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Monday News, September 24

(Le Mars) -- A tasty evening was celebrated at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Century Hall Saturday evening as the first MenuMasters event, sponsored by the Le Mars Community Educational Enhancement Project, or LEEP,  raised more than $24,000 for the Le Mars Community School District.  Close to 500 people enjoyed eating the various food items as prepared by 32 different chefs, and their assistants, from the community. Gail Vonk, the president of LEEP says the first time event was a huge success.
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The Le Mars Police Department with chefs Chief Stuart Dekkenga and assisted by Dennis Folkema walked away with most of the event's awards.  The police duo took top honors for the "Best Dessert" item, "Best Overall Food" and "Best Theme Display".  The police officers prepared "tasty taser bites".
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The police department used their special tactical equipment to showcase their cheesecake dessert.
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Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home was awarded the "Best appetizer" with Casket Chicken Bites, and Kim Norby with Le Mars Physical Therapy scored top honors with the "Best Entree" with his Oops, I pulled my loin.

Brenda Phelan serves as the president for the Le Mars Community Board of Education.  She says Saturday's inaugural event will go a long ways to helping fund educational projects at the Le Mars Community School District.

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Le Mars School Board To Set 2012-2013 Goals

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board will hear several reports this evening during its regular meeting.  The board will be updated on the preliminary enrollment numbers, as well as, review last year's audit report.  The school board is expected to approve the goals for the 2012-2013 school year that includes all grades to be efficient in reading, math, and science.  The schools have also set a goal to have at least a ten percent decrease in the percentage of students that are not proficient in reading, math, and science.

Sioux Center Man Arrested For Using False Name For Employment

(Orange City) -- Sioux county sheriff's authorities investigated a complaint about a Sioux Center man using a false name to acquire employment with Hickory Hills Farms near Hospers.  As the result of the investigation, authorities arrested 31 year old Israel Trejo-Olmedo.  Deputies located and arrested Trejo-Olmedo on Friday, September 21 for identity theft, a class D felony and fraudulent practices, a class C felony.


Sioux City Man Charged With Shooting

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 33-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after a Sioux City fight that escalated into a shooting.
A Woodbury County jailer said Fernando Jaimes-Martinez remained in Woodbury County jail on Monday, pending bail of $1 million.  Jaimes-Martinez also faces felony charges of intimidation with a
dangerous weapon and of willful injury. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred early Saturday morning on the west side of Sioux City. Police say witnesses reported that several people were stabbed when the fight started,
and then gunshots rang out.
Police say a 27-year-old woman was hit and killed. Her name and the names of the other injured people and their conditions haven't been released.

Hinton and Kingsley Fire Departments Fight Weekend Grass Fires

(Hinton) -- Both the Hinton and Kingsley Fire Departments were busy over the weekend fighting grass field fires.  Hinton responded to a grass fire on Sunday at about 3:10 in the afternoon.  That fire was at 33676 Daveway Drive.  Fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire within a few minutes.  Kingsley Fire Department was called to offer assistance to a grass fire in Woodbury County at 130th and Fayettter Street late Saturday afternoon.   Fire fighters were on the scene for more than an hour and a half.


Two People Injured During Boone Fire

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Two people have been injured in a central Iowa house fire.
The blaze started just after 3 a.m. Sunday in Boone.
Linda Cleary and her fiancé, Bob, escaped unharmed. But out-of-town friends staying with them, Larry and Cindy Barrett, were injured.
Boone Fire Chief says there were screams for help, and firefighters knocked out a window so they could rescue the trapped couple.
Cindy Barrett's mother, Bernadine Goetzman, says her daughter was taken to an Iowa City hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and her son-in-law was being treated for burns.
The fire cause is being investigated.


Charging People For Voter Fraud May Prove Difficult

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A state push to bring felony charges against noncitizens who voted in recent Iowa elections could run into two key roadblocks: local prosecutors who do not want to
pursue cases and jurors who may find no criminal intent.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday that three Council Bluffs residents - a couple from Canada and a Mexican citizen living legally in the U.S. - were charged with
election misconduct. They were the first charged under a two-year contract Secretary of State Matt Schultz's office signed with DCI to investigate voter fraud.
But local police and prosecutors have declined to bring similar cases this year, citing questions about intent, the costs and the harsh penalties. Defense lawyers say juries may be sympathetic to
claims that suspects were simply mistaken.


Waterloo Attorney Suspended

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawyer will be unable to work for 30 days because of problems with her record-keeping and the way she handled payments from her clients.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the Iowa Supreme Court suspended Sara Kersenbrock's license.
Kersenbrock had been accused of mishandling payments from clients and failing to deposit retainer payments into a client trust account. She also failed to reconcile the trust account on a monthly basis.
In one case, Kersenbrock received a $3,000 cash retainer in February 2011, and then put most of the money in a book and gave an employee a $100 bonus.
Kersenbrock says her record-keeping has improved. And she says she didn't always deposit retainer payments because sometimes she had earned them by the time she received them.





Saturday News, September 22

Sun Glare Contributes To Accident

(Le Mars) -- The early rising sun glare may be partially responsible for an accident that occurred at about 7:30 Saturday morning.  A pick up truck carrying construction equipment rear ended a semi tanker trailer owned by Anthony P and L trucking firm of Le Mars.  The accident happened at the junction of County Road C-38 and Lake Avenue, near the Anthony trucking firm headquarters.  The 5,000 gallon stainless steel tanker was empty during the collision.  The pick up truck's front end was totally damaged.  The pick up had the driver and two passengers.  One passenger sustained injuries and was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars Ambulance. The names of the drivers and injured victim have not been released.  The accident is under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office.

Competing Forces Campaign On Judge Retention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Competing campaigns will crisscross Iowa next week in support and opposition to state Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins.
Both tours will begin Monday morning at the state Capitol, then head out for stops throughout Iowa.
The Gazette reports the Iowa State Bar Association is joining with other groups for a "Yes Iowa Judges" tour through 19 communities. The tour supports all the judges up for retention in
November, including Wiggins. He faces a campaign for his removal because he joined in a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa.
The Family Leader and other groups seeking Wiggins' removal plan a four-day bus trip through Iowa.
The Family Leader led a campaign that resulted in the ouster in 2010 of three justices who supported the gay marriage ruling.


Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds Travels To Germany

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds begins an economic and cultural mission to Germany on Saturday to discuss trade, education and other topics.
Reynolds will meet with business, educational, and medical leaders. Among government officials she is scheduled to meet with are German Vice Chancellor Philipp Rosler and the U.S. Ambassador
to Germany Philip Murphy.
Meetings will be in Dresden, Lommatzsch, Leipzig, and Berlin.
Organized by the National Lieutenant Governors Association, the seven-day mission includes five U.S. lieutenant governors and is hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a Germany-based group
focusing on encouraging democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.




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