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Friday News, October 11th


$121,000 Distributed To 21 Organizations Through Community Foundation Of Greater Plymouth County

(Le Mars) — Last evening, $121,000 was distributed to 21 different organizations, communities, and emergency personnel as part of the Community Foundation for Greater Plymouth County grant awards. Fire departments, ambulance services, police departments, Legion clubs, area schools, and extension services, and others all benefited. The awards were distributed during a ceremony held at the Wells Visitors Center and Ice Cream Parlor.  Kelly Nashleanas serves as
the chair for the foundation and explains the grant money is from gaming and casino revenue.

Nashleanas says to be eligible for grants you must be a 501 (c)
organization, or go through a civic organization like a town or school. She says in the future the foundation may hold a workshop to help organizations with the criteria that is needed to qualify for grants.

She says those that received grants can be categorized as she refers to them as “feel good stories.”

There are a few organizations that have received grants multiple years.
Nashleanas explains it may be some of the same organizations that previously have received funding, but it is usually for a different purpose, or a continuation of the project.

Nashleanas says the maximum amount that can be given is $10,000 for a receiving organization. She says the foundation board members will often ask the organization if they can still perform their project if they would be given less than the amount of money requested.

Le Mars Recipients

Remsen Recipients

Merrill Recipients

Kingsley Recipients

Akron Recipient

Hinton Recipients



Floyd Valley Healthcare and Sioux City Musketeers Announce 2010-2020 Hot Shots

(Le Mars) — The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare of Le Mars, are excited to announce the 2019/2020 Hot Shots.
One Hot Shot has been selected for each month. They and their honor games include:

· Jaedyn Sanow from Le Mars, IA
October 19, 2019 against Dubuque

· Landon Ortmann from Merrill, IA
November 17, 2019 against Chicago

· David Vander Zwaag from Sioux Center, IA
December 31, 2019 against Omaha

· Jaxon Woodall from Meriden, IA
February 16, 2020 against Fargo

· Hayden Pippett from Le Mars, IA
March 28, 2020 against Des Moines

· Sarah Begnoche from Le Mars, IA
April 10, 2020 against Sioux Falls

This program was created with the goal of honoring Floyd Valley Healthcare pediatric patients with chronic health issues. Floyd Valley and the Musketeers are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid again for a night.

The Hots Shots will travel in a limo to their honor game as special guests of the Musketeers and will receive a commemorative Musketeer jersey, Musketeer memorabilia, an opportunity to meet the team and coaches, be a part of the ceremonial puck drop as well as a special mentions at their



Supreme Court Weighs In On Courthouse Cybersecurity

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has issued orders changing how the state court system conducts security assessments after two cybersecurity workers hired by state court administrators were arrested for breaking into the Dallas County Courthouse last month.

Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order Thursday that prohibits physical break-ins of courthouses and entry outside of regular business hours as part of cybersecurity testing. Court administrators also must confer with local officials on systems testing.

In addition, Cady says security contracts must be reviewed by a lawyer and the court administrator must personally approve contracts with input from building security, sheriffs and others.

The courts hired an outside law firm to investigate after cybersecurity company Coalfire broke into the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel and Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines. Two workers were arrested at the Dallas County Courthouse.

The law firm concluded there were misunderstandings over contracts terms. It also found contract language was ambiguous and there was a lack of management, oversight and proper supervision of the testing program.



Missouri River To Remain High Through Winter Months

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The lower Missouri River will remain high into December because of the large amount of water being released from dams into the river.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at a level more than twice what is typical for this time of year – 80,000 cubic feet per second – into mid-December.
Officials do not expect significant new flooding along the river because of the high releases. But many levees remain damaged from severe flooding in the spring, allowing the floodwaters to flow into many farm fields and rural areas.
The amount of rain and melting snow flowing into the river has remained exceptionally high this fall, and wet weather is expected to continue through the end of the year.



Truck Repair Accident

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have identified a man who was killed while working on a dump truck south of Dubuque.
The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and medics sent to a rural property around 7 p.m. Wednesday found a 61-year-old man, now identified as Philip Sullivan, pinned between the truck’s dump box and the truck body. Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities say it appears Sullivan had been cutting metal on the truck frame when the dump box came down on him.



Des Moines Police Identify Homicide Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot to death on the north side of Des Moines.
Police identified the man as 23-year-old Rashid Mohamed Ibrahim, who lived in Des Moines.
Ibrahim was found around 1:30 p.m. Thursday by officers sent to investigate reports of a shooting. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
No arrests had been reported.
Police say the shooting death is the city’s 13th homicide this year.



Republican Senators Refuse To Answer Questions About Impeachment

DENVER (AP) – A pair of Republican senators won’t say if the president can ask another country to investigate a political foe.
Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado wouldn’t answer that question Thursday in light of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Trump last week insisted he had the right to ask Ukraine and China to investigate his possible Democratic opponent next year, former vice president Joe Biden.
Ernst and Gardner are both up for re-election next year in competitive states. Their approach mirrored that of Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, also a top Democratic target next year. McSally on Monday wouldn’t address the appropriateness of Trump’s requests for help from overseas. Some other Republican senators who don’t face voters next year have said it was inappropriate.