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Wednesday Afternoon News, September 4

Le Mars Police Investigate Motorcycle and Automobile Accident

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police is investigating a motorcycle and automobile accident.  The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at about 3:50 p.m.  Colan Borchers, 17, of Le Mars was driving his car westbound on 12th Street.  Borchers says friends of his waved to him, causing him to look away for a moment.  When he waved back to his friends, he failed to notice a motorcycle being driven by 38 year old Randall Klein of Le Mars had stopped and was waiting for traffic to clear so the motorcycle could make a left-hand turn.  Borchers rear-ended the motorcycle causing both the motorcycle driver and female passenger to be thrown from the motorcycle.  The passenger of the motorcycle, 18 year old Kenedy Klein of Le Mars was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Randall Klein was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.  Both suffered only minor injuries.  Borchers was not injured during the accident.

YMCA Prepares For Sprint Triathlon

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday, the Le Mars YMCA will host its seventh annual sprint triathlon.  Angela Loutsch says it is similar to the Labor Day Iron Man Contest held in Des Moines, only shorter.  The event combines swimming, bicycling, and running.

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More than 160 competitors are expected to participate in the event. Loutsch says the competitors come from across the nation, as well as locally.
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The YMCA official says the transition area for the sprint triathlon will open at 7:00 a.m. with the first swimmer entering the pool at 9:00 a.m.

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Loutsch says the YMCA is still in need of about 20 volunteers to assist with the coordination of the event.

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If you would like to either volunteer or register as a participant, contact Angela Loutsch at the Le Mars YMCA.  Their phone number is (712) 546-6655.

 

Hemmingson Wants To Be Re-elected To School Board

(Le Mars) -- Next Tuesday is election day for local public school board positions.  At the Le Mars Community School District four positions are up for election.  Mark Hemmingson is a five-year member of the Le Mars Community Board of Education.  Due to re-districting, Hemmingson will face Chris Collins, both incumbants, and now both serving District 3. 
Hemmingson says Le Mars community is a good school district, and he wants to see the school always strive to get the best teachers.

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Hemmingson says school financing is many times a cumbersome, but a necessary chore for school board directors. He says it may take some time to fully understand how it works.

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The attorney says it is important to understand the programs that can be offered through the school system.  Hemmingson lives within District 3, which at times is referred to as the "Clark" district because of Clark Elementary falls within the district.

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Hemmingson says he is proud of the completion of Phase 2 which added a new gymnasium, music rooms, art room, a computer lab, and activities room to the exisiting facility, making the Le Mars Community having the latest state of the art facilities for its students.

 

Branstad Appoints Findley To Be Chief Of Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has named his legal counsel to serve as interim chief of staff.
Branstad says Wednesday that Brenna Findley will be interim chief of staff until a permanent replacement is found for Jeff Boeyink. Boeyink announced his resignation last week. His last day in the Branstad administration will be Sept. 6.
Findley previously worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. Steve King. She was the Republican candidate for state Attorney General in 2010. She has served in the Branstad administration since January 2011.
Branstad is leaving on a trade mission to India and Japan on Friday. He will not name a permanent chief of staff before he returns to Iowa on Sept. 18.

 

Branstad Accepts London's Resignation

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he accepted the resignation of Iowa's public safety commissioner because he wants to restore "stability and predictability" to the department after a year of turmoil.
Branstad says that K. Brian London had a phenomenal resume in law enforcement, but he
did not fully understand the culture of public safety in Iowa. Branstad also says that a
"there were a lot of people that just didn't really feel comfortable" with London's
leadership style.
Branstad said that London offered his resignation Tuesday evening, a move he called
"appropriate."
On Wednesday, the governor reinstated Larry Noble as commissioner, a job Noble held
in 2011 and 2012.
Branstad told reporters in Coralville on Wednesday that Noble, a former trooper and
30-year department veteran, had earned the respect of employees.

   

Wednesday News, September 4

Le Mars Police Warn Of New Scam

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department would like to make Le Mars citizens aware of a new scam.  The scam involves the subject claiming to work for MicroSoft, and soliciting people by phone that if they would pay a $20 fee, they will receive anti-virus protection for the life of the computer.  The subject will then ask for your debit card number and as a result of that will take money out of your bank account that you did not authorize.  Le Mars Police would like to remind people that large companies such as MicroSoft do not solicit people over the phone and that if something does not seem right with what they are
offering you it is more than likely a scam.  The Le Mars Police suggest not to give any
vital bank account numbers over the phone, especially, if you did not place the call.

 

Le Mars Sewers To Be Cleaned

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Water Treatment facility needs to have the sewer lines cleaned again in Section 3, or all areas south of 1st street SW to 18th Street SW and SE, and from 4th Avenue SW to 6th Avenue SE.  Ron Kaiser, Superintendent for the Le Mars Wastewater Treatment plant says the cleaning is necessary to reduce the likelihood of sewer lines plugging.  An outside contractor will do the sewer cleaning starting next Monday, September 9th.  Kaiser says the cleaning could take up to six weeks to complete.  He says you may experience some minor sewer problems and/or traffic congestion in the affected areas.  If you live within the area designated to be cleaned, you can pour water down your
floor drains, have your sewer vent checked for blockages, and close your toilet lid.

 

Knights of Columbus Phone-a-thon Scheduled For Today

(Le Mars) -- The 34th annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon benefiting Life Skills Training Center and Iowa Special Olympics is scheduled for today. 
Knights of Columbus chapters from across the county will participate in the annual fund raiser. Bob Peutz serves as the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus and explains why the KC's participate with the phone-a-thon.

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Puetz says the majority of the money raised stays within Plymouth County.

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Volunteers will start at about 8:00 with the phone calls and will continue all day.  Last year, nearly $53,000 was raised, and this year officials hope to meet or break that mark.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Receives National Honor

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has received a national honor. The local fire and rescue squad has been recognized with the Life Safety Achievement Award. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says only a handful of fire departments across the state and nation are given the honor.

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Schipper explains the groundwork goes back to Chief Wayne Schipper who implemented several
fire safety programs beginning in the 1980's, and the current members of the fire department tries to continue the legacy. Schipper explains some of the fire prevention education programs conducted by the Le Mars Fire Department that lead to the national honor include their personal visits to each elementary school and each day care center. 
Schipper says the fire department focuses on the distribution of educational materials to
the youngsters, which is financed by local donations from community businesses.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the Le Mars Fire Department on average speaks to more than 500
students each year.


Fire Department Respond To Three Afternoon Calls

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the Le Mars Fire Department, they had a busy Tuesday afternoon.  The fire and rescue department responded to a motorcycle and auto accident, a grass fire and a railroad tie that had caught fire.  Each of the calls had come in within a two-hour time frame.

 

City Council Discuss Stop Signs During Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council once again discussed the issue concerning stop signs within the city limits during their regular city council meeting.  Originally, some members of the city council wanted to do away with stop signs at 23 different intersections.  However, the council decided to follow the recommendations set forth by the Public Safety Committee.  The city's public safety committee decided that most of the proposed stop signs should remain.  However, it was decided that traffic patterns have changed that four intersections no longer need to have stop signs.


Additional Details Of 5-Year Old's Death Now Revealed

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - A criminal complaint says a 17-year-old boy accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in western Iowa led family members to the body.
The complaint released Tuesday says Cody Metzker-Madsen led family members Saturday to Dominic Elkins' body at the bottom of a rural Harrison County ravine.
Metzker-Madsen and Dominic had lived at the same foster home for nearly three weeks.
The complaint says Metzker-Madsen changed his story to deputies about what happened
to Dominic. The complaint also says the teen had blood on his T-shirt.
The complaint says Dominic was found with multiple injuries to his head and torso.
Autopsy results have not been released.
Metzker-Madsen has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder. Records do not
list an attorney.
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County Court Offices To Stay Open Longer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Clerk of court offices throughout Iowa are again open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Staff shortages caused by budget shortfalls caused clerk offices to close every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon since the fall of 2009.
With the $167 million Iowa Judicial Branch budget approved by lawmakers in June, the Iowa Supreme Court authorized more than 40 additional positions for the state's clerk of court offices. That allows all the offices to be open to the public full time.
In northwest Iowa, 29 offices opened full time July 15 while the remaining clerk offices and the clerk of appellate courts office opened full time on Sept. 3.
In small counties some court offices may still close during lunch hours.

 

Heat Wave Hurts Crop Conditions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's corn crop has continued to decline as Iowa experienced the hottest week of the year last week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop condition update released Tuesday says 25 percent of the state's corn is poor or very poor. That's up from 21 percent the week before. Just 39 percent is good or excellent down from 44 percent the week before and 48 percent two weeks ago.
Iowa's soybeans are now 24 percent poor or very poor, up from 20 percent a week ago and 39 percent is good or excellent, down from 45 percent.
The conditions generally reflect the national trends.
Iowa temperatures averaged nearly 12 degrees above normal and average rainfall was about a third of an inch. Normal for the week is about an inch.

 

 

   

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