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Friday Afternoon News, August 29

Van's Sanitation Unveils New Recycling Center

(Le Mars) -- Van's Sanitation of Le Mars unveiled to the public their new recycling center Friday morning while hosting a Chamber coffee.  The facility will allow Van's Sanitation to expand on their recycling business.  Co-Owner Scott VanderSluis explains.

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The new facility measures 85 feet wide by 300 feet long, and consists of a series of drop bays, conveyor belts, and fans to better assist with the separation of recyclables. VanderSluis says with the new complex, and the hope to gain additional business from neighboring communities, Van's Sanitation could add up to 17 more jobs to the payroll.

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VanderSluis says the market for recyclables consisting of plastics, aluminum, cardboard and glass items is doing well.

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The sanitary refuge collector says more efforts are needed to educate the public about the benefits of recycling.

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Van's Sanitation has invested more than $1.2 million into the new recycling center and VanderSluis says they hope to begin using the new facility within the next two weeks.


Rupp Honored For "Excellence In Education" By Diocese

(Sioux City) -- A Remsen St. Mary's fourth grade teacher will be honored during the upcoming Bishop's Dinner scheduled for October 12th in Sioux City.  Cathy Rupp was notified that she is the recipient of the Excellence in Education award.  Rupp will join Bishop Walker Nickless during the annual banquet.  Rupp was nominated by Remsen St. Mary's principal Pete Haefs.  In his nomination letter for Rupp, Haefs noted that Rupp has been with the school for 38 years. He says, “Cathy has done an outstanding job forming relationships with her students and doing her utmost to assure they are learning as they should.”
In addition to her teaching duties, Rupp is active in her parish by planning Mass liturgies and special events as well as participating in several committees.
The Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools is the single largest fundraiser held each year benefiting all 16 Catholic school systems throughout the Diocese of Sioux City. The featured speaker at this year’s dinner is former Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards.


School Officials And Police Department To Hold A.L.I.C.E. Workshop

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hold a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd at the Le Mars Education Service Center.  No action will be taken by the school board during the meeting. However, school board members are invited to participate in a workshop with members of the Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Community Schools administration to learn more about the program called A.L.I.C.E. which stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate emergency response program.  The workshop is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.


Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood May Proceed

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal appeals court says a former Planned Parenthood clinic director may go forward with a lawsuit against the organization, reinstating portions of the case dismissed in 2012 by a judge.
     The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in Friday's ruling Sue Thayer has provided sufficient detail to try claims that Planned Parenthood's Des Moines affiliate unlawfully filed claims for Medicaid money for unnecessary quantities of birth control pills, pills dispensed without examinations and abortion-related services.  
     Planned Parenthood, which denies the allegations, has another chance for dismissal since the court sent the case back to a judge for further hearings on a procedural filing issue. The group's attorney did not immediately respond to a message.
     Thayer filed suit in 2011 represented by the nonprofit Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom.


Templeton Rye To Change Label To Indicate Location Of Distillery

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Executives at Templeton Rye say they will change labels on bottles of their celebrated whiskey to be clear the alcohol is distilled in Indiana, not Iowa.
     Company President Scott Bush and Chairman Vern Underwood says the company would change its labels after a newspaper published a story in which industry experts questioned whether Templeton Rye met federal disclosure requirements.
     Bush and Underwood also told the newspaper Templeton Rye was distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, using a stock recipe and not one derived from the whiskey's prohibition era past.
     Since it began selling Templeton Rye in late 2005, the whiskey has been a big seller in Iowa and has emphasized its colorful history in the state.
     The company is working to build an Iowa distillery.


Osage Man Wins Powerball Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 58-year-old Osage man has claimed his $2 million Iowa Powerball prize.
     Iowa Lottery officials say Duane Hanson turned in winning his ticket on Thursday. His ticket for Wednesday night's $80 million drawing matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball number. He'd added a Power Play option, which multiplied his $1 million prize to $2 million before taxes.
      He told lottery officials that he's played the same random set of numbers for years.
     Hanson works as a conductor for the Cedar River Railroad in Waterloo. He bought his winning ticket at a convenience store in Osage. Hanson says the prize will help with his retirement investments when he quits working in 2015.






Friday News, August 29

Community Foundation of Plymouth County Seeking Grant Applications

(Le Mars) -- The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, which was organized to promote and enhance community based philanthropy in Plymouth County has established its 2014 grant making policies and timetable.  The foundation is currently accepting applications with a deadline of October 17th.  The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County recently received a $90,750 state award to facilitate endowment building and grant making throughout the county.  This amount will be combined with other funds for a total of $145,393 to be granted out to organizations meeting the qualifications in Plymouth County.  The contribution to the foundation was made possible by the Iowa Legislature.  In 2004, the state legislature passed several bills to encourage foundation building and community based philanthropy.  These measures included bills which provided that non-gambling counties, initiating a county-wide community foundation would be eligible to receive one half of one percent of the state's gross gambling tax receipts.  All inquiries pertaining to the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County grant application opportunities should be directed to Karla Bohle of Kingsley.


Museum To Open Service Club Room

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum is asking civic organizations to help with their new room featuring civic service organizations from the county.  The new room is scheduled to open this autumn.  The new Service Club room will showcase artifacts on display representing the various service clubs.  The museum is asking for any type of memoabilia from scrapbooks to uniforms.  The new Service Club room is located on the second floor and is accessible by elevator or stairs.  Any organization interested in participating in the Service Club Room should contact the museum.


Photos Of Plymouth County Fair Champions On Display

(Le Mars) -- Photos of the champions from the 2014 Plymouth County Fair are currently on display at Primebank of Le Mars.  Next week, the display will be featured at the Plymouth County Farm Bureau annual meeting, then on Friday, September 5th it will be moved to Northwest Bank of Le Mars for a week.  The photo display will travel throughout the county and will be on display at each of the county's banks for a week.  It will conclude at the American Bank in Le Mars during the week of November 21st.


Police Still Searching For Walmart Robbery Suspect

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police officials are examining security video in hopes of getting a good image of the man who robbed the Le Mars Walmart store early Thursday morning.  Photos of the suspect are featured on the KLEM website.  Police are searching for a white male between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall of medium build, with light colored hair, wearing a cap, and was seen wearing a long sleeve black t-shirt with red printing.  The suspect robbed the Walmart store at about 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning.  Witnesses say the suspect claimed to be armed with a knife, forcing the employee to open the safe.  The suspect fled the scene in a light colored four door passenger car heading south on Highway 75.  There were no injuries reported and an unknown amount of cash was stolen.


Law Enforcement Officials Ready For Labor Day Weekend

(Le Mars) -- Today begins the long Labor Day holiday weekend, and law enforcement officials say they will be out in force watching the highways for intoxicated and distracted drivers, among other violations.
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Iowa Highway Patrol trooper Vince Kurtz says the Highway Patrol is committed to making a safe road environment for the motoring public.


Auditor Reports $2.4 Million Paid For Settlements

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A review from the state auditor shows that since 2010, Iowa has paid out $2.4 million in settlement payments, mostly to former employees.
     Auditor Mary Mosiman on Thursday released a report on the grievance process and settlement payments made between July 1st, 2010 and June 30th, 2014. The report was prompted by discussion during the 2014 legislative session about settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses.
     Mosiman found 2,679 grievances were filed during that time. Most were denied or resolved without payment, and hundreds were settled by providing back-pay. A total of 38 people, most former employees, received settlement payments totaling $2.4 million.
     The report says 42 current or former employees had settlement agreements with confidentiality clauses.
     Branstad signed an executive order on March 24 ending the use of confidentiality provisions.


Republican Presidential Hopefuls To Visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential prospects are making plans to visit Iowa in September.
     Texas Governor Rick Perry will campaign with 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Rod Blum on Tuesday. They plan stops in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Dubuque.
     On September 27th, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will speak at an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The event is billed as a "family banquet" and is intended to charge up conservatives ahead of the Nov. 4 election. It's also expected to feature Iowa candidates, including Governor Terry Branstad.
     Perry, Cruz and Jindal are among Republicans weighing 2016 presidential candidacies.
     All have made repeated visits to Iowa, which will begin the presidential nominating process with its caucuses.


Senate Candidates Agree To Debates

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The candidates running for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat have agreed to three debates this fall.
     The campaigns for Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst announced Thursday that the candidates will face off around the state. On September 28th they will likely appear in Indianola. They'll be in the Quad Cities on October 11th and in Sioux City on October 16th.
     Braley and Ernst are locked in a tight race for the Senate seat, which is open because longtime Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is retiring.
     The race will play a key role in the battle for control of the chamber.


Iowa WorkForce Development Under Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The firing of a Des Moines woman who became an internet sensation for her drunken frolic in a fountain at a Kansas City Royals baseball game last summer has become the center of a dispute over Iowa Workforce Development unemployment judge independence.
     Former unemployment appeals judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer says IWD Director Teresa Wahlert pushed her to justify her ruling in awarding the "fountain lady" unemployment benefits. Hendricksmeyer says she felt pressured by Wahlert after concluding Jessica McCoy was acting outside work responsibilities when she drunkenly waded into the Kauffman Stadium fountain a year ago and was later fired.
     The issue is important because Wahlert, a political appointee, has taken over supervision of judges that decide unemployment benefit appeals cases. Federal regulations require judges to be insulated from political pressure.


Seven Cases Of West Nile Disease Reported In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials have confirmed seven human cases of West Nile virus in Iowa.
     The state Department of Public Health said Thursday that in addition to the human cases, four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus.
     The human cases have been confirmed in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties.
     Officials say two of the confirmed cases involved hospitalized patients, but they are now recovering at home.
     Doctor Patricia Quinlisk, the department's medical director, says the cases were expected given the time of year. She recommends people use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.
     There were 44 human cases of West Nile virus last year. There were no deaths.






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