After spending a weekend cut off from Pocahontas County dispatchers with no radio, the police chief in Fonda, Iowa now has it back. Sheriff Bob Lampe had ordered Chief Alex Leu's radio communications with the county be blocked because he wanted to make a point about Leu going out into the county responding to calls that he wasn't called to. Leu is a certified EMT and often responds to ambulance calls outside of Fonda in his squad car. Lampe says it's a lawsuit waiting to happen. After a heated closed door meeting, the two came to a compromise. Leu will continue to respond to EMT calls outside Fonda in his patrol car, but will wait until he's requested before he responds to county deputy calls.
The sudden and unexpected firing of the police chief in Hartley, Iowa earlier this month continues to cause ripples in the community. On Monday, the city council heard from the public, many people supporting Mark Younie and those supporting Mayor Clayton Pyle, who terminated him. For his part, Younie says he's not going anywhere. He says his family loves it in Hartley and they'll move on to the next stage in their life.
The details are still being worked out for a developer to buy the Sioux City Hotel. A Florida developer continues to review the agreement under which it will buy the property for $4 million and spend at least $6.5 million more renovating the downtown landmark. At last night's city council meeting, mayor Bob Scott said he's ready to finalize the project as soon as possible.
Students at the University of South Dakota are taking in their new $11 million place to gather. When they returned from winter break Monday, they got their first look at the newly renovated Muenster University Center. It's 31,000 square feet bigger than before and now includes Chick-Fil-A, a Qdoba restaurant, and a bagel shop.
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