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Friday News, February 8

Denny Callahan Honored By Le Mars Community Schools

(Le Mars) -- Last evening during halftime of the Le Mars Bulldogs and Sioux City East men's basketball game, our own Denny Callahan was honored for his forty years of broadcasting games of the Le Mars Bulldogs, Gehlen Jays, and the former Westmar College Eagles.  Le Mars Community Activities Director Barry Borchers presented the award to both Denny and his wife Jeri, who assists Denny with his broadcasts by keeping statistics. 
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The plaque reads: "With great admiration and appreciation, the LHS and public booster clubs of the Le Mars Community Schools would like to thank Denny Callahan for your forty years of dedication and loyalty to the Bulldog Athletic Boosters and the Le Mars Community schools."

Congratulations Denny, and oh by the way, Happy Birthday.


Four People From Hospers Arrested For Drug Paraphernalia

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities have arrested four people in connection with drug paraphernalia and identity theft.  The arrests was made on Tuesday following an investigation.  Those arrested include: 19 year old Chelsea Hakeneis, 18 year old Matthew Zinnel, 18 year old Victoria Guadalupe-Villarreal, all of Hospers, IA.  They were each charged with  possession of drug paraphernalia.  Christian Vargas-Ortiz, age 20, of Hospers was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft and two counts of forgery.  Upon further investigation deputies determined that Vargas-Ortiz had gained employment at Hickory Hill Farms LLC near Hospers by using another person’s identity.

 

Sioux City Man Sentenced To 75 Years For Murder

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old Sioux City man has been given 75 years in prison for murder and attempted murder.
James Kroll Jr. had pleaded guilty to the charges last month. Kroll was sentenced on Thursday in Woodbury County District Court.
Authorities say Kroll used a crowbar to beat 54-year-old Jeffrey Moravek to death and seriously injure 54-year-old Mary Tope after breaking into Tope's home in June.
Police say Tope's daughter, Emily, was in the house at the time and identified Kroll, her former boyfriend. Court papers say Kroll was distraught that their relationship had ended. She was not
injured.


Dialysis Center To Celebrate With Fund Raising Dance

(Le Mars) -- Its been about a year since the Le Mars Dialysis Center started accepting patients, and this Saturday, the Dialysis Center's board of directors will hold a Valentine's fund raising dance to be held at the Le Mars Convention Center.  The featured band is "Singer Somethin' Blue Band".  The evening's activities will begin at 7:30 p.m.   Funds raised to support the Dialysis Center in Le Mars.  Cost is $25 per ticket with a chance to win $500 CASH.

 

Cherokee Community Theater Presents "Doubt: A Parable"

(Cherokee) -- There are a few interesting events going on in Cherokee this weekend.  Friday is opening night for Cherokee Community Theater's new show "Doubt, A Parable."  "Doubt" focuses around 4 characters including a priest, 2 nuns and the mother of a student at Catholic School.  The priest is accused of sexual misconduct, and as the show unravels the audience is presented with more questions than answers.  "Doubt" was popularized as a movie in 2007 starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep.   The Cherokee Community Theater's production runs this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 with a Sunday matinee at 2 and continues next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and is under the direction of Andrew and Pamela Linn.

Also in Cherokee this Saturday at the Sanford Museum, learn about Charles Drouillard: hunter, interpreter and sign talker for Lewis and Clark.  Darrel Draper will be portraying the half French, half Shawnee Indian who helped Lewis and Clark talk to Indians, hunt and generally keep them safe on their expedition.  Admission is free for this event at the Sanford Museum on Saturday and begins at 7:30pm.


Iowa Businesses Given Help To Win Contracts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A plan to give Iowa businesses help to win some state purchasing contracts is getting support from Democratic legislators.
Under the legislation touted Thursday by Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, if an in-state firm bids slightly higher than an out-of-state business to provide goods, then the state would have
to offer the local firm the opportunity to match the lower bid.
Mathis says the change would apply to purchases of under $500,000 for items like office supplies or computers. She says the plan, which failed to get approval last year, would help Iowa
business owners.
Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says House lawmakers will consider the bill if it passes the Senate, but he says he has gotten feedback that Iowa employers are concerned about the
proposal.

 

Historic Valentine's Options

(Des Moines) -- If you're ready to give your loved one a historic Valentine's Day- Then look no farther than Mason City, Perry and Davenport where you'll find Iowa's historic lodging properties. 
If your sweetheart is an architecture buff then you might want to stay at the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City. Park Inn is the last remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the world!  It's gone through extensive renovation in the recent past as well.
Or if your Valentines nostalgia aligns itself more with the whimsy of bowling, get a room at the Hotel Pattee in Perry.  With 40 decorated theme rooms, the hotel features a 2 lane bowling alley built to replicate the original bowling alley that was in the hotel when it was first constructed.
For the pure history buff, how about a room where Carey Grant, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon or Jack Dempsey stayed?  The Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport would be the place.  This hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, and now old meets new!  If an overnight stay isn't needed, but you'd still like to make your Valentines Day historic  there's a Valentine Dinner Train traveling through the Des Moine River Valley next week on 4 different evenings. The two hour ride includes dinner.

 

Judge To Review Voter Registrations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Voter fraud cases against several Iowans could be in trouble if a district court judge rules Iowa's voter registration form is illegal.
The attorney for a Council Bluffs man charged with election misconduct says the voter registration form has smaller type at the bottom where the person signing certifies citizenship. State law requires the print on the form to be uniform throughout.
Attorney David Richter says Pottawattamie County prosecutors stipulated at a hearing Monday that the type differs. He expects a judge to find the form illegal.
If the judge believes that justifies dismissal of charges against Richter's client, Albert Harte-Maxwell, prosecution in similar cases could be in trouble.
Five other people are charged with election misconduct for registering to vote without U.S. citizenship, a felony in Iowa.

 

School Threat Diversion For Bank Robbery

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in northern Iowa say they believe a school threat was called in as a diversion for a nearby bank robbery.
The Fort Dodge Police Department briefly locked down the Fort Dodge Community School District Thursday after Feelhaver Elementary School received a verbal threat by phone.
Police say at the same time, there was a bank robbery at a Citizens State Bank in Fort Dodge. Authorities say the suspect fled the scene on foot and remains at large. No injuries have been
reported.
Authorities and school officials say they believe the threat was a diversion for the bank robbery. They do not believe there was a real threat to any schools.

 

West Des Moines City Council Discusses Banning Fruits & Vegetables Raised in Yards

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The West Des Moines City Council is dropping plans to consider banning residents from planting fruits and vegetables in their front yards.
The Des Moines Register reports Mayor Steve Gaer says a resident who initially brought the issue to city council members has withdrawn his complaint. The council then decided not to move
forward with any action.
Gaer says residents have expressed concern that such a ban would infringe on their rights as property owners.
The resident complained last fall about his neighbor's front yard. A council subcommittee met Wednesday and had discussed plans to study the issue further.

 

Legislature Discusses Helmets For Moped Drivers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Friends of a young Iowa woman killed in a mo-ped accident are urging lawmakers to approve a law requiring helmets for underage mo-ped drivers.
College students Leah Murray and Olivia Lofgren testified before a state Senate subcommittee Thursday on behalf of legislation to require helmets for mo-ped drivers under 18. Both say they want to prevent an accident like the one that killed their friend Caroline Found in 2011.
Found died after she lost control of her mo-ped and hit a tree.  The 17-year-old from Iowa City was not wearing a helmet.
The subcommittee approved the legislation, which now gets committee review. Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom called the approval a victory. But he noted the measure will have a tough
road, given the Legislature's reticence to approve helmet laws.


U of I Mistakenly Sent Out Students GPA's In Email

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa is apologizing after a temporary employee mistakenly sent an email to 2,000 students that included a document showing all of their grade point
averages.
The school said Thursday that students served by the Center for Diversity and Enrichment received the e-mail Wednesday that included a data attachment with their names, number of credit hours
and grade point averages.
University officials apologized to students, saying they understand the breach "may have caused undue stress." The university said counseling resources were available and that steps were "being taken to remedy the situation and to ensure that such mistakes do not occur again."
Students have been instructed to delete the attachment, and shred any copies they printed out because personal grade information is protected under federal student privacy law.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Thursday News, February 7th

(Le Mars) -- Keeping up with technology is not an easy job, but it's done well by Bruce

Ludwig at Le Mars Community Schools.  That's why Ludwig is this months Employee of the Month

at Le Mars Community. Spanish teacher Gale Horan nominated Ludwig saying that "He is able to

fix most anything and very quickly...He is accomodating as budget allows helping us to be

able to provide the best resources for our students...Our job as educators would be much

more difficult if it were not for all that the Tech Department does for us." Educators met

this morning to honor Bruce Ludwig as the Le Mars Community Schools February Employee of the

month.

 

Plymouth County Attorney now Serving all of Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Attorney Darren Raymond has recently acquired additional responsibilities.  In addition to serving as the county's legal adviser and prosecuting judicial cases, Raymond has assumed the role of president for the Iowa State Association of counties, or ISAC.   ISAC involves each of the 99 Iowa counties, as well as every department within the county.  Raymond says he was first elected to ISAC's executive board four years ago.  He talks about the role of the organization.

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The organization was first established in 1964, and Raymond says its lobbying service works closely with the board of directors to establish prioritiy issues for the state legislature.

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The county attorney says this year, funding transportation and mental health emerged as the common issues of interests for Iowa counties.

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Raymond says his goal as president of ISAC is to offer additional training sessions for the counties and their leaders.

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After completing his year as president for the statewide county organization, Raymond says he will remain on the executive board of directors as its past chairman.


Decades Dance Raises Money for Remsen St. Mary's this Weekend

(Remsen) -- The fun of Halloween but in February AND it raises money for a good cause.  The annual "Decades Dance" hosted by the Remsen St. Mary's Activity Club is taking place this Saturday, February 9th.  Though the idea was the brainchild of Janice Schorg, Sue Theisen has been in charge of planning the event over the years.  Sue says the dance started out as a 50's and 60's Dance, the 70's were then added, and then well, she figured all decades should be included.

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People dress up in all kinds of different costumes...cartoon characters, musicians, actors, actresses and television show characters. Pretty much anything recognizable from pop-culture is fair game. Sue said that one year her family dressed up as the Beverly Hillbillies and included props like authentic moonshine and a live boa constrictor for Ellie Mae! 

Proceeds from the dance benefit Remsen St. Mary's Activities Club which provides funding for uniforms and other needs at the school.  The Decades Dance isn't just for people from Remsen. Sue says it draws around 300 or so people from many of surrounding towns.

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At this Saturday's Decades Dance, prizes will be awarded for best costume, best lip-sync and best dance.  The night will feature the live band The Troublemakers out of Sioux Falls.

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Tickets are available at the door for the Decades Dance being held at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen.  Festivities start at 8:30.

 

Priest Casts "Doubt" and Lewis and Clark Translator Makes Appearance...Where?  Cherokee

(Cherokee) -- There are a few interesting events going on in Cherokee this weekend.  Friday is opening night for Cherokee Community Theater's new show "Doubt, A Parable."  "Doubt" focuses around 4 characters including a priest, 2 nuns and the mother of a student at Catholic School.  The priest is accused of sexual misconduct, and as the show unravels the audience is presented with more questions than answers.  "Doubt" was popularized as a movie in 2007 starring Philip Seymour and Meryl Streep.  
The Cherokee Community Theater's production runs this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 with a Sunday matinee at 2 and continues next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and is under the direction of Andrew and Pamela Linn.

Also in Cherokee this Saturday at the Sanford Museum, learn about Charles Drouillard: hunter, interpreter and sign talker for Lewis and Clark.  Darrel Draper will be portraying the half French, half Shawnee Indian who helped Lewis and Clark talk to Indians, hunt and generally keep them safe on their expedition.  Admission is free for this event at the Sanford Museum on Saturday and begins at 7:30pm.

 


Interviews Today for Iowa Board of Regents President


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents is set to pick

a new president of the University of Northern Iowa. The board will

interview the final two candidates during its meeting today, them will

announce its choice. The finalists are William Ruud, president of

Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and former Indiana

University-Purdue Fort Wayne chancellor Michael Wartell.

Straight Ticket Voting Could be Going Away

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers are considering
legislation that would eliminate the option of voting a straight
party ticket. The measure is up for review today in a state House
committee. If passed, the bill would mean that Iowans could no
longer check one box and select all the candidates from a single
party during elections.

Vegetables for Back Yard Only

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The West Des Moines City Council
may consider a proposal to bar residents from planting vegetables
in their front yards. Iowa State University Extension
horticulturist Richard Jauron says some homes might be too shady
for a backyard garden, but officials must consider the wishes of
all residents. Mayor Steve Gaer has asked staffers to come up with
specific alternatives to a blanket ban.










   

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