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Monday Afternoon News, October 6

Plymouth County Officials Concerned For Mud On Roads

(Le Mars) -- Last evening's auto accident serves as a reminder to motorists to use caution on rural roads, now that the fall harvest has started.  Large tractors, grain wagons, combine harvesters, and even trucks exiting wet fields are leaving an excess of mud on the roadways, and creating slick conditions in the process. Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe says it is a concern to the county.

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Rohe says the county was notified of last night's accident and took appropriate action.

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The County engineer says this season is a bit unusual because of the wet conditions.  He says normally during the fall harvest, it is drier, and mud on the roads is not as of a great concern.

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Rohe says county road workers will monitor the road conditions, especially the paved roads, during this wet harvest season.

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Storm Lake To Close Streets And Sidewalks Due To Rail Crossings

 STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Storm Lake officials are considering closing some railroad crossings around the northwest Iowa community.
     A public hearing is scheduled for Monday evening to discuss vacating four streets and four sidewalks that cross tracks in downtown Storm Lake.
     Assistant City Manager Justin Yarosevich says the crossings have stop signs where the tracks cross but lack gates and lights to warn of passing trains. 
     He says there are plenty of other crossings in town.
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Branstad Claims He Did Not Know Fired State Official Was Gay

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad and top aides say they weren't aware that a former state official was gay when the governor asked him to resign and cut his pay.
     In affidavits filed last week, Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and four aides said Christopher Godfrey wasn't singled out because of sexual orientation.
     Godfrey, the state's former workers' compensation commissioner, is suing over what he calls their heavy-handed and illegal attempts to force his resignation. After he declined, the governor cut Godfrey's pay by $40,000, to the lowest allowed for the position. Godfrey's lawsuit alleges discrimination based on sexual orientation, extortion and defamation.
     Godfrey's attorney has filed a motion arguing that Branstad's lawyer has a conflict and should be removed. The affidavits are part of an attempt to defeat that motion.

 

Iowa Bar Says All 72 Judges Should Be Retained

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Bar Association says all 72 judges on the November ballot should be retained.
     The association Monday released the results of a member survey that found all 72 were well qualified, receiving high marks for their professionalism and demeanor.
     More than 1,100 lawyers statewide answered questions about judges. They ranked them from very poor to excellent on questions such as their knowledge of the law and the promptness of their rulings.
     A vast majority of respondents said all 70 district judges and two appeals court judges should stay in office.
     More than 70 percent of the 40 lawyers who ranked Judge Emily Dean said she should be retained. The Iowa Supreme Court last month suspended her for 30 days showing up drunk to the job in 2012.

 

Iowa Revokes Lender's License For Online Loans

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials have revoked an online lender's Iowa license over allegations of exorbitant interest rates.
     The Iowa Superintendent of Banking said Monday that CashCall Inc. must pay $1.5 million in restitution costs and stop lending money to Iowa residents.
     The state's Division of Banking says the settlement offers restitution for more than 3,400 illegal loans by the company.
     The California-based CashCall was accused of charging borrowers illegally high interest rates. Officials say that violated state lending laws.
     As part of the agreement, CashCall neither admits nor denies wrongdoing. The company has tried to argue that its lending activity is beyond Iowa's jurisdictional reach because it originated through another company that offered loans on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

 


 

 

 

 

 



   

Monday News, October 6

Two People Injured From Sunday Night Auto Accident

(Le Mars) -- Two people were injured from a one-vehicle accident that occured Sunday evening.  The accident happened shortly after 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of County road C-16 and Hickory Avenue.  Apparently, the car being driven by 58 year old Lesa DeBoer of Akron lost control when it had encountered excessive mud on the road, from farm equipment traveling from the field to the roadway.  The car slid off the roadway into the ditch, then ended up striking two trees on a farmstead.  The other victim was 17 year old Taylor DeBoer of Le Mars. The Le Mars Ambulance transported the victims to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.  The victims were transferred by Mercy Air Care helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Le Mars.  Responding to the scene was the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

Sioux City Police Officer Remains Hospitalized After Shooting

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police officer, and Le Mars native Jill Ohm remains hospitalized and last reported is listed in stable condition following a shooting incident Friday afternoon.  Ohm was shot in the chin when trying to apprehend a suspect.  A manhunt ensued following the shooting.  Police officers and other law enforcement agenices conducted a door-to-door search of Sioux City's west side near 3rd Street.  Police were able to locate the suspect, Noah Ironshell, in a basement of an abandoned home.  Apparently, Ironshell, had shot himself in the head.  He is listed in critical condition at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

 

Clovis Brings Campaign Back Home

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County's own state wide candidate, Sam Clovis met with supporters at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Le Mars on Friday.  Clovis is from Hinton and is the Republican candidate seeking the position of state treasurer.  Clovis says he was asked to run for the treasurer's position by Republican party leaders.  He says he has found many people simply don't know what the duties are of the state treasurer.  Clovis spelled out his goals for the office.

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One area of responsibility for the state treasure is to oversee unclaimed property and to attempt to locate the original owner to return the unclaimed property.  Some states have implemented a tax on unclaimed property.  Clovis indicated he would not introduce such a plan, and feels it is wrong for the state to issue such a tax.

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The Morningside economics professor and one-time conservative radio talk show host talks about the level of enthusiasm he has witnessed while campaigning across the state of Iowa.

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Michelle Obama To Campaign In Iowa For Bruce Braley

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - First Lady Michelle Obama will appear in Des Moines Friday to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley.
     Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said Sunday that Obama and Braley will attend a rally at Drake University Friday afternoon. The event will stress the importance of early voting in the competitive Iowa Senate race.
     Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and officer in the Iowa National Guard from Red Oak. They are vying for the seat held by retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
     Republicans are hoping to win in Iowa in their drive for the six-seat gain they need to grab the Senate majority.
     Obama has been stumping for Democrats in a number of tight races around the country.

 

Branstad Uses Illinois Television Stations To Reach Lee County

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is spending some of his overflowing campaign money on Illinois television, with the hope of carrying remote Lee County, one of two counties that have eluded the governor in his long career.
     The Republican seeking a sixth term acknowledges it is not a cost-effective move but hopes to highlight how the county's economy has rebounded since his 2010 election.
     Branstad also hopes to win big in Polk County, the home of his Democratic challenger, state Senator Jack Hatch and trim his losses in Johnson County, a liberal homefront. Johnson and Lee are the only counties Branstad hasn't carried.
     Ahead in the polls, a Branstad landslide could help achieve his larger goal of leaving a thriving Iowa Republican Party behind, should the 67-year-old step aside in 2018.

 

University Of Iowa To Set Up Engagement Center In Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa plans to open an engagement center in Council Bluffs at Iowa Western Community College.
     The center would focus on information technology. 
     The university also plans to take its Venture School to Council Bluffs. The six-week program shows entrepreneurs how to launch successful businesses. The focus is on how to test-market a product to help new businesses beat the high rate of failure among startups.
     UI President Sally Mason says the university wants to reach out to the western part of Iowa and attract more students. The university has engagement centers in Iowa City and Sioux City that provide expertise, training and support for small businesses.
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Des Moines Family In Dispute With School Over Rawandan Immigrant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa family is fighting the Des Moines school district's refusal to enroll the Rwandan immigrant they are caring for because of questions about his immigration status.
     The district's lawyer, Andrew Bracken, says it appears that Habibu "Habi" Moise Habienza's legal residence remains with his family in Rwanda, so Des Moines won't enroll him.
     The 16-year-old's guardians, Ray and Carrie Bening, are appealing to the Iowa Board of Education because they say the boy's immigration status shouldn't be an issue.
     University of Iowa immigration law professor Stella Elias says children are entitled to an education regardless of how they came to be in the country.
 
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