the first time in two years, in part because of a growth in manufacturing.
     The latest employment numbers show the jobless rate in November fell to 5.7 percent. That's the lowest since September 2009 when the rate stood at 5.9 percent. It is also down from 6 percent in
October.
     Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert says the decline in the rate shows the Iowa economy is on firmer ground and the economic recovery has "stepped up a notch."
     About 1,100 manufacturing jobs were added in November with 3,700 jobs being created overall.
     The Iowa Policy Project, an Iowa City-based think tank, argues Iowa's economy remains sluggish with not enough jobs being created to offset those lost since 2008.

   

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