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Tuesday Afternoon News, June 11

Memorial Services Scheduled For Missing 15 Year Old

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) - A memorial service has been scheduled for a 15-year-old Iowa girl who was missing for weeks before her body was discovered in a river.
Palmer & Swank Funeral Homes says a service for Kathlynn Shepard will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Southeast Webster-Grand Middle School gymnasium in Boxholm. It's open to the public.
Residents of Dayton, where Kathlynn lived with her family, are holding a tree-lighting ceremony for the girl Monday night that will feature 1,500 purple lights.
Authorities say Kathlynn and a friend were kidnapped May 20 in Dayton by registered sex offender Michael Klunder. He hanged himself after the younger girl escaped.
A massive search for Kathlynn lasted weeks. Her body was found Friday under a bridge near Boone.
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Farmers Still Delayed With Spring Planting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers endured another wet week largely keeping them out of the fields.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's crop update that 92 percent of Iowa's corn is now planted. Usually planting is all but completed by now. Eighty-six percent is rated in fair, good, or excellent shape while 14 percent is poor or very poor.
Just 60 percent of the soybean crop is planted much lower than the normal 95 percent and 39 percent has emerged while average is 83 percent.
Planting and emergence for soybeans are the latest since 1993.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says temperatures were below normal every day last week at all locations in the state. The statewide average rainfall was 1.1 inches slightly under average of 1.2 inches.


Woodbury County Deputies To Patrol More Communities

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Woodbury County has given its deputies the green light to monitor seven towns.
Deputies with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office will respond to calls for help with dogs at large and other ordinance violations for a $35 per hour fee.
The  Woodbury County Board of Supervisors approved a measure Tuesday that will add the towns of Cushing and Smithland to a list that already includes Bronson, Danbury, Hornick, Lawton and Pierson.
Sheriff Dave Drew says he will monitor if the workforce is sufficient, but he doesn't expect a need for more deputies.
The newspaper reports state law requires towns to provide police service, but most in the county have relied on periodic patrols by county deputies.
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Olson To Retire From Democratic Chair - Eyes Governor's Race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Tyler Olson is stepping down from his post.
The Cedar Rapids state representative has said he is considering a run for governor, but his letter Tuesday to the party's central committee does not mention that directly. He simply says it is time
for him to decide how he "can best serve Iowans" and that he cannot explore his options while holding this position.
Olson will retain his House position.
Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, says he is exploring a run for governor. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has not announced, but is widely expected to seek re-election.
Olson was re-elected last year to his fourth House term. He serves as ranking member of the Appropriations Committee.
He has served as party chairman since January.

 

Police Identify Body Found In River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police have identified a body spotted by
a fisherman as it floated in the Des Moines River.
Des Moines police identified the body as 35-year-old Zachary Wayne Johnson, of Des Moines.
A fisherman reported the body, and police say a fire department water emergency team brought the body to shore.
Police say the body had no obvious signs of trauma and it wasn't clear how long it had been in the water. An autopsy is planned.

 

Iowa City Man With Sword Harasses Public

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say a man harassing people outside a gas station had a sword, throwing knives and a flask of cocaine.
Police responded to a complaint Monday night about a man with a guitar scaring customers at a Tiffin gas station. Police spotted 21-year-old Deandre Lamar Ronald Irby outside the station.
A complaint says police confiscated a "samurai-type" sword sticking out the back of Irby's T-shirt, as well as two throwingknives and a flask with a white powdery substance.
The Irby was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Jail. He faces a serious misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and an aggravated misdemeanor charge of carrying weapons.
Court records do not list an attorney.
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Tuesday News, June 11

Sam Clovis Announces He Will Run For U-S Senate Seat

(Sioux City) -- Radio talk show host, Sam Clovis of Hinton, made it official last evening when he announced he would seek the candidacy of the U-S Senate.  The republican from Hinton made his announcement to seek the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tom Harkin at Sioux City's Holiday Inn.


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Around 200 supporters turned out for the announcement. Clovis told them that he  believes government is best when it is both pragmatic and honest. He says right now, we have neither.
He wants to halt what he calls the outrageous spending of taxpayer money and the wasteful entity that government has become;


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Clovis says he will fight to secure America's borders and supports lawful immigration:


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He says he is running to flip 'politics as usual' on its proverbial head. Clovis is a constitutional conservative:


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Clovis says nobody should serve in congress for more than 12 years. He believes in the nuclear family and supports the right to life and would remove taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood.
Clovis is a former Air Force fighter pilot who is a full tenured professor of the Business & Economics Department at Morningside College in Sioux City.

 

Hospital Trustees To Vote On Expansion Project

(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this morning.  The hospital trustees are expected to vote on whether to give the green light for the north addition expansion project.  Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin says it will still be a series of steps before any construction would actually take place.

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Donlin says the expansion project, if approved, will come with a price tag.

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One piece of the puzzle that hospital officials had been waiting on was a loan approval being funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development.  Donlin says the loan is not official, but he feels confident the U-S-D-A's agency will back the low-interest loan.

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The hospital has held numerous community informational meetings, and Donlin says the general public has been supportive of the idea for the hospital to expand.


School Board Discusses Salary Increase For Wendt

(Le Mars) -- At last evening's Le Mars Community School Board meeting, board members gave early approval for an increase of 12 percent salary increase to Dr. Todd Wendt, superintendent of schools.  The board will vote on the measure when the contract has been written, which is scheduled for the next board meeting.  The School Board discussed offering Wendt a three-year contract with the 12 percent increase initially, followed by a four percent increase each of the following two years.  Wendt had presented to the school board for their review and consideration a list of 20 other school districts of similar size to Le Mars, showing the salary and benefits being paid to their superintendent.  The average salary paid to the superintendent's position was listed as $148,040.  The Le Mars Community School District was shown to be well under the state average, with Wendt's salary at $133,596. Of the 20 schools listed, only Denison and Keokuk had a lower salary for their superintendent.  Long time board member, Pat Murphy recalled during the recent era when the school faced some difficult financial conditions, Dr. Wendt had agreed to freeze his salary for a period of three years, when other schools obviously  proceeded to increase their superintendent's salary.  Murphy thanked Wendt for taking that action and thinking of the school district first.  He then informed the board, it may be time for the school district to "step up" and offer Dr. Wendt a much deserved salary increase.   In other action, during last evening's school board meeting, the board heard from Rob Bixemann as he described the school's insurance coverage and premium costs.  




   

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