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Thursday News, October 18

Vilsack visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Democratic Congressional candidate Christie Vilsack made a campaign stop in Le Mars last evening.  Vilsack took a tour of downtown and met with several business owners, then she appeared at the Plymouth County Democratic headquarters and met with about 40 supporters.  Vilsack told the group the reason why she is running for Congress is to help small towns.
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Vilsack carries with her at all times a small foam football made from soybeans.  She says small towns, such as Le Mars, can develop more products made from corn and soybeans.
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Vilsack says she wants to be a connector.

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Construction on C-60 Is Complete

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe has announced that County road C-60 is once again open for traffic, and the construction project, involving the paving of C-60 is completed.

 

Protestors Disrupt World Food Prize Ceremony

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some protesters have been arrested as they tried to enter a private event at the World Food Prize headquarters in Des Moines.
Five people were arrested Wednesday afternoon as the foundation prepares for its 2012 award ceremony.
Members of Occupy Des Moines planned civil disobedience efforts and expected to be arrested as they obstructed participates at the headquarters and again at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday before the
$250,000 prize is awarded to this year's recipient.
Organizer Frank Cordaro says he expected about 30 people to turn out on Wednesday, with 10 willing to be arrested. The group opposes what it sees as a focus on corporate agriculture motivated more by profit than food safety or protection of natural resources.

 

Obama Speaks At Cornell College

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama called upon about 2,000 people at Cornell College in Mount Vernon to vote for him and back his campaign as the November 6th election nears.
Obama appeared energized Wednesday as he spoke to the crowd. He also met with about 800 others in an adjacent overflow area.
The Democrat repeated many of the criticisms of Republican nominee Mitt Romney that came up in Tuesday night's debate, but he also made several points that seemed tailored to a largely student
audience. That included parts of Obama's health care law that lets young adults remain on their parents' health insurance and the president's move to reduce student loan costs.
It was Obama's ninth trip to Iowa this year and the first time a sitting president has visited Cornell College.

 

Updated Information on the DCI Investigation of Shooting By Deputy

KEOSAUQUA, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting death of an armed man by a Van Buren County sheriff's deputy in southeast Iowa.
The agency says the deputy shot and killed the man on Iowa Highway Two near Cantril on Tuesday. Deputies were investigating reports of a man wearing a military uniform and armed with a rifle
walking along the highway and making obscene gestures at passing motorists.
Officials say when deputies arrived, the man was ordered to drop the rifle. A deputy shot the man when he pointed the rifle at the officers.
The DCI says more information about the shooting, including names, is expected to be released late Wednesday afternoon.

 

Fired Principal - Reinstated

DURANT, Iowa (AP) - A state board has dismissed its ethics inquiry into the newly restored principal at Durant High School.
The Quad-City Times says the Board of Educational Examiners dismissed the case this week against Monica Rouse, finding no wrongdoing. Rouse was fired in 2010. In April, the Iowa Supreme
Court declined to review a lower court decision that Rouse was improperly fired.
The district filed a complaint with the state board in March. It was amended to include personal emails found on Rouse's school-issued computer after her firing.
The newspaper says the emails were between Rouse and a man while she was separated from her husband.
Rouse's attorney says the district went to "extremes" but the state board didn't consider the emails. The school board says the matter is "now closed."

 

 

 

 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News Oct. 17

Floyd Valley Hospital Gets Good Marks On Audit

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has been given a "fresh bill of health" by the accounting firm Denman and Company of Des Moines. Denman and Company recently completed its audit of Floyd Valley's Financial Statement.  Hospital administrator Mike Donlin says the audit shows that although Floyd Valley did make a profit from last fiscal year, its expenses were also on the increase.
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The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees took the action on Tuesday to hire a consulting firm to look at the feasibility of raising money for the proposed north addition.
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Donlin says the assessment study will begin next Wednesday with the hopes that the conclusions will be ready in February of 2013.


Police Update the Information On Bike - Car Accident

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police have released the details of that bicycle and car accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m.  The accident happened near the Country Store convenience store located on Plymouth Street S.W.  Nine year old Uriah Groetken was riding his bike and entered the lane of traffic from an alleyway, when he was struck by a car driven by 75 year old Naomi Kappler of Remsen.   Groetken was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital for observation since he had hit his head during the collision, but has since been released.  Kappler was traveling at about 10 -15 mph when the accident occurred.  The car received only minor damage.  Responding to the accident were the Le Mars Police Department, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, and the Le Mars Ambulance.

 

City Sells Mock Library Building

(Le Mars) -- What was at one time the Charles Mock library as part of the Westmar College, may soon be a new restaurant.  The Le Mars City Council approved the sale of the building for $5000 to John and Sharon Sailer of Le Mars.  City administrator, Scott Langel says the city received two offers for the building.
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City Officials Hope Tree Disposal Site To Open Again Next Week

(Le Mars) -- Many people are wondering whether the city's tree, leaf and grass disposal site will open again this autumn after Friday's fire forced the closure of the disposal site.  City Administrator Scott Langel says city officials hope to have the area cleaned and opened again after October 24th.  His says fire fighters and public works officials have been working together to clean up the site.

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DCI Investigating Shooting By Deputy

KEOSAUQUA, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting death of an armed man by a Van Buren County sheriff's deputy in southeast Iowa.
The agency says the deputy shot and killed the man on Iowa Highway 2 near Cantril on Tuesday. Deputies were investigating reports of a man wearing a military uniform and armed with a rifle
walking along the highway and making obscene gestures at passing motorists.
Officials say when deputies arrived, the man was ordered to drop the rifle. A deputy shot the man when he pointed the rifle at the officers.
The sheriff's office says Wednesday that no other information, including the man's name, has been released. A telephone call to the DCI was not returned.

 

ACLU Asking Iowa Officials About Driver's Licenses For Immigrants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is asking Iowa officials whether the state will grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants granted "deferred action" status by the federal government.
The ACLU says it sent a letter to Iowa Transportation Director Paul Trombino, asking him what the state will do.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said each state can determine whether to issue licenses or extend other benefits to young immigrants who qualify for the deferred status. The
immigrants were brought to the country illegally when they were children.
Some states say they will grant driving privileges to the eligible immigrants. Others states, including Nebraska, have vowed to deny them.
Iowa Transportation Department spokeswoman Dena Gray-Fisher says the department hasn't yet had time to review the letter or respond.

 



   

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