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Police Probing Social Media Threat to Iowa State Students

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating what officials say is a threat posted on social media to three Iowa State students. Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton said Wednesday that the university is trying to identify who posted it on Reddit. The university says the threat targeted three students who participated in a Land Acknowledgement statement made at a…

Safety Violations Found After Attacks at Iowa Psych Hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Regulators have found serious safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Iowa where several combative patients have assaulted employees. An inspection found that employees at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent outbursts due to inadequate emergency plans, low staffing, poor communication and ineffective safety shields that staffers haven’t been trained to…

2nd Ex-Employee Sentenced for Credit Card Scam at Hotel

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Another former employee has been given probation for using guests’ credit cards for a scam at a Sioux City hotel. Woodbury County court records say 36-year-old Sandra Lalumendre was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, suspended, and five years of probation. She’d pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft. Prosecutors dropped a credit…

Iowa District Stops Volunteer Chaplain From Praying with Team

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The West Des Moines Community School District has stopped a high school football team’s volunteer chaplain from praying with players before and after games. West Des Moines Superintendent Lisa Remy said Monday the district received written concerns from parents that the prayers were a violation of the First Amendment. The district then asked the self-described…

Sanford International Champion Steve Stricker to Appear at Austad’s Golf

2020 Ryder Cup Captain will host autograph, photo session

As the second annual Sanford International PGA TOUR nears, we’re hearing more about who will be coming to Sioux Falls to not only play in the tournament, but also be here ahead of time to generate excitement about the event and the big names you’ll have a chance to get out and see play, firsthand. The latest – Steve Stricker,…

Nebraska Woman Arrested, Fined for Climbing Mount Rushmore

Courtesy: South Dakota Dept. of TourismRAPID CITY, S.D. – A Nebraska woman has been fined $1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Authorities say Alexandria Incontro scaled the massive granite sculpture Friday with bare feet and no rope, making it to about 15 feet (4.5 meters) from the top. The Rapid City Journal states Incontro chose…

Presidential Hopefuls to Address Native American Issues

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A presidential campaign event focused on Native American issues is being planned in Sioux City, Iowa, next month. Several groups are working together to plan the forum on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. O.J. Semans of the voting rights group Four Directions says it would be a mistake for candidates to ignore Native American voters….