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Tuesday News, June 30

Plymouth County Board of Supervisors To Hear Report From County Attorney

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the county courthouse board room.  The supervisors are expected to name Wayne Schipper to the Veteran's Affairs Commission to replace Cecil Lang.  The county board is also expected to approve three fireworks display applications.  The supervisors will also name Connie Barrett as Plymouth County Mental Health advocate.  The county board of supervisors will hold a public hearing on a budget amendment.  Jeremy Sitzmann is scheduled to appear before the county board to request approval for a minor subdivision. County Attorney Darin Raymond will speak before the supervisors to discuss legislation affecting the debt collection processes and the revenue for counties and approve a letter seeking line item veto.  County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the county board to have several permits approved.

 

 

 

 

County To Resurface C-16 And K-13 County Roads

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department have several road construction projects underway, or about to begin.  A portion of County road C-16 is closed.  C-16 is scheduled to be resurfaced, and next week, crews will begin on county road K-13.  Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe discusses those resurfacing projects.

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Rohe says the work crews will  conduct work on both highways simultaneously.

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The county engineer says the work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July, if weather permits.

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Rohe says a total of 13 miles will be re-surfaced this year, using an asphalt overlay.  While the roads are being resurfaced, crews are also staying busy with bridge and culvert repairs throughout the county.  Rohe says Fawn Avenue between 190th and 200th streets is scheduled to close today for a culvert to replace an old wooden bridge.

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Currently, the county is working on two separate bridge projects that started in April.

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Rohe says the additional revenue designated for road and bridge repair work, as generated by the increase in the state fuels tax, as approved by the state legislature, is just now starting to be made available in Plymouth County funds.

 

 

 

 

Branstad Extends Disaster Proclamation For Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through July 31 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. 
The declaration Monday was the second extension of the original disaster proclamation. It otherwise would have expired Wednesday. 
The virus has infected more than 31.5 million birds in Iowa, mostly egg-laying chickens, making the state the hardest hit in the nation.
Branstad's declaration activates disaster response programs, allows the use of state supplies and makes other efforts to speed response efforts. The governor has also sought a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama for the four counties most impacted by the virus.

 

 

 

 

Regents Dismiss Long-time Communications Director

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The board that governs Iowa's public universities has let go a 29-year employee who had been its spokeswoman for years.
The Iowa Board of Regents confirmed Monday that communications director Sheila Doyle Koppin's job has been eliminated. Her last day was Friday.
The change comes after the board acknowledged last week it will also soon be cutting ties with Tom Evans, its longtime general counsel.
Earlier this year, the board created a new senior communications director position. Josh Lehman started work June 15 in that role.
Board executive director Bob Donley says officials determined Koppin's job duties could be absorbed by others.
Koppin joined the board in 1986 in the business and finance unit. Since 2006, she handled the board's media and communications responsibilities. She had a salary of $76,000.

 

 

 

 

 

China To Prosecute U of I Student For Homicide

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A former University of Iowa student from China has been charged in China with killing an Iowa State student whose body was found in her car trunk in Iowa City last fall.
An Iowa City police news release issued Monday night says 23-year-old Xiangnan Li was arrested on June 19 in Wenzhou, China, to face a charge of intentional homicide. Li had returned to China following the slaying of 20-year-old Tong Shao, whose body was found Sept. 26. Authorities say she'd been asphyxiated. Shao was reported missing on Sept. 17 in Ames.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness told The Des Moines Register that Iowa authorities want to bring back Li for trial, but the United States and China don't have an extradition treaty. 
Chinese authorities say they will prosecute Li.

 

 

 

 

Jury Rules Law Dean Did Not Discriminate

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A jury has ruled that the former dean of the University of Iowa law school didn't commit political discrimination when she passed over a conservative lawyer for teaching jobs.
The federal jury in Davenport on Monday rejected Teresa Manning's claims that Dean Carolyn Jones rejected her because of Manning's political beliefs and associations.
The verdict is a victory for the university in a long-running case that has been closely watched in higher education.  It came after a six-day trial, which was the second in the case after an unusual mistrial in 2012.
University spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said the school is pleased and "happy to put this case behind us." School officials claimed Manning failed a job interview.
Manning already has a contract to write a book about the lawsuit.

 

 

 

 

Flooding Recedes In Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have reopened a major street near downtown Des Moines that was affected by flooding from the nearby Raccoon River.
A portion of Fleur Drive along Gray's Lake Park reopened Monday afternoon. The current level of the Raccoon River along the street continues to recede. The current level of the nearby Des Moines River is also receding.
Fleur Drive and other roads in Des Moines were temporarily closed during the weekend following heavy rains in the area.
Officials for the city of Des Moines say they're looking for volunteers to help clean dirt and debris at Gray's Lake Park, which remains closed.

 

 

 

 

Two Kansas Men Charged With Iowa Man's Death

 

NODAWAY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have charged two Kansas men with first-degree murder in connection with an Iowa man's death.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced the arrest Monday of 41-year-old Jon Rubendall and 39-year-old James Bost, both of Hiawatha, Kansas.
The men were charged in the death of 44-year-old Allen Pafford, of Nodaway, Iowa. Bond for both men was set at $1 million.
An affidavit says authorities found Pafford tied up in a workshop near his mother's home in Nodaway, with a bedsheet wrapped around his head and neck and a bullet wound in the back of his head.
According to the document, Bost told authorities that Pafford owed Rubendall $3,000 for drugs.
Authorities from Iowa and Kansas arrested Bost and Rubendall in Hiawatha.

 

 

 

 

Third Person Charged After Bar Fight

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A third person has been charged in connection with a downtown Cedar Falls assault where the victim lost an eye.
Police arrested 23-year-old Alonzo Jamal Henderson Sunday on a willful injury charge.
Henderson was wanted in connection with a March 1 assault on 47-year-old Brett Weichers outside a bar.
Weichers told police he intervened when he saw a person acting aggressively toward a bar waitress, which led to two people being removed. He says he believes the two later attacked him.
Cedar Falls police arrested 21-year-old Brady Lee Morgan for willful injury in the attack earlier this month. Morgan's girlfriend, 21-year-old Terisa Shea Rowan, was arrested for allegedly giving a false statement to police.



 




   

Monday News, June 29

Plymouth County C-16 Road To Be Resurfaced

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that county road C-16 from Highway 12 to county road K-22 will be closed, beginning today and continuing through August 28th.  C-16 is scheduled to be resurfaced.  A detour has been established.  Motorists will be advised to follow highway 12 north to county road C-12, then follow C-12 east to county road K-22 and then south on K-22 to the east end of the project.

 

 

 

Museum Utilizes Grant For Historic Art

(Le Mars) -- Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, historic art can now be viewed in the Study Hall at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The grant announced last November was for $3,900.  Included in the grant are two categories: (1) $900 for art hanging supplies in order to display the Museum’s historic art; and (2) $3,000 for quilt stands and supplies.
Handling the grant supplies were Mary Holub, Museum registrar, and Margaret Henrich, a volunteer and former Museum registrar.
Judy Bowman, Museum administrator, explains how the grant developed: “One day last summer a visitor from Salisbury, North Carolina, toured the Plymouth County Historical Museum for the first time. When Linda and her husband reached the Study Hall, she began sharing her vision for the expansive room. By the time our visit had ended, she had planted the seed for a hanging of art in the grand 1905 room.”
Bowman continued, “We applied to the Community Foundation, and that very generous grant made it possible to develop the idea of historic art.”

 

 

 

 

King Comments On The Latest Of The Bird Flu

(Pierson) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King was in Pierson on Friday evening attending a political rally for Texas Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz.  KLEM news visited with King about the latest developments regarding the bird flu.  King says as of yet, the House Agriculture Committee has not held any public hearings regarding the devastating Avian bird flu.

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King recaps the progression of the deadly poultry disease.

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The Republican Congressman says the disease then came to Iowa and spread like a wildfire.

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King tells of a personal account how the deadly disease, along with other factors, have hurt one Iowa poultry producer.

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King continues to share the sad story.

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King says he is pleased the USDA has shifted funds from other accounts and directed to the efforts of finding a vaccine for the bird flu.

 

 

 

 

Northey Attends Linn County Fair And Talks About Bird Flu

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The ongoing bird flu outbreak has forced competitors at the Linn County Fair and other poultry events in the state to prepare educational displays and leave their birds at home.
But the 79 participants in this weekend's Linn County competition got to meet Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.
Northey visited the fair Saturday to speak about poultry health and the bird flu. He encouraged the young people who developed 4-H projects and told them he was glad they were interested in agriculture.
Iowa, Nebraska and many other states where bird flu has been found decided to prohibit poultry events this year to help limit the spread of the disease.

 

 

 

Regents Dismiss Attorney

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The governing board for Iowa's three public universities is cutting ties with the man who has served as its top lawyer since 2004.
A June 16th memo obtained by The Associated Press shows general counsel Tom Evans will soon no longer be employed by the Iowa Board of Regents and his legal duties have been transferred to others.
Evans has been the board's chief negotiator for contracts with labor unions and advises the regents and schools they govern on legal and human resources matters.
News of his departure has surprised some colleagues but the board has refused to explain the move.
The move comes amid other personnel changes at the board's Urbandale office, where three long-time staff members recently took advantage of an early retirement program aimed at cutting costs.

 

 

 

 

Family Wanting Changes With Mental Health Patients That Are In Jail

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa family that lost a son to suicide in jail earlier this year is pushing for changes in the way people with mental illnesses are treated by authorities.
Jim Cornick tells the Des Moines Register that sick people shouldn't be sent to jail when they clearly need treatment. Since his son's death in January, Cornick has been meeting with officials and urging improvements to the system.
Family members say the events that led to Jeff Cornick's suicide began in 2011 when he was arrested on suspicion of arson after threatening to set fire to gas cans in his Des Moines home.
Jim Cornick doesn't make excuses for his son, Jeff Cornick, but he believes the system can be improved to better help people with mental illnesses.

 

 

 

Home Sells For A Million Dollars

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - A suburban Des Moines home complete with its own drawbridge and dance floor drew a price over $1 million at a weekend auction.
The 9,000-square-foot home in Urbandale was sold Saturday to a local doctor.
The final price of the home won't be disclosed until the deal closes, but David Enriquez with Platinum Luxury Auctions says the seller had a reserve price of $1 million.
The four-bedroom home that sits on 3.6 acres has a six-car garage and room for 24 in the dining room. It was built in 1981.
Architect Ken Kendall, who designed the Ruan Center in Des Moines, designed the home.

 

 

 

 

Ohio Governor To Announce He Is Running For President

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ohio Governor John Kasich will formally announce his plans for the 2016 presidential race on July 21st.
He is expected to formally join the crowded Republican primary field at an announcement set for Ohio State University.
That's according to senior advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the announcement.
There are more than a dozen Republicans already in the race.
Kasich isn't as well-known as some of his likely Republican competitors, but he has been involved in national politics for more than three decades. The 63-year-old two-term governor previously served in Congress for 18 years.
He supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and often talks about the need to care for the mentally ill and drug addicts.


 

 

   

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