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Santorum Visits Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) -- Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited the Plymouth County Fair early Friday evening.  Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania, won the Iowa caucus four years ago.  Santorum says since Iowa has dropped the straw poll, things have changed from four years ago when he was seeking the position of president, and he has to work even harder this time to win the support of Iowans.

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Santorum, a staunch pro-lifer, says the recent undercover video showing officials of Planned Parenthood describing how they sell organs from aborted fetuses, has made him sick.

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This time around, Santorum is trailing in the polls, and may not be included in the initial Republican debate.  The republican candidate says he is not worried about the polls, but rather would like to spend time visiting with Iowans on a personal basis.

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During the last election, Santorum was able to win the support of Iowans by going door-to-door and establishing a personal relationship with the voters.  He says that is still his philosophy in order to again win Iowa.

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Ethanol Forum Held At Fairgrounds

(Le Mars) -- An ethanol forum was held at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King spoke at that forum.  King says the E-P-A extended their timetable for accepting comments on the Renewable Fuels Standard. He says the Environmental Protection Agency is not following the law as stipulated by Congress.

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King says if farmers and the ethanol industry don't have the renewable fuels standard, then ethanol may be shut out of the fuels market.

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King says the E-P-A's delay in the final decision of the renewable fuels standard is costing several investors millions of dollars.

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Investigators Still Looking For Clues 21 Years After Murder

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - The mother of a Grinnell College student slain nearly 23 years ago says she's trying to remain optimistic that investigators will solve the case.
Twenty-one-year-old Tammy Jo Zywicki's body was found in September 1992 near Springfield, Missouri, a month after her car was found in Illinois. She'd been driving back to the central Iowa school from her New Jersey home.
Her mother, JoAnn Zywicki, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that she'd been hopeful since enlisting the aid of the Philadelphia-based Vidocq Society, which is known for its interest in cold cases. But she says budget cuts are making it difficult for the investigation to progress in Illinois.
Illinois State Patrol Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla says the budget hasn't been cut and that the Zywicki case remains a high priority.

 

 

 

 

Patrol Trooper That Negotiated Contract For Hand Guns Hired By Gun Company

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Department of Public Safety employee who helped draft a proposal to buy handguns for officers was soon hired by Smith & Wesson, which later won the contract.
Ken Paradise is a central figure in a messy effort to buy new handguns, which has become a two-year headache for the department.
Emails obtained by The Associated Press under the open records law show Paradise was involved in 2013 in formulating a request for proposal for the contract. He tipped off a Smith & Wesson salesman about when the proposal would likely be released.
A spokesman says the solicitation was removed from the website within 24 hours after the department learned Paradise had a pending job application with the vendor.
The company hired Paradise soon after he left state employment.

 

 

 

 

Lottery Tickets Stolen

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old Clear Lake man has been given five years in prison for stealing Iowa lottery tickets.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Tyler Meuer was sentenced on Tuesday. Court records say he'd pleaded guilty to theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and to a weapons charge. Prosecutors dropped other charges in exchange for Meuer's pleas.
The charges stem from crimes committed on May 10 in Clear Lake.

 

 

 

 

Veterans Affairs To Get More Money For Veteran Care

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Department of Veterans Affairs officials say funding of adult day care and other skilled and nonskilled services for Nebraska and western Iowa veterans has been bolstered by belt-tightening and will continue through Sept. 30, past the scheduled cutoff.
The VA's Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System said Friday that it will pay for all current authorizations for those services for eligible veterans enrolled in VA health care.
Because of funding shortfalls, the system had planned to stop paying for those services provided by community agencies as of Saturday. But the system says its fiscal management team found ways to control expenses so the system could continue paying for the services. In addition, President Barack Obama is expected to sign a new funding bill covering the VA shortfall.


 

Presidential disaster signed for Iowa June storm damage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nineteen Iowa counties will be getting federal help in their recovery from severe storms last month that delivered high wind, tornadoes, heavy rain, hail and thunderstorms

A statement from the White House released Friday says President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration to help share the cost of emergency work, repair and replacement of facilities including roads and bridges with state and local government agencies and some nonprofit organizations.

The counties included are Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton, Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Guthrie, Howard, Jefferson, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell, Monroe, Warren, Wayne, Winneshiek, and Wright.

A state preliminary damage assessment found the weather system in Iowa June 20th through 25th caused more than $5 million in damage.

 

 

 

 

Judge Wants Suspect To Undergo Psychiatric  Evaluation

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge wants a Sioux City man charged with first-degree murder to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

District Judge Steven Andreasen has ordered 35-year-old Isack Abdinur to be evaluated to determine if he has a mental disorder that would keep him from understanding proceedings in the case. The judge says he based his order on information provided by county jail staff and Abdinur's attorney.

Abdinur has pleaded not guilty in the fatal stabbing of 43-year-old Cornelia Stead in her Sioux City apartment in June. Police say the two were romantic partners.

The Sioux City Journal reports Abdinur's trial was set to begin in September but the evaluation order will push back the date.

   

Friday News, July 31

Good Weather Helps With Fair Attendance

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Fair has benefited by having nice weather for the first couple of days.  Rich Benson, the vice president of the Plymouth County Fair Board says attendance levels have increased slightly from last year.

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Benson says in addition to the comfortable weather conditions, the fair's entertainment line-up also brought the crowds to the fair.

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Looking at today's schedule, the fair board official says a dog show and the beef show will highlight the judging.

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Fair Hall Of Fame Inductee Reflects On Past Fairs

(Le Mars) -- Long-time Plymouth County Fair board member, and now director with the Iowa State Fair, Dave Hoffman of Merrill was presented the honor. KLEM news had the opportunity to visit with Hall of Fame inductee, Dave Hoffman.  Hoffman says he has been associated with fairs his entire life.

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Hoffman says whether it ia a county fair or the state fair, he says it is the people that make a fair special.

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Hoffman says the education that a 4-H member or FFA member receives is different that the formal education found in a school setting.  However, Hoffman says the two youth-orientated organizations help develop young adults with good character.

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One of Hoffman's greatest achievements while serving on the fair board, and as its chairman, was the construction of Century Hall.  Hoffman says it was a tornado warning that helped push the board to constructing the building.

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Ethanol Forum To Be Held During Fair

(Le Mars) -- Iowa's 4th District Congressman Steve King will serve as the keynote speaker at an ethanol forum scheduled for today to be held at the Plymouth County Fair.  The forum will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will be held at the Century Hall.  Scheduled to appear at the forum will be Eamon Byrne, the CEO of Plymouth Energy of Merrill, New Holland's Pat Sexton, Kelly Manning with Growth Energy, Brian Peterson with the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Bradley Hartkopf with America's Renewable Future, State Senator Bill Anderson, and Michael Dolch, the special assistant for agriculture from U-S Senator Joni Ernst office.  Officials hope the forum may attract hopeful presidential candidates.

 

 

 

Santorum To Appear At Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about presidential candidates, apparently, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will make an appearance at the Plymouth County Fair.  Santorum, who ran for president during the last presidential campaign, and won Iowa's first in the nation caucus, is rumored to visit Le Mars this afternoon at around 4:00 p.m.  However, a check with his website did not give such indication. County Republican chairman, Don Kass, says he has not been notified directly of Santorum's appearance, but has heard that Santorum is scheduled to make an appearance.  KLEM news will try to follow up on this story.

 

 

 

 

Sex Offender Turns Himself In To Authorities

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A sex offender who failed to return to a work-release program in Sioux City has turned himself in to law enforcement.

25-year-old Michael Euchner II turned himself in to the Sioux City Police Department Thursday. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, Euchner had removed his GPS monitoring bracelet while working on July 21 and then left his job. 
Euchner is serving a lifetime sex offender special supervision sentence following the completion of a 10-year prison term for a 2009 sexual abuse conviction.
Euchner is being held in the Woodbury County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. It was not immediately clear if Euchner has an attorney.
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Parents Of Dead Boy  From Stun Gun Files Suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The parents of a man who died after being shot with stun guns by Worth County deputies have filed a lawsuit.
The  lawsuit by Larry and Cheri Zubrod was filed Wednesday. It says the deputies "punitively and sadistically" used excessive force in subduing their son, 39-year-old Michael Zubrod. The Northwood man was subjected to several stun gun jolts from deputies responding to a domestic dispute on Sept. 22, 2013. Deputies say Zubrod was using a hammer to hit his girlfriend.
Zubrod stopped breathing at the scene and was pronounced dead at a Mason City hospital.
Worth County Attorney Jeffery Greve later cleared the deputies. 
Sheriff Jay Langenbau and the county were named in the lawsuit. Greve and Langenbau declined to comment about the lawsuit.
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States May Drop The Jackson-Jefferson Fundraiser

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Democratic parties in the states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
Accelerating a trend that goes back years, committees in Georgia, Connecticut and Missouri recently distanced themselves from the slave-owning former presidents by dropping their names from the titles of annual fundraising dinners. Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - which typically attract big crowds and presidential hopefuls to their events - could be next.
In South Carolina, where the June massacre of nine black churchgoers spurred state leaders to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds, the state Democratic Party will discuss renaming the dinner in September.
State parties in Arkansas and Jackson's home state of Tennessee also are considering dinner name changes.

 

 

 

 

Trump Calls For Deportation Of 11 Million Illegal Immigrants

NEW YORK (AP) - In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return.
It's a plan Trump offers with few specifics - and one complicated by the messy realities of the nation's immigration system.
The billionaire businessman and former reality television star has shot to the top of polls in the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination in large part because of his hardline stance on immigration.
Until Wednesday, Trump largely side-stepped questions about how he would tackle an overhaul of the nation's immigration system. The issue is one that two-thirds of Republicans said was very or extremely important to them in a July Associated Press-GfK poll and also one Trump takes on regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 



   

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