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Friday News, August 3

Wells Looks For Additional Capital -- May Be For Sale

(Le Mars) -- In an effort to raise capital funds, Wells Enterprises, Incorporated, maker of Blue Bunny ice cream of Le Mars is looking at options, including, but not limited to, the sale of the company.  An article that appeared in the Financial Times magazine, dated July 31st, said that sources
close to the situation confirmed it.  Dave Smetter, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Wells told KLEM news that the company was exploring all available options.  Smetter did not speak on the record but issued a statement.


"Consistent with our vision to become the number one ice cream company in America by 2020, Wells Enterprises, Incorporated has begun a strategic process to raise capital to support our growth strategy.  The process is expected to be completed by years end.  We have built a strong platform from which to expand our business and are excited to undertake this process as we continue to develop high quality innovative products for our customers.  We are proud of our long history of success and look forward to building on that tradition as our company takes this next step to grow the business and position Wells for the next 100 years."

 

In the Financial Times article, Smetter says this is not the first time Wells has been up for sale.  It tried to find a buyer a few years ago, but ended up remaining private.  Wells employs more than 2500 people and makes more than 70 different flavors of ice cream.

 

Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Exploitation

(Sioux City) -- A Sioux City man pled guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting a child.  38 year old Dana Gleaves was convicted of one count of sexual exploitation of a child.  At the plea hearing, Gleaves admitted that between June of 2010 and June of 2011, he used, persuaded, induced, or enticed a minor under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purposes of producing visual dipictions of such conduct.

 

Tax Free Weekend, Today and Saturday

(Le Mars) Christmas in August?  Not exactly but is a holiday that involves shopping.  Iowa's 13th Annual Tax Free Holiday on select clothing and footwear is going on today and tomorrow.
Rebecca Binneboese, of Binneboese shoes in downtown Le Mars says that the holiday is aimed at back to school shopping.

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Even though this annual tax free holiday ends up being used as back to school shopping, back to school items like such as classroom supplies and backpacks are not included.  The discount does apply to clothing, shoes and socks but excludes  items designed for athletic activity or protective use that is not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear.  

There are also rules regarding the prices of items that are considered "tax free" today and tomorrow. Rebecca from Binneboese explains.

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According to taxadmin.org, about 15 other states in our nation also have "tax free holidays" on clothing and shoes.  There are states that also do it for back to school supplies, hurricane preparedness items and energy star products as well. So happy tax free clothing and shoe shopping today and tomorrow

 

Branstads Move Out of Terrace Hill Due To Mold

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad and his wife, Chris, have moved out of the governor's mansion in Des Moines after he says black mold was discovered on the third floor, where they live.
     The governor says Chris Branstad had not been feeling well recently and suggested that the air quality be checked in the 143-year-old mansion, known as Terrace Hill.
     He told the newspaper that tests revealed black mold and that it was a severe problem. The couple moved Saturday to their Boone County home, where they'll remain until the problem is resolved.
     Jenae Jenison, a spokeswoman for Branstad, says Thursday that testing is continuing to identify the problem. She says the mansion's bottom two floors are safe and the building remains open
for public tours.

 

Fort Dodge Police Officer Found Not Guilty To Burglary

 FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A Webster County jury has acquitted a former Fort Dodge police officer of second-degree burglary.
     David Beshey was accused of entering his girlfriend's apartment in January and assaulting a man who was there.
     The Messenger newspaper reports the jury deliberated the case for about 30 minutes before reaching the not guilty verdict on Wednesday. Beshey's trial began on Tuesday.

 

FEMA Sides With U of I On Flood Funding
  IOWA CITY,
Iowa (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is siding with the University of Iowa over its efforts to rebuild from the 2008 flood.
     Federal auditors have questioned FEMA's commitment that federal funds pay to replace damaged music and art buildings. A report said the buildings should be repaired, not relocated and replaced,
because they were salvageable under federal rules. The report also said the projects should be suspended and the funds promised should be diverted to "better use."
     The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on Thursday says the agency is standing with the university on the disagreement.
     Iowa's governor and congressional delegation are urging Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to support FEMA's decision.

 


    

    

 




   

Thursday News, Aug 2

Le Mars Fire Department Offers Assistance

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department was called to offer assistance to fight a cornstalk bale fire late last evening.  The call came in at about 10:50 p.m. Le Mars was at the scene for about an hour.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Releases July Report

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the Le Mars Fire Department...The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 42 calls during the month of July.  Ten times the crew extinguished fires, there were three rescue calls. Twice, the Le Mars Fire Department offered mutual aid assistance, both times was to help the Akron Fire Department.  The Fire Department conducted 16 investigations, mostly with accident clean up duties, and eleven times the Le Mars Fire Department was asked for requests for services including programs, parades, and classes.


Akron Called To Two Fires On Wednesday

(Akron) -- Akron Fire Department was called to two separate fires on Wednesday.  The first fire came in at about 10:30 a.m. when a burn pile got out of control.  That fire was located at 18025 county Road K-13.  Fire officials were on the scene for nearly a half an hour.  The second fire happened at the 18000 block of Birch Avenue, near 190th St and Highway 12, just southwest of Akron.  A grass fire was threatening a residence.


St. Joseph Church Still Looking For Home For Steeple

(Le Mars) -- Now that the old St. Joseph Catholic Church of Le Mars has been demolished, there is wide interest as to what will happen with the steeple?  Parishsioners helped remove the steeple last week.  Dick Ahlers of Le Mars is a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and a lay director.  He says church officials are still working to find a home for the famed Le Mars Landmark.

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Ahlers says the church hopes to hear from fair board officials within the week.  He says if the fair board passes on having the steeple, it more than likely will be dismantled.  Ahlers says the church approached both the city and the Plymouth County Historical Museum inquiring if either party had an interest in housing the famed steeple.  Ahlers admits there would be some expenses involved with establishing a base for the steeple.  He says the steeple of the new St. Joseph Catholic Church was specifically designed to resemble the old steeple.

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Sioux City To Close Pools On Sunday

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Parks and Recreation officials have announced they will be closing the city's swimming pools on Sunday, August 5th.  Those pools include the Leeds, Lewis, Leif and Cook swimming pools.  The Riverside Family Aquatic Center will remain open on a daily basis through August 15.  Riverside pool will re-open for weekends only starting August 18-19th, 25-27th, and again for the Labor Day weekend, September 1-3rd.


Obama and Romney To Visit Iowa In August

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Campaign aides to President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney say the candidates plan to stop in Iowa this month, in the weeks leading up
to the party's national conventions.
Romney will headline a private fundraiser Tuesday in West Des Moines and a public event that hasn't been finalized. Obama aides said only that the Democrat would visit Iowa in August. Aides to
the campaigns declined to be named because the campaigns haven't announced the visits.
It's Romney's third stop in Iowa since becoming the likely nominee. Obama, a Democrat, has been to Iowa four times this year.
The candidates and allied groups have spent more than $26 million on TV advertising in Iowa, among about a half-dozen states where polls show the race is tight.

 

42 Iowa Counties Now Declared Disaster Areas

(Des Moines) -- 42 Iowa counties have now been declared as disaster designation as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought.  The designation allows farmers and ranchers to cut Conservation Reserve Acres for haying and grazing for feed purposes. Those 42 Iowa counties are mainly found in the southern half of the state.  More than half of U.S. counties now are classified by the federal government as natural disaster areas mostly because of the drought. The U.S. Agriculture Department added 218 counties in a dozen states as disaster areas yesterday.  That brings this year's total to 1,584 in 32 states, including Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.


Branstad Orders Flags At Half-Staff


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad had ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor an Army soldier with Iowa ties who was killed in Afghanistan. Twenty-five-year-old Sergeant Michael Ristau of Rockford, Illinois was assigned to a Washington state unit when died on July 13th after an attack in Zabul province. Branstad on Wednesday ordered all U.S. flags and state flags at state buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. tomorrow until 8 a.m. Monday.

 

Two Men Charged With Arson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two men have been charged with setting fires that destroyed a barn, corn crib and abandoned house outside the central Iowa town of Madrid .
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Meldaris Mehmedovic, of Clive, and 20-year-old Anthony Salazar, of Des Moines, each face two arson counts. The charges stem from fires set June 20 and June 21. No injuries have been reported.
Mehmedovic and Salazar were arrested on Wednesday and remain in Polk County Jail. It's unclear whether they have attorneys. Online court records don't yet list the cases.

 

 

   

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