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Monday News, April 6

Plymouth County Auto Accident Results In Fatality (Updated)

(Le Mars) -- A nine year old boy is dead, and seven others are injured, as a result of a two vehicle accident that happened at the intersection of county roads C-16 and K-42 in rural Plymouth County Sunday evening at about 8:00 p.m.  Authorities say Adan Perez-Antonio of Sioux City was pronounced dead at the scene.  Another child victim was transported by a medical helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with life threatening injuries.  The other six suffered various injuries and were transported to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Preliminary information indicates a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck being driven by 37 year old Shanna Boggs of Sioux City was traveling east on C-16 and a 2006 Ford Explorer that was traveling north on K-42 being driven by 20 year old Sergio Beltran of Le Mars collided at the intersection. The accident is still under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Plymouth County Sheriff's office.  Both vehicles were in the ditch upside down.  The names of the injured, are being withheld until family members can be notified. The Le Mars Fire Department, Le Mars Ambulance, Ireton Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol, Plymouth County Medical Examiner, and Plymouth County Sheriff's Department assisted at the accident scene.


Sheldon Man Dies In Roll-over Accident On Highway 60

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) - Northwestern Iowa authorities say a 20-year-old Sheldon man died after he was ejected from his vehicle over the weekend.

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office said Raymond Wood's vehicle likely rolled over multiple times on Highway 60 before coming to a rest on the road early Saturday morning.

A report by the sheriff says it appears alcohol was a factor in the wreck. Wood was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he later died.




State Legislature Sees Mental Health Bill Get Through Second Funnel Deadline

(Le Mars) -- This past Friday served as a second deadline for the state legislature to get introduced bills through the funnel system which means in order for a bill to survive, it had to have already moved through the chamber of origin and to the other chamber.  State representative, Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars says the House was working on legislation to keep state mental health institutions open for at least a few weeks longer during a transitional period.

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Soderberg says ultimately, both the mental health institutions in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant will close.


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Last week the state legislature passed the school start date bill, which is August 23rd, and the sledding bill, which provides schools, municipalities and counties protection against liability lawsuits for winter-time recreational activities.

Politicians Try To Woo Religious Leaders

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Cary Gordon isn't a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But Jeb Bush's team already has reached as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign heats up in Iowa. Gordon is a well-known evangelical Christian pastor with a church in Sioux City that can draw 600 people on Sundays.
When it comes to the Iowa Republican caucuses, evangelical pastors are kingmakers, with sway over a key bloc of participants. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul have appeared before groups of religious conservatives.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker talks frequently about being a pastor's son. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, whose father is a pastor, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently addressed pastors in Des Moines.

Iowa State University Hopes To Attract Designs Students To Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - People are still hopeful a studio aimed at bringing design students to Sioux City will reach its full potential.
The studio, an extension of the Iowa State University College of Design, was supposed to offer coursework in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban planning.
But the Sioux City Journal reports few students have taken classes at the studio in the past several semesters. A spokeswoman for the college says that is due to limited student interest.
The studio, which cost more than $500,000 to restore, has instead become a place for workshops, summer design camps and the occasional art show and program for ISU.
College of Design Associate Dean Tim Borich says the school is working with the community to better utilize the space.



Strong Winds Hamper Fire Fighting Efforts At Des Moines Apartment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say heavy winds escalated an apartment complex fire in Des Moines that displaced residents.

The fire was reported Saturday around 7 p.m. at Eastridge Apartments in northeast Des Moines. There are no reports of injuries to residents.

Capt. Steve Brown of the Des Moines Fire Department says that strong winds helped advance the fire, which damaged all three floors of the apartment complex.

Officials say they are still determining the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents.



University Of Iowa Student Dies

CHICAGO (AP) - A University of Iowa student from suburban Chicago has died after being seriously injured earlier this year while studying abroad.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said 20-year-old Andrew Mogni died Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The university announced earlier this year he'd been hurt in a fall on January 14, shortly after arriving in Rome.

Medical Examiner's Office spokesman Frank Shuftan says a cause of death won't be released until Monday at the earliest.

Mogni was a third-year finance major from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, who was participating in a semester-long program at John Cabot University.

The university said initial police reports indicated the fall was an accident but authorities were investigating the possibility that Mogni was robbed.

The school said Mogni was treated in Rome until late March, when he was flown back to Illinois.




Saturday News, April 4

Easter Egg Hunt Held Today

(LeMars)-- The Le Mars Area Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held today at

11 am in Cleveland Castle Park, presented by Education Station and Primebank with

the help of the Le Mars Kiwanis Club. Children who are in first grade or younger

are invited to hunt for the 10,000 Easter Eggs.  There will be 3 designated

areas...one for children under 2, one for 3 & 4 year olds and one for

Kindergartners and 1st graders. All participants need to bring their own basket.



Man Arrested On OWI Charge

(Hawarden)-- The Sioux County Sheriff's office investigated a welfare check at

4890 Birch Ave, three miles south of Hawarden. Garrett Carney,21 of Hawarden,

called the sherriff's office to report an intoxicated person at his residence.

After calling Carney drove a 2001 Ford Mustang southbound on Birch Ave, lost

control of the vehicle, entered the westbound ditch and struck a ditch

embankment. Carney left the vehicle on foot and could not initially be found.

Officers located Carney approximately one mile from the acident as he attempted

to conceal himself in a ditch. No injuries were reported and the Ford sustained

an estimated $4000 in damage. Carney was arrested on an operating a motor

vehicle while intoxicated.




New Online Payment Option For Child Support Payments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say new online offerings will make it

easier for parents to keep up with their child support payments.

The Iowa Department of Human Services announced the changes Friday that

will let Iowa parents make child support payments online using a credit or debit

card instead of sending them through the mail or dropping them off. The update

also allows parents to access their accounts online to determine amounts due and

to report job changes.

Officials say the new services are meant to promote timely payments and

give parents more options, particularly those who aren't in custody of their


Carol Eaton, chief of the Bureau of Collections, says the goal is to ensure

children receive the support necessary to "help them live stable and healthy




Grassley To Run For 7th Term

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says his age won't slow him

down as he runs for a 7th term.

The 81-year-old said Friday that age "isn't a factor or I wouldn't be


The six-term Republican held the first fundraiser for his 2016 campaign

earlier this week and is nearly halfway through his annual tour of all 99 Iowa

counties. Grassley enjoys solid approval ratings and has been in elected office

since 1959.

So far he does not have a major Democratic challenger even though Iowa is a

political swing state that twice supported Democratic President Barack Obama.

Former state lawmaker Bob Krause is planning a bid and other Democrats are

considering the race.



University of Iowa Accepts Almost 200 Early Retirements

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials are accepting almost 200

requests for early retirement this year in a program they predict will save the

university about $28 million over the next five years.

University of Iowa President Sally Mason said Thursday that 362 of about 1,400

eligible employees applied for retirement. Of those who applied, 197 were


According to university officials, the school will save $16 million from

the university's general education fund and $12 million from other revenue


Mason said the retirements came from various departments throughout the


University officials said that some requests were denied because their

position was critical and could not be filled without incurring more expenses.

Some requests were withdrawn before a decision could be made.




University Of Iowa Reports Increased Enrollment

(Iowa City)--University of Iowa president Sally Mason says efforts to increase

the school's enrollment are paying off. Mason had previously announced that

applications were up.



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The school has focused on bringing in more in-state students.



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She likes the type of students they're bringing in.



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Mason says increasing the student population is one of the things she will

continue working on in the final months of her tenure before she retires in




Senators Crafting A Temporary Extension Of ObamaCare

(Washington DC)--Senator Chuck Grassley is part of a task force of Republican

senators crafting a temporary extension of ObamaCare subsidies -- since Grassley

says they expect the U.S. Supreme Court to rule this summer that the insurance

subsidies in states that are not running an insurance exchange are




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Grassley says nothing is "written on paper yet" but the outline of the plan

would see those ObamaCare insurance subsidies continued into the middle of 2017

after a new president takes office and may offer his or her own proposal on

ObamaCare's future.



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According to federal data, about 80 percent of the Americans who are getting

insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges are getting a subsidy, meaning their

premium costs are cut. Those subsidies, on average, cut the cost of health

insurance premiums by 72 percent.


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