Friday Afternoon News, October 17
Dordt College To Dedicate New Science And Technology Center
(Sioux Center) -- Dordt College of Sioux Center will hold a dedication ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The project involving the renovated Science and Technology Center cost more than $12 million. A short presentation will be given by Dordt College students, faculty, and leaders. Tours of the facility will follow. Groundbreaking took place in May 2013, and the first phase of construction was completed before classes began this fall. To foster interdisciplinary interaction across campus, a two-story addition connects the current science building to the classroom building. The new addition contains faculty offices, technology-enabled classrooms, computer learning labs, an engineering wing, greenhouse, informal learning spaces, and areas for public presentation and display of ongoing work.
Dordt is now beginning fundraising for the final phase of construction, set to be completed in 2015. Still to be completed are new and renovated classroom and lab spaces for chemistry, biology, environmental studies, and construction management, as well as a new astronomy observatory and renovation of the current agriculture and physics laboratories. Finally, the Science and Technology Center will be connected to the Campus Center to create a fully integrated and connected academic complex.
Explosives Found At Rolfe, Iowa
ROLFE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have confiscated homemade, chemical-based explosives from the home of a student in the northern Iowa town of Rolfe.
Ron Humphrey of the State Fire Marshal Division says about a quarter pound of the explosive was found Thursday and that the material could have seriously injured someone, had it exploded.
Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe says an adult and a juvenile have been detained and will be charged.
Classes in the Pocahontas Area Community School District were dismissed early Thursday afternoon as a precaution. Superintendent Joseph Kramer says there were no direct threats against the school, its students or staff members.
Drake Universiity Student Arrested For Making Violent Threats
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An 18-year-old Drake University student has been arrested for posting threats of gun violence on a social media website.
Michael Zachary Crisp has been charged with first-degree harassment. He has posted bond and has been released from the Polk County Jail after his arrest at 3 a.m. Friday.
Des Moines Police spokesman Jason Halifax says a message posted on the social media site Yik Yak threatened that "Columbine will look like childs play." a reference to the April 1999 shooting at a Colorado high school in which 13 people died.
Halifax says detectives worked with Yik Yak administrators and Drake officials to trace the messages to Crisp, who admitted sending the threats when police confronted him.
Court case information wasn't immediately available to determine if he has an attorney.
Iowa Companies Look To Expand
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa economic development officials have approved incentives for three companies that promise to create 281 jobs and spend $39 million to locate new facilities or expand in Iowa.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday says it approved tax credits for TrinityRail Maintenance Services which plans to build a new railroad car maintenance facility in Sioux City. The company promises to create 250 new jobs.
Mrs. Clark's Foods is expanding in Ankeny by adding a $7.3 million warehouse and refrigeration facility. It also received tax benefits for 13 new jobs. The company makes fruit and vegetable juices, salad dressings and other sauces.
Dubuque insurance consulting firm Kunkel and Associates is getting $128,000 in loans for a building expansion project that will create 18 jobs.