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Thursday Afternoon News, October 4

Trial Delayed For Jandreau

(Le Mars) -- The trial date for Matthew Jandreau has been extended.  The new trial date is scheduled to start on November 13th.  Jandreau is accused of kidnapping, burglary, and theft resulting from incidents that occurred in Le Mars last March.  His trial was to have started on October 16.  During a pre-trial hearing, Jandreau's defense attorney Mike Williams asked for the extension stating he is waiting for the results of a psychological evaluation.  The court noted the matter has been continued several times over several months at the defendant's request to either secure an expert, obtain funds for an expert, to conduct an evaluation, or to obtain the results of the evaluation.


Le Mars To Conduct Sewer Cleaning

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Wastewater Treatment has announced that it is that time of year when the city sewers are to be cleaned.  Starting next Monday, the area south of Plymouth Street to 12th Street Southeast and from Central Aveune Southeast to 14th Avenue southeast.  Ron Kayser, Superintendent for the Le Mars Waste Water Treatment facility says the cleaning could take up to six weeks to complete.  Kayser reminds residents that you may experience some minor sewer problems and traffic congestion may occur in these areas.  If you have any questions regarding the sewer cleaning, please call the Waste Water Treatment Facility.


Le Mars College Night Scheduled For Monday

(Le Mars) -- Area high school students that are uncertain as to where they want to pursue a college education may want to attend the 36th annual Le Mars College Night 2012.  College Night is scheduled for Monday, October 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Le Mars Community Guidance Counselor Barry Borchers says the College Fair will feature more than 50 higher level educational institutions.
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Borchers says the represented colleges and universities are from the four-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Nikki Addison, another Le Mars Community guidance counselor, says students need to first go
online and pre-register to get their name and address entered in the data bank, and then
obtain a bar-code that makes it easier, and more efficient for the student on College Night.
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Addison says the event is well attended by both students and parents.  Both guidance counselors say the students and parents come prepared with several questions.

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The Le Mars College Night is open to all high school juniors and seniors and parents from the greater Plymouth County area.  The guidance counselors say they begin visiting with students about their possible career choices as early as the freshman level.

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More Cats Are Removed From Sioux City Home

(Sioux City) -- Animal rescue workers continue to bring more starving cats out of a Sioux City home.
That's as charges have been filed against the owner of the home of the home where over 50 starving or dead cats were found Monday evening.  Sioux City Police assisted animal control workers with a search warrant Monday at 1818 Grandview Blvd. and removed 46 cats and 8 carcasses from the home.  Cindy Rarrat of the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center says another 13 live cats have been found, bringing the total to 59...and there's still more in the house.
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56 year old Mark Lanning has been charged with 14 counts of animal neglect.  Neighbors says no one had lived at the home for the past couple of months.  Rarrat says conditions there were unfit for humans or animals.  She says workers are having difficulty determining the number of dead cats inside.
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Rarrat says the recovered cats are being cared for, but the large number is putting a strain on the animal shelter.


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She says a court disposition hearing will be held soon to hopefully allow the shelter to adopt out the cats when they are healthy.

UI President's Asian Trip Cost$128,000

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nine-day Asian trip led by University of Iowa President Sally Mason cost about $128,000.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen says  expense reports from the July tour were provided to the newspaper.
The expenses are being paid by the University of Iowa Foundation.
The 18-person delegation included deans, professors, UI Foundation and Alumni Association officials, and Mason's husband, Ken Mason, a lecturer in biology.
The trip was designed for the delegation to meet with donors and alumni as part of an effort to increase the university's visibility in China. The itinerary included stops in Hong Kong, Taipei,
Shanghai and Beijing.
A university spokesman said in May that more than 1,700 students from China were studying at the Iowa City school.

 

Judge Says No Wrong Doing When UI Fired Its Lawyer

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says University of Iowa President Sally Mason did not violate the rights of the school's top lawyer when she fired him and criticized his performance in 2008.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt on Wednesday threw out former general counsel Marc Mills' claims that he was unfairly fired after an independent investigation incorrectly blamed him for mishandling
a high-profile sexual assault case.
Pratt says Mason could fire Mills because he was an at-will employee. He says Mason also notified Mills of the reason for his pending firing and considered his rebuttal before he was terminated, which satisfied his due process rights.
University spokesman Tom Moore said the school is pleased.
Pratt will also rule soon on Mills' remaining claims against a St. Louis law firm that conducted the investigation.


Former Minister Charged With Sexual Assault

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A former minister convicted of three sexual assault charges in Council Bluffs will be resentenced on one of them, now that the Iowa Appeals Court has lowered the severity
of one of his crimes.
57-year-old Efrain Umana had been convicted in January 2011 of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Umana, who had led churches in Iowa and Nebraska, was given 35 years in prison.
He appealed the convictions, and in its ruling issued Wednesday the Appeals Court said prosecutors didn't present enough evidence of specific intent to commit sexual abuse. The court returned the
case to district court for resentencing on a reduced assault charge.


Bondurant Couple Latest Powerball Winners

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lottery officials say a central Iowa couple has won a $202 million Powerball jackpot drawn last month at a suburban Des Moines convenience store.
Mary and Brian Lohse came forward to claim the prize Thursday in Des Moines. She's a 42-year-old medical assistant at a pediatric clinic and he's a 43-year-old attorney with EMC Insurance.
The winning ticket was the only one to match all six numbers in the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing.
The jackpot was the second largest won in Iowa. It ranks 28th among U.S. lottery jackpots
Mary Lohse says she bought the ticket on the day of the drawing at a convenience store-gas station in Bondurant as she was filling up her car.


   

Thursday News, October 4

Strong Winds Fan Flames of Grass Fires

(Le Mars) -- Those strong winds of Wednesday helped fan the flames on three separate grass fires located within Plymouth County. The Hinton Fire Department was dispatched to the intersection of 280th Street and Lake Avenue.  The call came in at 3:15 p.m. and fire fighters were on the scene for about an hour and a half.  Fire officials were called back to the scene as the fire flared up a second time.  Hinton fire officials were there for another hour.  The Le Mars Fire Department was called to battle a grass fire at Highway 60.  That call sounded at about 6:20 p.m.  Le Mars Fire officials were able to get that grass fire under control within a half hour.  The Akron Fire Department also had a grass fire alarm.  Akron responded to the fire located at 33287 West Loop.  The fire was reported at about 7:05 p.m. and fire officials were on the scene for about an hour and a half.


Sioux City Police Arrest Owner of Abandoned Cats

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have located the owner of that home that had more than 50 abandon cats.  On Wednesday, officers arrested 56 year old Mark Lanning of Sioux City.  Lanning was charged with 14 counts of animal neglect.

 

Jaimes-Martinez Charged With First Degree Murder

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a woman during a neighborhood fight in Sioux City.
Thirty-three-year-old Fernando Jaimes-Martinez is accused of firing a gun into a crowd and killing 27-year-old Karla Gonzalez on Sept. 22.
Prosecutors filed trial information on Tuesday, which includes the murder charge and three other charges.
Police say there was a large fight outside Jaimes-Martinez's house. He allegedly fired a gun into a group of adults and children retreating from the house. Gonzales was hit in the head.
Police haven't said what caused the fight.


Harvest Nearing Completion, But There Are Some Concerns


(Le Mars) -- Harvest is nearing completion, especially for northwest Iowa farmers, but Iowa State University Extension crop specialist Joel DeJong says there are still some concerns.     

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DeJong says we are still in a drought and the window of opportunity to recharge our soil moisture levels is closing.  He says if we get snow before the ground freezes, then our soils will benefit.  However, if it happens to freeze and then we get snow, that moisture will just run off.  DeJong says it would be best if we could get some autumn rains.

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DeJong says there has been a wide variation with yields just within Plymouth County.

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DeJong says test weights of crops have been fairly decent for this drought-stricken harvest.

 

Le Mars High School Students Support Soldiers

(Le Mars) -- Supporting Siouxland Soldiers is the current mission of the Le Mars Community High School Student Council.  Senior Carolyn Ahlers serves as the current president of the Council.  She says this is the second year the school has participated in this event.

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Last year Carolyn said that the school contributed the largest private donation that the organization has ever received, and this year their goal is to double what the gave last year.  Students are being encouraged to participate, but the community help is going to be key in order to reach their loftly collection goal.  Supplies that are needed range from beef jerky to single servings of crackers and baby
powder to deodorant. A full list can be found on our website, klem1410.com. Monetary funds
are also being accepted and can be given by calling the High School Office.  Drop off boxes
for items are in the office, and will also be out at Thursday nights home volleyball game and Friday nights home football game.
Carolyn Ahlers says that it's an honor to collect and pack supplies for Siouxland Soldiers.

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Minnesota Helps Iowa To Control Carp

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) - Minnesota has decided to help finance Iowa efforts to keep invasive carp out of the Iowa Great Lakes.
The  Minnesota Natural Resources Department is providing $261,000 to help Iowa set up an electrical barrier atop Lower Gar Lake dam. The dam has an outlet to Mill Creek, which runs into the Little Sioux River. The river watershed includes several southwest Minnesota Lakes.
A temporary fence had been erected on an outlet at Lower Gar Lake to keep out the silver carp.
The carp reproduce quickly and consume large quantities of food.  Experts fear the carp could crowd out native species and create ecological problems for Iowa's chain of glacial lakes.
The silver carp have been known to leap into skiers and boats.


Anderson-Erickson Dairy and Workers Agree To Contract Terms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Union workers and Anderson Erickson Dairy have reached a tentative contract agreement.
The company and Teamsters Union Local 120 made their deal on Wednesday night.
The Des Moines workers had gone on strike Sept. 24 but returned to work the next day after both sides agreed to resume talks.
The company contract offer rejected Sept. 23 would have required workers to accept a pay freeze and to pay significantly more for health care insurance. Details on Wednesday night's agreement have
not been publicly disclosed.
The most recent four-year contract between the company and the 300 Teamster members expired in March.  While the workers were on strike, Dean Foods of Le Mars helped supply milk to many of Anderson Erickson's customers, particularly to schools.

 

Upper Iowa College President On Leave

FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) - Officials say the president of Upper Iowa University in Fayette is on leave but they won't explain why.
School spokeswoman Monica Heaton told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/PvrpSI ) that Alan Walker is on a leave of absence, but she wouldn't say whether the leave was scheduled or
unexpected.
College board of trustees chairman Robert Firth says Walker is still an employee of the university. Firth wouldn't say whether Walker would return after his leave ends and he wouldn't say who
would lead the school during Walker's absence.


   

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