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Saturday News, July 21

Jandreau Trial Scheduled



(Le Mars) -- A trial date of September 18 has been set for Matthew Jandreau to


appear at the the Plymouth County District Court.  Jandreau is accused of a

crime spree that occured in Le Mars last March that includes kidnapping, sexual


assault, and theft.




Emmons Charged With Domestic Abuse
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office received a call of a domestic disturbance at 31328 Lynx Avenue.  The sheriff's office investigated the complaint and arrested John Emmons of 22843 Hedge Avenue was arrested at his residence on the charges of simple domestic abuse and criminal mischief in the 4th degree, a serious misdemeanor.  He was booked into the jail on those charges and held until he could see a judge.
Plymouth County Offers Additional Day For Motorcycle Testing
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County will offer motorcycle drivers another day for testing.  Beginning August 1, 2012, a second motorcycle testing time will be added on Thursday mornings.  The new schedule for motorcycle testing will be Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.  Linda Dobson, Plymouth County Treasurer says an afternoon and a morning test time will be more accomodating to the public.  The county will also be able to handle more car driving tests and will not have to refer county drivers to other driver license stations for testing.  Plymouth County is able to expand on the services since it will no longer be issuing new, first time Commercial Drivers Licenses as of August 1.  With the new federal regulations requiring a CDL skills testing area of 130 feet by 240 feet paved area, the county is unable to comply.  Dobson says drivers that need to renew their CDL license can still do so in Plymouth County, and the CDL written tests can still be performed, but the driving skills test will have to happen elsewhere.
Northey To Visit Northwest Iowa
(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that he will be visiting Ida, Cherokee, Sioux and Plymouth Counties on Monday, July 23rd as part of his efforts to visit each of Iowa's 99 counties  again in 2012.  Northey will visit the Ida County Fair in Ida Grove at 10:30 a.m., then he will tour Little Sioux Corn Processing in Marcus at 12:30 p.m.  Northey is scheduled to tour Van Beek Natural Science in Orange City at 2:00 p.m.  and then he will visit the Remsen Processing in Remsen at 3:30 p.m.  All events are open to the public.
Fair Board Holds Open House

(Le Mars) -- Nearly 200 people attended the open house hosted by the Plymouth
County Fairboard last evening as the fairboard showcased their newly constructed livestock pavillion facility.  The fairboard served pork burgers and hamburgers to the gathering.  Many people were overheard sharing compliments of the new 150 foot by 100 foot E-P-S building built by Sitzmann Construction of Le Mars.  Despite the hot temperatures, attendees noticed the air movement within the facility.  Fairboard President Tony Schroeder welcomed the crowd and discussed why the decision was made to construct a new facility.
(sot) Schroeder open house1
Schroeder says pedestrian safety was a major consideration for the location of the new barn.
(sot) Schroeder open house2
The fairboard president explained to the gathering as to how the new facility will be used.
(sot) Schroeder open house3
The new barn has three eight-foot wide concrete paved isles for better accessibility for handicapped.  It has plenty of available space for the housed animals.  Every five feet is an electrical outlet capable of handling exhibitors fans and misting sprayers. The barn is equipped with removable brackets to hold those fans and misting sprayers, and new portable pens have been installed for the sheep and goat exhibits. A new washrack has also been installed on the east side of the barn. As part of the open house events, this year's fair royalty candidates were on hand and introduced themselves.
Pork Producer Concerned About High Grain Prices
Missing Cousins Now Considered An Abduction
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - A law enforcement official says the search for two missing Iowa girls is being classified as an abduction after an FBI team failed to find their bodies in a lake.
Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben told reporters Friday that the case was reclassified after FBI divers were confident the bodies of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth
Collins are not on the bottom of Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
The cousins disappeared a week ago while riding bikes near the lake.
Abben says investigators have sent evidence to a state crime lab
for analysis. He would not elaborate or say what the evidence was.
Iowa Unemployment Rises
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate has inched upward, hitting 5.2 percent in June.
State labor officials say the rate was a tenth of a point higher than May's 5.1 percent. The rate was 6 percent in June last year.
Iowa Workforce Development says in a report issued Friday that the state lost 2,400 jobs in total nonfarm employment last month, primarily because of drops in local government employment.
The sector gain came in professional and business services, with 3,000 more jobs.
The number of unemployed people in Iowa was estimated at 85,600 in June, compared with 85,000 in May. A year ago, there were more than 100,300 unemployed in Iowa.
The national jobless rate remained 8.2 percent in June.


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