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Saturday News, October 27th

(Remsen) -- Get ready to polka!
It's Oktoberfest in Remsen, and Remsenites will be celebrating today with activities steeped
in tradition. If you're of German heritage and want to find out more about where you come
from, Organizer Angie Galles says you might want to start the day on a low-key note by
taking a look at some pictures and historical documents.

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If you're more interested in shopping the arts and crafts fair at Old City Hall and the
Avalon Ballroom or the Vendor Fair at RU High School start at 9am and run until
mid-afternoon.
Galles says that the party gets started at 1pm today in Remsen.

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Three young ladies are also competing for the title of Okoberfest Queen.  That ceremony
takes place at 5pm. 

And if you want to get your polka on, Bruce Bradley and Jim Strehlke will be playing from 3
to 5 and again from 6 till 9.

And finally, some traditional German fare will be served at the top of the hour every hour
from 3-7pm.  Galles says it's the Famous German/Luxembourg/American Feast.

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The tapping of the keg, polka music, childrens costume and dance contest, queen contest, and dinner all take place at St. Mary's Hight School. Have fun and be safe at the 39th Annual Remsen Oktoberfest!


(Le Mars) -- The state fire marshall has lifted the burn ban that was issued for Plymouth
County. As of 8:00 a.m. today, (Saturday) the burn ban is discontinued.  Officials believe
conditions are better and they are allowing for open burning to occur.  Le Mars Fire Chief
Dave Schipper reminds people to use caution when burning piles.  He suggests to make several
small piles when burning, and to make certain the wind is blowing the embers away from any
buildings, and to have a water supply source close to the fire.


(Le Mars) -- Iowa counties are finding it more difficult to adequately finance mental health
services, especially when the legislature has reduced some of the tax levy that is used to
pay for mental health services, and the caseload for mental health is on the increase. 
Recently, the state has suggested counties form regions so that a group of counties can
share in the growing expense of providing mental health services.  Sharon Nieman, Plymouth
County C-P-C director recently met before the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors to inform
them of the latest developments regarding the status of funding mental health services. 
Nieman says the counties have found out that in many cases the state has not allocated
funding for mental health services for at least the last three years.

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Nieman says the state has under-estimated the total costs by several million dollars.

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The County Supervisors adopted a resolution that gave approval for a letter of intent to
have Plymouth County go in with Sioux, Woodbury, and Cherokee Counties to form a regional
mental health services program.

(Sheldon) -- On Wednesday morning, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary that occurred at a business storage building one half mile south of Sheldon.
Upon further investigation it was discovered that sometime during the overnight hours of October 23 to 24,the Sheldon Cooperative propane service warehouse was burglarized. Entrance was gained by prying open a walk in door. Once inside, unknown person(s) opened an overhead garage door and parked their vehicle inside. Items taken include a variety of copper and brass fittings and pipes. Some of the valves are valued at $300 each. The total value of the stolen items is approximately $5,000.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City has agreed to work with an engineering firm in a lawsuit filed by a Nebraska company that claims it's owed over $700,000 from a job after the 2008 flood. The City Council has voted for an agreement with the co-defendant, VJ Engineering of Coralville.
They are being sued by Judds Brothers Construction of Lincoln, Neb., for breach of contract on a $1 million project that involved installing a sewer under the Iowa River. The project was completed
in 2009.
The lawsuit contends, among other issues, that defective design and the failure to disclose the scope of the work led to substantial added costs. The city denies the claim.
John Judds, CEO of the construction company, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

   

Friday Afternoon News, October 26

Romney Calls for 'Bold Changes' For Economy

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for "bold changes" to help revive the nation's economy. He spoke today during a speech in Iowa as he outlined a closing economic argument ahead of the November election.
Romney didn't unveil specific plans, but is heaping criticism on President Barack Obama for trying to "distract our attention from the biggest issues to the smallest."
Earlier in the day, Romney said a new report on the nation's economic growth is "discouraging."

Deputy Smells Smoke Alerts Family of Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A sheriff's deputy in western Iowa followed his nose to smoke pouring from a house and alerted its residents of a fire.
Deputy Jason Rokke (RUK'-ee) of Audubon County smelled the smoke around 4 a.m. Friday while on patrol in the Brayton area.
Sheriff Todd Johnson says Rokke checked nearby houses and found one that had smoke coming out of attic vents. Rokkee woke up the residents, and the two adults and two children fled safely.
The fire cause is being investigated.


Two People Face Arson Charges

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Two Omaha people face arson charges for a fire that damaged a house in western Iowa.
Twenty-seven-year-old William Kautter (KAH'-tur) has been charged with arson and six counts of attempted murder. His wife, 29-year-old Elizabeth Kautter, has been charged only with arson.
Prosecutors say the two are responsible for a fire on Dec. 14, 2010, that damaged a home in Atlantic. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says three adults and three children escaped without injury.
Investigators say gasoline was splashed across the front door and porch of the house and then set aflame.
The Kautters remain jailed. Bail reduction hearings for both are scheduled for Monday. Their attorneys declined to comment on Friday.

 

Lawyer Asking For A Re-trial For Passed Over U of I Candidate

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A lawyer for a conservative passed over for University of Iowa law school jobs is asking for a retrial on both counts of her lawsuit and raising criticism about how a judge oversaw the mixed verdict.
Attorney Stephen Fieweger on Thursday asked to reinstate Teresa Wagner's claim of discrimination under the 1st Amendment and vacate the verdict throwing it out. He says that claim should be retried
with the claim that her equal-protection rights were violated, which deadlocked jurors.
Fieweger says Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields accepted the verdict Wednesday on count 1 without allowing him to be present to poll jurors to ensure they were unanimous and hadn't been coerced.
Shields initially declared a mistrial on both claims. He later called jurors back and accepted their verdict on count 1.

 

Former Scout Camp Purchased For County Park

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - A Boy Scout camp near Marble Rock in northern Iowa has a new future as a park.
The Winnebago Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to sell the 320-acre camp to the Floyd County Conservation Board for $750,000.
The Winnebago Scout Reservation includes a swimming pool, dining hall, shooting ranges and buildings for year-round camping.
The council decided to sell the camp to be in compliance with a mandate requiring all camping operations be self-sustaining by 2013.  Executive Director Todd Wordel says the camp was underutilized, requiring it to be subsidized.
Officials say the scouts unloaded a financially burdensome piece of property but still get to use it. The county will provide move outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone.

 

 

   

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