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Thursday News, September 27

Le Mars Police Department Issues Quarterly Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has issued its quarterly report.  Officers investigated 220 complaints.  The police had over 1000 calls for service.  Officers issued 475 traffic citations and 353 warnings.  The police had to assist with 62 accident investigations.  During the last three months, the Le Mars Police made 143 arrests, and devoted 164 hours of training.  The Le Mars Police received a grant for $8,593 from the Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network for a cellbrite device which helps officers recover evidence from cell phones.  The Le Mars Police Department renewed a contract with the state to participate in the STEP program.  During the quarter, the local police worked with the fire department establishing a standard response protocol for Gehlen Catholic School, Le Mars Community, and Wells Dairy.  The police were able to sell 28 bikes, and they issued 10 liquor licenses, and provide traffic control for various events.  The SRT team was called one time in Sioux County with a peaceful resolution.  The police also participated in several community events.


Folkema To Retire From Le Mars Police Department

(Le Mars) -- After 33 years as a Le Mars Police officer, Captain Dennis Folkema is scheduled to retire.  His last days on the force are this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Folkema says he has enjoyed every day of his 33 years as a Le Mars Police officer.
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During the KLEM's 10:00 news update, we will have more comments from Police Captain Dennis Folkema.

 

Absentee Voting Can Start Today

(Le Mars) -- Absentee voting for the General Election can start today.  Cheri Nitzchke, Plymouth County Deputy Auditor says interested voters can cast their votes at the Plymouth County Courthouse at the Auditor's office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Supervisors Counter Secondary Road Employees Salary Requests

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have proposed a two percent increase in salary and benefit pay over the next three years to the Secondary Road Employee Association.  The Secondary Road Employee Association had submitted a request asking for a six percent increase.  Supervisor Don Kass read the County's counter proposal during the weekly supervisor meeting.  In addition to the two percent increase in pay, the Supervisors also stipulated no reimbursement for accumulated sick leave as stated in the road crew bargaining proposal.  The Supervisors also indicated they were not in favor of a four-hour minimum in pay with snow and ice removal.  Instead, the supervisors countered with a two-hour minimum call-in to be allowed.  The County Board of Supervisors and the Secondary Road Employee Association will begin negotiations for a three-year contract.  The Supervisors are also in negotiations with the Sheriff's employee association for a new three-year contract.

 

King and Vilsack To Debate Tonight At Orange City

(Orange City) -- A fourth debate for the 4th district is slated to occur this evening from the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City.  Republican Congressman Steve King of Kiron will face off with Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack of Ames.  The debate is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. from the Christ Chapel.

 

Political Action Committees Release New Television Ads

WASHINGTON (AP) - A conservative political action committee is launching a $10 million campaign to sway voters who backed President Barack Obama four years ago to now support his Republican
challenger, Mitt Romney.
The Ending Spending Action Fund, bankrolled by billionaire Joe Ricketts, is airing 30-second ads on national cable and television in Virginia, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. The ads with former Obama
supporters are coupled with radio and online advertising, direct mail and door-to-door voter contact programs led by former Bush White House political director Sara Fagen.
Ending Spending Action Fund president Brian Baker said Wednesday the television ads would begin on Thursday. Those ads were produced by Stephen K. Bannon, the filmmaker behind Citizen United's recent documentary featuring disaffected Obama supporters.
Ricketts is the founder of Omaha, Nebraska-based TD Ameritrade Securities.


New Ads To Help Romney

NEW YORK (AP) - New Republican-leaning groups are entering the presidential advertising fray as polling suggests Mitt Romney's campaign may be losing ground against President Barack Obama in key
swing states.
The commercials, aimed at voters who supported Obama in 2008 but are undecided now, join those from the campaigns and outside groups swamping a narrow and possibly shrinking map of competitive states in the fast-moving presidential contest.
The ads also focus on female voters, a bloc where Romney badly lags Obama.
The group Americans for Job Security launched an ad in six swing states, including Iowa, as part of an $8.7 million ad buy disclosed last week.


Capitol Conference Room Named To Honor Governor Ray

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has named a large conference room in the state Capitol in honor of former Governor Robert D. Ray.
Branstad announced the honor Wednesday, on Ray's 84th birthday.
Ray and his family joined Branstad for a brief ceremony.
Ray's official portrait will hang in the conference room, where Branstad holds weekly news conferences.
Ray, a Republican, was elected governor in 1968 and served for 14 years.
He also served as interim mayor of Des Moines and interim president of Drake University.

 

Care Center Murder

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge against a former resident at an Iowa residential care facility, after a man he is accused of attacking died.
35-year-old Matthew Braun is accused of assaulting 57-year-old Kris Simpson at the Prairie View Residential Care Facility.
Braun was first charged with attempted murder, but the Fayette County attorney's office upgraded the charge after learning that Simpson had died.
Authorities responded to a disturbance at the care facility shortly before 1 a.m. on September 17th, and learned that Simpson had been assaulted.
Investigators say security camera footage shows Braun attacking Simpson for no apparent reason, which caused Simpson to fall and hit his head on the corner of a furnace, knocking him unconscious.


Prosecutor Dismisses Abduction Charges

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Story County attorney's office has dismissed charges against two teenagers accused of a sexual assault in July.
The Ames Tribune reports the county attorney filed documents Monday dismissing the case against the 16-year-old boys from Ames and Boone.
Charges were filed after a 17-year-old Hamilton County girl claimed she was abducted from her backyard and raped in an Ames park.
Lawyer Peter Berger, who represents one of the boys, says the charges were dropped after a videotape showed they were at a different location when the alleged assault occurred.
Charges remain against 20-year-old Mason Reilly of Ames, but his case is on hold pending a determination of whether he's competent to stand trial. Attorney Sean Spellman claims Reilly can't assist in his defense due to fetal alcohol syndrome.



 



   

Wednesday Afternoon News, Sept 26

Flu Season Is Coming

(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before flu season is upon us, and Deb Steffen, Community Health Manager with the Floyd Valley Hospital of Le Mars says now is the time to start thinking about getting that flu shot.

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Steffen says nearly everyone should get an influenza vaccine.  She says there are only a few exceptions.

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Steffen says the flu vaccine, covers three types of influenza, and should last for the entire flu season.

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The Community Health Manager says the Center for Disease Control monitors the flu season worldwide, and therefore chooses which strains may be the most common.

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Floyd Valley Hospital has established a number of clinics throughout Plymouth County during the month of October in which flu shots will be given.  The fee for flu shots is $25.

 

Nebraska Man Given Probation After Vandalizing Flight 232 Memorial

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An 18-year-old Nebraskan has been given two years of probation after pleading guilty to vandalizing Sioux City's Flight 232 crash memorial.
Felipe Sebastian, of South Sioux City, was convicted of criminal mischief. Judge Jeffrey Poulson deferred judgment, so if Sebastian successfully completes probation, the case will be cleared from his
record.
Sebastian also was ordered to pay a $3,000 civil penalty, more than $1,500 in restitution and write an apology to the city of Sioux City.
Sebastian's co-defendant, Scott Coleson, of Lehigh, Iowa, is scheduled for a plea hearing on Oct.9.
Sebastian admitted damaging one of the pink quartzite boulders leading to the memorial on June 20. The memorial honors the 112 people who died in the July 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight
232 at Sioux Gateway Airport.

Two Stanhope Women Sentenced To Federal Prison For Methamphetamine

(Sioux City) -- Two women from Stanhope, Iowa have been sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine conspiracy.  46 year old Amy Pringle was sentenced to serve more than six years, and 49 year old Nancy Collins, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.  The two pleaded guilty to the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine.  Both also admitted to selling methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a public park.  For Collins, this was her third offense in distributing methamphetamine.


Equal Employment Opportunity Files Lawsuit

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing on behalf of black employees at an Iowa warehouse who claim a food distribution company condoned discrimination by allowing racist graffiti in the workplace.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday claims managers at MBM Corp.'s Mason City warehouse failed to remove the graffiti or take action to prevent it for three months after receiving a complaint from a worker last year.
The warehouse referred questions to its North Carolina headquarters, where spokespersons didn't immediately return messages.
The lawsuit says employee Justin Green complained in May 2011 to a supervisor that a swastika and a racial epithet were visible in the men's restroom. The suit says that graffiti was later blacked
out but a slur referencing the Ku Klux Klan and hatred of blacks appeared.

 

Muscatine Man Received Unemployment Benefits While Working

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A 44-year-old eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to allegations that he lied about being unemployed so he could collect thousands in unemployment benefits.
A news release from the office of Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren says Brian Monroe pleaded guilty to a charge of fraudulent practices.
Ostergren's office says an investigation by Iowa Workforce Development and the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed Monroe had collected nearly $16,300 in unemployment pay even though he was working.  Monroe's sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2.


Cherokee County Farmer Visits China To Talk Soybeans

(Cleghorn) -- It has been 30 years since United States farmers set up an office in China to help establish agricultural trade relations, especially with soybeans and soybean products.  Tom Oswald, of rural Cleghorn, serves as a director with the Iowa Soybean Association, and recently traveled to China in honor of the anniversary.  Oswald explains how important China is to the U-S soybean trade.
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Oswald says the Chinese only recently have started using soymeal as a source for protein for their livestock, poultry, and fish farming needs.

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Oswald says Chinese officials were concerned about the news reports they had heard regarding the U-S drought.  Oswald says the U-S delegation informed the Chinese that although the drought had reduced soybean yields, the U-S would still be a reliable supplier of quality soybeans and soymeal.

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Oswald says the Chinese are stepping up their production in aquaculture, water fowl, such as ducks and geese, pork, and dairy operations.

 

 

   

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