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Thursday PM News August 15th

Stabbing Suspect At Large


Sioux County authorities are searching for a male suspect in connection with a stabbing incident that happened Tuesday.

The incident occurred just before 9pm Tuesday about five miles southwest of Rock Valley.

A caller on 911 advised Sioux County dispatchers that he was bringing in a stabbing victim by vehicle. The victim is a 21 year old man from Orange City, who was transferred to McKennon Hospital in Sioux Falls. His name has not been released.

Sioux County deputies arrested two 19 year old people as material witnesses in connection with the stabbing: They are Isidro Topete and Tony Chavez, both of Orange City.

Late Wednesday morning, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle six miles southwest of Rock Valley in connection with the investigation.

The driver, who was the occupant of the vehicle, stopped on the roadway and ran into a
cornfield. Officers pursued on foot but were unable to locate the suspect who remains at large.

He is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a small trimmed beard. Anyone with information on the stabbing should contact the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.


IRGC Denies Casino License Renewal


The Iowa Racing and Gaming commission has denied renewing the Argosy Riverboat Casino's license to operate. The commission vote was unanimous at their meeting Thursday morning in Riverside, Iowa.

Penn National Gaming, the riverboat's parent company, does not have an agreement with a non-profit to hold the license. The Missouri River historical Development Group, the former non-profit, is being sued by the gaming company for breach of contract.

Penn has also stopped making payments to MRHD, which is now partnering with Sioux City Entertainment which is building the new Hard Rock Casino in Sioux city's downtown.

The riverboat has been allowed to keep operating without a license by the I-R-G-C for the last several weeks so the 300 employees there have remained on the job.

It's expected the commission will let the casino continue to function until the new Hard Rock Casino is built.


O'Brien County Out Of Mental Health Care Funds


A northwest Iowa county says it's run out of money to help scores of residents with their psychiatric medication and counseling.

O'Brien County leaders say they're tapped out because Iowa is shifting to a new system and because the governor vetoed $13 million that legislators approved to help counties make the transition.

County Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas Farnsworth says under the old state system, counties financed much of the care for their residents, even if those people moved to other counties. That arrangement ended July 1, and counties now are responsible for the costs for everyone living within their borders.

Farnsworth says O'Brien County has solid residential facilities for the mentally ill that have attracted several people from outside the county.


Thursday News August 15th

Classes Begin For K-P Schools


School gets underway today in some Iowa school districts. Kingsley-Pierson and Sioux city begin classes today, so drive carefully and watch for students and school buses.

South Sioux City Man Dies In Colorado

A South Sioux City, Nebraska man has died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol says 19 year old Joshua Lester died Tuesday when he apparently lost control of his cycle and struck an oncoming car.

A patrol spokesman says Lester entered a curve on Highway 34, crossed the center line and then the bike began to roll.

The motorcycle then collided with the oncoming car. Lester was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured.

Lester was a recent graduate of Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City. Funeral services are pending.


Robinson Still Missing

It's been 12 days since an 84 year old Moville, Iowa man was last seen.

The Woodbury County Sheriff's office now says they've discovered surveillance video that shows Dale Robinson's maroon colored, 2000 Ford F150 pick-up was in the Argosy Casino parking lot in Sioux City at 1:08 PM on August 3rd.

Previously, Robinson’s last confirmed whereabouts were at approximately 12:20 PM on August 3rd leaving the Four Way Stop in Moville, Iowa.

Unconfirmed sightings of Robinson have come in from around western Iowa since that time, but the man remains missing.

Robinson suffers from several medical conditions, including alzheimer's.Anyone spotting him should immediately contact

VerMulm To Leave KTIV In November

Kristie VerMulm, the long tine evening anchor for KTIV News 4, is leaving the station and stepping down from the anchor desk after 17 years.

Her final newscast will be Wednesday, November 27th.

VerMulm cites family reasons, with a daughter in high school and a son who's a 5th grader as why she is leaving..She says it's been a privilege to serve the viewers in Siouxland and an honor to be a part of Siouxland's News Channel.

VerMulm began her career at KTIV as a reporter from 1993 to 1994. In the fall of 1996. She returned to the station to co-anchor the 6PM and 10PM newscasts.

VerMulm, her husband Kevin, and their two children will continue to call Sioux City home.


Northwestern Campus Improvements

When students arrive at Northwestern College this month, they will find the campus transformed. The most significant change is the completed Jack and Mary DeWitt Learning Commons, a two-story, 58,000-square-foot addition to central campus replete with resources and space for student learning and community building.

In addition, students will enjoy meals in a remodeled dining center, and by the end of September, they can work out in a redesigned fitness center.

The DeWitt Learning Commons houses the college’s library and information resources, peer learning and writing centers, and archives and Dutch heritage collection. Common Grounds, a coffee shop in the building will serve beverages, and the Vogel Community Room on the second floor will host campus and community gatherings and banquets.

In addition, the learning commons along with the chapel flank a new boulevard entrance to campus on the north.

A month after classes start, the DeWitt Physical Fitness Center will reopen, the Mini-Gym area replaced by a 3,500-square-foot facility sporting new cardio equipment, resistance machines and free weights; three new racquetball courts visible through glass back walls; and a game zone with table tennis and pool.

Smaller summer campus improvement projects in Van Peursem Hall have resulted in a computer classroom in the Learning Resource Center and an additional biology classroom and dry lab on the first floor to accommodate growing enrollment in health sciences programs such as athletic training and nursing.




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