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Tuesday News, July 2

Branstad Appoints Plymouth County People To State Boards and Commissions

(Des Moines) -- Several people from Le Mars and the surrounding area have recently been appointed by Governor Branstad to serve on various state boards and commissions.  Wayne Marty of Le Mars has been tapped to serve on the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation. Roger Claypool also of Le Mars will serve on the College Student Aid Commission. Patrick Schmitz of Kingsley and executive director with the Plains Area Mental Health Clinic of Le Mars will serve on the state's Mental Health Risk Pool Board, pending Senate confirmation. Jody Still Herbold of Kingsley was appointed to the Northwest Iowa Regional STEM Committee. Earlier this spring, Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars was appointed to the Board of Dentistry, while Dr. Allison Schoenfelder of Akron was asked to serve on the state's Board of Medicine.

 

Harkin To Visit Le Mars To Look At American Legion Restoration Project

(Le Mars) -- Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin has scheduled an appearance for Le Mars on Saturday, July 13th.  Harkin will spend about 45 minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. visiting with local officials, and to review the restoration project of the American Legion Hall. The Iowa U-S Senator was the elected official responsible for securing federal money to go to Iowa Mainstreet community projects.  Le Mars received $30,000 from his efforts in the Challenge Grant application to the State of Iowa Main Street program.  The city of Le Mars contributed $15,000 and private donations were raised to match the $15,000.  Total cost of the project was $60,000.

 

Orange City To Announce Two New Building Projects

Orange City, IA — The Orange City Development Corp. will hold a press conference on Tuesday, July 9 at 10am at the Prairie Winds Event Center to announce two significant projects that will boost economic growth to the community and the region.

1. Development of a $6.2 million, three-story national-brand hotel to be built adjacent to the Prairie Winds Event Center on Highway 10, with projected opening next April.

2. Acquisition and subsequent sale of property on Highway 10 to Casey's General Stores, Inc. for construction of a new store on the site.

 

Crop Conditions Show Improvement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Warmer and mostly drier weather is helping Iowa farmers near completion of corn and soybean planting and improving crop conditions.

The Department of Agriculture says 99 percent of the corn crop is in the ground as of Sunday and 96 percent of the crop has emerged, which is three weeks behind normal.

Warm humid days helped corn improve. The good to excellent rating increased 3 percentage points with 57 percent of the crop now rated in those two categories and 29 percent is fair. Fourteen percent is poor or very poor.

Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop has been planted, about two weeks later than normal. Eighty-nine percent of the soybean crop has emerged, eight percentage points behind the five-year average.

The condition of soybeans also improved slightly.

 

Boone Man Intends To Run For Congress On Democratic Ticket

Boone, IA – A Democratic Congressional candidate has emerged to run against Iowa Congressman Steve King.  He's Jim Mowrer, an Iraq War Veteran and Boone native, who announced his plans to run for Congress in Iowa’s 4th district.

Mowrer’s career has been rooted in service.  He joined the Iowa National Guard following high school.  Jim’s unit, the 1-133 Infantry Battalion, served the longest deployment of any unit in the Iraq War – 23 months.

Jim’s service continued after leaving the National Guard, serving his country at the Pentagon, as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army.  Mowrer’s work at the Pentagon focused on making the Army more efficient and effective, while saving tax dollars.

Mowrer says “When he served in Iraq, there were no Democrats or Republicans – just Americans working together to protect our safety and stability.  But when he looks at Congress, he doesn’t see that same approach,”  Mowrer says, "In Congress, too many politicians are trying to score political points for partisan gain or pushing sound bytes to please their extreme base.  Mowrer says he decided to run for Congress to restore that true sense of public service –and to work together to find common sense solutions that will help middle class families. ”

 

Culver Endorses Braley For Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Five months after U.S. Senator Tom Harkin gave Iowa its first open Senate seat in 40 years, the 2014 race is shaping up differently in each party. Democrats are quickly uniting behind a well-known prospect, while Republicans still are casting about for their candidate.
Democrat U.S. Representative Bruce Braley, his party's lone candidate, is steadily raising money and racking up endorsements. The latest is former Democratic Governor Chet Culver, who told The
Associated Press Monday that he was formally backing Braley.
Culver says Democrats expect a "challenging and difficult race," but that Braley is getting into a position where he can win.
On the Republican side, a host of top-tier prospects have opted out, others are still weighing their options and money and major endorsements remain largely up for grabs.
More Cities Placing Limits On Pay-Day Loan Operations
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa (AP) - Another Iowa city has approved restrictions on payday lending businesses and pawn shops.
Windsor Heights became the seventh Iowa city to pass rules that limit where such businesses can operate.
Critics of the payday loan businesses say they charge exorbitant interest rates to people who can least afford it. These loans are sought by people with problems accessing loans from banks.
Industry advocates say the businesses serve customers who otherwise cannot get loans. Critics say the loans have high interest rates that trap people in a cycle of borrowing.
Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Ames also regulate payday lenders.
Vehicle Sheared In Half But No Driver Found
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police are investigating a 
vehicle found sheared in half with no driver inside.
Police say the wreck on a long stretch of roadway surrounded by 
trees was reported early Sunday morning.
Part of the car was found against a split power 
pole. Pieces of the car were scattered on the road.
There was no driver found inside the wreck, and the identity of 
the car's owner was unclear. Des Moines police say the car was just
purchased or in the process of being purchased.
The wreck is under investigation. Additional information was not 
available.
Accused Child Pornography Commits Suicide
DES MIONES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Iowa man charged with sharing child pornography committed suicide.
Polk County Medical Examiner Gregory Schmunk said Monday that 48-year-old Paul Thomas Hildreth fatally shot himself in the head.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies found Hildreth's body Sunday at a rural Polk City home.
Hildreth was charged last month with sharing two images of nude underage girls.
Hildreth told police he wasn't involved in producing child pornography, but he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
Investigators found 1.5 million images on two of his computer hard drives and children's toys and video games in his basement.
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Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty To Fraudulent Scheme Involving Retail Bar Codes
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to creating fake bar codes to dupe retail stores in eastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin into charging him discount prices for
hardware equipment.
Jeremy Fishnick of Lancaster, Wisconsin pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
He admitted that he used a computer and printer to create Universal Product Codes that corresponded with less expensive models of products such as welders and generators.
He entered stores, put the phony codes on top of real codes for more expensive models, and purchased them for the lower price. He paid $149.99 for one welder that had a retail price of $889.99.
The scheme caused losses of $30,000 to retailers in Dubuque, Maquoketa, Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Monticello and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

 

 


   

Monday Afternoon News, July 1

Several People From Le Mars Appointed By Governor To Serve On Boards And Commissions

(Des Moines) -- Several people from Le Mars and the surrounding area have recently been appointed by Governor Branstad to serve on various state boards and commissions.  Wayne Marty of Le Mars has been tapped to serve on the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation. Roger Claypool also of Le Mars will serve on the College Student Aid Commission. Patrick Schmitz of Kingsley and executive director with the Plains Area Mental Health Clinic of Le Mars will serve on the state's Mental Health Risk Pool Board, pending Senate confirmation. Jody Still Herbold of Kingsley was appointed to the Northwest Iowa Regional STEM Committee. Earlier this spring, Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars was appointed to the Board of Dentistry, while Dr. Allison Schoenfelder of Akron was asked to serve on the state's Board of Medicine.

 

Fire Fighters Issue June Report and Initiate Fund Raising Campaign

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 21 calls during the month of June, according to the department's monthly report.  Five times the fire department was called to battle a fire, and twice for rescue calls.  The local fire department conducted five investigations which include clean up from accidents, odor investigations and illegal burning.  The Le Mars Fire Department had nine requests for services.  You may have noticed in your mailbox a letter from the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department asking for donations. The donations help keep the fire and rescue department fully equipped and trained.  Last year, the donations was able to supplement portable radios, fire coats, fire pants, boots, helmets, and self-contained breathing apparatus masks.  Several firefighters were able to attend valuable training seminars.  This year, the goal is to raise at least $20,000 in order to purchase uniform additions, protective clothing, emergency lights, wrenches, hose adapters and additional training for all members.  The fire department thanks you for your support.

 

Auditions For "The Woman In Black" Scheduled For Tonight

(Le Mars) -- Auditions for the next community play are scheduled for tonight and tomorrow evening.  Lisa Opheim will be the director for the thriller play entitled "The Woman In Black".

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Opheim says the production of the play will occur in the autumn which will be a kickoff to the haunted Halloween season.  She says the play calls for a limited number of actors.

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Auditions will take place at the Postal Playhouse beginning at 7:00 p.m.

 

Nebraska Woman Accused Of Stealing From A Sioux City Couple Reaches Plea Agreement

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraska woman accused of stealing more than $150,000 from an elderly Iowa woman has reached a plea deal.

Terry Lockie pleaded guilty Monday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of dependent adult abuse. A first-degree theft charge has been dismissed.

The plea agreement means a five-year prison sentence has been suspended and the 65-year-old Lockie will be on probation for two years. Her attorney says Lockie may also lose her certified public accountant license.

Lockie, of Homer, Neb., owns an accounting firm in nearby Sioux City. Court records say Lockie had power of attorney for an elderly woman who was suffering from dementia. The records say that between 2008 and 2010, Lockie took money from the woman's accounts and put it in her own account.

 

Nebraska Man Pleads Guilty To Fort Dodge Bank Robbery

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraska man is facing up to 10 years in federal prison for helping another man rob Citizen's State Bank in Fort Dodge earlier this year.

U.S. Attorney Sean Berry says 26-year-old Christopher Anderson pleaded guilty to being an accessory to bank robbery.

Prosecutors say Anderson drove 43-year-old Michael Clayton to a location near the bank in Fort Dodge on Feb. 7. When Clayton returned to Anderson's car, he was holding a bag and urged Anderson to drive fast.

Anderson drove Clayton to Omaha, Neb., to elude authorities. Anderson was given $1,000 for his help.

Clayton is being held without bail, and he could face up to 20 years in prison. He is scheduled to be tried in August for bank robbery.

Wellmark Blue Cross - Blue Shield To Pass On Insurance Exchange

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The chairman of Iowa's leading health insurer says the company will not participate in the state's new health exchange during 2014.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield CEO John Forsyth said Monday that the insurer will enter the online insurance marketplace in 2015. He said the decision to delay was not financially motivated, but based on concern that implementing the exchange would be bump in year one.

Sunday was the deadline for insurance carriers to file to be included in the Iowa exchange.

Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, all states must have a health exchange, with enrollment starting Oct. 1 and coverage on Jan. 1.

Iowa's insurance commissioner is expected to soon release more information on the exchange participants.

 

John Deere Employee Dies From Forklift Accident

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A John Deere employee hurt in a forklift accident in Waterloo has died from his injuries.

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service says 54-year-old Stan Delagardelle died Saturday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Delagardelle, of Cedar Falls, was struck by a forklift June 25 at the company's service parts operation in Waterloo.

The funeral home says Delagardelle was a supervisor at the facility. Additional information about the accident was not available.

 

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Coralville Company To Add 120 Jobs

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A company that won the contract to help consumers navigate the Affordable Care Act says it will add 120 jobs to its call center in eastern Iowa.

General Dynamics Information Technology said Monday the new jobs at its Coralville location were part of an expansion in which thousands are being added nationwide to staff the government's around-the-clock call center to help implement the law, also known as "Obamacare."

Vice President Mark Meudt said calls about the law started coming in last week and are expected to increase in October, when residents can start enrolling in health care plans that are subsidized by the new law. He says it will be a "huge undertaking" and involve millions of calls.

The Coralville location already operates a call center to help Medicare patients.

 

Iowa To Promote Tourism With Semi Trucks And Trailers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa tourism destinations are being featured on state tractor-trailers as part of a new promotional effort.

Gov. Terry Branstad announced the campaign Monday. Nine trucks from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division have been wrapped with images promoting Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Iowa City, Newton, Sioux City and Waterloo.

Images on the trucks include a Cedar Falls bike trail, the Fun City Waterpark in Burlington and the Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo. The trucks will feature the billboards for 18 months. The roughly $50,000 cost was shared by the state and the cities.

Branstad is encouraging residents to take a trip in Iowa. He says there are lots of wonderful and fun things to do.

 

 


 

 


 

 

 


   

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