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Saturday News, September 5

Barricades Place In Front Of Building For Safety

(Le Mars) -- People walking in the downtown district perhaps have noticed barricades that have been put in place in front of a vacant building located on the east side of Central Avenue.  The placement of the barricades has led to several questions and rumors regarding the structure of the building.  City building and code enforcement officer Jason Vacera says the public doesn't need to worry, the structure is sound, and not in any danger of collapsing.  Vacera says the barricades are there to keep people safe from the restoration of the building's façade project. Vacera says the building is part of the 20 building CDBG grant project, but since it is currently a vacant building, contractors didn't want to have the public interfere with their work.

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Vacera says there is nothing to the rumors about the building structure being unsafe.

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Northey To Visit Plymouth County

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will be visiting Ida, O'Brien, and Plymouth Counties on Tuesday, September 8th.  Northey will make an appearance in Le Mars Tuesday evening as he will address the Plymouth County Farm Bureau annual meeting.  Northey will speak at 7:00 p.m.  The Plymouth County Farm Bureau annual meeting will be held in Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.





Attorney General Says He Can't Investigate Planned Parenthood


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says since Iowa has no laws governing the transfer of fetal tissue his office has no authority to investigate abortion providers about the practice of donating tissue for research. 
Republican lawmakers delivered a letter in August to Miller asking him to investigate abortion practices. 
The lawmakers wanted to know how abortion providers dispose of aborted tissue and if any fetal organs are sold or donated.
Miller told them in a response Friday federal authorities oversee the transfer of donated fetal tissue.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which operates 13 Iowa clinics, voluntarily offered answers, saying it has never accepted donated fetal tissue for research.
Controversy emerged with the release of secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing aborted fetal organs provided for research.





Marshalltown Woman Charged With Animal Neglect And Child Endangerment

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Police have charged a Marshalltown school board member with child endangerment and animal neglect after finding numerous pets in her home, including two dead cats.
Someone called police Tuesday to express concern about the living conditions of school board member Kendall Derby's 13-year-old child.
Police say when officers arrived, they found eight cats and two dogs as well as animal feces throughout the home. Two of the cats were dead.
Department of Human Services workers have placed the child with a family friend.
Police charged Derby on Thursday. She was released from jail Friday after paying a $6,700 bond.
When approached by a reporter in the jail building, she entered a restroom. She emerged at the request of a deputy and declined to comment.
District officials say they can't force Derby to resign from the school board.





New University Of Iowa President - Select Dismisses Faculty Doubts

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa president-select J. Bruce Harreld has erased doubts about his qualifications before, but this time could be an even tougher sell.
Many faculty, staff and students are revolting against Harreld's appointment as Iowa's president, arguing the businessman was the least qualified out of four finalists.
In 1995, many were skeptical when IBM recruited Harreld from the fast-growing Boston Market restaurant chain to be its top strategist. Critics asked why the technology company put its future in the hands of a chicken salesman.
But according to Harreld and former colleagues, his 13-year tenure was successful. He's credited with helping turn around IBM by working with teams to explore new business opportunities that eventually brought in billions in revenue.
A former colleague says Harreld will succeed by listening and leading.




New University Of Iowa Not Interested In Tenure

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A spokeswoman says the University of Iowa's president-select will not seek a tenured professorship despite contract language giving him that right.
A contract released Friday shows J. Bruce Harreld was granted a tenured position in the College of Business "subject to the recommendation of the faculty" that he could assume after he left the presidency. He would be paid consistent with the highest paid professor in the college.
The provision was surprising because Harreld said Tuesday he wasn't interested in receiving tenure, a perk common for university presidents. The regents also hadn't granted a tenured position to Bill Ruud when he was hired as University of Northern Iowa president in 2013.
UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said Harreld didn't make tenure a condition of his employment and wouldn't seek the position.




Canoe Team Travel From Gulf Of Mexico To Artic

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A team from Minnesota and Iowa has completed a 5,200-mile canoe journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic.
The six-member Rediscovering North America crew finished their 244-day expedition at noon Tuesday in the town of Kugluktuk, in the Canadian Arctic province of Nunavut.
Cathedral High School graduate Winchell Delano told the St. Cloud Times that they're in good health and plan to return to Minnesota on Saturday.
Winchell says they finished the last stretch - a 12-mile length of the Coppermine River that rounded a peninsula and entered Coronation Gulf, a finger of the Arctic Ocean that reaches into Nunavut - in rain, cold and 20-to-25 mph winds.
The crew was ready to paddle through Sept. 30 if necessary. They launched January 2th. Delano says they paddled 199 of the 244 days.



Friday News, September 4

Wold Arrested For Causing Disturbance And Past Warrants

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies have arrested 32 year old Shelly Wold of Hinton after authorities received a call stating that Wold was at 29469 320th Street near Hinton causing a disturbance.  Wold had active arrest warrants for both Plymouth and Woodbury counties.  Deputies responded to the residence and located Wold hiding inside the residence.  She was taken into custody without further incident.  Earlier in the day, Plymouth County deputies were called to the same address for a report of Wold vandalizing a vehicle on the property.  At that time Wold fled from the scene into a cornfield when deputies arrived.  Wold was jailed at the Plymouth County jail on the warrants.  Bond was set at $5,000.





City Council Discusses Proposal From Resident Wanting To Purchase An Alley

(Le Mars) -- During Tuesday's Le Mars City Council meeting, the city council heard a proposal from Tammy Meyer to purchase an alley near her property. The area in question is near 4th Avenue Northeast.  Meyer says she is tired of maintaining the city owned alley.  She claims to have purchased rock for the alley way, and has performed several other maintenance duties.  She believes if additional maintenance would be required, she then should have the opportunity to purchase the alley since the city has neglected its duties.

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Councilwoman Delanna Ihrke asked Meyer how would the situation change if Meyer purchased the alleyway?  Ihrke says she is concerned for other residents in the area that would need access to their property by way of the alley.

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City administrator Scott Langel says if the city decides to sell the property, there would still be a need for an easement.

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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Sioux City Man

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an 18-year-old man who was accused of kidnapping and assaulting two men over a dispute about drug dealings.
Isaiah Mothershed had been charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of willful injury. 
Mothershed had been accused of binding and blindfolding two men who met him to buy marijuana on July 7. Court documents had said he burned their faces with a hot object and struck one of them with a shotgun. Authorities said Mothershed had accused them of helping someone steal his marijuana.
The documents said Mothershed forced the men into the trunk of his car, but they escaped when he stopped and left the car to go into a house.
Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings, who filed a motion to dismiss the charges Tuesday, said the investigation is ongoing to determine Mothershed's involvement in the incident.



Sioux City Man Sentenced To Prison For Beating Girl Friend With Hammer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old Sioux City man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and beating her with a hammer.
Russom Katem pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree burglary, assault while participating in a felony and domestic abuse assault with a dangerous weapon.
According to court documents, Katem broke into the woman's apartment on May 6 and hid in her bedroom. Authorities say Katem struck her several times in the head when she refused to have sex with him.
The victim suffered a broken nose and several cuts.


Regents Select New University of Iowa President

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa's governing board has named a corporate management expert with little education experience as the school's next president.
The Iowa Board of Regents announced the selection Thursday of J. Bruce Harreld, a former senior vice president at IBM and Harvard Business School lecturer.
The choice is likely to stir criticism among professors who see him as unqualified and spark debate over whether business experience is enough to lead a major university.
The regents passed over three candidates with traditional academic experience in favor of the 64-year-old Harreld.
Harreld argues that his experience transforming businesses such as IBM and Kraft Foods would help the university during a time of change in higher education.
He will replace Sally Mason, who retired last month after leading the school since 2007.




Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Picking Up In Polls

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his Iowa organization has picked up steam in recent months.
The Vermont senator and 2016 hopeful appeared Thursday at a campaign office opening in Ottumwa. People packed inside the building and spilled out onto the street, enthusiastically cheering his appearance.
Sanders called the turnout "phenomenal" and said his campaign in the leadoff caucus state has made real progress in the past few months. Sanders' Iowa director, Pete D'Alessandro, said Sanders now has 15 offices and 54 paid staff, with more hires expected soon.
Sanders drew hundreds earlier in the day in Grinnell, where he spoke in a park about income inequality, campaign finance reform and college affordability.





Walker To Feature Television Ads That Will Soon Start

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The first television ad backing Republican Governor Scott Walker's presidential campaign to begin airing in Iowa next week highlights his 2011 battle with public sector unions.
The 60-second ad was released Thursday by the Unintimidated super PAC that has announced it is spending $17 million in the next six months on an ad campaign backing Walker. The ad will begin airing statewide in Iowa on Tuesday as part of a $7 million buy.
The ad comes as Walker is trying to regain ground in Iowa after rocketing to a fast start earlier this year before falling to the middle of the pack in more recent polls.
The ad highlights Walker's record as governor, including winning a 2012 recall spurred by his effectively ending unions' collective bargaining rights.





Cruz Holds President Obama Responsible For Nation's Violence


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Ted Cruz is holding President Barack Obama responsible for a climate of violence against police. The Republican presidential contender says Obama and his administration demonize law enforcement.
Cruz made the comments in a North Texas interview with The Associated Press, days after fatal shooting in that state of Deputy Darren Goforth in the Houston area.
The Texas senator says the recent string of police shootings comes as a consequence of what he calls Obama's vilification of law enforcement following riots in places such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.
As Cruz put it: "There are unfortunate, tragic consequences when the president of the United States repeatedly vilifies law enforcement and when that rhetoric is amplified by the Department of Justice" and "by politicians across this country."






Trump Promises Not To Set Up Third Political Party

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump ruled out a possible third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support the Republican Party's next presidential nominee - whoever it may be.
To the dismay of Republican leaders, Trump has emerged as the overwhelming front-runner in the party's crowded field of candidates, despite repeatedly insulting key constituencies and offering few details about his policies. The billionaire businessman and reality television star has described some Mexican migrants as rapists, questioned Senator John McCain's Vietnam war hero status and insulted a popular Fox News host.
Trump is considered a longshot for the White House, but could undermine the eventual Republican nominee with an independent run for the presidency by splitting the conservative vote. Trump's declaration that he would not do so comes just weeks after he roiled the Republican race when, in response to the first question at the opening debate of the 2016 campaign, he refused to promise to back the party's nominee if he fell short.
Trump was intensely lobbied by Republican National Committee leaders, and announced his decision shortly after meeting privately with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.



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