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Saturday News, November 15

Le Mars Man Arrested On Burglary

(LeMars)-- Nicholas Madsen, age 19 of Le Mars, IA was arrested at the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office on a warrant for 2 counts of Burglary 3rd.  He was booked into the Plymouth County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

 

Obama To Use Executive Powers


(Washington) -- President Obama has said he intends to use his executive powers to approve a plan allowing millions of undocumented immigrants, that have come to live in the United States, to be given legal status.  Many in Washington, especially Republicans, are opposed to offering what they call "amnesty" to illegal aliens.  One concern is the cost factor.  US Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews-Burwell estimates American taxpayers are paying between $250 and $1000 per child every day to house, feed and clothe children of undocumented immigrants.  During his weekly news conference, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says, if the estimates are accurate, he is astonished, and questions why it's so expensive.

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Board Of Regents Approved Plan To Restructure 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The governing board for Iowa's three public universities has approved plans for an administrative restructuring that could cut up to 250 positions and save millions. 
     The cuts are expected to be achieved through attrition and retirements over two years at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.  
     The Board of Regents voted during a conference call Friday to move forward with plans to centralize how human resources, information technology and finance services are delivered. In many instances, employees will provide those functions across the universities as part of teams rather than working for specific programs. Technology and process changes should reduce the amount of employees needed.
      The proposals were recommended by Deloitte Consulting, which was hired by the board to conduct an efficiency review.

 

Callender Unsure Of What To Do With Old Elevator


CALLENDER, Iowa (AP) - The small city of Callender is unsure what to do with an old grain elevator that was partially dismantled by a company that went out of business.
      The grain elevator has been in Callender since the early 1900s and was set to be torn down last year. Mayor Randy Hanson said the elevator has been empty for at least 10 years.
      The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the structure was sold a few years ago to MidStates Millwright & Builders Inc. It hired a Kentucky firm that's now out of business to tear down the building and recycle the material. 
     Mid-States president Kevin Vier said he doesn't know what will happen next for the grain elevator. 
      The Callender City Council is expected to discuss what to do with it at its Tuesday meeting.

   

Friday Afternoon News, November 14

Le Mars Chamber Holiday Dollars Are Sold Out

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is reporting that all Chamber Holiday dollars have been sold.  Each of the three catergories are now gone.  The Chamber sold a total of $240,000 to local residents, offering as much as a 15 percent discount.

 

POET Ethanol Officer Says Ethanol Production Needs To Expand

(Kansas City) -- With U-S farmers expected to harvest a record 14 billion bushel corn crop, and prices have been cut in half of what they were a year ago, an ethanol industry official believes the answer to reducing the corn surplus and increasing corn demand is to expand the ethanol market.  Jeff Broin serves as C-E-O to Poet, the nation's leading ethanol producer based in Sioux Falls.

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Broin says farmers need to understand there is a battle for marketshare in the fuels industry between agriculture and the petroleum industry.

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Broin says the Environmental Protection Agency has stalled with its decision regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard, and that too, has led to a decline in ethanol production.

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The ethanol official was asked what Washington can do to help pump up the ethanol demand, especially since E-15 has already been approved.

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This past summer Poet started its cellulosic bio-mass ethanol production at Emmetsburg, entitled "Project Liberty", and Broin believes every corn grain ethanol processing facility should be equipped to handle bio-mass material.

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Healthcare Sign Up Begins Saturday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The sign up period to get benefits under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul kicks off Saturday.
     The second enrollment period to get benefits starts Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. A poorly functioning website and public confusion caused problems during the first enrollment period, but officials are hopeful things will run more smoothly this time. 
     Just over 29,000 people signed up for health insurance in Iowa using the federal insurance marketplace during the first enrollment period. 
     The health care law was designed to reduce the number of people without health insurance, both through an expansion of Medicaid and with new health care marketplaces where people can shop for private coverage and apply for government aid to pay premiums.

 

Iowa State University Professor Says He Will Appeal Judge's Decision

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University math professor says he'll appeal a judge's recommendation that he be fired for poor performance.
     Moulay Tidriri says he'll submit the appeal to ISU President Steven Leath soon. Legal briefs filed in September detail his claims that the university's disciplinary case against him has been malicious and unwarranted. 
     Administrative Law Judge Carol Greta ruled Oct. 27 that Tidriri should be fired, saying his teaching, research and service were unacceptable from 2008 to 2013. The decision was to become final in 20 days without an appeal.
     Tidriri argues that another professor initiated the disciplinary case while Tidriri was suing him - a conflict of interest. He alleges the university relied on a falsified review committee report and ignored evidence that Tidriri was a good teacher and researcher.

 

Elderly Couple Killed In Auto Accident

     BANCROFT, Iowa (AP) - An 88-year-old man and his 84-year-old wife have been killed in collisions with two semitrailers at an intersection in northern Iowa's Kossuth County.
     The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday on the southern edge of Bancroft.
     The patrol says a minivan driven by Edward Foertsch, of Algona, was headed south on a county road when it failed to stop at an intersection. The minivan soon was struck by an eastbound truck driven by 42-year-old Brooke Strom, of Wells, Minnesota. The impact spun the minivan into the path of a truck driven by 60-year-old Terry Alt, of Algona.
     Foertsch and his wife, Agnes Foertsch, were pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol says the truckers were unhurt.
     The accident is being investigated.
 

 

 

 

   

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