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Monday News, September 8

School Board To Elect Officers

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening, and on the agenda will be the election of officers.  The school board will also hear from Angela Hurd of the Le Mars Parent-Teacher Organization as it is expected she will present a contribution toward the recently completed Project Playground.  The school board will hear the Superintendent's annual report from Dr. Todd Wendt, as well as receive the proposed district learning goals for 2014-2015.


Hickory Avenue Closed For Culvert Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced the closing of Hickory Avenue from county road C-12 to 100 street.  That road will be closed for the next two and a half weeks beginning today, for a bridge replacement with a culvert. 


Library Board To Discuss Hours Of Operation

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Public Library will hold its monthy meeting late this afternoon at the library.  Items on the agenda include discussion concerning the computer/internet usage policy, along with the website contracting fee.  The library board will also discuss the hours of operation to the public.


Wayne Marty Competes In Le Mars Sprint Triathalon

(Le Mars) -- On Saturday, the Le Mars YMCA hosted its annual Sprint Triathalon. Among the 97 participants from Iowa and neighboring midwestern states was Le Mars resident Wayne Marty.  Marty, a former Biology professor at Westmar College, is 82 years young and was the event's oldest participant.  Saturday marked Marty's eighth Sprint Triathalon, having competed in each year the event has been held.  The Sprint Triathalon consists of a 300 yard swim, followed by a 15 mile bicycle ride, and then a three mile run.  Marty recalls how he got started eight years ago.

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Mary was asked if he had a particular favorite segment of the sprint triathalon.

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The 82 year old Le Mars resident says his body felt good after completing the three segment endurance athletic competition.

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The former Westmar Biology professor says he doesn't follow a strict regiment when it comes to running, only that he enjoys doing it.

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Marty says he originally would run three miles per day, but now he has cut back a bit, and he doesn't refer to it as running.

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Marty competed with his brother in last year's inaugural Mud Run, and says he hasn't yet decided if he will compete in this year's event.  As for next year's Sprint Triathalon, Marty says he'll have to see when the time comes.  


Hard Rock Casino Earns $7 Million In First Month

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The new Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City reported $7.2 million in revenue during its first month of operation.
     State regulators said Friday the new Hard Rock easily surpassed its predecessor's typical August results.
     In the past 10 Augusts, the former Argosy Sioux City casino reported revenue between $3.9 million and $5.3 million.
     Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission administrator Brain Ohorilko says the increase is similar to what other communities experienced after older riverboat casinos were replaced with land-based casinos. The newer facilities offer larger gaming floors and more amenities.
     The early success is good news for the Missouri River Historical Development nonprofit, which distributes 4.25 percent of the Hard Rock's revenue to local charities. That translates to $304,000 for August.


Ernst And Braley Both Promote Ethanol Production

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa's closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state's corn-powered agricultural economy.
     Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst have both sought to assure voters they oppose a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into gasoline.
     Braley is touting his efforts to halt the changes. Ernst argues she supports maintaining the existing standard - known as the Renewable Fuel Standard - though she has taken questions over statements that she is she is opposed to subsidies from a "philosophical standpoint."
     The Iowa Farm Bureau's political committee endorsed Ernst, while the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC backed Braley.


Oil Pipeline Proposed For Iowa

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa landowners want to see the details of a proposed oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota across the state to Illinois.
     Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has said the 1,100-mile pipeline would likely cross 17 counties as it crosses from northwest to southeast Iowa. 
     Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado says public meetings will take place across Iowa in December.
     Landowner Don Kreber agreed to let the company survey some of his farmland in O'Brien County, but he still hasn't heard many details yet.


Crop Dusting Helicopter Crashes In Southwestern Iowa

 MACEDONIA, Iowa (AP) - The pilot of a crop-dusting helicopter is being treated for injuries after crashing in western Iowa this weekend.
     The helicopter crashed in a field near Macedonia after hitting a power line on Saturday afternoon.
     Treynor Fire Chief Russ Maguire says the male pilot was out of the wreckage and conscious when paramedics arrived.
     The pilot was taken to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska for treatment. Authorities say his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
     Federal authorities are likely to investigate the cause of the crash.





Saturday News, September 6

Sioux City Police Warn Of Deed Scam

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department has been made aware of a solicitation going on in the Siouxland area.  Several residents have received notices offering the resident to obtain a copy of their deed and other information on the home for a $83 fee.  The Better Business Bureau is aware of the practice and gives the company an "F" rating.  Sioux City Police say copies of your deed can be obtained from the Woodbury County Recorder's office for only fifty cents per page.  Sioux City Police are asking residents to be cautious of the solicitation. 


Grassley Concerned EPA Will Slow Down Ethanol Expansion

(Des Moines) -- Senator Chuck Grassley says he is concerned the Environmental Protection Agency's actions regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard may deter any future expansion in the ethanol industry, and in particular, new cellulosic ethanol plants like the one that started production in Emmetsburg, Iowa earlier this week.  "Project Liberty" is a joint venture between South Dakota based ethanol company POET and a firm from the Netherlands.  It is a new type of ethanol facility capable of producing up to 25 million gallons of ethanol from bio-mass products like corn cobs and corn stalks, rather than from the grain.  Grassley says the E-P-A is wantintg to reduce the amount of ethanol to be produced, and will ultimately hurt the industy.

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Marshalltown Veteran Erroneously Presented Silver Star Medal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sen. Tom Harkin says a Vietnam veteran was erroneously presented with a Silver Star medal after the Marshalltown man provided inaccurate documentation to the lawmaker's staff.
   Harkin said in a statement Friday that the medal presented to 64-year-old Dennis William Myers in June was not earned through service. He said the Navy recently provided Myers' records to his office.
     Military records show Myers served in the Navy in August 1968 and July 1972. But there are no records he received the Silver Star medal, one of the nation's highest military honors.
     Military groups questioned the documentation Myers submitted to Harkin's office. Myers defended his record and said the paperwork came from a private California business that issues certificates for under $10.


Jury Finds Cop Killer Guilty

 CLARION, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a Rockwell City police officer last year.
     The  jury returned the verdict Friday in the case of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Jurors reached a consensus after less than two hours of deliberations in the trial.
     Authorities say Trott shot 37-year-old Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house in September 2013. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault. Buenting was near a house window when he was shot.
     Trott did not testify during the trial, but jurors heard a taped interview where he expressed no regret in shooting a law enforcement officer.


Red Oak Couple Threatens Deputies

 RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - A man and a woman have been accused of threatening to kill three Montgomery County sheriff's deputies in southwest Iowa.
     The Daily Nonpareil reports 25-year-old Mike Andrew Lawson of Red Oak and 24-year-old Justine Sheree Powers of College Springs were arrested Thursday on three counts each of threat of terrorism. Their attorneys did not respond immediately to messages left Friday.
     Authorities say Lawson and Powers threatened the deputies on August 29th, though additional information has not been released. A criminal complaint says the pair also told one deputy they would blow up his house and hurt his family.
     Lawson and Powers remain at the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for both is set for September 15th.


Police Break Up Prosititution Ring At Casino

 BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they have arrested a dozen people in connection to a prostitution sting at the Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf.
     The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the arrests were made Wednesday and Thursday. They involved several agencies working in a joint undercover operation targeting prostitution in the area.
      Officers posted advertisements on websites popular with individuals who engage in prostitution. Authorities say the suspects responded to the ads and met with undercover officers at the casino hotel.
     An Isle of Capri spokeswoman says authorities requested their help for the sting and the casino volunteered a few rooms.





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