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Monday Afternoon News, Sept. 16

Floyd Valley Hospital Ready To Accept Contractor Bids

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is getting closer to accepting contractor bids for the new expansion project. Mike Donlin, hospital administrator, says the board of trustees were given an update during their last meeting.

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Donlin says based upon advisers' comments, the hospital administrator is confident several general contractors will show an interest in the hospital expansion project.

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Donlin says the board of trustees gave their approval for the purchase of a new generator. The hospital official says the generator was able to be purchased at a considerable discount.

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Brandstad Orders Flags To Be Half Staff On Tuesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Flags at the state Capitol and at other public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday to honor a Rockwell City police officer shot and killed last week.
Gov. Terry Branstad issued the order Monday.
Jamie Buenting, a married father of two, was shot during a standoff early Friday in
Rockwell City. Police arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with murder.
Flags will be at half-staff at state facilities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The funeral service for Buenting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at South Central
Calhoun Middle School in Rockwell City.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will represent the administration at the funeral.

 

Rockwell City Police Officer Killed With By A High Powered Rifle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A criminal complaint says a Rockwell City police officer killed during a standoff was shot once in the neck with a high-powered rifle.
Jamie Buenting was shot early Friday as he and other law enforcement officers attempted to go inside a house to arrest 32-year-old Corey Trott on an outstanding warrant.
The complaint says Buenting was within a few feet of the house when Trott fired a single shot from a .233 caliber rifle. Trott surrendered to authorities a few hours later.
The complaint says Trott told authorities he knowingly fired the rifle at a police officer.
Trott is currently at the Sac County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. A phone number for his attorney went unanswered Monday.
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Marshalltown Police Investigate Shooting

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown police are investigating the shooting death of a man whose body was found in home.
Police says in a news release that officers responded to a report of gunshots before 5 a.m. Sunday but couldn't find any problems.
At about 6:30 a.m., a woman called police to say a shooting victim was in a home. Officers responded and found a man dead, apparently of a gunshot wound.
Police say they're still investigating but that no suspects are being sought and there's no risk to public safety.
The name of the shooting victim isn't being released until relatives are notified.


Escaped Convict Back In Custody

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A man serving prison time for robbery and escape who walked away from a work release program more than a week ago is back in custody after a police chase
in Waterloo.
35-year-old Bryan Keller led police on a chase in downtown Waterloo early Sunday morning before he was stopped and apprehended.
Keller had failed to return to an Iowa Department of Corrections work facility in West Union on Sept 8.
He was serving a 60-year sentence for robbery and escape. He now faces charges of eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and stealing a vehicle.
Police report a fence near the Cedar Valley SportsPlex site was damaged but no injuries were reported.
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Iowa Soldier Given Silver Star Medal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa soldier has received the Silver Star medal, one of the nation's top combat decorations, for his actions in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp, who is 26 and from Johnston, was awarded the honor Aug. 28.
The  award is recognition of his leadership in combat on April 17, 2012, when his squad was tasked with clearing insurgents from a village in Afghanistan. They fought against fortified enemy
positions, cleared more than 50 compounds and managed to avoid civilian casualties.
The U.S. Department of Defense says only 127 Marines have been awarded the Silver Star for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.
Steinkamp is scheduled to be discharged from the Marines in December.

 

Council Bluffs Business To Add More Jobs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Council Bluffs manufacturer of truck bodies and related equipment is expanding and expects to hire a dozen welders and additional information technology workers.
Omaha Standard Palfinger is building a logistical center south of its headquarters to move materials and products more efficiently
A company spokesman says the expansion will involve the construction of five additional loading docks to improve shipping capabilities as it prepares for future growth.
The company acquired nearly five acres for the expansion, which should be completed in mid-October.
Established in 1926, Omaha Standard is a manufacturer of an extensive line of truck bodies and truck equipment. Two years later, it was acquired by the Salzburg, Austria-based company Palfinger.
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Monday News, September 16

Road To Be Closed To Install Culvert

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will close Key Avenue, from 270th Street to 280th Street beginning today.  The road will be closed in order to replace a wooden bridge with a culvert pipe.  It is expected the work will be completed by Thursday, September 26th.

 

Many Chalk Art Displays Found At Olson Cultural Arts Center

(Le Mars) -- Several artists used the Olson Cultural Arts Center parking lot as their
creative canvass during the weekend's Chalk Art Festival as sponsored by Greg and Pam Wells and hosted by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  There are several displays showing animated cartoon and comic book characters, as well as several featuring animals, and some sporting events.


City Council Decides To Remove And Install Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- In the near future, Le Mars City workers will be seen dismantling some stop
signs within the city.  They will also be seen installing some stop signs.  Its all part of a directive from the Le Mars City Council.  A few weeks ago, the city council asked city officials to conduct some research to determine whether stop signs could be removed. 
Initially, 23 stop signs were identified for removal.  However, the council decided to
allow the city's public safety committee to make the decision as to how many and which
stops signs should be removed.  City administrator Scott Langel explains why the stop signs became an issue.

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Langel says the City's Public Safety Committee made some recommendations that were adopted
by the council.

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Those stop signs slated for removal include: the intersection of 6th street South and 8th
Avenue West which would allow eastbound and westbound traffic not to stop.  Likewise, 6th
Street south at the 7th Avenue West intersection stop sign will be removed.  Northbound
and southbound traffic on 7th Avenue West at the intersection of 4th Street South will no
longer need to stop.  The stop sign located at 15th Street South and 1st Avenue West will
be removed allowing the east and west bound traffic on 15th street to continue without
stopping.  The intersection of 1st Street south and 6th Avenue East will have stop signs
dismantled allowing traffic not to stop.  Those intersections that will install stop signs
are located at the intersection of 2nd street South and 8th Avenue East so to require
northbound and southbound traffic on 8th Avenue East will now need to stop.  The other
intersection slated to have a stop sign will be the intersection of 1st street north and
6th Avenue East so eastbound traffic will need to stop.

 

Bauerly To Seek Re-election For Hospital Trustees

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustee Craig Bauerly of Le Mars has returned nomination papers as he is seeking re-election to the hospital board of trustees.  The attorney currently serves as the chairman of the hospital board of trustees.  Nominations are due no later than September 19th.  Previously, Bill Young of American Bank submitted his nomination papers.  Young is also seeking re-election.


San Antonio Mayor Speaks At Harkin's Steak Dinner

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has told Iowa Democrats that he's
proud of a political party that provides access to education and health care coverage.
The Democrat spoke Sunday at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak picnic in Indianola along
with Vice President Joe Biden. Castro is a rising political star who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention last year.
Castro says party volunteers must keep working so that future generations have the
opportunities afforded to him and his family. He says he was able to get a quality
education through federal grants and loans.
Castro spoke before Biden at the event, which draws Democrats with national political
aspirations. He did not reference the 2016 presidential contest, except to say he is sure
a Democrat will win.

 

Hatch Expected To Announce Candidacy For Governor

(Des Moines) -- State Senator Jack Hatch, a Democrat from Des Moines, is expected to make a formal announcement today regarding his desire to seek the governor's position on the Democratic party ticket.  State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids is also wanting to unseat Terry Branstad. Olson is also a democrat.  He has hired a campaign manager and is touring the state talking to voters.  Governor Terry Branstad has not yet formally indicated he will run again for governor, although he has hired several campaign staffers and has conducted several political fund raisers across the state.


Funeral Scheduled For Slain Rockwell City Police Officer

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The funeral service has been set for a Rockwell City police officer shot and killed last week.
The funeral service for 37-year-old Jamie Buenting will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at South Central Calhoun Middle School in Rockwell City.
Buenting, a married father of two, was shot during a standoff early Friday in Rockwell City. Police arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder in Buenting's death.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Palmer and Swank Funeral Home in Rockwell City. Donations may be left with First Community Bank in Rockwell City in lieu of flowers.
Burial at Rosehill Cemetery in Rockwell City will follow the funeral service.


Des Moines Drive-by Shooting Close To Elementary School

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say at least 10 gunshots were fired in a drive-by shooting near King Elementary School.
That shooting happened Friday night.  Police found no evidence that anything in the area was hit.
Residents reported hearing gunfire around 8 p.m. near the intersection of Clark and
18th streets. Officers recovered 10 spent shell casings in the area. Nine looked like they
were the same caliber. A tenth appeared to be of another make and caliber.
No injuries were reported and no suspects have been identified.


   

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