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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.

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Bertrand says this region should be doing more to push our agricultural products.

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The Sioux City republican says there are several similarities between himself and Congressman Steve King, but he says King needs to answer three questions.

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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.
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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.

 

   

Thursday News, May 12th

 

 

Congressional Candidate Rick Bertram To Appear In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Republican State Senator Rick Bertram is scheduled to be in Le Mars this afternoon.  Bertram, a Sioux City developer, is challenging Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King for the June 7th primary.  Bertram will be appearing at the basement of the American Bank in Le Mars.  He is scheduled to appear at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Recognized For Outstanding Service

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare was recently recognized for its outstanding service by the National Rural Health Association.  Administrator Mike Donlin says Floyd Valley is listed as the nation's top 20 hospitals.


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Donlin says he is very proud of the entire staff at Floyd Valley for their dedication and hard-work in making the recognition possible.  He says there are two other Iowa hospitals, in other parts of the state, that also received recognition.

 

 

 

High School Seniors Receive Floyd Valley Auxiliary Scholarship

(Le Mars) -- Two high school senior girls who both want to pursue a career in nursing are this year's Floyd Valley Auxiliary scholarship recipients.  Anastasia Hoffer will soon be graduating from Akron-Westfield High School.  She plans to attend South Dakota State University at Brookings.  Anastasia Hoffer is the daughter of Travis Hoffer.  The other scholarship reciepient is Ericka Cockburn who is about to finish her high school years at Le Mars Community.  Ericka intends to enroll at the University of Iowa to pursue her nursing career. Ericka is the daughter of Steve and Jamie Cockburn of Le Mars. The Floyd Valley Auxiliary has donated $1000 to both women.  In addition to the scholarships, Floyd  Valleyi Auxiliary has donated $1,000 to the Floyd Valley Education Department to be used for hospital staff training, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal provider.  Floyd Valley Auxiliary awards scholarships each year to students in the Floyd Valley Healthcare service area.

 

 

Museum To Focus On Cabin For Annual Meeting

(Le Mars) -- It was nearly a year ago when the Joy Hollow log cabin was moved from the Plymouth County Fairgrounds to its present home on the lawn in front of the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  Thursday evening the museum will honor the occasion during its annual meeting and banquet.  Museum administrator Judy Bowman says "Cabin Fever" is the theme for the museum's 52nd annual meeting.  Headlining the program will be Dale and Sue Morrow of Jackson, Nebraska.  The husband-wife couple were the ones that took on the challenge to move the log cabin to the museum. Bowman explains the museum board were given just 28 days to move the cabin before the fair board was going to tear down the cabin.

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Bowman says the one-time Girl Scout cabin still needs additional work, including the addition of the ramp and porch.  She says some local Boy Scouts are trying to earn an Eagle Badge by devoting time and work on the cabin.

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Bowman says in addition to the Hinton Boy Scouts, an Eagle badge candidate Boy Scout from Le Mars is also devoting work on the cabin project.

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Bowman says even the annual meeting's banquet meal, catered by Timmy's Catering of Le Mars, will feature a pioneer spirit.

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Volunteer awards will also be presented during the annual meeting.  The program, beginning with the meal, will get started at 6:00 p.m. at the "Old Central" gymnasium at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

 

 

 

Alton Man Gets Re-Sentencing

(Orange City) -- An Alton man who was convicted of murder when he was a minor has been resentenced. 55 year old John Mulder was re-sentenced on Wednesday in Sioux County District Court.  Mulder was convicted for the 1976 murder of Jean Homan.  He was found guilty by a jury in 1979 and was originally sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole.  The re-sentencing arose after the United States Supreme Court held that juvenile offenders cannot be sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment without parole even for homicide offenses.  Governor Branstad had commuted Mulder's sentence to life with parole after 60 years.  In 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the Governor's blanket commutation did not meet the constitutional requirement that courts conduct an individualized sentencing hearing. In 2015, the law changed relating to the service of mandatory minimum sentences by juveniles convicted of murder.  The court set up three options which include: Life without the possibility of parole, Life with the possibility of parole after setting a minimum term of confinement before parole eligibility, and Life with the possibility of parole.  Mulder was re-sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 42 years before he will be eligible for parole or work release. Mulder has 30 days to appeal the sentence.

 

 

 

Cone Park To Receive Vision Iowa Money

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A $300,000 grant has been approved for a proposed park in Sioux City.The Vision Iowa Board approved the grant Wednesday for the Cone Park project, which is estimated to cost about $4 million and is set to feature a tubing hill and an ice rink.

The award is contingent on the city raising an additional $16,684 in the next 90 days.
The city had applied for a $318,000 grant in December from Vision Iowa, which is an Iowa Economic Development Authority program.
Matt Salvatore, the city's parks and recreation director, said a website has been created to help raise the remaining funds. The completion date for the park is anticipated for December 2017.

 

 

Gov. Branstad Signs Bill Expected To Reduce Prison Time For Inmates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that is expected to reduce prison time for inmates convicted of certain drug offenses.

Branstad signed the bill Thursday. It was passed in the House and Senate this legislative session.

The legislation will allow certain non-violent drug offenders in Iowa to be eligible for parole after they serve at least half of their mandatory minimum sentence. It will also give judges more discretion in sentencing for crimes like robbery.

The law also adds a mandatory minimum sentence for a person convicted of child endangerment resulting in death. Previously, such a person was automatically eligible for parole.

The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency says the law is expected to reduce the disproportionate number of minorities in Iowa's criminal justice system.

 

 

Iowa Teen Causes Rollover Crash Resulting In Fatality

NEOLA, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa teen is accused of intentionally swerving his truck and causing a rollover crash that killed another teen.

Kael Karagianis was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide stemming from the March 21 crash that killed 14-year old Gage Williams in Neola.

Williams and another teen were riding in the bed of the truck when officials say Karagianis intentionally swerved and hit the brake to trigger a reaction from the two boys.   

Authorities say Karagianis lost control of the truck and it rolled at least once. 

Williams died in a Council Bluffs hospital, while Karagianis, along with two other passengers, were injured. 

Karagianis is in the Pottawattamie County Jail. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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