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Wednesday Afternoon News, September 10

Semi Truck And Fuel Tanker Hits Telehandler In Accident

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's officals are  investigating an accident that occured this morning at about 6:45 a.m. on County road C-12 near Dyskra Dairy, or about six miles north of Le Mars.  The accident involved a semi truck and fuel tanker trailer and a construction/farm equipment.  According to the accident report, the truck, was driven by 68 year old Roger Droog of Alton, and is owned by Sioux Tank Line and the trailer was filled with 7,500 gallons of fuel.  Apparently, Droog failed to allow enough distance between his truck and the telehandler farm equipment, hitting it from behind. The semi truck and fuel tanker trailer that had overturned in the ditch.   Apparently, there was no spillage of any fuel from the tanker as a result of the accident.  The driver of the construction/farm vehicle was 38 year old Jose Ruiz of Sioux Center.  Ruiz suffered some non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by private vehicle. Total damages from that accident were estimated at $80,000.  The sheriff's office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire Department.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital To Host "Well Aware" Health Fair

(Le Mars) --  Floyd Valley hospital has announced the "Well Aware" community health fair will be held on Wednesdayk, October 8 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper level.  The fair is free of charge for participants.  The public is invited to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about health-related services available within the Le Mars community and surrounding area.  More than 50 exhibitors are expected for the event.

 

Sioux City Police Arrest Suspect In Morningside Shooting

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a Morningside man at his home Tuesday morning.  40 year old Eric Riley is charged with attempted murder and 1st degree burglary in the shooting of 66 year old Ben Steffe.  Investigators say Steffe was shot twice in the chest at his home at 4625 Applewood, shortly before 7:00 a.m.  The victim was home with his wife at the time of the shooting.  Police say Riley is a relative of the victim and the two were also business associates.  The handgun used in the incident was recovered.  Steffe is hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center.  His condition has not been released.  Riley is in custody at the Woodbury County jail.   

 

Chamber Set To Present "The Ted Sullivan Show"

(Le Mars) -- Thursday evening at the Le Mars Convention Center, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual fundraiser dinner along with, this year, a variety show is being planned.  Danna Schuster is the director of the "Ted Sullivan Show"

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Schuster says the show features about 40 people from around the community.  KLEM's own Dave Grossenheider serves as the variety show's emcee.

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Schuster has directed several plays held at the Le Mars Postal Playhouse Community Theater, but she says directing this variety show is a bit different.

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The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour and the dinner to start at 7:00 p.m. with the variety show to follow.

 

Late Season Diseases Affect Area Crops

(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before many farmers will begin thinking of harvesting this year's crops.  However, as Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension crops specialists says, there are some late-season diseases that are affecting this year's crop.

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DeJong says another concern for farmers is the fact the corn is slow to mature.

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Some farmers have reported having Goss's Wilt, a corn disease that strikes corn in the late season and robs yields. DeJong says there are several similarities between Goss's Wilt and Northern Corn Leaf Blight.

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As for the soybean crop, De Jong says some of the earlier soybean varieties have begun turning color. He says for the most part northwest Iowa soybean fields have not been affected by diseases.

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The crops specialist says it is still uncertain what type of yields will be produced with this year's soybean crop.

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ACT College Entrance Computer Exams

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Thousands of students took the ACT on computers in April, marking the first time the college entrance exam was administered without a pencil and paper, according to the Iowa City-based company that provides the test.
     "ACT is really committed to an approach of continuous improvement," said Paul Weeks, the nonprofit company's vice president of client relations. "What we've learned is, number one, there's great promise in computer-based testing."
      The company field-tested the exam on computers on April 12, inviting a group of juniors from 80 high schools across 23 states that included Iowa, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. Nearly 4,000 students took the test that's scored from 1 to 36.
     The content of the exam was the same as the bubble-sheet version, and the results are considered official and can still be reported to colleges.
     Weeks estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 more students will take the test on computers next spring.
     Students can take the electronic ACT version on desktop computers, laptops and tablets. But the paper test will continue to be offered in schools that don't have the technology necessary to administer the computerized exam.
     "We field test very carefully to make sure any new test other than paper and a pencil will be fair and would be workable in a digital format," ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said last month. "So the technology advances our team is moving forward with is something we have to be proud of."

 


 


 


   

   

Wednesday News, September 10

Le Mars Fire And Rescue Respond To Semi Truck Accident

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Fire and Rescue officials responded to the scene of a semi truck and fuel tanker trailer that has overturned in the ditch.  That accident was reported at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.  The truck and tanker trailer went into the ditch on county road C-12 near the Dykstra Dairy farm, about six miles north of Le Mars.  No other information is available at this time.

 

Floyd Valley Hsopital Trustees Review Critical Access Hospital Annual Report

(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees met last evening and among other topics, they reviewed the annual Critical Access Hospital annual report.  Floyd Valley Hospital saw a drop in the number of acute care days.  In fiscal year 2013, the number was at 2,067 and in 2014, the number of acute care days was listed at 1,997.  However, outpatient observations and visits had increased.  In FY 2013, the local hospital 373 outpatient visits, this year the number was at 408.  The outpatient visits jumped up from 51,325 to 52,423.  The number of births at Floyd Valley decreased significantly dropping from 129 in 2013 to 97 in 2014 fiscal year.

 

Sioux City Police Investigate Morningside Shooting

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a shooting in Morningside Tuesday morning that sent one man to the hospital.  Police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick says officers discovered 66 year old Ben Stefffe had been shot twice in the chest when they arrived at his home at 4625 Applewood, shortly before 7:00 a.m. 

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Kirkpatrick says Steffe and his wife were in the home when officers arrived.    

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Steffe was taken to Mercy Medical Center.  His condition has not been released.  The handgun used in the incident was recovered.  Kirkpatrick says investigators are talking to a person of interest in the shooting. 

 

Branstad Orders Flags To Be Half-Staff For 9/11

(Des Moines) -- In honor of all the Americans that lost their lives during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001, Governor Terry Branstad has ordered that all flags be flown at half staff on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, an upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state.  Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

 

Branstad Proposes Tuition Freeze On Certain Majors

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad called Tuesday for the state's public universities to reduce tuition costs by implementing a number of changes.
     Branstad said he wants to challenge the universities to offer some bachelor degree programs to Iowa residents for $10,000 in tuition. That can be done for students through a combination of online courses, college credits earned while in high school and some on-campus learning, he said.
     Acknowledging the bargain degrees might be limited in scope, Branstad also said he wants to see price cuts for bachelor's degrees in other disciplines, calling for discounted tuition in at least half the majors at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
     Annual resident tuition at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa is roughly $8,000.
     Branstad outlined his plan at news conferences at Drake University and Iowa State.
     He didn't offer an estimate on the state cost, noting there may be ways to pay for this through other savings.
     Branstad also proposed reducing student debt through a tax credit program in which businesses could be given tax breaks if they donate to charities designated as "student debt reduction organizations." Those charities could use the money to help graduates pay down college debt if they volunteer for the organizations.
     Board of Regents spokeswoman Sheila Doyle Koppin declined comment.
     Branstad's Democratic opponent Jack Hatch earlier released a college affordability plan, which included offering accelerated degree programs and creating a state loan fund to provide low-interest college borrowing options.

 

Board of Regents Committee Recommends UNI To Sell Property

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Board of Regents committee recommended Tuesday the sale of 50 acres of land on the western edge of the University of Northern Iowa campus to the Cedar Falls school district.
     The Property and Facilities Committee of the Board of Regents moved the issue to the full board, which meets Wednesday in Ames.
     The proposal is for UNI to sell the land for $1.2 million to the Cedar Falls Community School District, which hopes to build a new high school on the site.
     The sale of the land will only go through if school district voters approve a bond issue on Tuesday.
     Supporters of a school improvement plan petitioned for the bond issue which asks voters to approve a property tax increase that would finance borrowing $118 million. The money would help fund a series of projects including construction of a new high school at the UNI site, construction of a new elementary school and remodeling and construction projects at North Cedar and Orchard Hill elementary schools. The old high school building would be renovated to serve as an administration building.
     Opponents of the bond issue said on their website that many taxpayers in the community on fixed incomes cannot afford it. Taxes would increase $220 per year for each $100,000 of a property's value for the next 15 years.
     The university bought the property in 1986. It is used primarily for recreation fields.

 


 

 


 

 

   

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