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Saturday News, October 20th



(Holstein) — It took 60 years to complete, but northern Iowa now has a four-lane highway that stretches from the Missouri River at Sioux City all the way across the state to the Mississippi River at Dubuque. Dedication ceremonies were held Friday at Holstein for the completion of Highway 20.
Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg was the first of several dignitaries to speak about the completion of Highway 20.

Gregg says it was the passage of the fuel tax bill to make the four-lane highway a reality.

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King says the completion of Highway 20 fills one of his long-term goals. King says he was worried when federal earmarks were discontinued, believing that it may have meant the end of federal funding for the Highway 20 project.

King says those earmarks allowed for the purchasing of right-of-way, the funding for engineering design studies, and environmental and archaeological studies which made the final 47 miles between Highway 71 and Moville, “shovel ready.” Shirley Phillips serves as the president of the Highway 20
Association. She says the Highway 20 Association became known at legislative transportation committees as a tenacious organization that wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Each of the dignitaries agree the completion of the four-lane highway will mean additional economic growth for the state.

(Holstein) — Highway 20 is now completed as a four-lane highway across the state. Dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held near Holstein on Friday. Iowa Department of Transportation Committee Member Charese Yanney
of Sioux City says she often would get frustrated when budget cuts dictated the Highway 20 project would be further delayed. However, Yanney says the completion of the four-lane transportation corridor highway will help local businesses and industries.

Yanney, who is a former Vision Iowa director believes tourism will increase to those communities along Highway 20 since the four-lane highway is now completed.

Yanney credits the passage of the increase fuel tax in securing enough funds to complete the Highway 20 project.

The Iowa D-O-T Committee member was asked when she plans to travel the new Highway 20 across the state?

There was also a “Taste of Highway 20” at the dedication ceremonies, featuring several food vendors including, Cookies BBQ Sauces, Jolly Time Popcorn, Tiefenfelter Quality Meats, Storm Lake Bakery, Palmer’s Candies, Noble Popcorn, and Blue Bunny Ice Cream offering food samples to the attendees.


ORANGE CITY—Diamond Vogel is planning a $24 million expansion to its Orange City campus.

This expansion is part of its “Building on Success” initiative with several major improvements planned.

The initiative includes building a new research and development center, a new maintenance facility, an additional expansion of the powder coating manufacturing facility and upgrading existing office facilities.

These expansions will lead to the creation of up to 155 jobs based on sales growth.

Diamond Vogel worked with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the city of Orange City on this project.

The development board awarded the project about $2.4 million in tax benefits as part of the High-Quality Jobs program.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to update our Orange City campus allowing us to further our mission of delivering quality coating solutions distinctively to our customers,” said Jeff Powell, president of Diamond Vogel. “We love being a part of Iowa and look forward to increasing the number of good, high-paying jobs we provide to the community.”

The first phases of the “Building on Success” initiative will commence after January.

About a year ago, the company completed a $19.5 million expansion.

Courtesy of Ty Rushing


Western Iowa officials say a teenage girl has died after becoming trapped in her burning, crashed car.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were sent to the scene of a crash Friday morning when 16-year-old ShyAnne Larsen, of Honey Creek, reported that her car had crashed and had caught fire. She told dispatchers she was unable to get out of the car.

When deputies found the car several minutes later in a county road ditch near Underwood, the car was on its side and fully engulfed in flames. About five minutes later, firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, and Larsen’s body was found inside the car.

Officials say the fire started in the front of the car, but the cause was not known Friday afternoon. It remains under investigation.



A former Council Bluffs city employee has been imprisoned for child pornography.

Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Jamin Fletcher was sentenced Wednesday to twelve years. A jury found Fletcher guilty in April of receiving and distributing child pornography. He was acquitted of advertising child pornography.

Authorities say Fletcher was an accounting clerk for the city from 2008 to 2017.