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Monday Afternoon News 7-16-12

Le Mars Daily Sentinel Publisher Leaves Post

 

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - The publisher of the Le Mars Daily Sentinelhas resigned so he can take a Wisconsin position and live closer to family in Minnesota.

The Daily Sentinel reports  that Tom Stangl will become editor and publisher of the Amery (Wis.) Free-Press.

His wife, Diane Stangl, has resigned her job as office manager of the Remsen Bell-Enterprise newspapers to become office manager of the Amery weekly.

Amery is in northwest Wisconsin and about an hour's drive from Minneapolis.

Tom Stangl says the move will put him and his wife nearer their daughters Madison, of Minneapolis, and Lindsay, of Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Tom Stangl has been publisher of the Daily Sentinel since March 2005. The newspaper is owned by Rust Communications, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

His replacement has not been named.

 

 

Sitzmann Concerned About Water Usage

 

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Water Superintendent says voluntary proceedures to restrict water usage is not doing the job, and he believes mandatory restrictions may need to be implemented.  Gayle Sitzmann says the city of Le Mars is still using water at record rates, despite having a call for voluntary cutbacks.  He says there have been some reductions in water usage over the past few weeks, but not enough.  Sitzmann says he needs to visit first with city administrator Scott Langel and other city officials to discuss possible options, but he says he has concerns. Sitzman says the city's water usage is running at or over five million gallons a day.

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Sitzmann says the city may consider imposing an odd and even day watering program in order to reduce the daily water consumption rates.

 

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The city's water superintendent says the conditions are similar to 2007 when a water restriction was in place for city residents.

 

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Burn Ban Issued For Plymouth County

 

(Le Mars) -- As of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17th, Plymouth County will again be under a burn ban.  Le Mars Fire Chief, Dave Schipper says any open burning will be forbidden, although backyard grills and bar-b-ques are still allowed.  Persistent dry conditions have prompted fire officials to make the proclamation.  Within the past few days, Kingsley, Hinton, Merrill, and the Le Mars fire departments have had to respond to grass fires.   The burn ban will continue until further notice, or when adequate rainfall amounts occur.  More than 20 counties in Iowa are under a burn ban.

 

 

Plymouth County Saving Money With New Solid Waste Agreement

 

(Le Mars) -- It's been two weeks since Plymouth County has broken ties with Cherokee County over the disposal of solid waste, and instead have hauled the solid waste products to Jackson, Nebraska.  Plymouth County Solid Waste Landfill manager, Mark Kunkel says transporting the solid waste to the Gill Landfill facility has been easier and cheaper.

 

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Kunkel says Plymouth County is seeing a savings of $3.50 per ton on its waste disposal by taking it to Jackson, Nebraska.  Plymouth County residents with household hazardous waste products may have to wait a year, if possible, before the Plymouth County Landfill can accept those items.  Kunkel says Cherokee had accepted the household hazardous waste products, but since that agreement is no longer valid, Plymouth County is constructing a new facility that will accept the household hazardous products.

 

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Kunkel says if residents absolutely need to dispose of their household hazardous waste material, then arrangements can be made with Woodbury County.

 

 

Sioux County Arrest Nine Minors In Possession of Alcohol

 

(Orange City) -- For the second time in a week the Sioux county sheriff’s office received a Text-A-Tip report of under aged people illegally in possession of alcohol.  Nine persons were charged following the most recent tip on July 13.

On Friday, July 13 at 11:00 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a Text-a-Tip report of underage drinking at 4129 500th Street, five miles southeast of Alton, IA.

When deputies arrived, several people ran from the officers.  Upon further investigation, deputies charged nine people with possession of alcohol underage.

Alyssa Cluck, age 18 of Remsen, IA, Jordan Bonestroo, age 19 of Hull, IA,  Emily VanDam, age 19 of Remsen,  and Joe Uribe, age 20, of Granville, IA were charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age, a simple misdemeanor. Five juveniles were referred to juvenile court for possession of alcohol under legal age.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol.  The case is still under investigation.

 

 

 

Sioux City Police Announce Suspects Names In Convenience Store Robbery

 

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department has released the names of the suspects thought to have been responsible for an armed robbery at the Sarg's Mini Mart located at 2329 West 2nd street. That incident happened Friday morning at about 9:45 a.m.  After an investigation, all four suspects were taken into custody and transferred to the Woodbury County jail and charged with Robbery in the First Degree.  The weapon used in the robbery was recovered.  All four suspects are from Sioux City.  Those arrested include: 19 year old Christopher Bailey, 20 year old Joshua Fields, 24 year old David Johnson, and 20 year old Paige Mathison.

 

Sioux City Police Investigate Shooting
(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police is also investigating a shooting incident early Sunday morning outside 1201 4th Street between a small group of individuals who know each other.  A struggle ensued and during the struggle, shots were fired.  One subject was transported to Mercy Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  Detectives interviewed all parties involved and at this time the case is being turned over to the Woodbury county attorney's office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Monday News, July 16

Merrill and Hinton Fire Departments Respond to Weekend Fires

 

(Le Mars) -- Both the Merrill and the Hinton Fire Departments had to respond to calls over the weekend.  The Merrill Fire Department had a tree that had caught on fire.  That incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at 714 3rd street.  The fire department was able to extinguish that fire within a few minutes.  Meanwhile, the Hinton Fire Department responded to a field fire on Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported at 27684 on County road C-60.  Fire officials received the call at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Fire officials had the fire contained within 45 minutes.

 

 

Storm Lake Man Drowns At Lake

(Storm Lake) -- The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department is reporting a drowning that occurred Friday night at about 9:05 p.m.  A 9-1-1 call to the sheriff's office indicated a male subject was in the lake unconscious and not breathing.  Upon arrival, CPR had already been initiated and continued along with the use of a defibulator by the sheriff's office.  The man was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.   The male subject has been identified as 64 year old Steve McCullough of Storm Lake, Iowa.

 

Concession Stand Catches Fire

(Alta) -- Buena Vista County authorities are also investigating a fire that started early Saturday morning at the concession stand building at the Buena Vista County fairgrounds at Alta.  Upon arrival by emergency crews, flames were coming from the northwest corner of the building and up into the roof.  The Alta Fire Department was able to contain the fire to the building and within 20 minutes had it under control.  The Buena Vista County Fair was in its third day and the concession stand had been heavily used Wednesday and Thursday nights, but had not been open on Friday evening.  The cause of the fire revealed that an electrical malfunction inside the building was the cause.  The damage was contained to the building and the contents, however, there were other food vendors next to the building that had electrical hookups for frozen foods and those foods are possibly a total loss.  The damage is estimated at about $80,000.

 

Sioux County Youth Fair Continues

(Sioux Center) -- Speaking of fairs, the Sioux County Youth Fair continues today with several judging events, including  the 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Rabbit show, and 4-H Communications Evaluations.  There is also a little bull riding contest.  Fairboard president, Adam Fedders explains.
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Justice Bruce Zager Key Component on State Supreme Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new study of Iowa Supreme Court rulings has identified Justice Bruce Zager as a key swing vote on the seven-member court.
Des Moines attorney Ryan Koopmans noticed the trend while analyzing the court's decisions since April 2011. Koopmans says Zager has consistently voted with the majority in cases that
divided the justices.
Zager was one of three justices appointed in February 2011, after voters denied new terms to three others who participated in the ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry in Iowa.
Court watchers caution that it's difficult to tag any justices as conservative or liberal. Koopmans says the vast majority of Iowa Supreme Court opinions are unanimous, and most cases the justices
hear don't involve partisan issues.
Convicts Slow To Pay Debts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Despite more aggressive efforts to collect court-ordered debts, legal experts say most Iowa crime victims will never see all the money they're owed.
Data obtained by The Des Moines Register shows that Iowa judges have ordered convicted criminals to pay $159 million in victim restitution over the last five years. But offenders have only paid
$19 million in that time, or less than 12 percent of the new debts.
Legal experts say restitution is a key part of society's commitment to make victims whole, and to get criminal offenders to face what they've done.
Some critics are calling for better collections.
State Court Administrator David Boyd says the total restitution owed to Iowa crime victims will continue to grow, because improved collections still can't keep pace with new debts.
New Prison Nears Completion

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - The warden of a new Iowa prison says the facility will be one of the nation's most secure once the project is finished.
The new Iowa State Penitentiary will house more than 275 convicted killers once construction ends. Those inmates will move from the current, out-of-date facility, and more will arrive later
to relieve crowding in other state prisons.
Work crews are on pace to complete the project in January. The new, 800-bed facility is expected to cost $130 million.
Warden Nick Ludwick says the prison will feature electrified, razor-wire fencing. Locks on cell doors will be wired to a central hub. Members of the state Board of Corrections toured the old
prison and the new construction site on Friday.
Hawkeye Community College Helps Displaced Workers

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A community college is preparing to help workers who suddenly lost their incomes when their company's chief executive admitted to embezzling at least $100 million. Hawkeye
Community College has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday about the displaced workers of Peregrine Financial Group. CEO Russell Wasendorf Sr. has admitted he orchestrated a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.
Marion Looking At Turning Trash Into Electricity

MARION, Iowa (AP) - The city of Marion is looking into whether it could turn its trash into electricity for a municipal utility.  The city council has hired a consultant for a feasibility study that's due in the fall. The project would require electricity from Plasma Power, which is taking garbage and converting it into a gas burned to create steam for commercial customers.

   

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