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Wednesday News, November 5

Wal-mart Robbery Suspect Arrested In Texas

(Le Mars) -- The man suspected of robbing the Le Mars Wal-mart store on August 28th is in custody.  On October 30th, the Le Mars Police Department was notified by the Hillsboro, Texas police department that a suspect that matched the description was also suspected of robbing two Texas Wal-mart stores.  The suspect is identified as 25 year old Christopher Hinnenkamp of San Marcos, Texas.  Hinnenkamp was arrested after an attempted robbery of a Greenville, Texas Wal-mart store, and the robbery of the Hillsboro, Texas Wal-mart store.  Texas police officers were able to apprehend Hinnenkamp after a short foot pursuit.  Hinnenkamp has been identified as a Wal-mart Loss Prevention employee from Texas who had been on a trip home after visiting relatives in Minnesota.  Charges have been filed in Plymouth County charging Hinnenkamp with robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony.  The investigation is continuing.

 

Primebank Donates To Gehlen And Le Mars Community Elementary Schools

(Le Mars) -- Primebank President and CEO, Matt Ahlers; Assistant Cashier, Kelli Langel; and Senior Vice President, Kim Clarey recently presented checks to elementary school principals Lorie Nussbaum of Gehlen Catholic, and to Floyd Athay and Scott Parry of Le Mars Community school district.  During Homecoming weeks for Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community schools, staff of Primebank were invited to participate in a “Jeans Day” fundraiser with donations designated to assist schools and teachers in the purchase of elementary school supplies.

In discussing Primebank’s fundraiser, Ahlers commented that, “Sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact on a student’s educational experience.  Primebank and the Primebank staff are pleased to be able to assist our elementary schools and teachers in providing for the special, unbudgeted needs.  It is our hope that the funds raised will make the educational experiences of the elementary school students in Le Mars even more rewarding.”

 

Anderson Comments On Election Results -- No Change In State Senate

(Sioux City) -- With all the changes from last evening's election, the one thing that did not change was the Iowa State Senate.  Prior to the election, the divide was 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans. Following last night's election results, the division remains the same with 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans.  Republican State Senator Bill Anderson was able to be re-elected.  He says he was hoping the elections would have placed him on the majority side of the aisle.

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Since the state House and the State Senate are virtually the same as they were prior to the election, does Anderson anticipate the gridlock to continue?  He says he does believe emphasis will be placed on the state's budget with making certain one-time money is not trying to finance on-going projects.  Anderson says he thinks Iowa's infrastructure will be a focus in the next legislative session.

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Clovis Looks Ahead Following Political Defeat

(Sioux City) -- Plymouth County's own candidate Sam Clovis of Hinton who ran for the state Treasurer's position won his home county, but lost the statewide election to Democrat Michael Fitzgerald.  Clovis says despite losing, he says it was a great night for the Republican party.  He says the goal for the Iowa Republican party was to make certain Iowa was able to contribute a Republican Senate seat that would help place the Republicans in the majority party for the U-S Senate.

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Clovis, who was once a Republican Senate candidate, says he doesn't know whether or not he will seek another future political position.

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The Morningside Economics Professor says he learned a great deal as a candidate, first for the Senate seat, and second for the position of state Treasurer.  He says he learned that candidates need to have money in order to make a difference.

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Clovis says he expects to hit the speaking circuit and teaching people of all ages the importance of civics and government.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Responds To Corn Field Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to a corn field that started on fire Tuesday afternoon.  The fire happened at about 2:30 p.m. and was located near the Hickory Avenue and 200th Street junction, near County road C-38.  Fortunately, the burned area was confined to a couple of acres that had already been harvested, and the northwest winds also served to assist fire fighters as it kept the fire from spreading into the standing corn. Merrill Fire Department assisted at the scene with their pickup truck grass rig.  The fire was quickly brought under control within 15 minutes.  It is thought the fire was started by the farmer's combine harvester, although there was no damage to the combine harvester.  Tires on an empty wagon did sustain some damage as a result of the fire.

 

 

  
  


   

Tuesday Afternoon News, November 4

Falling Corn And Soybean Commodity Prices Hurting Midwest Economy

(Omaha) -- A monthly survey of business leaders and supply managers in Iowa finds the state's leading economic indicator fell for the fourth straight month in October. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says Iowa's Business Conditions Index for the month was, in a word, "tepid." Goss says the entire nine-state Midwest region is experiencing a similiar downward slide, as new export orders are dropping.

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The U-S dollar is becoming stronger though, which Goss says has an impact across the board.

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 After rising to its highest level in more than three years in June, Goss says the overall index reading has hovered in a range pointing toward positive -- but slower -- growth for the regional economy over the next three to six months, with agriculture being key.

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Durable goods producers in Iowa, including ag equipment makers and nondurable goods manufacturers, especially food processors, reported much slower growth than earlier in the year.

 

New Fish Farm To Be Developed At Webster City

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - A company is planning to build a large indoor fish farming operation in Webster City that will employ 150 people.
      VeroBlue Farms is preparing to purchase two buildings in the central Iowa city, including the former Beam Building more commonly known as the Kenco Building. 
     The company's president, Keith Driver, says the 270,000-square-foot building will have about 215 fish tanks that can each store about 10,000 gallons of water. Driver says about 20,000 pounds of fish each year can be raised in each tank. 
     The fishing farm will raise Barramundi, which Driver says is meaty and popular in Australia.
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Story City Says No To New Truck Stop

STORY CITY, Iowa (AP) - The City Council has voted against a truck stop at the Story City ramp off Interstate 35.
     People jammed the council meeting Monday night and shared their concerns before the vote. 
     Opponents said the truck stop would mean an increase in pollution and crime, including sex trafficking. Supporters said the truck stop would spur economic growth and bring about 50 new jobs to town.
      Mayor Mike Jensen says he had favored building the truck stop because his city needs the development, but he now thinks that "with all the oppositions and the emotions in this, the council made the right decision."
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Marshalltown Proposed Cancer Center Rejected

  ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - A state council has denied the approval of a certificate sought by a new Marshalltown hospital to operate a cancer treatment center.
     The State Health Facilities Council voted 3-1 to deny the certificate for the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center. The hospital's CEO, John Hughes, says it's disappointing that the panel rejected them but respects their process.
     Leaders with the hospital say one of the main reasons they wanted to open the center was to decrease the travel burden on cancer patients and offer treatment locally. 
     Council chairman Bill Thatcher says Marshalltown hospital's center would have been too close to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, which already offers high-quality services.
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