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Saturday news, June 9th

20112 Relay For Life

(Remsen) -- More than $35,500 was raised during last evening's Plymouth County Relay for Life held at Remsen. 26 different teams participated along with several individuals, all with the mission to call attention and raise money to fight cancer.  Malia Mouser of Remsen was this year's Honorary Chair.  Mouser, a cancer survivor, says she has been on both sides of cancer. 

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Mouser recounts her days as a victim of cancer.

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Mouser says before being diagnosed with cancer, she would often help others who had the disease.  

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The Remsen resident says her doctors inform her that it will be five years before she can be considered totally free and cured of cancer. Mouser is coming up on two years since she had the chemo therapy...so, how does she feel?

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Team Carly's Angels and Team Mitchel were selected as the the top fund raising teams during last evening festivities.

 

Main Street Wanting to Clean Downtown

(Le Mars) -- Next week is "Ice Cream Days" for Le Mars, but before the city welcomes its many guests acknowledging the "sweet treat", efforts are being organized to help clean up the downtown district.  Le Mars Main Street Coordinator Mary Reynolds says on Monday between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. citizens are invited to the Chamber office to help clean the downtown area.

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Reynolds says she is hoping for at least 50 people to join in on the cleaning duties

 

CenturyLink Moves to Sioux City

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - CenturyLink is closing its sales and call center in Des Moines and relocating the operations to Sioux City, a move that will affect over 100 employees.
     Spokeswoman Nancy DeVinay-McNeley says the center will close on September 7th. She says the work will be "consolidated" to Sioux City and all employees would be offered the chance to move. She
says the move is part of an ongoing effort to remain competitive and reduce cost.
     CenturyLink has about 1,500 employees in Iowa.

Penn National Agrees to Casino Extension 

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The owner of the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City has accepted a contract extension with the nonprofit group that holds the license.
     Penn National Gaming says it has agreed to sign the offer by Missouri River Historical Development to extend the current agreement through March 2015. The deal appears to keep the casino
from closing.
     Talks have stalled on a long-term deal. Penn is proposing a new $100 million land-based casino. The nonprofit group wants more than the current 3 percent of gross revenue for community projects.
     Penn spokesman Eric Schippers says it was the "best interest" of all parties to extend the current agreement. Mark Monson of thenonprofit group says he didn't know Penn had accepted the deal, and
the group will talk about it on Monday.

 

Governor Branstad To Hold News Conference at Storm Lake

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is taking some of his weekly news conferences on the road in Iowa.
     Branstad says he and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be holding the news conference outside the Capitol in Des Moines as part of their transparency goals. The first will be on Wednesday in Storm Lake.
     Other dates and cities will be announced as they're scheduled.

 

Milford Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine

(Sioux City) -- A Milford man has been sentenced to federal prision for two and a half years for distributing methamphetamine.  32 year old Terry Lowry pleaded guilty in February to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Lowry admitted that from 2010 through February of 2011, he distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Spencer area.

 

Sioux City Man Gets 27 Years in Federal Prision

(Sioux City) -- A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prision for distributing marijanan, illegally possessing firearms, and possessing firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes.  Isaiah Thomas, age 27, received his prison term after a September 2011 guilty plea.  Thomas had a number of prior convictions for domestic violence which precluded him from lawfully possessing any firearms.  Information revealed at the hearings showed that Thomas repeatedly brutalized his girlfriend and her friend who was merely visiting the apartment.  Thomas broke two of his girlfriends's fingers, stood on her head, choked her, forced his hand into her mouth in an attempt to break her jaw, and shoved a pistol into her eye ripping her eyelid and destroying a tear duct.  Thomas knocked his second victim unconscious.  After the assaults had occurred, Thomas drove his girl friend to the hospital and instructed her to lie about how she acquired the injuries.  Officers found the second victim in Thomas's apartment unconscious and she too was transported to the hospital to receive medical attention.  Officers executed a search warrant for the apartment and found, among other things, two loaded handguns - one of which was covered in fresh blood and hair, several individually packaged baggies of marijuana, two larger Ziplock bags containing marijuana and other items associated with the drug trade. Thomas has a long history of violence.



    

   

Friday Afternoon News, June 8

Le Mars Main Street Organizing Downtown Clean-Up

(Le Mars) -- Next week is "Ice Cream Days" for Le Mars, but before the city welcomes its many guests acknowledging the "sweet treat", efforts are being organized to help clean up the downtown district.  Le Mars Main Street Coordinator Mary Reynolds says on Monday between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. citizens are invited to the Chamber office to help clean the downtown area.

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Reynolds says she is hoping for at least 50 people to join in on the cleaning duties. 

 

Highway Patrol Investigates Motorcycle-Car Accident

(Orange City) -- The Iowa Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle-car accident that occured Wednesday morning near Alton.  Apparently, 28 year old Joel Van Engen of Paullina was riding his motorcycle when he failed to see the car ahead of him had stopped and was about to make a left-hand turn.  The car, driven by 57 year old Sharon Bortscheller of Remsen had yielded to an oncoming over-sized vehicle when the motorcycle struck the car.  Van Engen was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered injuries.  He was transported to the Orange City Regional Hospital.  Van Engen was wearing a helmet.

 

Iowa Supreme Court Rules On Wind Energy Expansion

 
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is giving the green light to a major wind energy expansion by the state's largest public utility.
     The court on Friday upheld a 2009 decision by the Iowa Utilities Board that guaranteed MidAmerican Energy could raise customers' rates in the future to pay for a huge wind energy project set to be completed this year.
     The court rejected a challenge by NextEra Energy Resources, a rival who argued MidAmerican didn't demonstrate need for extra capacity and didn't properly consider other alternatives.
     In a 5-0 ruling, the court says the board's decision was based on "substantial evidence" the expansion would reduce emissions, diversify the fuel supply, promote economic development and maintain reasonable prices for customers.
     MidAmerican spokeswoman Ann Thelen says the company is pleased with the ruling.

 

Bridgestone Tires Plans Expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Bridgestone Americas plans to invest $74 million more through next year to expand its Firestone tire factory in Des Moines.
     The  investment is in addition to Bridgestone's $77 million project at the plant, which was announced in March 2010.
     The plant has added about 250 workers in the past two years, bringing the total to nearly 1,700 people. Bridgestone Americas, which is based in Nashville, Tenn., didn't say whether the new plan
will bring more jobs.
     The plant makes tires for the agricultural, forestry and construction equipment markets.
     The state and Polk County gave Bridgestone $600,000 in loans and grants, plus $108,000 in tax credits, last year to aid the last expansion.
     Officials say Bridgestone hasn't applied for assistance with its latest expansion plan.

School Principal Found Guilty of Simple Assault  

   LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - A former western Iowa school principal accused of pulling down the pants of a student has been found guilty of simple assault.
     Online court records say 35-year-old Mike Loftin was given a year of unsupervised probation after his conviction on Wednesday.  He also was given a deferred judgment, which means the conviction
could be removed from his record if he successfully completes probation.
     Loftin, who lives in Omaha, Neb., was principal for the West Harrison Community School District junior-senior high school in Mondamin.
     Loftin also coached the girls' basketball team. Authorities say he pulled down a girl's warm-up pants before a game on Jan. 20. She wasn't wearing uniform or gym shorts underneath.
     He was fired in late January.

 

 

    

   

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