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Thursday Afternoon News, July 18th


Sioux County Youth Fair Offers Agriculture Education Exhibit

(Sioux Center) — New at this year’s Sioux County Youth Fair is what is being referred to as “Ag Exploration Center.” Sioux County Youth Fair Board Director Kimmi Luesink explains.

Luesink says even in agriculture-rich Sioux County many children and adults are unfamiliar with agriculture.

The Sioux County Fair Board director says officials got the idea from both the Grandpa’s Barn located at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, and the Round Barn agriculture education exhibit at the Plymouth County Fair.

Ag Exploration Center will be open today from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Friday’s hours are from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday it be open between 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Sioux County Youth Fair continues through Saturday.



Man Charged With Killing Woman And Her Two Children Had Been Deported In The Past

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Guatemalan man charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children had been deported twice from the U.S. and is believed to be in the country illegally.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday night that 31-year-old Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana gave Des Moines police a false name, Marvin Esquivel-Lopez.
Shawn Neudauer, an ICE spokesman, says Escobar-Orellana was deported in 2010 and again in 2011. In 2010, he was convicted of illegal entry into the U.S.
He’s accused of shooting 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. Police say he had been living at the family’s home and that they found no evidence that he had a personal relationship with the victims.
Court records don’t list an attorney who might comment on Escobar-Orellana’s behalf.



Nurse Accused Of Obtaining Painkillers From Patients

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Federal authorities have accused a nurse of fraudulently obtaining painkillers from her patients in eastern Iowa.
Prosecutors say 31-year-old Katie Boll, of Manchester, is charged with 13 counts of acquiring controlled substances by fraud, deception or subterfuge in 2018 and one count of tampering with a consumer product.
Prosecutors say she used mouthwash to dilute liquid morphine, resulting in injury to a patient.
U.S. District Court records say Boll’s pleaded not guilty. Her trial in Cedar Rapids is scheduled to begin Sept. 16.
Authorities say Boll was a nurse for the Good Neighbor Society in
Manchester when she schemed to acquire hydrocodone, morphine and other painkillers from at least 14 patients in her care.



New Bishop Selected For Des Moines Diocese

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Pope Francis has selected a priest from the Dubuque Archdiocese to become bishop of the Des Moines Diocese.
The selection of the Rev. William Joensen was announced Thursday. His ordination and installation is scheduled for Sept. 27.
Joensen replaces Bishop Richard Pates, who turned 75 last year and, as required by the church, submitted his resignation. He’s held the post since 2008.
Joensen grew up in Ames and attended Iowa State University. He was ordained in 1989 and served in parish ministry for six years before beginning graduate studies in philosophy. He’s been a philosophy professor at Loras College in Dubuque and assisted at parishes in and around Dubuque.
The Diocese of Des Moines includes 80 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.