County Supervisors To Open Bids For Courtroom Renovation
(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the County Courthouse Boardroom. The county governing board will open bids from contractors for the renovation project involving the courtroom. The county board of supervisors will also discuss renovation for the county attorney office space. The county supervisors will hold a public hearing on a fiscal year 2021-2022 budget amendment. The county board will hear from Evan DelVal with ISG Architects, as he discusses county inspection for a proposed pipeline. County Engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the county supervisors. Rohe will present an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for a detour on Highway 3. Rohe will also present to the board application certification for a culvert replacement at the intersection of county roads C-30 and K-64.
Sioux City Police Arrest Man After Breaking Windows
(Sioux City) — A male suspect is now in jail facing several charges after going on a window breaking spree in downtown Sioux City Sunday evening. Sioux City Police say 37-year old Ryan Redler was armed with a hammer, and allegedly broke windows at Prime Assisted Living at 725 Pearl Street. Officer Andrew Dutler says from there, Redler proceeded to the Federal Courthouse where he shattered windows to entry doors on two sides of the building and then went to the Sioux City Police and Fire Headquarters Building.
Redler was taken into custody and went first to the hospital with injuries to his hands and arms he sustained from broken glass in damaging the properties. He faces several charges in connection with the damage.
Redler is also charged with one count of 5th degree mischief. He is being held on a $20,050 bond at the Woodbury County Jail.
One Year Anniversary Of The Derecho Storm
(Washington) — Today marks the one-year anniversary of the strong derecho wind storm that swept across central Iowa damaging crops, grain storage facilities, trees, schools, and other buildings. The derecho stretched from Highway 71 and continued across the state into Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst says Iowans are resilient.
Ernst, along with Senator Chuck Grassley were successful in passing bi-partisan legislation that provide tax relief to the individuals, families, and small businesses impacted by the Iowa derecho. The bill was signed into law as part of the year-end package.
Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Shooting Into Car Of Teenage Girls
(Des Moines, IA) — A 26-year-old Iowa man is going to prison for 10 years after shooting into a car full of Black teenage girls last year. One girl was wounded. Twenty-six-year-old Michael McKinney of St. Charles pleaded guilty to a charge of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury in June. The shooting happened December 6th at a rally in Des Moines for then-President Donald Trump. The car the girls were in was trying to back up when it hit a pickup. That’s when McKinney opened fire, hitting the 15-year-old victim in the leg. The girl told the court she thought she was going to die that day. McKinney apologized in court.
Iowa State University Professor Says Climate Change Is Already Causing Damage
(Ames, IA) — An Iowa State University professor says climate change is already causing damage in this state. William Gutowski says the warmer winters and wetter summers we’re experiencing are signs of climate change. The United Nations issued a “code red for humanity” Monday after releasing its latest report. It found that Earth’s temperature is now expected to surpass the levels experts were trying to prevent – and it could happen by the next decade. Gutowski says Iowans can expect a future of hotter temperatures if we don’t change course. He says state residents should reduce their own energy consumption and push their lawmakers to make meaningful policy changes.
One Man Charged With Attempted Murder, One Dead In Ringgold County Incident
(Mount Ayr, IA) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation reports one man is being held in the Decatur County Jail on two counts of attempted murder, while another is dead following an incident in Ringgold County. Investigators say there was an ongoing dispute between Chance Newton and Joseph Vanderflught. Newton apparently killed himself at the end of a police pursuit late Sunday night. A 9-1-1 caller said a man and woman had been shot while driving on a county road in Lamoni. Vanderflught says he shot at them because he thought it was Newton’s car.
Iowa Senator Grassley Part Of Bipartisan Push For Pandemic Relief For Swine Producers
(Washington, DC) — Republican U-S Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa joined Democratic colleagues from Minnesota Monday to push for pandemic relief for swine producers and contract swine growers. They sent a letter to the U-S Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to make sure they are eligible for the assistance that Congress has secured. They felt it necessary to write the letter after a Pandemic Assistance for Producers June announcement didn’t mention the swine producers.
Body Found In Des Moines Parking Lot Identified
(Des Moines, IA) — Des Moines Police have identified a woman found dead in a parking lot of a local business Sunday morning as a 37-year-old resident of the city. Her name is being withheld until her family is notified. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, as investigators continue reviewing the case.
Meskwaki Powwow Canceled
(Tama, IA) — The 106th annual Meskwaki Powwow that was to start Thursday has been canceled due to a death on the Meskwaki Settlement. Officials of the Meskwaki Annual Powwow Association said on its webpage that the cancelation was due to unforeseen circumstances. Last year’s event was also canceled by the pandemic. The annual four-day event held on the Meskwaki Settlement near Tama and is connected to the “Green Corn Dance” — a harvest festival that dates to the tribe’s earliest years.