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Wednesday Afternoon News, March 13

American Legion To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(Le Mars) -- The American Legion Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.  The ceremony is to acknowledge the recent renovation of the building's facade'. Steve Jester serves as a trustee for the local American Legion post.  He says the planning for the new building front started more than two years ago.
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Jester says the total investment was over $60,000.  The Legion official says the building has some unique features.

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Jester says with the new building front, and the painting of the waving flag on the side of the building, many people have taken notice and commented on the improvements to the American Legion hall.

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Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees Approve Moving Loading Dock Facilities

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees approved plans to move and modify the loading dock area at the hospital.  The approval was made last evening during the regular monthly meeting of the hospital trustees, and Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin says the loading dock project needed to be acted upon before the trustees can approve the major multi-million dollar expansion project.

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Sioux City Police Involved With Standoff

(Sioux City) -- A standoff with a suspect that lasted most of the night in Sioux City's Greenville area is now over. Sioux City Police officer Chad Sheehan explains what happened.

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Sheehan says the incident began after midnight this morning when police responded to a disturbance call.  The man involved had left the scene of the disturbance and gone to a relative's house in Greenville.  The suspect, a male in his 20's, was said to be armed, and allowed his relatives in the home to leave without incident. No shots were fired during the standoff and neither the suspect, or any officers were injured.  The suspect's name has not yet been released.


Communities and Businesses Want New I-29 Exchange

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Five entities that want another Interstate 29 exit to be built south of Sioux City are preparing to underwrite a nearly $400,000 study.
The cities of Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff and Salix, along with Woodbury County and an arm of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, are backing the idea. The exit would serve Sioux City's Southbridge Industrial Park and the county-proposed Liberty Industrial Park.
Plans to ask the Iowa Department of Transportation for the exit failed last year when local officials couldn't agree on whether to ask the department to rebuild the Port Neal interchange or build
another to the north.
Sergeant Bluff Mayor Dale Petersen says a new interchange would make the area more accessible to businesses.
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Des Moines School Board Split On New Superintendent's Contract

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A divided Des Moines school board has approved a contract for the district's new superintendent.
The board voted Tuesday 4-3 in favor of nearly $300,000 in total compensation for Thomas Ahart. The 45-year-old had been interim superintendent for the 32,000 student district.
Some board members who voted against the contract said they believed no other candidates were seriously considered for the job.
Board member Joe Jongewaard said at the meeting that no qualified candidate "had any chance of getting this job."
Ahart's contract went into effect immediately. It extends through June 30, 2015.
Other job finalists were James Browder, superintendent of the Anchorage School District in Alaska, and Carey Wright, chief academic officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
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Iowa Finance Authority Helping With Housing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state agency is giving over $70 million in federal tax credits to 12 affordable housing projects in Iowa.
Officials from the Iowa Finance Authority say the credits will help build and preserve 635 housing units in the state.
Gov. Terry Branstad says seniors, students and families in Iowa need more affordable housing options.
The Finance Authority is responsible for giving federal housing tax credits to developers. Developers sell the credits to investors to raise funding for their projects. The Finance Authority received
38 applications for the credits. The awards total about $7 million in credits per year for ten years.
Locations for the projects include Des Moines, Newton, Waukee and Storm Lake.


Southeast Iowa Lawmakers Want Branstad To Save Mental Health Prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Six southeast Iowa lawmakers are asking Gov. Terry Branstad to reverse his decision to close a mental health care unit at the state penitentiary in Fort Madison.
In a letter sent to the governor Wednesday, one Republican and five Democratic lawmakers say closing the 10-year-old unit will be detrimental to inmates with mental health needs.
Branstad's budget proposal announced in February calls for closure of the $26 million, 200-bed facility in 2014. Prisoners would be transferred to prison medical units in Clarinda and Coralville and the new state penitentiary in Fort Madison.
State budget director Dave Roederer says closing the unit saves the state $8 million in annual operations costs.
Signing the letter were Democrats Tom Courtney, Rich Taylor, Dennis Cohoon, Jerry Kearns and Todd Taylor and Republican Dave Heaton.

 

 

 

 

   

Wednesday News, March 13

FBI Agent To Address Seminar

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) will be hosting “Terrorism – It Can’t Happen Here?” on Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Willow Creek Golf Course.  The program will be presented by Special Agent Shara McGowan with the FBI Kansas City Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.   SA McGowan will review the mission and role of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the role of
the intelligence community, recent investigations including cases in the Midwest, and to learn about historical Kansas City Al-Qaeda connections.

The Plymouth County Medical Reserve Corp is a community based program and will function as a
way to organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies in our community.  MRC volunteers will supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.  Although the title is Medical Reserve Corp, anyone may volunteer, not just those with a medical background. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.  This program is open to MRC Volunteers, emergency responders, community response partners and preparedness planners.

 

American Legion To Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

(Le Mars) -- The American Legion Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.  The ceremony is to acknowledge the recent renovation of the building's facade'.  There will be a chamber after 5:00 event sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.

 

Le Mars Home Expo Continues

(Le Mars) -- Its day two of the Le Mars Home Expo being held at the Le Mars Convention Center.  Both levels are being utilized with more than 80 exhibitors on hand.  Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the show continues until 8:00 p.m.  KLEM radio and Powell Broadcasting are sponsoring the event.

 

College Students Lobby Legislators

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Students from Iowa's state universities are visiting the Capitol to lobby for financial support from lawmakers.
A group of students from all three universities will meet with legislators Wednesday as part of "Regents Day."
Spokeswoman for the Board of Regents Sheila Doyle Koppin says the group will be advocating that the universities receive the resources needed to freeze tuition. Koppin says the students will
also push lawmakers to increase state support for student financial aid.
Gov. Terry Branstad's budget proposal includes the funding increase requested by the Regents to provide the first tuition freeze in 30 years at state schools. But his budget plan does not
include the full amount sought by the Regents for student aid. The Legislature must now approve a budget plan.


House Appropriations Committee Passes Bill To Limit Taxes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A constitutional amendment that would make it harder for lawmakers to raise taxes is advancing in the Republican-controlled state House.
The House appropriations committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would change the state constitution by requiring all tax hikes to get a three-fifths majority vote in the
Legislature. Currently, a simple majority is needed.
The measure passed the committee 14-10 in a party line vote. It now goes to the full House for approval.
To change the state constitution, the measure would need to be approved by the current Assembly and then by the one elected in 2014. After that it would go to Iowa voters.

 

Brazil May Pass U-S On Soybean Production

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University expert says long-term trends and recent weather patterns have put Brazil in a position to overtake the United States as the world's leading
producer of soybeans.
Chad Hart is a grain markets specialist at Iowa State, and he says the market change "has been building over a long period of time, but this year will be a milestone."
Hart says that U.S. farmers can't match the rate at which Brazil is
increasing the acres for soybean crops.
Hart says that although Brazil may replace the United States as the world's largest producer of soybeans, soybeans will continue to be profitable for U.S. growers. And, he says, U.S. dominance for
corn production will continue.
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POET Joins With Netherlands Company For New Type of Ethanol Plant

EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) - An executive with a Netherlands-based biotechnology company has been asked to lead a joint venture that is building a new type of ethanol plant in northern Iowa.
Royal DSM, based in Delft, the Netherlands, has teamed with Sioux Falls, S.D.,-based Poet to create Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels.
The joint venture is building a plant in Emmetsburg that will make ethanol from corncobs, leaves and husks. It's expected to initially make 20 million gallons of ethanol a year.
The technology created to make the so-called "cellulosic" ethanol will be licensed to others in the industry.
Steve Hartig, a vice president with DSM, has been named general manager of the joint venture. He will be responsible for the licensing.


Google Settles With Iowa Attorney General

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa will receive $115,428 from Google Inc. as part of a settlement with the Internet giant over the collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information
sent over wireless networks.
The state's share of the payment was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Tom Miller. Miller says the settlement recognizes the privacy rights of individuals whose information was collected
without their permission.
Google has agreed to pay $7 million to settle the investigation involving attorneys general in 38 states.
The case dates to 2010 when Google revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been gathering personal data transmitted over wireless networks not
protected by passwords.
Miller says Iowa's share will go to the state's consumer education and litigation fund.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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