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Friday News, August 21

Another Serious Accident Involving Teen Driver

(Le Mars) -- Another auto accident involving a teen driver occurred Thursday afternoon at about 3:45 p.m.  The accident happened near 160th Street and Marble Avenue, just northeast of the city limits of Le Mars.  17 year old Tyler Kennett was driving his Ford Ranger pick up truck heading east on 160th street and tried to make a right hand turn on to Marble Avenue.  Kennett stated he lost control of the vehicle an rolled into the east ditch.  Kennett was flown to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Air Care helicopter with what is believed to be serious injuries.  19 year old Troy Recker of Le Mars was a passenger with Kennett, and was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars Ambulance with unknown injuries.  The accident is being investigated by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Police, Le Mars Ambulance, and Mercy Air Care all assisted at the scene.

 

 

 

Orange City Hospital Nationally Recognized

(Orange City) -- Orange City Area Health System has been named to Becker's Hospital Review's first-ever list of "50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" in the United States. This list features Critical Access Hospitals that "have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities." According to Becker's Hospital Review, "Providing quality healthcare in a rural setting presents its own set of specific challenges, but these organizations are rising above to meet the needs of their patients.” The editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on recognitions they have received, specifically the iVantage list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, the National Rural Health Association's list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals. Orange City Area Health System has been on both of these lists the past two years.

 

 

 

 

The Browns Hope To Have Musical Theater Located In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- In the famous baseball movie "Field of Dreams", which was filmed in Iowa, there was a famous quotation that said, "If you build it, they will come."  A local musical group is hoping for the same reaction.  Shelly Brown of the family musical group "The Browns" of Merrill has confirmed the group has purchased a downtown building with the hopes of converting it to an musical theater auditorium.

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Brown says the music group doesn't think that Le Mars will become a second Branson, but she says they do hope to tap into the tourism interest of the ice cream parlor.

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Brown says she hopes the renovation and conversion of the old bank building into a musical theater will be completed by November.

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The matriarch of the The Browns says the new theater will provide for an intimate setting with just 150 seats.  She says part of the plan is to offer some dinner theater shows.

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Brown says the building's architectural features will have a separate appeal to visitors.

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Brown says the local family musical group will still continue to tour across the country.

 

 

 

Long Time Judge Passes Away

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A longtime federal judge in Iowa known for rulings that improved jail and prison conditions has died at age 91.
A statement released by the federal court for the Northern District of Iowa says Donald E. O'Brien died Tuesday at his home in Sioux City after an illness. O'Brien had continued working up until his death.
The statement released by O'Brien's colleagues calls him an extraordinary judge "known far and wide for his unsurpassed compassion, fairness and commitment to doing justice." President Jimmy Carter appointed O'Brien to the bench in 1978.
One of O'Brien's most significant rulings came in 1997, when he declared the conditions at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison to be shameful. In response, the state took steps to improve treatment for mentally ill inmates.

 

 

 

 

Bank Employee Charged With Conspiring To Rob Bank

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An employee at a bank in northwest Iowa has been accused of conspiring with an acquaintance to stage a robbery at the bank.
18-year-old Heaven Zevenbergen is charged with second-degree theft in connection with the robbery Saturday at a Security National Bank branch at a Hy-Vee supermarket.
Court documents say Zevenbergen knew 18-year-old Angelica Perez, who is accused of entering the bank in a disguise and warning Zevenbergen via a note that she was armed. Zevenbergen, then a teller at the bank, gave Perez $10,000.
Perez was arrested Wednesday and posted bail Thursday for release from the Woodbury County Jail. She faces a theft charge. Zevenbergen remains at the jail.


 

   

Thursday News, August 20

LifeServe Blood Center and KLEM Radio are teaming up for a community blood drive in LeMars today, August 20th from 3pm to 7pm. It will be held at the KC Hall, 120 1st Avenue Northeast. No appointment is necessary and all donors will receive a FREE t-shirt!

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There's a new development in the bank robbery that took place in Sioux City last Saturday.

The alleged robber and the bank teller involved in the theft live together.

Sioux City Police have arrested two female suspects in connection with the robbery.

Police say 18 year old Heaven Zevenbergen and 18 year old Angelica Perez, both of Sioux City, are charged with felony second degree theft.

The incident happened at the Security Bank branch located inside the Hy Vee located on Hamilton Bouevard just before 10am on August 15th.

Court documents say Perez entered the bank, and gave Zevenbergen, who was the teller, a note saying she was armed and demanded money.

Perez then fled on foot.

The two women live together at a Morningside address.

The suspects are in custody in the Woodbury County Jail.

 

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Authorities searching for a 19-year-old man who went missing in the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota have recovered a body.

 

The Union County Sheriff's Office says the body was discovered Wednesday afternoon in the river about 2 1/2 miles from where the man was reported missing while swimming with friends on Sunday near Elk Point.

 

The body is being sent to a Sioux Falls lab for positive identification.

 

Authorities have not released the name of the missing man.

 

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A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the death of his 2-month-old son and neglect of his two other children.

 

28 year old Michael Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges including child endangerment resulting in serious injury. The sentence is part of a plea deal.

 

According to authorities, 2-month-old Leonard Williams was taken to a hospital on April 29, 2014. Authorities say an autopsy showed the child died of malnutrition and dehydration.

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Iowa Republicans have elected new leaders for the state's House of Representatives.

The new Iowa House Speaker is Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, who is the first woman ever to hold that position in the state legislature.

Current Speaker Kraig Paulsen announced two weeks ago that he would step down from the role in January. Paulsen plans to serve the remainder of his two-year term, which runs through 2016.

The new House Majority Leader is Chris Hagenow of Windsor Heights,, the new House Majority whip is Joel Fry of Osceola and the new Assistant House Majority Leader is  Zach Nunn of Bondurant.

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The value of farm real estate in South Dakota has risen 12 percent in the past year.

 

Farm real estate value is a measurement of all land and buildings on farms. The Agriculture Department says the value in South Dakota averages $2,320 per acre, up $250 per acre from last year.

 

Cropland value averages $3,730 per acre, up 9 percent from last year. Pastureland is up 14 percent, to $980 per acre on average.

 

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Authorities are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive in a jail cell in northeast Nebraska.

 

The Cedar County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Frank Potts Jr. was found unconscious early Tuesday at the Cedar County Jail in Hartington. Officials say emergency responders attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead.

 

Potts was at the jail after he was arrested Monday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and refusing a chemical test.

 

Additional information about the death was not released. The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

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Fawn Avenue is open to traffic again in rural Plymouth County between C-38 and 200th street.

Work to replace a bridge has been completed there, and there are no other travel restrictions on that section of roadway.

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A 2 1/2-foot-long alligator listed for sale by a Sioux City teenager instead will end up at a Nebraska college.

Sioux City officials learned of the posting and soon found the 16-year-old owner, whose posting said he wanted $400 for the reptile, Allie, and Allie's 75-gallon aquarium, heat lamps and water heater.

The boy had bought the alligator from an Internet website.

Animal control officials say Iowa has barred alligators from being kept as pets.

The alligator was turned over to Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center on Tuesday.

Cindy Rarrat, who owns the center, says Allie is the third alligator her facility has received in three years.

Allie eventually will be sent to Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and become part of the school's reptile lab.

 

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