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Wednesday Afternoon News, July 2

Le Mars Dialysis Service Center Pays Off Loan

(Le Mars) -- At times, many people may have wondered if the Le Mars Dialysis Center would ever be able to perform dialysis services for people living in northwest Iowa.  Delays, mostly consisting of government regulations, inspections, and other obstacles stood in the way of the center's opening.  A fund raising campaign took place in 2008 and 2009 for the local dialysis center.  Mike Donlin says at that time, the board of directors requested loans from both the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, as well as the City of Le Mars.  The dialysis center finally got state approval and began seeing patients in April of 2012.  Now, just two years later, the Dialysis Center is able to pay off its loans.  During the Le Mars City Council Meeting held Tuesday, Mike Donlin, a board director with the Le Mars Dialysis Services Center presented city officials a check for the loan.

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Donlin says in addition, all financial pledges have been fullfilled.

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Donlin says Whitey Klohs was the person most responsible for getting action started for a local dialysis center.

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Donlin says patients attend the Le Mars Dialysis Services Center three times a week. It has had as high as 23 patients, but normally sees 15 patients each week.  The dialysis center has a staff of nine people.

 

Remsen Gets Ready To Celebrate Its Quasquicentennial

(Remsen) -- The town of Remsen is set to celebrate its Quasquicentennial this weekend.  Karen Harnack serves as co-chair for the celebration and she says the German-Luxemborg heritage town got its name from a visiting doctor.

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Harnack says one of the more notable events for Remsen took place 78 years ago.

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The quasquicentennial co-chair says Remsen wouldn't be Remsen if not for the annual Octoberfest.
 
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The Plymouth County community has several events scheduled for the weekend celebration that begins with the opening ceremonies on Main Street, Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m.  Check the KLEM website for the complete Remsen Quasquicentennial itinerary. 

 

Federal Lawsuit Says Pro-Marijuana Group Can Use Iowa State University Logo

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A federal lawsuit says Iowa State officials wrongfully barred a pro-marijuana group from using the school's Cy logo on T-shirts that also were decorated with cannabis leaves.
     The lawsuit alleges that the school violated two students' constitutional rights by barring use of the logo by the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. 
     The two students are Paul Gerlich, who is president of the chapter, and Erin Furleigh, who is vice president.
     In 2012 ISU officials barred the group from using the Cy logo after the chapter's president at the time displayed the T-shirt in a Register photo. The photo prompted lawmakers' complaints that the shirt made it look like the school endorsed pro-marijuana legalization.
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Council Bluffs Woman Sentenced For Social Security Fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 51-year-old southwest Iowa woman has been sentenced to prison for lying to the Social Security Administration.
     Federal prosecutors say Sharon Manchester, of Farragut, on Tuesday was sentenced to a year and a day, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Manchester pleaded guilty in February to committing Social Security fraud from October 2008 to July 2013.
     She also was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $49.000.
     Prosecutors say Sharon Manchester lied to Social Security when she said she wasn't receiving any financial support from her husband, co-defendant Andrew Manchester. He has pleaded guilty to possession of a false document and is awaiting sentencing.

 

Marshalltown Man Found Guilty Of Murder Of Woman Found In Minivan

 MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A Marshall County jury has convicted a Marshalltown man of second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a minivan.
     The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1rX5LLH ) jurors took about three hours Tuesday before finding 40-year-old Mathew Irving guilty in the killing of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall, of Marshalltown, in July 2013. Her body was found in the back of a minivan parked on the side of a road just east of Marshalltown.
     Irving testified he didn't intend to kill Hall but was defending himself when she attacked him.
     Irving had been charged with first-degree murder.
     Second-degree murder has a mandatory-minimum sentence of 35 years in prison.
     A medical examiner testified Hall died after being smothered.
     Sentencing is set for Aug. 18.
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Wednesday News, July 2

Akron Woman Asked Supervisors For Tax Refund On Missed Veteran Benefits 

(Le Mars)  The county supervisors heard from an Akron woman during Tuesday's meeting about missed benefits for veterans.  Barbara Derby appeared before the board of supervisors asking if the county could go back to refund some taxes to her and her husband. Derby says she, and her husband, a Viet Nam veteran, was not shown the proper documentation to qualify for veterans benefits, such as a tax break on property taxes. 

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The County Supervisors sympathized with Derby's position, but indicated the money collected from back years taxes had already been allocated, and it would not be possible to refund those taxes.  Derby says she and her husband missed out on possible veteran benefits due to a mistake in government documents.

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Plymouth County Veterans Affairs Director, Wayne Thieman assisted Derby,and has since been able to correct the mistake, and has submitted the proper documentation.  Derby and her husband are now eligible for the tax homestead benefits awarded to veterans, and will be able to receive those benefits from this point moving forward. 

 

Galva Plant First To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch. 
     Ethanol made from plant fiber is called cellulosic ethanol. It's been in research for decades but production is expected to expand significantly this year.
     Several plants are in construction capable of turning corn leaves and stalks, wood scraps and even garbage into the fuel additive.
     The Quad County Corn Processors plant in Galva has made Iowa's first commercially produced gallons of cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber. The plant, which has the capacity to make 35 million gallons of ethanol the traditional way from corn starch, has added equipment to make an additional 2 million gallons a year in cellulosic ethanol.

 

Child Dials 9-1-1 After Mother Is Sexually Assaulted

 STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 3-year-old's call to 911 helped lead to the arrest of a man accused of sexually assaulting the child's mother in Storm Lake.
     Police say the child dialed 911 early Tuesday but did not speak to emergency dispatchers. Police responded to an apartment, where 30-year-old Denis Reyes-Morales is accused of jumping out of a second-story window.
     Police say Reyes-Morales entered the apartment and sexually assaulted a woman inside. He was later arrested at his home.
     The woman was treated at a hospital. The child was not hurt.
     Reyes-Morales faces charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He is being held at the Buena Vista County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.
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After 11 Years  Council Bluffs Man Found Guilty Of Murder

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 36-year-old man has been found guilty of killing another man nearly 11 years ago in Council Bluffs.
     A jury convicted James Harris on Tuesday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he stabbed to death Nelson Alvarez-Hernandez during a robbery on July 31, 2003. 
     The case went cold until police used DNA results to tie Thomas Sanchez, of La Vista, Nebraska, to the case and arrest him in January.  That led police back to Harris, who police say had long been a suspect. Harris was arrested in March. Charges against Sanchez were dropped on June 24.
     Harris faces life in prison without parole at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 20.
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Branstad, Again, Declares More Counties As Emergency Disaster

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has issued another disaster proclamation for counties affected by recent severe weather in Iowa.
     Branstad's proclamation Tuesday means state resources can be used to respond to ongoing flooding and severe weather in six additional counties. They are Black Hawk, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Louisa and Muscatine counties.
     The proclamation also means several counties will be able to utilize the state's individual assistance program. That offers grants of up to $5,000 to certain low-income households.
     The National Weather Service says at least three tornadoes hit the state Monday. The proclamation covers severe weather and flooding that began Thursday.
     Branstad issued a similar proclamation Monday for Adair, Cedar, Guthrie, Jones and Linn counties.

 

Weather Officials Confirm Three Tornadoes Hit Eastern Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials have confirmed three tornadoes hit Iowa during recent severe weather.
     The National Weather Service says three tornadoes hit Monday in south central and east central Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and hail moved across the state. A tornado in Tama County rated as an EF-2, which means winds ranged between 111 and 135 mph. Its peak wind was 120 mph, damaging a house.
     The other two tornadoes in Adair and Madison counties rated as an EF-1, which means winds ranged between 86 and 110 mph. The first EF-1 tornado heavily damaged a house and several outbuildings near Stuart. The second EF-1 tornado damaged a house and several trees.
     Officials will continue to investigate other reports of tornadoes in the days ahead.

 

Republican Backed PACs Ready To Spend Money On Political Advertising

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Republican-backed group American Crossroads is reserving $3.1 million in Iowa advertising time for September, an early sign they see Iowa's U.S. Senate race as competitive.
     The group and its related group Crossroads GPS announced Tuesday they are reserving nearly $20 million in television advertising time in six states that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, including Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina and Montana. Republicans need six seats to retake the majority.
     Apart from Iowa and Montana, all the seats are held by Democrats seeking re-election. In Iowa, five-term Democrat Tom Harkin is retiring.
     Of the six states, Iowa is the only state Democrat Barack Obama carried in the 2012 presidential election.
     Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley faces GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst in the Iowa race.
 


 
 

 

 

 

 

   

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