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Friday Afternoon News, August 18th


Amateur Radio Operators To Offer Demonstrations On Saturday

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Amateur Radio Emergency Services along with the Buena Vista County Amateur Radio Emergency Services are scheduled to hold a demonstration Saturday afternoon and Brian Nitzschke says it is to show people the advantages to a community of having a HAM radio operation.

Nitzschke says HAM radio operators are growing in numbers around the globe.

The demonstrations will begin at 1:00 p.m. from the city parking lot along 1st Avenue southwest located between Fire Station number 1 and Hardware Hank.
Nitzschke says many HAM radio operators are able to transmit around the world.

The HAM radio operator says the Federal Communications Commission has made it easier in recent years to acquire a license to operate an amateur radio.

Nitzschke says he would like to invite area emergency service managers to Saturday’s demonstration.




Iowa’s Unemployment Holds Steady

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent in July.
The state’s Workforce Development agency reported Friday the rate remained steady amid a drop in the number of Iowa residents with jobs and an unemployment
increase to 54,400 in July.
The agency noted increases in manufacturing jobs as well as in hospitality and trade and transportation. There was a drop in construction jobs.
Iowa’s 3.2 percent July unemployment rate compares to a 3.7 percent rate a year ago. The national unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in July.



Community Action Agency of Siouxland Suing Former Casino

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The parent company of a former Iowa riverboat casino has been added to a lawsuit seeking nearly $2 million in unpaid revenue-sharing
Attorneys for Community Action Agency of Siouxland added Penn National Gaming Inc. to its lawsuit against the Belle of Sioux City, which operated the former Argosy Sioux City. Doing so serves to debunk arguments made by the former casino’s lawyers that the Belle of Sioux City and Iowa Gaming Company do not have the money to make payments.
Attorney Terry Giebelstein, who represents Community Action Agency of Siouxland, argues in a court filing that Belle transferred nearly $13 million to its parent company, Pennyslvania-based Penn National Gaming, in 2013 and 2014.



Iowa Lakes Resort For Sale

WEST LAKE OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) – A historic resort in northwest Iowa is up for sale, marking another turn for a property that has been owned by six financial
institutions since 2013.
The Inn at Okoboji Resort & Conference Center at West Lake Okoboji is being sold in an online private auction in
Jon Hjelm is a broker for The ACRE Co. and will oversee the auction. He says the current owners are happy with recent improvements but that they feel like it’s a good time to sell.
It’s unclear how much the property could sell for. The Dickinson County Assessor’s Office values the resort at more than $4.2 million for tax purposes.
The resort has more than 150 rooms, 400 feet of lakefront area and a golf course.



Public Information Board To Keep Records Of Police Shooting Private

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Public Information Board has voted to keep private a detailed log of records compiled by law enforcement about a fatal police shooting.
The Hawk Eye reports that the board’s 7-1 decision on Thursday overturns an administrative law judge’s ruling that said the records from the Burlington Police Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation should be released.
The vote addresses a narrow part of the case involving Burlington officer Jesse Hill, who accidentally shot 34-year-old Autumn Steele in January 2015 while responding to a fight between Steele and her husband. At issue is whether the
agencies should release the police officer’s body camera footage in its entirety.
A 12-second video of the incident has been made public, prompting law enforcement agencies to argue they’ve complied with Iowa law.