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Saturday News, October 25

Airline Stopping Sioux City Service

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Frontier Airlines is saying goodbye to a Sioux City airport, ending a four-month stint serving the community. 
     The flights began with much fanfare and were popular, but the airline says it's focused on faster-growing markets, such as Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. In August, the airline announced that it was stopping its nonstop flights from Sioux Gateway Airport to Denver International Airport.
     The last flight from the Sioux City airport was on Friday.
     Frontier flights traveled three times each week between the two cities. American Airlines is now the only other carrier at Sioux Gateway Airport.
     The airport's director says Frontier's lease in the terminal ends next month. He says crews from the airline will soon remove computer systems and ground equipment.

 

Clinton Coming To Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Iowa to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley.
     Braley's campaign announced Friday that Clinton will appear at two events on Nov. 1. He will speak at a rally in Des Moines and then at Braley's annual "Bruce, Blues and BBQ" fundraiser in Waterloo.
     According to a news release, Clinton will talk about the importance of voting in a midterm election and will urge Iowans to cast their ballots early.
     Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked a close race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and officer in the Iowa National Guard from Red Oak.  The two are competing for the seat long held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. It is one of the most competitive races in the nation.

 

Pheasant Season Opens


(Des Moines)--The annual pheasant season opens Saturday and the man who keeps track of bird counts across the state believes it could be a good one. D-N-R pheasant biologist, Todd Bogenschutz says the survey numbers shows a rebound in bird numbers in the August count.


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Crops give pheasants a place to hide.


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He says if the crops are out, they will go out to feed in the morning and midafternoon and then they go back to grassy cover areas. Saturday and Sunday could be big days for hunters.


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With farmers still in the field, there's some added safety concerns.


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Hunters harvested 10-thousand more pheasants in 2013 than 2012 despite record low survey counts. The harvest this year could get as high as 300-thousand. Hunting hours for Iowa’s pheasant seasons are 8 a-m until 4:30 each day. The daily limit is three rooster pheasants. The season closes on January 10th.

   

Friday Afternoon News, October 24

Remsen Octoberfest Scheduled For Saturday

(Remsen) -- The 41st annual Octoberfest is scheduled for Saturday at the St. Mary's High School in Remsen.  Festival coordinator Mike Matgen says the annual celebration is to acknowledge the German and Luxumborg heritage that settled at Remsen.

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Matgen says this year's festival begins with a craft show.

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Matgen says it takes more than 300 volunteers to coordinate the annual fall festival.  The Baviarian Feast is the highlight of the Octoberfest celebration and Matgen explains about the meal to be served.

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Prior to the serving of the Bavarian dinner, the crowning of the Octoberfest queen and little prince and princess will take place at the St. Mary's gymnasium, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Don't forget about the traditional ump pa pa polka sounds.

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The Alpensterne band will perform between 3:00 and 5:00 and again between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. There is also a beer garden that begins at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner go on sale starting at 11:00 a.m. and the cost is $12 for adults and $6 for students 10 and younger.

 

Chamber Of Commerce To Host Halloween Trick And Treat Event

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Mainstreet organization will be hosting its annual Halloween Trick or Treat event on Saturday morning.  Becky Klohs, event coordinator offers the details.

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Klohs says in previous years, more than 400 children have participated in the trick or treat distribution of candy.  She anticipates this year's event will have similar participation levels.  Klohs encourages all children to arrive in costume.

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Klohs says parents are welcome and encouraged to be with their children for the annual Halloween event sponsored by the Chamber.

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Again the trick and treats will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Olson Cultural Events Center.


 

Tripp Resigns From Woodbury County Supervisors And Begins 30 Jail Sentence

(Sioux City) --  David Tripp has resigned from the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors and has begun serving a 30 day jail sentence.  Tripp says he verbally gave county board chairman, George Boykin his resignation Friday morning.  Tripp will serve his 30 day sentence in the Monona County jail.  He checked into the facility Friday morning.  Tripp says he will serve the entire 30 day sentence as there will be no time reduction for good behavior. Tripp, who is also a former Woodbury County jailer, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for aggravated domestic assault which is an aggravated misdemeanor charge.  The charge stemmed from an incident last December, where Tripp was arrested after firing a gun in his home during an argument with his wife.  Tripp says he intends to move on with his life after serving the 30 days.

 

Storm Lake Man Convicted For Making Fake Credit Cards

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man has been convicted of making and using counterfeit credit cards.
     Federal prosecutors say Yoirland Rojas, of Storm Lake, was found guilty on Thursday after a three-day trial in Sioux City. He was convicted of two counts of using a counterfeit access device; one count of possessing 15 or more counterfeit access devices; one count of money laundering; and two counts of aggravated identity theft. 
     Prosecutors say Rojas manufactured credit cards and used them to buy gift cards that he would later use to buy various items. At least two of the card numbers he used belonged to people who reported unauthorized use of their credit cards.

 

Supreme Court Says No To Video Witness For Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Supreme Court justices say they are not yet ready to allow witnesses to testify through videoconferencing instead of in-person unless it can be shown to be necessary to further in important public interest. 
     In a court ruling Friday justices say virtual electronic presence in the courtroom may someday become an adequate constitutional substitute for actual physical presence, "but we are not there yet." 
     They conclude the constitutional Sixth Amendment right to confront one's accuser still means facing them live in court in most cases.
     The justices' ruling came in the case of Zachariah Rogerson, a man from Dubuque County charged with causing serious injury by driving while intoxicated. 
     Prosecutors wanted to allow out-of-state victims and three state-employed lab analysts to testify via a two-way videoconference.

 

State Employees To Be Reimbursed For Meal Expenses

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad's administration says 3,200 union workers are expected to be reimbursed for years of meal expenses that were improperly cut.
     After lengthy negotiations with the state's largest union, the Department of Administrative Services agreed last week to refund meal reimbursements that were cut in August 2011.
     A department spokesman tells The Associated Press that the deal with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is expected to cost nearly $1.5 million. The state has already reimbursed members of two other unions nearly $250,000 under prior settlements.
     AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said Friday that checks might go out in February after the reimbursements are calculated.
     Homan says employees who traveled every day - such as motor vehicle enforcement officers - might receive $2,500 or more.

 


 



 

   

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