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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.

 

   

Saturday News, April 9

Gehlen Catholic To Hold Junior-Senior Prom

(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic high school juniors and seniors will participate in their prom activities this Saturday evening.  The events begin at 5:00 p.m. with a Mass for the students, then to the gymnasium for the annual promenade.  Ashley Langel serves as the student moderator and she says this year's chosen theme is "Yule Ball" with winter-like decorations.

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Langel talks about how the Fox Memorial gymnasium has been transformed into a winter wonderland.

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The Gehlen High School Science teacher reviews the Saturday evening schedule for the Gehlen Catholic prom.

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Following their dance at the Willow Creek Golf Club, the students will return to Gehlen's back gym for an evening of various entertainment during their after-prom.

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Model Railroad Show Today At Museum

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum will serve as a model railroad headquarters on Saturday when the Prairie Lakes Division of the National Model Railroad Association holds a show and clinic in Le Mars.  John Schneider is a member of the model railroad association, and discusses what will be featured at the model railroad show.

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Schneider says he first got interested in railroads and model rail roads since a train passed through his grandfather's farm.

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Schneider says through the years he has been able to have an expansive model railroad collection that includes refrigerated rail cars.

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Schneider also talks about his collection of locomotives.

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The Le Mars farmer says he will be leading one of the clinics that will be offered during the model railroad show.
The model railroad show will open the doors at 8:00 a.m. and will continue through the day until 3:00 p.m.  Admission is three dollars, with those 12 years and younger can enter for free if accompanied by a paid adult admission.

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Urges Citizens To Become Honorary Members

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff, Mike Van Otterloo has announced that Plymouth county citizens are being invited to join the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association as an Honorary Member.  Membership appeals will be going out in the mail shortly.  Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so by sending their tax-deductible payment.
The Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association is an asset to the Plymouth County Sheriff and his office.  Many of the current employees of the sheriff's office are serving on various committees of the association.  The I-S-S-D-A provides training and scholarships along with supporting Iowa Special Olympics and YMCA camps for Plymouth County children.  This solicitation is by mail only, and no follow-up will be conducted if a person is not interested in becoming an Honorary Member.  Solicitation will not be made by telephone.  This is the only association that Sheriff Van Otterloo personally endorses.  Citizens are urged to call the Plymouth County Sheriff's office at (712) 546-8191 or visit the website at www.plymouthcountysheriff.com with any questions or concerns regarding this solicitation.

 

 

 

 

Elderly Low Income May Qualify For Tax Credits

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann is alerting citizens of Plymouth County that the state of Iowa offers some programs to assist elderly or disabled low income individuals with their property tax.  The Rent Reimbursement program assists Iowa residents who pay a portion of property tax through their rent.  To qualify, the person must be 65 years of age or older as of December 31, 2015, or be totally disabled and between the ages of 18 and 64 as of December 31, 2015.  Their annual household income last year would need to be under $22,360.  They must have paid rent in Iowa during 2015, and have lived in a plae that was subject to property tax in 2015.  Another program for property owners is the Property Tax Credit Claim.  To qualify, the person must be an Iowa resident, and be 65 years of age or older as of December 31, 2015, or be totally disabled and between the ages of 18 to 64 as of December 31st.  They too, must have an annual household income under $22,360.  Mobile home owners may also qualify for a reduced tax rate if you are an Iowa resident, and 23 years or older as of December 31st, and have an annual household income under $22,360. The maximum reimbursement is $1,000.  Forms are available at the Plymouth County Treasurer's office in the property tax department. The deadline to file a claim is June 1, 2016.

 

 

 

 

Medicine Board Looks To Ban Sexual Orientation Therapy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Medicine will look into a proposal that seeks to ban a therapy designed to change a person's sexual orientation.
Members of the state Youth Advisory Council submitted a petition in February to the governor-appointed board, in an attempt to pass an administrative rule that prohibits Iowa doctors from practicing conversion therapies for people younger than 18.
Board members voted Friday to deny the petition but with the intention of forming a subcommittee to study the topic.
Several presenters told board members the therapy is damaging for individuals who go through it and is scientifically unfounded.
Some members responded that the validity of conversion therapies hasn't been determined. Others expressed sympathy with the group's concerns and wanted more information before deciding whether to approve a new rule.





   

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