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Sheriff's Department Arrest Akron Man for Assault

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office arrested an Akron man for assaulting a victim with a baseball bat.  On Wednesday, the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a subject was out of control and was walking around with a baseball bat.  Four minutes later, a second 911 call was received by the same caller advising that her son had assaulted her husband and that an ambulance was needed.  When officers arrived, it was learned that Jeremy Martinac had indeed assaulted the victim with the baseball bat and that medical attention was needed for the victim.  Arrested was Jeremy Martinac, age 33, of Akron, Iowa.  Martinac was placed into custody at the Plymouth County Jail and he is being held on a charge of willful injury, a Class C Felony.  Martinac is being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Akron Police Department and the Iowa Highway Patrol.  The investigation is continuing. 

(Kingsley) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's office along with the Iowa Highway Patrol are investigating an auto accident that occured at about 7:30 Monday morning.  A vehicle crashed and rolled over near the intersection of C-70 and Nature Avenue.  The names are not yet known, but apparently the car had an adult driver and three children.  The Kingsley Fire and Rescue along with the Kingsley Ambulance responded to the scene. There were some injuries reported, but it is not known yet as to the extent of those injuries, however at least one victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  

 

(Rock Rapids) -- The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reports 64-year-old Dennis Gardner, a life-long resident of Beloit, was working at a farm site when he lost control of the tractor he was driving and it rolled over. Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene, from injuries he received in the accident. Beloit is a little more than a mile south of Canton, South Dakota, and just across the Big Sioux River in Lyon County, Iowa.

 

(Hawarden) -- With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to consider what type of tree you want to be featured as the center piece for your holiday celebration.  Do you want to go with an artifical tree or a real tree.  The members of the Iowa Christmas Tree Association encourages you to take the time and select a real Christmas Tree.  Susan Muth of the T&S Christmas Tree Farm located in the northwest corner of Plymouth County says more younger people are selecting a real Christmas tree and they are using the opportunity to create memories.

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Muth says many times families enjoy visiting a Christmas tree farm, not only to select a Christmas tree, but for the added extras.

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Similar to most Christmas tree farms, the Muths also feature a gift shop complete with holiday ornaments and other decorations.  In addition to selling Christmas trees, Muth says their Christmas tree farm sells several types and sizes of holiday wreaths.  Muth says some of the benefits of selecting a real Christmas tree from a local tree farm is the tree is fresh cut and will remain fresh, and it will retain its needles for a longer period of time.  Tomorrow, we will continue our discussion about Christmas Tree Farms as we hear also the comments of Marie Bork of the Country Pines Christmas Tree Farm of Marcus. 

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report is showing Iowa's prison population is expected to top 11,000 by fiscal year 2021.
      The forecast by Paul Stageberg of the Department of Human Right's division of criminal and juvenile justice planning also says Iowa's prison population should set a record of more than 9,200 by 2013 and increase each year thereafter.
     Stageberg says revoked probations and court commitments will increase and changes to sentencing and sex offender laws will keep inmates in prison longer.
     Iowa's corrections department director, John Baldwin, says Iowa's prison capacity will reach 7,666 beds once projects in Mitchellville and Fort Madison are completed by 2014. The new
projections push the state's prison population to nearly 148 percent of capacity in 10 years.
    


  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he's convened a working group to review the state's sex abuse laws in the wake of reports an elderly abuser was committed to a nursing home and
offended again.
     The governor says one option might be to notify residents and their families when a sex abuser is committed to a nursing home. He says officials with the Department of Human Services are reviewing
sex abuse laws to determine the next step.
     Branstad says he's not sure if the Legislature needs to be asked to tighten the law, or if he has the authority to make needed changes.
     Branstad, who spoke Tuesday at his weekly news conference, says the working group will study the issue further, and he and will seek changes to the laws if needed.
    

 

 

   

Fire Destroys Hull City Offices

(Hull) -- Four different fire departments battled a fire for two hours at the Hull City Offices on Saturday morning.  Upon arrival, the Hull Fire Department found the structure was fully involved in fire.   The building suffered extensive damage.  The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and the state fire marshal will be assisting the Hull Fire Department in conducting the investigation.  The city of Hull will move its operations to the local library.  City Administrator Les Van Roekel has said the worst fire damage was to the shop area attached to the offices, particularly the roof. He said the city offices sustained extensive smoke and water damage.  Assisting the Hull Fire Department were the Sioux Center Fire and Ambulance, Orange City Fire Department, Rock Valley Fire Department and the Sioux County Sheriff's office.

(Rock Rapids) -- The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reports 64-year-old Dennis Gardner, a life-long resident of Beloit, was working at a farm site when he lost control of the tractor he was driving and it rolled over. Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene, from injuries he received in the accident. Beloit is a little more than a mile south of Canton, South Dakota, and just across the Big Sioux River in Lyon County, Iowa.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening.  The school board will hear reports from the high school Language Arts teachers regarding the professional development sessons they have been facilitating with the high school staff focusing on reading comprehension strategies and the characteristics of effective instruction.  The board will also hear a report of the state of the curriculum of the LeMars Community schools.  They will also discuss the upcoming legislative luncheons.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum is looking for nativity sets for their second annual "Museum Manger" which opens on Sunday, December 4 in the Museum Study Hall.  All nativity sets are due at the Museum by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 30th.  Last year, Ron and Delores Burkar, longtime Museum volunteers started the display of nativities.  Anyone wishing to reserve a space for a nativity set may call the Museum at 539-0223.

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are facing a concern that is common for all county leaders.  Roads and bridges that need repairs, but there are not enough funds to finance every project that needs attention.  Craig Anderson, a supervisor from Merrill says the state has reduced the budget for road repairs and that places an added burden on county governments.  The county supervisors had to turn down a request by Eugene Plueger who was asking that a stretch of road measuring about a mile and a half be paved.  The road, is 150th Street and it goes by a cemetery.  Anderson says he understands the request for the road to be paved, and he agrees that if the road were paved, it would be nice, but it doesn't meet the critical priority needs. Anderson says Plymouth County is in perhaps a better financial position for road and bridge repairs than other counties.   Still, priorities need to be set.
Anderson says the county was able to save some nearl $200,000  with its own crew installing culverts in place of worn out bridges, and with a gravel project.  Anderson says with the added  heavier traffic on the county roads today, roads tend to be needing repairs on a more frequent basis.

(Undated) -- Friday was known as "Black Friday", Saturday was known as "Small Business Saturday" and today has become known as "Cyber Monday."  A day when people go shopping online using the internet, as opposed to actually visiting a building.  Economists are saying that Americans spent over four billion dollars over the weekend for holiday shopping.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - An Ankeny man will be giving away one of his kidneys away for a transplant, following the example his wife set earlier this year.
     Sherry Whisler donated one of her kidneys in January to Karen Harris, a friend from their church.
     On Tuesday, Whisler's husband, Mike, is scheduled to undergo an operation so a Sudanese immigrant has a chance at a more normal life. Forty-one-year-old Jinub Boungjak has been on dialysis since 2007.
     Mike Whisler says that the story isn't about the contributions he and his wife will have made.  He says it's all about the people who get the kidneys.
     For Boungjak, the transplant means he'll have a chance to work again to support his wife and four children.
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