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Tuesday Afternoon News, September 17

Le Mars City Council Approves Highway 75 Business Renovation Project

(Le Mars) -- Businesses along Highway 75 and Highway 3 will have the opportunity to get financial assistance from the city for renovation projects, thanks to a resolution adopted by the Le Mars City Council. City Administrator Scott Langel says the program is patterned after the Community Building Development Grant that was approved for downtown businesses.

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Langel explains which commercial businesses are eligible, and which are not eligible, for the matching grant.

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He says interested businesses should first fill out an application and present it to Mary Reynolds.

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The city official shares how the city plans to finance the projects.

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Goodchild and Knapp Submit Nomination Papers

(Le Mars) -- Real estate agent Clark Goodchild and Public Accountant Rex Knapp have both submitted nomination papers to be candidates seeking a position on the city council.
Goodchild is looking to represent Le Mars citizens in Ward 1.  Knapp is already a member
of the city council and is seeking re-election for an At-large position.  Councilman John Leonard presently holds the position representing Ward 1.  Leonard previously submitted his nomination papers seeking re-election which will place Leonard against Goodchild in the election.  Candidates wishing to run for city council or mayor have until Thursday, September 19th to file nomination papers.


Argosy Casino Asking Judge To Stop Construction On Hard Rock Casino

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The owner of the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City has asked a state judge to stop construction on a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux City.
Attorneys for Argosy parent Penn National Gaming Co. filed the motion in Polk County District Court on Monday. Penn is seeking to stop the construction until its lawsuit against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission over the commission's selection process for the new casino is resolved.
Work began in July on the $128.5 million Hard Rock casino.
Last month, state regulators denied the Argosy's request to renew its state gambling license. But the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission did not set a closing date for the floating casino.
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Official Says Juvenile Home Making Progress, But More Needs To Be Done

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The director of a disability rights group says improvements are underway at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, but there is still work to do.
Jane Hudson, of Disability Rights Iowa, told the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday that the home has stopped using long-term isolation rooms and has reduced the use of restraint and seclusion.
But Hudson says the home still needs to improve the quality of care and should be subject to greater oversight.
Disability Rights Iowa is a federally funded group that has been investigating treatment of children at the home, including the use of isolation cells
Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer says the state is addressing the problems at the home and is committed to a higher standard of care.

 

Ankeny Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Daughter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Ankeny man has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his daughter and will face up to five years in prison when he's sentenced next month.
51-year-old Scott Merle Hazelbaker pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Emily Hazelbaker last June in the apartment they shared.
Ankeny police and Hazelbaker's attorneys say the shooting appeared to be accidental. Hazelbaker thought his gun's safety was on when he pointed the weapon at his daughter.
Hazelbaker has called his daughter his best friend. Tuesday, he broke down briefly while explaining his daughter's death.
A sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 31. Hazelbaker could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
He remains free on bond until the hearing.


 

 

   

Tuesday News, September 17

Supervisors To Meet Today

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the County Courthouse board room.  The supervisors have a light agenda.  They are expected to discuss the regional housing trust fund and approve a letter of support for application to the Iowa Finance Authority.  The supervisors are also expected to appoint Rich Huseman to the Compensation Commission as a replacement for Steve Saunders.  County Engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the county governing board to update current construction projects, and to ask for a resolution for a school bus loading zone on
South Ridge Road.

 

City Council To Discuss Revitalization Plans

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will convene at noon today for its regular council meeting.  The council will discuss the Highways 75 and 3 revitalization grant program.  The city council will also discuss the community development block grant for downtown revitalization.  The council will again look at the bids submitted for the water tower and booster station.

 

Dordt College Sets Enrollment Record

(Sioux Center) --  With a large freshman class, strong numbers of transfer students, and a growing international student body, Dordt College has tied its record for highest enrollment with 1430 students, a record set in 1999.
This year Dordt College welcomes 380 freshman and 46 transfer students. The enrollment numbers do not include students enrolled in Dordt’s Stepping Stones Preschool or high school students taking college classes.
A significant contributing factor is the number of international students on campus,
which continues to grow and shape the campus year after year. Approximately 10 percent
of the student body is made up of international students who represent more than 25
countries. The largest number come from our nearest neighbor, Canada.

 

Train Collides With Semi Tanker Truck

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating an accident that happened Monday evening at about 6:45 between a Canadian Northern train and a semi truck and trailer. 
The accident occurred at 4400 Floyd Blvd. which is the entrance to the Jolly Time
popcorn.  Preliminary information revealed that the train was traveling south and was
preparing to enter the Sioux City train yard when a semi truck owned by Kunkel Trucking
of Marcus was crossing the grade heading west.  The train impacted with the truck's
diesel fuel lodge area on the passenger side causing the truck to spin counterclockwise
and pushing the truck into the ditch.  A tanker trailer was leaking liquid, but it was
determined to be a diluted liquid fertilizer that was non-combustible.  Fire and police
personnel extracted the driver from the truck.  He had suffered moderate to serious injuries and was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The name of the truck driver has not been released.

 

Mud Run Scheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday will be the Red, White, and Blue Mud Run which will take place on the west side of Le Mars along the Floyd River.  The event originally was to occur in early summer, but was rescheduled since the area was flooded from the Memorial Day flooding.   Jay King with the Le Mars Police Department, is the mud run's coordinator.  He says most of the contestants that registered in the summer still plan to participate in Saturday's event.

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Similar mud run events have become popular within the region and across the nation.  King says the course will present a challenge featuring numerous natural obstacles.

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In addition to the natural obstacles, the event organizers have also placed several man-made obstacles for the course.  King says some of the man-made obstacles will remain a mystery, but he mentions contestants will find each obstacle different and an unique challenge.

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A portion of the course will require contestants to crawl under... through... and over a vehicles, as well as run through a set of tires, pass through some culvert pipes, and crawl on their stomach under barb wire.  King says there is a wide range of ages and addresses among the contestants.

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The mud run is free for spectators and King urges people to come and view the inaugural event.

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King says volunteers are still needed for the event, and you can contact the Le Mars Police department.  The mud run will begin with the first contestant starting at 9:00 a.m. and King says the race is not timed.  Organizers will have a staggered start, allowing for ten minutes between contestants.  He believes the event will continue through mid-afternoon.  King says the name of the event, Red...White...and Blue Mud Run was chosen not only to show patriotism, but it also identifies the event's sponsors.

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Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff

(Des Moines) -- Flags are to be flown at half staff today, as ordered by Governor Terry Branstad.  It is to honor the fallen Rockwell City police officer, 37 year old Jamie  Buenting.  Buenting was shot to death in the line of duty. His funeral is scheduled for today.

 

State Supreme Court To Hear Cases In Fort Dodge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases in Fort Dodge in October.
The court says it will convene in the auditorium at Fort Dodge Middle School at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.
One case to be argued involves a court challenge filed by the Iowa Farm Bureau against the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission. The Farm Bureau claims two of the commissioners improperly voted on the regulation.
The second case involves a juvenile who was charged at age 14 with second-degree sexual abuse and the state wants to continue to hold him as a sexually violent predator under a civil commitment process.
The man, Anthony Geltz is challenging the state's civil commitment procedure.

 

Youth Pastor To Go To Trial For Sexual Abuse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Trial has been set for a former Des Moines youth pastor accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls.
Online court records indicate 27-year-old Ryan McKelvey's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 18.
McKelvey is a former youth pastor at Heritage Assembly Church in Des Moines.
Officers began investigating him after a girl and her parents reported in early August an alleged sexual assault by McKelvey.
The investigation led to a possible second victim, who also told police about other incidents. McKelvey was fired from his job before he was arrested.
McKelvey faces two counts of sexual exploitation by a clergy and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He remains at the Polk County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.
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Oversight Committee To Discuss Juvenile Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee is set to discuss problems at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.
The committee will meet Tuesday morning and hear from several parties, including the head of Iowa's Department of Human Services and from the executive director of Disability Rights Iowa.
Disability Rights Iowa is a federally funded group that has been investigating treatment of children at the home, including allegations that some children were held for weeks or months in small isolation rooms.
Gov. Terry Branstad has said his administration is addressing the problems and is committed to a higher standard of care.

 

Ankeny Couple Sent To Prison For Mortgage Scheme

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced an Ankeny couple to prison for their part in a mortgage scheme.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a news release Monday that Judge James E. Gritzner on Friday sentenced 35-year-old Jamie Bowers-Danielson to 41 months in prison on bank fraud charges, followed by five years of supervised release.
Gritzner sentenced 36-year-old Matthew Danielson to a year in prison for bank fraud, followed by five years of supervised release.
Both pleaded guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors say Bowers-Danielson used her position as a loan originator between 2003 and 2007 to falsify loan applications for herself and others.
Danielson provided false information and misrepresented his marital status as single to a mortgage lender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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