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Monday News, September 16

Road To Be Closed To Install Culvert

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will close Key Avenue, from 270th Street to 280th Street beginning today.  The road will be closed in order to replace a wooden bridge with a culvert pipe.  It is expected the work will be completed by Thursday, September 26th.

 

Many Chalk Art Displays Found At Olson Cultural Arts Center

(Le Mars) -- Several artists used the Olson Cultural Arts Center parking lot as their
creative canvass during the weekend's Chalk Art Festival as sponsored by Greg and Pam Wells and hosted by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  There are several displays showing animated cartoon and comic book characters, as well as several featuring animals, and some sporting events.


City Council Decides To Remove And Install Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- In the near future, Le Mars City workers will be seen dismantling some stop
signs within the city.  They will also be seen installing some stop signs.  Its all part of a directive from the Le Mars City Council.  A few weeks ago, the city council asked city officials to conduct some research to determine whether stop signs could be removed. 
Initially, 23 stop signs were identified for removal.  However, the council decided to
allow the city's public safety committee to make the decision as to how many and which
stops signs should be removed.  City administrator Scott Langel explains why the stop signs became an issue.

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Langel says the City's Public Safety Committee made some recommendations that were adopted
by the council.

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Those stop signs slated for removal include: the intersection of 6th street South and 8th
Avenue West which would allow eastbound and westbound traffic not to stop.  Likewise, 6th
Street south at the 7th Avenue West intersection stop sign will be removed.  Northbound
and southbound traffic on 7th Avenue West at the intersection of 4th Street South will no
longer need to stop.  The stop sign located at 15th Street South and 1st Avenue West will
be removed allowing the east and west bound traffic on 15th street to continue without
stopping.  The intersection of 1st Street south and 6th Avenue East will have stop signs
dismantled allowing traffic not to stop.  Those intersections that will install stop signs
are located at the intersection of 2nd street South and 8th Avenue East so to require
northbound and southbound traffic on 8th Avenue East will now need to stop.  The other
intersection slated to have a stop sign will be the intersection of 1st street north and
6th Avenue East so eastbound traffic will need to stop.

 

Bauerly To Seek Re-election For Hospital Trustees

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustee Craig Bauerly of Le Mars has returned nomination papers as he is seeking re-election to the hospital board of trustees.  The attorney currently serves as the chairman of the hospital board of trustees.  Nominations are due no later than September 19th.  Previously, Bill Young of American Bank submitted his nomination papers.  Young is also seeking re-election.


San Antonio Mayor Speaks At Harkin's Steak Dinner

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has told Iowa Democrats that he's
proud of a political party that provides access to education and health care coverage.
The Democrat spoke Sunday at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak picnic in Indianola along
with Vice President Joe Biden. Castro is a rising political star who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention last year.
Castro says party volunteers must keep working so that future generations have the
opportunities afforded to him and his family. He says he was able to get a quality
education through federal grants and loans.
Castro spoke before Biden at the event, which draws Democrats with national political
aspirations. He did not reference the 2016 presidential contest, except to say he is sure
a Democrat will win.

 

Hatch Expected To Announce Candidacy For Governor

(Des Moines) -- State Senator Jack Hatch, a Democrat from Des Moines, is expected to make a formal announcement today regarding his desire to seek the governor's position on the Democratic party ticket.  State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids is also wanting to unseat Terry Branstad. Olson is also a democrat.  He has hired a campaign manager and is touring the state talking to voters.  Governor Terry Branstad has not yet formally indicated he will run again for governor, although he has hired several campaign staffers and has conducted several political fund raisers across the state.


Funeral Scheduled For Slain Rockwell City Police Officer

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The funeral service has been set for a Rockwell City police officer shot and killed last week.
The funeral service for 37-year-old Jamie Buenting will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at South Central Calhoun Middle School in Rockwell City.
Buenting, a married father of two, was shot during a standoff early Friday in Rockwell City. Police arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder in Buenting's death.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Palmer and Swank Funeral Home in Rockwell City. Donations may be left with First Community Bank in Rockwell City in lieu of flowers.
Burial at Rosehill Cemetery in Rockwell City will follow the funeral service.


Des Moines Drive-by Shooting Close To Elementary School

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say at least 10 gunshots were fired in a drive-by shooting near King Elementary School.
That shooting happened Friday night.  Police found no evidence that anything in the area was hit.
Residents reported hearing gunfire around 8 p.m. near the intersection of Clark and
18th streets. Officers recovered 10 spent shell casings in the area. Nine looked like they
were the same caliber. A tenth appeared to be of another make and caliber.
No injuries were reported and no suspects have been identified.


   

Saturday News, September 14

Bauerly Files Papers For Re-election To Hospital Trustees

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustee Craig Bauerly of Le Mars has returned nomination papers as he is seeking re-election to the hospital board of trustees.  The attorney currently serves as the chairman of the hospital board of trustees.  Nominations are due no later than September 19th.  Previously, Bill Young of American Bank submitted his nomination papers.  Young is also seeking re-election.

 

Boyden Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault

(Orange City) -- A Boyden man has been arrested for aggravated domestic assault, child endangerment, and reckless driving after he intentionally drove his pickup truck into the side of a minivan several times.  32 year old Leslie Spaans was arrested by Sioux County authorities on Wednesday afternoon following a report of domestic disturbance.  The incident happened about two miles northeast of Boyden.  At the time Spaans was striking the minivan with his pickup truck, there were five children and an adult inside the
minivan.  No injuries were reported, and the driver of the minivan was able to drive away
to another location.

 

Le Mars City Council Approves Removing Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- In the near future, Le Mars City workers will be seen dismantling some stop signs within the city.  They will also be seen installing some stop signs.  Its all part of a directive from the Le Mars City Council.  A few weeks ago, the city council asked city officials to conduct some research to determine whether stop signs could be removed. 
Initially, 23 stop signs were identified for removal.  However, the council decided to allow the city's public safety committee to make the decision as to how many and which stops signs should be removed.  City administrator Scott Langel explains why the stop signs became an issue.

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Langel says the City's Public Safety Committee made some recommendations that were adopted
by the council.

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Those stop signs slated for removal include: the intersection of 6th street South and 8th Avenue West which would allow eastbound and westbound traffic not to stop.  Likewise, 6th Street south at the 7th Avenue West intersection stop sign will be removed.  Northbound and southbound traffic on 7th Avenue West at the intersection of 4th Street South will no longer need to stop.  The stop sign located at 15th Street South and 1st Avenue West will be removed allowing the east and west bound traffic on 15th street to continue without stopping.  The intersection of 1st Street south and 6th Avenue East will have stop signs dismantled allowing traffic not to stop.  Those intersections that will install stop signs are located at the intersection of 2nd street South and 8th Avenue East so to require
northbound and southbound traffic on 8th Avenue East will now need to stop.  The other intersection slated to have a stop sign will be the intersection of 1st street north and 6th Avenue East so eastbound traffic will need to stop.

 

Rockwell City Police Officer Killed During Stand-off

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a police officer in the small  Iowa community of Rockwell City has been shot to death after responding to a standoff.
Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger said at a news conference Friday morning that officer Jamie Buenting was hit by a single gunshot and died in the early morning standoff.
Officers had responded to a home after receiving a report Thursday night.
Officers arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder.
He was held in the Sac County Jail and information about upcoming court appearances
weren't available.
Buenting was 37. He was married with two young children.

 

Morrisey Sentenced To Prison For 90 Years

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A judge has sentenced the father of one of the cousins abducted in Evansdale to prison on drug charges.
Judge David Staudt sentenced 37-year-old Daniel Eugene Morrissey, of Waterloo, on Friday to up to 90 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of 30 years.
Morrissey had earlier pleaded guilty and agreed to Alford pleas, which acknowledges
evidence needed for a conviction, to charges involving the manufacture of methamphetamine
and other drug offenses. The charges stem from incidents before and after the cousins
disappeared.
Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook, who disappeared with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, while riding bikes in Evansdale in July, 2012. Their bodies were found in a remote, wooded area 25 miles away last December.
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Secretary Of State Says Keep GOP Convention At Earlier Date

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has rejected an argument from the state Republican Party chairman, who has been backing a delay in the 2014 GOP convention until after the primary vote is certified.
Chairman A.J. Spiker has supported moving the convention from June 14 to July 12. He
argues the party needs time so the June 3 primary results can be certified. In a letter Thursday, he told party officials he would not seek a vote to reconsider the decision.
But in a statement released Friday, the Republican Schultz says the party can hold a convention before official certification is complete.
In response to the Schultz statement, Spiker wrote in an email that he would call for a meeting of the State Central Committee later this month.

 

Bag Of Bones Found At Dow City

DOW CITY, Iowa (AP) - A bag of bones found in a warehouse in the small western Iowa community of Dow City two years ago are very old and will not prompt a criminal investigation.
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate two bags of bones
found in May 2011 inside an old warehouse in the town of about 500 people. The sheriff
called the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation which had the bones examined by the state medical examiner's office.
Forensic archeologists determined the bones were from a man and a woman and at least 75 to 100 years old.
The Center for Human Identification will attempt to identify DNA and the profiles will be uploaded to the Unidentified Human Remains Index and other databases of missing individuals.


   

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