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Wednesday News, July 14th


Le Mars Public Library Seeking Public Input On Survey

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Public Library recently launched a community survey as part of its ongoing strategic planning process. The library is seeking input from residents on what the community desires for public library services. Library officials will use the results of the community survey to inform the goals and strategies included in the library’s new strategic plan. Those who complete the survey by today, July 14th, may enter a drawing for one of three $100 gift certificates to Wal-Mart, and those who complete the survey by July 28th may enter a drawing for one of three $50 gift certificates to Wal-Mart. Residents can submit their survey online: to http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lemarslibrary. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Le Mars Public Library. Surveys should be submitted by Wednesday, July 28th.




Premier Communications To Apply For State Grant To Install High Speed Broadband Internet To Plymouth County Rural Regions

(Le Mars) — Representatives from Premier Communications of Sioux Center appeared before the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to discuss installing fiber-optic cable for many Plymouth County rural regions. High speed broadband internet for all areas of Iowa is a priority set by Iowa
Governor Kim Reynolds, and the Iowa legislature approved the funding of $100 million dollars for the upcoming fiscal year for the use of grants to help with companies install broadband internet in the rural areas. Doug Boone, CEO of Premier Communications informed the county governing board that they are seeking a grant from the state to begin work on installing internet to rural Plymouth County. Boone says Premier Communications was requesting a resolution of support to help with the scoring of the grant, as well as a pledge for funding.

Premier Communications CEO, Doug Boone, points to a map of northwest Iowa indicating reduced coverage for broadband internet, and informs the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors the rural area of Plymouth County, in which Premier Communications hopes to serve with assistance from a state grant.

Boone says the targeted area of Plymouth County would include the rural areas surrounding Le Mars, Brunsville, Struble, Craig, and Merrill. He says there are 1,362 locations identified within the proposed service area. The board of supervisors gave their approval for a resolution of support for Premier Communications to pursue the grant, and also pledged $10,000 for assisting with the funding of the project.




Le Mars Dialysis Center Celebrates 10th 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.




Northwest Iowa Man Charged in Rock Valley Pedestrian Hit-and-Run

(Orange City, IA) — A northwest Iowa man is charged with attempted murder for what witnesses described as a hit-and-run for allegedly driving over someone in Rock Valley early Sunday morning. Police say their investigation revealed 39-year-old Jaime Montiel and the pedestrian had gotten into an
argument. The argument continued into the street when the pedestrian confronted Montiel on the side of the road. Officers say Montiel backed his vehicle away from the pedestrian and then allegedly drove towards the victim, striking and dragging them under the car until they were run over by the rear
wheels. Montiel found hiding inside a closet at an apartment in Rock Valley.





Convicted Killer’s Sentencing Could Be Delayed By New Evidence

(Des Moines, IA) — Legal experts are saying the sentencing for convicted killer Cristhian Bahena Rivera could be delayed by new evidence. Bahena Rivera was found guilty earlier this year of the murder of college student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018. Now, his attorneys say he should get a new trial.
Two people have come forward saying a third period claimed credit for the killing of Tibbetts. That person said she was killed in a failed effort to kidnap her for sex trafficking. Drake Law School professor Bob Rigg says even though the story sounds farfetched, the judge may want to give attorneys for both sides more time to study the new information. Sentencing is set for
Thursday now, but that could change.




Attorneys For Dubuque Man Convicted Twice Want Third Trial For Their Client

(Dubuque, IA) — Attorneys representing a Dubuque man who has been found guilty twice of killing his girlfriend, now wants a third trial for their client. Twenty-one-year-old Samantha Link died of three stab wounds in March 2017. Twenty-nine-year-old Fontae Buelow was found guilty by an all-white jury in 2018 of second-degree murder. When the Iowa Supreme Court granted him a new trial, a second jury found him guilty of the same charge once again.
Buelow is Black. He has said Link stabbed herself while they were arguing.
The defense points out there was no D-N-A evidence connecting Buelow to the knife and fingerprints on it supported his story.




Iowa Fugitive Taken Into Custody In South Dakota

(Spirit Lake, IA) — Authorities in Dickinson County say a fugitive who escaped arrest earlier this week has been taken into custody in South Dakota.
Patrick Miles is said to be awaiting extradition back to Spirit Lake. Miles is wanted on a series of charges, including first-degree robbery. He had been ordered by the court to wear a G-P-S monitoring bracelet, but when deputies and Milford police went to pick him up they found the bracelet had been removed.




Madison County Adds Ordinance That Slows Down Wind Turbine Project

(Winterset, IA) — Members of the Madison County Board of Supervisors have passed a new ordinance that is delaying a wind turbine project. Opponents of the idea say the turbines are loud and interrupt their sleep. The Arbor Hill project would involve the installation of 52 new ones. One resident says she would be paid six thousand dollars a year to have one located on her property.
MidAmerican Energy is suing the county board, saying the new ordinance is inconsistent with a permit that was already approved.




Iowa Department of Public Health Offering Home COVID Testing Kits Friday

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Public Health is shifting over to COVID home testing as the Test Iowa sites close down. Officials say free home test kits will be available starting Friday. You will be able to pick up a test kit or have one sent to your home for free. The tests require you to collect a saliva sample and return it by U-P-S. The test results will come
through email in about 24 hours. The current Test Iowa website will feature a test kit site locator tool for the 125 pick-up sites throughout the state.
The last two open Test Iowa sites in Des Moines and Davenport will close for good on Friday at 4 p-m.




Armstrong Man Sentenced to 40 Months For COVID Relief Scheme

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — A man who received federal pandemic relief through banks in Iowa and Minnesota for a non-existent business will spend more than three years in federal prison. Fifty-seven-year-old Donald Franklin Trosin of Armstrong, Iowa used to live in Champlin, Minnesota. Prosecutors say Trosin
submitted more than 20 applications for Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans for a business he claimed had 120 employees and a five-million-dollar million payroll, but Trosin didn’t operate a business.
He pleaded guilty this spring to major fraud and money laundering.
Prosecutors say he tried to transfer the pandemic relief he got to people in other states and countries, including China. He’s been ordered to pay one-point-three-million dollars in restitution.




Mason City Father and Son Found Guilty of Dealing Heroin and Meth

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — A father and son from Mason City could face life prison sentences after being convicted on federal drug charges. The U-S Attorney’s Office says a grand jury found 60-year-old Charlton Maxwell and 33-year-old Antione Maxwell guilty of conspiracy to distribute multiple pounds of methamphetamine and heroin. The evidence showed the Maxwells distributed large quantities of the drugs in the Mason City area between January of 2018 and October 2020. Prosecutors say Charlton and Antione were both caught
selling meth and heroin. Their sentencing hearings haven’t been scheduled.