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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.



Thursday News, September 3

Knights of Columbus Annual Phone-a-thon Breaks Record

(Le Mars) -- The 36th annual Knights of Columbus Phone-a-thon fund raiser held Wednesday for Life Skills Training Center was able to break a record.  A total of $54,205 was collected.  The goal was to raise at least $52,000 with the challenge goal at $54,000.

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Schlichte Named As Bishop's "Excellence In Education" Recipient

(Le Mars) -- A Gehlen Catholic art instructor will receive the "Excellence of Education" award as presented by Bishop Walker Nickless during the Bishop's fund raiser dinner scheduled for October.  Beth Schlichte of Le Mars was informed of the honor during a morning ceremony held at the St. Joseph Catholic church Wednesday morning.  Dan Ryan serves as the superintendent of the Sioux City Diocese schools and made the announcement before the Gehlen students and other parishioners.  He explains why Schlichte was selected for the honor.

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Ryan says the selection is kept as a secret until the date for the announcement which often is a complete surprise for the recipient.  In Beth Schlichte's case, she had no idea that she was nominated for the honor, and tears of joy rolled down her cheeks as she was congratulated by family members and colleagues.

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The 28 year art instructor teaches Kindergarten through 12th grade students, and she explains how she encourages her students to be creative, while emphasizing a Catholic education.

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Schlichte says she has been blessed to have so many of her past students go on to win many art competition contests, and to pursue art after their Gehlen education.





Solar Conference Highlights Benefits And Disadvantages

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars hosted a solar conference on Wednesday, and Lyle Korver, the executive director with North West Rural Electric Cooperative, was a featured afternoon panel speaker.  Korver says the rural electric cooperative installed solar panels to generate electricity, and to use as a demonstration project.

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Korver says the solar project is generating electricity for their Orange City office building.  The Rural Electric Cooperative executive explains what lessons were learned during the past year of utilizing solar energy.

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Korver says in the summer months, the peak load usually occurs in the late afternoon, following the prime solar collection time period.

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The USDA Rural Development was a co-sponsor of the conference, and officials explained to farmers, businesses, and home owners how they can apply for grants and tax incentives by incorporating solar energy as part of their total energy usage.




Second Locomotive Delivered To Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Burlington Junction Short Line railroad brought in a second locomotive to Le Mars on Wednesday.  The train engine was transported via a flat bed truck and trailer and was lifted off the trailer using a special crane.  The locomotive will be used primarily in the industrial park region of Le Mars moving various train cars back and forth to Well's Enterprises, Bo-Deans Bakery, and other future Le Mars based industries.

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Nutrition Conference Scheduled

(Le Mars) -- ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County & Floyd Valley Hospital will offer the 7th annual Northwest Iowa Nutrition Conference on Thursday, September 17, 2015.  This professional education course is intended for dietitians; dietary technicians, registered; dietary managers; dietary staff and other interested health care personnel.  The purpose of this program is to provide an update of current practices in a variety of nutrition-related topics. Please pre-register by calling 546-3388 or 1-800-642-6074, Ext. 3388.  The cost for the conference is $70.  The event will be held in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


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