Wednesday News, November 25
Texas Man Arrested In Plymouth County
(Le Mars) -- On Monday, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Hendrickson, age 34 of Austin, TX for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a controlled substance. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was called to the area of Juniper Ave and 200th St west of LeMars for a vehicle in the ditch. Upon arrival, deputies located Hendrickson and found him to be impaired. He was also in possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription. He was charged with operating while impaired 1st offense and possession of a controlled substance, both serious misdemeanors. The defendant was jailed at the Plymouth County Jail and bond was set at $1,000.
Juvenile Arrested For Intoxication And Possession
(Le Mars) -- Last Friday, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office referred Craton L. Clouse, age 17, to the Plymouth County Juvenile Courts for Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Clouse was located on Highway 75 near Harness Road after his vehicle ran out of gas.
School Board Learns About STAR Assessments
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education was able to learn about the STAR Assessment testing program being utilized in the Le Mars Middle and High Schools. The program is an advanced computer program that allows students the opportunity to develop and enhance their reading skills. Kristine Babor talks more about the reading assessment program.
Babor says the program is adaptive.
The three teachers conducting the presentation informed the school board that there is no way students can cheat, since the program selects questions at random.
Thanksgiving Meal To See Slight Increase In Costs
(Des Moines) -- The cost of this year's Thanksgiving meal should see only a slight increase over last year. That's according to a recent study conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Each year, for the past 30 years, the Farm Bureau conducts a nationwide survey to determine the cost of the traditional holiday meal for ten people. Dave Miller serves as the research director for the Iowa Farm Bureau. He says although the price of turkey has risen, due primarily to the avian bird flu, milk prices have fallen which has kept the overall cost fairly consistent to last year.
Miller says the turkey and the milk were the major price changes from a year ago. He says the other food items associated with a Thanksgiving meal saw only minor changes.
This year's holiday feast is on average about 70 cents higher than last year. Miller says despite the small increase, it is still quite affordable to feed ten people the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The survey shopping list includes the turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of celery and carrots, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk in quantities sufficient to feed ten people.
Increased Security Expected At Hawkeye-Husker Football Game
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is adjusting its security measures at Memorial Stadium for the football game against Iowa on Friday.
Officials are asking fans to arrive early to expedite entry before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Gates open at 1 p.m.
Some gates will not be available for entry. Gates 6 and 8 will be closed, while Gates 1, 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22 will close at kickoff. Fans whose tickets display a gate that is closed should use the next available open gate.
Fans will be required to open outer garments for visual inspection. Blankets will be permitted.
The university said the security measures are not related to any specific threat and are consistent with adjustments being made at other sites following recent international events.
Iowa City To Offer New Shelter House
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Space has been donated for a temporary homeless shelter in Iowa City this winter.
Shelter House executive director Crissy Canganelli says the shelter could house up to 30 people a night, operate for 13 weeks and could open as soon as Dec. 14. The space is across a street from Shelter House.
The emergency shelter is for people with substance abuse issues and others who can't or won't stay at Shelter House.
Canganelli says Shelter House normally provides 70 beds a night and recently gained permission to add 20 overflow beds.