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Saturday News, May 7

Hundreds Participate In "Then Feed Just One" Meal Packaging Event

(Le Mars) -- Several hundred people from Gehlen Catholic School, Opportunities Unlimited, and from the general community were busy packing meals yesterday as part of the "Then Feed Just One" program.  The group set a new record by packaging 221,616 meals. The packaged meals consist of rice, soy protein, freeze dried vegetables and a powdered vitamin supplement.  The meals are destined to Honduras.  The "Then Feed Just One" program was also able to achieve another milestone.  At about 9:30 this morning, the one millionth packaged meal was sealed in a box.  Richard Sievert, the coordinator for "Then Feed Just One" says the one millionth meal represents the entire year's of meal packaging events that included Remsen St. Mary's and Granville Spalding.  If you would like to donate to the "Then Feed Just One" program, you can contact Gehlen High School at 546-4181.

 

 

 

Le Mars Community To Hold Prom On Saturday

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community juniors and seniors will enjoy their annual prom this evening. Doors to the Carey gymnasium will open at 5:00 p.m. and the promenade will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Admission is $5.

 

 

 

Judge Neary To Reconsider Sentences For Two Female Bank Robbers

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has scheduled hearings to reconsider sentences given to two women who pleaded guilty in connection to a staged bank robbery in Sioux City.
Judge Jeff Neary has scheduled hearings for Tuesday in which he will decide whether he will amend the sentences he gave to 19-year-old Heaven Zevenbergen and 19-year-old Angelica Perez. 
Zevenbergen and Perez both pleaded guilty to second-degree theft. They were each sentenced to five years in prison in February.
Prosecutors said Perez entered a Security National Bank branch at a Hy-Vee supermarket last August in a disguise, and warned Zevenbergen via a note that she was armed. According to prosecutors, Zevenbergen, then a teller at the bank, knew Perez and gave her $10,000.
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Branstad Names New Regent Director

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a physician and business executive to the Iowa Board of Regents, replacing a board member who abruptly resigned last week.  
Branstad announced Friday that he will appoint 68-year-old Mike Richards, of West Des Moines, to the board that oversees Iowa's public universities.  
Richards is the vice chairman and managing partner of Quatro Composites of Orange City, a company that makes equipment for the aerospace and medical industry.  
He spent nearly 20 years as a private practice physician and was head of Wild Rose Entertainment, which owns casinos in Clinton, Emmetsburg and Jefferson. 
He will replace former Regent Mary Andringa and will serve the remainder of her term, beginning Friday and running through April 2021. 
The appointment must be approved by the Iowa Senate when lawmakers reconvene.

 

 

 

 

Anderson Reflects On Legislative Session's Successes

(Le Mars) -- State legislators are reflecting upon their work from this year's general session.  The Iowa legislature gaveled for adjournment a week ago on Friday, April 29th.  Bill Anderson, a republican state senator from Pierson says he was pleased with the renewable fuel bills that were passed.

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Anderson says he wishes more incentives could have been offered to retail gasoline outlets, allowing them to install blender pumps, so they could sell various levels of ethanol-based gasoline.

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Anderson says he was also pleased to see his fellow lawmakers offer a tax credit for wind energy.  Anderson says the mid-west could see a dramatic increase in energy costs in coming years, due to regulation.

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Powerball Jackpot Grows To $415 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $415 million, making it the largest since a record-setting prize in January.
Winning numbers for the game will be drawn Saturday night, and if no one has the lucky ticket, the prize will likely grow substantially by the next drawing Wednesday.
Although $415 million is nothing to turn your nose up at, it's far smaller than the largest-ever $1.6 billion jackpot that prompted some to wait in hours-long lines outside lottery retailers. Three people bought winning tickets for that prize in January.
Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million

 






 


   

Friday Afternoon News, May 6

Hundreds Help Pack Meals For Honduras

(Le Mars) -- Several hundred people from Gehlen Catholic School, Opportunities Unlimited, and from the general community are busy packing meals as part of the "Then Feed Just One" program.  The packaged meals consist of rice, soy protein, freeze dried vegetables and a powdered vitamin supplement.  As of 11:30 this morning, the gathering were able to package over 100,000 meals that are destined to Honduras.  The "Then Feed Just One" program was also able to achieve another milestone.  At about 9:30 this morning, the one millionth packaged meal was sealed in a box.  Richard Sievert, the coordinator for "Then Feed Just One" says the one millionth meal represents the entire year's of meal packaging events that included Remsen St. Mary's and Granville Spalding.  The event continues this afternoon.  If you would like to participate in the "Then Feed Just One" program, or donate, you can contact Gehlen High School at 546-4181.

 

 

 

Sioux City Hard Rock Casino To Host 9-11 Exhibit

(Sioux City) -- An exhibit highlighting the heroism and tragedy of the September 11th attacks on America has opened at Sioux City's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is on display at Battery Park now through next Wednesday.   It's presented by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a New York firefighter who gave his life on 9/11 responding to the World Trade Center attacks.   Lisa Reese is the coordinator for the traveling exhibit, and says Siller had just ended his shift and was headed to play golf with his brothers, when he heard of the planes striking the Twin Towers.

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Four retired New York City firefighters that were there  that day will guide the tours at the exhibit and speak of their own experiences on that fateful day.  Reese says we should recall how the emergency responders lived and performed in the face of danger during the events of 9-11.

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The 11-hundred square foot exhibit includes steel beams from the towers, videos, and recordings of first-responder radio transmissions.  The 9/11 exhibit is free of charge and will be open to the public weekdays from 2:30 p-m to 9 p-m, and on the weekend Saturday from 10 a-m to 9 p-m and Sunday at 9 a-m. Morning weekday hours are reserved for school children tours.

 

 

 

Former Hostess Bakery Turns Into Brewery

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Falls brewery's planned renovation of the former downtown Hostess Wonder Bread building is set to receive $1.24 million in historic preservation tax credits.
The  Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced Thursday that Single Speed Brewing would receive the tax credits for the project.
The brewery is planning a $6 million renovation of the former Campbell Baking Co. building to house a production brewery, beer garden, restaurant and coffee shop.
Single Speed founder Dave Morgan says the approval and a pending report on eligibility from the National Park Service were vital to starting construction.
The tax credits can be sold to investors to assist with the cost of the project. They require that the work meets historic design standards.
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Powerball Jackpot Passes $400 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $415 million, making it the largest since a record-setting prize in January.
Winning numbers for the game will be drawn Saturday night, and if no one has the lucky ticket, the prize will likely grow substantially by the next drawing Wednesday.
Although $415 million is nothing to turn your nose up at, it's far smaller than the largest-ever $1.6 billion jackpot that prompted some to wait in hours-long lines outside lottery retailers. Three people bought winning tickets for that prize in January.
Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million



   

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