MUSKETEERS PART WAYS WITH COACH STRAND

SIOUX CITY—THE SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW COACH. HOCKEY OPERATIONS PRESIDENT CRAIG WOODCROFT SAYS THEY’VE DECIDED NOT TO RETAIN THE SERVICES OF COACH LUKE STRAND FOR THE UPCOMING 2011-2012 SEASON.
HE SAYS, “THE ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO THANK LUKE FOR HIS EXCELLENT COMMITMENT TO THE CLUB THROUGHOUT HIS TENURE HERE IN SIOUX CITY”.
HE WISHES LUKE NOTHING BUT THE BEST AS HE MOVES FORWARD WITH HIS CAREER IN HOCKEY.
A NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR A REPLACEMENT WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY.

ELTON JOHN TO PERFORM MAY 3RD IN SIOUX CITY

SIOUX CITY—A UNIVERSAL ICON WILL PERFORM AT THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER NEXT MONTH.

ELTON JOHN WILL APPEAR IN CONCERT WITH HIS BAND AND PERFORM HIS “GREATEST HITS LIVE”, TUESDAY MAY 3RD.

HE WILL PERFORM HIS NUMBER CHART HITS AND CLASSIC ALBUM TRACKS FROM THROUGHOUT HIS INCREDIBLE FIVE DECADE CAREER.

ELTON JOHN IS ONE OF THE TOP SELLING SOLO ARTISTS OF ALL TIME, WITH 35 GOLD AND 25 PLATINUM ALBUMS, 29 CONSECUTIVE TOP 40 HITS AND HE HAS SOLD MORE THAN 250 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE.

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE THIS MONDAY AT 10 A.M. FOR $79 AND $129 AT ALL TICKETMASTER LOCATIONS, INCLUDING THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER BOX OFFICE.

TERRA TO PAY CIVIL PENALTIES

SIOUX CITY— Sioux City-based Terra Industries has agreed to pay $625,000 in civil penalties to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act and spend $17 million to install pollution controls at plants in Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Terra, one of the nation’s largest producers of nitric acid and nitrogen fertilizers, will pay $325,000 to the federal government and $100,000 each to environmental agencies in Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Those agencies were co-plaintiffs in an action filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Terra says in a statement that it worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reach a settlement and develop plans to implement emissions reduction initiatives. The company says that by doing so it isn’t admitting any violation of law or regulation.

MORE PHOTOS FROM RANDY RENSHAW IN D-C

Jeff Fortenberry and Randy at HF

Randy Speaking With Barb Sloniker

CONGRESSMEN PLAN TO MOVE UNDER NEW MAP

SIOUXLAND—GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD SAYS HE’LL SIGN THE REDISTRICTING PLAN FOR IOWA’S LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS AS SOON AS HE GETS AN OFFICIAL COPY OF THE BILL.

THE NEW MAPS WERE DRAFTED BY STAFF IN THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE SERVICES AGENCY AND ONLY 8 OUT OF 150 STATE LEGISLATORS VOTED AGAINST THE PLAN WHEN IT SAILED THROUGH THE HOUSE AND SENATE THURSDAY.

THE PLAN MAPS OUT JUST FOUR RATHER THAN FIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS, AS IOWA IS LOSING A SEAT IN CONGRESS AS A RESULT OF THE 2010 CENSUS.

CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM, A REPUBLICAN FROM AMES, ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT HE’S MOVING INTO THE NEW THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, RATHER THAN REMAIN IN THE NEW FOURTH DISTRICT AND FACE FELLOW REPUBLICAN STEVE KING OF KIRON IN A 2012 PRIMARY.

THAT MEANS LATHAM WILL INSTEAD CHALLENGE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN LEONARD BOSWELL WHO LIVES IN DES MOINES.

CONGRESSMAN DAVE LOEBSACK OF MOUNT VERNON AND BRUCE BRALEY OF WATERLOO, BOTH DEMOCRATS, BOTH LIVE IN THE NEW FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, BUT LOEBSACK ANNOUNED THURSDAY THAT HE’LL MOVE TO THE IOWA CITY AREA TO SEEK REELECTION IN THE NEW SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

SIOUX CITY ROBBER STILL ON THE LOOSE

SIOUX CITY—SIOUX CITY OFFICIALS CONTINUE THEIR SEARCH FOR A SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR TWO ROBBERIES THURSDAY MORNING.

OFFICER MCCLURE SAYS AN ARMED SUBJECT ENTERED THE KUM & GO AT 2930 GORDON DRIVE AT 3:46 AND DEMANDED MONEY IN THE REGISTER.

HE THEN FLED THE STORE ON FOOT. THEN AT 3:59, AN ARMED INDIVIDUAL ENTERED THE SINCLAIR AT 4218 MORNINGSIDE AVENUE AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE REGISTERS.

HE THEN FLED ON FOOT TO THE WEST OF THE STORE AND TOOK AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH WITH HIM.

THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, ABOUT 5′ 6″ AND WEIGHING REOUGHLY 145 POUNDS.

THE SUSPECT WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BROWN EYES. HE WAS ARMED WITH A BLACK SEMI-AUTOMATIC STYLE PISTOL.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CRIME, CALL 258-TIPS.

DEAD GUARD’S UNIFORM USED IN ESCAPE

SIOUX FALLS—Investigators say two convicted kidnappers accused of killing a South Dakota prison guard during a failed escape attempt used the guard’s uniform to sneak past one of two security gates before they were caught. Department of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Jason Piercy says in an affidavit that 48-year-old inmates Eric Robert and Rodney Berget assaulted guard Ronald Johnson, wrapped his head in shrink wrap and left him to die while they tried to escape. Piercy says Robert donned Johnson’s uniform and Berget hid inside a cardboard box. They say Robert wheeled Berget past the first security gate on an industrial cart before a suspicious guard confronted them. Berget and Robert made initial appearances Wednesday in state court in Sioux Falls and were charged with first degree murder and felony murder.

 

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