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Mainstreet And Extension To Offer Business Builder Seminars

(Le Mars) -- A new series of educational opportunities will be offered by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street program and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County. The series will be called Business Builders which will offer five lunch and learn sessions a year and one major workshop. The Business Builder program will feature a local or regional speaker every two months.
Mary Reynolds, Le Mars Mainstreet Manager says "the Le Mars Mainstreet organization has been working in conjunction with the Plymouth County Extension since the first of the year in planning this new series of learning experiences,” stated Mary Reynolds,  “Session content will vary throughout the year but information should be pertinent to all community citizens.”

The first Business Builder luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor - 2nd Floor. Featured speaker will be Le Mars Police Chief Stu Dekkenga. His presentation will focus on “Strengthening Community and Police Relations: An Informational Update on Le Mars.”  Cost is $15.00 a person - reservations are required. Call Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce 546-8821 or the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County 546-7835. The area public, business, industry and community leaders are invited to attend the one hour lunch and learn. Food will be prepared by Timmy’s Catering.

Lisa Wagner, chairperson for the Le Mars Main Street Business Improvement Committee says “The Business Improvement committee is focused on providing educational opportunities for area businesses and industry and for Le Mars citizens. The workshops will vary in content. Topics will range from local leaders providing updates on the community to current trends, technology and subjects pertinent to maintaining a successful business in our community. The workshops will offer ideas and discussion that will enhance Le Mars.”

 

Train Hits Independence Man

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - Officials have released more information about a man who was fatally struck by a train just outside the northeast Iowa city of Independence.
     The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Thomas Lee Davis was hit Thursday night by a Canadian National Railway train near the Wapsipinicon (wahp-sih-PIH'-nih-kahn) River. Train operators told authorities they observed a man lying on the railroad tracks prior to the accident.
     The operators applied emergency brakes, but could not stop the train.
     Authorities do not suspect foul play. Davis' body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny.
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Fort Dodge Woman Charged For Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend

 FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A Fort Dodge woman has been arrested in connection to a stabbing death.
     The Fort Dodge Police Department says 24-year-old Vanita Briann Daniels was taken into custody Friday. She faces a felony charge of voluntary manslaughter. Court records do not list an attorney for her.
     Police believe Daniels is linked to the Friday morning stabbing of 19-year-old Marcquis Dewain Collier, also of Fort Dodge. Collier was reportedly stabbed in the chest and found in a front yard. He later died at a local hospital.
     Daniels remains at the Webster County Jail. A court appearance is scheduled Saturday.

 

Authorities Investigate Durant Shooting

DURANT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in the small eastern Iowa city of Durant.
     The state Department of Public Safety says the incident occurred Thursday night, after authorities received a 911 call of a possible disturbance at a residence.
     Police from various departments arrived at the residence and found 42-year-old Scott Douglas Oetzel barricaded inside.
     Special Agent Richard Rahn of the state Department of Criminal Investigation says Oetzel was not responding to directions to come out. Authorities entered after hearing a gunshot.
     Oetzel was found dead inside. An autopsy with the state medical examiner's office has been scheduled for Saturday in Ankeny.
     Authorities say a female resident was assaulted by Oetzel and managed to escape. She was treated at a hospital and released.

 

15 Year Old Struck By Vehicle

 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a 15-year-old has been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle in Cedar Rapids.
     Cedar Rapids police say the teen was walking at an intersection Friday afternoon when he was hit by a minivan making a left turn.
     Greg M. Buelow, public safety communications coordinator for the city, says the boy was seriously injured and found unconscious. Additional information about his injuries or treatment was not available. The teen's name has not been released.
     The driver of the vehicle, 44-year-old Robert Coover, Junior has been arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license. Additional charges are possible. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Coover was found at a nearby parking lot. Officials say he called authorities about the crash, but additional information was not released.

 

Judge Delays 8th Grade Driver Trial

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa judge has postponed a hearing on a dispute between a father and school district over whether the man's eighth-grade son can drive to school.
     Polk County District Court Judge Robert Blink declined to hear arguments Friday in the case of Robert Stephenson and the Saydel Community School District. Blink wanted Stephenson to have an attorney.
     Stephenson had requested an injunction against the district, which stopped his son and three other eighth-graders from driving themselves to and from Woodside Middle School in Des Moines.
      Iowa law says a student must be 14 1/2 years old to get a school permit that allows limited driving.
     Stephenson says his 14-year-old son is mature enough to drive. District officials say allowing eighth-graders to drive creates safety concerns.
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