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Monday News, January 14

Life Saving Helmet Presented To Soldier

(Le Mars) -- An Alton, Iowa National Guard soldier based out of the 113th Calvary Squadron, Charlie Company from Le Mars  was presented on Saturday afternoon the helmet that saved his life.  While on tour in Afghanistan, on May 28, 2011, Specialist Tom Albers, 23, was conducting a dismounted joint presence patrol with his team in Afghanistan's Kafshan Valley, Parwan province when he and his fellow troops came under fire.  A bullet hit his helmet, but fortunately, for Albers, did not hit his head.  Albers recalls the incident.

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Albers admits he was stunned for a few moments.  He says he was able to take cover and quickly realized there was no blood and in fact he was able to continue the mission.

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Specialist Albers describes his helmet after taking a round.
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Once enemy fire subsided and they began pulling out.  Albers finally realized the seriousness of what just happened.  He was evacuated, with his only injury being a small burn mark across the top of his head.  His helmet was sent to Program Executive Office based in Fort Belvoir, Virginia for analysis.  Program Executive Office has been dedicated to developing, producing, fielding and sustaining virtually everything a soldier wears, carries, and operates.  Saturday, the helmet was returned to Albers by Command Sgt. Major Emmett Maunakea with PEO, encased in a presentation case with a plaque, during a ceremony at the Le Mars armory.


Le Mars School Board To Review Security Issues

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening to discuss school security.  Dr. Todd Wendt, superintendent of schools will report comments, suggestions, and concerns expressed by parents, staff, and community members regarding school security and discuss in general terms of the district emergency plan.  The school board is expected to discuss legislative issues as it discusses the Plymouth County Schools Legislative Forum scheduled for February 2nd.  Assistant Superintendent, Steve Webner will review the Iowa Assessment Tests with the school board.

 

Legislative Forum Draws Nearly 20 People

(Le Mars) -- Nearly 20 people attended a legislative forum Saturday morning at Le Mars to hear the comments of state lawmakers Bill Anderson and Chuck Soderberg prior to the start of the general session that opens today.  The group offered comments of their own regarding particular issues. City, County, and School officials along with concerned citizens discussed the state's budget, road and bridge funding, regulations, and even the state's role in the pending Affordable Healthcare Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare.  But for Shirley Schroeder, the president of the Remsen-Union school board, she is concerned about education reform and allowable growth funding for schools.
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Schroeder offered some advice to the lawmakers when dealing with educational issues.

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Dr. Mark Stelzer, a member of the Le Mars Community School Board echoed Schroeder's sentiment.

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Legislators Differ On What To Do With Surplus Of Funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - After years of cutting the budget, the legislative session that beings Monday will offer lawmaker a new challenge - what to do with a $1 billion surplus?
Dave Roederer, the top budget aide to Gov. Terry Branstad, credits the surplus to spending cuts and conservative budgeting, as well as healthy tax revenues.
Branstad will release his budget plans Tuesday and is expected to announce plans to invest in education and cut commercial property taxes.
Some Republicans lawmakers also argue reductions to the income tax should be part of any tax package
Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, says Democrats would support some tax cuts, but they also want to see more spending on programs such as adult education and job training.
Some Democrats also want to expand Medicaid.

 

Onawa Casino Reopens

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - Nebraska's Omaha Tribe has reopened its flood-damaged Iowa casino under a new name and with plans for a new building.
The Blackbird Bend Casino greeted old and new customers when it reopened its doors Saturday. It was known as CasinOmaha when it was shut down by Missouri River flooding in June 2011.
Blackbird Bend is temporarily located in the old restaurant of CasinOmaha.
A new building will be built just southeast of the old casino and will be built six feet higher in case of future flooding.
The new casino will have more than 150 employees. Construction is scheduled to begin in March and take about 13 months.
The casino is situated near Onawa, between Omaha, Neb., and Sioux City.
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Three Die In Perry Creek Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating an accident that occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  A vehicle traveling west on 35th street in Sioux City ran the stop sign at the intersection of 35th and Douglas Street.  The vehicle continued down on 35th Street and crossed Grandview Blvd.  The vehicle then drove through a residence yard into the Perry Creek and came to rest on its roof partially submerged in Perry Creek.  There were five occupants in the vehicle and two were able to escape the vehicle after entering the water.  Three other individuals were extracted by rescue personnel and taken to both hospitals where they were pronounced dead.  The accident is still under investigation.  The victims' names have not been released.

 

SUV Runs Up On A Porch Of A Des Moines Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a drunk driver rammed his sport utility vehicle into the porch of a Des Moines home.
Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew William McAninch was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving while drunk.
Police reports say McAninch had a blood alcohol level of .188 - more than twice Iowa's legal driving limit of .08 - when he crashed into the house around 2 a.m. No one was hurt.
Neighborhood residents say McAninch also clipped a gas line in the course of the crash. Authorities were able to quickly contain the gas leak.

 

School Bus Crashes In Northeast Iowa

POSTVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A school bus crash in the northeast corner of Iowa sends the driver and six students to the hospital for treatment of injures.
The Allamakee County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 7:15 a.m. Friday when the bus slid through an intersection, into a ditch and down an embankment.
The driver told authorities that ice on the road caused the crash.
The sheriff's office says the six students and driver were taken to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
The accident remains under investigation.

 

Illinois Man Dies After Falling Through Ice

SABULA, Iowa (AP) - An Illinois man is dead and his teenage son injured after falling through the ice of an eastern Iowa lake.
The accident happened just before 5 p.m. Friday. Jackson County Sheriff's officials say 65-year-old Ronald Kerkhoff, of German Valley, Illinois and his son, 18-year-old Jacob Kerkhoff, had been ice fishing on South Sabula Lake when they fell through.
Rescue crews pulled the men from the lake and took them to a hospital in Clinton, where the older man died. Jacob Kerkhoff was treated for his injuries and released.

 

 

   

Saturday News, January 12

Authorities Apprehend Federal Fugitive

(Le Mars) -- At about 3:00 p.m. Friday, Deputy United States Marshals and the Woodbury County Task Force Officers from the Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Geovany Gonzales-Gonzales at a rural residence on K-18 South in Plymouth County.

Gonzalez-Gonzales was wanted for failing to appear as ordered for a court hearing.  Gonzalez-Gonzalez was originally charged with drug trafficking.  Upon making contact with family members at the residence, Marshals were informed that Gonzales-Gonzales was in the house and had a .380 pistol in his possession.  Gonzalez-Gonzalez was ordered out of his residence, however refused to surrender.  Family members indicated that Gonzalez-Gonzalez was suicidal.

U.S. Marshals requested the assistance of the Plymouth/Sioux/Le Mars Police tactical team to assist with the arrest.  Iowa State Patrol officers as well as the Tactical Team and the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office arrived to assist.  At about 7:30 p.m. an Iowa State Patrol negotiator, negotiated the safe surrender of Gonzalez-Gonzalez to law enforcement personnel. Gonzalez-Gonzalez was booked into the Woodbury County Jail pending further court hearings.

Officers at the scene were assisted by Siiouxland Paramedics and the Akron Fire Department.

 

County Road Crews Work On 320th Street

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe has announced that the Secondary Road Department has closed 320th Street from South Ridge Road West to East Loop Road.  320th Street is located in the far southwest corner of Plymouth County.  Rohe says due to the thawing conditions, during the past couple of days, the road became impassable.  Road crews will continue to work on the gravel road through today.

 

Business Property Owners Asked To Contact Chamber Office

(Le Mars) -- Downtown building owners are being urged to check with Le Mars Chamber
officials regarding a facade renovation project.  Mainstreet Le Mars is submitting an application for a federal Community Development Block Grant which would provide funding to building owners to help with renovation.  The application will be submitted on Friday of next week, so property owners are asked to contact the Le Mars Chamber office prior to Wednesday.

 

Anderson Says There Are Plenty Of New Faces In State Senate

(Le Mars) -- State Senator Bill Anderson and State Representative Chuck Soderberg will hold a series of legislative forums scheduled for today.  The lawmakers want to hear from the public their views on the key issues about to face the legislators as they begin a new session on Monday.  The times and locations are at 8:30 a.m. at the Plymouth County Energy headquarters at Merrill, 10:00 a.m. the lawmakers will hold a forum at the Habitue Coffeehouse and Creperie at Le Mars and the last forum is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon at the Akron Public Library. The General Session begins on Monday, and many wonder how much work will be accomplished given the fact the make-up of the legislature is nearly the same as it was last year.  The House is controlled by the Republicans, and in the State Senate, the Democrats hold a small majority with 26 senators.  Anderson says despite the same numbers, there are a few new names and faces.
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Anderson says even though he is of the minority party in the state senate, he has been able to build relationships and get amendments passed.
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Tentinger Travels To Korea and Japan To Promote Iowa Pork

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Pork Producer recently completed a trade mission trip to South Korea and Japan.  Bill Tentinger serves as the president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.  Prior to the Christmas holiday, Tentinger traveled to the oriental nations in hopes to encourage government officials and food distributors to purchase Iowa pork products.  Tentinger says Iowa leads the nation in pork production, and one of every four hogs marketed is destined to export.  Tentinger says Korea is interested in purchasing Iowa pork.

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Latino Affairs Commissioner Asks Branstad To Change Opinion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Latino affairs commissioners appointed by Governor Terry Branstad have asked him to reconsider his administration's new policy barring driver's licenses for certain
young immigrants allowed by a federal rule to live in the United States.
The Office of Latino Affairs, a division under the state's Department of Human Rights, asks Branstad in a letter sent to him Friday to meet with them.
The letter says the Iowa Department of Transportation is wrong to deny licenses to immigrants brought into the U.S. as children by parents who were not legal residents and who qualify for the new
deferred action program announced by President Barack Obama in June.
Commissioner Joan Jaimes, a Marshalltown community college counselor, says the policy is mean-spirited and makes life difficult for some of her students.


Legislative Committee Suggests Funding $20 Million For Mental Health

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An interim legislative committee recommended the Legislature appropriate up to $20 million to help struggling counties continue mental health services this year.
Iowa City Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat, proposed the $20 million figure at a Friday meeting. It's far more than the $3.8 million recommended by the Department of Human Services.
The committee is overseeing implementation of Iowa's revamped mental health system, which replaces a county-by-county process with a regional approach. Panel members didn't specify how the $20 million would be funded.
As the state shifts to the new program, 32 counties have sought money to finance the transition.
Bolkcom says he will make the recommendation to the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee early in the session so counties can get their funding quickly. The session begins Monday.

 

Bald Eagles Return To Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Bird watching enthusiasts around Iowa are looking to the skies this weekend for a glimpse of thousands of bald eagles making their way across the state.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says wildlife workers and volunteers are tallying reports of bald eagle sightings around the state as part of the national Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. The
annual event is coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Surveyors had most of early January to complete their reports, though target dates are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
An Iowa DNR spokeswoman says migration patterns show the eagles are being spotted in other places besides stronghold spots along the Mississippi River. That includes more appearances along the Des Moines River.
More than 3,000 eagles were counted in the state last year.


   

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