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Wednesday News, May 9th


Le Mars Police Department To Host 5K Fun Run

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department will hold a fun run scheduled for Saturday. As Officer Justin Daale explains, the event is in tribute of those of the thin blue line who lost their lives while on duty.

Daale says there isn’t any pre-registration, so walkers and runners can register the morning of the fun run. He says participants will be given a special memento to mark the occasion.

Without the pre-registration, Daale is uncertain as to the number of people that will participate, however, he says the police department has had several inquiries regarding the event. Daale explains the proceeds from the fun run will go back to helping the community.

One program that will benefit from Saturday’s fun walk and run will be the “Shop with a Cop” in which underprivileged children purchase Christmas gifts for their families.



New Trial Date Scheduled For Thomas Bibler

(Le Mars) — A new trial date has been set for a Le Mars, Iowa man accused in the June 11th, 2016 stabbing death of his sister.
The trial of 35-year-old Thomas Bibler is now set for July 24th in Plymouth County District Court.
It’s the latest date in a series of delays in the case over the past two years.
Bibler has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, willful injury and going armed with intent in connection with the stabbing death of 27-year-old Shannon Bogh, also of Le Mars.



State Representative Chuck Holz Talks About Closing Hours Of General Session

(Le Mars) — Saturday was the final day for the Iowa Legislature, and State Representative Chuck Holz of Le Mars looks back on the general session.
Holz says the state’s nearly $7.4 billion dollar budget was finalized during the closing hours.

Many people may have wondered why did it take so long for lawmakers to finalize the budget details.

The entire conversation with Representative Holz can be heard by going to the KLEM website at www.klem1410.com.



Economic Survey Shows Iowa’s Cattle and Beef Industries Contribute Billions To State’s Economy

(Le Mars) — May is recognized as beef month and the economic impact the cattle and beef industries have on Iowa’s economy is enormous.
The Iowa Beef Center based at Iowa State University recently conducted an economic impact study with the state’s beef industry. Dan Loy, the director of the Iowa Beef Center says the center teamed up with the Iowa Beef Industry Council along with Agricultural Economist Lee Schultz and determined the
state’s beef industry is responsible for generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state, especially here in northwest Iowa.

Loy says the state’s beef industry is also responsible for providing several thousand direct jobs for Iowans.

The Beef Center Director says Iowa has seen a resurgence of the cattle and beef industries, and it is partially due to the growing ethanol industry, and the demand for high quality beef.

Loy says consumer demand for beef has again been on the rise, both for the domestic market, and the international export trade. He says among other factors, the producer contributed check-off program with its popular slogan: “Beef, its what’s for dinner” has assisted with that increase of demand for beef.



Vigil Held For Missing Teen

LA PORT CITY, Iowa (AP) – Hundreds of candles cast a glow over people who gathered to remember an eastern Iowa teenager who’s been missing for more than a month.
The vigil Monday night at Wolf Creek Landing in La Porte City was held for 16-year-old Jake Wilson, who on April 7 told his family he was headed for the creek. A search began less than an hour later, when he didn’t return home. Searchers have found no trace of him.
His mother has said Jake has autism with a mild intellectual disorder and functions at the level of a 9-year-old.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that vigil organizer Anthony Gasco told the people who gathered that Jake’s family wanted to thank them for “showing support for a missing piece in their life – their son.”



Dead Dog Carcasses and Malnourished Dogs Found In Southwest Iowa Farm

HANCOCK, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say they’re found three dog carcasses and more than 40 malnourished dogs and puppies at a kennel in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County.
The dogs were discovered Sunday at Young Gunz Kennel, which sits about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southeast of Hancock. The kennel website says it specializes in breeding and training Labrador retrievers.
Court records don’t indicate that any charges have been filed against the owner.
The owner, 35-year-old Dustin Young, told The Daily Nonpareil that he’s sorry about what happened. He says one of the dogs contracted distemper, which spread and also killed two others.
Matt Wyant with the county says the inside of the business building was covered in feces and had no food or water for the dogs, while another building was in a similar state.