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Monday Afternoon News, July 31st


Life Skills Training Center Raises More Than $22,000

(Le Mars) — Life Skills Training Center was able to raise more than $22,000 during its annual quilt auction that was held Saturday during the Plymouth County Fair. Shelly Tompson is the Marketing and Development manager with Life Skills Training Center. She says the winner of the Bossie Bingo was Abbey
Feller of Le Mars. Abbey Feller will win $1,000. The Bossie Bingo which was held on Sunday raised another $3,500 for Life Skills.



National Night Out Scheduled For Tuesday Evening

 (Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department will be holding an open house scheduled for tomorrow evening, August 1st.  It is all part of National Night Out, a program started more than 20 years ago to help communities get to know each other and to help deter crime.  Captain Tim Hop of the Le Mars Police
Department explains.

Hop explains what will be featured at the National Night Out open house held at the police station.

Hop says various police officers will demonstrate some of the equipment that they use to help keep the community safe.

As mentioned, the National Night Out program will be held between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Le Mars Police Station.



Many Iowa Bridges Are Structurally Deficient 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A decade after a deadly freeway bridge collapse in Minneapolis, a study has found that thousands of Iowa’s bridges are deemed structurally deficient.
The Des Moines Register reports that a study released in February by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association found that almost 5,000 of the state’s more than 24,000 bridges are rated as structurally deficient. That
means one of the bridge’s key elements – such as the deck, superstructure or substructure- is in poor or worse condition.
Most of those bridges are in rural areas and farming communities that see relatively low traffic.
State officials say a 10-cent-per-gallon state fuel tax increase enacted in 2015 will help fund improvements. The tax generates about $200 million for state and local road and bridge projects.



Three Men Sentenced For Distributing Steroids

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Three men have been sentenced to multi-year prison terms after their conviction on charges of illegally distributing anabolic steroids.
U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger on Friday sentenced Jeffrey B. Lackas, Stanley Szeto and Daniel Cruz-Bonilla after their conviction of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.
U.S. Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel says the men were part of an organization that from 2011 to 2015 used the internet to distribute steroids and human-growth hormones through the country. The drugs were obtained from China.
The 31-year-old Lackas, of Bettendorf, was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison. The 39-year-old Szeto, of Iowa City, was sentenced to two years and a month, plus a $6,000 fine. And 30-year-old Cruz-Bonilla, of Fontana, California, was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months.