Gas Prices Could Climb To Over $4 Per Gallon By Mid-Summer

Talk continues about high gas prices

While pump prices fell a few cents in recent days, there are persistent rumors Iowans will be paying more than four-dollars a gallon for gasoline by summertime. Gregg Laskoski, the senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy-dot-com, believes those rumors will prove true. Laskoski expects gas prices to hit four-ten or four-15 a gallon by June or July.

Laskoski says anytime gas prices go up at the start of a new year, it’s a signal that trend will contin ue. In the past, when prices have skyrocketed, drivers did what they could to conserve fuel and buy more efficient vehicles. He says individual fuel consumption has nothing to do the rise in price. He says the consumption factor fell out of the equation a long ago.

When oil is traded overseas, it is exempt from U-S regulations. Laskoski says there is no “common sense regulation” in the commodities market. He agrees with reports that consumption is down but not because drivers are cutting back. He says more people are unemployed and have no jobs to drive to.

Laskoski says TransCanada’s Keystone X-L oil pipeline could shake things up. The proposed six-Billion-dollar pipeline would stretch from Canada to Texas, going through several states, including nearby South Dakota and Nebraska.

Progress on the proposed pipeline has ground to a halt as concerns rise about its potential impact on environmentally-sensitive areas.

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Sheldon City Council Will Talk About Pucci’s Property Improvements, ATV Ordinance

The Sheldon City Council will meet in regular session Wednesday beginning at 4:30. After hearing reports from the Fire Department, SCAT, EMA, the Marketing Committee and SCDC, the council will consider a request for a permanent easement and improvements of the former Puccis site.

Also to be discussed is the ATV ordinance and Golf cart operations.

This will be followed by a possible closed session for the city managers evaluation in the council chambers.

By Walt Pruiksma
General Manager
News Reporter

Worthington Man Sentenced In Sioux County For Possession With Intent To Deliver Marijuana

A Worthington, Minnesota teen has been sentenced to probation and other penalties after pleading guilty to felony drug possession with intent to deliver.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 18-year-old Keophothone Rounoubon, of Worthington was sentenced for the crime of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, a Class D Felony.

On October 19, 2011, an Iowa State trooper stopped Rounoubon for speeding near Exit 16 — the Alton exit — on Highway 60. At the time of the traffic stop, the trooper was assisted by a Sioux County Deputy Sheriff, a K-9 dog handler, who, with the aid of his drug detection dog, located about two ounces of marijuana in Rounoubon’s vehicle in five individually packaged baggies. After the drugs were found, Rounoubon admitted to intending to deliver the marijuana to a person in Worthington.

After pleading guilty, Rounoubon received a deferred judgment and he was placed on probation for two years. As specific conditions of probation, Rounoubon must pay a civil penalty of $750, be enrolled as a full-time student or be gainfully employed at least 40 hours per week, and undergo a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommendations.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Dordt College “Incredibly Blessed” by Vision 2020 Fund-Raising Campaign

Launching an ambitious fund-raising campaign just a couple of years before a serious global economic downturn might sound like a recipe for disaster, but for supporters of Dordt College, it was an opportunity to demonstrate their solid commitment.

But the goal was set at Dordt’s Jubilee: Raise one million dollars for each year Dordt College has been in existence, and set the stage for Dordt’s continuing mission for years to come.

John Baas, vice president for advancement at Dordt College says that some people looked at Dordt’s history and thought it was a stretch. But he says he thought the goal was achievable. And he says the response was greater than he could have even hoped.

In the end, 14,000 supporters contributed, and the final total surprised even true believers: After a seven-year fund-raising campaign spanning some of the most economically challenging years in recent memory, Dordt College exceeded its goal by millions. The total? $57,334,277.76.

Money from the campaign has been put to immediate use at the college, and its effects are evident in many areas: New programs have been launched, student scholarships have been increased exponentially, faculty research and scholarship has been supported, and campus development efforts have become evident in new structures such as the Douglas and Henrietta Miedema Classroom building and the clocktower. Students are benefiting greatly from almost $12 million for scholarships.

Some of the funds raised in the campaign will support a three-phase plan to expand and update the Science and Technology Center which is the colleges next big fund-raising priority. With regular enrollment growth in the sciences, new and updated facilities will provide the space and the technology students need.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Fight On To Decide Admissible Evidence In Minten Trial

The fight is on to determine what evidence will be admissible in Former Osceola County Deputy Dan Minten’s case against Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber. A judge has already granted a summary judgment in Minten’s favor. That means the trial will only decide what damages the sheriff will have to pay.

Minten claims he was wrongly fired after he offered to testify in a case against the sheriff. He made this offer while he was on duty, during a traffic stop.

Weber’s attorney’s have asked that the outcome of the unemployment hearing not be admitted. Meanwhile Minten’s attorneys want to keep references to other workplace disciplinary violations and complaints out of the trial.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Area Snowfall Totals

At the 7 AM reading KIWA recorded 0.6″ of snow which melted down to .06″ of precipitation with trace amounts falling since that time.

Here are what some other areas are reporting:

Orange City – 0.6″
Rock Rapids – 1.25″ (0.03″ moisture)
George – 0.5″ (0.01″ moisture)
Rock Valley – 0.5″
3 NNE of Sibley – 0.2″

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