Thursday Afternoon News, May 12th
Bertrand Makes Political Stop In Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Saying "what's good for Iowa is good for the nation." State Senator Rick Bertrand brought his message to Le Mars Thursday afternoon. Bertrand, a Sioux City developer, is running against incumbent 4th District Congressman Steve King for the Republican nomination to represent northwest Iowa in our nation's capital. Bertrand spoke before a dozen people. Bertrand says he is asked why he is challenging the seven-term congressman? He responds by saying western Iowa is primed for additional economic development, and someone needs to lead that movement.
Bertrand says this region should be doing more to push our agricultural products.
The Sioux City republican says there are several similarities between himself and Congressman Steve King, but he says King needs to answer three questions.
Bertrand will face Steve King in the June 7th primary race.
Iowa Woman Accused Of Another Embezzlement
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa woman already on parole for theft has been accused of another embezzlement.
Julie Fingalsen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to forgery and theft charges.
Prosecutors say she forged and deposited or cashed more than a dozen checks while working for the Eastman Law Office in Clear Lake between Feb. 1 and March 28.
Fingalsen was given probation in 2010 after pleading guilty to stealing more than $41,000 from her employer in Mason City, a chiropractor. In April 2013 she was given 10 years in prison for stealing nearly $50,000 from another Mason City employer, an optometrist.
She was paroled in July 2014.
Vandals Strike Synagogue
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are trying to find out who spray-painted two crosses and Christian messages on a synagogue in Waterloo.
The crosses and the words "Jesus saves" were found Tuesday night on the Sons of Jacob Synagogue. No arrests have been reported.
Synagogue leader Erin Maidan says the vandalism could have been worse: "They could have painted swastikas on our building; they didn't."
Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka says the vandalism could be the work of juvenile delinquents. Maidan agrees but says it's offensive, nonetheless. She also says she views the defacement as a hate crime.
Maidan says leaders of other faith congregations in the area have offered to help remove the graffiti.
Freight Train Kills 84-Year-Old Man
BOONE, Iowa (AP) - A freight train has hit and killed an 84-year-old Webster City man in downtown Boone.
Police say the Union Pacific Railroad train hit Donald A. Cook about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and he died at the scene. A person saw the man hit and called 911.
Cook was a longtime Webster City businessman. He owned Security Title and Abstract, Inc., until selling the company in 2000. He 1985, he was elected president of the Iowa Land Title Association.
Police say they have no idea why he was walking through downtown Boone on Tuesday night.
The 106-car train was traveling from Oregon to Chicago.