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Friday News, February 6

Woodbury County Authorities Make An Arrest On Sloan Man Murder

(Sioux City) -- A charge of first degree murder has been filed in the January 9th death of a Sloan, Iowa man.  29 year old Timothy Rodger Schroeder has been chargedin the shooting death of Dustin Taylor Wilder.  The 29 year old Wilder's body was found in his home in sloan by a dog sitter on the morning of January 9th.  Court documents state that Schroeder, and his wife Amanda, accompanied Wilder to his home after leaving a bar in Sloan.  The affidavit states that Amanda Schroeder told investigators that she and another man, Dustin Duncan, overheard her husband state he wanted to commit a robbery and do something big or kill someone before the homicide.  Sheriff Dave Drew says investigators are still hoping to find an important piece of evidence in the case.     

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Schroeder is also charged withi going armed with intent and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Drew says Schroeder, who has been previously twice convicted of felonies, was arrested later on January 9th and has been in custody since then on a parole violation charge.     

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No one else has been charged in the case at this time.  Schroeder is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $320,000 bond.

 

KLEM Expo To Begin Today

(Le Mars) -- Both floors will be filled with more than 70 exhibitors for the KLEM Expo which starts this afternoon at the Le Mars Convention Center.   This year's KLEM Expo will feature financial institutions, insurance companies, home furnishings, home improvement, health and wellness clubs, and so much more.  Enjoy a free Catalanos pizza party on Friday evening, and for Saturday, children can create crafts with the assistance of the Le Mars Arts Center, as well as participate in the Coloring Contest.  Free Blue Bunny ice cream treats will be distributed for both days. The hours of the KLEM Expo are from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for Friday, February 6th, and from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7th. Don't forget to register for a free trip to Las Vegas! 

 

Monsanto To Award Grant To LEEP  

(Le Mars) -- On Friday evening at the Le Mars Community School new gymnasium, between the girls and boys varsity games, officials with the Monsanto agricultural company, along with Julie Bietelspacher of Le Mars, will be making a presentation to school officials.  It's all part of the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program in which farm families apply for a grant through Monsanto and then direct it to a local cause.  Bietelspacher says Monsanto is doing more to expand their outreach and wanting to give back to local communities.  She explains how she first learned of the grant program.

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Monsanto is awarding a $2,500 grant in each county throughout the midwest growing area.  Bietelspacher completed the application on-line and designated the Le Mars Enhanced Educational Project or LEEP, as the benefactor. Monsanto notified Julie and her husband Wayne, in January, that they are the winning farm family representing Plymouth County. Bietelspacher has had a long relationship with LEEP, serving as a founding board member.  She says many of the school's students will benefit from the grant.

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Bietelspacher says Monsanto requires the applicant to be a farm family and the chosen charity or organization meets the requirements of being a non-profit enity.

 

Sioux City Tows Vehicles In Order To Clear Snow

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City has towed 15 vehicles that hadn't been moved since last weekend's snowstorm.
     The vehicles were towed Wednesday and owners will have to pay fees of up to $150 to regain their vehicles. The fee could be higher if a tow required extra labor.
     Mayor Bob Scott had said the unmoved vehicles were making it tough for city crews to clear the more than 7 inches of snow from some areas. The city has a policy that all streets have to be plowed within 72 hours after a snowfall ends.  Another ordinance says it's unlawful for a vehicle to be parked in the same area for 24 hours without being moved.
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Rock Valley And Rock Rapids To Receive Federal Loans From Flood Damage

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two cities in northwestern Iowa have been granted disaster loans to help recover from severe summer flooding.
     The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced Thursday that Rock Rapids and Rock Valley have each been approved for a Community Disaster Loan from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
     Rock Rapids will receive $513,220, and Rock Valley will receive $939,094.
     The cities were flooded by Rock River in June, resulting in an estimated $15 million in damage to public roads, buildings and bridges. The estimates did not include homes or farmland.
     Patrick Hall, who serves as state coordinating officer for the disaster, says the loans will aid the communities in the aftermath of the flooding. He says the state will also continue to assist both cities as they recover.

 

Former Congressman Wants Presidential Candidates To Discuss Foreign Policy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Michigan congressman is leading an effort to promote more foreign policy discussion among Republican presidential hopefuls.
     Mike Rogers, who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, is unveiling a plan Thursday to boost foreign policy conversation in advance of the 2016 election. Rogers is leading a group called Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security, which held a kickoff event in Des Moines. The organization aims to build support among Iowa voters and hold candidate events, including a forum in the fall.
     Rogers plans to organize similar programs in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
     Rogers served in the U.S. House for 14 years before retiring at the end of last year. He was chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

 

Regents Approve University Of Iowa Hospitals To Purchase Heart Center

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A request from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to buy the Iowa City Heart Center has been approved.
     The Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday agreed to the $1.17 million purchase, which includes providing academic appointments to four cardiologists and taking on the center's non-physician workforce. It will be funded with UIHC money.
     The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the purchase only involves business assets, not real estate. According to regents documents, UIHC is looking into possibly continuing some service at the center's location in Mercy Medical Plaza. Otherwise, all operations will be fully incorporated into UIHC.
     The board says the purchase and the employment of four cardiologists enhance UIHC and the University of Iowa's opportunities for clinical, research and educational experiences.

 

AIB Business College Will No Longer Offer Athletic Competition

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - AIB College of Business officials say this spring will be the final season for the school's athletic department.
     The move was announced Thursday just more than a week after the private business college said it would become the University of Iowa's Des Moines campus.
     Officials say no freshmen will be enrolled this fall, and that AIB will graduate its final class in June 2016 before UI takes over the campus in July 2016. They say the school will be renamed the Regional Regents Center.
     AIB Athletic Director Al Dorenkamp says advisers will work with students and athletes to discuss options for continuing involvement with sports and their education.
     Dorenkamp says athletic scholarships will be honored through 2016 for those who choose to stay.
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ThursdayAfternoon News, February 5

Monsanto To Award LEEP $2,500 Grant

(Le Mars) -- On Friday evening at the Le Mars Community School new gymnasium, between the girls and boys varsity games, officials with the Monsanto agricultural company, along with Julie Bietelspacher of Le Mars, will be making a presentation to school officials.  It's all part of the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program in which farm families apply for a grant through Monsanto and then direct it to a local cause.  Bietelspacher says Monsanto is doing more to expand their outreach and wanting to give back to local communities.  She explains how she first learned of the grant program.

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Monsanto is awarding a $2,500 grant in each county throughout the midwest growing area.  Bietelspacher completed the application on-line and designated the Le Mars Enhanced Educational Project or LEEP, as the benefactor. Monsanto notified Julie and her husband Wayne, in January, that they are the winning farm family representing Plymouth County. Bietelspacher has had a long relationship with LEEP, serving as a founding board member.  She says many of the school's students will benefit from the grant.

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Bietelspacher says Monsanto requires the applicant to be a farm family and the chosen charity or organization meets the requirements of being a non-profit enity.

 

Woodbury County Sheriff To Announce An Arrest Connected To Sloan Murder

(Sioux City) -- Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew will be holding a brief press conference today @ 2:00P @ the Law Enforcement Center, Sheriff's Office, Drew will be announcing an arrest in the Dustin Taylor Wilder homicide that occurred at Sloan, Iowa on January 9th.

 

Onawa City Administrator Charged With Assaulting Son

 ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - The city administrator in a western Iowa town has been charged with assaulting his 15-year-old son.
     Court documents say 45-year-old Bradley Hanson, city administrator in Onawa, got into a fight with his son at their home. A criminal complaint with the Monona County Sheriff's Office says Hanson slapped his son, who slapped him back, and Hanson then took him to the ground and slammed his head into the floor.
     Records show Hanson's wife called police as the fight occurred.
     The sheriff's office says the teen had minor injuries, but didn't require medical treatment.
     Hanson was arrested Jan. 28.
     Hanson has since bonded out of jail. A court hearing is set for Feb. 11.
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Legislators Hear Condition Of The Guard Address

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of the Iowa National Guard says that overseas requirements for the unit continue to decline.
     Major General Timothy Orr addressed the Iowa General Assembly Thursday. He says they currently have about 150 soldiers and airmen deployed around the world. Thousands have served in combat and combat support roles over the past 13 years in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
     Orr said the guard is focused on training, so that the guard is ready for military duties and emergency response in the state. He said the guard is "mission focused and warrior ready."
     There are about 9,200 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Iowa.

 

State Senators Give Preliminary Approval For Changing Election Rules Involving Primaries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Senators have given preliminary approval to legislation that would change primary election rules in Iowa so voters decide certain contested races, rather than political party delegates.
     The bill got subcommittee-level backing Thursday and now goes to a Senate committee for review.  Under the proposal, if no candidate receives 35 percent of the primary vote in certain races, there would be a runoff election between the top two vote-getters.
     Currently, when no candidate meets the primary threshold, party delegates pick a nominee. The legislation would impact races for Congress, the Legislature and statewide office.
     Sen. Brad Zaun, an Urbandale Republican, proposed the measure. Last year, he received the most votes in a six-way Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District. But he didn't reach the threshold and lost at the convention.

 

Lake Mills Man Charged With Trading Securities Without License

LAKE MILLS, Iowa (AP) - A Lake Mills man accused of trading securities without a license has been fined $100,000 and ordered to make restitution of more than $454,000.
     Randall Finer was cited by the Iowa Insurance Division for dealing unregistered securities, being an unregistered agent, making untrue statements, omitting facts and not complying with orders from investigators.
     They are civil violations of the Iowa Uniform Securities Act, not criminal.
     The newspaper says Finer disputed the allegations in a Jan. 16 letter to investigators. He said had sought money from people in order to trade futures contracts for himself. He said he always made it clear that he was seeking a personal loan and that he was not a broker or financial planner.

 

Train De-Railment At Mississippi River

  DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Railroad officials say it's unclear how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River following a train derailment in eastern Iowa, but that they're working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train.
     The cars went off the tracks Wednesday morning in a remote area about 10 miles north of Dubuque.
     Canadian Pacific spokesman Jeremy Berry says eight of the 14 derailed cars carrying ethanol appear to be leaking. He says some ethanol has reached the river, but it's unclear how much.
     Federal and state environmental agencies are working with Canadian Pacific to set up ethanol monitoring sites downriver.
     Local authorities say three cars caught fire and three others plunged into the river. Fires from the accident had been extinguished by Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.

 

Church Burglaries Prompts Bishop To Hold Mass To Sanctify Church

   CUMMING, Iowa (AP) - An early January robbery at a historic church in suburban Des Moines compelled a bishop to conduct a special service meant to sanctify it.
     Bishop Richard Pates and Father Dan Kirby led a congregation of about 75 people Monday through the 147-year-old church at St. Patrick's Irish Settlement in Cumming, flinging holy water up the walls in an effort to bless the sanctuary following the theft.
     Kirby says the robbery was more spiritually detrimental than financially. The thief or thieves stole a chalice containing wafers that become the literal body of Christ for Catholics during mass and several Bibles and prayer books.
     Pates says the wafers are "the most sacred element" in the Catholic faith, so their disappearance made the so-called mass of reparation necessary.
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