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Friday Afternoon News, April 12th


Easter Egg Hunt To Be Re-scheduled

(Le Mars) — Due to the cold and wet weather conditions officials with the planned Easter Egg Hunt have decided to post-pone the popular event until the following Saturday, April 20th. Brad Pick is with Primebank, the sponsor of the annual Easter Egg Hunt, and explains the decision for the postponement.

Pick says unfortunately, the Easter Egg Hunt has had a history of having to change the dates.

Pick isn’t certain of the number of children that participate in the annual event, but he says it does attract children numbering in the hundreds.

The Easter Egg Hunt will now be held on April 20th at Cleveland Park with the Easter Bunny available for photos at 10:30 a.m. and the egg hunt starting at 11:00 a.m.



Museum To Host Le Mars History Program On Sunday

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Historical Museum, as part of its continuing series of sessions focusing on the history of Le Mars during the Sesquicentennial year, will feature a program on Sunday focusing on clothing fashions, Le Mars newspapers, and agriculture. Judy Bowman is the executive director with the museum.

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Following the segment on agriculture, the attention of the history session will turn to Le Mars businesses and clothing fashions. Terry Claussen of Claussen’s Clothing Store will speak about Le Mars businesses of the past.

Members of the Plymouth County Family and Consumer Science Club will lead the session focusing on clothing fashions and styles through the years. Ruth Postma will be one of the speakers. Also scheduled to speak at the history program on Sunday will be Beverly Van Buskirk.



Update On Latest Storm Activity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Strong winds and more snow are expected in the Midwest after a spring storm buried several states in snow and created dangerous travel conditions.
The storm lingered Friday in parts of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, but the system is expected to weaken as it moves north. Several snow-packed highways remain closed in Nebraska, and forecasters say unseasonably low temperatures will linger through the weekend.
Thursday’s blizzard was the second “bomb cyclone” storm system to hit the region in a month. It closed highways, knocked out power to tens of thousands of people and left behind 25 inches of snow (63.5 centimeters) in northeast South Dakota.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem closed government offices in most of the state for a third straight day Friday. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency in much of his state, where the Minnesota State Patrol has responded to more than 500 crashes since Wednesday.



Woman Sent To Prison For Murder

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A woman who implicated two innocent people in a Des Moines slaying has been sent to prison for murder.
Polk County District Court records say 54-year-old Helen Frazier was sentenced last week to 52 years in prison. She’d been convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of malicious prosecution. Prosecutors say she stabbed to death 55-year-old Andrea “Andre” Brown in January 2017.
Frazier initially provided police information that led to the arrest
of a Des Moines man. He spent 17 days in jail before charges against him were dropped. Prosecutors say Frazier lied again in telling investigators that another person killed Brown.



79 Year Old Man Convicted Of Stabbing To Death Apartment Manager

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A 79-year-old man has been convicted again of stabbing to death his former apartment manager in Des Moines.
Polk County District Court records say Norman Wadsworth was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder. Police say Wadsworth stabbed 58-year-old Darlene Crook about 70 times on Oct. 15, 2014, at the apartment building where he used to live. He became homeless after he was evicted.
Wadsworth’s sentencing is set for April 29.
He’d been found guilty at his 2016 trial. The Iowa Appeals Court
overturned the conviction, questioning Wadsworth’s competency to stand trial.
Wadsworth subsequently was treated and then judged competent to stand a second trial. Before it began a judge ordered Wadsworth to take medication during the trial that the judge said was important to maintaining Wadsworth’s competence.



Daycare Provider Charged With Child Endangerment After Death Of Child

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Johnston woman has been charged two months after a child at her home day care was found unresponsive and later died.
The Des Moines Register reports that 47-year-old Trina Mazza was charged Thursday with one count of child endangerment causing death and one count of operating a day care center without a license. She has pleaded not guilty.
First responders were called to Mazza’s home on Feb. 15 because of an unresponsive child who later died at a hospital. Mazza, who operated a day care in the home, received notices in 2011 and 2017 from the Iowa Department of Human Services after complaints that she had more than five children present without a state license.
Mazza’s attorney said Thursday that the child’s death was “a tragic home accident.”



Marion Man Convicted For Death Of Woman Found On Roadway

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – A Marion man has been convicted of killing a woman whose body was found on the side of an eastern Iowa highway.
The Muscatine Journal reports that a jury found Douglas Foster guilty Friday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he killed Lea Ponce, who lived in Fairfield.
Investigators say Ponce was last seen alive getting into a pickup truck Foster was believed to have been driving. Her body was found just north of Muscatine along Iowa Highway 38 less than an hour later, just before 1 a.m. Jan. 8.
The jury heard testimony that Ponce died from blunt force injuries to her head and chest and that Foster had hit her with a handgun before she was thrown from his truck on the highway.