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Wednesday News, April 28th


Gehlen Catholic To Present “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”

(Le Mars) — Who among us doesn’t like Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang from the newspaper comics section? “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” based upon the famous cartoon character created by Charles Schultz is now a musical
theatrical production, and Gehlen Catholic High School will feature the performance this week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at the Vi Kellen Memorial gymnasium with the curtain to open at 7:00 p.m. Mark Morehead is the director of the Gehlen production and says the musical play is directly
lifted off the comics page and placed on stage.

Morehead says the play is uplifting, and it has its share of funny moments that people that grew up with the Charlie Brown character will find enjoyable and relatable. The director of the play says many of the scenes will be recognized from the famous comic strip.

Morehead talks about some of the other familiar characters and themes associated with Charlie Brown.

The musical play consists of six cast members…there’s Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Schroder, Linus, and Sally. Morehead tells us of the Gehlen students selected to portray those familiar roles.

Morehead says the cast and crew have had an enjoyable time rehearsing the play. What about concerns about the COVID-19 virus? Morehead says Gehlen is taking some precautions.

Attendance to the “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” will be limited to 200 seats per performance. However, Morehead says people at home will have the opportunity to view the play online.

This is the first time Gehlen Catholic has presented the musical, “Your’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” but for Morehead, it is the second time he has directed the play. The first time was with Le Mars Community Postal Playhouse Theater back in 1985. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Gehlen Catholic website. They are priced from $6 to $8 dollars.




Crop Officials Concern About The Slow Seed Development

(Le Mars) — Some crop officials are concerned about the slow seed development due to the recent cooler conditions. Although the latest weekly crop condition report shows farmers have planted 20 percent of their corn crop, much of that crop has yet to emerge. Joel DeJong is the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Crops Specialist for northwest Iowa. He says there are some fields where this year’s corn crop has been planted for three weeks, and still nothing is happening.

“DeJong, Joel”

DeJong says farmers are still within the window of opportunity for ideal crop development with maximum yields, but he says we do need some warmer weather.

Warmer temperatures are forecast for the weekend.




Le Mars Man Arrested On Sexual Abuse Charges

(Marcus) — A Le Mars man was arrested on warrants for sexual abuse on April 21st.  The Marcus Police Department says they arrested 22-year old Rashawn Dailey on the warrants, which stem from a lengthy investigation during which Dailey is accused of engaging in sex acts with a juvenile beginning in August of 2017 and ending in February of 2020.  Dailey was charged with two counts of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree, and taken to the Cherokee County Jail, where he was booked in on his warrants and held in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

(Story courtesy of KICD radio.)




Jury Convicts Man Accused Of Killing Fort Dodge Pastor

(Davenport, IA) — The man accused of killing a Fort Dodge pastor in 2019 has been found guilty of first-degree murder. A jury in Scott County has convicted 37-year-old Joshua Pendleton in the death of Reverend Allen Henderson. The 64-year-old Henderson was found unresponsive outside St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge in October of 2019. Henderson had been at the church for 20 years. Police say Pendleton attacked Henderson when the pastor attempted to stop him from getting into the church. Pendleton faces a mandatory life sentence.




Senate Republicans Plan to Cut Income, Property Taxes This Session

(Des Moines, IA) — Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver says it is unlikely Republicans legislators will agree on how to address complaints that companies like Apple and Amazon are censoring conservatives. Senators have voted to withdraw state and local tax breaks for big tech companies if a court rules Iowans are being censored. A plan in the House narrowed the bill, to apply
only when Iowa elected officials or political candidates have online posts or accounts removed. Whitver says the House and Senate have passed a lot different bills and need to get on the same page and move the state forward and end with a successful session. He said Senate Republicans are
prioritizing 100-million dollars in property tax relief, with a proposed state take-over of the mental health system, along with eliminating some tax revenue guideposts set up in 2018, so a series of income tax cuts can take effect.




House Speaker Grassley Says ‘Very Difficult” to Find Bottle Bill Resolution

(Des Moines, IA) — A top Republican says there’s still a chance lawmakers will vote this year to make changes in Iowa’s Bottle Bill, but House Speaker Pat Grassley says it’s “very difficult” to find a resolution. Grassley told reporters, “the same thing happens every time we even have these conversations
is every group that’s involved goes into their corners and no one’s willing to move.” Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton says he thinks they’re as close as they’ve ever been, without saying we’re 100 percent there yet, to having support for passage in the House. Former Senate G-O-P leader Bill Dix
is lobbying for Fareway grocery stores. Dix is supporting an approach that would let grocers opt out of accepting empties if a redemption center was within 20 miles of their store. A House committee voted Tuesday morning to advance a reform effort.




Iowa DOT Honoring 2 Workers Killed In Work Zone Crashes

(Ames, IA) — The Iowa Department of Transportation is honoring two employees killed in work zone crashes last year. Jeff Arbogast died in August when his D-O-T vehicle was hit by a truck in southeast Iowa. Lynn Roder was directing traffic when he was struck and killed in a work-zone last July in northwest Iowa near Boyden. The D-O-T is participating in National Work Zone Awareness Week.




Two Romanian Men Sentenced For Placing Skimmers, Cameras on Dubuque ATMs

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — Two men from Romania will spend ten months in federal prison for placing card skimmers and pinhole cameras on three A-T-Ms in Dubuque. Thirty-year-old Stefan Busoi and 29-year-old Razvan Diculescu pleaded guilty to possession of device-making equipment. The U-S Attorney’s
Office says 183 people used the A-T-Ms while the skimmers were in place in June of 2020. Law enforcement and bank employees found the skimmers and cameras. Prosecutors say Busoi and Diculescu were arrested when they returned for the skimmers. Both men were in the U-S illegally on fraudulent Greek




Ames City Council Approves Installation Of Security Cameras In Campustown

(Ames, IA) — Ten years after the idea was first brought up, the Ames City Council has given its approval to the installation of security cameras in the Campustown area. During renovation work last summer, fiber-optic lines were installed so the cameras could be connected to the city system. Privacy issues have caused some concerns about the project, but the Campustown Action Association also finds some benefits. The Iowa State University Student Government has given its approval. Ames police say they won’t be monitoring the cameras unless there is a big event – like the Cyclones-Hawkeyes football game.




Hazmat Crews Called When Des Moines Police Stop Stolen Car With Leaking Tank Inside

(Des Moines, IA) — Authorities say hazmat crews were called to the scene of a traffic stop by a Polk County deputy Tuesday morning. When the deputy pulled over the stolen car, a leaking tank of anhydrous ammonia was found inside. Two people have been arrested – 61-year-old William Lane and 50-year-old Helene Latcham. The streets around the area were blocked off to
traffic while the situation was resolved. Lane is charged with stealing the car and both are charged with drug possession. They’re being held in the Polk County Jail. No injuries were reported.