Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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City Council Has Full Agenda

(LeMars) -- The LeMars City Council will assemble today at noon, and before them is a large number of items for discussion.  To start off the meeting, the mayor and two council members will be sworn in following last month's election.  Committee assignments will also be conducted. The council will hold a public hearing regarding the sale of the city's share of LeMars Communications L.L.P.  The council will have its second reading of the new proposed water rate ordinance and new water meter upgrade.  The council is also expected to act upon the Dogwood Properties Development Agreement.  Speaking of dogs, the council is expected to review the current dog and cat licensing and to decide whether or not to continue the program.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Blue Zone Project Committee is looking for civic-mined volunteers to serve on the Initiative Committees as part of the well-being improvement blueprint.  The volunteers will help lead the Initiative Committees and act as a sounding board for the Blueprint Planning Team.  Because there are many varied interests in the Blue Zone Project, the Project Committee is in need of community members in a wide range of areas of expertise.  The committee are looking for people familiar with Gardening...Biking...Walking...Cooking...Faith Initiative...Event Coordinating...Neighborhood Gathering plus other groups.  If interested you can contact Jessica Lingren at the city convention and visitor's office, or Todd Lancaster at the LeMars YMCA.  They are asking the volunteers sign up prior to the December 28th deadline. 

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet today and they will hear budget requests from Mid-Sioux Opportunity, the Plymouth County Historical Museum, and the Plymouth County Fair Board.  They will also discuss and review new library contract county allocation of funds for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013.

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa men have pleaded guilty to federal charges of child pornography possession.
     A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 23-year-old Donald Coffey and 26-year-old Justin Slattery each pleaded guilty last week to a single count.
Both men are from Cherokee.
     The release says that in plea deals with prosecutors, Coffey agreed to 12 years in prison and Slattery agreed to seven years.
     A sentencing date has not been set.


(Orange City) -- A Sheldon man has been sentenced for five years in prison for escaping from custody.  24 year old Tristan Schulz was sentenced in Sioux County district court on Monday for the crime of escape from custody, a class D felony. The case arose when Schulz left without permission in October from the Residential Treatment Facility located in Sheldon.  At the time, Schulz was serving five years for burglary in the third degree, which is a class D felony.  Schulz was arrested on November 18th.  Schulz must now serve the original five years for the burglary charges and another five years consecutively for the escape charges.

(Anthon) -- Woodbury County Sheriff's office is reporting a farm accident has claimed the life of a rural Anthon man.  48 year old Donald Graves was killed on Saturday while attempting to stand up a Bobcat skid loader that had rolled on to its side.  Graves was using chains and tow straps while attempting to get the skid loader in an upright position.  The skid loader spun around and struck Graves with the attachment on the front of the skid loader.  The attachment then came to rest on Graves.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

(LeMars) -Christmas is known as the season for giving.  So, are people being generous when it comes to local charities?  Pat Warner works with the LeMars Christian Needs Center.  The Christian Needs Center is a local charity that distributes food and clothing to Plymouth County residents.  Warner has helped with the Christian Needs Center for three years and she says there are many people who are making contributions. 

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At the same time, Warner says the demand for the Christian Needs Center's services has been on the increase, mainly due to the economy.

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Warner says fortunately, the donations have been able to keep up with the increased demand.  

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The Christian Needs Center is now closed until January.


(Des Moines) -- Vice President Terry Branstad?  The topic was discussed during the governor's weekly news conference on Monday morning.   Iowa Governor Terry Branstad believes the race for president is still "wide open" and he expects the polls to shift in the closing days of the Iowa Caucus scheduled for January 3rd.
Branstad has occasionally chided candidates for failing to campaign as intensely in Iowa as candidates have in the past, but  during his weekly statehouse news conference, Branstad says he is "pleased" with the "amount of activity" in the state from each of the candidates.
Branstad, just elected to his fifth term as governor in 2010 is not endorsing a candidate before the 2012 Caucuses.  In 1996, he had endorsed and campaigned extensively for Kansas Senator Bob Dole.  Now, Dole has called upon Branstad.  Dole has announced that he endorses Mitt Romney for President and this weekend Dole contacted Branstad to share with him about his endorsement, and that is when the topic of Vice President Branstad came up in conversation.  Dole told Branstad that he believes Branstad would make for a good vice president.
Branstad told reporters he "didn't want to start any rumors" and the position of vice president is not something he's interested in because he wants to stay in Iowa.
Branstad is Iowa's longest serving governor.  Dole had campaigned for Branstad back in 1978 when Branstad was running for lietenant governor.  Branstad was first elected as governor in 1982.



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