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.
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.
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.
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.
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