Person Dies After Being Struck By A Semi Along Highway 20
05/02/2015 - Last (Fri.) night the Iowa State Patrol investigated a fatality accident in the eastbound lanes of U-S Highway 20 near the highway 69 interchange in Hamilton County. 52-year-old Denise McMahon of Burnsville, Minnesota was a passenger in a vehicle and got out of the vehicle and was struck by a semi traveling eastbound on highway 20 driven by 47-year-old John W. Dully of Clarksville, Tennessee.
Agencies assisting at the scene were the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Fire and Rescue Departments.
One Person Injured In Motorcycle Accident Near Klemme
05/02/2015 - This (Sat.) morning the Iowa State Patrol investigated a single vehicle motorcycle accident near the intersection of 170th Street and Rake Avenue west of Klemme. A motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Matthew Edward Swanson of Britt was westbound on 170th Street west of Rake Avenue, went off the road to the right and rolled into the ditch.
Swanson was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.
Swanson was taken by Mercy Air Med to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City for treatment of unknown injuries. The accident is still under investigation.
Assisting at the scene were the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the West Hancock Ambulance.
Car Destroyed By Fire Near Thornton
05/02/2015 - This (Sat.) morning the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office received the report of a vehicle on fire from the 73-hundred block of Grouse Avenue north of Thornton. No injuries reported. The Thornton Fire Department responded to the call. The vehicle is considered to be a total loss. Motor problems caused the fire.
43 Hampton Dumont Students Honored Friday for Completing Financial Literacy Program
05/01/2015 - Today (Fri. May 1), 43 students from Hampton Dumont High School were recognized for completing the Iowa Financial Literacy Program. The online program uses interactive games and lessons to educate students on complex financial concepts to life. Upon completion of the Iowa Financial Literacy Program, H-D high school students will receive their financial literacy certification and will be certified in more than 600 core topics in personal finance.
The ceremony was held in the Hampton State Bank's community room.
The program is sponsored locally by Hampton State Bank with support from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and Iowa Bankers Association.
Courtesy of Hampton State Bank.
Barricades Put In Place in Wright County to Prevent Spread of Avian Flu
05/01/2015 - In an effort to prevent the Avian Flu from spreading into Wright County, the Board of Supervisors have enacted a resolution that will limit the movement or transportation of any poultry or poultry waste products located within half mile of any poultry facility in the county, excluding facilities moving or transporting on or near its own facility.
The resolution also requests the State of Iowa to issue an embargo of the same nature. No avian flu has been reported in Wright County, but county officials are taking action now in hopes to prevent the spread of the avian flu to its 20 some poultry facilities.
Barricades have been put into place at several locations. 5 in the Galt and Dows area, one west of Belmond and two in extreme western Wright County near Goldfield and Eagle Grove.
Wright County officials also stress that farmer and backyard flock owners protect their birds from exposure with wild water fowl and other types of poultry and to report any sick birds or unusual death loss to their local veterinarian.
Trial Dates Set for McManemy and Shannon on Drug and Gun Related Charges
05/01/2015 - Trial dates have been set for two Butler County residents charged with drug and gun possession in March.
On March 18th, a Butler County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Charles McManemy of rural Shell Rock and when McManemy refused to stop he led law enforcement on a brief chase through and around the City of Austinville.
McManemy was eventually stopped and arrested for felony eluding, 2nd offense O-W-I, driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of carrying weapons and for possession of burglar's tools.
In a related case Janette Shannon of rural Parkersburg was arrested on the charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver meth, possession of a firearm as a felon, filing a false report and 2nd offense possession of a controlled substance marijuana.
Trial date for McManemy has been set for May 28th - Shannon's trial is June 2nd. Both remain held in the Butler County.
Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office.
Farmers Planting Corn at a Record Pace This Week
05/01/2015 - This week could be one of the fastest weeks in corn planting history that the country has ever seen. Craig Backhaus, grain manager at North Iowa Cooperative in Thornton tells KLMJ News that corn is being planted at one of the fastest paces this country has ever seen.
Backhaus says farmers in the Thornton area are pushing 75-percent of corn acres planted. He says he has heard no reports of corn up yet in his trade area and added that there are a few producers in the Thornton area just getting started on soybeans.
City of Hampton Will Begin Monitoring Lawns on Monday
05/01/2015 - Beginning Monday (May 4), the City of Hampton will begin monitoring properties that are in violation of the city's nuisance ordinance pertaining to lawns.
Public Works Director Doug Tarr tells KLMJ News property owners are responsible for their lawns and grassy areas to a height less than 6-inches in developed residential areas of the city throughout the mowing season in order to avoid action by the City of Hampton.
The ordinance applies to all homes and businesses, whether occupied or not, as well as open lots.
Iowa Falls Businesses Going All Out as Streetscape Project Continues
05/01/2015 - As a streetscape project in downtown Iowa Falls has closed some streets for a period of time this spring and summer, businesses are going all out to promote shopping in Iowa Falls and the Chamber/Main Street Circus themed promotion. Below, Iowa Falls State Bank has a circus mural on the front of their building, promoting that all businesses are open.
Iowa Falls Chamber/Main Street will be holding several special events this summer including The Carson and Barnes Circus July 14th at the Iowa Falls/Alden High School, Comedy Magician Jonathan May July 24th and The Wild Animal Adventure on August 21st.
The 4-million plus dollar Iowa Falls streetscape project got underway last month and is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Photos Courtesy of KLMJ/KQCR.
Emergency Declaration Declared In Wright County Due To Avian Flu Outbreak
04/30/2015 - The Wright County Board of Supervisors today (Thu.) declared a State of Emergency in the county in an effort to take a proactive, preventative approach to the widespread Avian Influenza that's has been reported in turkey and chicken farms around the Midwest.
The Wright supervisors stress that there are no reports of the Avian flu in Wright County and there is no risk to the public. The supervisors will ask the county engineer and county sheriff to work together to develop a plan for rerouting certain traffic in the areas of some of the poultry facilities in an effort to help limit traffic and hopefully prevent the spread of the disease.
Wright County leads the state in poultry population with nearly 15 million birds in more than 20 locations across the county. The poultry industry in Wright County employs more than 600 people.