Sheldon, Iowa — If you go to the Sheldon McDonald’s restaurant from Monday through Valentine’s Day, you could be selected to pay with a very different form of payment.
From February 2nd through the 14th, 2015 McDonald’s will accept “Lovin’” as a form of currency.
With the launch of McDonald’s “Pay with Lovin’” commercial on the big game this Sunday, the company is bringing the idea to life in Sheldon. Some lucky customers at the Sheldon McDonald’s restaurant will be selected through a randomized process at predetermined times and engaged to pay with a “Lovin’” act instead of money.
These acts could be such things as calling your mom and telling her that you love her, sharing a family hug, or telling your son why you love him, for instance.
McDonald’s also encourages people to share their “Lovin’” stories and experiences online by tagging @McDonalds on Twitter and following the conversation on McDonald’s Tumblr.
Fort Madison, Iowa — After some landmark decisions by both the US Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court, a convicted murderer from Alton who has been in prison since the 1970’s is going to be re-sentenced.
Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle tells us about John Walter Mulder.
Kunstle says multiple decisions in the courts have caused this situation.
Kunstle says Branstad’s thought was that this would eliminate the possibility of having to re-sentence all of the convicts to which the ruling applied. But it didn’t work out that way, he says.
Kuntsle says both sides will suggest appropriate sentences in Mulder’s case, and Judge Steven Andreasen will rule on the sentencing. The hearing is set for February 12th. Kuntsle says Judge Andreasen will probably decide on the sentence at that time.
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Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has made a couple of recent arrests.
A Sibley man was arrested this week on a warrant for harassment and trespassing charges.
The Oscoela County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 they arrested 59-year-old Joel Michael Kruger of Sibley on an outstanding warrant on charges of Harassment and Trespassing, both Simple Misdemeanors. The Sheriff’s Office says Kruger allegedly entered a residence in Sibley and began yelling at the victim. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail and released after posting $300 bond.
A Sibley woman was arrested this week on charges related to a domestic situation.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday, January 25, 2015, they arrested 61-year-old Marita Elsa Buckalew of Sibley on a charge of Domestic Abuse, a Simple Misdemeanor. The Sheriff’s Office says Buckalew allegedly assaulted a male at a residence in Sibley. She was booked into the jail and released after posting a $300 bond.
Sioux Center, Iowa — A Remsen man faces up to three years in prison after he dumped waste into a tributary of the West Branch Floyd River near Sioux Center.
According to the United States’ Attorney’s office, 57-year-old Michael J. Wolf of Remsen was employed by the Sioux Preme pork processing plant and oversaw the facility’s wastewater treatment lagoons.
He has pled guilty in federal court in Sioux City to knowingly discharging a pollutant thereby resulting in a fish kill, and was convicted of one count of discharging pollutant in a water of the United States.
At the plea hearing, Wolf admitted in or about August, 2012, Sioux-Preme Packing Corporation contracted with a company to remove and replace debris from their wastewater treatment lagoons, and that beginning on October 23, 2012 and continuing to October 24, 2012, he discharged the contents of the treatment lagoons, including pollutants such as biological material and agricultural waste into a tributary of the West Branch of the Floyd River. Wolf admitted that between October 23 and 24th, 2012, he intentionally and unlawfully discharged approximately 845,000 gallons of untested wastewater and pollutant into the tributary over an 11 and a half hour period.
The DNR says the action caused a fish kill extending over eleven miles downstream.
Wolf’s sentencing date has yet to be set. Among other penalties he faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 per day of violation.
Des Moines, Iowa — A bill to let school districts decide when to start classes in the fall cleared a three-member panel at the statehouse Thursday, January 29th, 2015. There were arguments on both sides, and the bill’s future is uncertain. Ross Schoofs at Adventureland Park in Altoona says they lose money when school starts earlier in August.
(as he says) “Comparing August 15th when schools were back in session to a week earlier when they were not on August 8th, Adventureland’s attendance dropped 58 percent,” Schoofs says.
Senator Todd Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, says the numbers show the schools want to start earlier by the number of waiver requests.
(as he says) “Three-hundred-36 out of 338 school boards are asking for this,” Bowman says.
Wayne Rose from the Newton K-O-A says business drops off even before school starts.
(as he says) “Two weeks prior you can see people not coming to the campgrounds because of the mere fact that they’re trying to get their kids ready to go to school, shopping for clothes, that sort of thing,” Rose testified.
But Emily Piper with the Iowa Association of School Boards, says changing the start date won’t help.
(as she says) “I think it’s a myth to assume the summer will be longer if we start in September,” Piper says.
Currently, state law requires schools to start no earlier than the week in which September 1st, but the Iowa Department of Education recently created criteria that make schools show that it would hurt the education of students to not start earlier before they approve an early start waiver. Schools also argue that students take Advanced Placement tests in the spring, so starting school earlier in the fall gives them more time to prepare. A spokesman for the Iowa Lodging Association quotes a survey showing most Iowans favor a later start date for schools.
Everly, Iowa — An Orange City woman faces drug and other charges after a traffic stop on Highway 18 near Everly.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday night, January 26th, they arrested 21-year-old Sarah Eubank of Orange City in the 1100 mile of Highway 18.
A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and at that point saw open bottles of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. During a search for other open containers, the deputy allegedly discovered a substance thought to be marijuana in the center console. Upon further investigation, it was found Eubank was driving while her license was suspended.
The deputy arrested Eubank, charging her with possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, and no proof of insurance, speeding and driving under suspension, all simple misdemeanors.
Eubank was held on a $1,000 cash or surety bond in the Clay County Jail in Spencer.