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Mayor Kirchoff Addresses His Goals

(LeMars) -- Next Tuesday is election day for many civic communities, including LeMars.  The mayor's race and the two council positions are being sought by incumbants running unopposed. Today, we visit with Mayor Dick Kirchoff.  Kirchoff has served for two terms  and is seeking a third two-year term.  He says his goal in the past, as well as the future, is to serve the people of LeMars, and to make certain there is always open communication.

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As for the future, Kirchoff hopes to be able to attract additional businesses to LeMars, but he says the main goal on hand is to update the city's water systems.

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The mayor says he also wants to follow through on the police upgrade program.  Perhaps the key issue on the ballot will be whether or not the city continues with a Ward representation system, or to switch over to an at-large representation system.  Kirchoff says he wants the people to decide that issue.

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(Sioux City) -- A man who illegally re-entered the United States from Mexico was sentenced on Monday to 2 months time served.  Isidro Martinez-Hernandez, age 35, from Mexico received the prision term after a guilty plea was entered on September 16th.  Martinez-Hernandez admitted he had been deported from the United States on April 5th.  He entered Homeland Security Investigations custody on July 25th when he was encountered at the Plymouth County jail after his arrest for driving while license was revoked.  Martinez-Hernandez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark Bennett.


(Sioux City) -- In a separate case, two other men who illegally re-entered the United States from Mexico were sentenced to federal prision.  Manuel Moreno-Guantelo, age 38, from Mexico and Jose Garrido-Rodiguez, age 49, from Mexico both admitted they were deported from the United States and they came into the U-S Homeland Security custody after their arrest for forgery and identity theft in Sioux County.  The men were charged as aggravated felons.  Moreno-Guantelo was sentenced to 12 months in prision, while Garrido-Rodiguez was sentenced to 8 months in prision.  Both men appeared before U-S District Court Judge Mark Bennett.

 (Sioux City) -- A man who unlawfully sold unapproved versions of drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction pled guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Sioux City.  David Kempema, age 50, of Sioux City was convicted of one count of trafficking misbranded drugs with intent to defraud or mislead.  Kempema admitted that he advertised and offered for sale drugs purporting to be Viagra and Cialis.  Kempema used the business names Generic Direct, La Costa Direct, and Canned Ads, to market the drugs.  When Kempema received an order for Viagra, he supplied the customer with Viprogra-100.  When he received an order Cialis, he supplied the customer with V-Tada 20.  Niether the Viproga-100 nor the V-Tada 20  were approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.  Kempema obtained the drugs from India and sold them to customers in the United States without any prescription.  In order to mislead customers and law enforcement, Kempema shipped the drugs using a fake return address from Costa Rica.    Kempema admitted selling the fake drugs.  He was able to make nearly $24,000 in proceeds from the sales.  Kempema faces a possible maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine. 
 

(Onawa) -- After months of being closed due to the summer flooding of the Missouri River, Highway 175 that connects Onawa, Iowa to Decatur, Nebraska including the toll bridge is once again open.  Iowa Department of Transportation officials made the announcement last evening. The highway and bridge were impacted by the Missouri River flooding and was closed since June 27.  The large scour hole that formed around the bridge piers and the abutment has been filled and the roadway embankment stabilized.  The toll bridge has been inspected and is now safe for travel.  The five-month long highway and bridge closure created several problems for people living in that area that needed to cross the river to go to work.  Often what would have been a ten-minute commute would turn into an extra hour's drive.

(LeMars) -- It won't be long before old man winter will be breathing down our necks, and according to one local mechanic, now is the time for you to get your car winterized.  Nick Hoss is the service manager for Total Sales and Service in LeMars.  He says you will want to check your wipers, battery, and tires.

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Hoss says you should check the battery, especially if it is more than four years old.

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Hoss says his shop has already had customers stop by to get their cars ready for the winter.  One other important aspect to winterizing your auto is to make certain the antifreeze will handle the colder temperatures.

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Hoss says people should remember to top off their fluids as they get their car ready for winter.

 

 

 

 

   

Wells Recalls Some Products

(LeMars) -- Wells Enterprises, in cooperation with the U-S Food and Drug Administration is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Blue Bunny Personals ice cream because it was mispackaged and contains undeclared wheat.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat and/or have gluten sensitivities may be at risk from consuming these products.  On a limited number of packages, the lid describes the product as Blue Bunny Super Chunky Cookie Dough ice cream, and the carton portion of the package describes the product as Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic ice cream.  The affected mispackaged product was distributed in 5.5 ounce personal cartons with Lot number 10009 Best Used By date 10/1/2012, with the UPC number of 07064000463.  The lot and UPC number can be found printed on the side of the carton.  The affected product was shipped to states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  Other states that may have received the product include: Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Texas, and Indiana.  


(Le Mars)-- Bo Deans Cone Company is proposing expansion of its business operations and creation of additional jobs in Le Mars, Iowa.  BoDeans Cone Company is pursuing financial assistance for a portion of the costs of the project, and is requesting approval from the City of Le Mars to submit applications to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for funding through the High Quality Jobs Program.  BoDeans requested a tax abatement for five years. The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and the LeMars City Council gave their approval for the plan on Tuesday.  Neal Adler, executive director of the LeMars Business Initiative Corporation shares how the plan will work.

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Adler says the tax abatement is a sliding scale, and the amount of abatement drecreases over the life of the five-year plan. 

(Akron) -- Grass fires continue to be a problem for area fire departments due to the extreme dry conditions.  Yesterday afternoon the Akron Fire Department responded to a grass fire located in the southwest corner of Plymouth County.  The fire started to get out of control and a few homes were being threaten.  Sioux City Fire Department also responded to assist with that fire.  A reminder that Plymouth County still remains under a burn ban. 

(LeMars) -- November is American Diabetes Month and Floyd Valley Hospital wants to inform people about the potentially deadly disease.  On Monday, Floyd Valley Hospital will host a Diabetes Fair at the Floyd Valley Conference Center.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with a vendors display.  Mindi Allen, Floyd Valley's Ultrasound Technician will speak about the Importance of Stroke Screening, and later, Dr. Deborah Majerus, of Cardiovascular Associates will answer questions during the "Ask the Cardiologist" segment. 

(Sioux City) -- A report released by HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, named Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City the number one rated hospital in the state for cardiac care and neurosciences.  The hospital's quality was also recognized as among the best in the nation.  Mercy's cardiac care is among America's 100 Best Hospitals and its neurosciences ranks among the top ten percent nationally.


CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) - Iowa and Nebraska officials will be on hand for the much-anticipated reopening of a flood-damaged stretch of Interstate 680 north of Council Bluffs that links Iowa and
Nebraska.
     Officials plan to reopen all four lanes on the 3-mile stretch of I-680 from I-29 to the Missouri River on Wednesday. Officials had targeted the end of the year, but crews have been working almost
24-hours a day on the $19 million project since Sept. 28 to get the highway ready for traffic.
     The highway had some of the worst damage from a summer of flooding on the Missouri River.
     Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will be joined by Victor Mendez of the Federal Highway Administration, as well as other officials from Iowa and Nebraska during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

   

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