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Monday Afternoon News, February 23

Remsen Fire Department Respond To Barn Flash Fire

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department responded to a hog barn fire located about a mile and a half south of Remsen on county road L-12 Monday morning at about 8:35 a.m. Remsen Fire Chief Todd Tentinger says fortunately there was little damage.

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Tentinger says a construction crew was working on the barn doing some remodeling at the time of the flash fire.  He believes a spark ignited the methane gas in the pit area.

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Fire fighters were on the scene for less than a half and hour.

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There were no injuries associated with the fire.

 

Farmers Face Approaching Deadline To Sign Up For Farm Program

(Le Mars) -- Farmers are facing three fast-approaching deadlines in the coming weeks.  Jeff Davis, Farm Service Agency director for Plymouth and Sioux Counties says about 70 percent of the farmers in both counties have signed up for the next farm program.  He says farmers first need to update their yields or re-allocate their base acres by this coming Friday.

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Davis says farmers need to show some documentation as to the yields that were produced for the past few years.  He says farmers can present their past crop insurance forms.

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The F-S-A director says farmers are not allowed to build additional base acres, but they can go back to use previous acre base.

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Farmers need to sign up for the farm program by the end of March, and crop insurance coverage needs to be completed prior to March 16th. KLEM radio will have more comments from Jeff Davis regarding a farmer's options with the new farm program in tomorrow's news updates.

 

Local Pheasants Forever Chapter Schedules Annual Banquet For Saturday 

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday, Plymouth County chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet and raffle and auction.  Chris Anderson, the president of Plymouth County Pheasants Forever says this year marks the 30th anniversary for the event.

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The Plymouth County Pheasants Forever banquet has attracted more than 500 people in the past, and Anderson expects similar results for this year's banquet.  He says a wide variety of people take an active interest in the local chapter.

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Anderson says the local Pheasants Forever chapter is consistently an active chapter participating in many different events.

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Again, this year the annual banquet will feature several shotguns, and travel destination excursions which will be raffled or auctioned.

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The Pheasants Forever president says a labordor retrever hunting dog will be auctioned as well as several pheasant forever themed artwork and prints. 

 

Reynolds To Take Iowa Woman Leadership Tour

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is planning a statewide tour in honor of National Women's History Month.
     Reynolds said Monday that she'll travel the state in March and meet with female leaders. She says she wants to see how women are "positively impacting Iowa."
     Reynolds's stops will include Webster City, Aldin, and Atlantic.
     While she is considered a potential 2018 candidate for governor, Reynolds said the tour was just part of her current role. She declined to answer questions about if she'll run for governor in the future.

 

Rockwell Fire

  ROCKWELL, Iowa (AP) - A man was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire destroyed his home in northern Iowa.
     The fire was reported a little after 11 a.m. Sunday in Rockwell. Fire Chief Mark Lowe says the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Firefighters from Sheffield and Swaledale also responded.
     The injured man was taken by private vehicle to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
     Lowe suspects a space heater in the garage may have been the ignition source.

 

Fort Dodge Fire Victims Identified

    FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the names of a woman and two young children who were killed in a house fire in Fort Dodge.
     Officials with the Fort Dodge Fire Department have identified 25-year-old Amy Devlin, her six-month-old son Bryce Devlin and 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy as the three people who died in the fire Sunday afternoon.
     Officials say they found Amy Devlin, Bryce Devlin and Kennedy in a second-story bedroom after the flames had been extinguished. Fire Chief Kent Hulett says the cause of death has not yet been determined.
     Four others in the home were transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center. Their names and conditions are not available.
     Hulett says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Des Moines Police Identify Frozen Dead Body Found In Park

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have identified a body that was found frozen in a park last week.
     The police department says the body of Richard Miles was found without any shoes or coat on in a wooded area Friday in Water Works Park.
     Sgt. Jason Halifax says police are still investigating his death. He says police don't believe Miles' death is suspicious, but think it was unusual because of where he was found and how he was dressed.
     Although police aren't sure exactly how long Miles' body was in the park, Halifax says they think it was there for at least a few days. A missing persons report had been filed for Miles in early February.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Monday News, February 23

Mike Donlin To Speak At "Lunch and Learn" Session

(Le Mars) -- The next Lunch and Learn session is scheduled for today and it will feature Floyd Valley Hospital administrator, Mike Donlin.  The monthly "Lunch and Learn" sessions are co-sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Plymouth County and by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  The sessions are designed to offer area business and community leaders, as well as the general public, an insight to the progressive economic development that is happening in Le Mars.  The Blue Bunny ice cream parlor, second floor, serves as the location for informative forums.  The Lunch and Learn program will begin at 12:00 noon.  The cost for the meal is $15.  Reservations can be made either through the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce office at 546-8821, or the Plymouth County Extension Services at 546-7835.

 

School Board To Hear From Architect To Discuss Remodeling Projects

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet on this evening.  The school board has pushed up the start time for the meeting to begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Education Service Center.  The school board will hear a report from Middle School Principal Steve Shanks along with members of the 6th grade team as they inform the school board about program changes that have been implemented during the 2014-2015 school year.  The agenda also includes a report from architect Rick Dean of the Cannon, Moss, and Brygger firm.  Dean is expected to visit with the school board about the proposed concession stand and the middle school restroom remodeling projects.  The school board will also act on three teacher resignations.  The school board is expected to discuss the upcoming Legislative forum scheduled for next Saturday, February 28th beginning at 9:30 a.m.  During that forum, the school board and other area school officials will confer with State Representative Chuck Soderberg and State Senator Bill Anderson.

 

Branstad Wants To Work With Illinois On Medical Marijuana Issue

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has suggested Iowa residents could one day buy cannabis oil in neighboring Illinois, a move that industry experts say has major legislative roadblocks if it's ever seriously considered.
     Branstad recently said he was open to working with officials in Illinois, which has a pilot program to produce and distribute medical marijuana. Iowa has a law that allows residents with some forms of epilepsy to use oil with an ingredient derived from marijuana for treatment.
     Illinois law would need to be changed to let Iowa residents purchase the oil there. Federal law would prohibit them from bringing it back to Iowa.
     Chris Lindsey, with the Marijuana Policy Project, says the situation highlights the dilemma for states that allow some medical marijuana without a clear path to access it.

 

Fort Dodge House Fire Kills Woman And Two Young Children

  FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A house fire killed a woman and two young children Sunday afternoon in Fort Dodge.  
     Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett told the Fort Dodge Messenger about the deaths Sunday.
     Hulett says the victims were an adult woman, an infant and a toddler. Their names were not immediately released.
     The house was burning when firefighters arrived and strong winds made the blaze difficult to fight.

 

"Field Of Dreams" Sports Complex Trial Begins

 DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The trial over plans to develop a sports complex at the "Field of Dreams" movie site in eastern Iowa is underway.
     Neighboring landowners filed the lawsuit to challenge the way city officials decided to rezone the area around the site for commercial use. The trial began last Monday and was expected to last seven days.
     Opponents of the All-Star Ballpark Heaven project worry about the increased traffic and noise that would accompany the planned complex of youth sports fields.
     The opponents say the city of Dyersville failed to consider the project's negative impact on neighbors and didn't follow proper procedure for the 2012 zoning decision.
     But Dyersville attorney Doug Henry says the city council didn't do anything wrong.

 

Iowa Legislature To Take Up Proposed 10 Cent Per Gallon Fuel Tax Bill

(Des Moines) -- It appears a bill that would raise the state gas tax by a dime a gallon is on the fast track at the statehouse.

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That's House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha. The bill is eligible for debate in the Iowa House on Tuesday. Last Thursday Paulsen used his authority to replace two members on a key House Committee who opposed the bill. His moves ensured the bill passed on a 13-to-12 vote, but they also heightened the ire of the bill's opponents. Drew Klein, the Iowa director of Americans for Prosperity, accuses Paulsen of favoring road builders over Iowans in general.

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A Des Moines Register "Iowa Poll" released this weekend found that while 61 percent of Iowans consider the deteriorating condition of Iowa's roads and bridges to be an issue lawmakers should address, Iowans are evenly divided over idea of raising the state gas tax. The poll found 48 percent support the move and 50 percent oppose it. Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix of Shell Rock has been among those who opposed the idea of raising the state gas tax in the past, but he suggests a majority of Republicans and Democrats in the legislature now agree it's the best means to plug a shortfall in the state fund that finances transportation projects.

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 For the past four years the Iowa Farm Bureau have been lobbying for a gas tax increase, citing the closure of roads and bridges that create long detours for farmers and rural residents. Over 200 Farm Bureau members were at the statehouse last week to lobby legislators on the issue. And earlier this month, Governor Branstad said the "timing is right" to pass a gas tax increase this year.
  
 


 

 

   

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