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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.


Saturday News, August 24

Semi Truck and Trailer Overturns On Hwy 60

(Orange City) -- Northbound traffic on Hwy. 60 near Carnes, about four miles south of Orange City, was limited to one lane after a semi truck and trailer overturned on Friday afternoon. The accident occurred at about 1:00 p.m.  The trailer was carrying 30 head of market cattle.  Sioux County Deputy Ryan McCrory describes the scene.

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The trailer landed on its side.  Dean Greseth, age 32, of Kenyon, MN was driving the Peterbuilt truck.  He did not sustain any injuries.  However, two head of cattle did parish as a result of the accident.  Sioux county authorities and Alton Fire Department responded to the accident scene.  Several head of cattle wandered to a nearby cornfield, where officials and other volunteers attempted to corral the cattle and wait for another truck to transport them to market.  The semi trailer was listed as a total loss with damages estimated at $85,000  Authorities are still investigating the accident.


Husband and Wife Caught Stealing Metal For Scrap Iron

(Sioux City) -- Woodbury County authorities report a husband and wife have been arrested
for theft after it was reported that they had stolen pieces of metal to be sold as scrap
iron.  42 year old Robert Irey and his 24 year old wife Kelsey Irey of Sloan were stopped
during a traffic stop while they were traveling northbound on Interstate 29.  Stolen items
were located in their vehicle during the traffic stop. The subsequent investigation
revealed that the husband and wife team had committed similar thefts in the Sioux City
area.  As a result of the investigation and arrest, additional cases may be cleared in the


Contractors Delayed On Bridge Repair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The company working to rebuild a small but much-used bridge linking
Des Moines and West Des Moines has delayed the expected completion date.
The city of Des Moines announced Friday that Jenco Construction Inc. plans to have three
lanes over the bridge open by Nov. 29. That's more than two months later than the September
27th date established in the city's contract with the company.
The company will be charged a fee for each day it misses the original planned completion
Workers are replacing a bridge originally built in 1914 and widened in 1935. It carries
about 18,000 vehicles daily on Grand Avenue over Walnut Creek, linking the two cities.
Jenco was awarded a $3.3 million contract for the project.


Company Requests Old Shoes To Be Recycled

EARLHAM, Iowa (AP) — Participants of a national mud race being held in central Iowa can donate their shoes for recycling.
USAgain, a textile recycling company, will collect used shoes at the Warrior Dash event
Saturday in Earlham.
Participants of the average 5-kilometer obstacle race are encouraged to bring surplus shoes
to the event or give up their muddy post-race shoes.
Organizers say the shoes can be reused and diverted from landfills.
USAgain has collected thousands of pairs of shoes at multiple Warrior Dash races around the
country this year.


Des Moines To Conduct Tree Census

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort is underway to count all the trees in Des Moines, a costly move but one supporters say is necessary as city leaders deal with issues like invasive species.
Tree Des Moines wants to raise $400,000 to help get the tedious job done. The nonprofit
group is aiming to start the inventory next spring.
CJ Stephens, founder and president of Tree Des Moines, says the group wanted to help offset
dwindling city budgets that have made it difficult for officials to handle tree management.
The state Department of Natural Resources supports the private effort, since the agency
can't fund such a task.
Forestry officials say a tree inventory has numerous benefits, including helping officials
decide whether a tree planting program is needed because of dead and diseased trees.


Three Finalists For Appeals Court Position

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A district judge from Des Moines, an assistant attorney general
from West Des Moines and a Marshalltown lawyer are the three finalists for a seat on the
Iowa Court of Appeals.
The names of Judge Christopher McDonald, Assistant Attorney General Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt,
and attorney Sharon Greer were forwarded to Gov. Terry Branstad Thursday by the state's
judicial nominating committee. The three were selected from 22 applicants.
The Iowa Constitution gives Branstad 30 days to make an appointment to the court from the
three finalists.
The appointee will fill the vacancy on the court that will occur when Chief Judge Larry
Eisenhauer retires on Sept. 30.


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