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Wednesday Afternoon News, December 11th


Northwest Bank Employee Honored By Chamber As The December “Employee Of The Month”

(Le Mars) — The December “Employee of the Month” honors were awarded to an employee of the Northwest Bank of Le Mars with more than 30 years employment. During the Chamber Coffee held Wednesday morning, branch president and Chamber representative Kevin Eekhoff presented the plaque to Gloria Dreckman. Nominated by the entire staff of Northwest Bank, Gloria Dreckman started her banking career as a teller, then advanced to Lead teller, then to bookkeeping, and now is in Quality Control for the last ten years.

Gloria is a vital part of the Quality Control team. Her years of banking experience in various roles and her friendly demeanor makes her well respected among her co-workers and customers. Gloria is a hard worker and a true team player who is always willing to help out with any task that needs to be completed. Gloria exemplifies these qualities on a daily basis as she works with both bank customers and staff alike. Always looking for opportunities to be of service, she has been a familiar face for our bank helping out in many activities, including the Backpack program, various
parades, and making sure our South Bank location is always looking neat, both inside and out. Gloria will be retiring in 2020, leaving behind a career dedicated to Northwest Bank and the banking industry. Our congratulations go to Gloria Dreckman as being honored as the December 2019 Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.



Gehlen Catholic Students Deliver Advent Bags To Senior Citizens

(Le Mars) — More than 350 advent bags, prepared by Gehlen Catholic students and staff were distributed this morning to residents of area nursing care facilities and apartment complexes, and to All Saints Parish shut-ins. The advent bags contain donated socks, lip gloss, peppermint candies, lens
wipes, tissue, lotion, & other items for Advent gift bags. Attached to the individual bags is a recycled Christmas card which the students transform into a Christmas ornament. Mr. Nathan Sex’s fifth grade class delivered their advent bags to the residents of the Floyd Valley Apartments.

While at the apartment complex, the students sang some favorite Christmas carols which seem to brighten the spirits of the listening residents. Each student & Advent gift bag recipient will receive “Hope, Peace, Joy &Faith” promised this Advent & Christmas season!



Sioux City Police Investigate Shooting Incident

(Sioux City) — Sioux City police are looking for a suspect who fired several shots at a home on 21st Street Tuesday night.
Investigators say witnesses reported hearing several shots fired and it appears that the suspect fired the shots from a car around 9pm.
The house, located at 1400 21st Street, was occupied at the time of the shooting and had at least one bullet hole in it.
No one inside was hurt.
At this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown and there are no suspects identified.
If you have information on this, please call the Sioux City Police
Department at 279-6960 or Crime Stoppers at 258-TIPS (8477).
A cash reward is available for tips leading to an arrest.



South Sioux City Police Make Arrest From Murder Incident At Utah From 1982

(South Sioux City) — A South Sioux City, Nebraska man has been arrested and is suspected of committing a murder in Utah back in 1982.
55-year-old Bryan H. Reed is currently incarcerated in the Dakota County Jail awaiting extradition back to Utah to face charges of Murder and Aggravated Burglary for the death Wilhelmina Reid, a 72 year old woman, who was found deceased in her apartment on August 18, 1982.
Reid died from blunt force trauma.
South Sioux City Police were contacted by detectives with the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department in a year ago and interviewed Reed in South Sioux on December 18th of 2018.
Also at that time South Sioux City investigators served a search warrant to collect Reed’s DNA.
Detectives were then able to link Reed to Reid’s death through DNA analysis and finger prints.
Reed was interviewed again by Utah detectives who gained Reed’s admission.
Reed was 17 at the time of the homicide and moved to Nebraska shortly after the alleged crime took place.



Fort Madison Victim From Police Shooting Dies

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say an armed man shot by a Fort Madison police officer has died. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said in a news release Wednesday that officers sent just before 11 p.m.
Tuesday to a manufacturing warehouse encountered the man. The officer then shot him, and he died later at a Fort Madison hospital. His name and that of the officer haven’t been released. Authorities haven’t said what caused the officer to fire. Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff told station WGEM
the warehouse incident was related to the earlier shooting of another man.



Superintendent For Care Center Under Federal Investigation

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – The superintendent of Iowa’s care center for people with intellectual disabilities has been placed on paid leave amid a federal investigation into the facility. The director of Iowa’s Human Services Department told Glenwood Resource Center workers Monday about the action taken against Jerry Rea. The Des Moines Register reported that Rea was
placed on leave “in light of” a federal investigation. Associated Press efforts to reach Rea on Wednesday were unsuccessful. The newspaper reported earlier this month that the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating whether the state was providing adequate medical care and employing “needless and harmful restraint practices.”



New Data Center Coming To Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A data center that could employ up to 10 people is being built in the western Iowa city of Council Bluffs. The Daily Nonpareil reports that CyrusOne broke ground Tuesday on the $60 million facility. The first building phase is expected to be finished in fall 2020.
CyrusOne chief technology officer Kevin Timmons said Council Bluffs was an ideal site for several reasons, including the site’s attributes, reliability of fiber optics and affordable power. CyrusOne is based in Dallas and provides information technology infrastructure for about 1,000 customers.