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Tuesday Afternoon News, July 13th


Le Mars Dialysis Center Observes Tenth Year Anniversary

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Dialysis Center is acknowledging a monumental anniversary. It was ten years ago when the center was able to obtain the necessary certification in order to operate a dialysis center in the “Ice Cream Capital of the World.” Mike Donlin, a director with the Le Mars Dialysis Center explains some of the challenges encountered in order to start the center.

Donlin says the next challenge to securing a dialysis center in Le Mars was to raise the needed funds to renovate the building and to acquire the needed equipment.

Donlin says at the time of organizing a dialysis center it became apparent that it wasn’t financially feasible to have the local dialysis center as part of Floyd Valley Healthcare.

Donlin says a group of investors looked at establishing a dialysis center in Le Mars after a patient found it very inconvenient to travel back and forth to Sioux City several times a week.

Donlin says the directors knew the proposed dialysis center would not be a large operation, but large enough and essential to accommodate those local patients needing a dialysis treatment. Donlin says the board of directors were able to team up with a firm that specializes in operations of dialysis centers across the nation.

The Le Mars Dialysis Center is capable of handling around 18 patients.

Donlin says the board is looking at expanding the facilities to accommodate a few more patients, but adds that may be a while in the future. The Le Mars Dialysis Center will hold a Chamber Coffee event scheduled for Wednesday, July 14th to be held at the Uptown Events Center located on 1st Avenue South
between Hardware Hank and Iowa BBQ. That chamber coffee will begin at 9:30 a.m.




Senator Nunn Announces Run For GOP Nomination in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District

(Bondurant, IA) — State Senator Zach Nunn of Bondurant plans to run for the Republican nomination for Congress in Iowa’s 3rd District. Nunn hopes to challenge Iowa’s lone Democrat in the U-S House, Congresswoman Cindy Axne. He
served two terms in the Iowa House before being elected to the state Senate in 2018. Nunn is also a member of the Iowa National Guard. He’s the third Republican to announce a run for Axne’s seat. Former state legislator Mary Ann Hanusa from Council Bluffs and Nicole Hasso of Johnson are also vying for
the G-O-P nomination. Axne says she’s considering seeking a third term in 2022.




$100K Reward Offered For Information in 2012 Disappearance of Cousins in Black Hawk County

(Evansdale, IA) –– A 100-thousand-dollar reward is now offered for information that leads to an arrest in the 2012 disappearance of two cousins in Black Hawk County. Eight-year-old Elizabeth Collins and ten-year-old Lyric Cook were last seen nine years ago today (Tuesday) in nears Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Hunters discovered their bodies on December 5th, 2012 in Seven
Bridges Wildlife Park in Bremer County. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers or the Evansdale Police Department.




Attorneys For Rivera Claim New Evidence in Murder of Mollie Tibbetts

(Montezuma, IA) — The attorneys for Cristhian Bahena Rivera are making some moves prior to his sentencing Thursday for his first-degree murder conviction in the killing of Mollie Tibbetts. Defense attorneys Chad and Jennifer Frese filed a motion for a new trial, claiming new evidence was discovered after the
jury reached its verdict that clears Bahena Rivera. They have also filed a writ of habeas corpus to have 45-year-old Arne Robert Maki appear in court.
Maki is currently an inmate at the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility. In the fall of 2020, Maki pleaded guilty to violating a non-contact order, domestic abuse assault with intent to inflict serious injury, and assault causing bodily injury or mental illness.




Cedar Rapids Man Draws 2-Year Sentence For Mechanically Shortened Shotgun

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — The sentence is two years in federal prison for a Cedar Rapids man who possessed a mechanically shortened shotgun. Prosecutors say 50-year-old Philip Maccani pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon made from a shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches. The judge said these
weapons are more dangerous because they are both easier to conceal and more difficult to aim and control. A Linn County sheriff’s deputy is credited with de-escalating a dangerous situation by approaching Maccani without knowing
whether he was armed at the time. His sentence includes three years of supervised release when he gets out prison.