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Tuesday Afternoon News, April 7

Supervisors Pass On Contributing Funds For Log Cabin Survival

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors decided not to offer any financial assistance to the efforts of saving the Joy Hollow log cabin, although they did agree to offer some  in-kind services in which would help save the museum some money if the cabin is moved from the fair grounds to the museum grounds.  Judy Bowman, told the supervisors she was appearing before the county board as an interested person, and not as a museum official.  Supervisor Craig Anderson informed Bowman that although he personally would like to see the log cabin restored, and admitted he has offered a financial pledge, he did not believe it should be a tax payer funded project.

 

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Supervisor Mark Loutsch suggested the cabin instead of being moved to the museum, it should remain at the fairgrounds, but to utilize the collected and pledged funds to help restore the cabin.

 

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Bowman informed the county supervisors a fence would be needed to surround the cabin after the move, and until such time the cabin could be restored, in order to prevent people from doing damage to the cabin, or from getting injured.  In addition, Bowman indicated preliminary work at the museum grounds would be needed to secure the log cabin. Supervisor chairman Jim Henrich thought the county may be able to donate a safety fence for the museum, as well as provide a truck to assist with the removal of asphalt.

 

 

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Tuesday News, April 7

Second Child Dies From Auto Accident

(Le Mars) -- A second child has died as a result of injuries sustained in that auto accident that happened Sunday evening at the intersection of county roads C-16 and K-42.  Authorities have confirmed eight year old Shawn Perez-Antonio died Monday.  Shawn was airlifted from the accident scene to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, then transferred to Children's Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska where he died on Monday.  Shawn's older brother, nine year old Adan Perez Antonio was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  Traffic accident investigation from the Iowa State Patrol says the Chevy Colorado pickup truck which was driven by 37 year old Shanna Boggs, and carrying the two boys failed to stop at the posted stop sign and collided with a Ford Explorer.  The three people in the Ford Explorer have been treated and released from Floyd Valley Hospital of Le Mars.

 

 

 

Le Mars Police Arrest Holstein Man Wanted In Black Hawk County

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police have arrested a Holstein man who is wanted by Black Hawk county.  At about 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening, an officer performed a traffic stop on a motorcycle in the 100 block of Central Avenue.  As a result of the traffic stop, the driver, 42 year old Jonathon Zabner was found to have a barred license, and as a result of sobriety tests given he was found to be intoxicated.  Zabner was taken to the Plymouth County Jail and charged with driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated for a third offense, which is a class D felony. He was also held on the warrant for Black Hawk County.

 

 

 

Supervisors To Decide If County Will Help With Log Cabin

(Le Mars) -- The fate of the 115 year old Joy Hollow log cabin presently at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds may be somewhat decided today during the Plymouth County Board of Supervisor meeting.  Last week, Judy Bowman, the administrator of the Plymouth County Historical Museum appealed to the county governing board to consider assisting with the financial obligation required to move the log cabin to the museum grounds, and also to help with the restoration costs.  Fund raising efforts have been active within the past two weeks in hopes of saving the historical log cabin from being torn down.  However, as the deadline approaches to save the cabin, organizers admit they may fall short of the financial goal.  The Plymouth County Fair Board has asked to see a plan from museum officials for their next meeting scheduled for Thursday evening.  Fair officials have indicated they would like to see the log cabin either moved, or torn down. The supervisors will also hear a report from Courtney McCrellias from the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.  The county supervisors are expected to declare April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The supervisors will hear from Ken Wright as he is seeking approval for a minor subdivision in Union Township.  The county governing board will hear from county engineer Tom Rohe as he discusses the Hungry Canyons agreement and will open bid letting of projects under the Drainage District Board.

 

 

 

City Council To Decide Upon Kellen's Development Proposal

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is expected to take action during their meeting at the City Hall Chamber quarters regarding a proposed development area as requested by Bruce Kellen.  If approved, the development area would be located at the southeast corner of town along 12th street southeast.  Kellen wants to create extra spacious lots which would allow property owners the opportunity to build a larger size up-scale home, along with a building to store additional recreational vehicles.

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Last time Kellen met before the city council, some council members spoke out against Kellen's plan, asking that he show the council more investors are interested in his plan before the city takes action.

 

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In February, Kellen was asking for some assistance from the city so he could move ahead with the development plans, but protect himself from higher taxes if the entire proposed area were to be platted for residential zoning.

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The city council will review the proposed update on the code of ordinances.  In other action items, the council is expected to discuss a proposal that would designate the downtown historic area with signage.

 

 

 

Session To End On May 1st, But Lawmakers Doubt They Can Complete Work By Deadline

(Des Moines) -- The scheduled final day for the state legislature is May 1st.  However, With several key bills still outstanding, including many budget bills, people wonder if the state lawmakers can finish with their work before the imposed deadline.  State representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars says he is hopeful the general session will end by May 1st, but he is not betting on it.

 

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Soderberg says there is a lot of work that needs to be done before the end of the session.

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Sioux City Man Enters Plea Deal Over Sex With Teenager

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man accused of having sex several times with a teenage girl has entered a plea deal.

32-year-old Joshua Case pleaded guilty Monday in Woodbury County District Court to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. The plea agreement calls for the dismissal of five other charges.

Court documents say a teenage girl reported having sex about 20 times over a nine-month period in 2013. Records show the girl was 14 or 15 years old throughout that time frame. Case is also accused of having photos of sexual acts with the girl.

An attorney for Case declined to comment on the case.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 5.

 

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