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Friday News, August 14

Hawarden Displays Replica Viet Nam War Memorial Wall

(Hawarden) -- A half size replica of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall is scheduled to be in northwest Iowa through the weekend.  The "Moving Wall" arrived in Hawarden Thursday afternoon and features all 58,306 names of those service men and women that lost their lives during the Viet Nam War.  Roger Johnson is the chairman of the Sioux County Commission of Veteran Affairs and is overseeing the exhibition of the moving wall.  He says it is referred to as the "moving wall" not just because of its capability of traveling from town to town, but he says, the wall also stirs up emotions for those that view it.

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In addition to his brother's name, Johnson says there are four other names on the wall with either a Hawarden or neighboring town Ireton connection.

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Johnson says the local American Legion post had been trying for four years to bring the Viet Nam replica wall to Hawarden.  He says when the wall arrived Thursday afternoon, a caravan helped escort it into town.

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Johnson says the "Moving Wall" will be accessible 24 hours, and it will have guards posted, as well as volunteers to assist with the locating of names.  He says, like the Wall featured in Washington D.C., people will also have the opportunity to sketch a name.  The Viet Nam replica wall will remain on display until Monday, August 17th.  The wall is near the Hawarden Community Center.

 

 

 

 

Harkin Endorses Clinton For President

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton has snagged a big endorsement as she brings her presidential campaign to the Iowa State Fair.
Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is endorsing Clinton's bid for the Democratic nomination, writing in the Des Moines Register that Clinton is "a fighter who has a record of getting things done."
Harkin says in the op-ed published online Thursday night that Clinton "has devoted her career to championing the needs of children" and has been a "tireless advocate for women and families."
The endorsement kicks off a weekend of campaigning in Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucuses.

 

 

 

 

Jeb Bush Says Torture Should Be An Option For Interrogation

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he would leave the door open for resuming the use of torture by the U.S. government.
Bush told an audience of Iowa Republicans on Thursday that he did not want to make a blanket statement about whether he would keep or repeal President Barack Obama's executive order banning so-called enhanced interrogation techniques by the CIA.
The former Florida governor says that he believes torture is inappropriate in general, and praises his brother, former President George W. Bush, for largely ending the CIA's use of the techniques before he left office. But Jeb Bush says he cannot rule out ordering brutal interrogations, implying that they might be called for to keep the country safe.

 

 

 

 

Huckabee Delivers Comments At State Fair On "Soap Box"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -Mike Huckabee has veteran insight to share about the Iowa State Fair. 
The former Arkansas governor says, "Pork chop on a stick. Trust me. It's what's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack." 
The winner of the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses, Huckabee started his turn atop the fair's political soapbox Thursday with the dining tip. 
When he got around to politics, the presidential hopeful spoke about his experience in office, his plans to create jobs and his opposition to abortion. 
He then took questions from the crowd, but with a caveat. He said he didn't actually want any Q and A, but rather some "questions and avoidance." 
Huckabee went on to banter easily with the crowd.

 

 

 

 

Webb Tells State Fair Crowd He Stays Away From PACs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -Democratic presidential hopeful Jim Webb says people who don't like big money in politics should take a look at his campaign.
Webb says he's "unbought" and "unbossed" and has his own mind.
The former Virginia senator spoke Thursday at the Iowa State Fair from the fair's political "soapbox."
Webb deplores the number of super PACs that are raising money to support candidates in the race. He says he doesn't have one.
Webb told fairgoers they should ask candidates who decry super PACs why they take the money. And he says if people want to change it, they should vote for him.
Webb also touts his military experience, saying he has the qualifications to be commander in chief. He was a Marine officer in Vietnam and later served as Secretary of the Navy.

 

 

 

 

Jesse Ventura Says He Would Be A Good Vice President With Donald Trump

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura says he hopes Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president - and that he would be open to running as his vice president.
The former pro wrestler's support for Trump comes despite some major political differences, including on immigration. The billionaire businessman has taken a hardline stance on immigration, calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally.
By contrast, Ventura lives in Mexico and has criticized Trump for his remarks about immigrants. Ventura says immigration status should not affect employment in the U.S.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Ventura talked about Trump on his Internet TV show "Off the Grid." Ventura has previously endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

 

 

 

 

Farm Accident Injures 6 Year Old Boy

COLWELL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old boy has been flown to a Minnesota hospital after being injured in a farm accident in northern Iowa.
The accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. Thursday at a farm south of Colwell. Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said in a news release that the boy was with his family when a load of hay shifted and knocked the boy off a wagon, which ran over the boy.
He was flown to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. His name hasn't been released.

 

   

Thursday Afternoon News, August 13

Hawarden Hosting Viet Nam War Memorial Replica Wall

(Hawarden) -- A half size replica of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall is scheduled to be in northwest Iowa through the weekend.  The "Moving Wall" arrived in Hawarden Thursday afternoon and features all 58,306 names of those service men and women that lost their lives during the Viet Nam War.  Roger Johnson is the chairman of the Sioux County Commission of Veteran Affairs and is overseeing the exhibition of the moving wall.  He says it is referred to as the "moving wall" not just because of its capability of traveling from town to town, but he says, the wall also stirs up emotions for those that view it.

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For Johnson, the wall symbolizes a special meaning.

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In addition to his brother's name, Johnson says there are four other names on the wall with either a Hawarden or neighboring town Ireton connection.

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Johnson says the local American Legion post had been trying for four years to bring the Viet Nam replica wall to Hawarden.  He says when the wall arrived Thursday afternoon, a caravan helped escort it into town.

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Johnson says the "Moving Wall" will be accessible 24 hours, and it will have guards posted, as well as volunteers to assist with the locating of names.  He says, like the Wall featured in Washington D.C., people will also have the opportunity to sketch a name.  The Viet Nam replica wall will remain on display until Monday, August 17th.  The Viet Nam War Wall Memorial is located near the Hawarden Community Center.

 

 

School Election Registrations And Absentee Ballots Available Now At Auditor's Office

(Le Mars) -- School board elections are scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th and the Plymouth County Auditor's office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for those people needing to register to vote.  Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor's office at the county courthouse.  Voter registration forms can also be downloaded by going to the county's website www.co.plymouth.ia.us and click on Online Services and then County forms and mailed to the auditor's office.  If you wish to have a voter registration form mailed to you, you can contact the auditor's office. Absentee ballots for local school board elections will be available beginning on Friday, August 14th in the auditor's office.  The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to your attention is Friday, September 4th.  The deadline for postmarks on absentee ballot is Saturday, September 5th for this year's school elections, due to the Labor Day holiday.  Voted absentee ballots can be brought to the auditor's office on Election Day, Tuesday, September 8th, up until 8:00 p.m. in order to be counted.

 

 

 

 

Crop Dusting Plane Crashes Near Sac City

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a crop-dusting plane has crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in northwest Iowa.
The Sac County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Thursday that the accident was reported about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Sac City Airport manager said the plane had crashed south of the airport and that airport officials were in contact with the pilot, who said he hadn't been injured.
The pilot was identified as 50-year-old Randall Sievert, of Alta. He reported that he noticed engine trouble after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport when he crashed into a cornfield.
Sievert and airport officials didn't immediately return calls Thursday from The Associated Press.
The crash is being investigated.

 

 

 

 

Judge Rules Landowner Must Allow Oil Pipeline Company To Look At Property

PILOT MOUND, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa district court judge says a man must allow a company to survey his land as part of a proposal for an oil pipeline.
Judge John Haney says in a ruling filed this month that Dakota Access LLC has the right to temporarily enter Laverne Johnson's property in Boone County to examine the land, which is in the path of the proposed pipeline. Haney says the move does not interfere with fundamental property rights.
Johnson had refused to let representatives of Dakota Access, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, onto his land. Dakota Access sought a court injunction.
Dakota Access is seeking approval to build an oil pipeline across Iowa and other states.
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Mike Huckabee: First Presidential Hopeful To Stand On State Fair's "Soap Box"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Mike Huckabee has veteran insight to share about the Iowa State Fair.
"Pork chop on a stick. Trust me. It's what's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack," the former Arkansas governor said Thursday.
The winner of the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses, Huckabee started his turn atop the fair's political soapbox with the dining tip.
When he got around to politics, the presidential hopeful spoke about his experience in office, his plans to create jobs and his opposition to abortion.
He then took questions from the crowd, but with a caveat. He said he didn't actually want any Q and A, but rather some "questions and avoidance."
He told the crowd, "You ask questions. I will try not to do anything that will end my presidential aspirations here today at the soapbox."
Huckabee went on to banter easily with the crowd.

 

 

 

 

Despite Growing Economy, Food Banks Still See Increase Demand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Food banks nationwide are dealing with rising demand despite the growing economy, leading some charities to reduce the amount they offer each family.
U.S. food banks are expected to give away about 4 billion pounds of food this year. Feeding America, the nation's primary food bank network, says that's more than double the amount provided a decade ago.
The group gave away 3.8 billion in 2013.
Food bank reliance exploded when the economy tanked in 2008, but groups say demand still rises each year.
Some economists say the increased demand is surprising because the economy is growing and unemployment has been cut nearly in half since the recession.
But many people who have found jobs are working only part-time or for low wages, and others have stopped looking for work.

 

 

 

 

Nursing Care Reaches Settlement

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - A nursing facility chain in Iowa that was accused of submitting inaccurate cost reports for Medicaid payments will pay more than $415,000 as part of a settlement.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the southern and northern districts of Iowa said in a news release Thursday that Signature Care Centers, LLC, and its seven related nursing facilities in Iowa have agreed to pay the money to resolve civil allegations involving Medicaid overpayments for the 2008 and 2010 fiscal years.
The agreement includes no admission of liability or wrongdoing. Messages left for Signature Care Centers were not immediately returned Thursday.
The seven related nursing facilities are Gowrie Care Center, Lake Park Care Center, Perry Health Care Center, Primghar Rehabilitation and Care Center, Rosewood Manor, Woodlands Rehabilitation Center and Sutherland Care Center.

 

 

 

 

Fire Association Official Accused Of Theft

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) - The former president of a volunteer fire association in eastern Iowa has been accused of theft that involves the organization.
The LeClaire Police Department said Thursday that 44-year-old Shawn Ream has been charged with second-degree theft. A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned Thursday. 
Ream is the former president of the LeClaire Volunteer Firefighter Association, which is not affiliated with the city.
Police say they contacted state authorities in June following suspicious financial transactions on the association's bank account. Additional information was not released.



 



 




   

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