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Friday News, March 27

Neunaber Expected To Appear In Court For Hearing

(Le Mars) -- Jonathon Neunaber, the Akron man accused of killing his mother last July, is expected to appear in Plymouth County District Court later this morning.  Neunaber's attorney will request that evidence gathered during Neunaber's arrest in Wisconsin be suppressed.  The defense attorney contends Neunaber did not have legal counsel present when he was questioned by authorities, and therefore anything that was said during the questioning period should not be allowed.  Neunaber's attorney is also asking the clothing that Neunaber was wearing that contained blood stains should not be admitted as evidence.

 

Collision At Intersection C-38 And K-49

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection K-49 and C-38, yesterday at about 5:43 p.m.   The Fire-Rescue Department assisted removing a patient from a Jeep Grand Cherokee and also stopped fuel that was leaking from the vehicle.   A second vehicle that was a Kia Sorento was also rendered safe.  The Fire-Rescue Department cleaned up debris from the scene.   Also at the scene was the Le Mars Ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff, Le Mars Police, and the Iowa State Patrol.

 

Head On Vehicle Accident Causes Injuries

(Akron) -- A head-on vehicle accident occured Thursday morning at about 9:45 a.m. on Highway 3 near Akron.  19 year old Amy Lubeck of Cherokee was traveling west on Highway 3 heading towards Vermillion, South Dakota when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a car being driven by 33 year old Jill Nielsen of Elk Point, South Dakota.  Lubeck was transported to Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, while Nielsen and her one year old daughter, Gabrilla were taken to Unity Health Care St. Luke's in Sioux City.

 

Museum Trying To Raise Money To Save Log Cabin

(Le Mars) -- Efforts are underway by a group calling themselves "Friends of the Joy Hollow Log Cabin" to raise enough funds to save the 115 year-old cabin from the wrecking ball at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  Recently the Plymouth County Fair Board authorized the Plymouth County Historical Museum Board to attempt a rescue of the historic cabin.  The fair board is calling for a specific plan by April 9th, the date of the next fair board meeting.  The cabin must be removed from the fairgrounds before June 1st.  The "Friends of Joy Hollow Log Cabin" are distributing pledge forms throughout the county and wider area in hopes of having a substantial amount of money raised by April 7th. Grant Hanstein of Le Mars serves as a director with the Plymouth County Historical Museum and is one who would like to see the log cabin saved.

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Hanstein says the log cabin has a rich history and it should be preserved.

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Some people are asking why the museum wishes to save the log cabin when there already is another log cabin featured at the museum.

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Hanstein says donations and pledges can be dropped off at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

 

 

Spring Fever Antique Show And Flea Market Begins Today

(Le Mars) -- If you have an interest in antiques and collectables, you may want to check out the Spring Fever Antique Show and Flea Market at the Le Mars Convention Center.  Co-chair for the event, Linda Mayrose says the annual antique show continues to expand, and it has proven to be quite popular.

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Mayrose says the show draws both vendors and attendees from at least a four state area.

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More than 60 booths will fill both floors of the Le Mars Convention Center for the two-day event. Mayrose offers a glimpse of what attendees can expect to see at this year's antique and flea market show.

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The event's co-chair talks about the antique style trends that will be present during the show.

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The Spring Fever Antique Show and Flea Market will start with an early bird shopping party at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and will continue until 9:00 p.m. Friday evening.  Saturday's show hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Friday's admission price is $10 which includes hor d'overs, and the admission price for Saturday is just $3.

 

 

Remsen St. Mary's To Hold "Then Feed Just One" Event

(Remsen) -- Remsen St. Mary's students, faculty, and several volunteers from the Remsen community hope to pack 125,000 meals today as part of the "Then Just Feed One" program.  The meals contain rice, vitamins and minerals, and a soy protein. One bag is capable of feeding up to six people.  The meals, once they are packaged and sealed will be destined to Honduras.  This is the second year the Remsen St. Mary's is participating on the "Then Feed Just One" program.  The event scheduled for today will be at the Remsen St. Mary's Vern, Dan, and Joey Bunkers Memorial Gym and will begin at 10:00 a.m.

 

Expanded Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An effort to expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa is moving forward in the Democratic-majority Iowa Senate, though it is unlikely the bill will find favor in the Republican-controlled House.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would make medical marijuana available to people with a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those approved by a doctor could then purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa at state-run dispensaries.

Last year, the Legislature approved a law that allows some residents with epilepsy to use oil with an ingredient derived from marijuana for treatment. But the law did not establish an in-state program for the production and distribution of the oil. Critics say that as a result, the law is effectively useless.

 

 

Utilities Board Director Reports Possible Conflict Of Interest

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad's pick to chair the Iowa Utilities Board is acknowledging she has a potential conflict in a hotly-contested case on whether to build a major oil pipeline.

Geri Huser's brother has represented farmers who oppose the $3.8 billion pipeline that would transport crude oil from North Dakota across Iowa. In December, he sent a letter to the board objecting to the project on letterhead listing his sister as one of the firm's attorneys.

Huser said Thursday she knew that her brother was representing landowners facing eminent domain, but was unaware it was linked to the pipeline. She said she didn't know about the objection letter until The Associated Press inquired.

Huser says she hasn't decided whether she'd be able to participate or if she'll have to step aside.


 



 

 

   

Thursday Afternoon News, March 26

Iowa Population Increases In Des Moines, But Declines In Rural Areas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The latest U.S. Census estimates show the Des Moines metro area is growing quickly while most Iowa counties have declining populations.

According to data released Thursday, the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area population reached an estimated 611,549, up 7.4 percent from the 2010 U.S. Census. The majority of Iowa counties, however, saw declines, as only 31 of 99 experienced an uptick.

The data show Dallas County had a 17 percent increase, the largest among Iowa counties. The biggest decline was in Fremont County, where population dropped 5.6 percent.

All of Iowa's nine metro areas saw growth. The Iowa City metro led the pack, up 7.7 percent since 2010.

Gary Krob, coordinator of the State Data Center, says having growth across Iowa rather than concentrated in one area is promising.

 

 

 

Clarinda Mental Health Patients Being Moved

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) - Officials from Clarinda Mental Health have begun to transfer mentally ill senior citizens from the institution to private nursing homes.

A spokeswoman for the state facility confirmed Wednesday that only about a dozen patients, who are considered to be some of the toughest cases the institution handles, will be affected. The institute itself is scheduled to close July 1.

The Department of Human Services says that it is looking for safe placements for the senior citizens. Patient advocates say most of the senior citizens in the program were placed in the institution because private facilities found them too difficult to handle.

Department spokeswoman Amy McCoy said that some of the transfers have taken place, but declined to say how many of the residents have been moved.

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Prison Contractor Blames Constant Changes For Increased Costs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The contractor seeking an additional $18.1 million for work on the still-empty Fort Madison prison blames repeated changes, conflicting directives and defective designs.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1xibdzQ ) that it reviewed documents filed by Walsh Construction, of Chicago, and responses by Shive-Hattery Architecture Engineering, of Des Moines, which also worked on the prison project. Because the prison still doesn't meet state building code, it remains empty.

Walsh project manager Brian McGinty said in an August 2014 letter to the Iowa Administrative Services Department that Shive-Hattery dismisses any notion that its design might be the problem and tries to blame Walsh and its subcontractors.

But a Shive-Hattery team leader said in a December 2014 letter that Walsh Construction had submitted some incorrect information to the state and made erroneous assumptions.

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Janitor Charged For Bringing Gun To School Grounds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 39-year-old Des Moines school janitor has been charged with carrying a weapon while working on school grounds.

The Des Moines district says it has fired John Keith, who was arrested Monday. Officers say they found a loaded handgun in Keith's vehicle. A police report says Keith showed the gun to another employee on March 9 and talked about his conceal carry permit.

A police spokesman, Sgt. Jason Halifax, says even people who have legal permits to carry aren't authorized to have guns with them or in their vehicles while on school grounds.

Online court records don't list the name of an attorney for Keith who could be contacted to comment on the case.

 

 

 

 


   

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