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Monday Afternoon News, August 26

Akron-Westfield Won't Repair Wind Turbine

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — The Akron-Westfield Community School District is selling its broken-down wind turbine.
The turbine was erected in February 1999, and its power sold to the city of Akron and
utility companies.
School officials say that the turbine first went down two years ago. It was repaired, but broke down again about 18 months ago.
District superintendent Randy Collins says that, "when you look at big picture, it's cost
us more than it's earned us."
He says the district doesn't want to spend the money needed for repairs.
Collins says district officials are talking to a potential buyer.


Two Sioux City People Arrested For Robbery And Willful Injury

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Sioux City residents have been accused of robbing and torturing a man at their apartment.
Police say 33-year-old Melissa Lowe and 32-year-old Brandon Keleher were arrested Saturday morning. Online court records say they're both charged with two felonies: willful injury
and robbery.
Officers were sent to the apartment after a neighbor complained about a disturbance there.
The officers say they found a man who'd been stabbed and burned with a kitchen utensil that
had been heated.
The man said he'd met the couple Friday night. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, and he was released later.
Lowe and Keleher remained in Woodbury County custody on Monday. Online court records don't
list the names of their attorneys.


Iowa Juvenile Home Cited For 15 Violations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Juvenile Home has been given 15 citations for violations in its substance-abuse treatment program.
The violations found in a new inspection included a lack of oversight and failure to track whether some children were making progress in their treatment.
The state-run home in Toledo provides housing, treatment and schooling to youths with
serious behavioral problems. The federally funded group Disability Rights Iowa has been
investigating allegations about the home's treatment of children, including small,
isolation rooms where some children have been held for weeks or even months.
Last year a near-perfect score resulted from an inspection of the home's substance-abuse
Public health officials say the most recent inspection occurred July 29, after the home had
been given advance notice.


Electric Cars Are Not Popular In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at dozens of sites throughout Iowa, but so far their use is limited.
Iowa has about 40 stations, where electric vehicles can get a charge much more powerful than available from a regular home electrical outlet.
Three special chargers were installed at the Franklin Avenue Public Library in Des Moines. Since becoming fully operational in spring 2012, they've only been used for electric cars 13 times.
Library Director Greg Heid says he's not discouraged. He thinks the stations will be used more as electric car sales increase.
Businesses such as Hy-Vee grocery stores also are installing more of chargers.
Some, like Iowa tea party leader Ryan Rhodes, says it's wrong for governments to subsidize such efforts.


Kemin Industries Expands

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa biotechnology firm Kemin Industries is dedicating a new research center that is part of a major expansion in Des Moines.
Gov. Terry Branstad attended the ribbon cutting for the new $16.7 million facility Monday. This new center is the first of several new research and manufacturing centers the company plans to add to its Des Moines operation.
The company, which develops food and feed ingredients, has added 137 jobs in the region as part of the expansion. In all, the company employs about 2,000 people, 450 of them in Iowa.
Branstad praised Kemin, saying the company has "become a world player."




Monday News, August 26

Fire Department Responds To Three Calls

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to three different calls on Sunday and early Monday morning.  The fire department was called to assist with clean up duties from a accident.  That accident happened at about 7:00 p.m. and it occurred at the intersection of 12th Avenue Southwest and 18th Street.  Later, at about 9:12 p.m. the fire department responded to a call where an electric utility pole was on fire.  That fire was reported on County Road C-16 near the railroad tracks.  Finally, at about 3:40 a.m. this morning the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to the Good Samaritan Center at 1140 Lincoln Street for a general fire alarm.


Le Mars Fire Department Hosts Water Application Contest

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department hosted a water application contest.  Eight different fire departments were represented during the annual competition which was held Sunday afternoon at the Fareway parking lot.  More than 200 spectators viewed the competition.  Results of the Men's Water Fight consisted of the Hull Fire Department taking top honors, with Sioux Center receiving second, third, and fourth place.  In the Women's Water Fight division, Le Mars was able to win the competition with Nita Dreckman, Sandy Vanderloo, and Steph Hargens.  Le Mars also had second place with Nita Dreckman and Alissa Schipper.  Hull placed third in the women's competion and Orange City placed fourth.  In the Men's Leader Line competition, Le Mars placed first with Chief Dave Schipper, Steve Ahrendsen and Jarrod Vanderloo.  Second place honors were awarded to Sheldon, Third place was given to Storm Lake, and Fourth place was presented to another Le Mars team consisting of Kevin Bolton, Michael Hargens and Joe Morris.

Le Mars Community School Board To Meet Monday Evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Communitiy Board of Education will meet this evening.  The school board will hear a report from Assistant Superintendent, Steve Webner regarding the adequate yearly progress report concerning the district's requirements from the "No Child Left Behind".  Dr. Todd Wendt will offer a report outlining data presented to the District Learning and Instructional Impact Team.  The board is also expected to discuss the upcoming school board election scheduled for September 10th.


Pork Producers Schedule Seminar At Sheldon

(Des Moines) -- Area pork producers may want to attend one of four seminars scheduled
around the state.  The Iowa Pork Producers Association Swine Health and Animal Well-being
Committee is sponsoring a seminar this afternoon at the Northwest Iowa Community College at
Sheldon.  Dr. Rodney Baker of the Iowa Pork Industry Center located at Iowa State
University will share what is currently known about the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or
PEDV.  The disease has proven deadly to piglets across the country.  Baker will explain how
producers can manage employees and visitors relative to PEDV, how hog producers can protect
their herd when most packing plants and trailers are testing positive for the virus, and
what can be learned from Transmissible Gastroenterites and the practices that should be
effective against PEDV.  The seminar will also focus on Porcine Reproductive and
Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS.  That seminar is scheduled to begin today at 1:00 p.m. 
Other seminars are scheduled for Carroll on August 28th, New Hampton on August 30th, and
September 3rd the conference will be held at Washington, Iowa.


MidAmerican Energy Being Challenged On Energy Efficiency Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the energy conservation plans of Iowa's largest gas and electricity providers, saying Interstate Power and Light and MidAmerican Energy aren't doing as much as they could to help consumers use less electricity.
Iowa law requires gas and electricity utility companies regulated by the state to draft new
energy efficiency plans every five years. The five-year plan submitted by IPL, a division of Alliant Energy, calls for spending $399 million and saving 814,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. That's the amount used by everyone in the city of Dubuque last year.
MidAmerican spends $512 million to save 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours.
The Environmental Law and Policy Center says the utilities should spend much more on programs that curtail energy use because it's far more cost-effective than building new power plants.


New State Board Reviews Record Requests

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new state board charged with enforcing Iowa's public records and meetings laws will also have to settle disputes over records requests.  The new board that was created July 1 has already received about 50 complaints.  The complaints come both from public records advocates and from government agencies who say they are facing unreasonable requests.
For instance, a county hospital administrator in Denison says he has received more than 300 information requests from Richard Knowles in the past 16 months.
And Ottumwa city officials say staff members sometimes spend more than 75 percent of their
day fulfilling records requests.


ISU Has Super Computer To Help With Research

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University says a powerful new computer on campus is producing
data for 17 research projects.
The school says the machine is capable of more than 183 trillion calculations per second.
It has a total memory of more than 38 trillion bytes.
Professors say the computer's high performance will help expand science research at the
university. It's assisting in 17 research projects from eight school departments.
The computer, named Cyence, has been running since July. It includes 12 black cabinets and
rows of blue lights and it is located in the basement of the Durham Center.
A $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation helped purchase the computer.
Other school departments helped chip in $800,000. The school is already looking into
resources for a second high performance computer.


Des Moines Police Investigate Fatal Beating

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 40-year-old Iowa man who
was severely beaten near Wells Fargo arena in Des Moines.
A woman called police shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday to report the assault in a parking lot
near the arena in downtown Des Moines.
Police found Richard Daughenbaugh with significant injuries, and paramedics took him to
Methodist Hospital where he died.
Several witnesses were interviewed by police who are continuing to investigate the death.
Police say this is the 10th homicide investigated by the Des Moines department the year.


Woman Falls To Death At Palisades Park

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine why a 16-year-old girl fell from an overlook and died in northeast Iowa.
Decorah police say Kellie Sharp of Decorah died Friday evening after falling from the
overlook at Palisades Park.
Officers found her at the bottom of the overlook when they arrived at the park.
An autopsy of Sharp is planned, and the police investigation is ongoing.


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