Monday News, March 23
Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative To Hold District Meeting
(Le Mars) -- Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative will hold its district meeting this evening at the Le Mars Community High School. The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting to begin at 7:00 p.m. Members of the Northwest REC will have the opportunity to vote for a board member. Shirley Benson is seeking re-election to the board of directors. The other board candidate is David Milbrodt. The Le Mars Community High School Show Choir Crimson and Black will perform for the cooperative energy disrict meeting.
Sign Up Deadline For Farm Programs Is Friday
(Le Mars) -- Farmers have only a few more days to decide which farm program they wish to participate in. Jeff Davis serves as the Farm Services Agency Director for Plymouth and Sioux Counties. He says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co
Davis says farmers may want to inquire about the ARC-ic program which allows farmers to place all farms under one program.
The Farm Services Agency Director says the 2014 Farm Program also offers farmers the choice of what is referred to as the PLC prgram.
Davis says which ever farm program a farmer decides upon they will remain with that program through 2018. He says farmers do have the opportunity to sign up one farm with one program and another farm with the second program. He says they can even split the programs with different crops.
Davis encourages farmers to visit their county F-S-A office prior to next Tuesday's deadline in order to have Department of Agriculture officials explain the different options with the farm programs.
Roll-Over Accident Near Red Oak Claims One Life
RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man was killed and two other people, including a 3-year-old, were injured in a one-vehicle rollover in southwest Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Brandon Perez, of Fort Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene near Red Oak. Thirty-year-old Hilary J. Knox, also of Fort Madison, and an unidentified child were flown to the Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center, respectively, in Omaha, Nebraska. Their conditions weren't immediately known.
Investigators say Perez was driving early Sunday when his vehicle dropped off a shoulder of U.S. Highway 34. The report states Perez overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross the road into a ditch before rolling over several times.
Knox and the child were thrown from the vehicle.
The accident is being investigated.
Man Charged With Vehicle Homicide For Death Of Passenger From Auto Accident
NORWAY, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old man faces several charges after driving a vehicle that crashed and killed his passenger in Benton County.
Mark Himmelsbach of Norway is charged with homicide by vehicle and operating under the influence in the March 12 wreck.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, Himmelsbach was driving the vehicle when it failed to go around a curve and went into a ditch. The vehicle rolled and ejected 20-year-old Christine Ballard. Ballard was pronounced dead at the scene.
Online court records indicate Himmelsbach's bond was set at $25,000. He bonded out of jail on Friday.
His preliminary hearing is set for March 30.
It wasn't immediately clear if Himmelsbach has an attorney.
Legislature Pondering Over Allowing Time Off For Adoptive Parents
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In Iowa, adoptive parents are closely watching a bill in the Legislature that would expand some time-off entitlements when they bring a child home.
The legislation would essentially require an employer that offers some forms of paid time off or other entitlements for the birth of a child to do the same for an employee who's adopted a child in the past 12 months.
The Senate passed the measure Thursday. Rep. Joel Fry, a Republican from Osceola, is seeking bipartisan support in the House.
Most people in the country rely on private benefits or unpaid leave through federal law for the birth or adoption of a child. Iowa could become one of the only states requiring some time-off entitlements for adoptive parents.
Texas Man Arrested For Hot Lotto Ticket Mystery
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A second man has been arrested in connection with a mysterious scheme to collect a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto jackpot that was won in 2010.
Robert Clark Rhodes II, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, has been arrested and authorities plan to bring him to Iowa to face fraud charges.
Officials had been trying to identify the winner of the $14.3 million Hot Lotto ticket since a New York lawyer tried to claim the prize just before the one-year deadline in 2011.
Earlier this year, an Iowa man who worked for a lottery company was arrested. Authorities say Eddie Raymond Tipton violated state law when he bought the ticket and then tried to get others to help him claim it. Tipton has pleaded not guilty.
Council Bluffs Motel Has Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A hotel in western Iowa had to be evacuated for several hours after carbon monoxide levels spiked in the pool area and several guests became dizzy.
Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment and two others needed oxygen at the Council Bluffs hotel.
Firefighters say carbon monoxide levels in the pool area of the Quality Inn and Suites motel were dangerously high Sunday. Authorities say a malfunctioning pool heater appears to be the source.
Guests were allowed back in the hotel after the carbon monoxide was cleared out.