Tuesday News, August 4
Le Mars Police Department To Hold Block Party Open House
(Le Mars) -- Tonight is "National Night Out" and the Le Mars Police Department will be acknowledging the event with a block party to be held at the Le Mars Police Department headquarters at 22 2nd Street N.E. Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga explains what will be featured during this evening's festivities.
Missing Yard Ornaments Turn Up At Southside Residence As A Prank
(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the Le Mars Police Department, Chief Dekkenga says if you are missing some yard ornaments, lights, potted plants, or even yard signs, you may want to contact the Le Mars Police Department. Chief Dekkenga says recently several of the mentioned items were found at a residence on the south side of town. Someone apparently went around town collecting the yard items, and then placed them at the residence as a joke or prank. The Le Mars Police Department hopes to return those items to the rightful owners, but don't have an idea as to which items belong to what house.
Fire And Rescue Department Responds To 42 Calls In July
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has submitted its monthly report for July. The fire department responded to a total of 42 calls in July, eight of those calls were fire calls. Another eight were rescue calls, 11 calls were investigations. Four times the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to offer mutual aid, and there were 11 requests for services. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says 27 fire fighters donated 117 hours of time to assist with the Plymouth County Fair.
City Council To Meet Today
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold a public hearing at noon today regarding the Highway 75 Bypass Urban Renewal Plan Amendment. In action items to be discussed, the city council will examine the KNS second addition rezoning request. The city council will continue to discuss the 12th Street southwest sidewalk improvement project. The council is scheduled to visit about the urban renewal tax increment revenue bond.
Supervisors To Hear Update Regarding Mike's Saloon
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the County courthouse board room. The county supervisors will hear an update from Brett Bagley regarding Mike's Saloon septic systems. The supervisors will hear from County engineer Tom Rohe as he submits some permits for the supervisor approval, and offers an update on the status of the road construction projects.
Candidates File For School Board Elections
(Le Mars) -- The deadline to file for school board elections has now passed. Le Mars Community School District has a three-way race for two positions for the at-large district. Fred Zenk is seeking another term representing district five. He is unopposed for the position. There are no candidates residing in District 3 that have announced their candidacy for the Le Mars School Board. Those running for the school board include Patrick Murphy who is seeking re-election, After being off the school board for one term, Mark Hemmingson is pursuing another chance to serve on the school board. Angela Catton is also seeking a position on the Le Mars Community school board.
Akron-Westfield Community School District
Debra L. Jordt - Director District 6
Jodi Thompson - Director District 5
Nick Mathistad - Director At Large
No candidate for Director District 4
Public Measure for General Obligation Bond
Hinton Communitiy School District
Director District At-Large - Vote For 3
Sarah Vaydich - Director At-Large
Ed Vondrak - Director At-Large
Brett C. Stanley - Director At-Large
Robert D. Held - Director At-Large
Tracey Badar - Director At-Large
Kyle Hoefling - Director At-Large
Public Measure for Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)
Kingsley-Pierson Community School District
Director District At-Large Vote For 3
Matt Bubke - Director District At-Large
Angela Haggin - Director District At-Large
Phillip Herbold - Director District At-Large
Bobbi Hirschman - Director District At Large
Becky L. Wenzel - Director District At Large
Public Measure for State Secure an Advanced Vision For Education Fund (SAVE)
Director At-Large Vote For 2
Sara Krier- Director District At-Large
Jim Miller - Director District At-Large
Talon Penning - Director District At-Large
Branstad Defends Education Veto
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is touting Iowa's progress with STEM education as he continues to defend his veto of some one-time education spending.
Branstad on Monday said he wants to provide resources to specific priorities, like programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math. He said providing increases to school districts and giving more discretion to superintendents is not producing the best results.
The Republican governor said he wants to provide education dollars in a "strategic and specific" way. He recently vetoed $55.7 million in one-time school funding. Educators have criticized the move, saying it will lead to larger class sizes and less money for supplies.
Branstad said he will not use one-time money for ongoing budget needs.
Mall Shooting Could Have A Change Of Venue
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An attorney for a man accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman inside an Iowa mall says he wants his client's upcoming trial to be moved to a different county.
Peter Persaud said at a hearing Monday that he will file a motion for a change of venue for 22-year-old Alexander Kozak's trial. He says media attention of the June 12 shooting at Coral Ridge Mall will make it difficult to find an impartial jury in eastern Iowa.
Judge Christopher Bruns said he would likely grant the motion.
Kosak has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Andrea Farrington. A trial is scheduled to begin in October, but attorneys for both sides say it may be pushed back.
Fire Officials Unable To Determine The Cause Of Yonkers Fire
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal officials say they cannot determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic downtown Des Moines building last year
A 36-page report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives states the origin of the fire at the former Younkers building in March 2014 is "undetermined." It says damage from the fire prevented a more extensive examination.
The report also says embers left behind from work done at the site before the fire cannot be ruled out.
The early morning fire destroyed most of the building, which was being renovated into apartments. A neighboring business affected by the fire later filed a lawsuit that claimed the construction company and building's owners failed to take precautions that could have prevented the fire.
Traffic Cameras Being Disputed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for seven car owners who claimed in a federal lawsuit the city of Des Moines violated their constitutional rights by fining them for speeding with an automated camera on Interstate 235 plan to appeal a judge's dismissal of the case.
Des Moines attorney Jim Larew says his clients plan to take Friday's dismissal by a federal judge to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The judge said the cameras, which take pictures of speeding cars and mail a citation to the car owner with a civil fine attached, do not deprive drivers of any fundamental liberty.
Des Moines City Attorney Jeff Lester says the latest ruling joins the Iowa Supreme Court and a federal judge in eastern Iowa in upholding the city's authority to use automated cameras.