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Sunday News, April 10

Le Mars FFA Celebrates 75 Years

(Le Mars) -- Nearly 270 people filled the Carey gymnasium at the Le Mars Community High School to attend the 75th anniversary celebration honoring the Le Mars F-F-A chapter on Saturday evening. The group consisted of school administrators, current members and their parents, and a large group of Le Mars FFA alumni.  A slide presentation reviewing the past 75 years was presented by high school senior, and current Le Mars FFA chapter treasurer, Jacob Holck.  Holck detailed the historical aspects of the chapter, recognizing the previous advisors, past chapter alumni, and the many accomplishments by the chapter and members of the Le Mars FFA chapter. Special recognition was given to the attending charter member, Cliff Tonsfeldt, as well to those families that have had four generations involved with FFA.  Following the banquet and program, past FFA members gathered by decades to have their pictures taken, as well as past presidents, state degree honorees, and American degree recipients.  Advisor Brett Oetken encouraged all attendees to visit with their friends, neighbors, grandchildren, and children to become active in agriculture.  Oetken says agriculture is an ever-changing and growing industry that offers many opportunities, and today's youth should take a serious look at agriculture for future careers.




Iowa Republican Delegates Pledge Their Support To Ted Cruz

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Eleven of the 12 Iowa GOP delegates chosen at the state party's four district conventions held across the state on Saturday have pledged their support to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, bested the rest of the GOP field in the Iowa caucus back in February.
The Des Moines Register reports that Cruz's successes on Saturday came at the expense of Trump, the Republican front-runner whose campaign had vocal groups of supporters at each convention. None of the delegate selected Saturday pledged support to Trump.
The lone delegate not pledging to support Cruz is Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a former official in Governor Terry Branstad's administration and a former congressional candidate. She declined to commit to any candidate on Saturday.





Lt. Governor Reynolds To Travel To Israel

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is embarking on an economic development trip to Israel, participating with a group from the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association.
The delegation departs Saturday and will return on April 17th.
A news release from Governor Terry Branstad's office says the goal of the mission trip is to build upon existing relationships and foster new partnerships with Israeli government, military and business leaders. The delegation also will engage in business development and economic development opportunities unique to each state.
Reynolds says she looks forward to meeting with state officials and discussing business and economic opportunities for Iowa as part of the trip.





Bakken Oil Pipeline Given Green Light

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State utility regulators say construction can begin on the Bakken oil pipeline in Iowa as soon as federal permits are obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two other plans are filed.
The Iowa Utilities Board voted Friday to issue the order. The order declares that Dakota Access LLC has substantially complied with conditions established last month when the state panel approved the pipeline project.
Ward Lentz with the corps says construction likely won't begin in Iowa until June.
State regulatory approval in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois has been given for the 1,168-mile pipeline that will transport up to 570,000 barrels of oil daily from North Dakota's Bakken oil patch to a distribution hub in Illinois.





Lawyers For Three NW Iowa Counties Ask Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for three northwest Iowa counties being sued by a Des Moines water utility are asking a judge to dismiss two of the lawsuit's 10 claims.
In court papers filed last week, an attorney for Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun counties says the U.S. District Court in Sioux City has no jurisdiction over claims that the counties violated the Clean Water Act and state laws. Attorney Michael Reck says that's because the counties' drainage districts have no regulating authority over landowners who install tiles to drain their fields.
The lawsuit seeks to force the drainage districts to obtain federal water pollution discharge permits.
No hearing has been set on the request to dismiss. The utility has until May 5th to respond.


Saturday Afternoon News April 9th

Remson Fire Department Responds To Tractor Fire

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire and Rescue Department responded to a tractor that had caught on fire.  The call was made at about 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  Fire fighters were sent a field near the Gary Loutsch farm near 200th Street.  No other information is available regarding the fire.


Model Railroad Convention Held In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- The Prairie and Lakes Division of the National Model Railroad Association is having their spring annual convention in Le Mars today.  Convention supervisor and president of the organization, Jay Davis of Everly says the organization basically includes southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

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The model railroad association official explains what the organization is doing this weekend in Le Mars.

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The event is being held at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, and Davis expects the show to attract as many as 300 people.  Davis has collected model rail sets for more than 40 years having followed his father in terms of having an interest in a model railroad set.  He says it is up to a person's imagination to determine the limits as to how large a model railroad set should encompass.

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Davis says there are different sizes and versions of scale model railroads.

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The model railroad show continues until 3:00 this afternoon. Admission is three dollars.




Fire Victim Now Investigated As Homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids police are now investigating the death of a woman who was found in her burning condominium as a homicide.  
Cedar Rapids city officials say Friday that a preliminary investigation into the death of 62-year-old Robyn Furmanski revealed the woman may have sustained a traumatic injury before the fire. The new information from the State Medical Examiner's Office has prompted police to begin a homicide investigation.  
Fire crews responded to the March 31 fire at a six-unit, three-story building behind Garfield Elementary School. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department said firefighters found Furmanski inside a unit that was ablaze. She was pronounced dead at a hospital later that day. 
The occupants of the other five units were safely evacuated. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.



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