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Thursday News, August 1

Road Construction North Of Merrill Nearing Completion

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe reported to the County Supervisors that the construction project involving County road C-38 and K-42 located on the north end of Merrill is nearing completion.  However, with the road construction on U-S Highway 75 still on-going, some detours are still in place.

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Rohe says the county road K-42 still has some finishing touches needed before it can be declared open.

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Tough Truck Contest Rescheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) -- Fear not Tough Truck fans, your event may have been postponed due to the rain showers that fell Thursday evening at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, however, fair officials have re-scheduled the competition.  Rich Benson, who serves as the vice chairman of the fair board and chairman of the ticket committee says the event will be held.

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The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with gates to open at 5:00 p.m.  Concessions will be available, but there isn't any admission fee.


Burglaries Reported In Sioux County Towns

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are seeking the help of the public regarding several burglaries that have occurred in many of the county's communities in recent days.  On Monday, the Sioux County Sheriff's Office received information about four more burglaries.  Each are believed to have occurred during the overnight hours sometime between Saturday and Sunday, and officials believe they have been committed by the same perpetrator(s).  The four burglaries were reported at Sanford Medical Clinic at Boyden...Hospers Telephone Company of Hospers...Bruce's Repair at Matlock...and Ireton Veterinary Services at Ireton.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.


Hull Man Sentenced For Child Pornography

HULL, Iowa (AP) — A 42-year-old Hull man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.  Gary Brummel was sentenced in Sioux City on July 24.  Brummel pleaded guilty to a count of distributing and another count of receiving child pornography. Prosecutors say he received, distributed and possessed child porn from 2006 through 2012.  He must serve five years of supervision upon his release from prison. He must also comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.


Food Official Says Salad Mix That Caused Hundreds To Be Ill No Longer A Threat

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A food inspector says most — if not all — the prepackaged salad mix that sickened hundreds of people in Iowa and Nebraska wasn't grown in either state.  Iowa Food and Consumer Safety Bureau chief Steven Mandernach said Wednesday that at least 80 percent of the vegetables were grown and processed outside both states' jurisdictions.  Mandernach says officials haven't confirmed the origins of 20 percent and may never know because victims can't always remember what they ate.  Officials have said the salad was infected with a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. Outbreaks have been reported in 15 states, although it's not clear whether they're connected.  Mandernach says state law prohibits his office from releasing the information unless there's an immediate threat. Officials believe the threat has passed.


Highway Patrol Finds 50 Pounds Of Pot From Traffic Stop

ADAIR, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says troopers found about 50 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in western Iowa.  The drugs were found Wednesday when a trooper pulled over an out-of-state vehicle.  Troopers took the vehicle to a Department of Transportation garage in Adair after the discovery.  The patrol is not yet releasing more information about the stop or the occupants of the vehicle.


Jury Awards Former County Employee $80,000

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $80,000 to a former paralegal after finding that Floyd County didn't respond appropriately to her repeated complaints about sexual harassment in the county attorney's office.  Jurors returned their verdict Wednesday afternoon, finding that Theresa Farmer was sexually harassed by fired County Attorney Jesse Marzen.  Though Farmer complained to county supervisors and other officials about Marzen's actions, which included unwanted touching and sexual comments, the county took no action. The case focused on Marzen's conduct, but she only sued Floyd County.  Jurors awarded Farmer $81,519 for past and future emotional pain and suffering as well as past medical expenses.  Because they didn't find Farmer proved she suffered retaliation, jurors didn't award her money for lost wages or benefits.


Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Mortgage Fraud Scheme

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to a mortgage scheme has been sentenced to six month of home confinement and three years of probation.  U.S. District Judge James Gritzner signed a sentencing order Wednesday for Lieutenant Wade Wojewoda of Grimes requiring home confinement except for employment and other approved activities.
Wojewoda and three others pleaded guilty in April to charges related to the fraud scheme, which included fraudulent bank documents and inflating home values.  Wojewoda pleaded guilty to receiving proceeds under false pretenses. His wife, Bobbi Jo Wojewoda pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and will be sentenced August 15th.  Two others also pleaded guilty to related charges.
Wojewoda's lawyer says his police officer certification will likely be revoked.

Waterloo Man Fails To Register As Sex Offender

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man who failed to register as a sex offender has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.  41-year-old Dana Lamont Curry received the sentence Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
Curry pleaded guilty to the charge in March. Prosecutors say he did not properly update his sex offender registration in Iowa from June 2010 through the end of November 2012.
Curry was required to register because of a previous second-degree sexual assault conviction in Colorado.


Wartburg College To Receive Donation

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A Wisconsin couple is donating $2 million to a northeast Iowa college to endow a faculty position in the school's religion and philosophy department.  Mike and Marge McCoy of Ellison Bay, Wisconsin made the donation to Wartburg College in Waverly.
The college announced the donation Wednesday, saying it was the largest non-estate gift by an individual donor or couple that Wartburg has ever received.  The gift will fund the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission.
Officials say the money will help the college deepen its roots in the Lutheran spiritual and intellectual tradition.  The McCoys are parents of two Wartburg graduates.  The college of about 1,750 students is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.





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