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Friday News, April 10

Log Cabin To Move To Museum

(Le Mars) -- Sometime within the next few months, the Joy Hollow log cabin will be moving from its present location at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds to its new home at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  Last evening during the Plymouth County Fair Board meeting, Grant Hanstein of Le Mars shared with the fair board, the plan as presented by the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Hanstein informed the fair board that the museum board did decide to take ownership of the 115 year old log cabin.  Fair officials voted to allow the museum to be moved.  Fair board president, Tony Schroeder expressed his opinion about the cabin with fair officials echoing his sentiments.

 

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Schroeder says the fair board is fiscally conservative and they didn't feel as though they wanted to invest the money needed to repair the log cabin.

 

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Hanstein informed the fair board that the museum has been able to raise $31,375 from 102 donors, enough to cover the costs of moving the cabin, and begin the restoration process. Eva Mouw of Le Mars appealed to the fair board to consider keeping the cabin at the Plymouth County fairgrounds.

 

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She continued to say, the fair grounds is where the cabin belongs.

 

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Mouw said it was the intention of the Girl Scouts organization when they gifted the cabin to the fair board, more than ten years ago, when the cabin was first moved to the fairgrounds that the cabin would remain at the fairgrounds.

 

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Fair board director, Candice Nash responded to Mouw's plea by informing her, the fair board is not a preservationist.  She pointed out that it is the job of the museum is to serve as preservationist. She continued to say the fair board recently invested $18,000 to repair the famous round barn. Nash also informed Mouw the space would not be used for commercial exhibits, but rather it is being planned to expand a children's stage.

 

 

Tornadoes Hit Eastern Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Severe weather making its way across eastern Iowa has produced at least one tornado.

The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado was located around 5:25 p.m. Thursday in rural Donahue, which is about 15 miles north of Davenport.

Meteorologist John Haase says there were no reports of structural damage. He says the tornado caused some blown-over semitrucks and uprooted or damaged trees. Hail as large as ping pong balls was predicted in the area.

The Weather Service says it received multiple reports of tornadoes later Thursday evening in Scott and Clinton counties. There were no injuries reported. Damage included downed trees and power lines and an overturned semi-trailer.

Meteorologist Rich Kinney says storm survey crews will be headed to the area Friday morning.

 

 

 

High Speed Broadband Internet Bill Passes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation aimed at expanding high-speed Internet in Iowa continues to move forward this session, though lawmakers agree there will be some changes to the bill.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously Thursday for a bill that would create a 10-year property tax relief program for service providers that add infrastructure for broadband, also known as high-speed Internet. It now heads to the full House.

The bill would create a grant program funded with federal and private money. It originally had $5 million in state dollars, but that was stripped away earlier in the session after some lawmakers expressed concern about its sustainability.

A similar bill is being considered in the Senate. Lawmakers overseeing both bills say they expect to align the legislation and make changes.

 

 

 

Republican Candidates Court Home School Families

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Eight years after Mike Huckabee tapped the support of evangelical home-schooling families as part of his winning coalition in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, a lineup of GOP hopefuls is seeking to duplicate that effort.

Five Republican prospects courted homeschool families in Des Moines on Thursday at an annual gathering sponsored by the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators. While the number of homeschoolers in the state may be small, they are viewed as a well-organized subset of the evangelical population.

In attendance at an afternoon panel discussion were Huckabee as well as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry came to a portion of the program at the state Capitol earlier in the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

Thursday Afternoon News, April 9

April Is Recognized As Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(Le Mars) -- April is designated as Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, and on Tuesday, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors heard a report from Courtney McCrellias as she related the statistics involving Plymouth County. McCrellias serves as the sexual assault advocate for the county.  She says sexual violence has a profound impact on victims, both for the short-term and the long-term for their physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health.

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McCrellias says Plymouth County has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking help after being sexually violated.

 

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The sexual abuse advocate says she is helping both women and men.  She says the people seeking assistance are not just talking about a recent occurrence, but many talk about incidents that happened years ago.

 

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McCrellias says sexual abuse and domestic violence are the least reported crimes.


Additional Artwork On Display In Alleys

(Le Mars) -- Additional alley art projects have been erected by city officials.  Richard Ziettlow, a volunteer with the Le Mars Main Street Organization has helped organize the Alley Art project. He says there are numerous new painted artwork.

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Ziettlow says several Le Mars residents have shared positive comments about the various murals and alley art projects, but Ziettlow says the artwork has also had an impact on visitors to Le Mars.

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The Main Street Organization volunteer says additional projects are being planned for later this spring and summer which will require additional volunteers.

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Ziettlow says he knew the the Le Mars Alley Art project was a big project when it was first started, but he admits it has expanded beyond his initial expectations.

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Solid Waste Company Pays Fine For Illegal Dumping

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa waste company has paid a $100,000 fine for illegally dumping trash into its landfill in Sheldon.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's office said Thursday that the Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency made the payment in a lawsuit filed in 2013 on behalf of the state Department of Natural Resources. A judge approved the payment Wednesday.
According to the lawsuit, the company dumped 300,000 tons of solid waste over a six-month period into unauthorized landfill cells at the Northwest Iowa Area Sanitary Landfill. The lawsuit claims the cells had no liners or water collection systems, as required by state law.
The lawsuit also alleges the agency began construction without first obtaining state permits.
The company says a contracted engineer had affirmed that the landfill was in compliance.


Several Lawmakers Skip Out On Wiccan Prayer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Many of Iowa's House lawmakers opted to skip a prayer offered by a member of the Wiccan faith.
The prayer Thursday by Deborah Maynard, a Wiccan from Cedar Rapids, was a break from tradition. Cedar Rapids Democratic Rep. Liz Bennett, who invited Maynard, says she thinks it was the first time a Wiccan gave the invocation.
The prayer is typically handled by religious leaders or citizens invited by lawmakers.
At least half the 100 lawmakers were not present in the House chamber. The Christian conservative group the Family Leader organized an alternate prayer service in the Capitol.
In a one-minute prayer, Maynard said she hoped lawmakers would be "passionate about the work" and seek to find "thoughtful solutions."
The Wiccan religion is shaped by pagan beliefs and practices.


Track Coach Recovering After Being Shocked

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A high school track coach has been recovering at a hospital since being shocked while preparing for a track meet.
Williamsburg High School girls track coach Nick Nordheim told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG that he remembers moving a field goal post on Sunday and then nothing until waking up in a room at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
School athletic director Curt Ritchie says either boy's track coach Matt Matthes and Nordheim came into contact with an electrical wire or electricity arced down from the wire. Nordheim was knocked out, but Matthes was not injured and was able to pull Nordheim away from the goal post.
Nordheim's feet were badly burned, as were spots on his arms and the rest of his body.


Liberal Law School

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A woman who says the University of Iowa law school passed her over for jobs because of her conservative beliefs has to divulge details about the book she's writing about her long-running lawsuit.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Helen Adams ruled Wednesday that university lawyers can obtain Teresa Wagner's book contract, manuscript and related documents before a second trial in the case in June.
Wagner revealed the book contract during a recent speech.
An assistant attorney general representing the university petitioned a court to obtain the contract, a manuscript she made available at the speech and correspondence related to both.
Wagner's lawyer argued that the materials were irrelevant to allegations that she was passed over for faculty positions several years ago.
Adams says recent statements Wagner made about the case are relevant.


Jury Being Selected For Legislator Sex Abuse Case

GARNER, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection has resumed in the trial of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of raping his wife, who prosecutors say was unable to consent to sex because she suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Attorneys continued questioning potential jurors Thursday for the case against 78-year-old Henry Rayhons, who is charged with third-degree sexual abuse. Prosecutors allege he had sex with his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, in May at a Garner nursing home after staff there told him his wife was no longer mentally capable of consenting.
Donna Lou Rayhons died in August, and the charges were filed days after she died.
Henry Rayhons served nine terms as a Republican state representative.
Of 78 potential jurors, 10 were dismissed Wednesday because of conflicts, and 19 were questioned by attorneys.
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Tenant Sued For House Fire

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ordered a woman to pay more than $61,000 to her former landlord's insurance company, finding her at fault for a fire that destroyed a rented house in Mason City.
Judge DeDra Schroeder made the ruling Tuesday against Becky Sehlstrom, who'd been sued by State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. The company sued Sehlstrom after the fire on Nov. 17, 2011.
The Mason City Fire Department says the fire was caused by a pan of oil left on a stove. The lawsuit says Sehlstrom was negligent and that the fire would not have ignited and spread if she'd taken reasonable care with the pan of oil and the stove.
Court documents say State Farm already has paid the landlord's claim.
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