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Tuesday Afternoon News, April 30th


Bike Rodeo Scheduled For Wednesday

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Rotary Organization is teaming up with Plymouth County Cyclists and Floyd Valley Healthcare to offer a Bike Rodeo which is scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 1st beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jim Gergeni is a member of the Le Mars Rotary. He says the purpose for the event is to promote bicycle safety for young children.

Gergeni says the bicycle rodeo is for elementary students from Kindergarten through the sixth grade. Gergeni says the Le Mars Police Department will be assisting at the bike rodeo. He says students can utilize the opportunity to register their bikes, in case of their bicycles are ever stolen.

The annual bike rodeo will offer a free inspection of all bicycles.

Gergeni says this year those individuals that were recently awarded a “Josh’s Ride” specially designed bicycle built for handicapped children are being invited to participate in the annual bike rodeo.

The Bike Rodeo will feature free food, a skills course, and helmet fitting.
The Bike Rodeo will take place on 2nd Street Northeast, on the north side of Bike Central and the former police station headquarters.



Hawarden Man Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Beating 11-year Old Boy

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa man has again been sentenced to four years in prison for beating an 11-year-old boy.
Sioux County District Court records say 37-year-old Matthew Spaans was resentenced Monday.
The Iowa Appeals Court in December ordered a resentencing after ruling that the trial judge considered an improper factor a year ago when sentencing Spaans the first time.
Spaans and his wife, Nina Spaans, of Hawarden, pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangerment. She received a four-year suspended prison sentence and was placed on two years’ probation.
Court records say Matthew Spaans beat his stepson with his hands, a 56-inch sword and another item. The documents say the boy was told to make up stories about his bruises or his next beating would be worse.



Le Mars Community Board Of Education To Hold Special Meeting

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hold a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st with the meeting to begin at 12:00 noon. The purpose for the meeting will be to open bids received and take appropriate action for the disposal of the Church of Nazarene property excess






Developer Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – The development company behind an $8.6 million Charles City project has filed for bankruptcy protection.
The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed last week by attorneys for McQuillen Place Co. LLC, listing more than $3.2 million in unsecured claims for the top 20 creditors.

Project developer Charles Thomson has declined to comment about the filing, which effectively stopped foreclosure proceedings. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows the filer to restructure finances under bankruptcy court protection.

The project plans called for retail stores on the first floor, with 33
apartments on the second and third levels of the 50,000-square-foot complex (4,645 square meters).