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Monday News, April 1

Le Mars Police Still Investigating Fatal Gunshot Wound

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are still investigating that fatal gunshot wound that happened Friday afternoon at 440 2nd Avenue Northeast.  The incident occurred at about 3:39 p.m. when both the police and the Le Mars Ambulance responded to the scene.  A 17 year old male was  transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.   Le Mars Community High School opened its doors to students on Saturday afternoon allowing them to come together.  Counselors were on hand.


Akron Fire Department Fights Grass Fire

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department responded to a grass fire that was reported on Saturday afternoon.  The alarm came in shortly after 3:00 p.m.  Fire officials went to 29636 County Road K-18 and were on the scene for nearly an hour and a half.

Traffic Stop Results In Drug Arrest

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange City Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Thursday at the intersection of 2nd Street NW and Colorado Avenue in Orange City.  The traffic stop stemmed from an ongoing joint investigation between the two agencies.  As a result of the investigation, Andrew Hemmelman, age 18, of Orange City, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Rock Valley Man Arrested For Animal Abuse

(Orange City) -- An 80 year old Rock Valley man has been arrested and charged with three counts of animal abuse.  Sioux County authorities investigated a report of animal abuse.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that Harvey Bolks illegally disposed of animals that belonged to another person.  Bolks was arrested and charged on Thursday.


RiseFest 2013 To Have Cable TV's Reality Star

(Sheldon) -- RiseFest is an annual Christian music festival held in Northwest Iowa, and this year they're adding a popular reality star speaker to their usual music driven line-up.  Brother Jep Robertson, from the popular A & E television series "Duck Dynasty" will be at the June 15th event in Sheldon.  Event organizer Rob Roozeboom explains what made them pursue this reality TV Star.

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The entertainment line-up also includes the bands Mercy Me, Sidewalk Prophets and singers Matthew West and American Idol's Mandisa.

Roozeboom says that another addition to this Father's Day weekend event is the ability to make a weekend of it with camping available on Friday night.

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Also at RiseFest there will be: A Kids Zone, food and drinks, seminars and speakers.  Event tickets are $15 each for groups of 10 or more and $17.50 for single passes until May 1st. After that, prices do go up a bit. Kids 10 and under are always free. Tickets are available at The Family Christian Store in Sioux City and Dove Christian Bookstore in Orange City.  Tickets and other information is also available online at www.riseministries.com.  Again, RiseFest in Sheldon is Fathers Day weekend, June 14th, 15th and 16th.


Branstad Hopes Regent Nominees To Be Affirmed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - If two of Governor Terry Branstad's nominees to the Board of Regents are not confirmed by the Senate, some think the political fallout could jeopardize progress on tough
issues like education spending and health care.
Democratic senators say two of Branstad's three nominees to the board that oversees Iowa's public universities face problems winning confirmation. Board President Craig Lang and businessman Robert Cramer were not backed by the Senate education committee.
GOP fundraiser and Branstad adviser Doug Gross says there could be bad blood in the Capitol if the nomination process doesn't change course.
The nominations require a two-thirds approval vote by April 15th.in the Senate, where Democrats hold a slim majority.


Donators of Land To Be Recognized

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad and legislators will recognize those who donated land in Iowa for permanent recreation and conservation use.
The event, called the Gift to Iowa's Future, will be at the state Capitol on Monday morning. Individuals, corporations and organizations that donated land for permanent use as parks, trail
and wildlife habitats will be honored at the event.
The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation worked with 11 of the donors, including the Union Pacific Railroad, to identify $1.7 million worth of land for the cause.
The first Monday in April is designated as the Gift to Iowa's Future Recognition Day, an effort which started in 2008.


Economic Survey Shows Small Rise

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months.
The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he credits the index jump to "the strongest new-orders growth in two years."
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50
suggests decline for that factor.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


18 Year Old Charged With Arson For Knoxville Fire

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An 18-year-old Iowa man is facing an arson charge in connection with the fire that destroyed a downtown Knoxville building.
Nicholas Carter of Knoxville was arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree arson.
Carter was released after posting bond, but authorities say additional charges linked to the March 25 fire are possible. A vacant, two-story commercial building in Knoxville was destroyed in
the fire.
Carter was released on bond Saturday.


Branstad to Honor Harlem Globetrotters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad will honor the Harlem Globetrotters at the Iowa Capitol.
Branstad is scheduled to sign a proclamation Monday declaring April 1 to be Harlem Globetrotters Day. At least one member of the exhibition basketball team will be in attendance.
The Globetrotters are scheduled to appear in Des Moines at the Wells Fargo Arena on April 7. The sporty entertainers are known as the "Clown Princes of Basketball."  The Harlem Globetrotters are scheduled to appear at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City on Wednesday, April 3rd.





Saturday News, March 30

Le Mars Police Investigate Shooting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at the residence of 440 2nd Avenue NE.  The incident happened at about 3:39 p.m.  Le Mars Police along with the Le Mars Ambulance responded to the scene for a male subject with a gunshot wound.  Le Mars Ambulance transported the male subject to Floyd Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  At this time officers are still gathering information and conducting their investigation.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.


Inmate's Death Being Investigated

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The state medical examiner says no foul play is suspected in the death of a Woodbury County jail inmate found unconscious in his cell on Tuesday.
An autopsy on the body of Anthony Josta reveals no foul play but the cause of death may not be known for six to eight weeks when toxicology tests are completed.
The Iowa Department of Public safety says in a statement Friday that the 35-year-old Josta was found alone in his cell in Sioux City. He was unconscious, and unresponsive.
Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew has requested assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to look into the death, a normal procure.
Josta had been in jail since last Saturday after his arrest on a warrant for contempt of court.

Branstad Signs Mental Health Funding Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has signed into law a bill that would give some counties a share of $11.6 million to continue treatment of mental health patients as the state
transitions to a regional system.
The General Assembly approved the bill, which aids 26 of the 32 counties seeking extra funding to get them through this fiscal year.
Branstad signed the measure Thursday, though he had earlier voiced support for $3.8 million, a figure recommended by the Department of Human Services.
Lawmakers argued that the higher level of funding was needed because the mental health services in the state are struggling to provide services.


Lawmaker Wants Pregnant Women To Keep Jobs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Muscatine lawmaker is trying to ensure pregnant women don't lose their jobs if they're forced to stop working due to their condition.
Democratic Sen. Chris Brase has sponsored a measure that was approved this week by the Senate Local Government Committee and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor.
It would require that employers follow the medical recommendations of a pregnant employee's physician and make reasonable accommodations to enable the worker to stay on the job.
Unlike current law, employers couldn't force workers to use up state or federally mandated temporary medical leave, even if they can't perform all their regular duties
Brase says the intention is to let pregnant women remain at work by giving them less strenuous duties.
The Iowa Association of Business opposes the bill.

Iowa's Unemployment Remains Steady

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's preliminary unemployment rate remained 5 percent in February after hitting the same figure in January and December.
Iowa Workforce Development says in a report released Friday that February's rate was 5.4 percent a year ago.
Iowa's rate is significantly lower than the national figure of 7.7 percent in February. That's down two-tenths of a point from January.
Workforce Development says there were 82,600 unemployed Iowans in February, compared with 81,600 in January. The figure was 89,300 in February 2012.


Fort Dodge Fined $10,000 For Not Having Backup Generator

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Fort Dodge officials are appealing a $10,000 penalty imposed by the state Department of Natural Resources for the city's failure to have a backup generator at its
water plant and some wells.
The Messenger newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/YPzE0x ) the state agency announced the penalty Thursday, saying the city put its customers and the water supply at risk by not maintaining a
standby power source to pump and treat water.
But Fort Dodge City Manager David Fierke says the city already had plans to install backup generator by July 1. That's nearly three months before the state's Sept. 30 deadline for installing
The need for backup power has been discussed since 2007, but Mayor Matt Bemrich says officials opted to install a generator in conjunction with planned water plant upgrades.


Waterloo To Have Hot Air Balloon Festival

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Hot air balloons are set to return to Waterloo for an annual community festival.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/YPD7vW ) the balloon rally will again be a part of My Waterloo Days, held from May 30 through June 2.
The balloons previously were a part of the event but had been missing since 2007.
The balloon rally will be held at a downtown location, and balloons will float over the main festival grounds at RiverLoop Expo Plaza and RiverLoop Arts Mall and Amphitheatre.
Doug Carter, the chairman of the festival committee, says plans are for the balloons to lift off on the evening of May 31 and again during the weekend, but weather will be a factor in those flights.


Vilsack To Purchase Iowa Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he and his wife, Christie, are buying a house in Iowa.
Vilsack was in Des Moines on Friday to visit DuPont Pioneer. He says the house is near Booneville in Dallas County, about 18 miles west of Des Moines.
Vilsack, a two-term Iowa governor, laughed when a reporter suggested buying a house in Iowa might be an opportunity to re-establish residency for a future run again at the governor's
He says he's always been an Iowan and he's focused now on his job as Agriculture Secretary.
Vilsack took the job in January 2009. He was governor from 1999 through 2007. He announced in January that he accepted President Obama's offer to stay on for the second term which ends in January 2017.




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