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Saturday News, August 26th


Hy-Vee of Le Mars Donates Money To Gehlen Catholic

(Le Mars) — Hy-Vee of Le Mars presented two checks in the amount of $500 to help support Gehlen Catholic J-Club and Fine Arts Boosters at last night’s home football game. This is the 6th year Hy-Vee in Le Mars has contributed $500 to both the athletic and fine arts boosters. Hy-Vee has donated over $17,000 over 12 years to Gehlen Catholic. Accepting the checks on behalf of Gehlen Catholic were Leah Johnson and Bruce Kellen. Hy-Vee manager Greg Rottinghaus along with assistant manager Don Johnson presented the check. Hy-Vee employees and Gehlen Catholic parents include: Richard and Angela Buman. Students of Gehlen Catholic who also are employees of the Le Mars Hy-Vee include Kaitlyn Norfolk, Sebastian Buman, and Carter Sitzmann.



Woodbury County Sheriff Releases Video of Pursuit and Gun Battle

(Sioux City) — Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office is making available to the public, a portion of the video from the on-board dash camera from Deputy Mike Lenz’s patrol car from a pursuit and subsequent gun battle between Deputy Lenz and the defendant, Melvin Spencer. The incident took place last February 26th. The video can be seen on YouTube.



Law Enforcement Tells Motorists To Stop For School Buses

(Le Mars) — Now that school has started, local law enforcement agencies want motorist to be fully aware of school zones, and school bus stops. ┬áIowa State Patrol trooper John Farley says anytime you happen to see a school bus, be prepared to stop.

Farley says when a school bus has its red flashing lights on, and the stop sign extended, all motorists need to stop.

The Iowa State Patrol trooper says he has seen on-board camera video showing motorists that haven’t stop for a school bus and nearly hitting a student crossing the street.

Farley also wants to remind motorists, and non-motorists alike of the dangers of texting and not being focused on your surroundings.




Morningside College To Eliminate Some Majors and Minors

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials say Morningside College in Sioux City plans to eliminate some degree programs. The Sioux City Journal reports that majors and minors will be phased out in several subject areas, including music, philosophy, physics and theater. The programs have few students and were chosen for elimination after a task force evaluation of all 135 academic programs. The reductions are projected to save $1 million per year by cutting 12 faculty positions.



University of Iowa Athletic Department To Give Money To Academic Programs

┬áIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – University of Iowa officials say its athletics department will give $2 million to the school this year. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the announcement comes over a year after university President Bruce Harreld asked the department to find ways to use its revenue to further the institution’s core academic goals. The funds are less than 2 percent of the athletic department’s nearly $120 million budget and will be spent on recreational services, diversity programming and student life. The department also gave the university $2 million last year. The state’s three public universities have lost more than $30 million due to funding reductions by state lawmakers. Harreld has asked the state Board of Regents to increase tuition by 7 percent a year for the next five years to counteract the cuts. —



Texas Man Sentenced For Role In Lottery Scam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Texas businessman has been sentenced in Iowa to two years of probation and six months of home confinement for his role in a lottery scandal. Robert Rhodes, who lives near Houston, reached a plea deal to testify against his friend Multi-State Lottery Association computer programmer Eddie Tipton. Tipton rigged computers to make numbers predictable and gave them to Rhodes and others who won $2.2 million in jackpots from four states. A $16 million Iowa jackpot win wasn’t paid out because lottery officials grew suspicious. Rhodes pleaded guilty to fraud in Iowa and a computer crime in Wisconsin. The sentence Friday resolves cases in both states. Eddie Tipton was sentenced Wednesday to up to 25 years in prison. His brother, Tommy Tipton, is serving a 75-day sentence in Texas.



Des Moines Police Looking For Man Who Intentionally Set A Person On Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police in Des Moines are seeking for a suspect after they say a man was intentionally set on fire.
Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says the assault happened Friday afternoon and that the man is in critical condition.
Police were called just before 2 p.m. Friday about the fire. Officials found the 27-year-old victim with severe burns covering a significant portion of his body. Police say he was taken to the Burn Treatment Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Parizek says the fire may have been the result of a domestic dispute.



Recent Rains Have Helped Replenish Water Supplies

(Des Moines) — A state hydrologist says recent rains have replenished drinking water supplies in key segments of the state, but significant areas of moderate drought remain in an area extending from northwest to southeast Iowa. Tim Hall of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says northwest Iowa has been the most challenging part of the state for the last several years when it comes to drinking water.

Livestock operations in northwest Iowa place a high demand on water, too, according to Hall. The rain that’s fallen in northwest Iowa during the month of August means the surface water supply has improved significantly. However, in south central Iowa there are small segments where extreme drought conditions persist. Hall says drinking water supplies are stable there.

The two percent of the state in that remains in the “extreme drought” category is mainly in Clarke and Wapello Counties.

A monthly water summary from the Department of Natural Resources indicates Guthrie Center has gotten the most rain this month — nine-and-a-half inches. Groundwater levels are rated as “shallow” in the lower Des Moines River watershed which stretches through southeast Iowa from the Saylorville Reservoir to the Mississippi River near Keokuk. Groundwater levels are shallow in the Skunk River basin as well. The Skunk River’s headwaters are in north central Iowa and it drains into the Mississippi near Burlington.