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Peta Wants A Memorial For Dead Turkeys

(Sioux City) --  The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,THE ANIMAL  more commonly known as "PETA" wants to erect a ten foot tall monument on Gordon Drive in Sioux City to remember several hundred turkeys that died when a truck toppled over earlier this month.  The Iowa Department of Transportation has received a letter from Alex Moore of PETA, requesting DOT permission to place a 10-foot high tombstone for one month on the right of way on Gordon Drive and South Alice where the April 12th accident occurred.  Moore says over 500 turkeys died in the crash, and that PETA would supply the memorial.  Dakin Schultz of Sioux City's Iowa DOT office says the agency has strict policies regarding roadside memorials. 

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Schultz says the Iowa Department of Transportation will send a response to PETA's request explaining their policy.


Absentee Ballots Now Available At Auditor's Office

(Le Mars) -- Absentee ballots for the June 3rd, Primary Election are available as of today in the Auditor’s Office at the Plymouth County Courthouse during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday to vote in person. Absentee ballots may be cast in the Auditor’s office until Monday, June 2nd until 5 pm.  Absentee ballots to be mailed to voters must be requested in writing.  Forms are available at the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office or at under Online Services and then County Forms.  Absentee ballot request forms can be mailed to the Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars, IA 51031. 

Voters may contact the Auditor’s office and an absentee ballot request form can be mailed to a voter. Voters requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed to them must have the request form to the Auditor’s office no later than 5 pm on Friday, May 30th, as that is the last day absentee ballots can be mailed out to voters.   The Auditor’s office provides the postage for all absentee ballots returned by mail.  Ballots must be postmarked prior to midnight, June 2nd , 2014 (the day prior to the election), or can be delivered to the Auditor’s office before the polls close at 9:00 pm on June 3, 2014
If you wish to absentee vote in the Auditor’s office Tuesday, May 27th through Monday, June 2nd  and are not pre-registered to vote, you will be required to complete the EDR (Election Day Registration) process at the Auditor’s Office prior to casting your absentee ballot.  The EDR voter registration process requires a valid photo identification, and one form of proof of
Plymouth County residency. 


Le Mars Mainstreet To Organize "Youth On Mainstreet Program"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Mainstreet ogranization is establishing a new program to inspire Le Mars youth to be better informed leaders committed to utilizing their talents, diversity and creativity for the betterment of our community.  It's called Youth On Mainstreet Program, and it will consist of six students from Le Mars Community School District, and six students from Gehlen Catholic School.  The goal is to educate, inform, and empower the students about downtown Le Mars, the business community and its history.  Each year's group will be expected to complete one tangible project in the downtown that will enhance the community.  This committee will focus on learning about historic preservation and restoration.  In addition to the Le Mars Mainstreet organization, the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission is also a sponsor.


Orban Arrested For Burglary

 (Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man has been arrested for a burglary in rural Plymouth County near Akron.  41 year old Timothy Orban was taken into custody on Tuesday by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, after an investigation led to Orban as a suspect. , the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office arrested Timothy Kenneth Orban, age 41, of LeMars for burglary 3rd degree. In February 2014, the sheriff's office investigated a burglary in rural Plymouth County near Akron. The investigation led to Orban as a suspect. With the assistance of the Sioux City Police Department, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 1300 South Linn Street in Sioux City for stolen property.  The stolen property was recovered along with many other stolen items from Plymouth and Woodbury County. Timothy Orban was arrested and transported to the Plymouth County Jail. Orban was charged with burglary 3rd degree and bond was set at $5,000. More charges are expected pending further investigation into the property that was recovered.  At the time of his arrest, Orban was out on bond for felony forgery charges in Sioux and Plymouth County and felony drug charges in Woodbury County.


Joint County Investigation Leads To Arrests

(Storm Lake) -- A joint investigation of the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office, the Laurens Police Department, and the Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrest of a Marathon man and woman for several burglaries.  Last Friday, a burglary to an Albert City residence was reported.  Taken were numerous firearms, electronics, and military uniforms.  Douglas Strange, age 28, and Heidi Holston, age 26, were arrested in connection with the investigation after a search warrant was issued.  The stolen weapons were recovered, along with some other stolen property from the burglary in both Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties.  Total value of the items stolen was $3000.  Holston has been charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Strange has been charged with four counts of trafficking in stolen firearms, theft in the second degree, and burglary in the third degree.  Both Strange and Hoston are being held in the Buena Vista County jail. Strange bond is set at $10,000 and Holston's is at $5,000.  The investigation continues and more arrests are expected. 


Senate Ways And Means Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A renewed effort to legalize the use of marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy has won support in the Legislature. 
     A three-member subcommittee, then the full Senate Ways and Means Committee, approved a measure Wednesday that would allow the medical use of oil derived from marijuana as a last-resort treatment for chronic epilepsy. It is now eligible for floor debate. Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull explains the bill.

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     The form of marijuana that would be legalized cannot be smoked and doesn't create a high, and could only be obtained in another state that produces the oil.
     Efforts by women who have children with epilepsy changed some lawmakers' views on the issue and sparked a revival of a bill previously believed to be dead. New policy measures cannot be brought up late in the session unless legislative leaders sponsor them.


State Legislature Approves Education Budget That Will Freeze Tuition Rates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House and Senate have approved an education budget that should let higher education officials freeze tuition for a second-straight year.
     Both chambers approved a $986.1 budget Wednesday night and sent the measure to Gov. Terry Branstad.
     The spending plan includes 4 percent increases for Iowa's three public universities, plus an additional $2.6 million for the University of Northern Iowa.
     Lawmaker were able to resolve a disagreement over funding of the University of Iowa. House Republicans had wanted to give Iowa a smaller increase.
     The bill also increases general aid to community colleges by 4.1 percent, to $201.3 million.
     Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter thanked lawmakers for the funding increase.









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