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Wednesday News August 14th

Road Closure

 

(Le Mars) Plymouth County's secondary roads department has informed us of a rural road closing which begins today. 310th street will be closed between Shamrock Avenue to Tamarack Avenue for a bridge replacement with a culvert.

The stretch of road will be closed from 8am Wednesday for two weeks through August 28th. The road will be open for local traffic.


Promissory Ruling

(Sioux City) A judge has ordered Sioux City to pay $1.2 million on a promissory note guarantee the city made for the developer of the downtown Promenade movie theater complex.

The judge also told the city on Tuesday that it must pay $300,000 a year from 2014 through 2018 if First National Bank has not received full payment of its loan to Civic Partners, the complex's developer, by Jan. 15 of each year.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott and the city's private attorney handling the case declined to comment.

In 2005 the developer refinanced a bank development loan under a promissory note and stopped making payments in 2009. The bank sued the city in August 2012 for breach of contract. Civic Partners has filed bankruptcy.

 

Vermillion Jobs

A Minnesota-based software services company has broken ground on an information technology support center that will bring 200 jobs to Vermillion, South Dakota.

Eagle Creek Software Services is building the center in Vermillion, and it's also partnering with the University of South Dakota to train eventual employees.

Company executives and area leaders broke ground on the new center on Tuesday.

Eagle Creek chief executive Ken Behrendt says there's a need for STEM jobs in the country, and the problem can be solved in the Midwest.

The firm worked with USD to help home-grow new tech talent through a customized four-course certificate.


Deere Earnings Up


Deere & Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 27 percent, driven by booming agricultural activity in North and South America.

The company easily beat most expectations and shares are rising before the opening bell. 

The farm and construction equipment manufacturer earned $997 million, or $2.56 per share, well ahead of the $2.17 per share that Wall Street was looking for.

Revenue climbed 4 percent to $10.01 billion, the company said Wednesday, also topping most expectations.

The company last year booked earnings of $788 million, or $1.98 per share.


No Texting Ap

 

The state of Iowa intends to supply a smartphone app for 14- through 17-year-olds that will keep them from texting while driving.


The state Transportation Department is choosing a high-tech firm to develop the app, which is expected to become available early next year. It will be called "TXTL8R," which in text language is "Text Later."

The department will pick up the cost of the app for the teen drivers. Older drivers will be able to acquire the app but will be charged by a third-party vendor.

Several text-blocking apps already are commercially available for smartphones. They use a phone's global positioning system capability to determine movement.


Iowa law forbids all drivers from texting while driving.

 

 

   

Tuesday PM News August 13th

Sioux Center Man Sentenced

A Sioux Center man has been sentenced on child abuse charges. Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says33 year old Philip Eddie Stacy pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday for the crimes of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony,and Lascivious Acts with a Child, a Class C Felony.

Stacy's wife discovered sexually explicit text messages Defendant had sent to a 13-year-old girl in November of 2012,as well as nude photos of the girl on his cell phone.

Sioux Center Police interviewed the girl who told them that Stacy had sexually abused her on as many as 100 occasions during the preceding 18 months, beginning when she was 11 years old. A Second victim later came forward to testify against him.

Stacy was sentenced to 25 years in prison and immediately taken into custody by the Sioux County Sheriff. He will be required to serve 70 percent of his sentence, or 17.5 years, before he is eligible for parole.

He was further sentenced to a special sentence committing him into the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for the rest of Stacy's life, with eligibility for parole, with this special sentence commencing upon completion of his 25-year prison term.

 

Hard Rock Groundbreaking Set


(Sioux City) Groundbreaking is set for Friday for the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City.The casino is being built in the west end of the city's downtown area at 4th and Water at the historic Battery Building.

Demolition of other buildings in that area is continuing for the 100-thousand square foot gaming complex. Eventually the former Bomgaars building between Pearl and Douglas will come down, along with Road Show video and the current Milwaukee Wiener house. A new Milw. Wiener will be constructed where the old Bomgaars building stands.

The iowa racing & Gaming Commission will approve the casino contractor on Thursday at their monthly meeting. They will also get a project update from Sioux City Entertainment President Bill Warner. Friday's groundbreaking is set for 11am.

 

Clovis Begins Campaign Tour

(Sgt. Bluff) U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis of Hinton will kick off his "Uphold the Truth" tour Wednesday in Sgt. Bluff.

Clovis, who is a professor at Morningside College and a former talk show host on KSCJ Radio in Sioux city, will speak at the Pizza Ranch in Sgt. Bluff at 11a.m.

Clovis says while he's well known in northwest Iowa, he's now getting familiar with voters in other parts of the state:

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Clovis says most voters he speaks with are upset over the federal health care bill most people call Obamacare. Immigration is another hot button issue:

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After Sgt. Bluff, Clovis will have stops in Onawa, Missouri Valley and Council Bluffs.

 

Biden To Campaign In Iowa

Vice President Joe biden will return to Iowa in September to attend an event that future presidential hopefuls hace on their calendars.

Biden will speak at U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's 36th Annual Steak Fry. The event will be held Sunday, September 15th from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the Warren County Fairgrounds.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be the other featured guest. Castro has served three terms as Mayor of San Antonio, Texas – the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city.

 

Food On A Stick

(Des Moines)   The Shrimp Corndog took top honors in the New Food Contest at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. The tasty new treat bested two other finalists after receiving over 75 percent of the votes. The winning dish will be available throughout the Fairwhich runs through August 18th.

The champion corndog offers a new twist on a Fair classic with three fresh shrimp dipped in corndog batter, fried to golden perfection and topped with a sweet jalapeno glaze.

The two other finalists, the Strawberry Smoothie On-a-stick and Bacon Wrapped Riblet, will also be available throughout the Fair.

 

   

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