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Monday Afternoon News, February 25

Union Pacific Comments On the Disabled Train

(Le Mars) -- An Union Pacific Train became disabled blocking many of the intersections in Le Mars on Sunday.  The train, consisting of two locomotives and 111 rail cars, was on its way to Valley Park, Minnesota when it encountered mechanical problems.  U-P Spokesperson, Raquel Espinoza explains why the train became disabled.
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Espinoza says the repairs and the moving of the train was an all day ordeal.

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The train stretched across town blocking every street intersection from 1st Street NE to nearly 12th Street SW near Business Hwy 75 and Hy Vee.

 

New Le Mars Business Lends A Helping Hand

(Le Mars) -- Jerry and Amy McGill have seen a need in  Le Mars and are doing their best to try to fill it.  Their new business, called "A Little Help Home Care," has been set up to do just that...lend a helping hand to those living at home that need it.  Jerry explains:

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Jerry adds that the services they're offering cover the gamut.

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The McGills have experience working in the field of care.  Jerry was previously employed by the Pride Group in Le Mars, Hope Haven in Rock Valley, and worked as a pastor for 6 years.  His wife is currently employed at the Pride Group as well. The reason they decided to start doing this work in Le Mars was based on their experience and the conversations they had in the community.

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Plymouth County is currently the focus for service, but Jerry would like to eventually expand the businesses reach.  He says as the business grows they look to add staff that are motivated by taking care of people.

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To learn more about this new Le Mars business, you can visit their website: alittlehelphomecare.com.

 

Snowmobile Accident Results In Arrest

(Storm Lake) -- A snowmobile accident on Friday in Buena Vista County results in an arrest. The Buena Vista County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 emergency call describing a snowmobile accident resulting in injuries.  When deputies arrived at the scene, it was determined that 37 year-old Laura Wheeler-Plantz of Emmetsburg was needing medical attention.  She sustained serious head and upper torso injuries and was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, then transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  During the investigation, the operator was identified as 27 year old Brent Ulrich of Albert City was found to be intoxicated.  Ulrich was also found to have a concealed 9 millimeter handgun.  Although Ulrich had a permit to carry the weapon, that permit becomes invalid when the person is intoxicated.  Ulrich was charged with an OWI and carrying a concealed weapon.  Further charges are possible due to the severity of the injuries to Wheeler-Plantz.


Storm Lake Man Arrested For Assaulting Police Officer

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A 19-year-old northwest Iowa man has been arrested, accused of punching a police officer 10 to 15 times after jumping out of a closet.
Erick Gutierrez, of Storm Lake, was arrested on Friday night. Officers had been called to a Storm Lake house to investigate a domestic disturbance.
Police say one of the officer's hands was broken during a melee that followed the discovery of Gutierrez's hiding spot. A stun gun was used to subdue Gutierrez.
Court records say Gutierrez faces three misdemeanor charges, including two for assault. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

 

Sioux County Authorities Investigate Hawarden Burglary

(Orange City) -- On Saturday, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office of a suspicious vehicle that was parked near Sioux City. Upon further investigation, deputies determined that the vehicle found near Sioux City belonged to rural Hawarden, residents.  Investigation of the vehicle found near Sioux City led to the discovery that the vehicle owner’s home, had been burglarized.  Deputies found that the perpetrator(s) damaged a door to gain entrance to the residence.  Once inside, several items were taken including a large safe, power tools, firearms, and cash. The case remains under investigation.


Dr. Alan Laird Named Chief Medical Officer

(Orange City) -- Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS), announced the appointment of Alan Laird, MD, to the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO). This is a new role for the health system, and involves serving on the administrative leadership team, participating in strategic planning, developing and maintaining quality and patient safety initiatives, and serving as a resource and advisor to the medical staff.

"The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is uncertain in many respects," reports Guthmiller. "But one thing is certain — health care access and financing will change.  As part of our commitment --  our mission -- of providing quality healthcare to our region, Dr. Laird, in this new position, will be instrumental in navigating the various wellness aspects of the many programs and insurance plans that healthcare consumers will face."

Dr. Laird has served as a family practice physician with OCAHS since 1991. A native of Storm Lake, Iowa, Laird graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, and received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. As part  of a team of 16 family practice doctors and advanced level practitioners serving in four OCAHS medical clinics, Laird will continue to see patients in the Hospers Family Practice Clinic in addition to serving in the new role of CMO.


Farmer Feeds Sawdust To Cattle

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - A Southeast Iowa farmer has come up with a surprising solution to the high cost of cattle feed.
Bob Batey, of Mount Pleasant, says his 50 cows devour the sawdust mixture he feeds them.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that Batey, who is 85, stumbled upon the idea in the 1970s when he noticed cows eating sawdust that had washed into their pasture from a nearby paper
mill.
Experiments on his farm led him to discover a way to treat and cook sawdust that results in a digestible feed cows find tasty. It has a nutritional value equivalent to grass hay.
Veterinarian Tara Wellman-Gerdes of West Point confirms Batey's cows are healthy.
The drought created a shortage of corn and hay, causing prices to jump for livestock farmers.

 



 

 

 

 

   

Monday News, February 25

Disabled Train Blocks City Streets

(Le Mars) -- An Union Pacific Train became disabled blocking many of the intersections in Le Mars on Sunday.  It was several hours before u-P officials was able to get the train operative.  The train stretched across town blocking every street intersection from 1st Street NE to nearly 12th Street SW near Business Hwy 75 and Hy Vee.

 

School Board To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening.  The board will gather at 5:00 p.m. at the Education Service Center which is an earlier time than normal. The local school board will hear a report from Middle School Principal Steve Shanks, as well as middle school teaching staff discuss the Character Education Program.  Building principals will share the mid-year progress reports with the board.  Following the regular meeting the board will meet in closed session to conduct a negotiation strategy session.

 

Soderberg Doubts An Educational Bill Can Be Passed Before March 1st

(Le Mars) -- This past week the Iowa Legislature worked on educational bills, with the Iowa House passing a two percent allowable growth rate for school financing and the State Senate earlier passed a four percent allowable growth rate.   State representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars says its hard to determine where the two chambers will compromise on education funding.
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The legislature is supposed to release the numbers to the school districts before March 1st.
Soderberg doubts if the bill in the final form can be passed within this week.
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Legislature Looks At Raising Fuel Tax

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Education spending and property tax cuts have been the focus so far in Iowa's legislative session, but some people think another change that could emerge this year is an
increase in the fuel tax.
Iowa's fuel tax is now 22 cents per gallon including all fees.  It hasn't been raised since 1989.
Lawmakers have for years proposed raising the tax, and a commission appointed by Governor Terry Branstad in 2011 recommended an increase of 8 to 10 cents to boost funding for the state's
network of bridges and roads.
An effort to raise the tax by 10 cents failed in the Legislature last year. But House Transportation Committee chairman Rep. Joshua Byrnes says he thinks similar legislation would have a stronger
chance this session because it isn't an election year.

 

Des Moines Boy Accidentally Shoots Friend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say an Iowa boy accidentally shot his friend in the shoulder while they were playing with a handgun.
Des Moines police say both the boys are 13-years-old. The boy who was hurt, Alec Osborn, was conscious when officers arrived and was initially listed in fair condition.
The boys were at the home of another boy's family friend in south Des Moines on Saturday. Police say the boy who shot Osborn didn't think the .22-caliber revolver was loaded when he pulled the
trigger.
Police seized eight guns from the home where the incident happened. Prosecutors are considering filing child endangerment charges against the gun owner, who gave the boys access to several
firearms.
The gun owner, 65-year-old Dennis Yohe, declined to comment on the incident.

 

Missing Girl Now Found

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say a 12-year-old Des Moines girl who went missing after her mother drove her to school earlier this month has been found safe.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/WdpbQU ) that 18-year-old Sergio Lopez faces two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and is jailed without bond in Polk County. He's also charged
with violating a no-contact order involving the girl.
Lopez was wanted for failing to appear in court on one of the sexual abuse charges.
The girl went missing after her mother drove her to school Feb. 8. She was found Sunday and Lopez was arrested Sunday night.
Police had said in announcing the girl's disappearance that they believed she was with Lopez.
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Attorney Disbarred Due To Gambling Addiction

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids attorney with a gambling problem has been disbarred.
Documents filed last week with the Iowa Supreme Court say Susan Hense had taken $800,000 from client accounts for her "gambling addiction."
Hense had been in practice since September 1996. She admitted to the misconduct and didn't fight disbarment. Hense says in an affidavit that she regretted "beyond my ability to describe, my
theft of funds belonging to my clients."
Hense admitted to her gambling problem and said she hadn't gambled since entering treatment in October.
No criminal charges have been filed against Hense so far.
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International Custody Battle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A hearing is planned for Monday in federal court in Des Moines in a child custody case involving a Swedish man who claims his ex-wife illegally moved with their
daughter to Iowa.
A judge has ordered Raina Anderung to appear with her 3-year-old daughter Monday morning. Anderung must hand over the girl's passport and she cannot remove the child from the Southern District of Iowa or she'll be arrested.
A complaint filed February 14th alleges Anderung, who lives in Pleasantville, traveled to Iowa last May for a 90-day visit and refuses to return to Sweden.
The girl's father, Magnus Anderung, claims she is violating a 1980 international agreement known as the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
She claims they agreed on the move.

 

11 Year Old Raises Money For Charity Through Bake Sale

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - An 11-year-old northern Iowa boy organized a bake sale and raffle so a sick friend gets a chance to live a long life, too.
Tyler Arndt raised nearly $2,300 from the bake sale Saturday at a Mason City grocery store. The money will go to a foundation started by the family of Hayden Despenas. The foundation supports
research into a cure for Friedreich's ataxia. Hayden has been diagnosed with the degenerative neuromuscular ailment, which can be fatal.
Tyler made posters advertising the bake sale and also hit his goal of selling $1,000 in raffle tickets for a donated painting.
Tyler told the Mason City Globe Gazette that he thinks Hayden might not live as long as other people, "so I want to raise money so we can help him."



 

 

   

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