Tuesday News, April 14
School Board Approves Budget And School Calendar
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board approved its 2015-2016 budget during its regular meeting held last evening. The school board approved the total operating fund spending authority for the district at $25,015,959. The recommended budget for the operating fund equals $21,713,776. The operating fund balance is projected to be approximately $3,302,183. The school board also approved the school calendar for the next school year. Classes will begin on Thursday, August 27th and are scheduled to conclude on May 27th.
Supervisors To Meet Today
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet today, and on their agenda the supervisors will discuss whether they want to help offer financial support for litigation expense for Sac, Calhoun, and Buena Vista counties as they defend themselves against a lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works. The supervisors are expected to appoint Curt Moodie to the Veteran Affairs Commission. Moodie will replace Don Beitelspacher who recently passed away. The supervisors will also review and approve Cost Advisory Services Administrative Expense reimbursement for Department of Human Services expenses and indirect costs analysis. Plymouth County Recorder JoLynn Goodchild will present the quarterly report to the county supervisors, and Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe will present the budget of the secondary road program.
Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees To Discuss Annual Audit
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this evening. The hospital trustees will hear a medical report, a financial report, including approval of the hospital's annual audit as performed by the Denman and Company. Hospital administrator Mike Donlin will offer the trustees an update on the north addition expansion project. The hospital trustees will also review and expected to approve capital acquisitions.
Farmers Co-op Society To Construct New Feed Mill
(Boyden) -- Farmers Coop Society’s board of directors has announced the approval of constructing a new feed mill in Boyden. The $14.75 million project will help FCS meet the needs of their customers both now and in the future. The new mill will include many technological features that will improve the all-around efficiency of the mill as well as the time it takes to load and unload semis. This new feed mill will have the ability to manufacture a total of 3000 tons per day with 1000 of those tons being in pellets. When the mill is fully operational it will require 45 semi loads of ingredients, up to 70 loads of corn, and produce 115 semi loads of complete feed per day. FCS’s feed business continues to grow and they have been anticipating the need for an additional mill for the last year and a half. The feed team and management are excited about the opportunity to grow their business in northwest Iowa and the surrounding area.
Farmers Prepare Fields For Crop Production
(Le Mars) -- Farmers have been taking advantage of the warm weather by preparing their fields for crop production. Iowa State University Extension Crop Specialist for Northwest Iowa, Joel DeJong says so far, farmers are off to a good start.
Soil temperatures have been rising according to DeJong, but still a bit cooler than desired for crop production.
As for sub-soil moisture levels, and despite some reports indicating drought-like conditions, the crops specialist says for most of Northwest Iowa the levels are sufficient.
Most Iowa farmers will probably plant this year's corn crop between April 20th and May 10th.
Fire Hydrant Flushing To Continue Today
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Water officials hope to resume the fire hydrant flushing today, following last week's water main break which caused a delay. City water superintendent Gayle Sitzmann explains the water flushing schedule.
DeCosters Sentenced To Three Months In Prison For Contaminated Eggs
(Sioux City) -- The two former operators of an egg production facility in Wright County were each sentenced Monday to three months in prison and fined 100-thousand dollars in connection with a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010. Eighty-one-year-old Jack DeCoster of Turner, Maine was the owner of Quality Egg, and his 51-year-old son Peter of Clarion, Iowa, was the chief operating officer. Jack and Peter DeCoster each pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Their former company, Quality Egg, pled guilty to one count of bribery of a public official, one count of introducing a misbranded food into interstate commerce with intent to defraud and one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. The company was sentenced to pay a fine of six-point-79 million dollars and placed on probation for three years. Court records show the company knew of salmonella in their egg laying plant, but mislead customers and tried to bribe inspectors to conceal the positive salmonella tests prior to the disease outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control says the outbreak likely caused nearly two-thousand people to become sick.
Cherokee Man Sentenced After Police Standoff
CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - A Cherokee man has been sentenced in connection to a lengthy standoff with police.
36-year-old Joshua Allender was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison. He took a plea deal in March to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault on a peace officer, dropping attempted murder, assault and weapons charges.
Police responded to a call on Oct. 30 about a suicidal person in Cherokee County. Officers say Allender refused to leave the home and fired a gun from an upstairs window.
Over six hours later, officers fired tear gas inside, and Allender was soon in custody.
Allender must serve at least five years of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.
Two Top Drake University Officials Resign
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The vice president and provost of Drake University have submitted their resignations as the Des Moines private college prepares for a new president to assume office this summer.
Outgoing president David Maxwell notified faculty and staff about the resignations in a letter last week.
Vice President and Treasurer Debbie Newsom's resignation will become effective June 30. Provost Deneese Jones will be stepping down effective May 30.
The letter says Jones' resignation as provost will allow Drake's incoming president, Earl F. "Marty" Martin, to develop his own team. A national search for the provost position won't begin until Martin takes office in July.
The school's board of trustees in January picked Martin as president.
Maxwell has served for 16 years as the college's president.
Woman And Boyfriend Arrested After Toddler Tests Positive For Meth
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Newton police have arrested a 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend after a toddler tested positive for methamphetamine.
Court documents say test results for the 1-year-old boy who the woman cared for showed he had five times more meth in his system than the woman did.
The woman's 27-year-old boyfriend was arrested for child endangerment.
The Newton interim police chief says he credits neighbors and an apartment property manager for alerting authorities to the child's welfare.
Second Doctor Testifies In Legislator's Sexual Assault Trial
GARNER, Iowa (AP) - Another doctor has testified in the trial of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, saying the woman's mental capacity deteriorated rapidly in the months before the alleged incident.
Dr. John Brady, medical director of Garner's Concord Care Center, testified Monday in the third-degree sexual abuse case against 78-year-old Henry Rayhons.
Prosecutors allege Rayhons had sex with his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, in May at the nursing home after being told his wife was no longer mentally capable of consenting. She died in August.
Rayhons' defense attorney says there's no forensic evidence proving his client had sex with his wife on the day alleged by prosecutors.
Brady says Donna Lou Rayhons might have responded positively to interactions with her husband, but those reactions don't equate consent.