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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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Thursday News, April 9

Fair Board To Meet This Evening - Fate Of Log Cabin To Be Decided

(Le Mars) -- Tonight, the Plymouth County Fair board is scheduled to meet for its monthly meeting, and the fate of the 115 year old Joy Hollow log cabin will be decided.  The cabin presently is located on the fair grounds. But, the fair board has expressed it either would like to demolish the historical log cabin, or have it moved.  Members of the Plymouth County Historical Museum, known as "Friends of the Joy Hollow Log Cabin" have been collecting money and pledges to help save the cabin.  Some people have expressed an interest in having the cabin remain at the fairgrounds, but utilizing the collected funds to help restore the cabin.  The estimated cost to move the log cabin is about $9,000 and the cost to fully restore the cabin has been estimated at $35,000 although that cost could be lowered with volunteer assistance.  Several area boy scouts have shown interest in restoring the log cabin as an possible Eagle Scout badge project. The fair board is expected to act on the future of the log cabin as to whether they will transfer the ownership and allow it to be moved, or go ahead with its initial plans to tear down the aging structure.

 

 

 

Museum Board Votes To Save The Cabin

Le Mars) -- Meanwhile, The Plymouth County Historical Museum Board has voted to move the old log cabin that once faced demolition to a site at the museum. Grant Hanstein, a director with the Historical Museum explains the vote.

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The museum's board voted Wednesday to move the cabin from the fairgrounds, although as Hanstein says, the fair board will still have the final say on the matter.

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Hanstein says more than $31,000 has already been received in pledges to help move and restore the cabin.  He says that amount is close to the goal the museum had to proceed with the project.

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Mayor Kirchoff Proclaims April To Be "Volunteer Month"

(Le Mars) -- During the Le Mars City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Mayor Dick Kirchoff informed the gathering that April 7th was proclaimed to be "National Mayor's Day".  Kirchoff took the opportunity to officially proclaim April as "Volunteer Month" for the city of Le Mars.  Kirchoff says volunteers of all kinds have helped make the city of Le Mars as wonderful as it can be.  Mayor Kirchoff presented the proclamation to Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Main Street Organization and Chamber of Commerce.  Reynolds accepted the proclamation on behalf of all Le Mars volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Meis Named Goldwater Scholar

(Ames) -- An Iowa State University student with ties to Le Mars has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering.  Catherine Meis, the daughter of David and Linda Meis of Le Mars is a third-year student, majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bio-engineering.  The Goldwater recognizes students

of outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in research. Meis will graduate in December of 2016.  With a long-time interest in medicine, she wants to pursue a PhD. and research the bio-medical applications of materials.  Meis says she is interested in developing the material building blocks to make medical devices.  Meis has worked in the laboratories of her Iowa State University Honors Program.

 

 

Additional Alley Art Now On Display

(Le Mars) -- Additional alley art projects have been erected by city officials.  Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Main Street Organization says new art pieces with a golf theme have been added to the backside of Hugo's.  Two new dragons that have to be kept behind the barred windows are featured in the alley of the Green Tea Chinese/Japanese restaurant.  Reynolds reports there are new paintings behind the Le Mars Daily Sentinel building, as well as new paintings are featured in the alley behind Northwest Bank and Timmy's Catering.

 

 

 

Sioux City Man Arrested For Having Meth In Basement

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has been arrested after authorities say they found a meth lab at his home.

Police say the 48-year-old man was arrested on several charges including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. They say the man had earlier sold 2 grams of meth to an undercover informant working with Sioux City police.

The suspect is being held in the Woodbury County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. He has a court appearance scheduled for later this month.

During a search of the man's basement, authorities say they found camping fuel, lithium batteries and syringes. They also found 20 grams of meth and 7 grams of marijuana.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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