Wednesday Afternoon News, July 2
Le Mars Dialysis Service Center Pays Off Loan
(Le Mars) -- At times, many people may have wondered if the Le Mars Dialysis Center would ever be able to perform dialysis services for people living in northwest Iowa. Delays, mostly consisting of government regulations, inspections, and other obstacles stood in the way of the center's opening. A fund raising campaign took place in 2008 and 2009 for the local dialysis center. Mike Donlin says at that time, the board of directors requested loans from both the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, as well as the City of Le Mars. The dialysis center finally got state approval and began seeing patients in April of 2012. Now, just two years later, the Dialysis Center is able to pay off its loans. During the Le Mars City Council Meeting held Tuesday, Mike Donlin, a board director with the Le Mars Dialysis Services Center presented city officials a check for the loan.
Donlin says in addition, all financial pledges have been fullfilled.
Donlin says Whitey Klohs was the person most responsible for getting action started for a local dialysis center.
Donlin says patients attend the Le Mars Dialysis Services Center three times a week. It has had as high as 23 patients, but normally sees 15 patients each week. The dialysis center has a staff of nine people.
Remsen Gets Ready To Celebrate Its Quasquicentennial
(Remsen) -- The town of Remsen is set to celebrate its Quasquicentennial this weekend. Karen Harnack serves as co-chair for the celebration and she says the German-Luxemborg heritage town got its name from a visiting doctor.
Harnack says one of the more notable events for Remsen took place 78 years ago.
The quasquicentennial co-chair says Remsen wouldn't be Remsen if not for the annual Octoberfest.
The Plymouth County community has several events scheduled for the weekend celebration that begins with the opening ceremonies on Main Street, Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Check the KLEM website for the complete Remsen Quasquicentennial itinerary.
Federal Lawsuit Says Pro-Marijuana Group Can Use Iowa State University Logo
AMES, Iowa (AP) - A federal lawsuit says Iowa State officials wrongfully barred a pro-marijuana group from using the school's Cy logo on T-shirts that also were decorated with cannabis leaves.
The lawsuit alleges that the school violated two students' constitutional rights by barring use of the logo by the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
The two students are Paul Gerlich, who is president of the chapter, and Erin Furleigh, who is vice president.
In 2012 ISU officials barred the group from using the Cy logo after the chapter's president at the time displayed the T-shirt in a Register photo. The photo prompted lawmakers' complaints that the shirt made it look like the school endorsed pro-marijuana legalization.
Council Bluffs Woman Sentenced For Social Security Fraud
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 51-year-old southwest Iowa woman has been sentenced to prison for lying to the Social Security Administration.
Federal prosecutors say Sharon Manchester, of Farragut, on Tuesday was sentenced to a year and a day, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Manchester pleaded guilty in February to committing Social Security fraud from October 2008 to July 2013.
She also was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $49.000.
Prosecutors say Sharon Manchester lied to Social Security when she said she wasn't receiving any financial support from her husband, co-defendant Andrew Manchester. He has pleaded guilty to possession of a false document and is awaiting sentencing.
Marshalltown Man Found Guilty Of Murder Of Woman Found In Minivan
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A Marshall County jury has convicted a Marshalltown man of second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a minivan.
The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1rX5LLH ) jurors took about three hours Tuesday before finding 40-year-old Mathew Irving guilty in the killing of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall, of Marshalltown, in July 2013. Her body was found in the back of a minivan parked on the side of a road just east of Marshalltown.
Irving testified he didn't intend to kill Hall but was defending himself when she attacked him.
Irving had been charged with first-degree murder.
Second-degree murder has a mandatory-minimum sentence of 35 years in prison.
A medical examiner testified Hall died after being smothered.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 18.