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Tuesday News, September 17

Supervisors To Meet Today

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the County Courthouse board room.  The supervisors have a light agenda.  They are expected to discuss the regional housing trust fund and approve a letter of support for application to the Iowa Finance Authority.  The supervisors are also expected to appoint Rich Huseman to the Compensation Commission as a replacement for Steve Saunders.  County Engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the county governing board to update current construction projects, and to ask for a resolution for a school bus loading zone on
South Ridge Road.

 

City Council To Discuss Revitalization Plans

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will convene at noon today for its regular council meeting.  The council will discuss the Highways 75 and 3 revitalization grant program.  The city council will also discuss the community development block grant for downtown revitalization.  The council will again look at the bids submitted for the water tower and booster station.

 

Dordt College Sets Enrollment Record

(Sioux Center) --  With a large freshman class, strong numbers of transfer students, and a growing international student body, Dordt College has tied its record for highest enrollment with 1430 students, a record set in 1999.
This year Dordt College welcomes 380 freshman and 46 transfer students. The enrollment numbers do not include students enrolled in Dordt’s Stepping Stones Preschool or high school students taking college classes.
A significant contributing factor is the number of international students on campus,
which continues to grow and shape the campus year after year. Approximately 10 percent
of the student body is made up of international students who represent more than 25
countries. The largest number come from our nearest neighbor, Canada.

 

Train Collides With Semi Tanker Truck

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating an accident that happened Monday evening at about 6:45 between a Canadian Northern train and a semi truck and trailer. 
The accident occurred at 4400 Floyd Blvd. which is the entrance to the Jolly Time
popcorn.  Preliminary information revealed that the train was traveling south and was
preparing to enter the Sioux City train yard when a semi truck owned by Kunkel Trucking
of Marcus was crossing the grade heading west.  The train impacted with the truck's
diesel fuel lodge area on the passenger side causing the truck to spin counterclockwise
and pushing the truck into the ditch.  A tanker trailer was leaking liquid, but it was
determined to be a diluted liquid fertilizer that was non-combustible.  Fire and police
personnel extracted the driver from the truck.  He had suffered moderate to serious injuries and was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The name of the truck driver has not been released.

 

Mud Run Scheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday will be the Red, White, and Blue Mud Run which will take place on the west side of Le Mars along the Floyd River.  The event originally was to occur in early summer, but was rescheduled since the area was flooded from the Memorial Day flooding.   Jay King with the Le Mars Police Department, is the mud run's coordinator.  He says most of the contestants that registered in the summer still plan to participate in Saturday's event.

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Similar mud run events have become popular within the region and across the nation.  King says the course will present a challenge featuring numerous natural obstacles.

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In addition to the natural obstacles, the event organizers have also placed several man-made obstacles for the course.  King says some of the man-made obstacles will remain a mystery, but he mentions contestants will find each obstacle different and an unique challenge.

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A portion of the course will require contestants to crawl under... through... and over a vehicles, as well as run through a set of tires, pass through some culvert pipes, and crawl on their stomach under barb wire.  King says there is a wide range of ages and addresses among the contestants.

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The mud run is free for spectators and King urges people to come and view the inaugural event.

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King says volunteers are still needed for the event, and you can contact the Le Mars Police department.  The mud run will begin with the first contestant starting at 9:00 a.m. and King says the race is not timed.  Organizers will have a staggered start, allowing for ten minutes between contestants.  He believes the event will continue through mid-afternoon.  King says the name of the event, Red...White...and Blue Mud Run was chosen not only to show patriotism, but it also identifies the event's sponsors.

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Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff

(Des Moines) -- Flags are to be flown at half staff today, as ordered by Governor Terry Branstad.  It is to honor the fallen Rockwell City police officer, 37 year old Jamie  Buenting.  Buenting was shot to death in the line of duty. His funeral is scheduled for today.

 

State Supreme Court To Hear Cases In Fort Dodge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases in Fort Dodge in October.
The court says it will convene in the auditorium at Fort Dodge Middle School at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.
One case to be argued involves a court challenge filed by the Iowa Farm Bureau against the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission. The Farm Bureau claims two of the commissioners improperly voted on the regulation.
The second case involves a juvenile who was charged at age 14 with second-degree sexual abuse and the state wants to continue to hold him as a sexually violent predator under a civil commitment process.
The man, Anthony Geltz is challenging the state's civil commitment procedure.

 

Youth Pastor To Go To Trial For Sexual Abuse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Trial has been set for a former Des Moines youth pastor accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls.
Online court records indicate 27-year-old Ryan McKelvey's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 18.
McKelvey is a former youth pastor at Heritage Assembly Church in Des Moines.
Officers began investigating him after a girl and her parents reported in early August an alleged sexual assault by McKelvey.
The investigation led to a possible second victim, who also told police about other incidents. McKelvey was fired from his job before he was arrested.
McKelvey faces two counts of sexual exploitation by a clergy and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He remains at the Polk County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.
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Oversight Committee To Discuss Juvenile Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee is set to discuss problems at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.
The committee will meet Tuesday morning and hear from several parties, including the head of Iowa's Department of Human Services and from the executive director of Disability Rights Iowa.
Disability Rights Iowa is a federally funded group that has been investigating treatment of children at the home, including allegations that some children were held for weeks or months in small isolation rooms.
Gov. Terry Branstad has said his administration is addressing the problems and is committed to a higher standard of care.

 

Ankeny Couple Sent To Prison For Mortgage Scheme

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced an Ankeny couple to prison for their part in a mortgage scheme.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a news release Monday that Judge James E. Gritzner on Friday sentenced 35-year-old Jamie Bowers-Danielson to 41 months in prison on bank fraud charges, followed by five years of supervised release.
Gritzner sentenced 36-year-old Matthew Danielson to a year in prison for bank fraud, followed by five years of supervised release.
Both pleaded guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors say Bowers-Danielson used her position as a loan originator between 2003 and 2007 to falsify loan applications for herself and others.
Danielson provided false information and misrepresented his marital status as single to a mortgage lender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Monday Afternoon News, Sept. 16

Floyd Valley Hospital Ready To Accept Contractor Bids

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is getting closer to accepting contractor bids for the new expansion project. Mike Donlin, hospital administrator, says the board of trustees were given an update during their last meeting.

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Donlin says based upon advisers' comments, the hospital administrator is confident several general contractors will show an interest in the hospital expansion project.

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Donlin says the board of trustees gave their approval for the purchase of a new generator. The hospital official says the generator was able to be purchased at a considerable discount.

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Brandstad Orders Flags To Be Half Staff On Tuesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Flags at the state Capitol and at other public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday to honor a Rockwell City police officer shot and killed last week.
Gov. Terry Branstad issued the order Monday.
Jamie Buenting, a married father of two, was shot during a standoff early Friday in
Rockwell City. Police arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with murder.
Flags will be at half-staff at state facilities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The funeral service for Buenting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at South Central
Calhoun Middle School in Rockwell City.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will represent the administration at the funeral.

 

Rockwell City Police Officer Killed With By A High Powered Rifle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A criminal complaint says a Rockwell City police officer killed during a standoff was shot once in the neck with a high-powered rifle.
Jamie Buenting was shot early Friday as he and other law enforcement officers attempted to go inside a house to arrest 32-year-old Corey Trott on an outstanding warrant.
The complaint says Buenting was within a few feet of the house when Trott fired a single shot from a .233 caliber rifle. Trott surrendered to authorities a few hours later.
The complaint says Trott told authorities he knowingly fired the rifle at a police officer.
Trott is currently at the Sac County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. A phone number for his attorney went unanswered Monday.
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Marshalltown Police Investigate Shooting

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown police are investigating the shooting death of a man whose body was found in home.
Police says in a news release that officers responded to a report of gunshots before 5 a.m. Sunday but couldn't find any problems.
At about 6:30 a.m., a woman called police to say a shooting victim was in a home. Officers responded and found a man dead, apparently of a gunshot wound.
Police say they're still investigating but that no suspects are being sought and there's no risk to public safety.
The name of the shooting victim isn't being released until relatives are notified.


Escaped Convict Back In Custody

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A man serving prison time for robbery and escape who walked away from a work release program more than a week ago is back in custody after a police chase
in Waterloo.
35-year-old Bryan Keller led police on a chase in downtown Waterloo early Sunday morning before he was stopped and apprehended.
Keller had failed to return to an Iowa Department of Corrections work facility in West Union on Sept 8.
He was serving a 60-year sentence for robbery and escape. He now faces charges of eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and stealing a vehicle.
Police report a fence near the Cedar Valley SportsPlex site was damaged but no injuries were reported.
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Iowa Soldier Given Silver Star Medal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa soldier has received the Silver Star medal, one of the nation's top combat decorations, for his actions in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp, who is 26 and from Johnston, was awarded the honor Aug. 28.
The  award is recognition of his leadership in combat on April 17, 2012, when his squad was tasked with clearing insurgents from a village in Afghanistan. They fought against fortified enemy
positions, cleared more than 50 compounds and managed to avoid civilian casualties.
The U.S. Department of Defense says only 127 Marines have been awarded the Silver Star for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.
Steinkamp is scheduled to be discharged from the Marines in December.

 

Council Bluffs Business To Add More Jobs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Council Bluffs manufacturer of truck bodies and related equipment is expanding and expects to hire a dozen welders and additional information technology workers.
Omaha Standard Palfinger is building a logistical center south of its headquarters to move materials and products more efficiently
A company spokesman says the expansion will involve the construction of five additional loading docks to improve shipping capabilities as it prepares for future growth.
The company acquired nearly five acres for the expansion, which should be completed in mid-October.
Established in 1926, Omaha Standard is a manufacturer of an extensive line of truck bodies and truck equipment. Two years later, it was acquired by the Salzburg, Austria-based company Palfinger.
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