Monday News, November 18
Man Dies In Manure Tank
(Alta) -- A farm accident in rural Buena Vista County resulted in the death of a Lake View man on Saturday evening. According to Buena Vista County sheriff, Gary Launderville, the man, identified as 36 year old Jeremy Schulte had been overcome by the fumes inside a manure tank. That accident happened shortly after 9:00 p.m. Upon arrival, rescue crews had to use airtanks in order to recover Schulte. Schulte was pronounced dead at the scene by the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's office. Schulte has been transported to the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny to determine the exact cause of death.
Remsen Fire Department Fights Grass Fire
(Remsen) -- Remsen Fire Department was called to fight a grass fire on Sunday afternoon. The alarm came shortly after 2:00 p.m. at the 1300 block of Shamrock. Fire officials were on the scene for nearly an hour.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity Launches Mitten Campaign
(Remsen) -- Mid-Sioux Opportunity is partnering with local businesses in five counties to provide assistance to needy families. The effort is part of the group's fifth annual mitten campaign. Mittens are sold at area businesses with one dollar going to help families living in Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, Ida, and Plymouth Counties. Mittens are available for purchase at the following businesses: Mrs. B's convenience store in Remsen; American Bank and Iowa State Bank in Remsen; Fareway, Hy-Vee, and the Cherokee County Store in Cherokee; Pronto, Cenex, and Food Pride in Ida Grove; Sunshine Foods and P-N-P in Rock Rapids; Sioux-per Center in Sioux Center; and Granville Short Stop in Granville.
Northwestern And Dordt Tied As Best Colleges For Veterans
ORANGE CITY, Iowa—A new U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Military Veterans ranking has Northwestern College tied with Dordt College for first place among Midwestern regional colleges. Also among the top 15 institutions, representing eight states, are Hastings College, third; Clarke University, fifth; Mt. Marty College, 11th; Grand View University, 12th; and Midland University, 14th.
The ranked colleges participate in federal initiatives that help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees. All the schools are part of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium, certified for the G.I. Bill, and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The qualifying institutions are ranked in order based on their 2014 U.S. News Best College ranking, of which Northwestern tied for sixth in the Midwest.
Airport Streamlining Screening Process For Military Personnel
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines airport soon will allow speeder security screening for military men and women, including members of the Iowa National Guard.
The change will be effective Dec. 20, making it easier for military people to use the airport on official business trips and leisure travel.
The Des Moines airport will be the only Iowa airport to offer Transportation Security Administration Precheck benefits to U.S. armed forces members.
TSA Precheck is open to frequent fliers and certain other passengers who undergo risk assessments before their arrivals at airports. More than 18 million travelers have used the program since it was launched in October 2011. Military members who participate in the program won't be required to wear their uniforms.
Officials Question Lottery Ties To Universities
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The appropriateness of an Iowa lottery scratch game with ties to college football in the state is being questioned.
Some lawmakers and professors question whether state universities should help promote gambling.
The debate is focused on the "Tail Gator" game that offers a chance to win packages to attend football games at Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.
Iowa psychology professor Elizabeth Altmaier says she thinks it's wrong for the universities to be associated with any aspect of gambling.
The NCAA recommends that schools avoid deals like this in its best practices guidance but it doesn't strictly prohibit them.
Public documents show Iowa will get $75,000 this season for the lottery promotion. Iowa State will get $60,000 and Northern Iowa will receive $20,000.
Million Dollar Powerball Ticket Sold In Tipton
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Someone bought a Powerball lottery ticket worth $1 million at a convenience store in eastern Iowa.
State Lottery officials said Sunday that the winning ticket at a Kum & Go on Highway 38 in Tipton.
The ticket matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball number in Saturday's drawing.
The Kum & Go store in Tipton will receive a $1,000 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket.
A ticket sold in New York matched all the numbers to win Saturday's $130.3 million jackpot.