Tuesday News, December 17
County Supervisors Have A Busy Agenda For Today's Meeting
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a busy agenda for today's meeting. The Supervisors will hear from representatives of the County Compensation Board as they formally present their recommendation for elected county official's salary raises. The Supervisors will also hear from several organizations as they place their request for budget allocation. Judy Bowman is scheduled to appear before the county governing board to ask for funding for the Plymouth County Historical Museum, Le Mars City council members Delana Ihrke and John Leonard will discuss the funding for the Le Mars Public Library. Jeannie Frerichs from the Akron Public Library will discuss funding requests for the Akron, Kingsley, and Remsen libraries. County Conservation Board Executive Director, Nick Beeck will also appear before the supervisors to discuss budget allocations for the County Conservation Board. County Engineer Tom Rohe will update the supervisors on the construction projects ocurring within the county.
City Council To Meet - Leonard's Last Council Meeting
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is scheduled to meet at noon today at the City hall Council chambers. This will mark the last council meeting for out-going council member, John Leonard. The city council will discuss a rail consulting agreement. The council is also expected to discuss the water system improvements, including the new water tower and booster station. The downtown revitalization seeking a community development block grant will also be discussed by the city council.
Hull Man Sentenced 20 years For Sexual Abuse
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 46-year-old northwest Iowa man has been given 20 years in prison for having sexual contact with a girl.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says Todd Bonestroo, of Hull, was sentenced on Monday. Bonestroo was convicted of sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child.
Bonestroo was arrested after a father contacted the Sioux County Sheriff's Office on July 31 to report that he suspected his 11-year-old daughter may have been sexually abused by Bonestroo. McAllister says the girl had told her parents that Bonestroo had groped her and exposed himself to her on at least two occasions three years earlier.
Beef Products Incorporated Lawsuit Against ABC News Goes To Trial
ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) - A judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product.
The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit judge to dismiss the case.
Dakota Dunes-based BPI claims the TV network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing that its signature product - lean, finely textured beef - is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
BPI officials say the product is safe and the coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs.
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the courthouse in Elk Point.
Forum Focuses On Women In Justice
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Advocates for more women on state and federal courts are planning a forum to discuss the issue at Drake Law School.
The event scheduled for Thursday in Des Moines will feature Tulane University professor Sally Kenney, an Iowa native and author of "Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter."
Other speakers will include University of Iowa law professor Angela Owuachi-Willig, who was a finalist for a spot on the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011.
All seven members of Iowa's highest court are men, making it one of the only such bodies with no gender diversity nationally.
Gender balance has improved in the last year in Iowa's federal courts, with Stephanie Rose becoming a district judge and Jane Kelly a circuit judge.
Des Moines Fire Department Responds To Cold Weather Related Fires
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines Fire Department says there has been a surge in fires in the past week, including eight in one 24 hour period.
The department says in a news release Monday that the fires could be tied to extremely cold temperatures that have settled over central Iowa.
The city's fires included 15 in homes, one in a business and two in vehicles.
The department says 11 of the fires appear related to heating appliances and furnaces.
Officials recommend that people have all heating appliances and fireplaces inspected annually and to ensure space heaters have a 3-foot clearance and are plugged directly into an outlet. People also shouldn't leave candles or cooking food unattended.
Des Moines Opens New Food Pantry
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry Network will receive its first shipment of food at its renovated building in downtown Des Moines.
Food Pantry Network Director Rebecca Whitlow says the shipment of $5,500 worth of cereal from Hy-Vee stores will arrive Tuesday morning.
The new food distribution center is about 6,000 square feet, more than triple the space of the previous site.
The new warehouse will officially start receiving donations on Jan. 20.
Whitlow says the Hy-Vee shipment was the first accepted at the new site because the charity wanted to mark the donations from the supermarket chain, especially an annual cookie sale Hy-Vee organizes the aid the pantry.
The pantry network distributes food at 13 sites and partners with other groups.
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