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Dennis Guth

Dennis Guth Talks About the Iowa Legislature Session Ending

Dennis Guth Talks About the Iowa Legislature Session Ending

It’s becoming evident that our early adjournment for the 2014 session has been a mirage that disappears as we get closer to it. I had hoped the session would end on April 17th, but it’s obvious we will need at least a few days to get things buttoned up for the year.   Perhaps one

football coach Todd Hoffner

Arbitrator: Mankato University Wrong to Fire Coach

An arbitrator says Minnesota State University, Mankato, had no grounds to fire football coach Todd Hoffner and he should be reinstated.   Hoffner’s attorney confirmed the ruling Thursday and says Hoffner is weighing his options.   Hoffner was charged in 2012 with two child pornography counts after video of his naked children was found on

Daniel Harbeck

Iowa Man Gets 100-year Sentence in Sex Abuse Case

A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for committing sex acts with a child over several years.   Daniel Harbeck received the sentence Thursday in Woodbury County District Court. He must serve 70 years before he is eligible for parole.   The 37-year-old Harbeck was sentenced on seven counts of


‘Juno,’ ‘Crucible’ in Dowling’s last Guthrie year

Guthrie Theater director Joe Dowling plans a mix of some of his favorite plays, new works and a classic American musical for his final season.   The Guthrie announced the lineup Thursday for its upcoming season, which will be Dowling’s last after 20 years with the theater.   Dowling will direct or co-direct three productions

Autumn Elgersma

Iowa Day Care Provider Seeks Trial Venue Change

A northwest Iowa day care provider charged with murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl is seeking a change of venue for her upcoming trial. The attorney for 34-year-old Rochelle Sapp says publicity surrounding the case would make it hard for the woman to receive a fair trial in Sioux County. Sapp has pleaded

30-year-old Ryan Scharber

Ex-Babbitt Fire Chief Sentenced for Setting Fires

A former fire chief from northeastern Minnesota has been sentenced for setting fires in Superior National Forest.   U.S. District Judge John Tunheim Thursday sentenced 30-year-old Ryan Scharber to a year in federal prison for setting fire to U.S. forest land and five years for attempted arson. The sentences will be served at the same

Gage Rupp

Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty in Apartment Shooting

A Cedar Rapids man has pleaded not guilty in connection to an Iowa City apartment shooting that seriously injured one woman.   Gage Rupp filed the written plea Thursday to felony charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and reckless use of a firearm.   The 19-year-old is one of four men accused of firing

Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota Senate Passes Tax Bill with Additional Cuts

The Minnesota Senate has given approval to another $101 million in tax breaks, but the array of relief differs from a House version. Thursday’s 57-6 vote sets up final tax negotiations with House tax writers. Both chambers are led by Democrats. The Senate bill expands a sales tax exemption for local governments to those that


Glenwood Officials Report Sewage Leak From Main

Officials in the southwest Iowa city of Glenwood are using buckets to catch sewage from a damaged main.   The state Department of Natural Resources said in a news release Thursday that city officials recently discovered a corrosion hole in the sewer main while working on lines in the area.   Officials are not sure