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Monday News, October 22

Le Mars Catholic Parishioners Dedicate New St. Joseph Church

(Le Mars) -- Song, scripture, liturgy and pageantry filled the sanctuary of the new St. Joseph Catholic Church Sunday afternoon as the 1000 plus parishioners dedicated the new building.  Bishop Walker Nickless was on hand to coordinate the dedication.  Bishop Nickless told the group of Catholic parishoners that the new church is more than a new building.
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He reminded the people that the church should serve as a place where their spirit is renewed.

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Following the dedication, Pastorial Lay Director, Dick Ahlers said the ceremony inspired him.

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Father Kevin Richter received a loud and continuous applause when Bishop Nickless singled him out and personally thanked him for his "blood, sweat, and tears" is overseeing the construction of the new church.  Later, the congregation expressed their appreciation to Father Richer by giving him a new Ford Escape car.  Richter talked about how the church community came together and what it means to him.

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Richter says this was his first building dedication and for him it was an emotional experience.
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Architect Incorporates Many Artifacts From Old Church Into New Church

(Le Mars) -- As we have learned from last week, One of the key factors in designing and constructing of the new church was to incorporate many of the artifacts from the old St. Joseph Church into the new church building. The altars came from the old St. Joseph church, and many of the statutes were from the old church, or from the Neptune Catholic Church.  Dick Ahlers is especially proud of the stained glass windows, and the care and preservation that was involved.

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Kevin Strehle was the architech of the new church building.  He says he welcomed the challenge of creating the church with modern features, but at the same time holding on to traditional pieces.

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Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Ryan Speaks in Sioux City

(Sioux City) -- Republican Vice Presidential candidate PAUL RYAN rallied the GOP faithful with a quick trip into Sioux City Sunday afternoon.  Ryan gave a 12 minute speech to an outdoor crowd of about 600 people at Bev's On The River.  The Wisconsin Congressman stressed the importance of the state in this election saying Iowa could decide who will be the next president.

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Ryan took President Barack Obama to task for distorting GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's record instead of laying out an agenda for an Obama Second term.

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Ryan says despite what the President would have you believe, a second Obama administration would increase taxes on small business and limit job creation.

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Ryan was introduced by Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.  Some of those attending waited nearly three hours to hear Ryan, and were entertained with a free concert by country star Mark Wills.


Le Mars Community School Board To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will discuss the annual progress report during their regularly scheduled meeting tonight.  Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner will review the highlights with the school board.  Kindergarten teachers will appear before the board to inform the directors about how their students have been learning about phonetic awareness as a result of the teachers professional development.  The board is expected to act upon one resignation.

 

Ogden Man Charged With Killing His Wife

OGDEN, Iowa (AP) - A 28-year-old man has been charged with killing his wife in the central Iowa city of Ogden.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Josh Powell was arrested Sunday after Ogden officers went to the home he shared with his wife, 25-year-old Jacalyn Powell.
Investigators say Josh Powell called 911 around 10 a.m. Sunday to report that his wife was dead. Court records say Josh Powell reported that he and his wife had fought the night before and that
he'd struck her.
Josh Powell is being held in Boone County Jail on $2 million bail. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.


Hunters Are Being Asked To Help With Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Friends of the two young Iowa girls who have been missing since July are asking hunters to watch for clues about the missing cousins.
FBI officials have said they believe Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were abducted from Evanston this summer.
Chad Hartogh, who manages the Waterloo Hy-Vee store, says he hopes reminding hunters about the case will help bring the girls home.
Since they were reported missing, Lyric turned 11 and Elizabeth turned 9. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
Chris Jones, with the state Department of Natural Resources, says he thinks this is a good idea because hunters will be in remote areas that don't get much traffic the rest of the year. Jones was part of the initial search for the missing girls.
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Saturday News, October 20

Paul Ryan To Visit Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Wisconsin Congressman and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan is scheduled to make an appearance in Sioux City on Sunday, and possibly a visit to Le Mars.  Republican officials are still trying to work out the specific details, but we do know that Ryan is scheduled to appear at the Radius Steel Fabrication, although the time has not yet been announced.  Ryan has appeared in eastern and central Iowa, but this would be his first visit to western Iowa.  Mitt Romney did appear at an Orange City rally in September.


Sheriff's Department Investigates Suspicious House Fire

(Le Mars) -- You may recall yesterday when KLEM news reported that the Hinton Fire Department responded to a fire at an abandon house located at 23019 Glacier Road in southern Plymouth County.  Both the Merrill and the Sioux City fire departments assisted Hinton with that fire.  Now the Plymouth County Sheriff's office is involved in the investigation and are calling the origin of the fire as suspicious.  The structure was an abandoned house and is listed as a total loss. The fire has been deemed as suspicious with no known cause at this time. Anyone with information on this fire or who may have seen a small red passenger car in the area around 1130 AM on October 18th, is asked to call the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office at 712-546-8191.


Ex-Employee Charged With Theft From Welding Shop

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman has appeared in court in Nebraska on 20 felony counts of theft for allegedly taking money from her former employer.
The Sioux City Journal reports 35-year-old Rebecca Bottjen of Osage has appeared in Dakota County Court.
Court documents accuse Bottjen of stealing just over $67,000 from her former employer, New Ideas Fabrication, a Dakota City, Nebraska welding shop.
Sheriff's Investigator D.W. Johnson says in court documents that Bottjen, the company's bookkeeper, wrote checks to herself and transferred money out of the company's accounts without
authorization from October 2010 to February.
Bottjen's next court appearance is November 15th. Online court records indicate an attorney has not yet been assigned to her case.


Jill Biden Pushes Education at North Iowa Campaign Stop

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke about advances in education, women's rights and veterans benefits during a Mason City event.
The Globe Gazette reports Biden spoke Friday to about 100 people at Democratic Party headquarters in Mason City. She also spoke in Charles City.
In praising President Barack Obama, Biden noted the administration had increased Pell grant funding and put greater emphasis on community colleges.
She also questioned whether the election of Republican Mitt Romney would lead to Supreme Court appointments that would endanger abortion rights.
Biden told the audience, "We don't want our daughters and granddaughters to fight the battles we had to fight."
Biden's visited Iowa two days after Obama spoke in Mount Vernon.  Romney's last Iowa visit was October 9th.


Former Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Students

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 24-year-old female high school teacher in rural Iowa has been charged with having inappropriate sexual relationships with four male students during last school year.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announced Friday that former Aplington-Parkersburg High School math teacher Ashley Anderson is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation by a
school employee.
Anderson turned herself into authorities Friday and was released from the Butler County jail after posting bond.
A complaint says that Anderson engaged in sexual misconduct with students aged 16 to 18 between fall 2011 and last spring. The complaint says she sent students nude photographs of herself and had intercourse with one student at his home.
Anderson resigned her teaching position this fall.
No phone number for Anderson could be found.

 

Mother Outraged Over Students Told To Spit On Her Son

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa mother has complained to school officials that one of her son's fourth-grade teachers told other students they could spit on him.
Alexandria Kindopp told television station KETV that another teacher at Shenandoah Elementary School told her about the incident, which her son, Jaxon, later confirmed.
Jaxon told the station he'd been doing a "raspberry" at a classmate on Monday. He says his teacher asked how he'd like it if someone did that to him. Jaxon says she gathered his classmates
around him and told him they could "spit away." Jaxon says some of them spit on his head and shoulders.
District Superintendent Jeff Hiser and school principal Tiffany Spiegel say they can't comment on the specific incident, but Hiser later acknowledged that the teacher had been suspended.

 

Florida Man Upset Iowa Official Gave Him Phony Marriage License

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Florida man says he's angry that an Iowa court official duped him and his same-sex partner into paying for an invalid marriage license.
In a phone interview Friday, Joab Penney told The Associated Press that Grundy County Deputy Clerk of Court Brigitte Van Nice's actions were wrong. He says the case illustrates the difficulty
facing same-sex couples who cannot get married in their states.
Van Nice was charged Wednesday with two counts of forgery and one count of perjury for allegedly filing false documents claiming she married Penney and his partner in February. Her attorney says she'll plead not guilty.
Penney says Van Nice told the couple they didn't have to come to Iowa, which isn't true. Penney discovered the fraud after contacting an attorney for a divorce.

 

Man Sentenced To Prison For Fire Bombing Apartment Complex

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for his role in the fire-bombing of a Des Moines apartment complex.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jeremy Cardell Dennis of Des Moines was sentenced Friday for malicious use of explosive materials.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff also ordered Dennis to serve two years of supervised release after his prison term.
Dennis had earlier pleaded guilty to joining with Gregory Harris on January 3rd, 2011, when they threw three Molotov cocktails at the leasing office of the Deer Ridge Apartment Complex. The fires
damaged the leasing office and two nearby vehicles.
Harris pleaded earlier to arson.
Two other men also pleaded guilty to charges in the case and are awaiting sentencing.


Coe College Selects New President

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An administrator at a Pennsylvania college has been chosen as the new president at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
The college's board of trustees on Friday voted to appoint David McInally as the 15th president of the private school, which has about 1,300 full-time students.
Coe says in a news release that McInally is now executive vice president and treasurer at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He has worked at Allegheny since 1986.
McInally will begin work at Coe on July 1st, 2013. He will replace James Phifer, who will retire next year after 18 years as the college's president.

 

Scarville City Clerk Pleads Guilty To Theft From City Funds

SCARVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The former city clerk of Scarville has pleaded guilty to theft and tampering with city records.
Thirty-four-year-old Jolene June Carter will be sentenced December11th in Winnebago County District Court in Forest City.
She had reached plea agreements with prosecutors.
The charges followed a special investigation by state Auditor David Vaudt, which found Carter and Scarville Mayor Michelle Hermanson had taken city money.
The 42-year-old Hermanson, who is charged with theft, felonious misconduct in office and falsifying public documents has a plea change hearing set for November 13th.
The audit said Hermanson misused thousands of dollars of grant money meant to renovate the city's basketball and tennis courts to pay her personal bills.
Carter issued 20 paychecks to herself totaling nearly $8,000.



   

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