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Saturday afternoon news, Dec. 14

Le Mars Art Center Not Offering Workshop Today

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Art Center has announced that it will not be offering its planned workshops this afternoon, although the art center is open from 1 to 4 p.m.


Woman Steal Salvation Army Kettle

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Salvation Army official says a woman stole a countertop Red Kettle from a restaurant in Sioux City.
     Maj. Von Vandiver, the commanding officer of The Salvation Army of Siouxland, says a surveillance video shows a woman walked into Perkins Restaurant & Bakery about 2 a.m. Tuesday and took the kettle 
     Vandiver estimates the donation can contained between $25 and $75. It's one of 18 kettles placed in area businesses.
     Restaurant employees reported the theft to police, but Vandiver doubts the charity will recover the money. He's hopeful other donations will make up for the loss.


Monona County Auditor Resigns

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - The Monona County auditor is resigning after efforts byofficials to remove her from office following her arrest on drug charges.
     On Friday, Auditor Brooke Kuhlmann submitted her letter of resignation.
     At the request of county commissioners, Monona County Attorney Michael Jensen filed a motion last month to remove Kuhlmann from office. The motion noted Kuhlmann hasn't been coming to work since she was charged last July with buying methamphetamine from an undercover state trooper.
      Kuhlmann has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. Her trial is scheduled for Feb. 18.
      Kuhlmann was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.


Des Moines Airport Tops Two Million Travelers

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines airport again has topped the 2 million travelers mark and appears headed to a record year.
      The figures for November pushed the airport's passenger total to 2.02 million. 
     Ridership is 5.6 percent ahead of last year, when more than 2 million passengers flew out of the airport for the first time. For years, the passenger count hovered close to 1.7 million.
     Although more people are flying out of the airport, the amount of freight is down 4.3 percent from 2012. Airport Executive Director Don Smithey says that's due in part to online retailers who are moving freight by truck or rail.

Historic Group Works To Save Old Des Moines Bridge 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Organizers trying to save a 115-year-old bridge near downtown Des Moines say they're optimistic about its future now that city  officials are more open to renovating the closed structure instead of demolishing it.
      Sarah Oltrogge, president of the Des Moines Historical Society, says efforts are underway to get formal support from the City Council and the city's Park and Recreation department. She says it will help with private fundraising.
     Oltrogge is among a small group of people trying to raise money for the bridge, which has multiple names, including the Southwest Fifth Street bridge. The bridge closed in March due to safety concerns.
     Councilman Skip Moore says he wants to save the bridge, but it will be up to the private group to raise most of the money needed.




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