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Thursday Afternoon News, May 9

City Council Gives Final Approval For K-N-S Addition

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council held a special meeting at noon on Thursday to decide the fate of the proposed K-N-S Addition which is to be located along 6th Avenue S.W. from 13th Street to 15th Street.  In a 4-0 vote, with Councilwoman Delana Ihrke absent, the city council offered their approval for the new sub-division development.  The council granted the investors Bruce Kellen, Mark Nuebel, and Scott Sitzmann the approval they were seeking to convert the once zoned rural land now to be considered as residential property.  The property will consist of three different culdasacs.

Monona County Authorities Investigate Attempted Abduction

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have been searching for a man or men who tried to abduct girls in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
The Monona County Sheriff's Office says a girl was approached about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the city park in Mapleton. Sheriff Jeff Pratt said Wednesday that the girl didn't get into the man's dirty,
light blue pickup and was not hurt.
On Monday an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man with a similarly described truck at a beach at the Lakeland community south of Blair in Washington County, Neb. She ran home and wasn't
Nebraska and Iowa authorities say they're not sure whether the incidents are connected, but they're sharing information.


Boone Stand-off

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Police say a central Iowa man accused of leading a nearly seven-hour standoff with officers had no weapons on him when he was arrested.
Boone Police say 33-year-old Joshua Daniels was arrested without incident early Thursday morning. He was alone in the house and there were no reported injuries.
The Des Moines Register ( ) reports authorities attempted to communicate with Daniels for hours. He had barricaded himself and threatened to burn down the house owned by his parents. He was reported missing Tuesday from a halfway house in Ames.
Daniels was taken to the Boone County Jail. He had three warrants issued for his arrest, but it's unclear what charges he may face in connection with the standoff.
A message left for the jail wasn't immediately returned Thursday.


Facebook Posting Leads To Vandalism Arrest

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in northeast Iowa say Facebook has led to an arrest in a vandalism case.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Devin Trumbley, of Dunkerton, was arrested Wednesday. He faces a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ( ) reports police say Trumbley drove his pickup into the metal fence at Bruggeman Park on May 3.
Capt. Rick Abben says they got a break in the case when Trumbley posted photos of the damage to the gate and to his truck on Facebook.
Court records show work to replace the gate was more than $200.


Iowa Education Director Finalist For Colorado Superintendent Job

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Education Director Jason Glass is a finalist for a superintendent job at a Colorado school district.
The Eagle County Schools website says Glass is one of three finalists for the job. Glass started as director of Iowa's Department of Education in late 2010. His past jobs include serving as the director of human resources for the Eagle County Schools and working for the Colorado Department of Education.
The Eagle County School District is located in the Rocky Mountains. The current superintendent is leaving to head up the Poudre school district in Fort Collins.
A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad says Thursday the interest in Glass is a sign that he is a top talent. Glass could not immediately be reached for comment.


Iowa State Has New Business Dean

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A top administrator at Dartmouth College will be Iowa State University's next business school dean.
University President Steven Leath said Thursday that David Spalding's experience in business and higher education makes him well-suited to lead its business programs "to the next level."
Spalding is senior vice president at Dartmouth, an Ivy League school where he has worked eight years. He helps implement strategy and previously oversaw alumni relations.
Spalding earlier worked for financial companies, including Chase Manhattan and Lehman Brothers, and at a private equity firm he co-founded.
Spalding says Iowa State's business school has a bright future, and he hopes to provide an education "that links Iowa's strengths to global economics and cultures." He succeeds Mike Crum, who
served as interim dean since July. Spalding will start Aug. 1.


Wet Spring Helps Reduce Severity of Drought

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A wet spring continues to soak soil across much of the Midwest, causing the prolonged drought to retreat ever so slowly westward.
Sections of central Iowa, southeast Minnesota and western parts of Wisconsin and Missouri have seen notable improvement in drought conditions. The weekly drought monitor measures conditions up to 7 a.m. Tuesday. The report is released on Thursdays by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
It shows the drought has subsided for nearly two-thirds of Iowa, most of Missouri and Arkansas.
West of those states drought remains. A smaller portion of western Nebraska is in extreme or exceptional drought and southwestern Nebraska improved slightly.
The soil moisture is good news for corn growers who are now dodging rain storms to get seed in the ground.

Trains Collide - Causes Derailment

GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - A Union Pacific Railroad coal train has collided with another train carrying cargo containers in central Iowa derailing 20 cars and shutting down a section of the
company's mainline track.
The collision is near Grand Junction about 60 miles northwest of Des Moines.
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says about seven cars on the coal train are off the track and 13 cars of the intermodal train-which carries ocean-going containers on flatbed cars - derailed.
The cause of the collision at about 6:50 a.m. Thursday is not immediately clear. Investigators are on site.
Davis says the derailment has halted traffic on main tracks between Chicago and the company's Iowa and Nebraska destinations. If tracks cannot be cleared soon trains will be detoured around the
No injuries are reported.









Thursday News, May 9

Plymouth County Authorities Arrest Plendl For Shooting Pig

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's authorities have placed 27 year old Jordan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa under arrest following an incident that occurred on April 23rd.  After an investigation, sheriff's deputies were able to determine that Plendl fired a high powered rifle at a barn located at the Jeremy Lund residence of 32484 Highway 140 near Kingsley.  Lund and his family was inside a barn at the time of the shooting.  Lund heard a gunshot and went outside to investigate and found a pig had been shot lying next to the barn.  Lund reported seeing a club or quad cab style late model Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck, white in color leave the area.  The Kingsley Police along with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department searched the area and found a pickup that matched the description at the Jordan Plendl residence located at 33924 Quest Avenue, near Kingsley.  Plendl was interviewed at the time, but denied having any knowledge of the shooting.  Throughout the course of several days, information was developed by the Kingsley Police and the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, primarily due to individuals coming forward with additional information about the incident.  Last Friday, sheriff's deputies interviewed several people again, including Jordan Plendl, where Plendl did admit to shooting the pig with a high powered rifle.  Plendl was charged with one count of reckless use of a firearm, which is an aggravated misdemeanor; and one count of livestock abuse, also an aggravated misdemeanor.  An arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday for Plendl.  He posted a cash bond of $5000 and was released from custody.


Jamal Dean Waives Extradition

(Sioux City) -- The suspect in the shooting of a Sioux City Police Officer will soon be on his way back to Iowa from Texas.  Jamal Dean Waived Extradition back to Woodbury County during a hearing in Corpus Christi, Texas, Wednesday afternoon.
Dean is being held on a charge of attempted murder in the April 29th shooting of Officer Kevin McCormick during a traffic stop on Sioux City's westside.  He was arrested in Texas a few days later.  The waiver of extradition means the Woodbury County Sheriff has ten days to take custody of the suspect.  A statement from the Sheriff's office says they are examining transportation options to return Dean to Iowa.

Hinton Drainage District Meeting Scheduled For Tonight

(Le Mars) -- Residents living within the Hinton Drainage District will want to attend tonight's informational meeting scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hinton Community Center.  The meeting is being hosted by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors acting in the capacity of the Hinton Drainage Board, and by the County Engineer's office.  Tom Rohe, Plymouth County engineer says the meeting is to discuss a financing plan for two bridges that need to be replaced within the drainage district. 
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The Hinton Drainage District was originally established in the 1920's and it consist of close to 450 parcels of land.  Rohe explains the proposal would be to have landowners submit a levy of $100 per year for the next five years.
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The county engineer explains the location and the expected cost of replacement for the two bridges in question.

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Rohe explains the condition of the bridges and why they need to be replaced.

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Branstad and MidAmerican Energy Announce Wind Turbine Project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad and MidAmerican Energy are announcing plans to spend $1.9 billion to install 656 wind turbines in Iowa by the end of 2015.
The Des Moines-based utility's plan announced Wednesday at a Statehouse news conference represents the largest economic development project in Iowa history.
When completed, the new turbines will have the capacity to generate up to 1,050 megawatts of wind power.
MidAmerican estimates that by January 2016, it will be capable of generating nearly 40 percent of its power by wind.
MidAmerican is Iowa's largest energy company, bringing electricity to 734,000 customers and natural gas to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Senate Approves Tax Credits For Restoration Of Historic Buildings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A proposal to increase funding for tax credits that go to the restoration of historic buildings has won final approval in the state legislature.
The bill won final Senate backing Wednesday and will now move to Gov. Terry Branstad.
The program, started in 2000, offers property owners or developers tax credits for 25 percent of qualifying rehabilitation costs in eligible historic buildings.
Currently the state approves up to $45 million in credits in a fiscal year. Under this legislation, that number would increase to $60 million annually for the next three years, before dropping to
$50 million annually.
A spokesman for Branstad said he would review the legislation before deciding whether to sign it into law.


Spencer Airport And Five Other Iowa Airports To Receive Federal Funding

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is announcing nearly $1.2 million in funding for projects at six Iowa airports.
The money from the Federal Aviation Administration will fund projects at airports in Belle Plain, Forest City, Osceola, Oskaloosa, Spencer and West Union.
The largest amount will go to the Spencer Municipal Airport, where $342,000 will be spent on renovating the runway lighting system.
At the Osceola Municipal Airport, $270,630 will go toward building a new hanger.
The Oskaloosa Municipal Airport will spend $213,300 on eliminating water ponding at the airfield.


Senate Approves $8 Million For Iowa Speedway

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that includes $8 million to upgrade facilities at the Iowa Speedway in Newton.
The Senate approved the money Tuesday night as part of an appropriations bill that includes spending on a variety of projects. The measure now goes to the House.
Waterloo Democratic Sen. William Dotzler pushed for the funding. He says the money is vital for the speedway to make improvements needed in its effort to attract NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Although the track already hosts the Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide races, Dotzler calls Sprint Cup races "the big Kahuna" because they attract more fans and media coverage.
The state tax dollars would be spread out over four years.




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