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Monday News, March 30

Hargens Awarded The "Fire Fighter Of The Year"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department held its annual banquet and awards program Saturday evening at the Willow Creek Golf Course country club. Fire Chief Dave Schipper presented the "Fire Fighter of the Year" award to Michael Hargens.  Hargens had a 100 percent attendance for the Le Mars Fire Department's training sessions, having attended all 39 sessions in 2014. Schipper said of Hargens that he was also able to respond to a majority of calls.  Other awards that were presented included the Chief's Award to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Wise, who was able to take over many tasks during Schipper's absents.  Both Wise and retired Captain Doug Harms were presented the "Fire Investigator's Bar" for having completed training in fire investigation. Retired Captain Doug Harm was also presented a special recognition award for his long term commitment to the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department.  Harms retired due to a medical condition.  An award of appreciation was presented to Kellen Excavation.  Kellen Excavation provided several abandoned wrecked cars for the Fire and Rescue Department's use during special training for extrication purposes.  Kellen Excavation also assisted the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department during a rural fire call when a 100 year old Cottonwood tree had caught on fire and threaten to fall on a building.  The crew from Kellen Excavation arrived on the scene and carefully cut down the tree, while still on fire, saving the building from being damaged.  The attending banquet crowd enjoyed the hilarious stories and observations of comedian Rex Havens as he shared with the 135 people the comical differences between men and women.  At the conclusion of the evening, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to assist the Oyens Fire Department at a residence with a high level of carbon monoxide.

 

 

 

Judge Overturns Sentence To Akron Man For Threatening White House

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - A judge has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of threatening to blow up the White house.

On Friday Judge Steven Andreasen granted a motion by the attorney for 37-year-old Jeremy Hebert, of Akron, saying the evidence didn't support the jury's guilty verdict rendered on Feb. 18.

However, Andreasen sentenced Hebert to five years in prison for three counts of felonious assault. Those sentences are to be served at the same time. He was also given suspended fines of $750 for each count of assault.

Authorities say that when Hebert was arrested at his home on Nov. 20, he threatened to kill each of the three officers present.

 

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Le Mars Community School Board To Meet Tonight

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board will convene for a meeting later this evening at the Education Service Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The school board will take a few minutes to discuss the National Association of School Boards annual convention which was held last week at Nashville, Tennessee.  The board of education will discuss an upcoming training seminar entitled "Strategic Board Governance - The Time Is Now".  That seminar will be held in Sheldon on April 21st.  The local community school board has scheduled some time on its agenda to discuss the annual foundation banquet to recognize excellence in the school district.  That banquet will be held on April 29th at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Convention Center.  Tonight, the school board will discuss the superintendent's progress on the goals established as part of the superintendent's evaluation process.  The school board will also act upon three resignations.  The Le Mars Community School Board is expected to discuss and act upon the budget estimate, as well as a resolution of intent to continue utilizing the Instructional Support Levy.

 

 

 

CF Industries On Pace With Fertilizer Expansion Project

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The construction of a giant $2 billion fertilizer plant remains on schedule in northwest Iowa, but the project is nearing its busiest phase when roughly 2,200 workers will be employed on the job.

Construction of the new CF Industries plant is entering its second year, but it remains on track for completion in 2016.

Nick DeRoos, who is overseeing the expansion project, says the construction work slowed over the winter because of the snow, wind and freezing temperatures, but activity is picking up.

Two dozen cranes are in use at the site this month. The biggest one can lift as much as 1,000 tons 350 feet in the air.

 

 

 

Will Lawmakers Contribute To Health Insurance?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With many state workers poised to soon make monthly health care contributions for the first time, will Iowa lawmakers follow suit?

Under a recent arbitration award, workers in the largest state employees' union will have to start making a monthly contribution of at least $20 to their health benefits starting in January. This will be a shift for the majority of the 19,000 state workers represented by Local 61 the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Lawmakers in the part-time General Assembly can get plans that don't require a monthly payment. Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he'd like to change that. But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal was less forthcoming on whether he will consider such a change.

 

 

 

Health Officials Ask That You "Rethink Your Drink"

(Des Moines) -- Almost one in every three Iowans is obese, according to the latest rankings, and what we're drinking can be just as fattening as what we're eating. Carol Voss, a registered dietician and a nutritionist with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says just one 12-ounce soda contains around 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar, which in itself is more than the daily recommendation. It's much worse for the 20-ounce pops.

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A state survey in 2012 found that 72-percent of Iowans consumed between one and three sugar-sweetened beverages daily. For women, it was 67-percent and 77-percent for men. Voss says a campaign called "Rethink Your Drink" is urging Iowans to consider cutting out at least some of those sweet drinks and trading them for water or a non-sweetened tea.

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Drinking one soda a day can equal an extra 25 pounds of weight per year. The latest "State of Obesity" report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds 31-percent of all Iowans are obese, the 12th highest rate in the country. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet, and that contributes to things like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 



 

   

Saturday News, March 28

Judge Andreasen Says He Will Review Video Tape Of Neunaber's Questioning

(Le Mars) -- Jonathon Neunaber, the Akron man accused of killing his mother last July, appeared in Plymouth County District Court Friday morning.  Neunaber's attorney requested that evidence gathered during Neunaber's arrest in Wisconsin be suppressed.  The defense attorney contends Neunaber did not have legal counsel present when he was questioned by authorities, and therefore anything that was said during the questioning period should not be allowed.  Neunaber's attorney is also asking the clothing that Neunaber was wearing that contained blood stains should not be admitted as evidence.  Plymouth county attorney Darrin Raymond offered as evidence the audio and video tape of the Neunaber interview, along with a written transcript.  Judge Steven Andreasen informed both attorneys he would review the interview video tape, and consider the request and offer his opinion at a later date.  Raymond asked Judge Andreasen if he were to find any particular issues of concern that he would notify the county attorney and ask for additional information in the form of legal briefs.  No date was given as to when Judge Andreasen will submit his ruling, and no new date has been set for Neunaber's trial.


 

Two Sioux City Men Caught Stealing Copper Wire

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched Friday to 29524 K-22 rural Hinton, Iowa.  A caller advised he saw two males at this property and they were removing wire from the residence and did not believe they should be on that property. When officers arrived they found two male subjects sitting inside a blue in color Nissan setting behind a machine shed. When officers approached the vehicle they could see a large roll of black coated copper wire in the back seat of the vehicle.

When questioned, the parties advised that they had permission from the owner to be at the property and remove these items.  This property was destroyed by fire several months ago and had been vacated. The owner of the property was contacted, and he advised that they did not have permission to be on the property nor to remove any items.


Arrested were 32 year old Anthony Hageman of 607 So Fairmount Street, Sioux City, Iowa and 34 year old Matthew Sanem of 1509 Orleans Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa were charged with Trespassing and Theft in the 4th degree.  Both subjects were taken to the Plymouth County Jail.  Trespassing is a simple misdemeanor and theft in the 4th degree is a serious misdemeanor.

 

 

Woodbury County Sheriff Faces Lawsuit For Death Of Inmate

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against the Woodbury County sheriff and other officials, saying their failure to treat a jail inmate for substances abuse withdrawal led to his death more than two years ago.

The federal lawsuit was filed by Tony Josta, of Homer, Nebraska, representing the estate of his son, Anthony Josta. The lawsuit says 35-year-old Anthony Josta "was subjected to defendants' deliberate indifference to his medical needs."

Anthony Josta was found dead in his cell on March 26, 2013, three days after his arrest on a warrant for contempt of court.

Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew says he welcomes the chance to offer sworn testimony in defense of the jail's procedures and explain the conditions and decisions officers face daily.

 

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Family Dispute In Maurice Involves A Gun

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was called to Maurice Tire & Repair in Maurice on Thursday afternoon for a disturbance involving a gun. Sheriff’s deputies report that Sandra Holtrop, age 62, her husband, Daryl Holtrop, age 64 and their son, Isaac Holtrop, age 32, all from Maurice, were in Maurice Tire & Repair, a business they operate.

Sandra stated that her son-in-law, Shawn Hathaway, age 39, from Maurice, arrived at the business in a very agitated state. He argued with Sandra, Daryl and Isaac inside the business establishment over some family business before he was told to leave. Hathaway left the building and went to his vehicle, which was parked on the street in front of the business. He took out a shotgun from the rear seat and got in his vehicle, where he loaded the gun. Not knowing what Hathaway’s intentions were, Daryl and Isaac Holtrop immediately rushed to the car to restrain him while Sandra Holtrop called 911.

Upon arrival, officers found Daryl and Isaac Holrop restraining Hathaway inside his vehicle. Hathaway was now unconscious; the officers immediately began rescue efforts. Hathaway was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center ambulance where he was transferred to Mercy Medical in Sioux City by helicopter. Hathaway remains in serious condition. The case is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Winnabago Industries To Expand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Motor home manufacturer Winnebago Industries says it plans to buy a building in Waverly to expand production as demand increases.

CEO Randy Potts says the company, one of the nation's leading recreational vehicle sellers, is buying a 33,400-square-foot building to move wire assembly work from its main factory in Forest City. About 70 workers will be added. Potts says Waverly is within 100 miles of the company's Forest City plant, which will make transportation of parts cost efficient.

Purchase and start-up costs for the Waverly building are estimated at up to $2 million.

The company says it has had difficulty finding enough workers in the Forest City area and the Waverly location should make recruitment easier. It is just 21 miles north of Waterloo.

 

 

Des Moines Bar Shuts Down After Receiving Mysterious White Powder In Envelope

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters closed a street in Des Moines' East Village area after a bar received a threatening letter in an envelope that included white powder.

Crews were called about 12:45 p.m. Friday to Blazing Saddle, a gay bar, after an employee opened the envelope and white powder spilled out.

Part-owner Bryan Smith says the bar occasionally gets hate mail "but never powder."

Firefighters closed East Fifth Street between Grand and Locust streets for about an hour.

A postal inspector also responded and that the FBI would investigate the letter.

It wasn't clear whether the powder was being tested.

 

 

Newton Attorney Has Law License Suspended

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Newton attorney can no longer practice law after the Iowa Supreme Court revoked her law license citing numerous cases of unethical conduct that included taking money from clients without completing work on their cases.

The state's attorney disciplinary board filed a complaint against 42-year-old Machelle Crum last July alleging six counts of ethical violations. The case was referred to the high court for final determination of punishment.

The court in Friday's order found that in several cases Crum accepted money for attorney services, stopped taking client calls and refused to return their money.

The justices say there's no place in the legal profession for attorneys who misappropriate client funds.

Crum's law office telephone number has been disconnected and she appeared to have no listed home telephone number.

 

 

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Drops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate in February dropped slightly to 4.1 percent.

Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the rate was down from 4.2 percent in January. Iowa's unemployment rate has been relatively stable, with the February number down a bit from the 4.4 percent rate a year ago.

The national jobless rate in February was 5.5 percent.

There were 70,100 unemployed Iowa residents in February. That's a decline from 71,800 in January.

 

 

Iowa Ranks 12th In Obesity Rates - Health Officials Ask To "Rethink Your Drink"

(Des Moines) -- Almost one in every three Iowans is obese, according to the latest rankings, and what we're drinking can be just as fattening as what we're eating. Carol Voss, a registered dietician and a nutritionist with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says just one 12-ounce soda contains around 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar, which in itself is more than the daily recommendation. It's much worse for the 20-ounce pops.

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A state survey in 2012 found that 72-percent of Iowans consumed between one and three sugar-sweetened beverages daily. For women, it was 67-percent and 77-percent for men. Voss says a campaign called "Rethink Your Drink" is urging Iowans to consider cutting out at least some of those sweet drinks and trading them for water or a non-sweetened tea.

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Drinking one soda a day can equal an extra 25 pounds of weight per year. The latest "State of Obesity" report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds 31-percent of all Iowans are obese, the 12th highest rate in the country. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet, and that contributes to things like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

 

   

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