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MONDAY

AFTER YEARS OF INCREASING NUMBERS, ENROLLMENT AT IOWA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES DROPPED LAST ACADEMIC YEAR BY SIX-POINT-THREE PERCENT. IOWAWATCH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-EDITOR LYLE MULLER SAYS THE SHARP DROP IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN.

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THE 15 COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE TRYING A NUMBER OF THINGS TO STEM THAT TIDE, INCLUDING OPENING SATELLITE CAMPUSES STANDING ALONE FROM THEIR MAIN CAMPUS.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECTS ARE MAKING PLANS TO VISIT IOWA IN SEPTEMBER. SUE DANIELSON REPORTS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL HAVE A LIGHT AGENDA FOR ITS MEETING TOMORROW. KENNETH KIESAU WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO REQUEST THE COUNTY ABANDON A RIGHT OF WAY ON 124TH AVENUE. COUNTY V-A ADMINISTRATOR FAITH HLUBEK WILL DISCUSS OFFICE MATTERS. JOANNE FULSAAS WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING ELECTRO MAGNETIC PULSE SECURITIES AND COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING ROAD MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEARING ON A TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM AT ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD EXPLAINS THE PROGRAM.

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THE COUNCIL MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

Some lawsuits with less than $75,000 at stake will move through Iowa’s court system faster under new rules designed to cut the time and costs needed to resolve those disputes. The Iowa Supreme Court announced Thursday a set of new rules that will allow plaintiffs in smaller-value disputes to use an expedite process in which cases must be tried within a year. The rules limit the motions that can be filed before trial and give attorneys a maximum of six hours to present the facts of their side of the case to six-member juries. Other rules pertaining to all civil cases will require litigants to disclose information to each other sooner. Justice Edward Mansfield says “people with valid legal claims were being priced out of our civil justice system.”

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SUNDAY

THE COMPETITION AMONG COLLEGES FOR STUDENTS HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER, GIVEN THE SHRINKING POOL OF AVAILABLE STUDENTS IN IOWA. THE PRESIDENT OF KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN CEDAR RAPIDS, MICK STARCEVICH (STAR-SUH-VITCH), TOLD IOWA WATCH THE FOCUS OF THE STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES HAS CHANGED AS A RESULT.  

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STARCEVICH NOTES THAT KIRKWOOD’S GRADUATION RATE HAS CLIMBED EACH OF THE PAST THREE YEARS. COMMUNITY COLLEGES WILL BE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “THE IOWAWATCH CONNECTION” RADIO PROGRAM, TOMORROW MORNING AT 8:20 ON AM 1240-KDEC.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS IOWANS ARE DOING BETTER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING YOUNG CHILDREN IMMUNIZED. A NEW REPORT LOOKS AT THE NUMBER OF IMMUNIZATIONS LAST YEAR. AND DR. MELINDA WHARTON, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMUNIZATION SERVICES, SAYS IOWA HAS DONE WELL IN VACCINATIONS OF YOUNG CHILDREN FOR MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA…AND FOR DIPTHERIA AND WHOOPING COUGH…

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SHE SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN TALK TO THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ABOUT THE VACCINATIONS THEIR CHILDREN NEED.

DECORAH WILL BE WELL REPRESENTED AT THE IOWA ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION. KDEC RADIO AND LONG TIME RADIO PERSONALITY JIM JUVE ARE TWO OF THIS YEAR’S NOMINEES. THE INDUCTION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TODAY IN SPIRIT LAKE.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD HAS INSTALLED A NEW FISHING DOCK AT LAKE MEYER PARK THE TEN FOOT BY SIX AND A HALF FOOT DOCK IS LOCATED ALONG THE SOUTHERN SHORELINE AND IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM BOTH THE CAMPGROUND AND THE LAKESIDE HIKING TRAIL. A MAP OF TE PARK SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE NEW DOCK IS AVAILABLE AT WINNESHIEK-WILD-DOT-COM.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR RANDY UHL (YOU-EL) WILL BE LEAVING HIS POSITION NEXT MONTH. A FAREWELL RECEPTION HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER EIGHTH. THE RECEPTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT LOYALTY HALL ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS FROM FIVE-30 UNTIL SIX-30 THAT EVENING. UHL SAYS BEEN THE W-C-D-I DIRECTOR SINCE 1999.

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AN INCENTIVE WITH THE GOAL OF INCREASING THE HOUSING STOCK IN DECORAH WILL GO BEFORE A PUBLIC HEARING AT TUESDAY NIGHT’S DECORAH CITY COUNCIL. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS A TAX ABATEMENT PLAN WILL GO BEFORE THE COUNCIL.

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THE COUNCIL MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST IOWA WILL SOON BE OPENING AN ANIMAL SHELTER. FOLKS HAVE A CHANCE TO NAME THE MASCOTS FOR SHELTER. KIM POWELL IS WITH THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST IOWA.

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A GRAND OPENING EVENT FOR THE SHELTER WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 13TH. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE ORGANIZATION’S WEBSITE.

SOME SIX-THOUSAND MANUFACTURING JOBS REMAIN UNFILLED IN IOWA, AND A NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND THE IOWA ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY IS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE TRAINING FOR THOSE SKILLED LABOR POSITIONS. IOWA A-B-I PRESIDENT MIKE RALSTON TOLD IOWAWATCH THE STATE’S ECONOMY COULD SUFFER IF THE SITUATION DOES NOT CHANGE.

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THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS ONE OF THE TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED WHEN COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE THE FOCUS, ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “THE IOWAWATCH CONNECTION” RADIO PROGRAM, WHICH AIR MONDAY MORNING ON AM 1240-KDEC AT 8:20 A.M.

A POLL CAME OUT THIS WEEK SHOWING THE IOWA SENATE RACE DEADLOCKED BETWEEN BRUCE BRALEY AND JONI ERNST BUT IT’S A QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED PERTAINING TO THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE THAT IS GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION TODAY. JIM BOYD REPORTS/

THE IOWA ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND. KDEC RADIO AND FORMER LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY JIM JUVE WILL BE INDUCTED AT THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD SUNDAY IN SPIRIT LAKE.

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DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL HAS ONCE AGAIN BEGAN RECOGNIZED BY A NATIONAL PUBLICATION. NEWSWEEK-THE DAILY BEAST HAS LISTED DECORAH AS THE 18TH BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 12 STATE MIDWEST REGION AND THE 126TH BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN NATION. HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL KIM SHEPPARD SAYS THE HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVING THIS RECOGNITION IS THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF MANY.

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SIX INDICATORS WERE USED IN THE RANKINGS, GRADUATION AND COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE RATES, NUMBER OF COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSES COMPLETED, THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO TOOK A-P EXAMS, AVERAGE A-P SCORE AND A-C-T SCORES.

THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE DOING SIDEWALKS INSPECTIONS THIS FALL. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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BIRD SAYS THE DISCUSSION WILL CONTINUE REGARDING WHERE SIDEWALKS SHOULD BE LOCATED WHERE THERE’S CURRENTLY NONE.

A FREDERICKSBURG MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 43 YEAR OLD RICKY OHM WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AND TRANSPORTED TO THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL.

A YEAR LONG INVESTIGATION HAS LED TO MULTIPLE CHARGES BEING FILED AGAINST RODRIGO SANDOVAL ESTRADA, ALSO KNOWN AS RAMON PEREZ. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS ESTRADA HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE, A CLASS C FELONY AND ONE COUNT OF THIRD DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE, A CLASS D FELONY. THE INVESTGATION STARTED IN AUGUST OF 2013 AFTER SEXUAL ABUSE AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT ALLEGATIONS AT AN OSSIAN HOME. HOLLY YONKOVIC OF OSSIAN WAS SENTENCED IN THE CASE IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR ON THREE CHARGES OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND ONE COUNT OF TAMPERING WITH A WITNESS.

A CLERMONT MAN WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY ATTEMPTED TO ARREST 40 YEAR OLD MATTHEW DURNAN WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO FLEE ON FOOT. AUTHORITIES SAY DURNAN THEN LOCKED HIMSELF INTO HIS HOUSE AND ATTEMPTED TO FLEE ON A BIKE AND WAS APPREHENDED A SHORT TIME LATER. HE WAS CHARGED WITH THE VIOLATION OF A DOMESTIC ABUSE NO CONTACT ORDER, FAILURE TO APPEAR ON DOMESTIC ABUSE CHARGES AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS.

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We now know that an Iowa farm boy will be the next Bachelor. Just before 7:30 Tuesday, Good Morning America announced that Arlington native Chris Soules landed the job. Soules was one of three finalists on the last season of The Bachelorette and that’s where fans from across the country fell in love with him; showing a lot of their support on social media. Earlier this month, rumors swirled that 32-year-old Soules had signed a contract and was seen with a film crew in Iowa. Official filming is set to begin in September and you’ll get to see 25 women compete for Soules’ heart starting next year.

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOSTING A PRAIRIE SEED COLLECTING HIKE (THURSDAY) MORNING. THE HIKE, HOSTED BY JERRI OSENGA, WILL BE HELD FROM TEN A.M. UNTIL NOON. THE HIKE WILL BE HELD AT THE DECORAH COMMUNITY PRAIRIE. PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICIALS SAY AS SEEDS ARE RIPE FOR HARVESTING ALONG WITH A DATE FOR A HIKE, IT WILL BE POSTED ON THE CITY WEBSITE.

NEW POLL COTINUES TO SHOW THE GOVERNOR’S RACE WITH A DOUBLE DIGIT SPREAD BETWEEN THE CANDIDATES AND A SENATE RACE THAT IS PRACTICALLY TIED. JIM BOYD REPORTS.

The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing attorneys, judges, and law professors give their opinions on what would happen if the state eliminated the requirement that all attorneys must pass the bar exam before beginning practice. Currently only Wisconsin allows attorneys graduating from in-state law schools to skip the test.
The Iowa State Bar Association has suggested Iowa adopt the policy called diploma privilege allowing students graduating from law schools at Drake or the University of Iowa to practice law without taking the bar. Supporters say it will help reduce the debt of law students by allowing them to enter the work force sooner and may help slow declining law school enrollment. Opponents say the bar exam serves an important gatekeeping purpose of weeding out lawyers unprepared to begin practicing law.

A man in northern Iowa has been arrested after authorities say he made threatening statements against school children. Acting Floyd County Attorney William Baresel said in a news release Wednesday that Loren Saxon was arrested Sunday. He faces charges of terroristic threats and public intoxication. Court records do not list an attorney. Police reports say Saxon was heavily intoxicated while at a Best Budget Inn in Charles City. He is accused of making threatening statements against school children, but officials did not elaborate. The Floyd County Attorney’s Office says Saxon remains at the county jail.

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THE IOWA DIVISION CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION HAS THE RELEASED THE NAMES OF AN INMATE AND DEPUTY INVOLVED IN AN INCIDENT AT A WEST UNION HOSPITAL SATURDAY MORNING.D-C-I SPOKESPERSON ALEX MURPHY SAYS THE FAYETTE COUNTY DEPUTY WAS JEREMY STIEFEL AND THE INMATE WAS 32 YEAR OLD STEVEN HARRELD. HARRELD WAS TAKEN TO PALMER LUTHEARN HOSPTIAL FROM THE JAIL ON FRIDAY FOR TREATMENT OF A MEDICAL CONDITION. STIEFEL ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL TO PICK HIM UP AND RETURN HIM TO THE JAIL SATURDAY MORNING AROUND 8:30 AUTHORITIES SAY STIEFEL UNCUFFED ONE OF HARRELD’S HANDS IN ORDER FOR HIM TO CHANGE CLOTHES AND A STRUGGLE ENSUED. HARRELD ENDED UP WITH STIEFEL’S FIREARM. HARRELD ENDED UP FIRING A SHOT AT STIEFEL AND THEN TURNING THE GUN ON HIMSELF. HARRELD WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. STIEFEL WAS TREATED FOR A GUNSHOT WOUND TO HIS ABDOMEN. THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS AN AUTOPOSY DETERMINED HARRELD’S CAUSE OF DEATH WAS FROM A SELF INFLICTED GUN SHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD.

THE FAMILY OF STEVEN HARRELD RELEASED A STATEMENT TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE STATEMENT EXPRESSES GRIEF AT THE LOSS OF HARRELD AND GRATEFULNESS THAT NO ONE ELSE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE STATEMENT ALSO REFERRED TO HARRELD’S BATTLE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER, DEPRESSION AND SUBSTANCE. THE STATEMENT CONTINUED SAYING QUOTE-OUR JAILS COURTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE OFTEN UNEQUIPPED TO OFFER PROPER SUPPORT AND TREATMENT TO THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIES. THE FAMILY HOPES THIS TRAGEDY WILL SPARK CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND THE COMPASSIONATE MEASURES AND TRAINING THAT MUST BE IN PLACE TO ENSURE THE MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANS ARE SAFE WHEN THEY INTERACT WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 

Iowa businesses will save well over an estimated hundred-million dollars in lower unemployment insurance taxes next year. …that was the announcement from the Iowa Workforce Development Director Monday. Teresa Wahlert (WAY’-lurt) says demonstrated stability with the Unemployment Insurance Trust Funds helped lead to the rate cuts..

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…Director Wahlert says, after four years in a row of cuts to rates, Iowa has one of the lowest unemployment insurance tax rates in the country. But, she also says rates individual businesses pay will vary based on wages and recent jobless payment history.

A NEW ORGANIZATION WANTS TO SPEED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WATER QUALITY EFFORTS BY IOWA’S FARMERS. BACKED BY THE CORN, SOYBEANS AND PORK PRODUCERS ORGANIZATIONS, THE “IOWA AGRICULTURAL WATER ALLIANCE” HOPES TO LET FARMERS KNOW ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE THEIR NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT. IOWA SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION C-E-O KIRK LEEDS SAYS THEY’LL NEED TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT.

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THE ALLIANCE HAS HIRED AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO PUT THE IDEAS INTO MOTION. HE’S SEAN MC-MAHON, A CUMMING, IOWA RESIDENT WHO CURRENTLY RUNS THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S AG PROGRAM IN NORTH AMERICA. THEY’RE HOPING TO BE THE CATALYST FOR SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STATE NUTRIENT REDUCTION STRATEGY, WHICH HAS AS A GOAL A DROP IN NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS RUNOFF THAT ULTIMATELY FLOWS TO THE GULF OF MEXICO.

WILL THERE BE MINING IN THE FUTURE IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY. DOCTOR RAY ANDERSON, A GEOLOGIST WHO MADE A PRESENTATION TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONDAY, SAID THE POSSIBILITY EXISITS. BUT HE SAYS IT’S A LONG WAYS INTO THE FUTURE.

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ANDERSON SAYS IN HIS MIND IT WORTH DRILLING TO KNOW WHAT’S BENEATH THE SURFACE IN THE COUNTY. ANDERSON SAYS THIS AREA HAS A SIMILAR GEOLOGY TO AN AREA IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THAT IS BEING EXPLORED FOR MINERAL MINING.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAVE APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO TEMPORARILY REDUCE THE SPEED LIMIT IN THE AREA OF THE QUANDAHL QUARRY IN NORTHERN WINNESHIEK. THE SUPERVISORS TOOK THE ACTION AT ITS MEETING MONDAY MORNING. EARLIER THIS SUMMER, THE BOARD APPROVED A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE QUARRY, OPERATED BY WILTGEN CONSTRUCTION, TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS. THE PERMIT ALSO ALLOWED FOR LIMITED ROCK CRUSHING ON SITE. CONCERNS WERE RAISED AT THAT REGARDING THE DUST CREATED BY THE TRAFFIC IN THAT AREA. THE BOARD SAYS THIS ACTION IS IN RESPONSE TO THOSE CONCERNS. THE REDUCED SPEED WILL BE ON PORTIONS OF CANOE VALLEY ROAD AND MIDDLE HESPER ROAD. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE SAYS THE REDUCED SPEED WILL BE PUT IN PLACE FOR A LIMITED TIME. BJERKE WILL REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD WITHIN 90 DAYS ON HOW THE CHANGES ARE WORKING.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH HAS RECOMMENDED ADDING E-CIGARETTES TO THE COUNTY’S NO-SMOKING POLICY WHICH PROHIBITS SMOKING ON COUNTY PROPERTY. WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR KRISTA VANDENBRINK REPORTED THE BOARD’S FINDINGS TO THE SUPERVISORS MONDAY MORNING. VANDENBRINK SAYS THE BOARD OF HEALTH THROUGHOLY STUDIED THE ISSUE AND MADE A UNANIMOUS RECOMMENDATION. THE SUPERVISORS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE ACTION ON THE MATTER AT A LATER TIME.

THE HEAD OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT IS STEPPING DOWN. RANDY UHL IS LEAVING THE POSITION AFTER 15 YEARS. UHL SAYS HE’S PROUD OF THE ORGANIZATION’S WORK.

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UHL SAYS THE W-C-D-I BOARD HAS ENTERED AN AGREEMENT WITH UPPER EXPLORERLAND TO OFFER BOTH INTERIM DIRECTOR AND SEARCH PROCESS ASSISTANCE. UHL SAYS HIS LAST DAY WILL BE SEPTEMBER 12TH.

THE POTENTIAL FOR MINERAL MINING IN THE TRI-STATE AREA WAS A TOPIC OF A PRESENTATION AT MONDAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. DR. RAY ANDERSON IS A RECENTLY RETIRED GEOLOGIST FROM THE IOWA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. HE SAYS THE U-S-G-S IS INTERESTED IN EXPLORING THIS AREA.

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ANDERSON SAYS IT WOULD BE WORTH EXPLORING TO FIND OUT WHAT EXACTLY IS BENEATH THE SURFACE IN THE AREA. ANDERSON PREDICTS IT WOULD BE AT LEAST 10-15 YEARS BEFORE ANY EXPLORATION WOULD BE DONE AND IF THE RIGHT MINERALS ARE FOUND ANOTHER 10-15 YEARS MINIMUM BEFORE ANY EXPLORATION WOULD BE BEGIN.

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DOCTOR RAY ANDERSON, A RECENTLY RETIRED GEOLOGIST FROM THE IOWA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, RECENTLY CONDUCTED A STUDY ON WHAT MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR POTENTIAL MINING IN THE AREA. ANDERSON WILL SPEAK BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TODAY. WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISOR DEAN THOMPSON.

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THE PRESENTATION WILL BEGIN AT NOON AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN THE LARGE COURTROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR.

DOCTOR ANDERSON’S PRESENTATION IS PART OF A VERY BUSY DAY FOR THE SUPERVISIORS. PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR KRISTA VANDENBRINK WILL DISCUSS THE BOARD OF HEALTH’S POSITION ON E-CIGARETTES. LORA FRIEST FROM THE NORTHEAST IOWA R-C AND D WILL DISCUSS THE TURKEY RIVER WATER PROJECT. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS THE CITY’S TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM AND LINCOLN TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE KELVIN RUE WILL TALK ABOUT A FIRE TRUCK PURCHASE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

ANOTHER STEP, OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, WILL BEGIN TODAY. DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER, WILL RUN THROUGH SEPTEMBER SEVENTH. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT. LAST YEAR, THERE WERE FOUR FATALIES IN IOWA OVER THE LABOR DAY TRAVEL PERIOD, ONE OF WHICH WAS ALCOHOL RELATED.

THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING INTO AN INCIDENT AT A WEST UNION HOSPITAL OVER THE WEEKEND. AUTHORITIES SAY A FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL INMATE DIED AND A FAYETTE COUNTY DEPUTY WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT. THE DEPUTY ACCOMPAINED THE INMATE TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL ON SATURDAY MORNING. WHEN THE INMATE WAS UNCUFFED FOR TREATMENT, HE ENDED UP TAKING THE DEPUTY’S GUN, FIRING AT THE DEPUTY AND THEN TURNING THE GUN ON HIMSELF, ACCORDING TO THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORT. THE INMATE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE OFFICER WAS TREATED AND RELEASE FOR A WOUND TO THE ABDOMEN. SHERIFF MARTY FISHER SAYS THE NAMES OF THE OFFICER AND INMATE WILL BE RELEASED FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION.

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A FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL INMATE IS DEAD AND A FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WAS WOUNDED FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT AT PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION SATURDAY MORNING. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A DEPUTY ACCOMPAINED AN INMATE TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. AUTHORITIES SAY THE DEPUTY UNCUFFED ONE OF THE INMATES HANDS DURING TREATMENT. THE INMATE THEN ATTACKED THE DEPUTY AND ENDED UP TAKING HIS FIREARM. THE INMATE HELD THE DEPUTY AT GUNPOINT, SHOT THE DEPUTY AND THEN TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF. THE DEPUTY WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FOR A GUNSHOT WOUND TO HIS ABDOMEN. THE INMATE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE FROM AN APPARENT SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND. FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF MARTY FISHER SAYS THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. FISHER SAYS THE NAMES OF THE DEPUTY AND INMATE WILL BE RELEASED AT A LATER DATE AND AFTER A FULL INVESTIGATION AND NOTIFICATION IS COMPLETE. 

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ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN TOMORROW. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES WILL TAKE PART IN THE EFFORT, FOCUSING ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS. THERE WERE FOUR FATALITIES ON IOWA ROADWAYS DURING THE LABOR DAY TRAVEL PERIOD LAST YEAR. THE EFFORT WILL RUN THROUGH SEPTEMBER SEVENTH.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS RECEIVED STATE ACCREDITATION. THE COLLEGE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES DISCUSSED THE MATTER THIS WEEK. A FIVE MEMBER TEAM FROM THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CONDUCTED A TWO-DAY REVIEW AND SITE VISIT TO N-I-C-C THIS SUMMER. THE VISIT WAS TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES AND REVIEW COMPLIANCE AS MANDATED BY IOWA CODE. THE TEAM RECOMMENDED CONTINUED ACCREDITATION FOR N-I-C-C. A STATE COMPREHENSIVE ACCREDITATION EVALUATION WILL TAKE PLACE AGAIN AT N-I-C-C IN FISCAL YEAR 2019.

PAYDAY LOAN BUSINESSES MAKE NEARLY ONE MILLION LOANS TO IOWANS EACH YEAR, OFTEN CHARGING ANNUAL INTEREST RATES OF UP TO FOUR-HUNDRED PERCENT. BUT ASSISTANT IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL JESSICA WHITNEY TOLD IOWAWATCH WHAT IS OF INCREASING CONCERN IS NOT STOREFRONT BUSINESSES, BUT INTERNET-BASED LOAN OPERATORS.

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HEAR MORE ABOUT THE PAYDAY LOAN INDUSTRY, INCLUDING WHY THE IOWA LEGISLATURE HAS NOT TAKEN ACTION TO LIMIT THESE LOANS, ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “THE IOWAWATCH CONNECTION” RADIO PROGRAM, TOMORROW MORNING AT EIGHT-25 ON AM 1240-KDEC.

 A WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAMILY WAS RECENTLY RECOGNIZED AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR. GARY AND PATTY LIEN (LEE-EN) OF CALMAR WERE RECOGNIZED WITH THE IOWA FARM ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER AWARD. THE AWARDS WERE PRESENTED ON AUGUST 13TH. PRODUCERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY SOILS AND IMPROVED WATER QUALITY. 

THE DECORAH SWIMMING POOL WILL HAVE ITS FINAL EVENT OF THE SEASON TODAY. THE ANNUAL DOG SWIM WILL BE HELD FROM NOON UNTIL THREE. THE COST IS THREE DOLLARS PER DOG AND ONE DOLLAR PER PERSON.