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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.
 

 

 

 

   

Friday News, November 14

Plymouth County 4-H And Agricultural Society Elects Directors

(Le Mars) -- Last evening the Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society held its annual meeting.  Elected to serve on the board of directors for the Plymouth County Fair included Loren Schempf, Bob Kabish, John Ahlers, Gail Schoenrock, Brad Collins, Candice Farrar, Chad Peters, Matt Reuter, and Brad Harvey.  Four directors were presented the "Rookie of the Year" award.  Receiving honors included Keith Koerselman, Jim Jauer, Chad Peters, and Ann Schoenrock.  Long time director Greg Roepke who has been a part of the fair board for 34 years has decided to retire from the fair board. Following the annual meeting, the Fair Board held its regular monthly meeting, and elected its officers.  Each of the officers retained their position with Tony Schroeder elected as president, Rich Benson was re-elected to vice president, Gail Schoenrock selected as secretary, and Michael Bietelspacher as the fair board's tresurer.  The fair board approved the date of December 8 at 7:00 p.m. to accept contractor bids for the renovation of the "Hall of 76" building.

 

Another Performance Added For "Over The River And Through The Woods"

(Le Mars) -- If you have been wanting to see the theater production of "Over the River and Through the Woods, put on by the Le Mars Community Theater at the Postal Playhouse, but have found ticket sales have been sold out, you are now in luck.  Co-director Angie Riedeman tells KLEM news that they have added another show.  In addition to the Sunday matinee, another performance has been added to Sunday evening.  Curtains will go up at 7:30 p.m. Riedeman says the decision was made to add another performance due to the overwhelming reception of the show, and ticket demand.  The box office will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday through Saturday.

 

Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty To Fatal Hit-And-Run 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash in May.
     23-year-old Mark Beltran entered his plea Thursday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Misdemeanor traffic violations will be dismissed as part of an agreement.
     Police say 70-year-old Robert Ibsgaard, also of Sioux City, was on a crosswalk on May 29th when he was struck by a car driven by Beltran. Ibsgaard died several days later. Police say Beltran then drove to a parking lot and ran off. He was arrested a short time later.
     Beltran is scheduled to be sentenced on January 5th.

 

Mother Who Lied About Child's Cancer Accepts Plea

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors say a western Iowa mother accused of lying about her young daughter's cancer diagnosis has accepted a plea deal. 
     Cass County Attorney Daniel Feistner said late Thursday that 30-year-old Leatha Slauson took the deal but the details of it won't be released until Monday. It's unclear how Slauson will plead or what penalties she could face. 
     Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer and collecting donations for her treatment. An investigation this year determined the child was not sick. Slauson previously pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including child endangerment.
     The child and her siblings have remained in the custody of their father since Slauson's arrest in Aug. 21.

 

 

Police Arrest Mother Of 5 Year Old That Died From Overdose

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have arrested the mother of a 5-year-old who authorities say died of a drug overdose.
     Sgt. Jason Halifax says medical examiners have determined that Jayda Canada died of a morphine overdose. Her mother, 24-year-old Tionne Bloodsaw, was arrested Thursday on charges of child endangerment, neglect and several drug counts. She's being held on $150,000 bail. Another suspect is being sought. Online court records don't list the name of Bloodsaw's attorney.
     Police say cocaine, morphine pills and other drugs and digital scales were found in Bloodsaw's apartment when emergency crews were called there on Oct. 7 because Jayda wasn't breathing. Bloodsaw's 1-year-old child also was in the apartment and has been turned over to the care of the Iowa Department of Human Services.?

 

Senate To Vote On XL Keystone Pipeline On Tuesday

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the controversial vote involving the proposed XL Keystone pipeline that will start in Canada and move south through the United States to Texas, may be voted upon by the U-S Senate as early as Tuesday.  Grassley says he favors the construction of the oil pipeline.

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Grassley says only those proposed pipelines that cross international borders need approval of the federal government.

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Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu chairs the Senate Energy Committee and is trying to get the pipeline vote approved before she faces a run-off election against her opponnet, Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy.  Landrieu led in first round of voting last week, but Cassidy is favored to win the run-off.  The pipeline vote could determine whether Landrieu will be able to retain her Senate seat.

 

 

 

   

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