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Tuesday News, March 10

South Dakota Man Arrested In Remsen For Failure To Appear In Court

(Remsen) -- Plymouth County authorities, along with the Remsen Police, arrested 48 year old Victor Ahrens of Jefferson, South Dakota, early Sunday morning.  The arrest was made at about 12:50 a.m. due to Ahrens' failure to appear in court for a rule to show cause/burglary of the third degree.  Ahrends was arrested at a Remsen residence.  Ahrens was transported to the Plymouth County jail where bond was set at $10,000.

 

Ireton Man Arrested In Tennessee For Failure To Appear In Court

(Le Mars) -- An Ireton man was arrested in Tennessee over the weekend for failure to appear for Plymouth County trial.  Arrest warrants were issued for 43 year old Richard Perrin for two counts of failure to appear for trial bond totaling $40,000.  Perrin was arrested and transported back to the Plymouth County jail.

 

School Officials Discuss School Funding During Board Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community School officials spent a considerable time during last evening's school board meeting discussing the financial shortfall that may happen depending upon the state legislature's actions with school funding.  Many of the school board officials indicated they "would not have the stomache" to make cuts in staff and programs.  Longtime School board member Pat Murphy informed his colleagues that even though fiscal year 2015-2016 may be bad in terms of not enough funding, he says the following year may be worst.  School officials showed their displeasure of a recent legislative forum indicating State Senator Bill Anderson and State Representative Chuck Soderberg failed to realize the severity of the potential education cuts.  School superintendent, Todd Wendt indicated another concern for the school is that this year's senior class is the largest class in the district, and expectations for next year's Kindergarten class may be as much as 20 fewer students, indicating the cost to teach per student will rise, at a time when state funding is being withdrawn. Dr. Wendt and school board members are concerned about the unspent authority balance.

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Wendt informed the school board members that many area schools, including Le Mars Community are seeing a negative trend with the spending authority.

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Supervisors Will Not Meet Today

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will not be meeting today due to the lack of agenda items.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital Sees Progress In Construction

(Le Mars) -- Several changes are occuring at the Floyd Valley hospital.  Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin reports construction on the new north addition continues as work crews are pouring concrete this week.

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Donlin says as people drive by the hospital campus they will  see the progress being made with the framing of the new addition, however, Donlin says it won't be long before crews will be focusing their work on the inside.

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Another change at the hospital is a new face.  Donlin says the hospital has hired a new physician.

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Donlin says Oden is a native of northeast Nebraska.

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Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet Tuesday evening, where they will be briefed on the hospital's expansion, as well as review the medical staff reports and financial reports.

 

Des Moines Water Works To Vote Today Whether To Sue Three Counties

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines Water Works board has scheduled a vote on whether to sue three northern Iowa counties, alleging that they are responsible for the high nitrate levels in rivers the utility uses for water.
     The board's meeting agenda for Tuesday afternoon indicates a closed session to discussion potential litigation. The board is expected to publicly vote to sue Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties. 
     In January it sent a notice of intent to sue, which is part of a procedure outlined in the federal Clean Water Act.
     The counties oversee 10 drainage districts north of Des Moines that help move water from fields. The lawsuit will claim the drainage districts are the same as city wastewater treatment plants and should be regulated.

 

Des Moines Police Officer To Face Re-trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A retrial has begun for a former Des Moines police officer accused of using excessive force during an arrest two years ago.
     The trial of 38-year-old Colin Boone started Monday at Des Moines' federal courthouse. Boone faces a charge of unreasonable use of force after a November mistrial when jurors couldn't agree whether he used excessive force after a traffic accident in 2013.
     Boone was accused of kicking Orville Hill in the face and then leaving the incident out of an official report. Hill filed a lawsuit in February against Boone, the former police chief and the city of Des Moines.
     A federal jury acquitted Boone of falsifying records in his original trial. Boone was fired in May 2013 for inappropriate use of force.

 

Defense Rests On Trial Involving Death Of 5 Year Old Girl

 WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - The defense has rested in the trial of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter.
     Attorneys called just three witnesses to the stand Monday in its defense of 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen, who is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Prosecutors allege Frederiksen sexually abused Evelyn Miller and stabbed her to death while baby-sitting her in 2005. He was arrested in 2012.
     The girl's body was found in the Cedar River five days after she was reported missing.
     Before testimony began, a judge denied the defense's request to acquit Frederiksen. Defense attorneys say the prosecution failed to offer physical evidence in its case against the man, but prosecutors disagreed.
     Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

 

Limits Placed On Capturing Turtles

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa wildlife officials are proposing limits on when wild turtles can be captured throughout the year, after seeing a rise in their harvest due to an increased demand for turtle meat overseas.
     Reports the harvesting of wild turtles in Iowa has increased seven-fold from 1987 to 2013, and the number of license holders has increased four-fold. 
     The state's natural resources agency has proposed to Gov. Terry Branstad's office that the commercial and sport harvest of the turtles be prohibited from Jan. 1 to July 15. 
     The turtles lay their eggs during the late spring and summer. If the governor's office approves the proposal, it would go to the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.
     Iowa is one of 10 states without limits on its turtle harvest season.
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Monday Afternoon News, March 9

Concrete Is Being Poured At Floyd Valley Hospital North Addition

(Le Mars) -- Several changes are occuring at the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin reports construction on the new north addition continues as work crews are pouring concrete this week.

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Donlin says as people drive by the hospital campus they will  see the progress being made with the framing of the new addition, however, Donlin says it won't be long before crews will be focusing their work on the inside.

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Another change at the hospital is a new face.  Donlin says the hospital has hired a new physician.

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Donlin says Oden is a native of northeast Nebraska.

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Storm Lake Police Arrest 9 Men On Prositution Ring

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Police say they used social media to arrest nine men in an online prostitution investigation over the weekend in Storm Lake.
     The Storm Lake Police Department conducted its investigation throughout the day Friday. Of the nine men arrested, eight are from Iowa and one is from Minnesota.
     Police say the investigation was geared toward those soliciting prostitution. They say the men connected with an undercover officer through social media and later met with the officer at a Storm Lake motel, where they were arrested.
     All men face charges of solicitation of prostitution.
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Iowa Drivers Slow To Convert To REAL ID

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Many licensed drivers in Iowa have not converted their identification to a version that is designed to help reduce identity theft and fraud.
     Two years after Iowa implemented the REAL ID program, only about 250,000 of Iowa's 2.1 million licensed drivers have switched to identification that may be needed in the future to enter some federal buildings or board a plane.
     Mark Lowe, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division, says he is not surprised by the low number, and that the department needs to continue its awareness campaign to increase conversion.
     REAL ID was adopted in 2005, in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to help states verify the identities of people applying for driver's licenses and cut down on identity theft.
     Iowa residents are not required to get a REAL ID driver's license.
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Branstad Says He Will Restore Broadband Internet Bill 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he will try to restore state funding to his broadband bill that was designated for a grant program.
     Branstad said Monday the grant program could receive the money again through other funding mechanisms in the legislative process, including a bill or amendment.
     A House committee recently voted to remove the $5 million in state funding for the program, which is aimed at assisting service providers with the cost of establishing broadband, also known as high-speed Internet, in Iowa. Lawmakers expressed concern about the sustainability of the funds.
     The program remains in the bill, but it designates funding through federal and private dollars. Information about how the money will be secured has not been released.

 

Branstad Announces Financial Literacy Summit For College Students

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad wants Iowa students to learn how to make good financial decisions, particularly when it comes to college loans.
     Branstad announced Monday that the state will hold a financial literacy summit for students, parents and educators. Branstad said he wants the May 5 event in Des Moines to help prepare students and parents for college borrowing decisions.
     Branstad expressed concerns about the debt load assumed by many students and said students must learn "not borrow money for things they don't need."
     Iowa school districts are expected to teach certain financial lessons to K-12 students. A group formed by the state Department of Education last year recommended revising the current standards to provide more clarity to districts and establishing ways to measure if school districts are meeting the goals.

 

Defense Rests In Trial Involving Killing Of 5 Year Old Girl 

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - The defense has rested in the trial of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter.
     Attorneys called just three witnesses to the stand Monday in its defense of 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen, who is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Prosecution failed to offer physical evidence in their case against the man. Prosecutors allege Frederiksen sexually abused Evelyn Miller and stabbed her to death while baby-sitting her in 2005.
     The girl's body was found in the Cedar River five days after she was reported missing.
     Before testimony began, a judge denied the defense's request to acquit Frederiksen. Defense attorneys say the prosecution failed to offer physical evidence in its case against the man, but prosecutors disagreed.
     Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

 

Suspect In Amber Alert Arrested

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 48-year-old man accused of abducting his 9-year-old stepdaughter in Solon will be returned to Johnson County to face domestic abuse, weapons and other charges.
     The abduction of Brianna Crane on Saturday prompted officials to issue an Amber Alert. The Iowa Public Safety Department says the girl was dropped off safely to law enforcement by a third party around 1:30 a.m. Sunday through an arranged meeting.
     Her stepfather, Kenneth Johns, was arrested about 9:35 a.m. Sunday after holding officers at bay for about 2 1/2 hours at a residence in Davenport.  Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted for comment about the case.

 

 





 

 

   

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