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Lisa Wagner Named Boss of the Quarter


 She is Lisa Wagner of the J-R-E Property Pros.  Wagner has been in the real estate business in LeMars and Sioux City and surrounding areas for the past 16 years.  On the nomination form, JRE employees had this to say about Lisa Wagner: Lisa is a professional, a person of integrity, very hard working, full of energy and cares very much about LeMars.  Lisa is involved in the Art Center and was a big promoter of the Olson Cultural Event Center. She is fun to work with and really enjoys life.  One of her greatest pleasures is working with clients and helping them find that "Dream" Home.  As employees of JRE Property Pros, we know Lisa really cares about us and wants us to be successful.  Lisa wagner of the JRE Property Pros is the Chamber's "Boss of the Quarter."

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has released
two letters he sent to Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe that
protest plans to close rural post offices.
     Branstad says proposals by the Postal Service would mean nearly
18 percent of Iowa's post offices would close, with many in rural
     On Thursday, Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht called mail
delivery a core function of government that the Postal Service
can't abandon.
     The letters were first reported by The Des Moines Register.
     Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer says he hasn't seen
the letter and declined to comment.
     Branstad sent one letter with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and
another with the mayor of Lohrville, a town of roughly 400 about 20
miles southwest of Fort Dodge.
     Branstad says postal officials should find other ways to save


(Des Moines) -- A committee of seven people have been appointed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to raise enough money for a sculpture of Dr. Norman Borlaug to be placed in the nation's capitol building.  Borlaug is a native of Cresco, Iowa.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize on 1970 for his research and development of new wheat varieties that helped feed the hungry.  Borlaug's statue will replace the statue of James Harlan which will be brought back to the Iowa statehouse.  

 (Sioux City) -- A Sioux City man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty, in federal court in Sioux City.  Kory Mammen, 41, from Sioux City, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Mammen  participated in the distribution at least one and one-half pounds of methamphetamine.
Mammen was previously convicted of a federal felony drug offense in March 2001 in the Northern District of Iowa.

       Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Mammen remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Mammen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, $100 in special assessments, and 8-years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

 ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two New Jersey women have
been arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 80
in western Iowa.  A Pottawattamie County sheriff's deputy pulled over the eastbound
car a little after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
     The occupants refused to let the deputy search the vehicle.
     Sheriff's Sgt. Dwayne Riche says the deputy's patrol dog
indicated that drugs were in a rooftop carrier. The deputy reports
finding 21 pounds of marijuana, more than 2 pounds of cocaine, and
28 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms inside the carrier.
     The driver and her passenger were arrested. They were identified
as 27-year-old Justine Magno and 26-year-old Allison Wolfe, both of
Teaneck, N.J.
     Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.


HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) - The southwest Iowa town of Hamburg may lose
many of its roughly 1,100 residents after the summer-long flood
along the Missouri River.
     Floodwaters have limited access to the town since June, and
earlier this month ConAgra Foods announced it would close its
microwave popcorn plant and eliminate 95 Hamburg jobs.
     Several real estate agents report that the number of homes currently on the
market is higher than normal.
     Candy Bradley and her husband are trying to sell because they're
tired of dealing with flooding, which is a chronic problem in
     John Sheldon with Green Valley Realty says the number of people
wanting to sell is up about 20 percent.
     Sheldon says it will be important to rebuild Highway 2 into




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