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Wednesday News, July 31

Supervisors Approve Tax Rebate For Van's Sanitation

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Supervisors approved a plan submitted by Scott Vandersluis
of Van's Sanitation to allow the recycling business an opportunity to receive a tax break for a period of five years.  Van's Sanitation is looking to expand its facilities and its business.

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Vandersluis says the expansion will mean added jobs to his business and to the community.

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Vandersluis informed the county supervisors that the wages paid to the new employees will be in the $14 to $16 per hour range.  Van's Sanitation will receive a break in county taxes that will equal approximately $8,000 over the five year term.  Van's Sanitation will appear before the Le Mars City Council during its next council meeting to request a tax rebate over the five-year period.  The supervisors were split on the vote with Guenthner, Loutsch, and Kass voting in favor of the measure and Anderson opposing it. Van's Sanitation serves the communities of Le Mars, Hinton, Akron, Westfield, Craig and Oyens.

 

Nathan Kass Selected As "Boss Of The Quarter"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday honored Nathan Kass as the Boss of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter.  Nathan is perhaps best known as the owner to the famous Le Mars eatery Bob's Drive In.  Nathan was nominated by Marie Taylor and all the employees of Bob's Drive In. Undeniably, the best quick-stop in Le Mars since 1949 for a hotdog, tavern, or a malt is Bob's Drive In.  Behind the legendary success of this business is an equally special family, and more specifically, a very outstanding boss.  Marie says in the four years she has worked at Bob's Drive In she has observed Nate's constant courteous and kind manner with his employees and his customers.  He is no doubt well suited to receive the honor of the award.

 

Four People Arrested During Fair Event

(Le Mars) -- Four people were arrested Saturday evening during an event at the Plymouth County Fair.  At about 6:15 p.m. officers noticed a fight in the grandstand area.  With the help of off-duty officers that were also in the area the fight was broken up and the parties were separated.  As a result of an investigation, it was determined that Nelson Wyrnia, age 52, of Maurice left the grandstand area and confronted a 16 year old juvenile because the youth was standing and obstructing Wynia's view.  This turned physical with Wynia bumping or pushing the juvenile and then the juvenile punching Wynia.  As a result a family member of the juvenile, Kenedy Klein, age 18 of Le Mars tried to get involved.  She was told several times to leave the area, but continued to interfere with officers.  The father of Klein, Randall Klein, age 38 of Le Mars then threatened to strike an off-duty officer that was assisting officers at the scene.  As a result, all four subjects were arrested for disorderly conduct due to fighting and they were taken to the Plymouth County Jail.  The three adults were booked into the jail and the juvenile was held pending transportation to a juvenile holding facility.

 

Spencer Man Agrees To Plea Deal

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of killing a northwest Iowa man during a fight has agreed to a plea deal that lowers his charges.
23-year-old Chase Foote pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and assault causing bodily injury. He was later sentenced to up to seven years in prison.
Foote originally faced charges of second-degree murder and willful injury in connection with the death of 44-year-old Jefferson Wilbur, of Dickens.
Wilbur's badly beaten body was found in September. He died two months later at a hospital.
Foote must pay $150,000 to Wilbur's estate as part of the sentence.


Lyon County Deputy Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teen Girl

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A former sheriff's deputy in northwest Iowa has been accused of sexually abusing a teenager.
The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Christopher Wayne Lincecum was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse.
The department began investigating Lincecum at the end of June. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Lincecum had inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl on one of two
occasions when the victim went on a ride-along with Lincecum while he worked.
Officials say Lincecum was booked and subsequently bonded out. Court records do not list an attorney.
The department says Lincecum left the department in the spring due to an unrelated matter. Additional information was not provided.

 

Construction Worker Seriously Injured In Grain Bin Accident

SLATER, Iowa (AP) - A construction worker has been seriously injured in a grain bin accident in central Iowa.
23-year-old Segoviano Israel Rodriguez, of Storm Lake, was hurt Tuesday evening when the roof of a grain bin he was helping build in Slater collapsed.
Story County officials say Rodriguez was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines with possible head and neck injuries. He was listed in serious condition.
The roof collapse was reported shortly after 6 p.m. at the Heartland Cooperative on the outskirts of Slater, a town of about 1,500.
Officials say Rodriguez was pinned under debris when the roof of the bin fell. A crane was used to lift the roof, allowing medics to remove Rodriguez.
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Salads Blamed For the Outbreak Of Cyclospora

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Iowa and Nebraska health officials say a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states.
Public health officials from both states announced their findings on Tuesday. Outbreaks of the same illness have been reported elsewhere in the U.S., but it's not clear if prepackaged salad mix is also linked to those.
Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.
Nebraska officials say the salad mix came through national distribution channels. It included iceberg and romaine lettuce, along with red cabbage and carrots.
Local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to identify exactly where the contamination originated in the food production chain and where the product was
distributed.


State Board Of Education Proposes Plan For Schools To Have Later Start

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Starting classes before September would be more difficult under a proposal being considered by the State Board of Education.
The Iowa Department of Education proposed the new rule, which will be considered by the board Thursday.
State law now requires districts to start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1, but most districts seek waivers allowing them to begin earlier.
The new rule would require districts wanting to start up to seven days early to have local school boards hold public hearings and approve resolutions saying a later start date would negatively
affect education.
Districts that want to start earlier would need to document the negative impact and back up the claim with test scores, budget information and staffing data.
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UNI Looks To Reduce Tuition Rates To Attract More Students

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Faced with slumping enrollment, the University of Northern Iowa is considering discounting tuition for students from neighboring states.
UNI President William Ruud says a tuition discount program for entire states or regions could help lure more students to the Cedar Falls campus, which is projected to have an enrollment this fall of
11,800 students. That's the school's lowest total since 1989.
The  Iowa Board of Regents would need to approve such a plan.
UNI experienced a drop in student enrollment after a major overhaul last year to close a $5 million budget gap. That included eliminating low-enrollment academic programs, cutting faculty staff
and shuttering the Malcolm Price Laboratory School, a popular teacher training hub.


 

 

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, July 30

Supervisors Approve Tax Rebate For Van's Sanitation

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Supervisors approved a plan submitted by Scott Vandersluis of Van's Sanitation to allow the recycling business an opportunity to receive a tax break for a period of five years.  Van's Sanitation is looking to expand its facilities and its business.

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Vandersluis says the expansion will mean added jobs to his business and to the community.

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Vandersluis informed the county supervisors that the wages paid to the new employees will be in the $14 to $16 per hour range.  Van's Sanitation will receive a break in county taxes that will equal approximately $8,000 over the five year term.  Van's Sanitation will appear before the Le Mars City Council during its next council meeting to request a tax rebate over the five-year period.  The supervisors were split on the vote with Guenthner, Loutsch and Kass voting in favor of the measure and Anderson opposing it. Van's Sanitation serves the communities of Le Mars, Hinton, Akron, Westfield, Craig and Oyens.

 

Le Mars Residents May Have Discolored Water

(Le Mars) -- Due to a fire sprinkler line breaking, some residents and businesses located within the southwest portion of Le Mars may experience some discoloration to their water.  The Le Mars Water Department will be flushing some of the water lines in that area to resolve the problem.  At times, residents and businesses may also experience some low water pressure.


State Board Of Education Reviews Plan To Start School Later

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Starting classes before September would be more difficult under a proposal being considered by the State Board of Education.
The Iowa Department of Education proposed the new rule, which will be considered by the board Thursday.
State law now requires districts to start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1, but most districts seek waivers allowing them to begin earlier.
The new rule would require districts wanting to start up to seven days early to have local school boards hold public hearings and approve resolutions saying a later start date would negatively
affect education.
Districts that want to start earlier would need to document the negative impact and back up the claim with test scores, budget information and staffing data.
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UNI Considering Lowering Tuition In Hopes To Attract More Students

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Faced with slumping enrollment, the University of Northern Iowa is considering discounting tuition for students from neighboring states.
UNI President William Ruud says a tuition discount program for entire states or regions could help lure more students to the Cedar Falls campus, which is projected to have an enrollment this fall of
11,800 students. That's the school's lowest total since 1989.
The Iowa Board of Regents would need to approve such a plan.
UNI experienced a drop in student enrollment after a major overhaul last year to close a $5 million budget gap. That included eliminating low-enrollment academic programs, cutting faculty staff
and shuttering the Malcolm Price Laboratory School, a popular teacher training hub.

 

Juveniles Accused Of Assaulting Staff At Detention Center

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Two teenagers at a juvenile detention center in Waterloo have been accused of assaulting staff while trying to escape.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says the teens attacked staff at the Northeast Iowa Juvenile Detention Center on Monday. The 14-year-old and 16-year-old are accused of striking staff with chairs, punching them and biting them.
Officials say the teens had taken a set of keys from a staff member. They had opened a door but were subdued before leaving an outside door.
Staff members were injured but they were not hospitalized. The teens were taken to the Black Hawk County Jail. They face several assault charges.


Branstad's Lawyers Want Discrimination Law Suit Dismissed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for Gov. Terry Branstad want a discrimination lawsuit against the governor dismissed in federal court.
Branstad's attorneys appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines. They say the lawsuit filed by Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey this year is similar to a suit he
filed in state court last year.
Branstad's attorney George A. LaMarca says the case has been in the state court system for 18 months and this is "another bite at the apple."
But attorney Roxanne Conlin, who is representing Godfrey, says the systems are different.
Godfrey claims Branstad discriminated against him by cutting his salary after he declined to quit his job, and that he was singled out because he is gay. The state suit is currently on hold.

 

Gronstal Says He Will Not Run For Governor

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - State Sen. Mike Gronstal says he won't seek the Democratic nomination for governor and instead will focus on maintaining a Democratic majority in the Iowa Senate.
Gronstal made his announcement Monday night in Council Bluffs and then issued a news release repeating his decision Tuesday.
Gronstal, the majority leader who has represented Council Bluffs in the Legislature since 1983, acknowledged previously he was considering running for governor.
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad hasn't announced whether he'll seek re-election, but he's been raising money and hiring campaign workers.
Gronstal says his decision was difficult because of what he called, "Governor Branstad's poor leadership and lack of results."
Cedar Rapids state Rep. Tyler Olson is seeking the Democratic nomination, and Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is considering a run.

 

Flags To Be Lowered To Honor Colonel Day

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all U.S. flags in Iowa flown at half-staff in honor of retired Col. George "Bud" Day, an Iowa native who died last week.
Branstad made the order for flags flown from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
The funeral for Day, who died Saturday at age 88, will be held Thursday in Shalimar, Fla. He will be buried in Barrancas National Cemetery at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Day was born in Sioux City and was one of the nation's most highly decorated servicemen, earning more than 70 medals during service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Among his honors was
the Medal of Honor for escaping his captors for 10 days after the aircraft he was piloting was shot down over North Vietnam.

 

Allegient Air Announces New Non-stop  Flights From Iowa To Florida

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Allegiant Air has announced plans to offer a nonstop flight between Cedar Rapids and the Punta Gorda and Ft. Meyers area in Florida.
The airline says the direct flights from the Eastern Iowa Airport will begin Dec. 18 with two non-stop flights per week.
Fares will be as low as $99.99 each way for ticket purchased by Aug. 6 for travel by Feb. 11, 2014.
The new service will become Allegiant's fifth nonstop service from Cedar Rapids. That includes trips to Las Vegas, Orlando, Mesa, Ariz., and the Tampa area.








   

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