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Wednesday Afternoon News, October 15

Beauty College Burglarized

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating a burglary and theft of the Le Mars Beauty College.  Sometime during the Tuesday overnight hours, suspects entered the Beauty college through a south window.  Police believe multiple suspects are involved, given the quanity of items stolen.  Police say several bottles of hair products, including hair related tools, such as blow driers, curling irons, scissors, combs and brushes were stolen.  Officials are conducting an inventory of items and visiting with students, as part of the investigation.  Le Mars Police officials say in excess of $1000 worth of products and tools were taken during the burglary.

 

Two Separate Roll Over Accidents Cause Injuries

(Le Mars) -- A 17 year old Sioux City female was involved in a single vehicle accident that happened on Monday evening.  According to a traffic accident report from the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Josephine Johansen was traveling westbound on county road C-38 when she lost control of her vehicle and it went airborne over a creek and struck the embankment of the westside of the creek.  The vehicle rolled once and came to a rest on its wheels.  Johansen suffered some injuries, but was able to get herself free from the vehicle and crawled up to the bridge.  She was picked up by a passer-by and taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by private vehicle.


(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man suffered minor injuries after his car rolled during a one-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 1:00 this Wednesday morning. David Meylor northbound on Nature Avenue when he lost control of his car after crossing a bridge.  The vehicle entered the west ditch and struck a power pole with the right front fender causing the vehicle to roll onto its top. Meylor was taken by a private party to Floyd Valley Hospital.

 

Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation Looking For Board Director

(Le Mars) -- The Board of Directors of the LeMars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member. The LBIC Board is made up of four representatives of the City of LeMars, four representatives of the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and six or more at-large positions. All at-large positions are three year terms.

Anyone interested in serving on the LBIC Board should provide a letter stating their interest in the position and their willingness to serve a three year term. The letter should be sent to: LBIC, 50 Central Ave. SE, LeMars, IA., attn. Neal Adler. All letters must be received by November 7th. The Board of Directors will hold an election at their December meeting to fill any open seats.

 

Weather Director To Visit Flood Research Center

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The director of the National Weather Service says he's visiting the Iowa Flood Center to learn more about how its researchers are predicting and helping respond to flooding.
     NWS Director Louis Uccellini said Wednesday the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa is a "tremendous asset" that is helping fill gaps in the ability to predict impacts of floods on local communities. 
     He said the five-year-old center's work with local officials is "a very important learning experience" as the weather service tries to partner with communities to save lives and mitigate property damage.
     Iowa Flood Center officials invited Uccellini to visit as they lobby to become a nationally designated and funded center for flood research. They say they're hoping to partner with the new National Water Center in Alabama.

 

Residents Near Lake Manawa Concerned About Camping

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Neighbors in an area near Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs are concerned about camping and other issues near the lake.
     About 80 people gathered at Bass Pro Shops to learn about two renovation projects by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Lake Manawa State Park. Under the proposed plan, 51 full hookup campsites would be made and dedicated spaces for tent camping would be eliminated, though tent camping would still be allowed. 
     Mike McGhee, the department's project manager for lake restoration, says the two projects are expected to total more than $10 million.
     Residents who live in Lake Manawa neighborhoods were concerned about overall park and lake safety. Some wanted to reduce camping numbers or prohibit the recreational activity all together while some supported the department's plans.
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Food For Liberia

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man is leading an effort to gather food to be shipped to Liberia, a west African nation that's struggling to deal with Ebola.
     Walter Gwenigale Jr., who's lived in Des Moines for the past seven years, visited family in Liberia this summer. He saw that the deadly disease was not only taking a toll on Liberia's population but also on the nation's food supplies. More than 2,300 people in Liberia have died from Ebola. 
     According to the World Bank, labor shortages in some west African countries are limiting food production and fear of the disease abroad is hampering trade. 
    Once Gwenigale arrived back on U.S. soil, he contacted a nonprofit agency about sending food shipments to Liberia. On Tuesday, Outreach Inc. sent a second shipment of 300,000 meals to Liberia.
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Wednesday News, October 15

Hit-And-Run Accident Involves Tractor

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities are looking for a red vehicle with what they believe may have substanial damage to the right front following a hit-and-run accident with a small tractor that occurred Wednesday morning. The incident happened just south of the intersection of County roads C-38 and K-64 at about 7:40 a.m.  Apparently, a smaller 1940's Farmall B tractor was traveling northbound on K-64 when it was struck from behind.  The collision caused the tractor to split in half, and throwing the driver from the tractor.  The driver of the tractor was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars Ambulance.  Anyone with information about this accident are urged to contact the Plymouth County Sheriff's office at (712) 546-8191.

 

LBIC Looking For New Director

(Le Mars) -- The Board of Directors of the LeMars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member. The LBIC Board is made up of four representatives of the City of LeMars, four representatives of the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and six or more at-large positions. All at-large positions are three year terms.  Anyone interested in serving on the LBIC Board should provide a letter stating their interest in the position and their willingness to serve a three year term. The letter should be sent to: LBIC, 50 Central Ave. SE, LeMars, IA., attn. Neal Adler. All letters must be received by November 7th. The Board of Directors will hold an election at their December meeting to fill any open seats.

 

Branstad And Hatch Face Off In Third And Final Governor Debate

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch clashed over whether to raise Iowa's minimum wage during their final debate in the race for governor.
     Branstad and Hatch appeared in Sioux City on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre. During the debate, Hatch expressed support for raising the minimum wage in Iowa, saying it would benefit working families. Branstad said he would prefer to focus on attracting good jobs to the state. 
     This was the last of three debates in the race.
     Branstad is running for a sixth non-consecutive term. Polls show he has a sizable lead. He has touted recent achievements, including a commercial property tax cut. Hatch is a state lawmaker who has argued he would do more for middle-class families.

 

Spencer's Grand Avenue Listed On National Registry Of Historic Places

 SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Residents of the northwest Iowa city of Spencer are celebrating the designation of Grand Avenue to the National Register of Historic Places.
     The Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation on Monday unveiled one of three plaques that will mark North Grand Avenue as a residential historic district, which encompasses Grand Avenue. Mary Jean Montgomery of the organization tells the Spencer Daily Reporter that the avenue's new status was a long-term goal of the corporation that began six years ago.
     She says the neighborhood is an "eclectic" group of houses that range in style, from Victorian to modern. She says driving down Grand Avenue is like going through an architectural history book.

 

Harvest Pace Behind Normal Schedules

(Des Moines) -- The weekly USDA crop report shows mostly dry weather allowed farmers to harvest 30 percent of Iowa’s soybean acreage during the days suitable for fieldwork for last week.   Muddy fields, especially in low spots, have slowed harvest across Iowa.  Activities for the week included fall tillage and the spread of manure on harvested fields.  Cover crops have started to emerge across the State. Ninety percent of Iowa’s corn acreage was mature, 4 days behind the five-year average.  Corn harvest reached 10 percent, almost 3 weeks behind the normal pace.  Moisture content of corn at harvest remained high at 23 percent contributing to the slower than normal progress.  Seventy-six percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition.  Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop was dropping leaves or beyond.  Soybean harvest advanced rapidly to 39 percent complete, just over one week behind normal.  Seventy-four percent of the soybean acreage was in good to excellent condition.

 

Authorities Find Nude Photos Of Girls Dating Back Several Years

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in central Iowa say they've uncovered a massive collection of photographs and videos showing nude female juveniles, and they believe they were amassed over several years by high school students.
     The state Division of Criminal Investigation said Tuesday that a system of storage accounts was discovered after a male juvenile was accused in August of trying to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile. The male faces an extortion charge.
     Authorities said online-based storage accounts with nude photographs and videos had been under the control of numerous current and former high school students in the Boone area. The accounts have been secured.
     Authorities are working to identify the individuals in the photographs and videos. They called it an active investigation, and additional charges are possible.

 

 

 



   

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