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Friday Afternoon, February 8

Le Mars Dialysis Center Celebrates A Year of Service

(Le Mars) -- Its been about a year since the Le Mars Dialysis Center started accepting patients, and Le Mars Dialysis Center President, Randy Reardon says its time to celebrate.
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Part of that celebration will be a dance at the Upper Level of the Le Mars Convention Center featuring the "Singer Somethin' Blue Band".
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Reardon says the local dialysis center is currently seeing 23 patients, but it can handle up to at least 48 patients.  Reardon talks about how the dialysis center was organized in Le Mars.
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Tickets for tomorrow evening's event are $25 with the proceeds going to help the dialysis center.  That dance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Woman Steals From University

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - A 28-year-old woman has been accused of stealing from Ashford University while working at the college in Clinton.
The Clinton Herald reports that Stacy Powers, of Camanche (kuh-MANCH'), was student development and activities coordinator for Ashford between August 2008 and April 27, 2012, when she was placed on administrative leave.
Records say an Ashford official told police that Powers made unauthorized withdrawals from the student government account and made unauthorized purchases with a debit card.
Powers' attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.

Coralville Approves Bridge

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Johnson County supervisors have approved an $8.9 million contract to replace a bridge over Coralville Lake.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG says the board voted 4-0 for the project on Thursday.
The 562-foot-long Mehaffey Bridge connects North Liberty and Solon. The federal government has classified the nearly 60-year-old bridge as structurally deficient, needing significant repairs or
Supervisor Pat Harney says the county has tried for five years to get funding help from the federal government but didn't succeed.
The Iowa Transportation Department says a daily average of more than 3,400 vehicles use Mehaffey Bridge.
Work is expected to start this spring and take two years.


Dubuque To Participate in EPA Study

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A city in Iowa and two in Nebraska have been chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency to receive assistance to implement programs for greener streets and improved
storm water management.
The EPA says Bellevue, Neb., will get help to create a green streets strategy. Omaha, Neb., was awarded assistance in evaluating ways to get better economic results from private development and
public investments.
In Iowa, Dubuque will receive assistance for a project designed to help reduce storm water runoff and incorporate green elements into a restoration project along the Mississippi River.
Program recipients were announced Thursday.
Assistance in the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities includes a visit from a team of national experts organized by EPA and other federal agencies. It also includes workshops and
consultations with decision-makers.

Branstad Pardons Pig

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is pardoning a 2-month old pig from a central Iowa farm in celebration of a popular festival.
Branstad will pardon the Berkshire breed Friday morning at the governor's mansion in Des Moines. The pardon will be ahead of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival scheduled for Saturday at the Iowa State
The pig will be named Bonnie and she will later be returned to a farm in State Center that works under Eden Farms. A spokesman for the Des Moines-based coalition of independent family farmers says
Bonnie is expected to become a pet and enjoy the great outdoors.
Attendees ate 6,000 pounds of bacon at the festival last year. Tickets for this year's event sold out in three minutes.





Friday News, February 8

Denny Callahan Honored By Le Mars Community Schools

(Le Mars) -- Last evening during halftime of the Le Mars Bulldogs and Sioux City East men's basketball game, our own Denny Callahan was honored for his forty years of broadcasting games of the Le Mars Bulldogs, Gehlen Jays, and the former Westmar College Eagles.  Le Mars Community Activities Director Barry Borchers presented the award to both Denny and his wife Jeri, who assists Denny with his broadcasts by keeping statistics. 
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The plaque reads: "With great admiration and appreciation, the LHS and public booster clubs of the Le Mars Community Schools would like to thank Denny Callahan for your forty years of dedication and loyalty to the Bulldog Athletic Boosters and the Le Mars Community schools."

Congratulations Denny, and oh by the way, Happy Birthday.

Four People From Hospers Arrested For Drug Paraphernalia

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities have arrested four people in connection with drug paraphernalia and identity theft.  The arrests was made on Tuesday following an investigation.  Those arrested include: 19 year old Chelsea Hakeneis, 18 year old Matthew Zinnel, 18 year old Victoria Guadalupe-Villarreal, all of Hospers, IA.  They were each charged with  possession of drug paraphernalia.  Christian Vargas-Ortiz, age 20, of Hospers was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft and two counts of forgery.  Upon further investigation deputies determined that Vargas-Ortiz had gained employment at Hickory Hill Farms LLC near Hospers by using another person’s identity.


Sioux City Man Sentenced To 75 Years For Murder

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old Sioux City man has been given 75 years in prison for murder and attempted murder.
James Kroll Jr. had pleaded guilty to the charges last month. Kroll was sentenced on Thursday in Woodbury County District Court.
Authorities say Kroll used a crowbar to beat 54-year-old Jeffrey Moravek to death and seriously injure 54-year-old Mary Tope after breaking into Tope's home in June.
Police say Tope's daughter, Emily, was in the house at the time and identified Kroll, her former boyfriend. Court papers say Kroll was distraught that their relationship had ended. She was not

Dialysis Center To Celebrate With Fund Raising Dance

(Le Mars) -- Its been about a year since the Le Mars Dialysis Center started accepting patients, and this Saturday, the Dialysis Center's board of directors will hold a Valentine's fund raising dance to be held at the Le Mars Convention Center.  The featured band is "Singer Somethin' Blue Band".  The evening's activities will begin at 7:30 p.m.   Funds raised to support the Dialysis Center in Le Mars.  Cost is $25 per ticket with a chance to win $500 CASH.


Cherokee Community Theater Presents "Doubt: A Parable"

(Cherokee) -- There are a few interesting events going on in Cherokee this weekend.  Friday is opening night for Cherokee Community Theater's new show "Doubt, A Parable."  "Doubt" focuses around 4 characters including a priest, 2 nuns and the mother of a student at Catholic School.  The priest is accused of sexual misconduct, and as the show unravels the audience is presented with more questions than answers.  "Doubt" was popularized as a movie in 2007 starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep.   The Cherokee Community Theater's production runs this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 with a Sunday matinee at 2 and continues next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and is under the direction of Andrew and Pamela Linn.

Also in Cherokee this Saturday at the Sanford Museum, learn about Charles Drouillard: hunter, interpreter and sign talker for Lewis and Clark.  Darrel Draper will be portraying the half French, half Shawnee Indian who helped Lewis and Clark talk to Indians, hunt and generally keep them safe on their expedition.  Admission is free for this event at the Sanford Museum on Saturday and begins at 7:30pm.

Iowa Businesses Given Help To Win Contracts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A plan to give Iowa businesses help to win some state purchasing contracts is getting support from Democratic legislators.
Under the legislation touted Thursday by Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, if an in-state firm bids slightly higher than an out-of-state business to provide goods, then the state would have
to offer the local firm the opportunity to match the lower bid.
Mathis says the change would apply to purchases of under $500,000 for items like office supplies or computers. She says the plan, which failed to get approval last year, would help Iowa
business owners.
Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says House lawmakers will consider the bill if it passes the Senate, but he says he has gotten feedback that Iowa employers are concerned about the


Historic Valentine's Options

(Des Moines) -- If you're ready to give your loved one a historic Valentine's Day- Then look no farther than Mason City, Perry and Davenport where you'll find Iowa's historic lodging properties. 
If your sweetheart is an architecture buff then you might want to stay at the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City. Park Inn is the last remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the world!  It's gone through extensive renovation in the recent past as well.
Or if your Valentines nostalgia aligns itself more with the whimsy of bowling, get a room at the Hotel Pattee in Perry.  With 40 decorated theme rooms, the hotel features a 2 lane bowling alley built to replicate the original bowling alley that was in the hotel when it was first constructed.
For the pure history buff, how about a room where Carey Grant, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon or Jack Dempsey stayed?  The Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport would be the place.  This hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, and now old meets new!  If an overnight stay isn't needed, but you'd still like to make your Valentines Day historic  there's a Valentine Dinner Train traveling through the Des Moine River Valley next week on 4 different evenings. The two hour ride includes dinner.


Judge To Review Voter Registrations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Voter fraud cases against several Iowans could be in trouble if a district court judge rules Iowa's voter registration form is illegal.
The attorney for a Council Bluffs man charged with election misconduct says the voter registration form has smaller type at the bottom where the person signing certifies citizenship. State law requires the print on the form to be uniform throughout.
Attorney David Richter says Pottawattamie County prosecutors stipulated at a hearing Monday that the type differs. He expects a judge to find the form illegal.
If the judge believes that justifies dismissal of charges against Richter's client, Albert Harte-Maxwell, prosecution in similar cases could be in trouble.
Five other people are charged with election misconduct for registering to vote without U.S. citizenship, a felony in Iowa.


School Threat Diversion For Bank Robbery

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in northern Iowa say they believe a school threat was called in as a diversion for a nearby bank robbery.
The Fort Dodge Police Department briefly locked down the Fort Dodge Community School District Thursday after Feelhaver Elementary School received a verbal threat by phone.
Police say at the same time, there was a bank robbery at a Citizens State Bank in Fort Dodge. Authorities say the suspect fled the scene on foot and remains at large. No injuries have been
Authorities and school officials say they believe the threat was a diversion for the bank robbery. They do not believe there was a real threat to any schools.


West Des Moines City Council Discusses Banning Fruits & Vegetables Raised in Yards

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The West Des Moines City Council is dropping plans to consider banning residents from planting fruits and vegetables in their front yards.
The Des Moines Register reports Mayor Steve Gaer says a resident who initially brought the issue to city council members has withdrawn his complaint. The council then decided not to move
forward with any action.
Gaer says residents have expressed concern that such a ban would infringe on their rights as property owners.
The resident complained last fall about his neighbor's front yard. A council subcommittee met Wednesday and had discussed plans to study the issue further.


Legislature Discusses Helmets For Moped Drivers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Friends of a young Iowa woman killed in a mo-ped accident are urging lawmakers to approve a law requiring helmets for underage mo-ped drivers.
College students Leah Murray and Olivia Lofgren testified before a state Senate subcommittee Thursday on behalf of legislation to require helmets for mo-ped drivers under 18. Both say they want to prevent an accident like the one that killed their friend Caroline Found in 2011.
Found died after she lost control of her mo-ped and hit a tree.  The 17-year-old from Iowa City was not wearing a helmet.
The subcommittee approved the legislation, which now gets committee review. Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom called the approval a victory. But he noted the measure will have a tough
road, given the Legislature's reticence to approve helmet laws.

U of I Mistakenly Sent Out Students GPA's In Email

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa is apologizing after a temporary employee mistakenly sent an email to 2,000 students that included a document showing all of their grade point
The school said Thursday that students served by the Center for Diversity and Enrichment received the e-mail Wednesday that included a data attachment with their names, number of credit hours
and grade point averages.
University officials apologized to students, saying they understand the breach "may have caused undue stress." The university said counseling resources were available and that steps were "being taken to remedy the situation and to ensure that such mistakes do not occur again."
Students have been instructed to delete the attachment, and shred any copies they printed out because personal grade information is protected under federal student privacy law.











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