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Tuesday News, May 12

City Crews Pick Up Downed Tree Limbs

(Le Mars) -- City crews have been busy picking up tree limbs and branches that fell as a result of the strong winds from Sunday afternoon.  Scott Kneip, city public works director, says the work will continue today.

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Kneip says if the tree fell on the parking area, it is the city's responsibility to remove.

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The Public Works Official says if a tree is resting on the lawn between the sidewalk and the home, then it becomes the responsibility of the homeowner to remove and dispose. Kneip says he knows of four large trees, mainly located in the southeast area of town, that had toppled due to the strong winds. Kneip reminds Le Mars residents the tree, limb, branch, and leaves disposal site located on the west side of town is open Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Kneip says if residents are able to place their large tree limbs that fell during Sunday's winds, alongside the curb, then the city will assist with the disposal. City crews will travel the streets Tuesday morning finishing up on the removal of downed trees.

 

 

 

Supervisors To Discuss Budget Amendment

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet today at the county courthouse, and on their agenda, the supervisors will review and discuss a budget amendment for fiscal year 2014-2015 and set a public hearing date.  The supervisors will also read and review an ordinance for vacating platted lots, streets and alleys.  The supervisors are scheduled to review and possibly approve the 2015 Business Property Tax Credit applications. County engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the supervisors and submit construction contracts involving three culvert projects.

 

 

 

 

Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees To Meet Today

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are meeting this morning for their monthly session.  The hospital trustees will hear a medical staff report. The hospital trustees will review and possibly approve Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary by-laws.  Trustee Larry Petersen will lead the discussion regarding the Quality Improvement Board Quarterly report.  Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin will lead the discussion for the general update.  The Board of Trustees will review and likely approve Lifeline program changes, capital acquisitions, and the change order requests.  Donlin will also update the trustees on the progress of the North Addition expansion project.

 

 

 

Hawarden To Expand Hospital

(Hawarden, IA) – Hawarden Regional Healthcare will be holding a Groundbreaking Ceremony, Thursday, May 21st to kick off their hospital expansion project. The event is to take place on the east side of the hospital at 10:00 a.m.  Hawarden Regional Healthcare’s nearly $14 million project will add approximately 20,000 square feet and remodeling other parts of the facility. Jayson Pullman, CEO of the Hawarden Hospital says, “This is a huge accomplishment for the town of Hawarden, to reinvest in the hospital's infrastructure that will provide healthcare to the region for the current and future generations.  The community support for this project has been incredible".

Hawarden Regional Healthcare, a city owned facility, has been in the planning stages for expansion for the last four years.  Over $2.5 million has been raised through pledges and donations from area community members and businesses. The expansion project is largely funded by a USDA loan and by two community banks. State and local lawmakers and community members will be in attendance.

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Life Skills Executive Director Tells People Of Mental Health Funding Changes

(Le Mars) -- Last evening, the Life Skills Training Center held its annual banquet and awards recognition.  Executive Director of Life Skills, Don Nore spoke to the gathering about the many changes about to occur with the local organization that focuses attention on adult mentally challenged.  Nore says the changes involve a shift from local financing and local control to more state and federal regulations.

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Nore informed the gathering the expansion of traditional Medicaid programs that were operated through the state, now may become under the control of private entities.

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Nore says the transition is scheduled to begin on July 31st of this year, and take full effect on January 1st of 2016. He says it will mean a big difference for thousands of people.

 

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The Life Skills Executive Director urged the families and those attending last evening's banquet and awards program to contact their legislative officials, as well as to contact Governor Branstad's office and the office of the State's Health and Human Services to stay informed about the changes and how those changes will affect services to the mentally challenged.

 

 

 

Roggow Awarded Life Skills Client Achievement Award

(Le Mars) -- During last evening's Life Skills banquet, Jayme Skadeland, the Rehabilitation Manager announced this year's recipient for the Client Achievement Award.

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Roggow began working at Life Skills when it originated in 1973.  For more than a decade she has been working alongside a special volunteer creating all of the labels needed on the laundry floor.

 

 

 

Official Says Department Of Human Services Still Placing Mental Health Patients

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of the Iowa agency overseeing the proposed closings of two state mental health facilities says officials are still finding placements for some long-term patients.

Charles Palmer, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, says up to six patients in a specialized unit for the elderly at the facility in Clarinda may not have placements by June.

Gov. Terry Branstad removed funding in his budget for facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. He supports a proposal by some Republican lawmakers to keep them open through December, but it's unclear what support the measure will get from others.

Janice Scalise told lawmakers Monday her 63-year-old sister at Clarinda has yet to be placed and DHS officials have been unclear about the process. DHS officials say they're working hard.

 

 

 

 

Man And Estranged Wife Get Lengthy Prison Terms For Child Pornography

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man and his estranged wife have been handed lengthy federal prison terms on charges that they produced child pornography involving babies and young children.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 42-year-old Bradley Jensen and 37-year-old Jennifer Jensen, both Panora residents, were sentenced Friday to 32 1/2 years and 20 years in federal prison, respectively. Bradley Jensen was convicted sexual exploitation of a child and production of child pornography. Jennifer Jensen was found guilty of receipt of child pornography.

Investigation unveiled that the couple produced images of Bradley Jensen sexually abusing a 3-month-old. It also revealed Bradley Jensen made child pornography with a 6-year-old girl, whom they are both accused of sexually abusing.

Attorneys for the couple weren't available Monday for comment on the sentences

 

 

 

 


 

   

Monday Afternoon News, May 11

City Crews Busy Picking Up Downed Tree Limbs

(Le Mars) -- City crews have been busy Monday picking up tree limbs and branches that fell as a result of the strong winds from Sunday afternoon.  Scott Kneip, city public works director, explains the schedule.

 

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Kneip says if the tree fell on the parking area, it is the city's responsibility to remove.

 

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The Public Works Official says if a tree is resting on the lawn between the sidewalk and the home, then it becomes the responsibility of the homeowner to remove and dispose. Kneip says he knows of four large trees, mainly located in the southeast area of town, that had toppled due to the strong winds. Kneip reminds Le Mars residents the tree, limb, branch, and leaves disposal site located on the west side of town is open Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

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Kneip says if residents are able to place their large tree limbs that fell during Sunday's winds, alongside the curb, then the city will assist with the disposal. City crews will travel the streets Tuesday morning finishing up on the removal of downed trees.

 

 

 

Assessment Crews Study Damage After Lake City Tornado

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Assessment crews have been dispatched to gage the damage caused by a tornado that tore through a central Iowa town, uprooting trees, ripping apart the roof of the local high school and leaving shreds of pink insulation strewn throughout the streets.

The Des Moines office of the National Weather Service says a survey team arrived Monday morning in Lake City to determine the extent of damage in the area.

Stephen O'Connor with Calhoun County Emergency Management says about half of the roof of South Central Calhoun High School was ripped from the building when the twister hit. He says about 100 people were inside the high school at the time, but nobody was hurt when it ravaged the structure.

 

 

 

 

Historic Home Tour Attracts 150 People

(Le Mars) -- Nearly 150 people participated on the Historic Tour of Homes that was held on Saturday.  Le Mars Historic Commission Director, Linda Mayrose says the attendance was at the same from previous years.  She says people took advantage of the good weather, and enjoyed viewing the four homes.

 

 

 

 

Two People Arrested On Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities made two drug-related arrests following a traffic stop on Saturday evening. A Plymouth County deputy stopped a vehicle on the south end of Merrill on Highway 75 for a traffic violation.  As a result of the stop, 32 year old Corbin Tyndall of South Sioux City, Nebraska and 31 year old Adrienne Godfrey of Sioux City were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Tyndall was also arrested for Operating a vehicle while drugged, and for not having a valid driver's license.

 

 

 

29 Year Old Woman Arrested For Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

(Le Mars) -- In a separate incident, Plymouth County authorities arrested 29 year old Amanda Hiatt of Sioux City for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Hiatt was arrested shortly after midnight Sunday going into Monday.  She, too, was stopped on Highway 75 near Merrill.

 

 

 

 

Court Clerks To Be Given New Job Title

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - More than 725 court clerks who work at courthouses in Iowa's 99 counties are getting new job descriptions and titles.

Their duties are being updated to reflect changes in the way Iowa courts do business, especially the adoption of a paperless system that requires litigants to file their own court documents electronically.

The clerks' new title will be judicial specialists. Their new job descriptions show they may be expected to have a bigger role assisting judges with courtroom operations.

One goal of the changes is to increase service and efficiency in a system that sees 75,000 cases filed every year.

State court system spokesman Steve Davis says even with the revised job descriptions, trial courts will continue to be understaffed. He says the changes won't lead to job cuts.

 

 

 

 

Ernst To Host Republican "Roast And Ride"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sen. Joni Ernst is going to treat Republican presidential hopefuls to a pig roast and a motorcycle ride.

The freshman senator's political action committee on Monday announced details for a fundraiser they are calling the "Roast and Ride." The event will be held on June 6.

The confirmed attendees are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former executive Carly Fiorina.

Ernst will lead a motorcycle ride from Des Moines to the event site in Boone for those who wish to participate. Tickets to the fundraiser are $30 for adults and $12 for children.

Ernst says she hopes to hear "fresh ideas and vision" from the candidates.

 

 

 

 

Former Juvenile Home Staff Member Must Pay Fine For Abuse

TAMA, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa Juvenile Home employee who state officials say was caught on video mistreating a teenage girl must pay a $315 fine and serve a year of self-supervised probation, after which his record will be cleared.

48-year-old Robert McFatridge was convicted Monday of assault causing bodily injury after he entered an Alford plea. He was charged following a November 2012 incident at the now-closed juvenile home in Toledo.

In an Alford plea, a person doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Security cameras allegedly captured McFatridge dragging a female resident, placing her in an isolation cell and later slamming her forehead against a cement wall.

McFatridge declined to comment following his plea and sentencing Monday.

 

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Oskaloosa Downtown Buildings Destroyed By Fire

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the cause of an overnight fire in Oskaloosa is considered suspicious after a man with burns on his hands reported the blaze to police.

Fire officials responded around 2 a.m. Monday to the report of flames engulfing an Oskaloosa sporting goods store. The fire was contained by 7 a.m.

Oskaloosa Fire Chief Mark Neff says no charges have been filed in the case, though the cause of the blaze is considered suspicious. He says the man who entered the police station to report the fire is being questioned.

The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his burns.

 

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Branstad Promotes Annual Iowa Preservation Summit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is promoting an annual summit that will focus on preservation efforts around Iowa.

Branstad told reporters Monday that the Preserve Iowa Summit, now in its third year, will include sessions on best practices for community leaders to save historic buildings in the state. The event is scheduled June 25-27 and will be held in Winterset, where the community helps promote a John Wayne museum and Madison County's famous covered bridges.

The summit is being coordinated through state and local officials. It is open to the public through registration.


 


 

 

 


 

   

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