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Tuesday News, October 28

Two Vehicle Accident At Intersection Of C-38 And K-22

(Le Mars) -- Authorities and rescue workers responded to a two-vehicle accident that happened Monday morning at about 11:30 a.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of County roads C-38 and K-22, nearly seven miles southwest of Le Mars, causing serious injuries to the two victims.  Preliminary accident scene evidence indicates that a passenger car being driven by 24 year old Arris Newsome of Vermillion, South Dakota, was traveling eastbound on C-38 and failed to yield to a pickup truck heading northbound on K-22.  The pick up truck, owned by the Southern Sioux Rural Water Association was driven by 57 year old Mark Wells of Ireton.  The pickup truck was towing a flatbed trailer and hauling a skid loader.  The Newsome vehicle struck the Wells pickup truck on the driver's side pushing the vehicle into the east ditch.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to the scene to assist with the extrication of the injured victims from their vehicles.  The Le Mars Ambulance and the Akron Ambulance was also called to the scene.  Mercy Air Care helicopter was called and landed at the crash site.  Both victims sustained serious injuries. Wells was airlifted and transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, and Newsome was transported via ambulance to Mercy Medical Center.  Injuries to Wells were identified as be life threatening. 

 

Supervisors Will Not Hold Meeting On Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will not be meeting today, as they don't have any agenda items to discuss.  The supervisors will hold their meeting again at the County Courthouse board room next Tuesday.

 

Auditor's Office To Be Open On Saturday For Absentee Voting

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Auditor’s Office will be open Saturday, November 1st from 9 am until 5 pm for the purpose of voting an absentee ballot in the November 4th General Election.  voters are asked to enter through the north lower level entrance of the Courthouse 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars if you plan to vote on Saturday, November 1st. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100. Stacey Feldman is the Auditor and Commissioner of Election and Cheri Nitzschke is the Election Deputy.

 

Remsen Agrees To Settle Lawsuit

(Remsen) -- The city of Remsen has agreed to pay $140,000 to its former utilities director who said he was wrongfully terminated after other city workers spread rumors about him stealing money.  Steve Pick had also sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, Americans with Disabilities Act violations, age discrimination and retaliation.  The Remsen City Council approved the settlement and the suit was dismissed after all parties had signed the agreement.  As part of the agreement, the city and its employees admitted no wrongdoing.  Pick was fired in July of 2012 at age 55 after working for the city for 34 years.  Pick filed his lawsuit in May of 2013 against the city, city clerk Paige List, utility clerk Rachel Keffeler, Mayor Jeff Cluck, Remsen police chief Kevin Rollins, and Remsen Utility Board members Craig Bartolozzi and Kim Keleher. 

 

ISU Sociologist Comments On Political Activities

(Ames) -- With the countless political ads either heard on the radio, or seen on television, is it any wonder the public may grow tired of the constant political bashing?  However, an Iowa State University Sociology professor says regardless of what we think about political ads, they do have an impact upon how we view the candidates.  Stephen Sapp says the political ads are created to stir up emotions. He says the creators of the ads are skilled at the "psycology of outrage".

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Sapp says for some people they may get tired of the negative ads, and it may have a backlash effect taking away the incentive to participate in the voting political process, but yet, he contends those negative ads still help form our opinion.

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Each candidate obviously wants votes, but they also seek endorsements. Sapp says an endorsement from a respected entity can indeed help sway a voter's  opinion. 

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The ISU Sociology Professor says political debates can sometimes bring out the worst in candidates, but again, he says debates do help influence our opinion.

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17 Year Old Boy Facing Vehicular Homicide

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says a 17-year-old facing vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of two teenagers will be prosecuted as an adult.
     District Associate Judge Adria Kester says the 17-year-old does not have reasonable prospects of rehabilitation if he remains in juvenile court.
     The 17-year-old is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in Sac County Juvenile Court. Court records do not yet indicate any filings in district court. Sac County Attorney Ben Smith will have several weeks to file additional information.
     The 17-year-old was driving a pickup that collided in August with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were killed.
     Authorities say the 17-year-old's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for minors driving.

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Food And Volunteers Needed For Siouxland Food Bank

  SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers will donate money and their time to replenish shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland, which is struggling to keep up with increased demand.
     Tyson Foods connected The Pack Shack, a hunger relief organization from Rogers, Arkansas, with the Food Bank of Siouxland to pack 250,000 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables.
     The Arkansas group is hosting a Feed the Funnel event in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. In a two-hour shift, a person is expected to pack an average of about 250 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents, and each participant is asked to donate about $63 for them.
     More than 105 groups in 11 Iowa counties are served by the Food Bank of Siouxland.

 

Singer James Taylor To Appear With Bruce Braley

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - James Taylor will appear at a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Des Moines on Saturday.
     Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz says the singer-songwriter will perform at a rally headlined by former President Bill Clinton at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Taylor is famous for hits like "Fire and Rain" and "Shower the People."
     Taylor is giving a concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday night.
     Braley is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin.
     Braley has already received campaign support from Taylor's longtime friend and collaborator Carole King.
 

 




   

Monday Afternoon News, October 27

Two Vehicle Accident Causes Injuries

(Le Mars) -- Authorities and rescue workers responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident that happen at about 11:40 a.m at the intersection of County roads C-38 and K-22.  Fire fighters from the Le Mars Fire Department assisted with the extrication of victims from the vehicles as a result of the collision.  Mercy Air Care helicopter was dispatched to the scene to transport injured victims to Mercy Medical Center Trauma Unit.  One vehicle was a pick up truck owned by Southern Sioux Rural Water Association.  The pick up was towing a flatbed trailer hauling a skid loader.  The other vehicle was a passenger car.  No report as to the names of the victims involved with the accident. 

 

Le Mars Community School Board To Meet Tonight

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hear a report this evening during their regular meeting from Jeff Peters of Williams and Company as he details the recent audit performed on the school district. In other action, the school board will hear a report from Vicki Borchers and Kluckholn principal Scott Parry discuss the district's progress in implementing the requirements of the recently enacted Iowa's Early Literacy Legislation.  The school board will also consider the names of the people nominated to serve on the District Learning and Instructional Impact Team for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Siouxland Food Bank In Need Of Food And Volunteers

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers will donate money and their time to replenish shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland, which is struggling to keep up with increased demand.
     Tyson Foods connected The Pack Shack, a hunger relief organization from Rogers, Arkansas, with the Food Bank of Siouxland to pack 250,000 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables. 
     The Arkansas group is hosting a Feed the Funnel event in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. In a two-hour shift, a person is expected to pack an average of about 250 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents, and each participant is asked to donate about $63 for them. 
     More than 105 groups in 11 Iowa counties are served by the Food Bank of Siouxland.
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ISU Sociologist Says Political Advertising Has Effect On Emotions

(Ames) -- With countless political ads either heard on the radio or seen on television, is it any wonder to know the public may grow tired of the constant political bashing?  However, an Iowa State University Sociology professor says regardless of what we think about political ads, they do have an impact upon how we view the candidates.  Stephen Sapp says the political ads are created to stir up emotions. He says the creators of the ads are skilled at the "psycology of outrage".

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Sapp says for some people they may get tired of the negative ads, and it may produce a backlash effect taking away the incentive to participate in the political voting process, but yet, he contends those negative ads still help form our opinion.

Listen to

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Each candidate wants votes, but they also seek endorsements. Sapp says an endorsement from a respected entity can indeed help sway a voter's  opinion. 

Listen to

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The ISU Sociology Professor says political debates can sometimes bring out the worst in candidates, but again, he says they do help influence our opinion.

Listen to

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Hatch Again Advertising On Television

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is back on television with a new ad.
     Hatch stopped airing television advertising in late September. Campaign spokesman John Hedgecoth says Monday that a new ad, titled "Fresh Start," will run through Nov. 3 on Des Moines and Cedar Rapids television stations. He could not immediately say how much the campaign was spending on the ad buy. 
     Gov. Terry Branstad has held a sizable lead throughout the race, with more money and support than Hatch.
     The latest campaign finance reports show Branstad raised $1.3 million between July 15 and Oct. 14 and had $1.3 million left in cash. Hatch raised nearly $880,000 and had about $280,000 on hand. Hatch and his wife have loaned $140,000 to his campaign.

 

Osceloa Business Destroyed By Fire

   OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - A fire has destroyed the Osceola Farm and Home, a 42-year-old business that drew people from the surrounding area.
     Des Moines television station KCCI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1v4YSaB ) that officials are still investigating what caused the early morning Sunday blaze. 
     Store manager Dennis McMurry says he thinks the fire quickly spread, engulfing the store in thick, black clouds of smoke, because of paint, kerosene, oil and motor oil inside it. 
     McMurry watched the building burn down. He says it's hard to believe that all that remains of the business are metal scraps. 
     Police Chief Marty Duffus says firefighters opted not to battle the fire from inside of the store because of melting steel. They instead used ladder towers to fight the blaze from outside.
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