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Thursday Afternnon News, August 30

(Le Mars) -- The way into the heart of the community is often through food, and The Le Mars Community Educational Enhancement Project, known as LEEP, has figured out how to tap into that very thing.  After 3 years of raising over $10,000 for Le Mars Community Schools with an event called Taverns for Textbooks, the LEEP Board has decided to take it another step with the first annual MENuMASTERS Fundraiser on September 22nd.
LEEP, was created by members four years ago with the idea in mind that schools didn't have enough money for funding the things they need. Board President Gayle Vonk tells us why she invests her time in LEEP.

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LEEP Treasurer Julie Beitelspacher says that the organization has come up with a really good method for considering what to do with the funds they raise.

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Aside from providing new textbooks, an example of what LEEP has funded includes sending Franklin School 5th graders to visit the Iowa Science Center in Des Moines.

Vonk and Beitelsbacher are co-chairing the upcoming MENuMASTERS event with Linda Mayrose.
Excited to be a part of bringing something new to Le Mars, Mayrose says she's looking forward to the event.

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Each business owner and chef, from John MacGregor at the Education Station to Steve Ohm from Motor Inn, will decorate their cooking booth to reflect their business. Food will be served from 5 until 8pm on Saturday the 22nd and live music will go till 10pm. Tickets for this LEEP fundraiser are $25 and are available at Linda Mayrose Real Estate, Prime Bank or by calling 712-548-6889.  

Police Arrest Former Grocery Employee For Theft

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former employee has been accused of stealing $11,000 from a grocery store in Iowa City.
49-year-old Robert Frazier, of Muscatine, surrendered to face one count of felony theft.
Police say the $11,000 was taken from October 2011 to May 2012 when Frazier worked at a Fareway store. Police say Frazier admitted taking the money.
A Johnson County jailer said Thursday that Frazier has left custody. A phone listed for Frazier is no longer in service. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

 

Issac May Help Some Drought Areas

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Some key farm states punished by the nation's worst drought in decades benefited slightly from recent rains, with a bigger dousing forecast from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that the section of the continental U.S. in the worst two categories of drought - extreme and exceptional - remained relatively unchanged
at 23.2 percent as of the report's Tuesday cutoff.
But thanks to rains last weekend, the amount of Iowa in the two worst drought classifications fell by 9 percentage points to 58.3 percent. Illinois saw a 7 percentage point drop-off while Kansas'
numbers slid 6 points.
Forecasters expect portions of the Midwest to get as much as 12 inches of rain within days due to Isaac, now a tropical storm.

 

Fire Destroys Police Chief Home

SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) - A fire has damaged the home of a police chief in east-central Iowa.
The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Shellsburg Chief Marty Evans.
Authorities say the fire likely started in the garage and spread to the house. The cause is being
investigated.
Three people in the home at the time escaped without injury.
Evans has worked for the city since 1997.
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Police Officer Injured While Responding To Party

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Police say four people were arrested after an officer was attacked while checking out a report of a loud party in Iowa City.
Officials say the officer was sprayed in the face with an air freshener when one of the residents opened the door early Thursday.  Police say when the officer grabbed the man, his roommate kicked
the officer in the head and hit him with a microphone from the officer's uniform.
After the two men were arrested, police went into the apartment and found 10 people inside. All were underage. Police also found bottles of beer and liquor.
The two men face a variety of charges, including assault. They and two other roommates were all charged with a disorderly house.
The officer, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries.

 

 

   

Thursday News, August 30

King and Vilsack To Debate In Northwest Iowa


(Orange City) -- A political debate between Steve King and Christie Vilsack has been set for northwest Iowa.  The two Congressional seeking candidates will square off on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. from Orange City at the Northwestern College's Christ Chapel. 
Admission to the event is free, but since seating is limited, tickets to the event are required.  Tickets can be acquired by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (712) 707-7100,  Tickets will not be mailed before September 10th.  The debate is being sponsored by Northwestern College, Northwest Iowa Review, and KTIV.

 

County Held Positions On November Ballot

(Le Mars) -- The filing deadline for county held positions was Wednesday, August 29th and Cheri Nitzschke, the county elections says many of the offices are being unopposed.  Mike Van Otterloo will appear on the general election ballot for the position of sheriff.  Van Otterloo will be running as a republican.  Stacey Feldman, a republican, will be on the ballot for the county auditor's position.  Three incumbent supervisors are running, each as a republican.  They include: Mark Loutsch for district two, Don Kass for district three, and Jim Henrichs representing district 5.  Jerry Reuter is the only name on the ballot seeking the position of Fredonia Township trustee.  Three names will appear on the November ballot for the Soil and Water Conservation Board, and the public is asked to vote for three people. Those seeking a position with the Soil and Water Conservation Board include: Sandra Fravel,
Tony Schroeder, and Steven Tonsfeldt.  There are six people seeking four positions for the Ag Extension Council.  They include: Alex Popken, Yvette Bowen, Pat Lehner, Brad Harvey, Deb
Baldwin, and Cindy Klemme.


Dry Weather Keeps Area Fire Departments Busy

(Le Mars) -- The persistent dry conditions, along with the winds, have created problems for the area fire departments.  Again, yesterday, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, the Merrill Fire Department, and the Kingsley Fire Department each had to respond to grass and field fires.  Le Mars Fire Department was called to a grass fire at 27793 Marble Avenue at about 7:40 p.m.  Merrill was called to fight a fire at about 4:15 p.m. one mile east of Merrill on county road C-44, and the Kingsley Fire Department was fighting a grass fire at about the same time at Highway 140 and 300th Street.  In each instance, the fire departments were able to get the fires under control.  Today, the national weather service has issued a red flag and fire danger warning for northwest Iowa.


Drought Likely To Continue For A While Longer

(Boone) -- People across the state are wondering how much longer will the drought and
extreme high temperatures continue? Iowa State University Extension Climatologist Elwynn
Taylor says there are not many signs indicating a change in the current weather patterns. 
Taylor says the drought actually started a year ago in July when the rains suddenly stopped, and it continued through the fall and winter months when Iowa did not receive much snowfall.

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Taylor says many people are hoping the weather will return to an el nino weather pattern.

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The Iowa State University Climatologist was a featured speaker at the Farm Progress Show
near Boone.  He says Iowa needs at least four inches of precipitation before the winter
freeze, or around November 15th.  He says an additional three inches of rain will be needed
in the spring.  In addition to the dry conditions, the Midwest has experienced a lot of extreme heat.  Is there any indication that the temperatures may return to normal?
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Hurricane Issac May Help Some Drought Areas

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Some key farm states punished by the nation's worst drought in decades benefited slightly from recent rains, with a bigger dousing forecast from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that the section of the continental U.S. in the worst two categories of drought - extreme and exceptional - remained relatively unchanged
at 23.2 percent as of the report's Tuesday cutoff.
But thanks to rains last weekend, the amount of Iowa in the two worst drought classifications fell by 9 percentage points to 58.3 percent. Illinois saw a 7 percentage point drop-off while Kansas'
numbers slid 6 points.
Forecasters expect portions of the Midwest to get as much as 12 inches of rain within days due to Isaac, now a tropical storm.


Regents Asking The Public To Help Locate Next UNI President

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents is looking for members of the public to participate in the search for the next president of the University of Northern Iowa.
The board announced Wednesday that it is accepting applications for three members of the public to serve on the 20-person search and screen committee.
The board says anyone interested in the appointment can submit their names, contact information, and a brief summary of their qualifications to serve. Nominations are due by Sept. 5, and the
board will appoint the members of the committee the following week.
The board on Monday launched the search for a replacement for Ben Allen, who plans to retire after leading the university since 2006. The committee will evaluate candidates and recommend three to five finalists for the job.

 

More Paroles Mean Drop In Prison Population

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 40 percent jump in paroles has led to a drop of about 5 percent in the Iowa prison population.
The  population had dropped to just under 8,300 by Wednesday. The figure was a little
over 8,300 at the end of fiscal 2012, compared with nearly 8,800 at the end of fiscal 2011.
The drop came despite an increase in admissions. Nearly 2,100 inmates were added in fiscal 2012, compared with nearly 1,950 in fiscal 2011.
Iowa Corrections Department spokeswoman Lettie Prell and other officials credit the increase in paroles to vacancies filled on the parole board and a more "holistic approach" in assessing candidates. The factors include the actual crime, time served and the risk that he or she will commit another crime.

 

Federal Investigators Say Changes Are Needed At Iowa Veterans Hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Federal inspectors have recommended that operational changes be made at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs hospital before the quality of medical care there is hurt.
A report released Wednesday says inspectors found no significant problems with medical care when they visited in May and talked to employees. The Department of Veterans Affairs surveyed the workers
in response to their complaints about working conditions.
The report says inspectors found operational problems and "an adversarial relationship between managers and staff."
Iowa City VA spokeswoman Valerie Buckingham declined to comment until she could review the report.
VA Inspector General's Office spokeswoman Cathy Gromek says the Iowa City hospital has 90 days to provide an update on how the hospital management has addressed the problems.

 

 

 

 

   

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