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Thursday News, November 27

Semi Truck And Pickup Involved In Accident Near Remsen

(Remsen) -- Plymouth County authorities are investigating an accident that occured Tuesday at about 12:00 noon between a semi truck and trailer and a pickup truck.  The accident happened on the east side of Remsen at the intersection of Beck Avenue also known as 165th Street and county road highway L-14.  The semi truck and trailer heading eastbound on Beck Avenue/165th Street had made a stop at a stop sign.  However, the semi truck, being driven by 28 year old Justin Pick of Remsen pulled out in front of a pickup truck, heading northbound and driven by 40 year old Tony Kellen of Alton.  Pick was crossing the intersection when Kellen tried to swerve and miss the semi truck, but was unable to avoid the collision. The pickup hit the semi truck on the passenger side.  Kellen was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Remsen ambulance.  

 

Semi Truck Rolls Over On Side

(Sioux City) -- Meanwhile, Woodbury County deputies were dispatched shortly after 2:00 p.m. this afternoon to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 170th Street and Delaware Avenue of rural Woodbury County.  A semi-tractor trailer entered the ditch at the intersection and rolled onto it's side. The driver was treated for injuries at the scene by Bronson Rescue and Woodbury County EOC personnel and transported for treatment by Mercy Air Care. The driver's name and condition are not being released.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

 

Rejoice Church To Serve Thanksgiving Meal

(Le Mars) -- Imagine having to cook 48 turkeys, baking 25 pumpkin pies, and serving 600 people.  That's the task at hand for the 100 plus volunteers preparing the Community Thanksgiving meal to be served at the Rejoice Community Church of Le Mars on Thursday.  Pastor Tony De LaRosa talks about how the idea got started.

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Originally, the meal was provided for the elderly and to shut-ins, but DeLaRosa says it soon evolved to include anyone and everyone.

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DeLaRosa says he is thankful for all the volunteers and area businesses that contribute in someway with the Community Thanksgiving meal.

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The Community Thanksgiving meal is free to the public, and will be serving between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with home delivery beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The Rejoice Church pastor says if you are needing transportation, the church is willing to assist with those needs.

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DeLaRosa says if you find yourself with nothing to do on Thanksgiving, he has some suggestions.

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For more information, you can contact the Rejoice Church at 548-4430.

 

Branstad Answers Questions About Firing Administrator

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad is facing hours of questions under oath about his administration's treatment of a gay former state administrator.
     The governor was being questioned in a deposition Wednesday by an attorney for Chris Godfrey, the former workers' compensation commissioner.
     Godfrey has filed a lawsuit against Branstad and aides alleging he was singled out for harsh treatment because he's openly gay.
     He contends that Branstad demanded his resignation in 2011, and the governor cut his pay by $40,000 when he refused to quit.
     Godfrey had been confirmed by the Iowa Senate for a six-year term. He argued his job was independent from political pressure so that injured workers could get fair hearings.
     Branstad has denied discrimination. His lawyers say the resignation request was routine and the pay cut was legal.

 

Chinese Woman To Face Trial For Stealing Patented Seed Corn

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge says a Chinese woman accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies and send them to China will be tried alongside her brother.
     Mo Yun is among seven people charged in the case, though only she and her brother have been arrested. The other five are believed to be in China.
     Investigators say they worked for a Chinese company and conspired to steal patented seed corn from cornfields in Iowa and Illinois to ship it to China.
     The judge overseeing the case acknowledged Friday that evidence against her is thinner than evidence against the other suspects. But he said that wasn't enough to hold a separate trial, as her attorneys requested.
     Mo is married to the chairman of a large biotechnology firm in China.

 

Fort Dodge Woman Burns Down Home For Insuance Money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Fort Dodge woman will spend ten years in federal prison for conspiring to burn down a house and collect the insurance money.
     Federal authorities announced Wednesday that Shirley Weimer received a ten-year sentence for the crime. She pleaded guilty in April and was sentenced Tuesday. Three others have already been sentenced for involvement in the crime.
     According to the trial proceedings, Weimer hired a tenant to burn down a rental property. Weimer received over $78,000 from her insurance company.
     Weimer will have to repay the money, plus interest, to State Farm Insurance. She will serve a three-year term of supervised release after her prison time.

 

Des Moines Woman Home Burns While She Is Shoveling Snow

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines woman has reported that she was outside shoveling snow when flames erupted in her home's kitchen.
     Firefighters were dispatched to the house on Wednesday afternoon.
     Fire spokesman Brian O'Keefe says the woman had been cooking and left the stove on when she went outside to shovel snow. She says she went in to check the food once and then went back outside. She says she went back in when she heard a popping noise. She found her kitchen ablaze. 
     O'Keefe says the house is a total loss. No injuries to the woman or any firefighters have been reported. A pet cat died in the fire.
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Assessor Arrested

 MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The assessor in northern Iowa's Cerro Gordo County has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.
     63-year-old John Boedeker entered the plea on Wednesday.
     Mason City police say Boedeker was pulled over around 8:15 p.m. Friday for driving without his vehicle lights on. He was booked into county jail that night but posted $1,000 bond and was released.
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Wednesday Afternoon News, November 26

Rejoice Community Church Preparing For Thanksgiving Meal

(Le Mars) -- Imagine having to cook 48 turkeys, baking 25 pumpkin pies, and serving 600 people.  That's the task at hand for the 100 plus volunteers preparing the Community Thanksgiving meal to be served at the Rejoice Community Church of Le Mars on Thursday.  Pastor Tony De LaRosa talks about how the idea got started.

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Originally, the meal was provided for the elderly and to shut-ins, but DeLaRosa says it soon evolved to include anyone and everyone.

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DeLaRosa says he is thankful for all the volunteers and area businesses that contribute in someway with the Community Thanksgiving meal.

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The Community Thanksgiving meal is free to the public, and will be serving between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with home delivery beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The Rejoice Church pastor says if you are needing transportation, the church is willing to assist with those needs.

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DeLaRosa says if you find yourself with nothing to do on Thanksgiving, he has some suggestions.

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For additional information regarding the Community Thanksgiving meal, you can call the Rejoice Church at (712) 548-4430. 

 

Heated Exchange Between Woodbury County Supervisors And County Officials

(Sioux City) -- There was some heated debate during the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors meeting over the county's Emergency Management Commission's failure to meet regularly.  Emergency services director, Gary Brown says he was surprised by the issue being brought up as a non-agenda item at last Tuesday's supervisor meeting that he wasn't asked to attend.

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Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew had previously sent an email message to supervisors saying the commission meetings were required under Iowa Code, but he had never been invited.  Brown presented a letter from State Emergency Services Director Mark Schouten stating the county was in compliance with all current planning and training requirements and relevant grants.  Brown says its time to divest the commission from his duties as Emergency Services Director.

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Supervisor Matthew Ung, who brought up the issue last week, told Brown the issue wasn't about personalities, but about what was required under state code.

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Sheriff Dave Drew defended Ung and the process about making the lack of commission meetings public.

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Drew also got into an exchange with Supervisor Chairman George Boykin over the process.

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At the end, the Board of Supervisors decided to wait for Brown to meet with Drew to start to put a plan in place for the commission. 

 

Court For Mentallly Ill

  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The 4th Judicial District is planning to launch a court for nonviolent offenders with mental illnesses.
     In September, Pottawattamie County was awarded a $250,000 federal grant to start the project. Officials say the purpose of the mental health court is to decrease re-arrests and divert the offenders from correctional facilities to treatment programs. 
     Officials hope to launch the court in late January. 
     For a person to be eligible for mental health court, they must not have committed a violent felony. They also must have had a mental health diagnosis in the past six months or have a history of mental illness. 
     A mental health court team will be formed to collect information and decide whether to admit a person. Court sessions will be held at least once a month.
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Appeals Court Upholds U Of I Professor Firing 

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An appeals court has upheld the firing of a University of Iowa radiology professor who engaged in harassing behavior toward colleagues.
     The Iowa Court of Appeals rejected Malik Juweid's appeal Wednesday, saying University President Sally Mason and her attorney didn't have conflicts of interest.
     Mason agreed in 2012 with a faculty panel that recommended terminating Juweid for violating policies on harassment, disruptive behavior and ethics. He sent hundreds of unprofessional and confrontational emails to numerous colleagues.
     The Board of Regents upheld the firing last year. 
     Juweid appealed, arguing that Mason and assistant attorney general George Carroll had conflicts because they were fighting Juweid's whistleblower lawsuit during the disciplinary proceedings.
     The court ruled 3-0 that Juweid failed to overcome "the presumption of honesty and integrity" that Mason and Carroll are entitled.

 

"Happy The Clown" Happy To Be Alive

  MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Mason City clown who was in a coma for more than a week following an August car accident is on the road to recovery. 
     As Happy the Clown, Anne Grady has been putting smiles on the faces of children and adults for the past 30 years. She was in a coma for 12 days after a multi-vehicle wreck on Aug. 27 near Sheffield. 
     Grady then moved to the IOOF Home and Community Therapy Center, where she stayed for rehabilitation for part of October. 
     Grady tries to maintain her positive attitude in her personal life despite the recent challenges caused by the car accident. She still visits the center twice a week for speech and physical therapy. She tells the Mason City Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/1yg37oU ) that she's lucky to be alive.
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Police Chief Resigns Post After Caught Passing Stopped School Bus

  FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) - A northeast Iowa police chief who is accused of illegally passing a stopped school bus has quit his post.
     Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe says Chief Brad Alan Gardner voluntarily resigned on Monday. 
     Gardner was placed on administrative leave after he was ticketed earlier this month. A bus driver for North Fayette Valley School District reported that the chief went around his bus while it was stopped and disabled students were getting off.
     Wenthe told the council on Monday that Fayette County sheriff's deputies will assist the one remaining Fayette police officer. The community has about 1,300 residents.
     Gardner said in his resignation letter that he was leaving to pursue other employment. Gardner joined the department on July 1, 2013.

 

Heroes To Be Honored During Iowa-Nebraska Football Game

  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska bank president and an Iowa teenager who kept their cool and saved others will be honored during halftime of the Nebraska-Iowa "Heroes" football game on Friday.
     Gene Willers is president of Midwest Bank in Pilger (PIHL'-gur), and on June 16 he saved eight people from an EF4 tornado that tore through the northeast Nebraska community. Willers put the eight inside the bank vault, but he couldn't get in because the vault couldn't be opened from the inside. He locked them in, took shelter beneath the building and survived without injury.
     Eighteen-year-old Austin Benson, of Winterset, Iowa, will be honored for helping a friend who'd been thrown from a horse on the Fourth of July. Benson used his shirt in applying pressure to his friend's bleeding puncture wound.

 


 

 

 

 

 

   

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