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Friday News, September 13

Le Mars Man Killed In South Dakota Truck Accident

CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A Le Mars man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D.
Highway 46 and S.D. Highway 19A about three miles south of Centerville on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Gene Allan Stinton, 63, of Le Mars, Iowa, was driving eastbound on Highway 46 driving a
2002 International truck. Tom Franklin Laidlaw, 53, of Stilt, Colo., was southbound on Highway 19A driving a 2000 Peterbilt truck. Laidlaw stopped at the stop sign and then drove into the intersection to continue south. His vehicle was struck by Stinton’s truck, which had the right-of-way and no stop sign.
Stinton received fatal injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. Laidlaw, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries.  No further information is immediately available.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Centerville Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire and Rescue, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Department of Transportation assisted.

Janine Athay Named School Employee Of The Month

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has named a librarian from Franklin school as its September "Employee of the Month."  Janine Athay was given the honor yesterday afternoon.  She was nominated by all Franklin teachers.  In the nomination, it says Janine is always willing to help as needed at Franklin Elementary.  She works hard to make birthday breakfast and the annual book fair a success, earning new books for the library.  She re-schedules any missed library classes and allows daily check-out of books.
Mrs. Athay coordinates all AEA materials for the staff.  She helps kindergarteners during computer time and supervises in the lunch room.  In the summer, Janine can be found painting the walls of Franklin to help make our school look great. Our congratulations to Janine Athay for being named the Le Mars Community School District's "Employee of the Month."


Body Recovered From Lewis And Clark State Park's Blue Lake

(Onawa) -- Police have identified the man who drowned in a lake at Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa on Wednesday.  Monona County sheriff Jeff Pratt said the body of Garrett L. Grant, age 43, of Macy, Nebraska was found Thursday morning.  Crews were called to a possible drowning in Blue Lake just before noon on Wednesday.  The search was called off later in the day, but crews returned on Thursday.  Pratt says Grant went into the water in the middle of the lake.  His body was recovered near a boat ramp.


Body Found At Saylorville Lake

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A body has been found at Saylorville Lake, where authorities have
been searching for a man who jumped off a boat.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says identification of the body hasn't been
completed. It was discovered a little before 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the base of the dam.
An autopsy has been scheduled.
Authorities had been searching for the body of 22-year-old Luis Cuadra, of Perry.
Witnesses say he leaped into the water off a pontoon boat near the Cherry Glen boat ramp
on Tuesday evening and didn't surface.


Giffords To Help Braley On Fundraiser

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will headline a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley's Senate campaign.
According to a news release provided to The Associated Press, Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will appear at Braley's annual "Bruce, Blues, and BBQ" fundraiser. The event will be held Oct. 27 in Des Moines.
Braley, of Waterloo, is the only Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.
Giffords was wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz. supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned from Congress a year later.
Braley and Giffords were both elected to Congress in 2006. They became friends and collaborated on several issues.


Iowa's Insurance Rates Should Be Lower Than Most States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart says premium prices on the state's new health care marketplace will be lower in Iowa than many other states.
In a news release Thursday, Gerhart says that for similar plans "Iowa's rates will continue to compare favorably."
The Insurance Division did not release complete pricing estimates, but offered a few examples. A 40-year-old non-smoker seeking a mid-range - or silver - plan in central Iowa would spend about $219 each month. That's lower than the projected prices in most of the 17 states listed in a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, states must have a health exchange, with enrollment starting October 1st and coverage on January 1st. Iowa is partnering with the federal government for the exchange.


Public Comment Welcome On Nuclear Plant Start-Up

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The public will have another chance to learn more about the status of the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant later this month.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold another meeting on about the idle plant on Sept. 24.
Fort Calhoun, which sits across from Iowa on the Missouri River about 20 miles north
of Omaha, has been offline since April 2011.
Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed. 
Regulators will provide an update on Omaha Public Power District's efforts to repair Fort Calhoun.
The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Comfort Inn and Suites near 72nd Street and Interstate 80 in Omaha.




Thursday Afternoon News, Sept 12

Plymouth County Authorities Investigate Gunshot Wound

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 emergency call this morning at about 9:50 a.m. The caller stated that an individual had been shot with a handgun.  Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies arrived along with medical support from the Hinton Ambulance and found a 53 year old female suffering from a gunshot wound.  The individual was taken by Mercy Air Care to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where she remains hospitalized.  An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the gunshot wound showed that this was not accidental and there was no foul play involved.  Release of the victim's name is being withheld pending the notification of family members.

Le Mars May Find Solution To Water Tower/Airport Dilemma

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials may have found a solution to the dilemma of its
proposed new water tower being declared by the Federal Aviation Administration as being
too tall, and in the path of the Le Mars Municipal Airport. The FAA from Texas is asking
the city to consider modifications to the proposed water tower.  Scott Langel, city
administrator says an old FAA memo from Kansas City has surfaced indicating the air
traffic to the Le Mars airport could be designated as a "west approach only", which would
actually allow the new water tower to be built.

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Langel says the city hopes the FAA makes a ruling in favor of the "west approach only".  He says it could be mid-October before that decision can be made.  If it sounds as though there are different opinions within the same federal agency, Langel explains why the FAA opinion from Kansas City differs from the FAA ruling from Texas.

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Kirchoff Files Nomination Papers For Mayor  Re-election

(Le Mars) -- Mayor Dick Kirchoff has submitted nomination papers for the city election. 
Kirchoff is seeking re-election and, so far, is the only candidate to file papers seeking
the position of mayor.  Council members John Leonard and Ken Nelson have previously
submitted nomination papers. Nominations are due by September 19th.

Plymouth County Assisted Remsen Police With Public Drinking

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was asked to offer Remsen Police Department some assistance Saturday evening in the downtown Remsen area with persons drinking in public.
Deputies and officers arrived just past midnight and walked up and down the side walk
telling people that they need to keep their alcohol inside of the bars and could not drink
on the sidewalk.  At 12:13 AM, a deputy observed a subject walk out of the bar onto the
side walk drinking his beer.  When the deputy approached, the subject went back into the
bar.  He was brought back outside and identified as Andy Hoffman, age 22 of Remsen.
Hoffman was placed under arrest for public consumption.
While Hoffman was being arrested, another subject approached the deputy interfering with
Hoffman’s arrest.  After several commands to stay back, this subject was restrained and
taken into custody for public intoxication and interference with official acts.  He was
later identified as Richard Arens, age 58 of Remsen.
Both subjects were taken to the Plymouth County Jail and were released after posting bond.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and Remsen Police Department were assisted by the
Iowa State Patrol, Kingsley Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.


Drought Conditions Worsen

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Heat and little rain continue to intensify the drought in several
states including primary crop growing areas.
The national drought monitor report released Thursday says in Iowa, the nation's
largest corn producer, severe drought spread to nearly 42 percent of the state up from 32
percent a week ago.
The drought monitor tracks conditions from Sept. 3 through Tuesday morning. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about a third of corn and soybeans are in
good or excellent condition in Iowa down from more than half rated in those categories a
month ago. In Nebraska, where drought increased in some areas, non-irrigated corn is in
similar shape.
Drought worsened in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and
Further south, conditions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas declined.







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