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Saturday News, February 23

American Bank Promotes Personnel

(Le Mars) -- American Bank, N.A., of Le Mars and Remsen, Iowa is pleased to announce several changes in personnel at the Le Mars location.

Lisa Puetz has been promoted to Cashier.  Lisa has been with American Bank for the last 15 years, most recently serving as Assistant Cashier.  Lisa will continue to serve as the Bank Security Officer while also assuming general ledger balancing and overall operations responsibilities.

Shelly Sitzmann has been promoted to Senior Operations Officer.  Shelly has been with American Bank for the last 13 years, most recently serving as Electronic Banking Administrator.  Shelly's added responsibilities will include managing the day to day deposit operations.

Val Pratt has accepted the position of Consumer Loan Assistant.  Val joined American Bank in 2008 as a Customer Loan Assistant.  Val joined American Bank in 2008 as a Customer Service Representative and also served in the New Accounts and Electronic/ACH departments.

Diane Wise has joined American Bank as a Customer Service Representative.  Diane and her husband recently moved to Le Mars from Red Oak, Iowa.  She has over 22 years in the banking and customer service fields.

Kelley Pick has accepted the part-time position as Marketing Coordinator for American Bank.  Kelley has been with American Bank for 18 years in full-time positions working in the area of bank operations, 12 years as First Vice President and Cashier.

Vendors Wanted For Antique Market Show

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 3rd annual Spring Fever Antique Show and Flea Market on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th.  Vendor booths are now being accepted for the event which is located on both floors of the Le Mars Convention Center.  Currently over two-thirds of the booths are filled.  Booth size is 10 feet by 12 feet.  Cost per booth is $60.00.  Table rental is additional.  To request a contract, contact the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce at (712) 546-8821.

Economic Development Agency To Assist Northwest Iowa Businesses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state will help two Northwest Iowa manufacturers expand their operations and add jobs.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority board on Friday awarded tax benefits to Polaris
Industries, which plans a $3.6 million project in Milford that is expected to create 40 jobs.
Polaris has been building electric vehicles in Milford.
The Economic Development Authority board also awarded $100,000 in direct aid and tax benefits to American Natural Processors in Galva. The company, which processes oilseed and grain, plans a $2.4
million project expected to create 10 jobs.


Footprints in Snow Help Authorities Catch Suspects

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in northeast Iowa have used snow from a major storm to catch two men who initially eluded a car chase.
Waterloo police arrested Richard Sturdivant and Quon Lewis Cooper Thursday night after tracking the pair's footprints in the snow.
The men initially led police on a pursuit following an attempted traffic stop. Police stopped the car chase because of poor driving conditions from the storm.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports officers found the pair's car in a ditch a short time later. They followed footprints in the snow and arrested the men after searching the area.
Courts records show Sturdivant's charges include eluding police and possession of marijuana. He remains in jail. Cooper was charged with interference and has been released.
Records do not list attorneys for them.

Des Moines To Select New School Superintendent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Nearly 50 people have applied for a position to lead Iowa's largest public school district.
Des Moines School Board President Dick Murphy says a search firm helped the district cut the list of applicants for superintendent to 14 people.
The board then narrowed the list to six finalists during a meeting Thursday. Additional interviews
will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The board will announce two or three finalists to the public after the interviews. Additional interviews will then be televised in early March. The board plans to announce a new superintendent by
the middle of March.
The new leader will replace Nancy Sebring, who abruptly stepped down from the job in May.

State Accepting Bids For New Law Enforcement Radios

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State officials are starting from scratch with the bidding process for a new law enforcement radio system, after nearly two years of questions and complaints from
vendors and lawmakers over how the contracts have been handled.
In an email statement Friday, the Iowa Department of Administrative Services said the agency would issue a new request for proposals for the purchase of radio equipment. The agency said
it had consulted with the attorney general's office and were committed to a process that was fair to vendors.
Some vendors have complained the state is trying to set up the bidding process to favor Motorola products and make it impossible for other companies to be chosen. A group of state senators
recently called for an investigation into the situation.


State Supreme Court Reverses Decision

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a man charged in 2010 in Des Moines with driving under the influence of a drug saying there was not sufficient evidence for a jury to convict him.
The court says in a ruling Friday that since the man, Jeffrey Schories, had a prescription for methadone prosecutors had to prove that he was not using the drug in accordance with his doctor's
Since that didn't occur at his trial, a majority of justices dismissed the case against him.
However, three justices disagreed saying the court shouldn't override the jury's verdict.
In a dissenting opinion Justice Thomas Waterman says the court's ruling means expert testimony will be required in more cases involving charges of driving under the influence of drugs.


Rusty Wallace To Be Honored

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad will make famed NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace an "honorary Iowan" during a ceremony at the state Capitol.
Branstad is set to give a proclamation to Wallace on Wednesday afternoon. He will honor Wallace's contribution to racecar driving and his role in developing the Iowa Speedway.
Wallace has had 55 NASCAR Cup wins and won the 1989 championship. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this month. Since retiring in 2005 he has worked to promote NASCAR
and been an analyst on ESPN.
Wallace is a designer and part-owner of the Iowa Speedway, which opened in 2006 in Newton.






Friday Afternoon News, February 22

Simpson College Softball Team Involved In Accident

COLFAX, Iowa (AP) - A charter bus carrying members of an Iowa college softball team has been involved in a multi-vehicle crash that closed part of Interstate 80.
The bus carrying students and coaches from Simpson College was headed east Friday morning on Interstate 80 near Colfax when a semi-trailer truck jack-knifed in front of it.  School officials say
bus passengers were not seriously injured.
Iowa State Patrol says several semi-trailer trucks were involved in the crash. It is unclear if there are additional injuries. Eastbound lanes near the crash remain closed.
The crash is one of several after a major snowstorm dumped several inches of snow across the state.
Another bus later picked the team up for a tournament in Marquette, Mich.


Car Rolls Backward Striking Woman and Killing Her

PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - A 61-year-old woman has died under her car on her ice- and snow-slickened driveway in western Iowa.
Mills County Sheriff's Sgt. Kim Clark says the accident occurred a little before 1:45 p.m. Thursday.
Clark says Barbara Glaser was in her car when it got stuck on her steep driveway. Clark says Glaser put the vehicle in park, shut it off and got out. But the car started to slide down the driveway and struck Glaser. It knocked her down, hit an embankment and then rolled over on her.
Glaser was pronounced dead at the scene, which is north of Pacific Junction.


Iowa Medicaid To Expand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's Medicaid program will use a $1.3 million grant to start developing a statewide plan to reduce the cost of treating chronically ill patients.
The program said Thursday the six-month grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will enable it to coordinate with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and other insurers to develop
the plan.
In a statement, Medicaid Director Jennifer Vermeer said one strategy will be to create a group of health care providers to better coordinate care for the chronically ill, who consume a
disproportionate share of costs.
Vermeer says the current reimbursement system rewards providers for the volume and not the value of services they provide. She says care can be improved while slowing the growth of costs by
preventing redundant services and medical errors.


Memorial To Be Constructed For Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers say they expect work to begin this spring on a permanent memorial for two Iowa cousins who disappeared during a bike ride last summer.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports work on a permanent memorial for Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins may begin in a few weeks at Meyers Lake. Contractors are waiting on a vote Saturday
from the Evansdale Park Board that will allow them to start some work before the regular construction season.
The board voted earlier this month to name the park at the lake Angels Park. An adjacent lakeside trial will be called Trail of Angels.
The girls were last seen in July riding their bikes by the lake. Their bodies were found in December in a wooded area.

State Supreme Court Rules Woman To Be Buried In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a woman must be buried in Iowa even though she clearly wanted her final resting place to be in Montana.
The court says in a ruling Friday that Mary Florence Whalen's husband, Michael, has the final say even though she left specific instructions for burial in Billings, Mont.
Her husband plans to bury her in Anamosa. Her body has been at a funeral home there since her death in June.
The court says a 2008 Iowa law creates a process for people to spell out in specific documents who they want to handle burial arrangements. Since Whalen didn't do that, the court in a 5-to-2
decision says her husband decides.
Chief Justice Mark Cady says the majority of justices are misinterpreting the law.





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