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Monday Afternoon News, Nov. 5

Tomorrow Is Election Day

(Le Mars) -- Tomorrow is the long-awaited election day. Voting stations will open at 7:00 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m.  Here in Plymouth County voters will decide upon a president, congressional member, state representative, a sheriff, three supervisors, auditor, soil and water conservation representatives, and the extension council.  Voters will also have the opportunity to decide whether judges will be retained. Plymouth County auditor Stacy Feldman says you will need to be registered, but if you are not registered, there are other options.
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Plymouth County Board of Adjustment To Hear Waste Treatment Proposal

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Adjustment and Zoning Commission will meet this afternoon to determine whether to grant a request from the City of Le Mars for a conditional use permit to build and operate a mechanical waste water treatment facility an a 11 million gallon Bio solid storage lagoon.  The property is located in section 12 of Washington township.

 

Chamber Holiday Dollar Sale A Success

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Holiday Dollar Sale was proven to be a successful event.  Mary Reynolds, Mainstreet coordinator with the Chamber office, reports that $91,200 of the $100,000 has been sold.  Although both the category one, involving Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Walmart, and category two consisting of restaurant dollars are gone, Reynolds says there are still some retail business dollars available and will be sold from the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices.  183 people took advantage of the 15 percent discount on the Chamber dollars, with an average sale of $500.

 

Train Derailment Leads To Evacuation

LESTER, Iowa (AP) - A train derailment has forced residents to leave their homes in and around Lester in the northwest corner of Iowa.
25 cars left the tracks around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.  No injuries were reported, but a tank car carrying highly flammable liquefied petroleum gas was among the derailed cars, prompting special precautions.
Residences within a mile of the derailment were evacuated, and a hazardous-materials team was called to the scene.
It's unclear when the residents will be allowed back in their homes.
The cause of the derailment is being investigated.
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Holstein Woman Dies In Car Rollover Accident

(Holstein) -- A fatality auto accident occurred Saturday evening near Holstein.  33 year old Mindy Jensen of Holstein died as a result of being ejected from her vehicle when she lost control and left the road.  Her car had rolled several times. Jensen was transported to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

 

Non-profit Organization To Build Homes

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit organization is planning to build 13 single-family homes for moderate-income families.
The  homes will sell for no more than $100,000 each.
The homes will be built on parcels bought from the city for $500 each by Siouxland Human Investment Partnership. The city had acquired the lots during utility and street projects and through
other means. Woodbury County Assessor's Office records say the lots
range in value from $2,100 to $13,100.
The nonprofit group oversees several social service programs in partnership with other agencies. Its executive director, Jim France, told the newspaper that the group wants "to be a catalyst
to make this happen."
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Monday News, November 5

King Stops In Le Mars On Campaign Tour

(Le Mars) -- Congressman Steve King made a campaign appearance in Le Mars on Saturday afternoon.  King, a republican, who is running for his sixth term, spoke to about 50 of his supporters at the Plymouth County Republican Headquarters. King criticized the president's past four years and he informed the group what another four years may be like if President Obama wins the election.  King called Obama a "Keynesian Economist on steroids"
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King says for people who still remain undecided, he says there are two competing philosophies between himself and his opponent, Christie Vilsack. 
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Tuesday Is Election Day

(Le Mars) -- Tomorrow is the long-awaited election day. Voting stations will open at 7:00 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m.  Here in Plymouth County voters will decide upon a president, congressional member, state representative, a sheriff, three supervisors, soil and water conservation representatives, and the extension council.  Voters will also have the opportunity to decide whether judges will be retained.


Iowa Election Officials Report Record Number of Absentee Ballots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has set a record for early voting, reflecting a push by the major political parties to lock in votes from supporters.
As for Friday, 613,749 Iowans had voted, already exceeding the 2008 record of 545,000 early votes.
About 70 percent of the votes were absentee ballots sent by mail to the voter's home. Another 20 percent were cast at county auditor's offices and about 10 percent at satellite locations
designated by local election officials.
A significant number of ballots remain in the hands of voters and could still be returned. Nearly 700,000 voters have requested ballots. They can be returned in person by 9 p.m. Tuesday. If they're mailed, they must be postmarked by Monday.

 

Merrill Fire Department Has Busy Weekend

(Merrill) -- The Merrill Fire Department had a busy weekend, responding to three separate fires.  On Saturday, the Merrill Fire Department responded to a ditch grass fire located at 20725 Kestrel Avenue.  That fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m.  Later that evening a car fire required the services of the Merrill Fire Department.  The car caught on fire on Highway 75 at about midnight.  On Sunday, a blown transformer caught on fire on Impala Avenue near County Road C-38.  That fire was reported at about 8:45 p.m.

 

Oyens Fire Department Fights Grass Ditch Fire

(Oyens) -- The Oyens Fire Department responded to a grass ditch fire reported on Saturday at about 5:37 p.m.  The fire was at 38509 County Road C-44.  Fire officials were on the scene for about 20 minutes.


Searchers Find Alzheimer's Patient

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) - A missing 74-year-old woman with Alzheimers has been
found near a cornfield in southern Iowa.
Shirley Martin, of Mount Ayr  was last seen at her home Friday afternoon. Ringgold County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rob Haley says Martin has Alzheimer's disease.
A search party gathered Saturday morning, and one of its members, a relative of Martin, found her lying in a shallow hole at the edge of the cornfield.
Martin was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and was listed in good condition.


Hunter Falls From Tree Stand and Dies

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hunter who appeared to have fallen from his tree stand in Henry County.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 38-year-old Clint Michael Lawrence was found dead near Mount Pleasant around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Authorities say it looks like Lawrence fell 17 feet from his tree stand while he was deer hunting. Lawrence was from Vinton, Iowa.

 

Crop Insurance Payments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers who chose to pay more to insure their crops at harvest prices will receive $7.50 per bushel for corn.
That should be welcome news for corn farmers in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska, the nation's three largest corn producers, respectively.
The Des Moines Register also reports that the harvest price payout for soybeans will be $15.39 per bushel.
Farmers who elected to be covered by the less expensive non-harvest price coverage will receive the $5.68 per bushel for corn and $12.55 per bushel for soybeans. Those prices were set in
March at the time of insurance sign-up.
USDA figures show crop-loss insurance payments through October 29th totaled $3.5 billion nationally, including $1.63 billion for corn and $247.6 million for soybeans.

 

 

 

 

   

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