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Tuesday News, August 27

Supervisors To Discuss Healthy Food Plan

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are expected to review and adopt a
county Healthy Food Policy for the Plymouth County Wellness program when they convene this
morning.  The County Supervisors will also be bid letting for a fiber optic project.  The county governing board will also hear from Justin Higman of Higman Sand and Gravel to get an update regarding a land swap deal that involves a pond project.  Tom Rohe, the county engineer is also expected to offer a construction update to the supervisors.


Sitzmann Arrested By Plymouth County Authorities

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have arrested 28 year old Austin Sitzmann of Le Mars for Harassment 1st degree and Threat use of Explosive or Incendiary Device. Sitzmann is being held on a $7,500.00 bond.

Boger Convicted For Escape From Residential Treatment Facility

(Orange City) -- Sioux County Attorney Coleman J. McAllister announced that Shawn Edward Boger, age 23, of Storm Lake, Iowa, was sentenced August 26, 2013, in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Escape from Custody, a Class D Felony, in violation of Iowa Code Section 719.4(1). Sioux County Attorney Coleman J. McAllister prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Iowa. 
Shawn Boger was confined at the Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) located in
Sheldon, Iowa, by virtue of a conviction for Theft in the First Degree, a Class C felony,
which conviction occurred in Buena Vista County in 2009. On February 17, 2013, Boger tore
out a window screen in his bedroom and escaped from the RTF by climbing out the window.
The RTF is a minimum security facility. Boger was arrested on April 26, 2013.     
The Defendant pleaded guilty to Escape and was sentenced to five years in prison.
The Court ordered the prison term to be run consecutively to the 10-year prison sentence
Defendant is already serving arising because of the Buena Vista County theft conviction.


Old Time Country Music Comes To Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Even if you are unfamiliar with most of the names of musicians associated
with the National Old-time Country and Folk Music Festival that is holding its 39th
convention this week at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, you perhaps have heard
some of the music.  More than 600 performers are scheduled to appear in Le Mars for the
week-long festival.  Banjos, Fiddles, Harmonicas, Guitars, are all instruments
characteristic of the acoustic sounds you can hear at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.
Bob Everhart serves as the director for the Old Time Country Music Festival.  He says
performers from across the nation as well as across the oceans have come to Le Mars to

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Everhart says the festival is attracting some big names known to the music industry. 
Names such as Barbara Fairchild,singer of Teddy Bear,  Joan Cash, the sister of Johnny
Cash, LuLu Roman of Hee Haw fame, and Urban Cowboy movie legend Micky Gilley.

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Gilley is scheduled to perform on Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m.

The festival lasts all week long, with daily admission of $15. But Everhart says although
the admission covers the fee for all performers, he suggests those who want to see Micky
Gilley should arrive early.

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Monday Afternoon News, August 26

Akron-Westfield Won't Repair Wind Turbine

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — The Akron-Westfield Community School District is selling its broken-down wind turbine.
The turbine was erected in February 1999, and its power sold to the city of Akron and
utility companies.
School officials say that the turbine first went down two years ago. It was repaired, but broke down again about 18 months ago.
District superintendent Randy Collins says that, "when you look at big picture, it's cost
us more than it's earned us."
He says the district doesn't want to spend the money needed for repairs.
Collins says district officials are talking to a potential buyer.


Two Sioux City People Arrested For Robbery And Willful Injury

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Sioux City residents have been accused of robbing and torturing a man at their apartment.
Police say 33-year-old Melissa Lowe and 32-year-old Brandon Keleher were arrested Saturday morning. Online court records say they're both charged with two felonies: willful injury
and robbery.
Officers were sent to the apartment after a neighbor complained about a disturbance there.
The officers say they found a man who'd been stabbed and burned with a kitchen utensil that
had been heated.
The man said he'd met the couple Friday night. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, and he was released later.
Lowe and Keleher remained in Woodbury County custody on Monday. Online court records don't
list the names of their attorneys.


Iowa Juvenile Home Cited For 15 Violations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Juvenile Home has been given 15 citations for violations in its substance-abuse treatment program.
The violations found in a new inspection included a lack of oversight and failure to track whether some children were making progress in their treatment.
The state-run home in Toledo provides housing, treatment and schooling to youths with
serious behavioral problems. The federally funded group Disability Rights Iowa has been
investigating allegations about the home's treatment of children, including small,
isolation rooms where some children have been held for weeks or even months.
Last year a near-perfect score resulted from an inspection of the home's substance-abuse
Public health officials say the most recent inspection occurred July 29, after the home had
been given advance notice.


Electric Cars Are Not Popular In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at dozens of sites throughout Iowa, but so far their use is limited.
Iowa has about 40 stations, where electric vehicles can get a charge much more powerful than available from a regular home electrical outlet.
Three special chargers were installed at the Franklin Avenue Public Library in Des Moines. Since becoming fully operational in spring 2012, they've only been used for electric cars 13 times.
Library Director Greg Heid says he's not discouraged. He thinks the stations will be used more as electric car sales increase.
Businesses such as Hy-Vee grocery stores also are installing more of chargers.
Some, like Iowa tea party leader Ryan Rhodes, says it's wrong for governments to subsidize such efforts.


Kemin Industries Expands

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa biotechnology firm Kemin Industries is dedicating a new research center that is part of a major expansion in Des Moines.
Gov. Terry Branstad attended the ribbon cutting for the new $16.7 million facility Monday. This new center is the first of several new research and manufacturing centers the company plans to add to its Des Moines operation.
The company, which develops food and feed ingredients, has added 137 jobs in the region as part of the expansion. In all, the company employs about 2,000 people, 450 of them in Iowa.
Branstad praised Kemin, saying the company has "become a world player."




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