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(Le Mars) Gehlen Catholic school officials have announced that Spalding Catholic School Board and
Gehlen Catholic school board will meet Wednesday evening, January 2, 2013 at 7 pm in St. Joseph Catholic Church's social hall to decide on a merger between the two schools.

(Le Mars) Gehlen Catholic High School marching band placed first in Class A in the field show competition at the 2012 Holiday Bowl in San Diego last week.  The band placed 3rd in
Class A in the Big Bay Balloon Holiday Parade.


Iowa lawmakers, agencies submit about 500 bills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa legislators and state agency
officials have requested about 500 bills that will be introduced in
the Legislature's upcoming session.
The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports that the requests are down a
bit from last session and are far less than the 709 proposals
submitted before the 2011 session.
The proposals deal with a variety of issues, including tax
policy, education reform and implementation of federal health care
The legislative session begins January 14th and is scheduled to
last 110 days.

New Iowa laws include hunting, fishing changes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa fisherman will be able to drop a
third line in the water on the same fishing license beginning
The law is among a handful taking effect January 1st.
It allows anglers to fish with three poles and a total of six
hooks, up from two poles and four hooks.
Another law would allow hunters and anglers to use three-year
licenses. A separate law allows combined licenses for hunting and
Most laws approved by legislators in 2012 take effect July 1st,
2013, but a few start with the new year.
Other laws include one making Iowa's volunteer firefighters and
emergency medical technicians eligible for a $50 income tax credit.
Also, childcare providers who serve children eligible for the
state's assistance program will receive a rate increase.

Officials seek clear policy for traffic cameras

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad and the state's
transportation director say automated cameras designed to catch
motorists running red lights or speeding should be used only after
other engineering and enforcement solutions have been tried.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that Branstad says he's
concerned every village in the state may want cameras.
Iowa cities using cameras include Cedar Rapids, Sioux City,
Davenport, and Des Moines. Some generate millions of dollars a year
in fines.
DOT Director Paul Trombino says the agency has new guidelines
for using cameras on Iowa's primary highways. The guidelines say
cameras should seldom be used as a long-term solution for speeding
or red-light running.
Banning cameras or establishing uniform rules for operation has
come before lawmakers before and is likely to surface again this

Iowa Capitol flag lowered for slain former page

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Capitol's flag has been lowered
to honor a former legislative page who was killed with her husband
in Nebraska.
KTIV-TV in Sioux City reports that the flag was lowered Monday,
on what have would have been Victoria Vargas' 26th birthday.
Vargas and her 30-year-old husband, Gabino Vargas, were found
dead on December 9th in a mobile home near the northeast Nebraska
town of Ewing.
Police say they had been shot, and the home was set on fire.
Police have charged Victoria's ex-boyfriend, Matthew Hinrichsen,
with arson and two counts of first-degree murder.
Victoria Vargas, whose maiden name was Victoria Lee, served as a
page in the Iowa Senate eight years ago. She also was elected to
the Missouri Valley city council at age 19.

Police: Meth ingredients found at Iowa day care

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Police are investigating an eastern Iowa
home day care center that may have been used to make
The Quad-City Times reports that 34-year-old Dale Blumer was
arrested Sunday on a felony drug-manufacturing charge. He was still
in the Scott County Jail on Monday on a $100,000 bond.
Davenport police Lieutenant Brent Biggs says Blumer's live-in
girlfriend ran a day care out of the home where the ingredients
were found. Authorities have contacted the Iowa Department of Human
Services, but Biggs says he couldn't confirm whether children were
present in the home when the arrest was made.
Biggs says police are still investigating. An arrest affidavit
says police found several meth ingredients, but it's not clear
whether quantities of the drug itself were found in the home.

More charges for Iowa man accused of shooting dog

MARNE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have filed additional charges
against a western Iowa man accused of shooting a pet dog near his
home on Christmas Eve.
The Des Moines Register reports that 56-year-old Charles Cutler
now faces charges of animal abuse and reckless use of a firearm. He
previously was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm within
city limits.
Police say Cutler shot and killed a 1-year-old chocolate
Labrador retriever named Wrigley. The dog belonged to Stacey Ernat,
a 23-year-old teacher from Denver, Colorado who was headed home to
the Quad Cities for the holidays. Relatives say she stopped in
Marne, a town of about 150 near Atlantic, to visit a friend and let
Wrigley out of the car.
Cutler told authorities the dog was on his property.

Des Moines airport credits Southwest for busy year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines airport officials are
crediting Southwest Airlines for increased boardings.
Airport aviation director Don Smithey tells KCCI-TV that
passenger traffic was up about 14 percent in November compared to
the same month last year. For the year, Smithey says the numbers
increased 9 percent.
Smithey says the entry of Southwest into the Des Moines market
has driven down fares and encouraged more people to fly out of the
Southwest began flying out of Des Moines on September 30th, with
flights to Chicago. Smithey says airport officials are hopeful
Southwest will add new routes.

Iowa bartender charged with threatening youth

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa bartender is charged with
threatening and trying to hold captive a teenager who was helping
sheriff's deputies conduct an alcohol compliance check.
KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids reports that 33-year-old Timothy Finley
allegedly threatened the volunteer with a pipe and ordered her to
go the basement of Fennelly's Irish Pub on Friday, after she tried
to buy a six-pack of beer.
Clayton County Chief Deputy Ryan Johnson says Finley, the
tavern's manager, checked the youth's identification and told her
he suspected she was part of a "sting." He then allegedly told
the volunteer to go into the bar's basement and threatened to hurt
Finley was arrested on suspicion of second-degree harassment,
false imprisonment, and kidnapping. He has since been released from
a county jail.

Tulsa beats Iowa State 31-17 in Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards, Alex
Singleton ran for three scores and Tulsa beat Iowa State 31-17 on
Monday in the Liberty Bowl, avenging a season-opening loss to the
Iowa State rallied to beat Tulsa 38-23 on September 1st, but the
Golden Hurricane put together the comeback in the rematch. Tulsa
trailed 17-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Iowa State (6-7) was seeking its second winning season in the
last seven years.
Tulsa scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the
second quarter to pull ahead for good.

No. 5 Indiana holds off Iowa 69-65

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in
the second half and fifth-ranked Indiana opened Big Ten play by
holding off Iowa 69-65 on Monday night.
Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0 Big
Ten), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City.
Oladipo beat the shot clock with a putback with 1:04 left to put
the Hoosiers ahead 65-60. He also made two key free throws with 26
seconds to go to make it a two-possession game.
Aaron White had 15 points to lead the Hawkeyes (11-3, 0-1),
which might have pulled off the upset had theyshot better than 3
for 17 from the 3-point range.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


Monday News, December 31

Police in Iowa arrest suspect after kids find body

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man is facing murder charges after
some Iowa children found a dead body near the trash at a Des Moines
apartment complex.
Des Moines Police say the children found the body of 27-year-old
Gerald Bonner of Des Moines Saturday evening. Their mother called
police after learning that Bonner's body was cold to the touch.
A gunshot wound to Bonner's torso indicated his death was a
Police arrested 27-year-old John D. Edwards of Des Moines early
Sunday morning. He is in custody facing charges of first-degree
murder, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Police say they seized a gun believed to be the one used to kill

Iowa pays millions to spur job creation in 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state of Iowa has paid tens of
millions of dollars in tax benefits and loans in 2012 to nearly 70
companies that promise to create about 2,000 jobs.
It was an unprecedented year for economic development. The state
landed huge fertilizer projects in Lee County and Sioux City, each
involving capital investments exceeding $1 billion.
Companies receiving state incentives pledge to spend $3.7
billion in the state to build facilities or expand existing
The Iowa Economic Development Authority says it spent about $12
million on loans to companies expanding or locating in Iowa during
the year. The agency did not immediately have a breakdown of tax
credits awards offered this year alone, but says it made more than
$151 million in tax credit awards in 2011 and 2012.

Iowa petition group tries to ban red light cameras

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A group of Iowa City residents is
gathering signatures on a petition to ban the use of traffic
cameras and drones in their hometown.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the group has collected
between 500 and 1,000 signatures since October. The group hopes to
get 10,000 signatures by April 1st to put their proposal on the
Martha Hampel says she worries that traffic cameras might be
part of a growing trend toward government surveillance of citizens.
She says that could violate American's constitutional rights.
The group also wants to ban the use of automatic license plate
recognition systems.

Iowa woman, 18, dies in head-on collision

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a head-on
collision that killed an 18-year-old woman and injured two other
people in eastern Iowa.
KWWL reports that Angela Harrison, of Washington, died Sunday
morning after the crash in Johnson County.
The Iowa State Patrol says Harrison was driving along Highway 22
south of Iowa City when her car crossed into oncoming traffic near
Utah Avenue.
Harrison's car collided with a pickup truck.
The truck's driver and passenger were taken to an Iowa City
hospital for treatment, but they are expected to survive.

Iowa pheasant hunter shoots himself in the foot

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa hunter is recovering after shooting
himself in the foot with a shotgun while getting into a pickup
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it is
investigating the incident that happened near Eldora.
Officials say that 53-year-old Tim Oelschlager of Roland shot
himself in the foot Saturday morning.
He was taken to Grundy County Memorial Hospital and then flown
to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.
Hospital officials refused to release any information about his
condition on Sunday.

Iowa man avoids jail for faking charity concert

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A 64-year-old Cedar Falls man convicted of
fraud for staging a bogus charity concert can avoid prison if he
pays his fine.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Dennis Leahy was
sentenced Friday despite showing up for the hearing without a
Judge Nathan Callahan went ahead with the delayed sentencing
because he said Leahy had ample time to hire a lawyer since a
December 17th hearing.
Prosecutors say Leahy tried to collect money in March for a
charity concert that didn't exist. He was convicted of a similar
crime involving a charity basketball game in 2003.
Callahan ordered Leahy to pay a $2,225 fine with a 35 percent
surcharge and pay court costs. If Leahy can't pay the fine, he will
have to serve 365 days in jail.

Liberty Bowl offers different kind of rematch

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Iowa State and Tulsa don't necessarily
think of their Liberty Bowl showdown as a rematch, even though they
already faced each other September 1st in the season opener for
both teams.
So much has changed since Iowa State's 38-23 victory over Tulsa
that both teams feel as though they'll be facing an entirely new
opponent Monday in a game sponsored by AutoZone.
Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz threw two touchdown passes
and ran for a third score in the regular-season victory over the
Golden Hurricane. He has since lost his job to redshirt freshman
Sam Richardson.
Injuries will prevent Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson
and linebacker Jake Knott from playing in the rematch. Johnson
rushed for 120 yards and Knott had a team-high 11 tackles against
Tulsa in September.

Wichita State beats Northern Iowa 66-41

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Cleanthony Early scored 16 points to lead
Wichita State to a 66-41 win over Northern Iowa on Sunday in the
Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Early was 6 of 11 from the field.
Malcolm Armstead had 14 points, and Demetric Williams and Tekele
Cotton had 12 points apiece. Jake White had eight rebounds for the
Shockers (12-1) in Wichita, Kansas.
Wichita State led 30-18 at halftime. Wichita State shot 46
percent from the field for the game, while Northern Iowa shot 32.6
percent. Wichita State also led Northern Iowa in rebounds 40-22.
Jake Koch led the Panthers (7-6) with seven points. Austin Pehl
had four rebounds.

No. 5 Hoosiers ready to get freshman forward back

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 5th ranked Indiana will have freshman
forward Jeremy Hollowell back Monday night at Iowa.
Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass issued a statement Sunday
saying the NCAA has cleared Hollowell of any potential infractions.
On Friday, Glass said Hollowell and his family notified the school
of a potential "compliance issue." Glass says those details will
be released later.
Glass thanked the NCAA for making a quick ruling and accepting
Indiana's self-reported secondary violation, which led to the
immediate reinstatement of Hollowell.
Indiana can use another body in the line-up after losing
sophomore forward Austin Etherington for the season to a fractured
left kneecap. Backup guard Maurice Creek also is out indefinitely
with a right foot injury.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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