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Tuesday News, June 9

Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees To Meet Today

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this morning for their monthly meeting.  The trustees will hear a medical report from Dr. Mark Steltzer.  A financial update will be presented by Daryl Friedenbach, and hospital administrator Mike Donlin will cover a general update, as well as discuss with the trustees the latest with the north addition expansion project, and review and possibly approve capital acquisitions.  Trustee Bill Rosacker will offer an update concerning the community health advisory board's quarterly report.




Supervisors Expected To Approve Deputies Salaries

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the County Courthouse board room.  The supervisors are expected to approve and sign a quit claim deed to Douglas Harrold for vacated lots, streets, and alleys in land known as Brookdale subdivison.  The supervisors are also expected to approve Fedders Assumption and Assignment Agreement.  In other action, the county governing board is expected to approve the 2015-2016 deputy salaries, approve the amended county handbook changes, and approve policy for disclosure of security related information.  The board of supervisors will approve Williams and Company as the auditing firm for 2015-2016.  The county supervisors are also expected to review the fiscal year budget amendment and set a public hearing date.  County engineer Tom Rohe is scheduled to appear before the supervisors with two separate permits, and to offer an update on construction projects.




Stelzer And Collins Decide Not To Run For School Board

(Le Mars) -- In last evening's Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, the subject of school board elections was discussed.  Long-time school board members Dr. Mark Stelzer and Chris Collins both announced they would not be seeking re-election to the school board in September.  Fred Zenk said he would be seeking re-election and Patrick Murphy is undecided.  The school board approved renewing its property and casualty insurance contract with EMC through local agent Rob Bixenman, although the school board decided at this time not to seek coverage on cyber liability.  The board had a lengthy discussion on the topic, but chose to ask for advice from the school district's technical director before making a final decision.  The school board also approved the master contract agreement with the Le Mars Teacher Association, offering a 3.2 percent increase in salary making the base salary at $35,685, along with the teacher salary supplement from state funding, making the package at $41,205.  The school board also approved a 3.2 percent increase for the administrative and support staff.




Rollover Accident Causes Several Injuries

(Remsen) -- A van roll-over accident on Sunday evening on County road C-38 near Sunset Avenue has left one person in critical condition.  The Iowa State Patrol is reporting the rollover happened just before 11:00 p.m. southeast of Remsen. 18 year old Emma Morris of Larrabee, Iowa was driving eastbound when she became distracted. Morris lost control of the van and rolled several times into the south ditch.  Four people between the ages of 16 to 19 werre in the vehicle with Morris.  One, who was not identified, was ejected and received critical injuries. One person was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, and another victim was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  No other information is known at this time.  Responding to the accident were the Remsen Fire and Rescue, Remsen Ambulance, Marcus Ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff's office, and the Iowa State Patrol.





Woman Shot At Council Bluffs Motel

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in western Iowa are investigating the death of a Texas woman found near her dead dog and a burning car.

Sgt. David Dawson of the Council Bluffs Police Department says 43-year-old Paula Arnett was found early Monday near a burning pickup truck parked at a local Days Inn. Arnett had a gunshot wound to the head.

A handgun was found underneath Arnett. Dawson says police are investigating the death, but they do not suspect foul play.

Arnett's dog was also found nearby with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Dawson says Arnett, of Ingleside, Texas, was staying at the Days Inn with her husband and 17-year-old stepson as they traveled to Sioux City. The husband and stepson were in a room at the time Arnett was found dead.




Another Case Of Bird Flu Detected In Sioux County

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa agriculture officials are reporting an additional farm infected with bird flu in Sioux County. It's the 18th case in the county and was found in a flock of 3,800 birds of various species. An Iowa Department of Agriculture spokesman says he can't be more specific about what type of farm is infected or what species of birds are involved.

It is the 73rd case of bird flu in Iowa. The outbreak has cost the state more than 29 million birds including 24 million egg-laying chickens and 3.8 million pullets, young chickens raised to be egg layers. The state also has lost 1.2 million turkeys.

State officials say all infected turkeys have been removed from barns and 26 million chickens have been humanely euthanized. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey explains how the bird flu will have a rippling effect on the local and state's economy.



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Monday Afternoon News, June 8

City Officials Will Pick Up Tree Limbs On Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- The City of Le Mars will be picking up branches tomorrow (Tuesday) starting at 7:00 A.M. and covering the town one time, all branches must be placed along curb for pickup.  The tree and grass site will also be open today from 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.




Branstad Undecided If He Will Sign Budget Bills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is not saying whether he will sign off on the $7.3 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature last week.

Branstad said Monday he needs to review all the budget bills backed by the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate. He declined to say how he will act on the compromise plan, which includes $7.17 billion in ongoing spending, as well as $135 million in one-time expenditures.

Branstad criticized lawmakers for failing to approve K-12 education funding for the 2016-2017 school year before they adjourned but did not say if he would try to call lawmakers back in a special session to resolve the issue. He also would not commit to a compromise plan struck to keep open two mental health institutions slated for closure.




Northey Says He Hopes Bird Flu Cases Will Stop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are optimistic after the growth of bird flu cases in the state slowed last week.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says he's hopeful the disease has been contained in the state.

But officials are still working to dispose of millions of chickens and turkeys that were killed to limit the spread of the disease. Northey estimates that will take several weeks, if not months to complete.

It's important that poultry and egg producers remain vigilant about biosecurity measures at their farms. It's possible that migratory birds could bring another round of disease outbreaks this fall when they pass through the region again.

Northey talks about how devastating the bird flu will be on the local and state's economy, having a rippling effect.

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Man Arrested In Minneapolis For Emmet County Shooting

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man in Minneapolis in the shooting death of another man in northern Iowa.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Department announced Monday that police arrested 18-year-old Lee Samuel Christensen in Minneapolis and charged him with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit. Both men are from Estherville, Iowa.

The sheriff's office says officers found Bortvit's body in a rural area of Emmet County late Sunday afternoon.

Later Sunday, Christensen was arrested in Minneapolis and accused of using a firearm to kill Bortvit on Saturday.

Christensen is being held in the Hennepin County Jail, and authorities plan to return him to Iowa to face charges.

Online court records weren't available to indicate whether Christensen has an attorney who could comment on his arrest.




Fake Actor Faces Charges

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - A San Diego man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movies has been given 10 years in an Iowa prison for sexual abuse.

34-year-old David LaVera was sentenced Monday in Newton.

Authorities say that while LaVera was in Jasper County last spring, he posed as "Twilight" actor Kiowa Gordon and visited two Newton schools. Prosecutors say LaVera inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl and lured her into his vehicle.

The newspaper also reports that a federal judge on Friday rejected a plea deal LaVera made with U.S. prosecutors, saying the punishment wasn't severe enough.

In March LaVera pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. The plea deal called for more than five years in prison, plus 10 years of supervised release.







Man Finds Class Ring 50 Years After It Was Lost

THORNTON, Iowa (AP) - A man has found and returned a class ring lost in Mason City nearly 50 years ago.

It was found by Tom Teeter, of Mason City, with his metal detector last month in a field near Hoover Elementary School.

Terry Long told the Mason City Globe Gazette ( ) that he'd given it to his girlfriend to hold while he was coaching at a Little League game in 1967. She'd placed it on a blanket on the ground and forgot it was there when they went to a car to leave. He remembered, though, and they went back to check. No luck.

His luck changed when Teeter found the ring and called. Teeter had tracked Long using his initials and the Meservey-Thornton High School initials on the ring.







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