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Wednesday Afternoon News, Nov. 7

Discovered Human Remains Could Be Former Home Owner

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sac City police say human remains discovered in the basement of a recently purchased house could be those of the previous homeowner who disappeared in 2009.
The Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/RIKFPt ) says Police Chief John Thomsen says "all signs point" to Mark Koster. He was last seen with a friend on July 4, 2009. He was 58.
The remains were found on Monday by the new homeowner, who was remodeling the basement.
Police searched the house in 2009. Thomsen says there was no indication of foul play, and it appeared Koster left. He was declared legally dead in October 2011.
No one lived in the house after Koster disappeared. Family members sold the house in May.

 

Des Moines Levee Is Completed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A levee designed to protect an area north of downtown Des Moines from flooding has been completed.
A study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Des Moines River was finished after reconstruction designs were completed on the Birdland and Central Place levees. Engineers then decided to raise the height of the levees after a study suggested that major floods like those that hit the city in 1993 and in 2008 are more likely in the future than previously thought.
The Birdland levee was finished last year.
Officials dedicated the Central Place levee on Wednesday. The $5.5 million project included
removing the old levee and rebuilding the earthen embankment. In all, about 2.5 miles of new levees are now in place.

 

Le Mars Native Joseph Manning Speaks At Gehlen's Veterans Salute

(Le Mars) -- Sunday is Veteran's Day.  A day we honor those men and women who have served in
our military branch of service.  At Gehlen Catholic school, Le Mars native and a 1988 Gehlen Catholic graduate Joseph Manning spoke during the Gehlen Catholic Veteran's salute.  Manning is in the Navy Reserves and holds the rank of Master Chief.  He says money was a part of an incentive for him to join the Navy.
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Manning's message was to inform the students and the community that it is important to honor those men and women who have served in the military.

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Manning says since the nation has been at war for the past decade, it has brought more attention to the military service personnel, and people are expressing their gratitude.

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The Naval Reserve officer says its important that people take the time to say "thank you" to the military personnel.
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Manning says there was one moment during this morning's program at Gehlen that really touched him emotionally.
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The Le Mars native started his navy career while still in high school.  He says he has had an unique career filled with many experiences as a member of the Navy.
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Tuesday Afternoon News, Nov. 6

Body Found in Sac City Basement

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say new homeowners have found what appears to be skeletal remains in the basement of a house in Sac City.
Police say the remains were found on Monday when the owners were cleaning in the basement. The remains were sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
No other details were released. A telephone call to Sac City Police Chief John Thomsen was not returned Tuesday afternoon.
The Sac County sheriff's office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are assisting in the investigation.


68,000 Absentee Ballots Not Yet Returned

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A spokesman for the Iowa secretary of state's office says about 670,000 people voted early, but roughly 68,000 absentee ballots requested by voters hadn't been turned in
by Monday night.
Spokesman Chad Olsen says the number of absentee ballots not submitted sounds like a big number, but the percentage not returned is typical of past elections.
Olsen calls it "nothing new."
He says Iowa was setting a record for early voting, with up to 45 percent of people voting outside the normal polling place.
People with absentee ballots could mail them up until Monday.  Such ballots won't be counted if mailed today, but they can drop off ballots off in person.

 

Jackie Plantz Chosen As Employee of the Month

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce has selected its November employee of the month. This time the honor is awarded to Jackie Plantz of the I-M-L Containers.  The nomination submitted by Debbie Gibson says Jackie was hired two years ago to handle phones and backup administrative assistant with the plan to eventually take over some of the responsibilities permanently.  There were times when she had very little to do, but was asked to be patient. Being very eager, and quick to learn, Jackie was always asking for more work and the opportunity to help out.  We knew then we had hired an excellent team player.  Her easy going manner was a good fit for our office.  Within the first year, Jackie took over all the customer service and soon after the purchasing and planning.  Jackie handled the rapid company growth by always stepping up where needed and did not hesitate to work overtime to get the work done to meet our customer's needs.  Our congratulations to Jackie Plantz of I-M-L Containers for being named the Chamber's employee of the month.




   

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