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Monday Afternoon News, December 15

Still Time To Select That Christmas Tree

(Le Mars) -- If you haven't found time to get this year's Christmas Tree, you may want to head west on County Road C-12 about five and a half miles west of Craig.  There, you will find the T & S Christmas Tree farm.  Susan Muth says this year has been a good year for the Plymouth County Christmas tree farm.

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Muth says it is probably no surprise, but Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest for the Plymouth county Christmas Tree farm.

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Muth says their Christmas tree farm has a variety of pines, firs, and spruce trees. 

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As for the most popular natural Christmas tree, she says it depends on the family selecting the tree.

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The Christmas Tree farmer says this year's weather was ideal for the growth of Christmas trees.

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Tractor Accident Victim Now Identified

(Sergeant Bluff) -- A 76 year old Sergeant Bluff man died on Saturday as a result of a tractor rolling over.  The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office, Sergeant Bluff Fire and Ambulance Department, and Woodbury County Emergency Services were dispatched to the 1900 block of Glenn Ellen Road at about 4:45 p.m.  Initial investigation at the scene shows the man, identified as Dale Mahin, was operating the tractor, clearing tree limbs and yard debris, when the tractor rolled down a small hill.  The victim was thrown from the tractor.  He was treated at the scene and was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by the Sergeant Bluff Ambulance where he had died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

 

Body Found After Canoe Capsized At Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a man who disappeared in a western Iowa lake after a weekend canoe accident.
     WOWT reports (http://bit.ly/1IU3daO ) the man's body was found shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. He had been missing since the canoe he and another man were in capsized in Lake Manawa near Council Bluffs Sunday afternoon. 
     The second boater, 36-year-old Benjamin Ferguson, was able to swim to shore and call for help. He was taken to a Council Bluffs hospital for treatment of hypothermia, but he is expected to recover.
     Rescuers searched the lake for several hours Sunday before suspending the effort at nightfall.
     The name of the man who died wasn't immediately released Monday.

 

Emerald Ash Borer Has Spread To Five More Iowa Counties

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials monitoring emerald ash borer in Iowa say the destructive tree pest has spread to five more counties, and additional infestations could pop up in other parts of the state in 2015.
     The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Monday that larvae of the beetle were found recently in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties, where hundreds of acres of woodland trees are located. The infestation is several years old.
     Paul Tauke, a state forester with the state Department of Natural Resources, says the latest discovery in such a rural area shows infestations of the beetle could appear at a higher rate in the new year.
     Eighteen Iowa counties now have confirmed cases of emerald ash borer, which was first found in the state in 2010. 

 

One Person Found Dead At Granger Fire

  GRANGER, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters say one person has died in an overnight house fire in Granger.
     Crews were called to the house around 4:15 a.m. Monday. Multiple crews responded and reported heavy smoke and flames.
     Firefighters say the person who died was found just inside the front door, and others escaped safely.
     Authorities say the cause of the fire is yet to be determined and the victim has not yet been identified.

 

Google Provides Grant To Council Bluffs Library

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A grant from Google will help the Council Bluffs Public Library create a so-called makerspace, where people can make use of high-tech tools like a 3D printer.
     The library's foundation recently was awarded the $34,600 grant from the Internet company. The foundation has agreed to match Google's contribution to help cover costs.
     A librarian says details about the project are still being worked out. But he says officials hope to start reconfiguring a room on the library's second floor to be the new makerspace by next year.
 

 

    

 

 

 

 

   

Monday News, December 15

Sergeant Bluff Man Dies From Tractor Accident

(Sergeant Bluff) -- A 76 year old Sergeant Bluff man died on Saturday as a result of a tractor rolling over.  The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office, Sergeant Bluff Fire and Ambulance Department, and Woodbury County Emergency Services were dispatched to the 1900 block of Glenn Ellen Road at about 4:45 p.m.  Initial investigation at the scene shows the man, who has not yet been identified, was operating the tractor, clearing tree limbs and yard debris, when the tractor rolled down a small hill.  The victim was thrown from the tractor.  He was treated at the scene and was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by the Sergeant Bluff Ambulance where he had died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

 

Feds Will Not Pursue Bank Account Of Arnold's Park Restaurant

 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors are dropping an effort to seize nearly $33,000 from an Iowa restaurant owner's bank account.
     The IRS became suspicious of Carole Hinders because of a pattern of cash deposits of less than $10,000.
     Hinders says the cash came from her Mexican restaurant, Mrs. Lady's, in Arnold's Park, Iowa, that doesn't accept credit cards.
     Hinders wasn't accused of a crime, but federal law makes it illegal to deposit less than $10,000 if it is part of an attempt to circumvent federal reporting requirements.
     Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Cole said in a motion filed Saturday the case should be dropped to conserve judicial resources. 
     Cole says evidence showed that Hinders had skirted bank reporting rules, but he decided the case wasn't worth pursuing now.

 

Wrestling Coaches Arrested For Attacking A Man

 WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two wrestling coaches for a central Iowa high school have been arrested after police say they broke into a home and attacked the owner.  
     Webster City High School head coach Ted Larson and assistant coach Terry Nessa were being held Monday morning at the Story County Jail. Both men in their 50s are charged with felony assault, first-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. 
     The county sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a rural home Saturday night. Capt. Barry Thomas says the pair damaged a vehicle outside the residence and attacked the victim, who was taken to a Nevada hospital in an unclear condition. 
     The victim's identity hasn't been released. 
     Webster City Community School District's superintendent says Larson has been placed on administrative leave.
     Online jail records didn't indicate attorneys.
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Authorities Search Lake For Missing Council Bluffs Man

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are searching a western Iowa lake for a man who was reported missing after a canoe capsized, and a second man was being treated at a hospital after swimming to shore.
     Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Darren Budd says the canoe the two men were in capsized around 1:45 p.m. Sunday. The men were not immediately identified Sunday.
     At the time of the accident, the water temperature was around 35 degrees, but one of the men managed to swim to shore and alert the park ranger.
     The swimmer was taken to a Council Bluffs hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
     Rescue crews searched the lake until nightfall Sunday without finding the missing man but had to suspend their efforts. Authorities plan to resume the search Monday morning.

 

Carroll Man Recovering From Being Shot During Hunting Incident

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man is recovering from a shotgun wound after being shot by a fellow hunter who was trying to hit a moving deer.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said 47-year-old Eric Winkler was hit in the abdomen Saturday by a shotgun slug fired by someone else in his hunting party.
     The Carroll man was helping to drive deer at the time of the shooting. He was taken to an area hospital and later transferred to a Des Moines hospital.
     Recreational Safety Officer Jeff Barnes says hunters should make sure they know where everyone in their party is at all times. And hunters shouldn't fire in the direction of other hunters.
     Barnes says most hunting incidents happen when shots are fired at moving deer.

 

Fire Fighter And City Councilman Save Man From Fire

 MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) - A fire chief in eastern Iowa says an off-duty firefighter and a city councilman have saved a man in a wheelchair from a burning home. 
     Maquoketa Fire Chief Mark Beck says the pair rescued Harvey Untiedt on Sunday after a fire started near his Christmas tree. Beck says firefighter Matt Tranel and Councilman Corey Simonson live nearby and went into the house before firefighters arrived. 
     Beck says smoke in the air reached down to their knees when they entered. The men found Untiedt coughing in the kitchen and helped him outside. 
     It's unclear what started the fire.

 

Education Advocates Ask For Fine Arts To Be A Part Of Iowa Core Curriculum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Fine arts advocates in Iowa are renewing an effort to get music, drama and art included in state education standards.
     The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education will lobby lawmakers again next year to amend the Iowa Core to add the fine arts. Leon Kuehner, the group's executive director, says a similar attempt failed in 2014, but he and others hope they will have more luck this time.
     State law dictates that schools teach the arts, but the fine arts are not listed in the Iowa Core, which was established in schools statewide in 2008 after approval from the Legislature and the governor.
     Democrats who control the Iowa Senate have been supportive of this effort, but it is not clear there is interest in the Republican-dominated House.
 

 

 


 

 

   

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