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Friday Afternoon News, October 24

Remsen Octoberfest Scheduled For Saturday

(Remsen) -- The 41st annual Octoberfest is scheduled for Saturday at the St. Mary's High School in Remsen.  Festival coordinator Mike Matgen says the annual celebration is to acknowledge the German and Luxumborg heritage that settled at Remsen.

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Matgen says this year's festival begins with a craft show.

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Matgen says it takes more than 300 volunteers to coordinate the annual fall festival.  The Baviarian Feast is the highlight of the Octoberfest celebration and Matgen explains about the meal to be served.

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Prior to the serving of the Bavarian dinner, the crowning of the Octoberfest queen and little prince and princess will take place at the St. Mary's gymnasium, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Don't forget about the traditional ump pa pa polka sounds.

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The Alpensterne band will perform between 3:00 and 5:00 and again between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. There is also a beer garden that begins at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner go on sale starting at 11:00 a.m. and the cost is $12 for adults and $6 for students 10 and younger.

 

Chamber Of Commerce To Host Halloween Trick And Treat Event

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Mainstreet organization will be hosting its annual Halloween Trick or Treat event on Saturday morning.  Becky Klohs, event coordinator offers the details.

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Klohs says in previous years, more than 400 children have participated in the trick or treat distribution of candy.  She anticipates this year's event will have similar participation levels.  Klohs encourages all children to arrive in costume.

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Klohs says parents are welcome and encouraged to be with their children for the annual Halloween event sponsored by the Chamber.

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Again the trick and treats will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Olson Cultural Events Center.


 

Tripp Resigns From Woodbury County Supervisors And Begins 30 Jail Sentence

(Sioux City) --  David Tripp has resigned from the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors and has begun serving a 30 day jail sentence.  Tripp says he verbally gave county board chairman, George Boykin his resignation Friday morning.  Tripp will serve his 30 day sentence in the Monona County jail.  He checked into the facility Friday morning.  Tripp says he will serve the entire 30 day sentence as there will be no time reduction for good behavior. Tripp, who is also a former Woodbury County jailer, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for aggravated domestic assault which is an aggravated misdemeanor charge.  The charge stemmed from an incident last December, where Tripp was arrested after firing a gun in his home during an argument with his wife.  Tripp says he intends to move on with his life after serving the 30 days.

 

Storm Lake Man Convicted For Making Fake Credit Cards

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man has been convicted of making and using counterfeit credit cards.
     Federal prosecutors say Yoirland Rojas, of Storm Lake, was found guilty on Thursday after a three-day trial in Sioux City. He was convicted of two counts of using a counterfeit access device; one count of possessing 15 or more counterfeit access devices; one count of money laundering; and two counts of aggravated identity theft. 
     Prosecutors say Rojas manufactured credit cards and used them to buy gift cards that he would later use to buy various items. At least two of the card numbers he used belonged to people who reported unauthorized use of their credit cards.

 

Supreme Court Says No To Video Witness For Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Supreme Court justices say they are not yet ready to allow witnesses to testify through videoconferencing instead of in-person unless it can be shown to be necessary to further in important public interest. 
     In a court ruling Friday justices say virtual electronic presence in the courtroom may someday become an adequate constitutional substitute for actual physical presence, "but we are not there yet." 
     They conclude the constitutional Sixth Amendment right to confront one's accuser still means facing them live in court in most cases.
     The justices' ruling came in the case of Zachariah Rogerson, a man from Dubuque County charged with causing serious injury by driving while intoxicated. 
     Prosecutors wanted to allow out-of-state victims and three state-employed lab analysts to testify via a two-way videoconference.

 

State Employees To Be Reimbursed For Meal Expenses

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad's administration says 3,200 union workers are expected to be reimbursed for years of meal expenses that were improperly cut.
     After lengthy negotiations with the state's largest union, the Department of Administrative Services agreed last week to refund meal reimbursements that were cut in August 2011.
     A department spokesman tells The Associated Press that the deal with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is expected to cost nearly $1.5 million. The state has already reimbursed members of two other unions nearly $250,000 under prior settlements.
     AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said Friday that checks might go out in February after the reimbursements are calculated.
     Homan says employees who traveled every day - such as motor vehicle enforcement officers - might receive $2,500 or more.

 


 



 

   

Friday News, October 24

King And Mowrer Face Off In Debate

(Storm Lake) -- The candidates seeking the 4th District Congressional seat met for what appears will be their one and only debate.  Republican Steve King and Democrat Jim Mowrers faced off in Storm Lake at Buena Vista University last evening during a debate hosted by Iowa Public Television. 
The two major party candidates engaged in a bit of verbal combat Democrat Jim Mowrer (MOW-er, rhymes with "power") of Boone critized Congressman Steve King of Kiron for suggesting the American soldiers being sent into west Africa to deal with the Ebola epidemic should be volunteers, since Ebola is a "silent killer."

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After the debate, King told reporters Mowrer's remark was an act of "desperation."

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Mowrer accused King of inciting panic about Ebola.

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King, meanwhile, challenged claims in one of Mowrer's ads that King had voted to raise his own pay "by 20-thousand a year."*

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Last night's (Thursday's) debate aired live on Iowa Public Television and is the only face-to-face meeting of the two candidates this election season. The fourth district is the state's largest, geographically, covering 39 counties in northwest and north central Iowa.

 

Ernst Says No To Des Moines Register

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has cancelled a meeting with The Des Moines Register's editorial board. Ernst spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel issued a statement saying the Register's recent editorials make the newspaper's position "perfectly clear."  The paper has run several editorial pieces criticizing Ernst's policy positions.

 

Remsen-Union And MMC School Boards Approve To Discuss Whole Grade Sharing

(Remsen) -- Approval to continue to investigate whole grade sharing between the Remsen-Union and the Marcus Merriden Cleghorn school districts was approved last evening by both school boards.  Administrators at Remsen-Union and Marcus-Merriden-Cleghorn schools will create the framework for a cost-saving plan to share facilities, teachers, and other resources as part of the proposal which will involve eliminating a high school and a middle school.  The proposal comes as both schools face declining enrollment and a troubled financial outlook.

 

Le Mars Residents Reminded Of Odd/Even Parking 

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials want to remind residents about the new ordinance involving the odd/even parking through the winter months.  The city council approved the new ordinance this past summer. The Le Mars Police Department has already started issuing warning citations, and according to Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga, tickets will be issued to violators of the ordinance after November 1st.  Dekkenga says the ordinance calls for vehicles are to be parked on the correct side of the street regardless whether or not there is snow.  Dekkenga admits there has been confusion with the old ordinance.  He says residents should park their cars for the following calendar day, with enforcement to begin after midnight.  Violators of the parking ordinance will face a fine of $25. The odd/even parking ordinance is effective beginning November 1st and continues through April 1st.

 

Sioux City Police Investigate Motorcycle Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a motorcycle accident that happened on Thursday evening near the South Lewis Blvd and Gordon Drive intersection.  Upon arrival, police saw a Big Dog motorcycle located in the intersection.  Preliminary information has revealed that a motorcycle was traveling north on South Lewis in the passing lane and had made a lane change to pass another vehicle and when doing so, the motorcycle veered off the roadway to the left and struck the curb causing the rider to lose control of the motorcycle.  The driver was transported t Mercy Trauma Care in Sioux City where the driver is undergoing tests and is being tended to for serious head trauma.  The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as 33 year old Colin Engel of Sioux City.

 

University Presidents Call For More Analysis In Study

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The presidents of Iowa's three public universities are calling for more analysis before moving forward with cost-saving plans to restructure administrative jobs.
     The presidents told the Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday that they need more specifics on how recommendations by Deloitte Consulting would be implemented.
     Deloitte recommended earlier this month that the universities restructure their human resources, information technology and finance staffs. Those functions could be performed at a college level rather than in individual departments.
     The consultant says the schools cut could up to 250 jobs through attrition and retirements in coming years by changing the way work is performed, saving millions of dollars. Deloitte is also recommending using fewer desktop computers and printers.
     The regents are scheduled to vote on whether to implement the plans next month.

    

  



 

   

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