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Wednesday Afternoon News, February 12th


Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office Has “Junior Deputy For A Day”

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has added a new deputy to their staff…at least for a day. Seven year old Boston Kneip, the son of Troy and Noelle Kniep of Le Mars was given the opportunity to be the “Junior Deputy” for today. Boston was able to become the “Junior Deputy of the Day”
through a silent auction fund raising activity from the Floyd Valley
Healthcare. The Le Mars Police Department had a similar program last year with their “Officer of the Day.” Chief Deputy Jeff TeBrink says he visited with Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte to gain some ideas and insight, and then created their own program. TeBrink helped coordinate the program
and explains what was involved.

Troy Kneip, Boston’s father, says his son has always showed some interest in law enforcement and has indicated he wants to be a police officer or sheriff’s deputy when he grows up.

Noelle Kniep says the Junior Deputy award was a birthday gift for the seven year old.

Noelle expressed her gratitude for making her son’s birthday gift one that he will long remember.

Boston’s grandparents, Noelle’s parents were also at the law enforcement center to share with the special birthday gift of “Junior Deputy for the Day”.



Floyd Valley Healthcare Trustees Elect Officers

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees held its annual meeting Tuesday evening and elected new officers for 2020. Ralph Klemme of Le Mars was elected chairman of the board of trustees. Vice Chair honors went to Danna Schuster, Janelle Bixenman is the Board Secretary, Craig Bauerly will serve as treasurer, and William Young is the past chair. All of the trustees are residents of Le Mars.

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Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees. From left to right: Craig Bauerly, Danna Schuster, Janelle Bixenman, William Young, and Ralph Klemme.



Primebank Donates To Gehlen Catholic School

(Le Mars) — Last evening, (Tuesday) between the Gehlen Varsity Basketball games, Primebank presented Gehlen Catholic with the 2019 proceeds from the Primebank, Gehlen Catholic Visa® credit card program.

Primebank, Le Mars President Josh Kovarna, Vice President Cole Sitzmann, (Gehlen class of ’03), Assistant Vice President Jordan Sitzmann (Gehlen Class of’10), Customer Service Representative Kelli (Ruhland, class of ’78) Langel presented a check to Gehlen Catholic in the amount of $3,069.97.

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Over the last 19 years, Primebank has donated a percentage of total purchases made using the Gehlen Catholic Visa credit card to the school.
With this year’s gift, Primebank has donated $59,505.94 through the program.

Amy Jungers, Development Director at Gehlen Catholic, says “Our 19 year partnership with Primebank has been a blessing for our school. The commitment they have shown by donating close to $60,000 speaks volumes about their dedication to education and Gehlen Catholic.”

Proceeds from the card are used to enhance Gehlen Catholic’s local scholarship program, assuring a focus on “Excellence in Education.
Leadership Through Christ.” to low and middle-income students.

Josh Kovarna, Primebank, Le Mars President says “Primebank is pleased to offer the Primebank, Gehlen Catholic Visa credit card program.” Kovarna continued, “Primebank has always supported educational opportunities in Le Mars and we are proud to provide this ongoing support to Gehlen Catholic.”

Kovarna says, “I encourage friends of Gehlen Catholic to participate in this program because the school benefits when cardholders simply make normal, every-day purchases with their Gehlen Visa credit card.”



Governor Reynolds Does Not Want To Comment On Glenwood Resource Center Situation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds isn’t commenting on accusations made against state officials in a federal lawsuit involving sexual arousal experiments performed on residents of a state care center for people with intellectual disabilities. Two doctors and other former employees of Glenwood Resource Center sued a state agency and several
officials Monday alleging conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research conducted by Jerry Rea. Rea is the former superintendent of the center. Reynolds says she can’t comment on the lawsuit. She wouldn’t answer questions about when she learned of experimentation on patients and
how much of Rea’s background was checked before he was hired.



Judge Rules Woman To Be Incompetent For Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A judge has ruled incompetent for trial a woman accused of hate crimes in the Des Moines area, including intentionally running over a girl she thought was Mexican. Nicole Poole is charged with assault in violation of individual rights for an incident at a convenience
store and with attempted murder. Police have said she intentionally ran over two children with her sport utility vehicle. Both children survived. The judge ruled Tuesday after hearing evidence and arguments on the matter that Poole is suffering from a mental disorder. She ordered state treatment for
Poole so she can be restored to competency.



Waterloo Man Found Guilty Of Murder

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Waterloo man charged in the 2017 killing of a Grundy Center man has been found guilty of first-degree murder and a weapons count. The Courier reports that a jury found 29-year-old Armando Adame III
guilty Wednesday for the Oct. 25, 2017, shooting death of 27-year-old Michael Bruce Johns. Police say the men had been arguing as they drove around Floyd County when they stopped on a gravel road. Police say Adame pulled Johns from the vehicle and shot him in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. Adame faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole when he’s sentenced at a later date.



Residents Asked To Monitor Vapor Contamination

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) – City officials plan to ask residents to enroll in a program to monitor vapor contamination from a carcinogenic chemical that’s spread from a factory site in the eastern Iowa city of Maquoketa. The Telegraph Herald reported that the contamination stems from the operations of Clinton Machine Co., which built small engines in Maquoketa from 1950
into the 1990s. The factory used trichloroethene, commonly known as TCE, as a degreasing agent. Federal authorities have since determined that TCE is carcinogenic. Shelly Nellesen with the Iowa Natural Resources Department says the TCE in groundwater also creates the potential for indoor contamination.