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Thursday News, October 10

Remsen-Union Students To Help With Tornado Clean Up

(Remsen) -- Remsen-Union school students will trade pencils and notepads for work gloves as they leave the classroom today, and instead will assist with clean up from last Friday's tornadoes that hit northwest Iowa.  Students from grades six through 12 will help with the aftermath clean up.  School officials believe it is a great opportunity for the students to give back to the community and provide support for those affected by last week's storms. 
Buses will depart this morning at 8:20 a.m. and the students will return at 2:30 p.m.


Sioux County Accident Results In Fatality

(Orange City) -- An auto accident in Sioux County early Wednesday morning resulted in a fatality.  The accident occurred at 4:07 a.m. on Highway 60 about five miles south of Orange City.  Zakaria Hussein Ahmed, age 24, of Minneapolis, Minnesota was driving northbound on Highway 60 when he lost control of his vehicle, entered the median and rolled several times.
Ahmed was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries.  He was transported to the Orange City hospital and was pronounced dead by the Sioux County medical examiner. 
Authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

 

Suspicious Person Arrested In Sioux County

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities were notified of a suspicious person at a residence at 350th Street northeast of Sioux Center.  A person who lives at the residence reported to sheriff's deputies that someone was outside their driveway, tampering with their vehicle.  Upon further investigation, deputies and officers from nearby police departments, located Jonathan DeBondt, age 22, of Doon, Iowa, hiding near a vehicle that was parked at the residence.  DeBondt was arrested for criminal trespassing.  Sioux Center and Rock Valley police assisted Sioux County deputies with that arrest.

 

Interstate Highway Collapses

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol says a section of Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs has collapsed, but no one was injured.
Crews were installing a pipe beneath the freeway when the three eastbound lanes collapsed Wednesday night.
Council Bluffs police say the collapse left about a 10-foot gap that was 2 to 3 feet deep.
Workers immediately called 911 and authorities were able to halt traffic and avoid injuries.
The state Department of Transportation posted a message on its website just before 9 p.m. saying lanes were blocked between Exit 1A and Exit 4.
The Department of Transportation advised that eastbound lanes from the Missouri River
bridge to the South Expressway exit would remain closed until late afternoon Thursday.

 

Governors Speak At Tri-State Conference

(Dakota Dunes, SD) -- The governors of our tri-state area met together Wednesday in Dakota Dunes for their annual conference.  Iowa's Terry Branstad was joined by Dave Heineman of Nebraska and Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota.

Heineman says the area economy remains strong as evidenced by low unemployment rates.
Nebraska has just 4.2 percent unemployment and South Dakota 3.8 percent, the third and second lowest in the country.

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Iowa's unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, 8th lowest in America. Governor Daugaard says the three states consistently rank high in many business categories.

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The governor's also discussed the federal health care mandate.  Branstad says Iowa is still waiting on federal approval for their plan.

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The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, all three, Republicans, are urging federal
lawmakers to end the partial government shutdown.  They discussed what the shutdown had done
to their states.

Daugaard and Heineman say the shutdown's chief impact has been the loss of National Guard jobs.
Daugaard also says the uncertainty caused by the shutdown "is not helpful to any of our economies."
Heineman says both parties are at fault for the situation in Washington, and Branstad says President Barack Obama should stop attacking the Republican leadership in Congress, because that lessens chances of compromise.
This was the 13th gathering of the tri-state governors.

 

New Business Opens In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- A new business is offering satellite services here in Le Mars.  Satellite Central has opened it's doors in a new location on the corner of business highway 75 and 12th Street.  General Manager Angie Galles says that the company is happy to have an office in this community.

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Satellite Central is also an Authorized Sales Agent for Frontier Communications which means your satellite service, phone and internet can all be set up at their location.
This whole week is a celebration of Satellite Central's grand opening. Daily from 9 to 11
stop in for free coffee and cookies. Tonight they're having a Chamber After 5 until 7pm, with a ribbon cutting at 5:30.  Galles says that Saturday will be an extra special day at the store.

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The kangaroo will be on site from 10-4p.  Adults can also get thier "Hopp" on with a beer tasting on Saturday afternoon.

 

Five People Have Enrolled In New Health Care Insurance Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An insurance carrier under Iowa's new health marketplace says at
least five persistent residents have signed up for insurance on the government's website.
CoOportunity Health says the people enrolled in the carrier's insurance plans by
Wednesday morning. The consumers are from Iowa City, Glidden and Clive.
The marketplaces, also known as exchanges, have been troubled by technical glitches and
delays since launching on Oct. 1. Iowa's exchange is available under the federal website.
Cliff Gold, CoOportunity Health's chief operating officer, says he's encouraged that
some people are getting through the website. He says nine Nebraska residents have also
selected policies via the new system. 
The policies go into effect on Jan. 1.
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Texas Governor Perry Will Headline Iowa Republican Fundraiser

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will headline a Republican fundraiser in
Iowa next month.
Perry will appear at a dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Polk County on Nov. 7.
The event will be held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines, with tickets starting
at $75 per person.
Perry is considering a 2016 run for president after an unsuccessful effort in 2012.
Other potential 2016 Republican contenders have also been visiting Iowa, the site of
the nation's first presidential nominating event. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand
Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum have all made appearances in recent months.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will give the keynote speech at a birthday fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad next month.

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, Oct 9

Health Fair Offers 50+ Exhibitors

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Convention Center will be converted to a health fair later today as
the Floyd Valley Hospital and Wells Enterprises present the annual "Well Aware Community Health Fair".  The health fair has free admission and more than 50 exhibitors will be on hand for the event. Health Fair Coordinator, Kari Daale says this year's health fair will feature some new exhibitors.

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Daale says the health fair will feature several specific health-related topics.

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Flu shots will also be available for $25 for those people wanting an annual flu vaccine.  The Health fair will begin at 2:00 p.m. and continue through 6:30 p.m.  
The Mercy Air Care helicopter, from Sioux City, will be on display, weather permitting, during the "Well Aware" health fair.
In addition, Le Mars Police Department and D.A.R.E. will sponsor the "Project Safe Meds" program.  Jay King of the Le Mars Police Department and D.A.R.E. officer explains "project
safe meds".

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Police will be accepting expired prescription drugs and medications, and those items should be left in the packages they were dispensed. King says only medications will be accepted for proper disposal.

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Parents will also have an opportunity to have their child's car seat checked from 2-5 p.m., courtesy of Mercy Medical Center Safe Kids, during the health fair.
Fairgoers can also obtain a wide variety of educational information on nutrition, cancer, blood and organ donation, exercise, radon detection, mental health and more.
Light refreshment and door prizes will be available at Wednesday's "Well Aware" .

 

Fewer Students Return To Community College

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Statistics show fewer students return for a second year at Iowa's community colleges than in other Midwestern states.
Iowa's retention rate of 49.9 percent also is lower than the national average. Federal data from 2010 shows Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin have higher rates.
Iowa's 15 community colleges have implemented new programs in recent years to boost retention. Those results have been mixed.
Data from Iowa Workforce Development shows only a third of the state's adults qualify
for the growing number of jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.
Robert Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College, says students who

complete the two-year degrees have more ability to command a higher wage.
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Mason City Woman Appeals Bullying Lawsuit To Supreme Court

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A woman has appealed her bullying lawsuit against the Mason City school district to the Iowa Supreme Court.
The Mason City Globe Gazette says (http://bit.ly/19zc0zx) the lawsuit filed by Heather Conti on behalf of her teenage daughter was dismissed by a Cerro Gordo County District Court
judge last month. The lawsuit filed in June 2012 says that during the previous school year,
Angelina Conti suffered harassment that was "detrimental to her physical and mental health
and substantially interfered with her academic performance."
The lawsuit says that when Heather Conti complained to school officials, they took no action to protect the teenager.
The girl later open-enrolled in a neighboring district.
The Mason City district has declined to comment on the case but has said the district enforces strict anti-bullying policies.
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Polk County Allowing "Video Visits" For Jail Inmates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in Polk County are allowing people to communicate with inmates via video without ever stepping into the jail.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office unveiled the video feature Wednesday. It allows family and friends of inmates to talk to them from their homes, offices or other remote locations.
Inmates will be given two 20-minute video visits per week.
Officials say the video will reduce lines at the jail, expand visiting hours, and limit children's exposure to the jail environment.
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Arbitrator Orders Trooper To Be Re-hired

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An arbitrator is ordering the reinstatement of an Iowa trooper who was responsible for hazing a fellow recruit during basic training in 2008.
Arbitrator Harvey Nathan says in the ruling that Joshua Guhl engaged in misconduct when he grabbed his bunkmate, handcuffed him, pulled down his pants and put powder on his buttocks.
He says Guhl plotted with other recruits in an attempt to humiliate the man and get him to quit.
But Nathan wrote that academy leaders failed to "be on top of misbehavior in the barracks." He says the academy should've uncovered and investigated the issue earlier and disciplined all the recruits who were involved.
Guhl said Wednesday that he's relieved by the ruling.

 

DOT To Disable Laptop Computers

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are deploying new software to prevent law enforcement officers from using state-issued laptops while driving.
The state Department of Transportation says the laptop in every law enforcement vehicle helps officers do their jobs, but it can also be a distraction that leads to traffic problems and accidents.
The agency says the new software disables the laptop when the car speed reaches or exceeds 15 mph. The software automatically disables or locks the laptop and its key board, mouse, and touch screen.
Officials say critical applications will continue to run. The officer's physical location is still available to other colleagues, and an officer can use one keystroke to call for help.
The new system will be in use by Nov. 1.



 

   

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