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Sioux City Man Involved With Fatal Auto Accident

(Sioux City) -- A Sioux City man died from an auto accident Thursday morning when his vehicle left the road.  The accident was reported at about 10:50 a.m. near Moville on Highway 20.  27 year old Joshua Worrell was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when his vehicle entered the south ditch and rolled.  Woodbury County authorities say the cause and time of the crash has not yet been determined.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

Supervisors To Meet Today - Oath Of Office To Be Administered - Committee Appointments

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet today as the first meeting for the new year.  Judge Jeff Neary will conduct the oath of office for Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann and for the newest member of the County governing board, John Meis.  The board will elect its officers and assign committee memberships.  The supervisors will then appoint the official county newspaper per Iowa Code.  The Board of Supervisors will re-appoint all current members to the County Compensation Commission.  It is expected the Board will re-appoint Brenda Miller to the County Veterans Affairs Board for a three-year term.  Two people, Wanda Delperdang and Lorraine Sacino Murphy are expected to be re-appointed to the County Board of Health for a three year term.  Other expected appointments include: Don Matthews for a five-year term to the County Board of Adjustment, Gregg Roepke to the County Zoning Board for a five-year term, and David Klohs to the Conservation Board for another five-year term.

 

Le Mars Held As Model For Historic Preservation

(Des Moines) -- No other state has as many local governments participating in a program run by the National Park Service that helps communities with historical preservation, and Le Mars is being showcased as a model to the nation. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs director Mary Cownie says over 100 cities and counties in Iowa have received the "certified local government" designation from the Park Service.

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 According to the National Park Service website, the goal of the program is to "save the irreplaceable historic character of places." Once an area receives "Certified Local Government" status, it gets technical assistance from state and federal experts, plus it's eligible for government grants. Cownie cites the experience of Le Mars that received a state grant two years ago.

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 The Commercial District in downtown Le Mars was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The community now has gotten a half a million dollar federal grant to help renovate the store fronts of about three dozen businesses, so they'll look like they did when the structures were first built. The building owners will finance about 25 percent of the project. The federal grant money along with funds from the City of Le Mars will cover the rest of the cost.   According to the National Park Service, studies show historic districts maintain higher property values, have less population decline and foster "a greater sense of community" among residents.

 

Sargeant Bluff Man Faces Trial For Child Endangerment 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A February trial has been scheduled for a Sergeant Bluff man accused of head-butting his teenage son.
     47-year-old Bradley Graff entered a written plea of not guilty on Monday in Woodbury County District Court. The charge is child endangerment causing injury. His trial is scheduled to begin February 3rd.
     Court documents say the incident occurred while Graff was practicing wrestling with his 11- and 13-year-old sons at his business, Wall of Fame. The documents say the older boy asked to stop practicing, but Graff threw him onto a mat several times and head-butted him. The documents also say Graff later stomped his son's head onto the mat, giving the boy a bloody nose.

 

Sioux City Man Accused Of Sexual Abuse

   SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man accused of fondling an 8-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty.
     45-year-old David Winne entered his plea Wednesday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of indecent contact with a child.
     Winne is accused of touching the girl over her clothes while she was sitting on his lap at his home last year. A complaint in the case says Winne also asked the girl to touch herself.
     Court documents say Winne told authorities he did not remember the incident.

 

Survey Shows Midwest To See Increased Economic Growth

 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly report shows an improved economic outlook over the next three to six months for nine Midwestern and Plains states.
     A survey report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 54.4 in December from 51.3 in November. 
     The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
     Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says drops in grain and fuel prices have helped companies with close ties to consumers.

 

University Of Northern Iowa Employees Wait For Pay Checks

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The University of Northern Iowa has been scrambling to pay about 2,400 employees after a computer problem caused a delay in direct deposits to their bank accounts.
     A university vice president, Michael Hager, wrote in an email to the employees on Wednesday that paper checks would be delivered to "as many of our employees' financial institutions as possible" before the end of business on Wednesday.
     But he acknowledged that some people wouldn't get their paychecks until Friday. Direct deposits normally are made on the last day of each month.
     Several employees contacted the university's financial services department Wednesday when they noticed their paychecks had not been deposited as scheduled.
     The cause of the computer problem is unclear.

 

Des Moines Man Will Not Be Charged For Fatal Stabbing

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a Des Moines man who fatally stabbed an intruder likely won't be prosecuted.
     Police Sergeant Jason Halifax says 35-year-old Christopher Bear killed 34-year-old Jahron Parker after Parker attacked Bear at a house on Amos Avenue early Wednesday morning. Halifax says Parker was stabbed by Bear after Parker pulled a knife.
     Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says Bear's self-defense actions were legal and that "there's no basis to bring any charge at this time."
     Parker had been visiting a resident in the basement of the house when he went upstairs and pounded on the door of the enclosed porch. Police say Bear, who was a guest of the upstairs resident, answered the door and soon was attacked by Parker.

 

Audio Recording Devices Found In Woman's Bedroom

 RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - A southwest Iowa man accused of planting audio recording devices in a woman's home now faces a federal charge of being a felon in possession of firearms.
     38-year-old Aaron Johnson was arrested Monday at his Red Oak home on a federal warrant. He'd been freed on bond. He's pleaded not guilty to state charges of eavesdropping and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
     Johnson originally was arrested November 3rd on the state charges. The woman reported finding one of the audio bugs, and then authorities found another in her bedroom. She says the only person granted access to her residence was a pest control technician, Johnson.

 

ATM Machine Stolen From Bar

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) - Thieves have emptied an ATM they yanked out of a bar in Van Meter.
      The owner of Legends Field House discovered the crime on Wednesday morning when he found a broken window, glass on the floor and an empty space where the ATM had stood.
     Police say an item had been thrown through the window so two men could get inside. A security recording showed them hooking a tow strap to the ATM before it was pulled off its mounts and out a door.
     The empty ATM was found Wednesday afternoon near the spillway at Saylorville Lake. 
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Kingsley Fire Department Responds To Garage Fire

(Kingsley) -- At about the same time people were celbrating the arrival of the new year, the Kingsley Fire Department was called to respond to a garage fire.  Fire fighters went to 414 Dover Street at about 11:20 p.m. They were able to bring the fire under control within a few minutes. No indication as of yet as to what may have been the cause of the fire, or as to how much damage the garage and it contents suffered as a result of the fire.  Fire fighters were on the scene for approximately two hours.

 

Frozen Hydrants Hamper Sioux City's Efforts To Fight Fire

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two frozen hydrants hampered efforts to extinguish flames that destroyed a mobile home in Sioux City.
     Firetrucks were sent to the mobile home park around 5 a.m. Wednesday.  
     Sioux City Deputy Fire Marshal Frank Fulton says firefighters couldn't tap into the two frozen hydrants, so they had go to a third hydrant farther away to get water. Fulton says the problem may have cost the residents more property than they would have lost otherwise.
     The three adults and three children who lived in the home escaped safely.

 

Conservation Board To Open Tubing Hill

(Hinton) -- Although more snow would make for better conditions, the Plymouth County Conservation Board will open the tubing hill located at Hillview Park, west of Hinton, for New Year's Day.  Conservation Board Executive Director Nick Beeck  explains.

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Beeck says the fee to go tubing is just $5.

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Beeck says the Conservation Board will provide the inflated inner tube for the winter fun.  He says sleds and toboggons are prohibited on the hill.

 

Plymouth County Supervisors To Hold Meeting On Friday

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet on Friday as the first meeting for the new year.  Judge Jeff Neary will conduct the oath of office for Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann and for the newest member of the County governing board, John Meis.  The board will elect its officers and assign committee memberships.  The supervisors will then appoint the official county newspaper per Iowa Code.  The Board of Supervisors will re-appoint all current members to the County Compensation Commission.  It is expected the Board will re-appoint Brenda Miller to the County Veterans Affairs Board for a three-year term.  Two people, Wanda Delperdang and Lorraine Sacino Murphy are expected to be re-appointed to the County Board of Health for a three year term.  Other expected appointments include: Don Matthews for a five-year term to the County Board of Adjustment, Gregg Roepke to the County Zoning Board for a five-year term, and David Klohs to the Conservation Board for another five-year term.

 

Le Mars Held As Model For Historic Preservation

(Des Moines) -- No other state has as many local governments participating in a program run by the National Park Service that helps communities with historical preservation, and Le Mars is being showcased as a model to the nation. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs director Mary Cownie says over 100 cities and counties in Iowa have received the "certified local government" designation from the Park Service.

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 According to the National Park Service website, the goal of the program is to "save the irreplaceable historic character of places." Once an area receives "Certified Local Government" status, it gets technical assistance from state and federal experts, plus it's eligible for government grants. Cownie cites the experience of Le Mars that received a state grant two years ago.

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 The Commercial District in downtown Le Mars was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The community now has gotten a half a million dollar federal grant to help renovate the store fronts of about three dozen businesses, so they'll look like they did when the structures were first built. The building owners will finance about 25 percent of the project. The federal grant money along with funds from the City of Le Mars will cover the rest of the cost.   According to the National Park Service, studies show historic districts maintain higher property values, have less population decline and foster "a greater sense of community" among residents.

 

Man Dies From Roll-over Accident

 STUART, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol says a man has died in a rollover crash near Stuart.
     A report says 64-year-old Andrew Gail Soroka, of Dexter, was traveling at a high speed Tuesday night when his vehicle drove straight off a curve. The car went into a ditch and eventually rolled down a hill.
    Soroka was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
     The crash remains under investigation.
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Energy Policy Director Fired

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A top energy policy official in Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's administration has been abruptly fired without official explanation.
     The termination of Paritosh Kasotia, the team lead in the state energy office, stunned colleagues who call her a well-respected and committed energy expert.
     Iowa Economic Development Authority spokeswoman Tina Hoffman said Wednesday that Kasotia was informed of the decision Dec. 8 and given two weeks' pay.
     Hoffman says she can't comment on the reason for the change, but that the agency is re-evaluating the position and planning to post it soon.
     Former state colleague Bob Mulqueen says he's "sorely disappointed" in the move, saying Kasotia was very capable.
     Gary Steinke called Kasotia a "national leader in alternative energy." He served with her on the advisory council of the Iowa Energy Center.

 

Des Moines Names New Public Works Director

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The city of Des Moines has named a new public works director.
     Officials on Wednesday named 39-year-old Jonathan Gano as its new leader for the department. He is expected to begin on Jan. 26 with an annual salary of $145,000.
     Gano is currently the interim co-director at the public works department in Springfield, Missouri. He replaces Pat Kozitza, who retired Wednesday after 38 years with the city.
     The appointment comes as the city searches for a new police chief. The city selected a new city manager in September.
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Jeb Bush Turns Down Invitation To Iowa Freedom Summit 

 MIAMI (AP) - Separating himself from much of the emerging Republican presidential field, Jeb Bush has declined an invitation to speak at a political event organized by one of Congress' most strident immigration critics.
     A Bush aide said Wednesday that the former Florida governor appreciated the invite from Republican congressman Steve King but would not be able to attend the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 because of a scheduling conflict.
     More than a half-dozen potential Republican presidential contenders are set to appear, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
     Bush's absence is notable because of King's status as a conservative power broker in Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucuses.
     Bush is one of the GOP's most vocal advocates for comprehensive immigration reform. King generally opposes such efforts.

 

Rehab Nurse Arrested For Patient Abuse

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former nurse at an Iowa City rehabilitation center has been arrested on suspicion of abusing a patient in April.
     Online court records show 44-year-old Ann M. Hobbs, of Belle Plaine, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a felony charge of dependent adult abuse. Other court filings spell her first name as Anne.
     Hobbs was a temporary nurse at an Iowa City rehabilitation center in April. A police complaint says a patient said Hobbs beat her. The patient reported bruising and nail scratches on her body.
     The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Hobbs remains at the Johnson County Jail on $10,000 bond. Court records do not list an attorney.

 

Trial Set For Boone Man Accused Of Killing Wife 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An April trial has been scheduled for a former Boone man charged with killing his wife in 2012.
     Online court records show 40-year-old Alexander Fazzino's trial will begin April 15 at the Winneshiek County Courthouse in Decorah. The Des Moines Register reports the trial has been delayed multiple times.
     Fazzino is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Emily Fazzino. She was found dead on a bathroom floor at the couple's Boone home in January 2012.
     Authorities say Fazzino killed his wife because she wanted to divorce him. His attorneys said in pretrial motions that she drowned in the bathtub after having a seizure brought on by alcohol withdrawal.
     Fazzino has pleaded not guilty. He is currently free on bond.

 

Council Bluffs Library Celebrates Teen Central

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Council Bluffs Library is celebrating the upcoming fifth anniversary of Teen Central, a place where youths can study and socialize.
     A library worker tells The Daily Nonpareil that Teen Central has increased how many programs it offers since opening in 2010. She says Teen Central began hosting between three and four programs a year. It now holds about four a week.
     Teen Central is housed on the library's second floor. The Teen Services manager says it was created to fill a needed gap in providing an educational area specifically for teenagers.
     The center is open seven days a week and officials say about 60 youths visit daily during the school year. Around 500 teens participate each month in the weekly programs.
 

 


 

 

 



 

 

   

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