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Sioux Pharm Receives USDA Grant

(Sioux Center) -- An anaerobic digester in Sioux Center is the recipient of a USDA Rural Development loan.  Sioux Pharm will receive a $263,250 grant and the same amount in a guaranteed loan to assist with installation costs of a methane digester at the company's facilities.  American State Bank of Sioux Center assisted with the loan guarantee.  Sioux Pharm's digester will reduce the amount of purchased electricity used by the company, as well as save the company in trucking, sewer, and gas expenses by using as many as 20,000 gallons per day of wastewater product.

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City officials have denied accusations that two officers mistreated a woman during an arrest.
     Footage from a patrol car's dashboard camera shows the officers struggling with 34-year-old Dacosta Daniels as she was handcuffed on Aug. 8 after a traffic stop.
     Daniels says she received a black eye and bruises and is considering a lawsuit. On the tape, she is shown being punched in the side and put in a headlock.
     Sioux City Police Department spokesman Jeremy McClure says that he couldn't elaborate on what the video showed. McClure says an internal investigation found that the officers had followed department policies.
     Court records say Daniels was being arrested on suspicion of punching an officer before the arrest.

 

(Sioux City) -- Two men from Cherokee have been charged with producing child pornography.  Donald Coffey, age 23, and Justin Slattery, age 25, both of Cherokee have been charged with one count of producing child pornography.  The charge is contained in an indictment in the U-S District Court.  The indictment alleges that in November of 2010, Coffey and Slattery used, persuaded, induced, and enticed one or more minors under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of this conduct.  If convicted, both men could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years imprisionment, along with a $250,000 fine, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisionment.  Coffey and Slattery appeared in federal court yesterday and were held without bond.  Their next appearance for trial is set for January 3rd.


(LeMars) -- Applications for approximately $40,000 in LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau hotel/motel sales tax funding will be available beginning November 1st.  LeMars non-profit and not-for-profit organizations qualify for the hotel/motel sales tax funds.  Projects must begin no earlier than July 1st of 2012, and must be completed by June 30th, 2013.  Jessica Lingren, Convention and Visitor's Bureau Manager says the grants are allocated in a 70 to 30 percent matching grant.

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Lingren says non profit organizations can request up to $15,000.  Past grants have been awarded to such items as the new frisbee golf course, the convention center to keep it on a competitive level for attracting organizations, the sidewalk chalk art project, and the Plymouth County Fair.  As you would imagine, Ice Cream Days has benefitted in the past from the available grant funding.

 

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All applications must be typewritten.  Organizations receiving Convention and Visitor's Bureau funding cannot request additional funds from the LeMars City Council.  Since the incorporation of the five percent hotel/motel sales tax in LeMars, more than $978,000 in grant funds have been awarded to a variety of projects.  Lingren says a few cents over the course of time really add up to major dollars.  She says it is not just the motels and hotels that benefit from this tax, but rather all type of businesses.

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Applications can be obtained through the LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau office located at the city hall offices.
    

 

 

   

Hotel/Motel Sales Tax Funds Available

(LeMars) -- Applications for approximately $40,000 in LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau hotel/motel sales tax funding will be available beginning November 1st.  LeMars non-profit and not-for-profit organizations qualify for the hotel/motel sales tax funds.  Projects must begin no earlier than July 1st of 2012, and must be completed by June 30th, 2013.  All applications must be typewritten.  Organizations receiving Convention and Visitor's Bureau funding cannot request additional funds from the LeMars City Council.  Since the incorporation of the five percent hotel/motel sales tax in LeMars, more than $978,000 in grant funds have been awarded to a variety of projects.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved the funding for new windows at the Pride Group building during its weekly meeting.  Mike Porter of Pride Group presented bids from three separate contractors.  Porter indicated the present windows have been in place for more than 30 years, and needed replacement.  The Supervisors approved the bid submitted by Stratmeier's Home Improvement of LeMars to replace 12 windows at the facility with new, commercial grade, aluminum double hung Gerkin windows at an expected cost of $11,980.50.

 

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department will begin work today installing a new culvert pipe on Dogwood Avenue between 180th Street and 190th Street.  The road crew is removing an aging wooden bridge.  It is expected the work will be completed on November 9th, but in the mean time, Dogwood Avenue between 180th and 190th streets will be closed.

 

(Undated) -- Farmers wanting to offer help to their favorite organization have the chance to do so with the financial assistance of Monsanto Company.  America's Farmers Grow Communities is the program that offers a $2,500 scholarship to a farmer and in turn that farmer can contribute the funds to a local non-profit organization.  This is the third year for the program and Annie Kayser, Community Outreach Coordinator, says it is a way for Monsanto to assist local communities.  She says the organizations don't need to be affiliated with agriculture in order to win.

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Monsanto has expanded the program this year so each of the Iowa 99 counties will receive the scholarship.  Kayser says last year's winner went to Hinton.

 

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Eligible farmers need to be over the age of 21 and farming at least 250 acres, and they can submit their nominations on-line at www.growcommunities.com or they can call (877)-267-3332.  Nominations are due by November 30th.

 

(Omaha) -- Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King attended the U-S Army Corps of Engineers public meeting held at Omaha to discuss the importance of Congressional passage of his flood control legislation, H.R. 2942.  King's legislation requires the U-S Army Corps of Engineers to increase the amount of storage space in the Missouri River Reservoir System that is dedicated for flood control, and its passage and enactment into law would provide protection against future episodes of significant downstream flooding.  During the public hearing, King stated that the flooding has caused billions of dollars in damage, and that his legislation is intended to prevent such widespread and costly damage from occurring in the future.

 

 

 

   

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