Tuesday, May 31, 2016
   
Text Size

News

Monday News, October 7

Tornado Hits Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- The sound of chainsaws could be heard at the Sam and Jen Pratt home Saturday morning after Friday evening when a tornado had hit their homestead at about 6:45 p.m.  The Pratt's reside at the intersection of County Roads C-38 and K-22, about ten miles west of Le Mars.  The family was home at the time during the tornado strike.  Sam says he was watching the storm approach his home.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



Jen, his wife, was inside the house with their children when the storm hit.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



Jen Pratt describes the destruction following the tornado.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



Jen Pratt says the shed was storing the family's boat, tractor, and a car. She says she was amazed those items remained in place, undisturbed, but the shed was totally destroyed.  Fortunately, for the Pratt's the tornado did not hit their house, having missed it by only a few feet.  Sam tells where he found his shed after the storm.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



Across the road Scott Fuerhelm, (Fire-helm) had a grain bin collapse and another grain bin  damaged, along with an auger that had been toppled.

 

Hinton Students Help Teacher With Tornado Clean Up

ROCK BRANCH, Iowa (AP) - Friends and students of a retired teacher have begun helping him recover from tornado damage at his home in northwest Iowa.
Nine tornadoes struck northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa on Friday, injuring at least 15 people.
On Sunday, two buses carried about 50 students, staff members and parents from Hinton High School to the rural Rock Branch home of Wayne Stadler and his wife, Debbie. One of the twisters had ripped off the roof of their home and destroyed their barn and several sheds.
The Stadlers weren't injured.
Wayne Stadler had taught at the high school for 32 years. The damage was almost overwhelming, but the hard work by his friends and former students gave him a good start on the cleanup.
---

 

Students Learn To Stay Away From Drugs With Martial Arts Demonstration

(Le Mars) -- More than 300 students of fourth, fifth and sixth grades from the Le Mars Community and Le Mars Gehlen Catholic schools were given a martial arts demonstration during a Friday afternoon assembly.  It was part of the Le Mars Optimist Club "Just say no" to drugs and alcohol campaign.  Each of the students received a free T-shirt depicting boxing gloves with the slogan "Just Say No - Knock Out Drugs and Alcohol".  This year's t-shirt was designed by Gehlen student Sydney Livermore.  Micheal White, owner of the White Tiger Martial Arts organization was the featured speaker.  White told the enthusiastic crowd of students to think "strong mind...strong body...and strong spirit, all with the underlying message that a student must be self-disciplined to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

White says he entered martial arts after being beaten up by bullies at school.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The students witnessed White, and three of his colleagues, use martial arts to break through
wooden boards, and concrete blocks.  White demonstrated the use of focus, concentration, and
balance when he stood on top of two dozen eggs without breaking them, while demonstrating
other martial arts moves.


Midwest Governors Try To Stay Away From Blame Of Government Shutdown

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State lawmakers and governors are trying to distance themselves from
the federal government shutdown in case angry voters decide to hold politicians everywhere
responsible.
The state officials in Michigan, Iowa, Missouri and other states are pointing out how they completed budgets and resolved partisan differences without paralyzing state government. Republican lawmakers were especially outspoken in the Midwest, where the party depends on the support of moderate independent voters.
After the government shutdowns during Bill Clinton's presidency, many voters blamed
Republicans and punished the party in the next election.
The shutdown began last week after tea party congressmen tried to block funds for President Obama's new health care program.
Governors Rick Snyder in Michigan, Terry Branstad in Iowa and Jay Nixon in Missouri say they resolve conflicts without such tactics.

 

Government Shutdown Affecting Farmers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The shutdown of the federal government is delaying crucial information farmers use to plant and market crops and postponing the payouts of subsidies to the nation's growers.
That is adding to the uncertainty among producers who depend on both the marketplace and government money.
Among the casualties of the shutdown are the reports put out by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Farmers use to help them price crops and livestock and decide what crops to grow and when to sell them.
Not only has the agency stopped putting out new reports, but all websites with past information have been taken down.
The Agriculture Department also closed its farm services offices. Now growers can't apply for loans or sign up acreages for programs. Farm subsidy checks are also not going out.

 

Transportation Officials To Take Up Traffic Camera Issue

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa transportation officials will take on the controversial issue of automated traffic cameras this week with proposed new rules designed to give them control over whether speed and red light cameras are placed on highways and interstates they oversee.
Iowa is the only state allowing automated cameras to be permanently installed on state-run highways.
The Iowa Department of Transportation on Tuesday will present proposed rules to a legislative committee at the Capitol. The rules require cities and counties to prove there's a critical safety issue at a specific location before cameras would be allowed.
Republican Senator Brad Zaun says the rules are fine, but he'll introduce a bill again this year to ban traffic cameras. Senate Democrats largely believe cities and counties should decide for themselves and oppose a ban.


Fort Dodge Student Stabbed During Homecoming Event

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa high school homecoming dance was interrupted this weekend
when a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the back.
The Fort Dodge Messenger reports police responded to the incident just before 11 p.m. Saturday and turned Ford Dodge High School's dance into a crime scene.
The boy who was injured was flown to Des Moines for treatment, but his injuries weren't considered life threatening.
Several witnesses helped police identify a 17-year-old suspect who had fled the dance before officers arrived. That boy was arrested quickly and taken to a juvenile detention facility.
Police did not immediately release either the name of the suspect or the victim because of their ages.
---


Mother And Son Arrested In Iowa For Nebraska Homicide

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - A mother and son sought in connection with a Nebraska homicide have been arrested in central Iowa, suspected of robbery.
41-year-old Shelley Casterline and 23-year-old Andrew Casterline are accused of mugging a woman in a Newton parking lot on Saturday. Both are from Guide Rock, Neb.
Jasper County Jail records said Monday that both are in custody. Online court records in both states don't list the names of their attorneys.
The Iowa State Patrol says the pair are being sought by Webster County, Neb., authorities. Nebraska online court records don't list any homicide charges against the two.
---

 

Million Dollar Powerball Ticket Sold In Sheldon

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Powerball ticket worth $1 million has been sold at a gas station in northwest Iowa.
The Iowa lottery says the winning ticket from Saturday's drawing was purchased at a Casey's convenience store in Sheldon, Iowa.
The ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball number. It was one of five tickets nationwide to win $1 million in Saturday's drawing.
No one won Saturday's $88 million jackpot, so the prize will increase to roughly $108 million for Wednesday's drawing.


   

Saturday News, October 5

Tornadoes Hit Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- Last evening's storms did some damage to some Plymouth County.  Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says a tornado was spotted and touched down in the southwest portion of the county.  Storm damage extended from an area south of Brunsville, or about 4 miles west of Le Mars south to North Loop Road, about five miles north of Sioux City.  Several storm spotters had seen rotation in the clouds, but fortunately many of those would-be tornados did not reach the ground.  Sirens were sounded for Le Mars residents to take cover shortly before 7:00 p.m.  The sheriff's office is reporting ten instances of moderate to severe structure damage reports that includes everything from powerlines down to trees toppled, to in some instances buildings and structures that have been damaged.  There were no report of injuries.  Deputies and volunteer fire fighters went door to door after the storm to check on the welfare of all residents.  The Le Mars Bulldog football game was delayed for an hour due to the storm.  People were moved to the Le Mars Middle School for safety.  Plymouth County Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Junge is assessing the area for additional damage.  More will be known after the sun comes up.

Several storm spotters were dispatched throughout Plymouth County to watch the storms, and as we stated earlier, a tornado did touch down in the southwest area of the county.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper was one of those storm spotters and he describes what he saw last evening.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Tornadoes Strike Moville, Pierson, Quimby, Cherokee, and Jefferson, South Dakota

(Le Mars) -- The storm traveled from the southwest moving to the northeast.  Starting in Wayne, Nebraska a tornado did considerable damage to the town's east side industrial area. 
There were eight reports of injuries from Wayne, however, fortunately, no fatalities.  The
storm then split when it arrived in northwest Iowa, avoiding any direct hit with Sioux City.
At least two tornadoes were reported, causing extensive property damage in northwest Iowa.

A mile-wide tornado was spotted shortly before 7 p.m. Friday near the town of Moville, in Woodbury County. Early witness reports indicate that the town had seen some damage. Pat Rogers lives on the north side of Moville and describes the scene.
Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



Rogers is an insurance agent and anticipates the damage estimate to be quite costly.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



Homes were reported destroyed in the town of Pierson, and power poles were down in the town of Quimby.

A second tornado was spotted near Jefferson, S.D., about 10 miles northwest of Sioux City. Local firefighters reported considerable damage in the town, according the National Weather Service.


The Iowa Department of Homeland Security says a tornado touched down near the town of Cherokee, but officials haven't yet reported whether it caused major damage.
Officials said the mile-wide tornado traveled about 1 mile south of Cherokee. It cut a 2- to 3-mile path through farmland but didn't hit any population centers.
About 2,700 homes and business in the Sioux City area were without power Friday night.
More than 500 of them were around Sloan, near where the mile-wide tornado touched down.
The National Weather Serivce says homes were damaged near the Iowa towns of Pierson and
Quimby.


Students Watch Martial Arts Demonstration For Anti-Drug Campaign

(Le Mars) -- More than 300 students of fourth, fifth and sixth grades from the Le Mars Community and Le Mars Gehlen Catholic schools were given a martial arts demonstration during an afternoon assembly.  It was part of the Le Mars Optimist Club "Just say no" to drugs and alcohol campaign.  Each of the students received a free T-shirt depicting boxing gloves with the slogan "Just Say No - Knock OUt Drugs and Alcohol".  This year's t-shirt was designed by Gehlen student Sydney Livermore.  Micheal White, owner of the White Tiger Martial Arts organization was the featured speaker.  White told the enthusiastic crowd of students to think "strong mind...strong body...and strong spirit, all with the underlying message that a student must be self-disciplined to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

White says he entered martial arts after being beaten up by bullies at school.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



The students witnessed White and three of his colleagues use martial arts to break through
wooden boards, and concrete blocks.  White demonstrated the use of focus, concentration, and
balance when he stood on top of two dozen eggs without breaking them, while demonstrating
other martial arts moves.  White owns and operates the White Tiger Martial Arts organization which has five locations, including Le Mars.

 

People Asking If State Parks Are Affected By Federal Government Shutdown

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa natural resources officials say they're taking frequent phone calls from people wondering if the state parks have been affected by the federal government shutdown.
Jim Lawson the supervisor of the State Parks Bureau for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says state parks are open, even those located on federal land including Honey Creek near Centerville and Elk Rock by Knoxville.
Lawson says it can be confusing to sort out which government functions are affected by the partial government shutdown.
He says state parks are not affected but facilities run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Monuments and Federal Refuges and other federal areas are closed during the shutdown. That includes the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City.

 

Real Estate Agency Dispute

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's largest real estate agency has filed a lawsuit against a competitor, alleging an attempt to damage its reputation.
The Des Moines Register reports West Des Moines-based Iowa Realty filed the lawsuit Thursday in Polk County District Court.
It alleges Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams filed an earlier lawsuit as an attempt to embarrass Iowa Realty and that Keller Williams never intended the courts to resolve the matter.
Keller Williams dropped its lawsuit last month. That suit alleged unfair competition and other claims after Iowa Realty refused to share sales commissions equally with Keller Williams agents who sell existing homes listed by Iowa Realty.
Iowa Realty head Mike Knapp says Keller Williams continues to attack Iowa Realty through social media.
Keller Williams didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


 

   

Page 673 of 1579

Search KLEM

Banner

Stock Market

1 DOW 17,873.22
+44.93 (0.25%)    
2 S&P 2,099.06
+8.96 (0.43%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,933.50
+31.74 (0.65%)    

Copyright 2010, Powell Broadcasting, Website developed by iCast Interactive