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More Details Released on Kingsley Shooting

(LeMars) -- More details are becoming known regarding the shooting of that 17 year old Kingsley male.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office says Kyle Badgerow was fatally shot with a semi-automatic pistol..  Badgerow was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The Woodbury County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and determined that the cause of death was due to internal injuries caused by a 45-caliber bullet and the manner of death was due to a single gunshot wound to the chest.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office along with the Plymouth County Attorney's Office are continuing their investigation as to the circumstances surrounding the shooting.  The incident took place inside the residence.  Only one shot was fired and only Badgerow was struck.  The incident was reported by family members of the deceased immediately after the shooting.  Several calls were made requesting law enforcement and ambulance assistance.  The individual that fired the pistol is a juvenile male, who is not in police custody nor has been charged.  The pistol was in the residence at the time of the shooting.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet today.  The supervisors are scheduled to approve a transfer resolution for funds to the Conservation Land Acquisition Trust fund.  The supervisors will also be presented a report from the Plymouth County Compensation Board regarding the Compensation Board's recommendation for salary increases to elected county employees.  It is expected the Compensation Board will suggest public elected employees that include the auditor, treasurer, recorder, sheriff, and county attorney all be given a 3.9 percent raise in pay, while the supervisors should consider a three percent increase for themselves.  The Supervisors will also hear from Neil Adler from the LeMars Chamber of Commerce and the LeMars Business and Industry Corporation.  Adler will tell the supervisors updates from the LBIC and Northwest Iowa Developers funding.

(LeMars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this evening at the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Their agenda includes the review and approval request for medical staff privileges, as well as the confirmation of elected medical staff officers.  The hospital trustees will also hear a report involving the community health advisory board.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Historic Preservation Commission requests comments from the public in regard to LeMars' National Register of Historic Places nomination.  The document that will be submitted to the National Register of Historic Places in hopes of acquiring a National Register designation for the LeMars Downtown is now available for viewing at the LeMars Public Library.  People are asked to write their comments directly in the booklet.  Any additional information or corrections and comments would be appreciated.

(LeMars) -- At last evening's LeMars Community School Board meeting, the board approved an agreement with Gehlen Catholic School to share a pre-school program.  LeMars Community School District and the Gehlen Preschool are entering into the agreement for the purpose of providing an educational program to meet the state's four year old preschool program.


(LeMars) -- There is a local organization that is doing its share to help defray the cost of purchasing text books and other needed educational materials.  Known as LEEP, the LeMars Educational Enhancement Project.  Julie Bietelspacher is the treasurer for the group and explains the group's mission.

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Through the three years of existence, LEEP has been able to raise more than $8000.  This evening prior to the start of the LeMars Bulldogs and Hull Western Christian basketball games, LEEP will be serving taverns as another fund raiser.

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The tavern tail-gate will accept free will donations and it will go from 5 pm to 7pm. at the LeMars High School Caferteria.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A statewide effort to help Iowa entrepreneurs is beginning with the launch of StartupIowa.
     Its goal is to create a network of organizations that could help new businesses get up and running.
     Debi Durham heads Iowa's Economic Development Authority. She says that nurturing startups will help the state grow more jobs.
     Christian Renaud, of Startup City Des Moines, says StartupIowa won't be a conduit for venture capital, but it will help people cut through red tape that can hamper the start of new businesses.
     StartupIowa also will highlight businesses incubators at Iowa State University, in West Des Moines and in other Iowa cities.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers only has enough money available to fix eleven of 68 Missouri River levees and is draining extra water from upstream reservoirs to nurse the flood-battered system through 2012. Officials announced that yesterday during a meeting of the Missouri River Flood Task Force.  The damaged levees are in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.





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.


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