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Friday Afternoon News, October 17

Dordt College To Dedicate New Science And Technology Center

(Sioux Center) -- Dordt College of Sioux Center will hold a dedication ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning at 10:30 a.m.   The project involving the renovated Science and Technology Center cost more than $12 million.   A short presentation will be given by Dordt College students, faculty, and leaders.  Tours of the facility will follow.  Groundbreaking took place in May 2013, and the first phase of construction was completed before classes began this fall. To foster interdisciplinary interaction across campus, a two-story addition connects the current science building to the classroom building. The new addition contains faculty offices, technology-enabled classrooms, computer learning labs, an engineering wing, greenhouse, informal learning spaces, and areas for public presentation and display of ongoing work.

Dordt is now beginning fundraising for the final phase of construction, set to be completed in 2015. Still to be completed are new and renovated classroom and lab spaces for chemistry, biology, environmental studies, and construction management, as well as a new astronomy observatory and renovation of the current agriculture and physics laboratories. Finally, the Science and Technology Center will be connected to the Campus Center to create a fully integrated and connected academic complex.

Explosives Found At Rolfe, Iowa

 ROLFE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have confiscated homemade, chemical-based explosives from the home of a student in the northern Iowa town of Rolfe.
     Ron Humphrey of the State Fire Marshal Division says about a quarter pound of the explosive was found Thursday and that the material could have seriously injured someone, had it exploded. 
     Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe says an adult and a juvenile have been detained and will be charged.
     Classes in the Pocahontas Area Community School District were dismissed early Thursday afternoon as a precaution. Superintendent Joseph Kramer says there were no direct threats against the school, its students or staff members.

 

Drake Universiity Student Arrested For Making Violent Threats

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An 18-year-old Drake University student has been arrested for posting threats of gun violence on a social media website.
     Michael Zachary Crisp has been charged with first-degree harassment. He has posted bond and  has been released from the Polk County Jail after his arrest at 3 a.m. Friday. 
     Des Moines Police spokesman Jason Halifax says a message posted on the social media site Yik Yak threatened that "Columbine will look like childs play." a reference to the April 1999 shooting at a Colorado high school in which 13 people died.
     Halifax says detectives worked with Yik Yak administrators and Drake officials to trace the messages to Crisp, who admitted sending the threats when police confronted him. 
     Court case information wasn't immediately available to determine if he has an attorney.

 

Iowa Companies Look To Expand

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa economic development officials have approved incentives for three companies that promise to create 281 jobs and spend $39 million to locate new facilities or expand in Iowa.
     The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday says it approved tax credits for TrinityRail Maintenance Services which plans to build a new railroad car maintenance facility in Sioux City. The company promises to create 250 new jobs.
     Mrs. Clark's Foods is expanding in Ankeny by adding a $7.3 million warehouse and refrigeration facility. It also received tax benefits for 13 new jobs. The company makes fruit and vegetable juices, salad dressings and other sauces.
     Dubuque insurance consulting firm Kunkel and Associates is getting $128,000 in loans for a building expansion project that will create 18 jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Friday News, October 17

Orange City Day Care Provider Sentenced To 100 Years

(Orange City) -- The daycare provider accused of killing a three year old girl that was in her care has been sentenced to 100 years.  34 year old Rochelle Sapp was given the sentence Thursday morning at the Sioux County District Court.  Sapp was originally charged with willful injury and child endangerment following an incident that occured last year of October 2013.  Three year old Autumn Elsgerma was originally taken to the Orange City hospital, then transferred to Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  She was diagnosed with severe brain injuries resulting from Sapp admitting to authorities that she threw the 3 year old girl to the floor.  Two days later, the child passed away as a result of the injuries.  Sioux County authorities dropped the willful injury and child endangerment charges and instead filed murder in the first degree charges.  A plea agreement was reached with Sapp agreeing to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a second count of child endangerment resulting in death, and a third count of child endangerment with multiple acts.

 

Jill Ohm Released From Hospital

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police officer and Le Mars native, Jill Ohm has been released from the hospital.  Police Chief Doug Young says Ohm was released from Mercy Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.    

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Ohm was shot in the chin by Noah Ironshell while she responded to a disturbance call on the city's westside on October 3rd.    Ironshell then shot himself in the head and died last Thursday.  Chief Young says there is no timetable for Ohm's return to duty.    

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Many residents in Sioux City and Le Mars, where Ohm has family and friends, have supported the officer's recovery by displaying blue light bulbs on their porches and in windows.  

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Chief Young says the department appreciates all of the support given to Officer Ohm during her recovery.   

 

Le Mars Beauty College Receives Grant For Historic Restoration

(Des Moines) -- The Le Mars Mainstreet Organization was given good news Wednesday when it had learned that it was one of 13 Iowa communities to receive funding through a state grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  Known as the Iowa Mainstreet Challenge, Le Mars mainstreet will receive $75,000 which will be used to help with historical restoration of the Le Mars Beauty College.  Le Mars Mainstreet Coordinator, Mary Reynolds explains how the grant will be leveraged.

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Reynolds explains the work that will be conducted on the Beauty College building.

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Stacy Anderson, along with her husband, Todd, own the building.  She says restoration of the Beauty College building would not have been possible if not for the Challenge grant through the Iowa Mainstreet Organization and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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Anderson says the building has several unique characteristics.  She says after her husband and her obtained ownerhip last year, there were a number of criteria that had to be met before consideration would be given for a grant approval.

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Anderson explains the breakdown of the grant.

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The Challenge Grant program is funded through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature.  Since the first appropriation in 2002, approximately $5 million in state and federal funds has leveraged over $34 million in private reinvestment in 97 projects in 42 Main Street Iowa commercial districts across the state.

 

Ernst And Braley Face Off In Final Debate

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and Democratic opponent Bruce Braley have again sparred over abortion rights in their final debate.
     The Iowa congressman and the state senator participated in a conversational debate Thursday as part of their neck-and-neck race. Abortion has come to define the final weeks of the campaign to succeed Senator Tom Harkin.
     Ernst repeatedly stated that she believes life begins at conception and is in support of a constitutional amendment that would bestow rights of persons on fetuses. Braley says it would outlaw abortions.
     But Ernst says she might support a legal exception to save the life of the mother.
     Braley said he opposed late-term abortions beyond those to save the life of the mother, but declined to say when such a procedure would be too late.

 

Sioux City To Add Rail Maintenance Repair Which Will Create 250 Jobs

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A state agency says a Texas company plans to build a rail car maintenance and repair facility in Sioux City that would create 250 jobs.
     Dallas-based TrinityRail Maintenance Services has requested $1.9 million in tax incentives for the proposed $29.5 million project. Plans call for a 150,000 square-foot complex.
     The Iowa Economic Development Authority will consider the request at a meeting Friday in Des Moines.
     To qualify for the incentives, the facility would need to pay workers at least $16.36 per hour.

 

Explosives Found In Rolfe, Iowa

 ROLFE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have confiscated homemade, chemical-based explosives from the home of a student in the northern Iowa town of Rolfe.
     Ron Humphrey of the State Fire Marshal Division says about a quarter pound of the explosive was found Thursday and that the material could have seriously injured someone, had it exploded. 
     Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe says an adult and a juvenile have been detained and will be charged.
     Classes in the Pocahontas Area Community School District were dismissed early Thursday afternoon as a precaution. Superintendent Joseph Kramer says there were no direct threats against the school, its students or staff members.

 


 
 

   

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