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Tuesday News, February 9

Primebank Makes Donation To Gehlen Catholic

(Le Mars, IA) – During halftime of the Gehlen Catholic boy’s basketball game versus Hinton Friday, Primebank President and CEO, Matt Ahlers along with Kelli Langel presented a check for $2,894.83. to Gehlen Catholic President, Fr. Kevin Richter, and Principals, Mr. Jeff Alesch and Mrs. Lorie Nussbaum.

Each year since the program started in 2000, Primebank has donated a percentage of total purchases made using the Gehlen Visa® Card to Gehlen Catholic Schools.  In total, Primebank has donated $47,538.87 to Gehlen Catholic.

“Gehlen Catholic appreciates the continued support from Primebank with the Visa® program as well as our athletics, fine arts and the Friends of Gehlen Ball,” commented Alesch.

Proceeds from the card are used to enhance the local tuition assistance program at Gehlen Catholic, assuring a focus on faith, values, service and academic excellence to low and middle income students.

 

 

 

 

Le Mars Community School Board Approves 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

(Le Mars) -- During last evening's Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, the school board approved the school calendar for the academic year of 2016 through 2017.  Classes are scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 25th with winter break between December 23rd and January 2nd.  Graduation commencement will take place on Sunday, May 21st, and the last day of scheduled classes will be on Wednesday, May 24th.

 

 

 

MidAmerican Urges Businesses To Have An Energy Assessment Survey

(Le Mars) -- MidAmerican Energy officials are urging residents, businesses, and industries to have an energy assessment study conducted, which may result in having an energy rebate.  Phil Ramsey spoke at Monday's Lunch and Learn session.  He says if consumers of energy are energy efficient, that in turn makes MidAmerican energy efficient.

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Ramsey says MidAmerican Energy has expanded it renewable sources for energy to help the utility company be more efficient.

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The MidAmerican official says once an energy efficient study has been scheduled, the timetable might take up to a month to get your business evaluated by an energy efficient engineer, but he says the process will be completed with in a day.  Ramsey says the rebate structure may be less in 2016 than it was in 2015, but he offers an example of the rebate amount for businesses that change from an incandescent light bulb to the newer LED lighting.

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Ramsey says once a business conducts its energy survey, MidAmerican will present a detailed action plan report offering suggestions as to how best save energy, and then it is up to the business to initiate the plan.  He says rebates are offered after new lighting fixtures and other energy efficient plans are ordered.  Ramsey says businesses have six months to install the new energy efficient fixtures to qualify for the rebates.

 

 

 

 

Two Teens Arrested On Drug Related Charges

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have arrested two teenagers for various drug related charges.  The incident dates back to late December when a Plymouth County Sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 75 near Merrill.  As a result of that traffic stop, 19 year old Corey Peters of Le Mars was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  Peters was also charged with an operating vehicle while intoxicated, first offense; and possession of a controlled substance, along with possession of drug paraphernalia. 18 year old Terril Henrich of Hinton was a passenger in the car, and was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Both individuals were booked into the Plymouth County jail.

 

 

 

 

County Supervisors To Meet This Morning

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to convene this morning at the Plymouth County Courthouse Board Room.  The supervisors are expected to approve the County Conservation purchase agreement.  They are also expected to approve the 2015 employee wages paid.  The supervisors are expected to approve a resolution to set a public hearing for amending the Plymouth County Ethanol Urban Renewal Area.  The supervisors will approve a resolution naming Plymouth County Depositories for 2016.  Kirk Hatting, Plymouth County Sheriff Bargaining Unit will appear before the supervisors to approve a three-year bargaining unit contract.  Surveyor David Wilberding will appear before the county governing board to seek approval for subdivisions.  County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the county supervisors to submit a permit from Southern Sioux Rural Water Association and to have the supervisors sign a right-of-way contract for a bridge construction project.

 

 

 

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Trustees To Hear Reports

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees will meet this evening.  The healthcare trustees will hear reports from administrator Mike Donlin regarding the progress of the north addition expansion project, as well as a quality improvement quarterly report, and the Press Ganey quarterly update.  Donlin will devote some time discussing with the trustees the National Rural Accountable Care Organization update.  The trustees will hear financial reports from Daryl Friedenbach, an Avera update from Craig Hohman as well as a hospital auxiliary update.

 

 

 

Sioux City Police Release More Information Regarding Officer Shooting

(Sioux City) -- More details are now known regarding that shooting of a Sioux City Police officer on Sunday.  Sioux City Police have identified the officer who was shot by a suspect at the Valley Park apartments early Sunday morning.

Police Chief Doug Young says Officer Ryan Moritz (more-Its') was shot while suspects were being apprehended in a burglary and robbery investigation at the apartments.

The chief says one suspect, 18 year old Isaiah Mothershed of Sioux City, was handcuffed and sitting on a couch inside an apartment waiting to be transported to jail:

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Officer Moritz then began struggling with Mothershed for the gun.

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One other officer was in the room at the time of the shooting.

Officer Moritz was treated and released from a local hospital.

Young says Mothershed remains hospitalized and is facing several charges:

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In that incident two masked assailants, including 21 year old Austin Cummings, held a woman at gun point and assaulted her 19 year old son with a crowbar.

The intruders fled with electronic gaming systems and tv's.

Mothershed was also charged last July with two counts of first degree kidnapping and two counts of willful injury in what police called a drug deal gone bad.

Court documents stated Mothershed, armed with a shotgun, allegedly bound and blindfolded two men who had come to buy drugs from him.

He allegedly heated a metal object and burned the men on the face and neck, and bound and placed the victims in the trunk of his car.

Those charges were dismissed by the Woodbury County Attorney in the furtherance of justice, but could be refiled.

Chief Young expressed his concern over Mothershed being at large and now charged with shooting one of his officers:

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Moritz is the third Sioux City police officer to be shot in the line of duty in three years.

Chief Young says some public attitudes about police officers appear to have changed:

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Six other suspects were arrested Sunday at the apartment complex.

There is no word on Mothershed's condition at this time.



   

Monday Afternoon News, February 8

Two Teens Arrested On Various Drug Charges

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have arrested two teenagers for various drug related charges.  The incident dates back to late December when a Plymouth County Sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 75 near Merrill.   As a result of that traffic stop, 19 year old Corey Peters of Le Mars was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  Peters was also charged with an operating vehicle while intoxicated, first offense; and possession of a controlled substance, along with possession of drug paraphernalia. 18 year old Terril Henrich of Hinton was a passenger in the car, and was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Both individuals were booked into the Plymouth County jail.  

 

 

MidAmerican Energy Suggests Businesses Conduct Energy Efficient Assessment

(Le Mars) -- MidAmerican Energy officials are urging residents, businesses, and industries to have an energy assessment study conducted, which may result in having an energy rebate.  Phil Ramsey spoke at Monday's Lunch and Learn session.  He says if consumers of energy are energy efficient, that in turn makes MidAmerican energy efficient.

Listen to

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Ramsey says MidAmerican Energy has expanded it renewable sources for energy to help the utility company be more efficient.

Listen to

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The MidAmerican official says once an energy efficient study has been scheduled, the timetable might take up to a month to get your business evaluated by an energy efficient engineer, but he says the process will be completed with in a day.  Ramsey says the rebate structure may be less in 2016 than it was in 2015, but he offers an example of the rebate amount for businesses that change from an incandescent light bulb to the newer LED lighting.

Listen to

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Ramsey says once a business conducts its energy survey, MidAmerican will present a detailed action plan report offering suggestions as to how best save energy, and then it is up to the business to initiate the plan.  He says rebates are offered after new lighting fixtures and other energy efficient plans are ordered.  Ramsey says businesses have six months to install the new energy efficient fixtures to qualify for the rebates.

 

 

 

Primebank Donates To Gehlen Catholic

(Le Mars, IA) – During halftime of the Gehlen Catholic boy’s basketball game versus Hinton Friday, Primebank President and CEO, Matt Ahlers along with Kelli Langel presented a check for $2,894.83. to Gehlen Catholic President, Fr. Kevin Richter, and Principals, Mr. Jeff Alesch and Mrs. Lorie Nussbaum.

Each year since the program started in 2000, Primebank has donated a percentage of total purchases made using the Gehlen Visa® Card to Gehlen Catholic Schools.  In total, Primebank has donated $47,538.87 to Gehlen Catholic.

“Gehlen Catholic appreciates the continued support from Primebank with the Visa® program as well as our athletics, fine arts and the Friends of Gehlen Ball,” commented Alesch.

Proceeds from the card are used to enhance the local tuition assistance program at Gehlen Catholic, assuring a focus on faith, values, service and academic excellence to low and middle income students.

 

 

 

Iowa City Schools May Eliminate School Buses

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Community members say they have mixed reactions to the Iowa City Community School Board's decision to eliminate a free busing service.
The  school board's Jan. 26 decision means that nine elementary schools will lose discretionary busing that serves nearly 1,000 students. The changes will take effect in the fall, at the beginning of the new school year.
Parents and school leaders say they understand the board's decision will save money for classroom-related expenses, such as reducing class sizes. But they say they're concerned about safe walking routes and families facing inconveniences.
School board President Chris Lynch says the decision will save about $400,000 annually.
The board seeks to maintain free and pay-to-ride routes at nine elementary schools where families face transportation barriers.

 

 

 

Domestic Abusers Are Forbidden To Own Firearms

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - More than 80 Iowans have been convicted of violating a state law that bans domestic abusers from owning guns in the five years since it went into effect.
A review by The Associated Press shows those convicted include people who used weapons to kill others, to threaten their spouses and to shoot at police officers.
The law signed by Gov. Chet Culver in 2010 bars individuals who are subject to protective orders and who have committed domestic violence-related misdemeanors from owning guns. Violating the prohibition is a felony that carries up to five years in prison.
Attorney General Tom Miller and other supporters predicted the law would save lives by keeping guns away from dangerous individuals. Critics, including some Republican lawmakers, warned that it could unfairly take away gun rights.

 

 

 

Skilled Labor Summit Scheduled For April

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An event in Des Moines about increasing skilled labor in Iowa has been scheduled for April.
The Future Ready Iowa Summit is aimed at closing the state's so-called skills gap in the workforce. The all-day event on April 19 at Hy-Vee Hall is expected to include participation from business leaders, educators and students.
Gov. Terry Branstad has called for Iowa to increase opportunities for education and training beyond high school. He announced an initiative last year that seeks to have 70 percent of Iowans with that extra education and training by 2025.
Specifics about how much such an initiative would cost have been vague. Branstad said during a Monday press conference that the summit will be funded through grant money, private donations and a small registration fee.


 

 

 

 


   

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