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Thursday News, July 3

Fire Department Issues June Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its monthly report for June.  The Fire Department responded to a total of 37 calls for the month, of which 13 were fire calls, 6 rescue calls, ten investigations, and seven times the fire department had requests for services.  The Le Mars Fire Department also responded to one mutual aid call to Merrill.  During the month of June, the Fire Department conducted a joint training session with Dean's Foods regarding tornado safety.  According to Chief Dave Schipper, members of the Sioux City Haz-mat team, Urban Search and Rescue team, Dean Foods Corporate supervisors, along with Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff, and the Le Mars Police Department attended that training seminar.

 

Remsen To Celebrate Quasquicentennial

(Remsen) -- The town of Remsen is set to celebrate its Quasquicentennial this weekend, and Karen Harnack serves as co-chair for the celebration. Harnack 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 tonight at 6:00 p.m. with the opening ceremonies on Main Street.   Check the KLEM website for the complete Remsen Quasquicentennial itinerary. 

 

Independence Day Holiday Weekend Means More Law Enforcement On Highways

(Le Mars) -- Independence Day means more traffic on the roads, and with the 4th of July falling on a Friday allowing for a three-day weekend, law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their presence on the highways.  Iowa State Patrol trooper Vince Kurtz says Governor Branstad and the Governor's Safety Traffic Bureau have established a goal to have zero fatalities for the long holiday weekend.

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Kurtz says so far this year, Iowa has had a low number of traffic fatalities. 

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The Iowa Highway Patrol officer says they will watch the holiday traffic for instances of speeding, seatbelt usage, distracted driving, and of course, intoxicated drivers.

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Kurtz says motorists need to realize the Iowa Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies are on the roads to enforce the laws, but to also offer assistance to motorists.

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Rohde Reinstated By State Mortuary Board

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state has reinstated the license of a northwest Iowa funeral director who'd been convicted of theft and tax evasion.
      55-year-old Mark Rohde, of Kingsley, admitted embezzling nearly $180,000 from a former partner in a Le Mars funeral home. His state funeral license was revoked in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft and tax evasion. 
     The Iowa Board of Mortuary Science says in documents released Wednesday that Rohde had met all requirements it had set in 2009.
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Sioux City Children Receive Free Meals

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - About 2,000 children each day are getting free meals in Sioux City through a program that provides breakfasts and lunches at schools and churches.
     More children are getting nutritious meals through the Summer Food Service Program, offered by the Sioux City school district with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
     It's the 12th year for the program, which expanded to five more schools this year. That has enabled organizers to provide food to about 700 more children daily than last year.
     Rich Luze, the district's food service director, says the increased participation demonstrates the need for the program.
     Server Julie Koetters says she enjoys interacting with children and seeing their smiling faces. She says it's clear many children need the free, nutritious meals.

 

Sioux City Man To Go To Trial For Dead 2 Year Old Son

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for a Sioux City man charged with neglect after his 2-month-old son died.
     The trial is set to begin Aug. 5 for 26-year-old Michael Williams. 
     Williams was arrested April 29 after taking his dead son to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's hospital in Sioux City.
     Court documents say he told investigators that he left his son unattended for long periods of time in his apartment. Investigators say the apartment was in poor condition. Two other children in the apartment were taken into protective custody.
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97 Year Old Des Moines Man Dies From Beating

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say a 97-year-old Des Moines man was killed and his wife was injured during a home invasion.
     Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax says officers responded to a property on the far east side of town after a woman called 911 and reported that a suspect had entered her home and assaulted her and her husband.
     Police say Rupert Anderson, 97, and Harriet Anderson, 94, were taken to the hospital, where Rupert Anderson died. Harriet Anderson is in stable condition.
     Halifax says witnesses and a possible suspect were brought to the police station for questioning.
     Halifax says Anderson's death is the sixth homicide in Des Moines this year.

 

Fort Dodge Woman Pleads Guilty To Hatchet Slaying A Man

  FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the hatchet slaying of a Fort Dodge man last year.
     Holly Ekstrom submitted the plea Wednesday on aggravated misdemeanors of accessory after the fact and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent.
     Ekstrom said she saw Ronald Dilley kill 22-year-old Steven Fisher in July 2013. She admitted to driving Dilley away from the scene and disposing of evidence in the case. 
     Dilley is serving 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the case. He earlier admitted to killing Fisher with a hatchet.
     Ekstrom is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
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ACLU Director Resigns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The leader of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is resigning after 18 years of leading the organization.
     The ACLU announced Wednesday that Executive Director Ben Stone planned to leave the position and return to practicing law. In a news release, Stone says the time is right to "return to fighting for justice one client at a time."
     During Stone's tenure, the ACLU of Iowa has grown from three staff members to eight staff positions.
     The organization has taken on issues dealing with voting rights, free speech, religious freedom, the fair treatment of sex offenders and other prisoners and the rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.
     An interim director will be appointed while a search is launched for a permanent executive director.
 





 

 

 

 

   

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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