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Sheldon Shooting

(Sheldon) -- The O'Brien County Sheriff's office is investigating a shooting that occurred in Sheldon Tuesday evening.  The victim, who's name is being withheld at this time, was shot in the head and was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital.  The Sheldon Police and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation are assisting the O'Brien County Sheriff's office with that investigation.  Law enforcment advises that there is no threat to the public safety of Sheldon residents.

(LeMars) -- LeMars Gehlen high school students were not in class yesterday, but that doesn't mean they're playing hooky.  Instead, students were around town raking leaves, washing windows, trimming hedges and other such seasonal outdoor chores.  It was all part of the "Fall Service Day."  No doubt that Gehlen high school has enjoyed some success this year with their football and volleyball teams qualifying for state playoffs, and several students being selected to the all-state chorus, but Gehlen Catholic President, Father Kevin Richter says that we are not called upon to be successful, but rather faithful.  Richter says the Fall Service Day is an opportunity  for the students and staff to use their gifts and talents for the common good, and to build together a strong sense of community.  Senior Rachelle Lipp has assisted others for four years and offers an explaination as to why Gehlen students help with the chores.

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Lipp says the eldery are apprecitative of the assistance offered by the students.
 

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(LeMars) -- Halloween is just around the corner and the LeMars Police Department wants everyone to remain safe.  Senior officer Jay King suggests to make this year's trick and treat event a family affair.

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King suggests trick and treaters wear light colored clothing and carry a flashlight or some other type illumination mechanism, and motorists need to be extra aware of the children that may cross in the middle of the street. 

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The LeMars Police reminds parents that before you allow your children to consume any candy to first check it over.

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LeMars Halloween activities are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  King reminds residents to have your porch light on during the hours of trick and treating, and to avoid smashed pumpkins, King suggests residents bring inside their pumpkins once the  


(Newton) -- Two Iowa based companies are shutting down plants and moving the employees to other facilities.  Whirlpool Corp. has announced it is moving about 160 production jobs to Amana as the company closes its refrigerator plant in Fort Smith, Ark.
     In a statement released Thursday, the company blamed the closure on a decrease in demand for side-by-side refrigerators and price pressure from competitors. The closure is set for mid-2012 and will
put about 1,000 people out of work.
     In addition to side-by-side refrigerators, the plant produces trash compactors and built-in refrigerators. The company said trash compactor production will move to Ottawa, Ohio. The production of built-in refrigerators will come to the Amana refrigerator plant.

Meanwhile, Pella Corporation is asking people to take early retirement. -
Pella Corp. will offer incentives to employees who take early retirement or voluntarily leave the
company and will close a plant in South Carolina as it tries to offset a decline in new home construction.
     The Pella, Iowa-based company, which makes windows and doors, says in a news release Thursday that incentives will be offered to employees at plants in Carroll and Shenandoah, South Carolina,
Sioux Center and Pella, Iowa, as well as at plants in Macomb, Illinois and Portland, Oregon.
     A Pella spokeswoman says the workforce reductions are the result of the downturn in new home construction, which has fallen more than 70 percent since 2006.
    

 

 

 

   

Sioux Pharm Receives USDA Grant

(Sioux Center) -- An anaerobic digester in Sioux Center is the recipient of a USDA Rural Development loan.  Sioux Pharm will receive a $263,250 grant and the same amount in a guaranteed loan to assist with installation costs of a methane digester at the company's facilities.  American State Bank of Sioux Center assisted with the loan guarantee.  Sioux Pharm's digester will reduce the amount of purchased electricity used by the company, as well as save the company in trucking, sewer, and gas expenses by using as many as 20,000 gallons per day of wastewater product.

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City officials have denied accusations that two officers mistreated a woman during an arrest.
     Footage from a patrol car's dashboard camera shows the officers struggling with 34-year-old Dacosta Daniels as she was handcuffed on Aug. 8 after a traffic stop.
     Daniels says she received a black eye and bruises and is considering a lawsuit. On the tape, she is shown being punched in the side and put in a headlock.
     Sioux City Police Department spokesman Jeremy McClure says that he couldn't elaborate on what the video showed. McClure says an internal investigation found that the officers had followed department policies.
     Court records say Daniels was being arrested on suspicion of punching an officer before the arrest.

 

(Sioux City) -- Two men from Cherokee have been charged with producing child pornography.  Donald Coffey, age 23, and Justin Slattery, age 25, both of Cherokee have been charged with one count of producing child pornography.  The charge is contained in an indictment in the U-S District Court.  The indictment alleges that in November of 2010, Coffey and Slattery used, persuaded, induced, and enticed one or more minors under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of this conduct.  If convicted, both men could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years imprisionment, along with a $250,000 fine, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisionment.  Coffey and Slattery appeared in federal court yesterday and were held without bond.  Their next appearance for trial is set for January 3rd.


(LeMars) -- Applications for approximately $40,000 in LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau hotel/motel sales tax funding will be available beginning November 1st.  LeMars non-profit and not-for-profit organizations qualify for the hotel/motel sales tax funds.  Projects must begin no earlier than July 1st of 2012, and must be completed by June 30th, 2013.  Jessica Lingren, Convention and Visitor's Bureau Manager says the grants are allocated in a 70 to 30 percent matching grant.

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Lingren says non profit organizations can request up to $15,000.  Past grants have been awarded to such items as the new frisbee golf course, the convention center to keep it on a competitive level for attracting organizations, the sidewalk chalk art project, and the Plymouth County Fair.  As you would imagine, Ice Cream Days has benefitted in the past from the available grant funding.

 

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All applications must be typewritten.  Organizations receiving Convention and Visitor's Bureau funding cannot request additional funds from the LeMars City Council.  Since the incorporation of the five percent hotel/motel sales tax in LeMars, more than $978,000 in grant funds have been awarded to a variety of projects.  Lingren says a few cents over the course of time really add up to major dollars.  She says it is not just the motels and hotels that benefit from this tax, but rather all type of businesses.

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Applications can be obtained through the LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau office located at the city hall offices.
    

 

 

   

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