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Sioux Pharm Receives USDA Grant

(Sioux Center) -- An anaerobic digester in Sioux Center is the recipient of a USDA Rural Development loan.  Sioux Pharm will receive a $263,250 grant and the same amount in a guaranteed loan to assist with installation costs of a methane digester at the company's facilities.  American State Bank of Sioux Center assisted with the loan guarantee.  Sioux Pharm's digester will reduce the amount of purchased electricity used by the company, as well as save the company in trucking, sewer, and gas expenses by using as many as 20,000 gallons per day of wastewater product.

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City officials have denied accusations that two officers mistreated a woman during an arrest.
     Footage from a patrol car's dashboard camera shows the officers struggling with 34-year-old Dacosta Daniels as she was handcuffed on Aug. 8 after a traffic stop.
     Daniels says she received a black eye and bruises and is considering a lawsuit. On the tape, she is shown being punched in the side and put in a headlock.
     Sioux City Police Department spokesman Jeremy McClure says that he couldn't elaborate on what the video showed. McClure says an internal investigation found that the officers had followed department policies.
     Court records say Daniels was being arrested on suspicion of punching an officer before the arrest.

 

(Sioux City) -- Two men from Cherokee have been charged with producing child pornography.  Donald Coffey, age 23, and Justin Slattery, age 25, both of Cherokee have been charged with one count of producing child pornography.  The charge is contained in an indictment in the U-S District Court.  The indictment alleges that in November of 2010, Coffey and Slattery used, persuaded, induced, and enticed one or more minors under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of this conduct.  If convicted, both men could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years imprisionment, along with a $250,000 fine, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisionment.  Coffey and Slattery appeared in federal court yesterday and were held without bond.  Their next appearance for trial is set for January 3rd.


(LeMars) -- Applications for approximately $40,000 in LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau hotel/motel sales tax funding will be available beginning November 1st.  LeMars non-profit and not-for-profit organizations qualify for the hotel/motel sales tax funds.  Projects must begin no earlier than July 1st of 2012, and must be completed by June 30th, 2013.  Jessica Lingren, Convention and Visitor's Bureau Manager says the grants are allocated in a 70 to 30 percent matching grant.

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Lingren says non profit organizations can request up to $15,000.  Past grants have been awarded to such items as the new frisbee golf course, the convention center to keep it on a competitive level for attracting organizations, the sidewalk chalk art project, and the Plymouth County Fair.  As you would imagine, Ice Cream Days has benefitted in the past from the available grant funding.

 

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All applications must be typewritten.  Organizations receiving Convention and Visitor's Bureau funding cannot request additional funds from the LeMars City Council.  Since the incorporation of the five percent hotel/motel sales tax in LeMars, more than $978,000 in grant funds have been awarded to a variety of projects.  Lingren says a few cents over the course of time really add up to major dollars.  She says it is not just the motels and hotels that benefit from this tax, but rather all type of businesses.

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Applications can be obtained through the LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau office located at the city hall offices.
    

 

 

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