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Monday News, November 3

Hinton Fire Department Responds To Field Fire

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department was dispatched to a field fire on Sunday afternoon at about 5:53 p.m.  The fire was at 21784 308th Street.  Fire officials were quickly able to bring that fire under control within 15 minutes.


Teenage Halloween Trick or Treater Hit By Car

(Le Mars) -- An accident happened Friday evening at about 6:42 p.m. near the 1000 block of Central Avenue in Le Mars when a 14 year old boy was struck by a car.  The boy, thought to be participating in the Halloween trick or treat activities, was on foot and crossing the street when a car had accidentially hit him.  Le Mars Police say the teenage boy suffered only minor injuries as a result of the mishap. The teen age boy was taken to the Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars ambulance. 


Chamber Holiday Dollars Still Available 

(Le Mars) -- If you missed your opportunity to purchase Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Holiday dollars on Saturday morning, don't fret, because Mary Reynolds with the Chamber of Commerce says there are still holiday dollars left over.

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Reynolds says initially, the Chamber placed a limit on the amount that could be purchased, but she says people have returned a second time to take advantage of the shopper's savings. 

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People can save 10 percent on the Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Wal-mat dollars, and a total of 15 percent can be saved with the retail and restaurant categories. People interested in purchasing the Chamber dollars, can stop by the Chamber office at 50 Central Avenue during normal business hours Monday through Friday.


Colonel Kuhn To Speak At Gehlen Veteran's Day Program

(Le Mars) -- Decorated and Retired United States Army Colonel Kimberly S. Kuhn, a 1985 Gehlen Catholic graduate, will be the featured speaker during Gehlen Catholic’s annual Veteran’s Day Prayer Service, on Tuesday, November 11th.  The prayer service, which will begin at 8:45 a.m., will be held in the LeRoy Kellen Memorial Gym. 

Colonel Kuhn received the Distinguished Alumna award from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University on June 28, 2014.  This prestigious honor was bestowed upon Colonel Kuhn a month before her retirement from the Army, where she served in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID).  The Distinguished Alumna Award honors an alumna who has distinguished herself for her outstanding achievements in her chosen profession, as well as has made a lasting contribution in her field as a role model or leader for alumnae.

Colonel Kuhn began her military career as a ROTC Student and Distinguished Military Graduate from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.  As a student, she was not only one of two non-nursing females in the ROTC program, she, was also in the elite competitive training group, the Raiders.

She continued to push down barriers by seeking and obtaining a commission into the Military Police.  Cadet Kuhn was commissioned into the Regular Army in 1989 as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps, the first commissioned Military Police Office out of the St. John’s ROTC program.  She continued to work hard, advancing in her military career at a commendable rate:  from Platoon Leader in Germany and Panama, to Company Commander in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina, to CID Battalion Commander in Kansas, to the Deputy Brigade Commander in Iraq.

After being promoted to Colonel, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and led a Secretary of the Army appointed Fraud Task Force.

Colonel Kuhn ended her career with many honors, most notably the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Military Police Regimental Association’s Order of the Marechaussee in Silver #212. 

Colonel Kuhn is now transitioning to civilian life in Des Moines after serving the United States Army for 25 years.

Colonel Kuhn is the proud daughter of Vincent and Alana Kuhn of LeMars. 


Plymouth County Farmers Nearing Completion With Harvest

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County farmers are making great progress towards finishing this year's harvest.  Jerry Wendt who farms west of Le Mars was just one of many farmers harvesting corn this weekend.  Wendt says the harvest has produced some decent yield returns.

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Earlier this year, many farmers had reported wetter than normal corn as a result of the late maturing crop.  However, Wendt reports most of his corn moisture level is low enough that he can store his grain without any artificial drying methods.

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Wendt says he probably farms a bit different than most Plymouth County farmers in the fact that he harvests his wet corn first.  He also says he has noticed more stalk diseases this year.

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Although yields appear to be doing well this year, farmers like Wendt, are facing commodity prices at nearly half the value from last year.  Wendt admits it may be difficult to budget for next year's expenses.

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Many farmers have indicated they believe they will finish with harvest within the next few days.  Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist Joel DeJong estimates the soybean harvest is more than 90 percent finished, and the county corn harvest is perhaps 75 percent complete.


Sioux City Restaurant Urges Customers To Set Aside Cell Phones

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City restaurant is offering its customers an incentive to put away their cell phones and talk to each other.
     Sneaky's Chicken promises a 10 percent discount to customers who give up their cell phones while eating dinner at the restaurant on Wednesdays.
     Owner Dave Ferris and his daughter, general manager Christy Wright, came up with the idea after they noticed a decline in conversation among customers who seemed preoccupied with their cell phones.
     Wright says nearly all their customers participate in the promotion by putting their phones in a box their server brings to the table.


Iowa DNR Investigates Fish Kill

STACEYVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities are investigating a fish kill that was caused by manure from a hog confinement farm spilling into the Little Cedar River near Stacyville.
     The state Department of Natural Resources says about 5,000 gallons of manure flowed into the creek after a hose broke. The spill was reported around 11 p.m. Friday.
     The hose was being used to apply manure from Pronet Farms to a field.
     Authorities say beaver dams on the river helped slow the flow of the manure. More than 100,000 gallons had been pumped out of the stream by Saturday afternoon to contain the manure.
     Dead fish were found along a half mile of the river. Biologists will follow up and assess the damage to the fish population.


Rural Iowa In Need Of Lawyers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of lawyers practicing in rural parts of Iowa is steadily declining because older lawyers are retiring but few young lawyers move to those areas.
     The  lack of lawyers is increasingly forcing people who live in rural areas to drive significant distances to get legal help.
     A state database shows that 75 percent of Iowa's attorneys work in 11 counties that all have sizeable cities.
     At one extreme, Polk County - the state's most populated county - has 2,517 attorneys. At the other end, Ringgold County in southern Iowa has only two attorneys.
     One of those Ringgold County lawyers, James Pedersen, wants to retire but he hasn't been able to find anyone to buy his successful law firm.








Saturday News, November 1

Sioux City Police Involved In Early Morning Car Chase

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police was involved in a high speed chase pursuit during the early morning hours on Friday.  The incident started in the 3700 block of Jackson Street where it was reported that an occupied vehicle in the area was causing a disturbance.  Officers located the vehicle and upon their arrival the driver had fled.  The vehicle eluded officers south on Nebraska street to 32nd and west on Hamilton Blvd.  The driver then went north and attempted to hide behind Clark school.  Once found, the vehicle left eastbound through the parking lot driving over the medians.  The vehicle was pursued east on Outer Drive to Highway 75.  There, the vehicle turned north and continued fleeing at a high rate of speed.  The vehicle lost the front left tire and continued on the rim at speeds over 90 mph.  A short distance later, the front rim came loose and struck the pursuing patrol car in the windshield.  The officer involved was able to maintain control of his vehicle and as the suspect slowed, the officer was able to utilize a Pursuit Intervention Technique on the suspect's vehicle.  The suspect then ran from his vehicle into a nearby corn field.  A K-9 dog was used to locate the suspect, and he was quickly taken into custody.  The suspect is identified as Chad Hughes, age 31, of Sioux City was arrested and charged with Felony Eluding, operating while intoxicated, possession of methamphetamine, five simple misdemeanors and the U-S Marshal's Service has placed a detainer.  The officer in pursuit sustained no injuries, but damage to the patrol car is estimated at $2000.


Cherokee Man Involved In Six Hour Standoff

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - A Cherokee man is in jail after a six-hour standoff with police.
     35-year-old Joshua Lee Allender faces several charges including intimidation with a weapon, assault while participating in a felony, assault on a police officer and reckless use of a firearm.
     Police say officers responded to home in Cherokee just after 9 p.m. Thursday to a report that someone was threatening suicide. When they arrived, Allender refused to come out and fired a gun from an upstairs window.
     After six hours a tactical unit fired tear gas into the home and Allender was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m.
     He remains in jail on $25,000 cash bond.


Fort Dodge Man Sentenced To Life In Prison

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A Fort Dodge man convicted in August of first-degree murder for the 2011 shooting of a man at a party has been sentenced to life in prison.
     The Fort Dodge Messenger reports 28-year-old Derrick McElroy said at his sentencing hearing Friday he's sorry for what happened but did not take responsibility. He indicated he'll appeal his conviction and seek a new trial.
     McElroy was convicted of first-degree murder on August 19th for shooting Brandyn Preston in May 2011. Preston died eight months later from injuries he sustained in the shooting.
     Preston's stepmother, Valerie Newsome, made a statement on behalf of the entire family about how the murder has changed their lives.


Early Voting Gives Republicans Optimism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Early votes have now soared past 15 million across 31 states. That's enough to give hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and 36 governorships at stake.
     Republicans say a strong early vote in Iowa is evidence that Joni Ernst is a step ahead in her bid to capture a Senate seat. Iowa GOP Governor Terry Branstad says he feels good about the totals, too, especially since Democrats had a big early-vote margin four years ago and he won anyway.


Ernst Has A Financial Advantage Over Braley

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Joni Ernst is concluding the Iowa Senate race with a significant cash advantage over Democrat Bruce Braley.
     Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Ernst pulled in about $1.4 million between October 1st and October 15th. She had $2.2 million in cash at the end of that period.
     Braley reported raising about $840,000 in that time period and had $707,000 left in cash. Both candidates have raised millions and attracted massive outside spending during the competitive race.
     Ernst said in an emailed statement Friday that the fundraising numbers reflect the "encouragement I have gotten across the state." Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said they were confident about their resources, noting that they have "built the campaign we need to talk about Bruce's message."


Clinton To Campaign For Braley

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton will speak at a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in downtown Des Moines.
     Clinton was scheduled to appear at the Saturday afternoon rally, as well as an event in Waterloo later in the day. He was expected to encourage Democrats to vote early in the closely fought Senate race.
     Braley, a four-term congressman, is competing with Republican Joni Ernst for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. The two are locked in one of the closest races in the nation. 
     Musician James Taylor was lined up to perform at the Des Moines event.







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