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Monday News, November 19

Jandreau Trial Continues Today

(Le Mars) -- The trial of Matthew Jandreau continues today.  The defense counsel is expected to call upon additional witnesses to testify.  On Friday, Jandreau's mother and step-brother took the stand.  Jandreau is being accused of kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary, and public intoxication.  That trial is being held at the Plymouth County Courthouse and will resume today at 9:00 a.m.


Sioux City Shooting at Mac Behr's Results in Arrest

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police responded to a shooting incident that occurred inside the Mac Behrs nightclub located on historic 4th Street.  The shooting happened shortly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  Upon arrival, a female victim was located that had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.  The victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.  24 year old Solomon Harris of Sioux City was taken into custody at the scene.  He was subsequently arrested for assault while participating in a felony, willful injury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, and reckless use of a firearm, all class C felonies.  The identity and condition of the female victim are being withheld at this time.

Cedar Rapids Police Search For Escaped Inmate

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids police are looking for a 20-year-old man who escaped from Delaware County Jail in Manchester.
Authorities say 20-year-old Timothy Reynolds assaulted a jailer and stole his sport utility vehicle during an escape about 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
The vehicle was found around 3 p.m. in Cedar Rapids. Police say Reynolds has ties to Cedar Rapids and Chicago.
Cedar Rapids police Lt. Joe Clark said early Monday morning that his officers hadn't found Reynolds yet and that, near as he knew, Reynolds was still loose.
Reynolds was being held on robbery, assault, weapons and other charges.


Home Builder Faces Bank Fraud

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa home builder has been ordered to repay $379,533 and serve one month in prison for bank fraud.
A federal judge sentenced 70-year-old Walter Zimmerer last week.
Prosecutors say Zimmerer took out loans in 2007 and 2008 to build homes in Bettendorf and LeClaire, Iowa.
The loans were set up to allow Zimmerer to continue drawing money out during construction as long as he was current on his payments to subcontractors.
Zimmerer fell behind on his payments to subcontractors but created false documents to show he was current. Eventually he defaulted on the loans.
He pleaded guilty to nine counts of bank fraud.
In addition to serving a month in prison, Zimmerer will have to serve 12 months of home confinement and two years of supervised release.


Democrats Choose Jochum As Senate President

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrats have chosen Dubuque Sen. Pam Jochum (YOH'-kuhm) to be the Iowa Senate's next president.
Jochum will succeed retiring Sen. Jack Kibbie, D-Emmetsburg.
The Senate president presides over the chamber and issues rulings on whether amendments to bills are germane.
Jochum served 16 years in the Iowa House before being elected to the Senate in 2008.
The 26 Democrats who make up the Iowa Senate's incoming majority re-elected Sen. Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, to remain majority leader.
The Democrats named Steve Sodders, of State Center, to be president pro tempore; Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, as majority whip; and Matt McCoy, of Des Moines, Wally Horn, of Cedar Rapids, Bill Dotzler, of Waterloo, and Amanda Ragan, of Mason City, as assistant majority leaders.


Soderberg Appointed To Chair House Appropriations Committee

(Le Mars) -- State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars was recently selected to serve as chairman of the all important State House Appropriations Committee.  Soderberg, a Republican, has been a state representative since 2005 and was re-elected during this past election.

Iowa and Nebraska Still Behind On Complying With Federal Health Care

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Iowa and Nebraska are turning down different paths to comply with the federal health care law.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said Friday that his administration will continue to work on a state-based exchange. But he left open the possibility of defaulting to a federal program. In Nebraska,
Governor Dave Heineman declared the state-based exchange too expensive and told the federal government to build one for his state. Both governors are Republicans.
The different approaches reflect a broader struggle among Republican governors who now have to submit to a law they feverishly oppose. Both governors insist that they're making a good-faith effort to follow the law, despite a lack of guidance from the federal government. But Democrats from both states say the governors haven't done nearly as much as they could have to prepare.


Officials Investigate Homeless Man's Death

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Council Bluffs officials are investigating the death of a homeless man who became trapped after falling into a hole he was digging.
The 34-year-old man was found dead along railroad tracks in Council Bluffs.
Police said Sunday the man was digging a hole either for shelter or to store his belongings and fell in. Police aren't sure how long the man was in the hole before his body was discovered.
The man's name was not immediately released because police were trying to locate his family.


Rescue At Carter Lake

CARTER LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Omaha, Nebraska police officers rescued two people and a dog from Carter Lake after their boat capsized.
An officer spotted the overturned boat in Carter Lake, Iowa, Sunday and called for help.
Paramedics were worried that 55-year-old Kay Dunn and her 32-year-old son, Nathaniel Nelson, could develop hypothermia if they were in the water too long.
Four other Omaha police officers responded and helped get the two people and their dog out of the water.
The two people who were rescued and one officer were taken to the hospital to be checked for hypothermia after being in the water for about 20 minutes.
The dog, Buster, was taken to the Nebraska Humane Society to get
checked out.


Saturday News, November 17

Hemmingson Reflects On Historic Designation

(Le Mars) -- On Friday, it was learned that Le Mars downtown district had been selected by the National Historic Preservation Registry.  One woman who contributed hundreds of hours of research and volunteer time to make that designation possible is Iris Hemmingson.  Iris is the chairperson for the Le Mars Historical Preservation Commission, and she says the designation is a nice honor for the community.  She says in order for Le Mars to receive such recognition it took the work of many volunteers and a lot of research.
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Hemmingson says it was a challenge to document previous owners of buildings and to learn of their uses.  She says the city's streets and addresses were often incomplete.
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Hemmingson says the designation will benefit the city as well as the individual building owners.
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The Le Mars Historical Preservationist believes the designation will attract history buffs to Le Mars as well as increase the tourism trade.
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Hostess Closure Means Lost Jobs At Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The decision by Hostess Brands Inc. to go out of business is being felt in Waterloo.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks, announced Friday it would close in response to a nationwide strike.  It means the loss of about 18,500 jobs, including some in Waterloo.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ( ) says the decision affects 59 workers at the Waterloo plant and distribution center and about 30 truck drivers. The Waterloo bakery produced Wonder, Home Pride and Nature Pride breads.
Hostess spokesman Erik Halvorson says production ceased Friday morning in Waterloo. Local retail outlets will remain open for seven to 10 days.
At the Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet in Waterloo, store manager Sherry Yearling said the remaining inventory of Twinkies was cleaned out within an hour.


Google Invests In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Google is investing another $200 million in its Council Bluffs data center operations as it invests $75 million in a wind farm in central Iowa.
Google announced the additional investment in the data center on Friday at a Statehouse news conference.
The Mountain View-California-based tech giant has an existing $600 million data center it announced in 2007. In April, Google said it would build a $300 million data center near the existing
campus. Friday's announcement would add $200 million to that new site.
Google said Thursday it was investing $75 million in the Rippey Wind Farm in Greene County as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources.
Google's investment in Iowa now stands at $1.1 billion.


Branstad & Reynolds Applaud Decision To Uphold Ethanol Standards

(Des Moines) -- Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds applaud the Federal government's decision to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard and deny pending waiver requests.  Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, accounting for 25 percent of total U-S ethanol production.  In addition, Iowa's biofuels industry has added $13.1 billion to our economy, generated $2.4 billion in household income and supported 49,000 jobs.

DuPont Pioneer Receives Economic Assistance

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa economic development officials have approved financial assistance to DuPont Pioneer for a $50 million expansion project.
The Iowa Economic Development Board on Friday agreed to provide the company up to $4.4 million in tax credits.
The project will move into Johnston some operations and 100 jobs now in Ankeny. Pioneer will also create 100 new jobs.
Pioneer, which is headquartered in Des Moines, is a subsidiary of chemical maker DuPont Company of Wilmington, Delaware.
The economic development board also approved tax credits for two other companies.
Grain Millers in Saint Ansgar received $550,000 in tax credits for a $24 million expansion. Sobatka Engineering in Diagonal, doing business as Excel Engineering, received nearly $86,000 in tax
credits for a $1.6 million renovation.



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