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Thursday Afternoon News, August 8

Le Mars City Council Discuss Removing Some Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- The topic of removing stop signs was discussed during the recent City Council meeting. Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel says as a city grows, often times the traffic pattern will change making some stop signs no longer needed.  Langel says the city is seeking comment regarding the removal of some stop signs.  Langel explains which stop signs would definitely remain.

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Langel says before the decision is made to remove any stop sign, city officials will
examine the safety issue.  Langel says the city's savings on the removal of the stop signs
will be minimal.


Firefighters Conduct Training Session Wednesday evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department had a busy Wednesday evening.  For two hours, the
fire department conducted training exercises at 126 4th Avenue Northwest, simulating a
house full of smoke and conducting search and rescues.  The training session drew the
attention of several neighbors as they watched the fire fighters drop hoses, extend the
aerial ladder truck, and enter the house filled with smoke.
Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the first part of the training focused on the first truck to
arrive at a scene and the procedures taken by the fire department.

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Schipper says the second part of the initial training session also involved performing a
rescue.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says he was pleased with how well the fire fighters responded to the
simulated scenarios, and he says having a training sessions like last evening helps the
fire crew be better prepared for an actual emergency.

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After the training session had concluded, the local fire department had to investigate an
illegal burning located at the 7 Linden Armel Acres Trailer Court.  The call came in at
9:36 p.m.  Later in the evening, at 1:20 a.m. the fire department responded to a call at 32
Second Avenue SW, where there was a report of the smell of smoke.

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It was determined an electronic component connected to the television had gotten too
warm.  Fire officials were on the scene for about 20 minutes.


Iowa State Fair Promotes New Foods

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa State Fair got started today (Thursday) and among the thrills,
exhibits, judging, and other entertainment, people often look forward to the various types
of foods that are introduced at the state fair. Many people agree... food on a stick always
taste better at the fair.  State Fair Manager Gary Slater says the different, and sometimes
exotic foods, serve as an attraction.  Slater says the fair will feature the traditional
favorites of funnel cakes, corn dogs, and a pork chop on a stick, but he says a contest was
held to see what other foods would be introduced at the fair.

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Those may be the top three, but Slater says there are several other foods to be introduced
at the Iowa State Fair.

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And then there is the new "Cowboy Cone" featured at the Rib Shack.

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Speaking about food, Slater says fairs across the country have a commitment to contribute
20 million pounds of food to food banks across the nation.  The Iowa State Fair wanted to
help, so thousands of volunteers and donors were busy creating meals on opening day.

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Fired D-C-I Agent Files Lawsuit For Wrongful Dismissal

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A fired criminal investigator has filed a lawsuit alleging Iowa Department of Public Safety officials retaliated against him for complaining about Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding state vehicle and other misconduct.
Former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry Hedlund filed the wrongful
termination lawsuit Thursday. His lawsuit names DPS Commissioner Brian London, DCI Director
Chari Paulson and assistant DCI director Gerard Meyers.
The department has denied retaliation, saying Hedlund was fired for writing disrespectful e-mails about Paulson's leadership and other unbecoming conduct. The lawsuit
doesn't name Branstad, who appointed London to run the department last year.
Hedlund is also seeking an injunction to hold state officials in contempt for sharing
a confidential 500-page disciplinary report with former Iowa Chief Justice Louis Lavorato,
who was appointed by Branstad to review Hedlund's firing.

 

Monona County Auditor Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - The Monona County auditor has pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges.
Brooke Kuhlmann entered the plea Tuesday in Monona County District Court. Kuhlmann faces a serious misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and a simple misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Kuhlmann scheduled a methamphetamine buy and pickup from an undercover Iowa State Patrol officer in late July. She was later arrested during a traffic stop.
Kuhlmann's attorney declined to comment on behalf of his client.

 

Iowa GED Program To Change

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa is shifting to a new high school equivalency diploma test.
The state Department of Education announced Thursday it would replace the GED with a test developed by the nonprofit ETS.
The agency says the nonprofit's test, called HiSET, will be aligned with statewide standards for Iowa students and will be cheaper.
Iowa officials begin considering moving to a new test after GED Testing Service shifted from a nonprofit to a for-profit organization in 2012. That move prompted other assessment vendors to being offering services.
A selection committee comprised of officials at community colleges and the Iowa Department of Education chose the new test.
The new test will cost $50 and can be taken in a paper or online format.

 

 

 



   

Thursday News, August 8

Two People In New Jersey And One In Minnesota Wins Powerball Jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - At least three people in two states have beaten astronomical odds
to become the nation's latest Powerball millionaires.
Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery
Association, said late Wednesday night that three tickets matched the winning numbers and
will split the lottery's latest massive jackpot: $448 million.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.
The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported early Thursday that a spokeswoman for the New
Jersey Lottery said that one of the multimillion-dollar tickets was purchased at a
supermarket in South Brunswick, N.J., and the other ticket was sold in Little Egg Harbor,
N.J.
Information on the Minnesota ticket was not available early Thursday.

 

Le Mars Woman Wins $40,000 From Lottery

(Des Moines) -- A Plymouth County woman was just one number away from having a share of
Saturday’s $307.3 million Powerball jackpot and ended up winning a $40,000 lottery prize.
Muriel Miller of Le Mars matched four white balls and the Powerball to win a $10,000 prize.
And because she added the Power Play® to her ticket for an extra dollar, her prize
multiplied to $40,000.
Miller purchased her winning ticket at Le Mars Truck Stop, 321 Fifth Ave. SW in Le Mars.
She claimed her ticket Monday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Storm Lake.
The winning numbers in the $307.3 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Saturday were:
21-24-36-42-45 and Powerball 15.
There were no jackpot winners for Saturday night’s drawing.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Spend Evening Training

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department had a busy Wednesday evening.  For two hours, the
fire department conducted training exercises at 126 4th Avenue Northwest, simulating a house full of smoke and conducting search and rescues.  The training session drew the attention of several neighbors as they watched the fire fighters drop hoses, extend the aerial ladder truck, and enter the house filled with smoke.  After the training session had concluded, the local fire department had to investigate an illegal burning located at the 7 Linden Armel Acres Trailer Court.  The call came in at 9:36 p.m.  Later in the evening, at 1:20 a.m. the fire department responded to a call at 32 Second Avenue South West, where there was a report of the smell of smoke.  It was determined an electronic component connected to the television had gotten too warm.  Fire officials were on the scene for about 20 minutes.

 

Iowa State Fair Begins Today (Thursday)

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa State Fair begins its eleven day run on Thursday, August 8th at Des Moines and fair manager Gary Slater is expecting another successful fair, especially if the weather stays nice.

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Slater says the state fair is offering a variety of entertainment that will appeal to nearly everyone, both at the grandstand and at the various free stages.  He says the Budweiser Stage has been moved to accommodate more people, and it will feature several bands from the classic rock era.

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Of course a major attraction featured in the Agriculture Building is the traditional butter cow sculpture.  But this year, Bessy the butter cow, has some company.

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Tomorrow, we will continue our conversation with Gary Slater and learn what are the new foods that will be introduced at this year's fair, as well as, Slater tells us what the fair is doing to help defeat this nation's hunger problem.  

Visitors To The Iowa State Fair Can Obtain Driver's License

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Transportation officials are throwing in some practical errands while
residents sample food on a stick at the Iowa State Fair: Visitors can now renew their driver's license.
Fairgoers are encouraged to visit the state Department of Transportation booth in the
Varied Industries Building starting Thursday. Visitors will be able to renew their driver's
license or identification card.
The self-serve kiosks at the booth will offer options already available on the
agency's website. Users can also update the photo that appears on their new driver's
license or ID card.
The agency launched the online renewal service through its website in mid-July.

 

Ethics Board Examines Political Pages On Social Media

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Ethics is expected to discuss how political candidates should handle social media accounts.
The board is scheduled to meet Thursday. On the agenda is a proposed advisory opinion about whether social media accounts created for political purposes should include a disclosure known as a "paid for by" attribution.
Currently, political candidates or campaigns must include such a disclosure on advertisements, brochures and other items. The proposed opinion from the board says that Facebook and Twitter accounts created for political purposes should also include a "paid for by" attribution somewhere on the profile page.
If the account was free, the proposed opinion says the person who opens and manages the account is "paying" for the message.
The board is scheduled to discuss whether to adopt this opinion.


Board Of Regents Reviews University Presidents Salaries

AMES, Iowa (AP) - After conducting private performance reviews, the Iowa Board of Regents is expected to decide whether to give raises to the presidents of the state's public universities and special schools.
The regents met behind closed doors Wednesday to evaluate University of Iowa President Sally Mason, Iowa State University President Steven Leath, new University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud and the board's executive director, Bob Donley.
Also under review was Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.
The regents' two-day meeting will continue Thursday in Ames. The board's agenda includes considering salaries for the university presidents, Clancy and Donley for the budget year that started July 1. Details have not been released.

 

Urbandale Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Having Sex With Students

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Pleas of not guilty have been entered for an Urbandale Middle School teacher accused of having sex with two of his students.
23-year-old Benjamin Hoffman has bonded out of Dallas County Jail. His lawyer entered the pleas for him last week.
Hoffman is charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse, one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.
West Des Moines police say Hoffman had sex with a 13-year-old student of his at Urbandale Middle School and a 14-year-old former student of Hoffman's while he was student-teaching at Norwalk Middle School.
Hoffman was placed on leave by the school district.
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Advocacy Group Wants To Privatize Iowa Juvenile Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An advocacy group wants Gov. Terry Branstad to consider privatizing the Iowa Juvenile Home.
Disability Rights Iowa also wants the governor to seek new rules that would limit the home's use of long-term isolation and physical restraints.
The federally funded group says the new rules would place the state-run home under the same guidelines that private facilities must observe on the use of isolation and restraints.
The Toledo home houses, treats and educates youths with serious behavioral problems. Disability Rights Iowa says the home has placed children as young as 13 in long-term isolation cells.
Branstad spokeswoman Janae Jenison said Wednesday that the governor believes "there needs to be a cultural change at the Iowa Juvenile Home."
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Ankeny Has New City Manager

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines suburb of Ankeny has selected the Polk County administrator as its news city manager.
The City Council on Wednesday night chose David Jones, who as Polk County administrator was responsible for administration of county operations, staff and managing the budget.
The council authorized Mayor Gary Lorenz to negotiate an employment agreement with Jones.
As city manager, Jones will oversee a staff of 200 full-time employees and a $100 million budget for all operations.
Ankeny is north of Des Moines and has a population of more than 45,000.


Two People Arrested For Robbing A Church

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in eastern Iowa have arrested two people in connection with a robbery at a church.
The Iowa County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Robby Lynn Jones, of Newton, and 38-year-old Rana Carol Frisch, also of Newton, were arrested Wednesday.
Police say Jones and Frisch entered St. John's Lutheran Church in Marengo and robbed a church employee. Iowa State Patrol later stopped Jones and Frisch inside a vehicle that matched the description of the car believed to be involved in the Wednesday robbery.
Additional information about the robbery has not been released. Both Jones and Frisch have been charged with second-degree robbery. Court records do not list attorneys.

   

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