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Monday News, October 2nd


Two People Are Charged With Criminal Mischief Following Cleveland Park Vandalism

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police have charged two individuals with criminal mischief after an investigation was conducted following a complaint of vandalism performed at Cleveland Park. The incident happened on Wednesday, September 27th
at around 8:55 a.m. Upon investigation it was found that several items at Cleveland Park had been spray painted causing damage. There was also an electrical box on the property, belonging to Mid-American Energy that had been spray painted. As a result of the investigation, 18 year old Ryan Van Maanen of Sioux City and 18 year-old Kenra Carter of Onawa have been charged with criminal mischief in the 4th degree, a serious misdemeanor, and criminal mischief in the 5th degree, a simple misdemeanor.



Police Investigate Bicycle Accident Involving 9-Year Old Girl

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department is investigating an accident involving a pick-up that hit a nine-year old girl riding a bicycle. The accident happened Friday at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of 12th Street and Central Avenue. According to the police accident report, 40 year old Travis Miller of Moville had stopped at the stop sign at the 12th Street and Central Avenue intersection heading westbound. As he pulled away and entered the 10 block of 12th Street southwest, he failed to see the young girl pedestrian on a bicycle who was in the crosswalk. As a result, the vehicle collided with the young girl. The nine-year old girl suffered minor injuries and was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Le Mars Ambulance Service.



Wick Honored At Bishop’s Dinner

(Sioux City) — A Gehlen Catholic faculty member was honored last evening at the Bishop’s Dinner held in Sioux City.  Kim Wick has been teaching for more than 39 years and was presented with the “Excellence in Education” award.  Wick teaches
second grade at Gehlen Catholic.  Back in late August, when Wick was first informed of the honor, she had this to say about being selected.

Kim Wick with her husband, Steve.
Wick believes in a Catholic-based education, after attending a Catholic schools when she was in secondary school.

Excellence in Education Award Recipients.  Gehlen Catholic Kim Wick, third from right, was honored Sunday evening at the Annual Bishop’s Dinner. photo provided by Steve Wick.

Wick joins several other Gehlen faculty and staff members from previous years for being honored during the Bishop’s Dinner.  The Bishop’s Dinner serves as a fund raising event for all the Catholic schools within the Sioux City Diocese.



Good Samaritan Society Volunteers Distribute Carbon Monoxide Detectors

(Le Mars) — Volunteers representing the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars were distributing 50 carbon monoxide detectors to senior citizens throughout the community Saturday morning.  Karen Mousel, the administrator with Good Samaritan, says Founder’s Day is a way to help prolong a senior citizen’s time living in their home.  This year carbon monoxide detectors were given to the seniors as a way for the Good Samaritan Society to recognize its “Founder’s Day.” One of the
volunteers was Nancy Isebrand of Le Mars, who has a personal reason for handing out carbon monoxide detectors.

Carbon monoxide can prove to be deadly.  It is odorless and colorless, and often is referred to as the “silent killer.”  Isebrand is pleased to volunteer and to participate in the carbon monoxide distribution program.

This is the second year the Good Samaritan Society has distributed carbon monoxide detectors to senior citizens.  Isebrand says a year ago, the seniors were grateful to receive the free carbon monoxide detector.

Isebrand says several people she knows have purchased carbon monoxide detectors and have installed them in their homes after hearing her story.  She offers some advice relating to carbon monoxide detectors.

Students from both Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic, as well as several other volunteers were on hand to help distribute, and if necessary, install the carbon monoxide detectors to senior citizens.



Sioux City Man Charged With Arson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 32-year-old man has been accused of setting fire to a house he used to occupy.
Court records say Jesse Bigeagle is charged with arson and criminal mischief in connection with the fire last month. A public phone listing for Bigeagle couldn’t be found Monday. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Bigeagle’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct.9.
The records say Bigeagle entered the home early on Sept. 19, went to the basement and started a fire there before leaving.
No injuries have been reported. The house is considered a total loss.



Business Economy Improving In The Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of business leaders suggests economic conditions are still improving for nine Midwest and Plains states.

A report released Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 58.2 in September from 57.5 in August and 56.1 in July. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says international sales, strong profit growth and low interest rates boosted the economic outlook among supply managers in the nine-state region.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor. A score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.



Farm Economy Still Lagging

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A stagnant farm economy that has slowed Nebraska and Iowa’s income growth to the lowest levels in the nation is also contributing to state budget problems that could linger through next year, officials said. Key lawmakers from both states said they’re concerned the agricultural
downturn will persist, ripping through other sectors and putting additional strain on their budgets. Declining farm income was the leading cause of the slowdown in many states, including Iowa and Nebraska, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic
Analysis. The sluggish growth also hurt agricultural manufacturing, lending, land-rental income and other industries tied to farming, officials said. Nebraska and Iowa posted the slowest income growth in the second quarter of 2017, according to the bureau report released last week. Incomes increased by
just 0.1 percent in both states, compared to a 0.7 percent average nationally.



McGuire Helps Woman From Choking At Democratic Event

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Democratic candidate for Iowa governor intervened when a woman had a medical emergency at a political fundraiser. The Des Moines Register reports that Andy McGuire rushed to help the woman at the Polk County Steak Fry on Saturday. McGuire is a physician and businesswoman. McGuire performed CPR on the woman who had apparently choked on her food until paramedics arrived a short time later. McGuire is one of seven Democratic candidates for governor. The others are Nate Boulton, Cathy Glasson, Fred Hubbell, Jon Neiderbach, John Norris and Ross Wilburn. —



Democrat Congressman Blames His Party For Allowing Trump To Be Elected As President

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A House Democrat seen as a rising star says the party is to blame for allowing President Donald Trump to claim voters in reliably Democratic territory. Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio told Democrats at a fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday that those voters don’t think Democrats are with them anymore and don’t listen to them. Another House Democrat at the gathering, Illinois’ Cheri Bustos, says the election shows that the party lost touch with small-town America. Iowa Democrats sent progressive Tom Harkin to the Senate for 30 years and twice delivered the state for Barack Obama. Today, they are powerless in the House, Senate and statehouse, and remain stunned by Trump’s solid victory in the
state last year. Ahead of the 2020 election, state Democrats are feeling pressure to recoup the working-class voters who marched with Trump.