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PM News Stories 8.28.19

Woodbury County Jail

A LeMars, Iowa man faces charges of OWI and Vehicular Homicide.   

Thirty-seven year-old Darrick Toel is in the Woodbury County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

The one-vehicle crash on July 1st along Old Lakeport Road killed his cousin Ryan Toel.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a motion Wednesday to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline that would double the line's capacity.

North Dakota regulators have set a public hearing for November 13th on the proposed expansion.

Texas-based Energy Transfer announced in June it plans to expand the pipeline's capacity from more than 500,000 barrels per day to more than a million barrels.

The pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois since June 2017.

The nearly $4 billion pipeline is less than a half-mile from the Standing Rock Reservation, beneath a Missouri River reservoir that is the tribe's water source.    

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New information released by the state of Iowa shows a shift in the racial and ethnic background of residents.

While the population of White people living in Iowa increased by only one-percent, Black and American Indian populations increased by more than 30 percent and almost 20 percent from 2010 to 2017.

The state saw a significant change in the Hispanic population, which increased by quarter. 

The Census Bureau showed statewide the population increased by more than 99,000 people or 3.3% during that same seven-year time period.

The information was provided by the new Iowa Profile website funded by the Iowa Finance Authority.

The website also showed almost 93% of households had a high school education or greater.  More than 17% had a bachelor’s degree and almost 8 percent had a graduate or professional degree.

A former mayor of Sioux City John Van Dyke, Jr. has died at the age of 74.

The Sioux City Journal reports Van Dyke died Monday of heart failure in California. 

He also battled Alzheimer’s in recent years.

Van Dyke was mayor in the mid 1980s and after he left office he served time in prison for bank fraud.


Three people say they plan to run for the Sioux City Community School District School Board.  Today, businessman Dan Greenwell says he will run during the election on November 5th.  He has been a longtime critic of district management.   

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Current board member Miyuki Nelson says she plans to seek reelection. And, yesterday, Monique Scarlett the founder of Unity in the Community announced her candidacy.

According to the district’s website there will be four open seats up for grabs.


Michigan transfer receiver Oliver Martin has been cleared to play  Iowa, starting with Saturday's opener against Miami (Ohio).

Martin, a graduate of Iowa City West High, caught 11 passes for the Wolverines in 2018.

But a change at offensive coordinator and a desire to return home led Martin to transfer to Iowa this summer.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said this week Martin would play if he was ruled eligible for this weekend's game.