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Northwest Iowa man convicted of murder as a teen appeals for a lesser sentence

Ryan Wedebrand asked a judge Monday for a lesser sentence and a shot at parole during a resentencing hearing. Wedebrand was 17-years-old when he was sentenced to life in prison when he and eight others kidnapped, tortured and killed 15-year-old Gregory 'Sky' Erickson of Estherville, Iowa. A 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allows those sentenced to life in prison as minors to request a resentencing, meaning they can try to get parole. Wedebrand, along with a his spiritual advisor, claim he's a changed man who wants a second chance. The judge will announce his decision at a hearing on May 16th.

Woodbury County non-profits won't see money this year from MRHD

Without any money, the group that distributes Argosy Casino's revenue to Siouxland organizations won't fund grants in 2014. Missouri River Historical Development's president said the Argosy's owner, Penn National Gaming, hasn't given MRHD the negotiated percentage of its profits for the last 13 months. MRHD will honor a $10,000 pledge to the Flight 232 exhibit, but that money will only come after the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opens this summer. MRHD does plan on giving grants next year. The amount will be determined at a later time.

Students at Hunt Elementary get a lesson on the importance of agriculture

Members of the Westwood High School's Future Farmers of America club taught a lesson in the importance of agriculture to younger students. The FFA students headed to Sioux City's Hunt Elementary School Monday. They brought the farm to the classroom and gave the kindergarten through 5th graders a lesson in caring for animals and growing crops. They also got to test out a tractor for themselves. Westwood FFA members say it's important for Iowans of all ages to be educated in agriculture.


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