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Thursday News, June 18

Second Day Of Ice Cream Days

(Le Mars) -- Today marks the second day of Ice Cream Days, and Brad Pick with the Chamber's Ice Cream Day Organizing Committee says there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sweet treat that made Le Mars famous. Pick suggests people check out the Plymouth County Historical Museum during the afternoon and enjoy an old fashion root beer float.

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Speaking about the Primebank Ice Cream Social, the Thursday evening event is always popular.

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Pick says the Le Mars Art Center will host a program allowing attendees to do some creative painting.

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Fire Department Receives Equipment For Grain Rescues

(Le Mars) -- A man is caught in a grain bin with the flowing grain pulling him down to the point he can't move and continues to sink.  That's the scenario the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department were performing during grain rescue procedures Wednesday evening as part of their weekly training program. The fire department was holding its training seminar at the Le Mars Agri-Center.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the department has had to deal with two similar rescues within the past five years, and thanks to a donation, the local fire department now has the proper equipment to rescue individuals from a grain flowing accident.

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Schipper says the fire and rescue department conducted five different grain rescue scenarios.

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The fire chief explains how the equipment is used to rescue individuals from suffocating grain.

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Schipper says "Flowing grain is like quick sand".

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Public Television Personality Says Iowa Has Many "Hidden Treasures"

Le Mars) -- Have you ever taken an out-of-the-way journey to explore and discover what can be referred to as "hidden treasures"?  Dan Kaercher (Car-archer) of Iowa Public Television fame spoke at the Le Mars Public Library Wednesday evening to a group of about 30 people. His presentation was part of the Ice Cream Days festivities.  Kaercher, the former editor of Midwest Living magazine, made his living visiting small towns, eating at little known diners and cafe's, and sharing with his readers and television viewers about places that are typically off the beaten path, but offer a great experience.  He says he likes to collect travel brochures and guides, and visit those places that most people overlook.

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Kaercher says one of Iowa's hidden treasures lies within Plymouth County's backyard...the Loess Hills.  Kaercher shared with the group a video clip from his Iowa Public Television program focusing attention on the unique topography terrain.

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The Iowa traveler says the Loess Hills have an interesting history and story.

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Kaercher spoke about his love affair with different cultural and ethnic foods found in Iowa.  He highlighted Maytag Blue Cheese produced in Newton, and Dutch almond pastries found in both Pella and Orange City.

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Kaercher says its difficult for him to select his favorite place to visit, saying the answer would change from week to week.  However, besides the Loess Hills, and the cliffs that oversee the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa, he says he is particularly fond of Van Buren County located in the far southeast corner of Iowa.

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The former editor of Midwest Living says Le Mars has its share of "hidden treasures" including Archie's Wayside, Bob's Drive Inn, the round barn at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, and of course the Blue Bunny ice cream parlor.


 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, June 17th

Grassley Wants U-S Attorney to Investigate Police Shooting A Woman

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Sen. Chuck Grassley says a federal prosecutor should consider whether to investigate a shooting in which an Iowa officer accidentally killed a woman.
Grassley has forwarded to U.S. Attorney Nick Klinefeldt a complaint by Gina Colbert, the mother of Autumn Steele.
Critics have accused local and state officials of refusing to release details about Steele's killing by Burlington officer Jesse Hill. They're angry Hill wasn't charged and returned to work without discipline.
Hill killed Steele outside her home while responding to a domestic disturbance between Steele and her husband. He meant to shoot the family dog, which investigators say bit him.
In a letter to Colbert, Grassley noted Klinefeldt has the authority to investigate and "may be able to obtain the information that you have not been able to receive."

 

 

 

 

Jeb Bush To Appear In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In Iowa, Republican Jeb Bush is practically starting from scratch, despite his blue-chip donors and famous political name.
The former Florida governor makes his first visit to Iowa as a declared presidential candidate Wednesday. He has just three employees in Iowa, and made only two visits this year, far less than many of his rivals for the GOP nomination.
Bush's aides say he can make the best use of the seven months until the caucuses by focusing more on populous areas such as swing-voting Cedar Rapids, than on the sparser and more evangelical northwest.
On Wednesday, he has plans to meet activists - and poke at the federal government - in a backyard get-together in Washington, Iowa, and later headline a town hall-style meeting, in Pella, both east of Des Moines.

 

 

 

 

Garwin City Clerk Arrested For Theft

GARWIN, Iowa (AP) - A former city clerk for the eastern Iowa city of Garwin has been charged with theft after a state audit found more than $562,000 in improper and unsupported spending.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Anna Leytham was arrested on Tuesday at her home in Garwin. She's charged with five counts of theft and one count of ongoing criminal conduct.
Online jail records say Leytham remained in custody Wednesday. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Leytham's behalf.
The state auditor's office said Tuesday that the improper and unsupported spending included 203 payments traced by credit card statements to Leytham. Officials noted that other improper payments included more than $145,000 that Leytham issued to herself.

 

 

 

Iowa City To Ban E-cigarettes In Public Places

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Iowa City have given initial approval to a ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in places where it's illegal to smoke tobacco products.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the proposal, which would treat electronic cigarettes like other tobacco products. Smoking tobacco is banned at most job sites and in public spaces, including bars and restaurants.
Michael Conroy, of Iowa City, urged the council not to approve the ban, saying electronic cigarettes shouldn't be lumped in with tobacco, which produces secondhand smoke.
The proposal will come before the council at least twice more before a ban could be implemented.
Electronic cigarettes are devices that heat liquid and nicotine into a flavored, smokeless vapor.

 

 

 

 

Corwith-Wesley School Board Votes To Demolish School Building

CORWITH, Iowa (AP) - The Corwith-Wesley School Board unanimously has voted to demolish the district's middle and high school building.
The Messenger reports that the board voted Tuesday to tear down the structure. Superintendent Jon Hueser said the decision wasn't easy for the board but it was necessary.
The decision follows years of financial difficulties and a September 2014 vote to dissolve the district.
Elementary students next year will move to the Lu Verne Community School District. Middle and high school students will go to the Algona district.
Some who have had generations of their family attend the Corwith-Wesley district said they didn't want to see the end of the building.

 

 

 

 

Special Needs Camp Opens Despite Having Recent Fire

SHERRILL, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa camp for those with special needs has opened despite a fire last month that caused extensive damage to a main building.
55 campers spent Tuesday participating in a variety of activities, including swimming and playing volleyball, at Camp Albrecht Acres in Sherrill.
Several rooms in the Kehl Center, where the May 13 fire occurred, were in use for campers.
The blaze spread throughout the building, causing more than $200,000 in damage. More than 2,000 pounds of frozen meat also was destroyed. No one was injured in the fire, the cause of which is undetermined.
The camp was founded in 1975 and serves people of all ages with special needs.

 

 

 

Black Bear Killed On Iowa Highway

JESUP, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the carcass of a young black bear that was struck by a vehicle has been found in northeast Iowa.
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office was notified about the carcass around 10:15 p.m. Sunday. It was alongside U.S. Highway 20, near Jesup. It's unclear whether the bear was one of the animals seen last month in the Dubuque area, about 75 miles east. Iowa Natural Resources Department officials think two or three bears have been roaming the region.
Department spokesman Kevin Baskins says the bear was older than a cub, about 5 feet long and weighed about 150 pounds.
Brian Preston is executive director of the Dubuque County Conservation Board, and he says black bears vanished from Iowa years ago but lingered in neighboring Wisconsin and Minnesota.

 

 

 

Robber Gets Robbed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man has been arrested after he told police he was robbed by someone after he had robbed a gas station.
A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday night. Police say they responded to a report of a robbery of a gas station and found a man who matched the description of the suspect while on their way to the scene.
Police say the suspect told them he had robbed the gas station convenience store so he could go drink at a nearby bar. He told police a black car that was in the gas station's parking lot during the robbery followed him to the bar. Once there, the driver of the car told him to hand over the money.
The suspect faces charges of aggravated theft and violation of probation.







   

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