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Thieves Take Little League Utility Vehicle

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A thief or thieves broke into an equipment room at Headid Park in Sioux City and stole the Little League's utility vehicle.  The vehicle was stolen one night last week.
     Headid Little League board member Tim Scherle says the vehicle is used to prepare the fields for the 375 Little Leaguers who play at the park.
     The vehicle was valued at $6,500.
     Scherle says people shouldn't steal from anyone, "but to take something from a Little League park was pretty disheartening, pretty upsetting, actually."


(Orange City) -- More than a dozen law enforcement officers were involved in the arrest of a Bridewater, South Dakota man for stealing hay.  Jamie Shape, age 46, was charged with theft in the first degree, which is a class C felony.  The arrest came after employees of Meadowvale Dairy of Rock Valley, found discrepancies with the semi loads of hay that had been delivered by Shape and his drivers.  Deputies conducted an investigation into the theft and have reason to believe Shape had schemed over $10,000 in hay during a one week period.  Deputies suspect the thefts have been going on for several months. Officers from the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State Patrol, FBI, and Sioux County sheriff's office all participated in the investigation which led to the arrest.


 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he's confident the Iowa Supreme Court will support his right to veto funding for Iowa Workforce Development offices, calling it a key test of
gubernatorial authority.
     Branstad used his line item veto power to reject $3 million to pay for running Workforce Development offices around the state.  Instead, the state has installed computer terminals at libraries
and other spots where people can access employment services. A lawsuit charged that Branstad exceeded his authority, and last week a Polk County judge agreed.
     Speaking at his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad expressed confidence, saying he'll seek an expedited Iowa Supreme Court review of the decision. Branstad says it's an important marker for deciding how far the governor can go to control spending.

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says officials are looking to raise an additional $300,000 to provide housing for people left homeless by a devastating earthquake last year in
     The governor was joined Monday at his weekly news conference by officials from Sheffield-based Sukup Manufacturing Co., which has designed metal housing units that can house up to 10 people. The units cost about $5,700 to build and another $1,000 to ship to Haiti.
     Officials are hoping to build up to 48 homes as part of the effort. They say the need is enormous because 600,000 people are still living in tents.
     Laurens farmer Ken DeYoung has flown more than 50 humanitarian missions to Haiti, and he joined Branstad in announcing the effort.


 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Each of Iowa's 99 counties is likely to hear from Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann by the end of December.
     Bachmann's campaign said Monday that she plans to spend 10 days crisscrossing the state and will begin Friday in northwest Iowa.
With a break for Christmas, Bachmann's bus tour is expected to stop in every Iowa county by Dec. 28.
     The Minnesota congresswoman is hoping to pull off a surprise win in the first caucus state.
     Bachmann won a nonbinding Iowa GOP straw poll in August but her standing has slipped since then. Polls show former House speaker Newt Gingrich leading his rivals in the state.
     Iowa opens the GOP nominating push with its precinct caucuses in about three weeks, on Jan. 3.


Kingsley Shooting Victim Identified

(Kingsley) -- Plymouth County authorities have released the name of the 17 year old shooting victim from Friday.  The victim has been identified as Kyle Badgerow of rural Kingsley.  Late Friday afternoon, Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies were called to a rural Kingsley residence to investigate a shooting.  Badgerow had a gun shot wound to the chest.  He was transported via Life-Net helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Badgerow was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center.  The Woodbury and Plymouth County Medical Examiners were notified and autopsy is being done to assist in determing the manner and cause of death.  Authorities say the gun shot wound was not self-inflicted.  There were others present at the residence at the time of the shooting.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office and the Medical Examiners Office are continuing their investigation.  At this point, no charges have been filed or arrests made.


(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police Department are cracking down on underage minors entering taverns and consuming alcohol.  On Saturday evening, police entered six different establishments on Historic 4th Street in Sioux City.  At the Tom Foolery's Bar, officers located and arrested five underage minors  including a 17 year old female.  Some had been consuming alcohol, and one minor had possession of a fradulent indentification.  The investigation is continuing.  The five other locations were found to be compliant with state and local laws.  Sioux City Police will be conducting additional random safety checks of local bars in the near future.  The Sioux City Police remind bar owners and bartenders that its their responsibility to verify the age of all persons being served alcohol.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening.  The Board  will hear from the LeMars Education Association as they will present their initial bargaining proposal for the 2012-2013 master contract.  The Board will also act on the application for modified allowable growth for at-risk programming for the 2012-2013 school year.  The School Board will consider approval of an agreement outlining the partnership with Gehlen Catholic Schools allowing access to state funding through the Universal Pre-school program for the 2012-2013 school year.


EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man wanted for attempted murder and other charges has turned himself in to authorities.
     Emmetsburg police say that 32-year-old James Pietrarosso was on the run for almost a month before turning himself in. He's being held Sunday in the Clay County jail on $100,000 bail.
     Pietrarosso faces charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, burglary, and violation of a protective order.

MOORHEAD, Iowa (AP) - An Illinois man has suffered injuries to his lips and teeth in a hunting accident in Monona County.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 30-year-old Seth Johnson, of Plainfield, Illinois was hunting Sunday afternoon near Moorhead with a group of about 10 others when he was hit by a slug
fired by another in his party. The slug travelled 167 yards and passed between his lips, injuring them and some of his teeth.
     Conservation Officer Gary Sisco says the hunters were firing at a running deer when the accident happened. He says Johnson was lucky because the slug could have easily hit him in the face or
     Johnson is being treated at an Onawa hospital for injuries not believed to be life threatening.

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - It's been a good year to be a farmer.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm profits are expected to spike by 28 percent this year to $100.9 billion.
     Most farmers say they're using the extra cash to pay off debt and put some money aside. But, they're also investing in new tractors, combines and land.
     Dale Hadden has a 4,000-acre farm with his brother and parents in Illinois. He estimates his corn and soybeans were worth 10 percent to 15 percent more than in previous years, which amounts to
tens of thousands of dollars. Hadden spent a chunk of that on an advance full-year payment on a seven-year loan on one of his tractors. He says it was a successful year, but it might not always
be that way.



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