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Thursday Afternoon News, September 26

Voters Can Register For Civic Elections

(Le Mars) -- City elections are scheduled for November 5th, and voters now have the opportunity to register.  Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at the Plymouth County Courthouse, from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, or the Voter registration form can be downloaded at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms and mailed to the Auditor’s office. 
If you wish to have a voter registration form mailed to you, please contact the Auditor’s Office or if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100.

 

Too Little And Too Late On Midwest Rains

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The storm system that left Colorado dealing with historic flooding also dropped rain across a large swath of the nation from Wisconsin to Texas helping to alleviate drought conditions in some areas of the country.
The rain has come too late to help most of the corn and soybeans.
The weekly drought monitor released Thursday says 45 percent of the United States is in moderate drought or worse a decline from 48 percent the week before.
In Iowa, 5 percent of the state is now experiencing no drought an improvement of about two percentage points from the week before.
In Nebraska, the area of the state in extreme drought fell to 11 percent from 21 percent the previous week. It's the smallest area in extreme drought since July 2012.

 

Former Governor Robert Ray Honored By World Food Prize Foundation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray is getting a big birthday present from the World Food Prize Foundation - an annual award in his name.
Ray, who is turning 85 on Thursday, is scheduled to appear at the announcement of the Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Award.
The annual award recognizes Ray's humanitarian leadership and will be given to someone who has provided significant leadership in confronting hunger and alleviating human suffering.
Between 1975 and 1982 Ray, as Iowa governor, assisted 8,000 refugees allied with the United States during the Vietnam War escape Southeast Asia where many were being killed by new government rulers. Many settled in Iowa. He also arranged for food, medicine and Iowa doctors to be sent to help Cambodian refugees.
Ray was governor from 1969 to 1983.

 

Law Enforcement Academy Instructor Barred From Camp Dodge

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa Law Enforcement Academy instructor was barred from Camp Dodge after academy officials claimed she was an armed threat, but the Iowa National Guard lifted the restriction after finding no evidence to support the claim.
A December 2012 memo warned Camp Dodge security that Nancy Brady had threatened employees and "should be considered armed when approached." Brady says she was outraged
to learn of the ban, insisting she's never owned a gun and wasn't a threat.
The National Guard rescinded the ban June 18. Lt. Col. Mike Kuehn says academy officials offered no justification to continue keeping Brady off the base, where the academy is housed.
The academy's treatment of Brady has come under scrutiny. She claims she was fired after blowing the whistle on inappropriate behavior.

 

Harkin Says Senate Will Work On Budget Bill

(Washington) -- Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat, says now that all the attention has turned away from Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz's all-night talk in the Senate against Obamacare, the body will move forward with the procedures to pass the budget bill.

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Cloture is a way to limit the amount of time an issue is debated. He says it will take two days to move ahead on the next step.

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Harkin says the next question is whether Republicans will agree to shorten the time of the debate, and says he has so far not heard of any deals being made to short circuit the time limit. All this is going on with the threat of the government shutting down -- something that has been threatened and happened before. Harkin was asked if Americans are paying attention to the debate.

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The government could shut down on Tuesday, October first if the budget bill is not worked out.

 

Restaurant To Close Following Tornado Damage

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) - After some final goodbyes, a restaurant in the northern Iowa city of Belmond was demolished this week, more than three months after the structure was hit by a tornado.
Owners DuWayne and Deb Abel walked through Cattleman's Steak and Provisions one last time Monday before the remnants of the building were demolished.
The restaurant was hit by a tornado June 12 that tore through part of the town, causing sporadic damage and downing power lines.
For the Abels, the tornado destroyed a business they bought 32 years ago when both were 24.
Deb Abel says, "It's been our lives since we were 24."
They haven't decided whether to open another restaurant. DuWayne Abel notes buying a building and starting anew is expensive.
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Honor Flights Being Organized For Korean War Veterans

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Organizers of free Honor Flights to Washington, D.C., for Nebraska and western Iowa veterans of the Korean War say they've gotten enough cash and pledges to pay for the two flights.
Bill Williams, of Patriotic Productions in Omaha, said Thursday that a $10,000 gift from the Mutual of Omaha Foundation on Wednesday helped him reach the $85,000 needed for an Oct. 29 flight.
On Tuesday the Western Iowa Honor Flight program announced that a $30,000 donation from the Iowa West Foundation would ensure that more than 100 Iowans take their trip on Oct. 30.
On their one-day visits, the veterans will tour the Korean War Memorial and other sites honoring U.S. veterans.


 



   

Thursday News, September 26

Granite Avenue To Close For Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced they will close Granite Avenue from 240th Street to County Road C-44 beginning today.  The road is scheduled to remain closed until October 7th as the county road crews replace a wooden bridge with a culvert pipe.

 

Book Tells Of Northwest Iowa Pork Industry

(LE MARS, Iowa) —The history of the pork industry’s prominence in Lyon, Sioux and Plymouth Counties is the focus of a new book Pigs! Lifting Mortgages, People and Communities being released by pork producer associations within the three counties.
Bill Tentinger of Le Mars, immediate past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, said the book includes not only an overview of historical data on the hogs’ early arrival in the area and the industry’s early struggles, but stories and accompanying photos of current day producers meeting their own challenges of today.
Also included are chapters on what the industry has meant to communities in northwest
Iowa and additional interviews and photos with those in industry-related businesses and industries.
The soft-cover history was compiled by Jolene Stevens, of Sioux City, a veteran agriculture and newspaper writer with additional experience in television and public relations as well as with the National Pork Producers Association and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. She is presently a freelance writer/photographer for several agricultural publications.
The book will be available through pork producer association members within the three-county area and from the Dordt College Book Store, Sioux Center, at a cost of $10 with a handling charge for copies mailed out.

 

Harvest About To Begin

(Le Mars) -- Most farmers in Plymouth County and surrounding areas are only days away from starting this year's fall harvest.  Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist for northwest Iowa says, in general, the crops are in good shape. 
DeJong says farmers may not see any record yields due to the delayed planting and lack of sufficient rainfall, but still, expectations call for a good harvest.

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DeJong breaks it down even more by saying the soybean harvest may start by the end of this week, and from what he has seen in area fields, soybean production has a good stand with several filled pods.

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As for corn, the agronomist says additional drying days are needed, but never-the-less area corn crops are looking good.

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DeJong suggests farmers to study their corn hybrid varieties to determine which should be harvested with priority. 

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DeJong also cautions motorists, as the fall harvest begins, to be aware of the large slower moving farm equipment on the roadways, and for farmers to check their equipment, including all lights, before starting with harvest.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital To Host Health Fair

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital will sponsor the “WELL AWARE” Community Health Fair on Wednesday, October 9, from 2:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  The Health Fair will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center on the upper level.  The fair is free of charge for participants.  The public is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about health-related services available within the Le Mars community and surrounding area.  There will be over 50 exhibitors.

Various medical providers will be offering many health-related services and information. Other points of interest include flu shots being offered for $25 by the Community Health Department. The location of the flu shots will be in the upper level, board room.  Mercy Air Care helicopter, from Sioux City will be on display, weather permitting.  The Le Mars Police Department and D.A.R.E. Le Mars are proud to sponsor “Project Safe Meds” a program to help households safely dispose of prescription drugs. Le Mars Police Department will be accepting prescription drugs at the health fair. Drugs should be left in the package the medicines were dispensed. Sharp objects, thermometers, home based care or durable medical equipment supplies are not accepted.  Additionally, car seat checks are available from 2:00-5:00 p.m. courtesy of Mercy Medical Center Safe Kids. 

Fair goers can take advantage of learning opportunities including a wide array of educational information on nutrition, cancer, blood and organ donation, exercise, radon detection, mental health and a lot more. Light refreshments and door prizes available!

 

Sioux Rapids Man Burns To Death

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista authorities responded to a rural residence on Tuesday evening for a report of a man that was on fire.  Responding to the incident were Buena Vista County sheriff's deputies and the Sioux Rapids Fire Department.  Apparently, the man identified as 64 year old Lawrence "Larry" Vaughn of Sioux Rapids, was burning debris in a large burn hole on his farm.  It appears that while doing so, the victim slipped into the hole which was about nine feet deep and could not escape the fire burning in the hole.  Results of the autopsy are still pending from the state medical
examiner's office.  The investigation is continuing.

 

Three Restaurant Owners Charged With Violating Immigration Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office says three Iowa restaurant owners has been sentenced on immigration-related charges.
The office announced Wednesday the final person was sentenced Friday after convictions for harboring people in the country illegally and filing false statement on tax returns. Each received two years of probation and must pay more than $15,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
In the last case, Chief Judge James Gritzner sentenced 60-year-old Ali Bayram, of Oskaloosa. On Aug. 15, Gritzner sentenced 59-year-old Fikret Bayram, of Monmouth, Ill.
On Aug. 9, Judge Ronald Longstaff sentenced 44-year-old Ali Sengul, of Pella.
Ali Bayram and Fikret Bayram, who operated the Oskaloosa Family Restaurant, also must pay $10,000 fines.
Sengul operated the Tulip Garden Restaurant in Pella.
They hired people in the country illegally and provided housing.


Des Moines Police Dismantle Explosive Device

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police dismantled potentially explosive material found by a city worker.
Sgt. Jason Halifax says police were called Wednesday morning after a city worker found a bag near an intersection. The worker picked up the bag and drove into Union Park, then heard metal rattling inside. He stopped, looked inside the bag and found what appeared to be two pipe bombs.
The worker put the bag on the ground and called police.
The department's bomb squad responded and put the items into a trailer designed for explosives. The items were taken to another site where they were dismantled.
Technicians say the items contained "energetic material" that could have exploded if they'd been ignited.

 

Parents Arrested After 14 Month Old Suffers Broken Ribs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The parents of an Iowa child diagnosed with 14 rib fractures have been arrested and charged.
24-year-old Clayton Fischer and 21-year-old Hollie Fischer, of Knoxville, face the same charges: four counts of child endangerment causing serious injury and one of neglect. Polk County Jail records
say both Fischers remained in custody on Thursday. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.
The child was taken to a hospital in July. Officials say the baby's injuries didn't match the parents' description of how the baby had been hurt. In addition to the injured ribs, the child had a dislocated hip and a fractured wrist and femur.
Authorities issued warrants for the Fischers' arrests, and they turned themselves in on Monday.
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