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                                                                    Wednesday, June 10, 2009                                                      Sioux Center, Iowa

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  Slumdoc Millionaire
   Prof, student film Guatemalan slum
  By Kirbee Nykamp                         around the world are currently liv-      Center, which by contrast has a
     Two people walked out of the          ing in slums. That amounts to one        population of 6,500.
  gates of a seminary, a safe haven in     in six people living in a slum. With-        “Slums, almost by definition,
  a city of darkness, violence, corrup-    in the next 20 years, that number is     end up in the most unpleasant
  tion and poverty. Armed with cam-        expected to more than double.            places because slums start with
  eras, they set out to film a scene           “How do you think about a bil-       people squatting who have no place
  straight out of a gritty fiction sto-    lion people?” Volkers asked. “It’s       else to go. They squat in places they
  ry—a scene that was all too real.        pretty tough to wrap your mind           probably won’t get kicked out of
     Dordt College professor Mark          around that statistic, so we’re          because no one wants them any-
  Volkers and recent Dordt graduate        tracking three lives in three slums      way. About 50 years ago, that’s
  Jesse Brauning returned last week        on three continents. We put faces        what happened in La Limonada,”
  from Guatemala, where they spent a       on these statistics and just help the    Volkers explained.
  week filming people living in slums.     world understand what is going on.           Volkers, who lives in Orange
     Volkers teaches digital media         That’s the point.”                       City, has taught film at Dordt Col-
  production at Dordt. He is heading           The United Nations def ines          lege for the past four years. He says
  up a project to document the reali-      slums as areas of a city character-      the timing was right to f inally
  ty of those living in the slums in       ized by substandard housing, over-       address a topic he’s worked with
  three continents, Africa, Asia and       crowding, poor sanitation and            firsthand in the past.
  the Americas. Last week, Volkers         water conditions, and insecurity.            Prior to coming to Dordt, Volk-
  traveled with Brauning to                    In the case of La Limonada,          ers traveled throughout the devel-
  Guatemala City, home of t he             more than 60,000 people live in          oping world as a photojournalist
  largest slum in Central America:         shacks built into a jagged ravine
  “La Limonada,” the lemonade.             with a narrow river at the bottom.
     According to a report by the          The ravine is just one mile long,        GUATEMALAN SLUM,                            Mark Volkers (left) and Jesse Brauning film the doorway of a house in the Guatemala City
  United Nations, one billion people       half the geographic size of Sioux        see Section 1 / Page 8                   slum La Limonada. The trip is part of a three-continent exploration of life in slums.

                                                                                                                             Sioux Pharm, Sioux County battle
                                                                                                                             over wastewater lagoon permit
                                                                                                                             By Kirbee Nykamp                                working over the next several weeks      legal action, noting t his was a
                                                                                                                                Sioux Pharm Inc. of Sioux Cen-               to resolve the issue.                    “needed step” in resolving the issue.
                                                                                                                             ter has filed a lawsuit against the                “We just disagree with their find-         Last August, the county planning
                                                                                                                             Sioux County Board of Adjustment                ings, and we’ll work with the county     and zoning commission authorized
                                                                                                                             after the county denied renewing a              on that. There’s a lot of stuff going    Sioux Pharm to dump what the
                                                                                                                             special exemption permit for the                on,” Kramer said.                        DNR had labeled industrial waste
                                                                                                                             plant’s wastewater lagoon located in               Sioux Pharm is petitioning the        generated by the Sioux Center plant
                                                                                                                             the southern part of the county.                district court in Sioux County to        at this lagoon, which had already
                                                                                                                                The permit, which had first been             grant injunctive relief, which would     been in use for two and a half years
                                                                                                                             issued in August, expired June 2.               allow the company to continue            at that point. The special exemption
                                                                                                                             Both the county planning and zon-               depositing wastewater from a Sioux       permit required that Sioux Pharm
                                                                                                                             ing commission and the board of                 Center pharmaceutical plant in its       s t ay w i t h i n D N R r e g u l a t i o n s ,
                                                                                                                             adjustment voted against renewing               lagoon in southern Sioux County.         reduce the odor of the lagoon by 50
                                                                                                                             the permit last month.                             The lawsuit was a topic of discus-    percent, build a barrier along the
                                                                                                                                President of Sioux Pharm Dr.                 sion at the Sioux County Board of
                                                                                                                             Allan Kramer declined to comment                Super visors meeting last week.
                                                                                                                             on the details of the company’s law-            Planning and zoning director Shane       BOARD APPLAUDS,
                                                                                                                             suit, but said Sioux Pharm would be             Walter informed the board of the         see Section 1 / Page 5

                                                                                                                                State’s Republican chair says party is united
                                                                                                                                By Steve Hoogland                                “We need to be true to the con-     votes are cast,” he said. “We saw
  Tim Schmidt of the Sioux County Pork Producers seasons pork burgers while grilling at the com-                                     Iowa Republican Party chair-            servative principles of the party,”     that this last legislative session.
munity barbecue. Large crowds attended the free meal in nice Thursday night conditions.                                         man Matt Strawn, an Ankeny                   he said. “When Republicans act          Even though we are in the minori-
                                                                                                                                businessman, was in Sioux Center             like Republicans, we win elec-          ty, we were able to stop a lot of bad
                                                                                                                                l a s t we e k a s p a r t o f a s w i n g   tions. That means standing up for       things happening in this state. But

Rain hampers Summer Celebration                                                                                                 through Northwest Iowa. In Janu-
                                                                                                                                ary, Strawn was selected as the
                                                                                                                                Republican party head and has
                                                                                                                                been busy.
                                                                                                                                                                             fiscal responsibility, for pro-family
                                                                                                                                                                             policies and for a strong national
                                                                                                                                                                                 Part of the reason for the elec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     we need to do a better job of going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     out and letting Iowans know what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     we stand for and what our candi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     dates stand for.”
By Steve Hoogland                         rain, cold temperatures and brisk         art along with various vendors were              Despite the fact that voters            tion defeats in the past two cycles,        During the past couple
   Rain was a big factor at the 2009      breezes.                                  moved to Centre Mall, and other             across the state generally went              according to Str awn, is t hat          months, Strawn has spent time
Sioux Center Summer Celebration              Some of the Saturday events like       events like the car show and parades        toward the Democratic tickets in             Republicans lost the trust of vot-      going around the state to commu-
last weekend.                             Saturday morning’s 5K, 10K runs           were washed out.                            both the 2006 and 2008 elections,            ers.
   While Thursday’s community             and two-mile walk and Saturday               Thursday’s barbecue was a big            Strawn said that he’s seen a great               “We can regain that trust by
barbecue and concerts and Friday’s        afternoon’s fire department water                                                     deal of enthusiasm as Republicans            advocating for our principles and       STRAWN SAYS,
Cruise Night enjoyed near-perfect         fights were able to take place as                                                     look to reverse that trend.                  then standing by them when the          see Section 1 / Page 3
conditions, Saturday’s events were        planned; other events like the Mr.        SOME ACTIVITIES,
mostly washed out due to persistent       Twister’s magic show and balloon          see Section 1 / Page 9

  Kids’ fishing clinic set at Sandy Hollow                                          Blood Bank to accept donations
     All kids are invited to join the Sioux County Conservation Board,
  Sioux Center Wal-Mart and Sioux County Sportsmen’s Club for a public
                                                                                       The Siouxland Community Blood Bank will accept donations in Sioux
                                                                                    Center at Centre Mall on Thursday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              June is dairy month
  fishing clinic at Sandy Hollow in Sioux Center. The event will take place            To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 16 years of age;              June is National Dairy Month and the dairy industry plays a key role
  Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                                      however, there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health.              in the state. In Iowa, there are more than 2,000 dairy farms, home to more
     The clinic will include instructions on fishing, casting and guessing          Donors under the age of 17 require parental consent. In addition, donors                  than 217,000 dairy cows.
  games, lots of prizes and giveaways. There will be a prize for the biggest        need to weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the                     Iowa’s dairies produced more than 4.3 billion pounds of milk in 2008.
  and most fish. Lunch is provided.                                                 past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration.
                                                                                                                                                                              Iowa ranks 13th nationally in total pounds of milk produced. Iowa is
     Adults must accompany children age seven and younger. Anyone age                  For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or
  16 and over who wishes to fish must have a valid Iowa fishing license.            blood drives in the area, people can call 712-252-4208 or 800-798-4208.                   fourth among states in ice cream produc-
  There is no cost, but preregistration is required by calling 712-552-3057.                                                                                                  tion, sixth in American cheese pro-
  For cancellations due to weather, people should listen to 93.9 FM.                Pheasants Forever plans youth banquet                                                     duction, sixth in cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                                              production and eighth in total
  Goodwill trailer coming again                                                        The Sioux Prairie Pheasants Forever chapter is planning a youth ban-
                                                                                    quet for Wednesday, June 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rock Valley Gun
                                                                                                                                                                              dairy products processed. In
                                                                                                                                                                              addition, Iowa’s dairies pro-
     Goodwill’s Ambassador trailer will receive donations in Sioux Center           Club. Rain date is June 24.                                                               duced 147 million pounds
  beginning June 15 until June 22. The Goodwill trailer will be in Sioux               Ages 9-16 are welcome; registration fee is $5. Activities will include
  Center on the Centre Mall parking lot next to the Fareway store.                  trap shooting for ages 12 and over and BB gun shooting for under 12;                      of cheese.
     Goodwill will gratefully accept donations of sellable clothing, usable         games and raffles; door prizes; educational sessions; pizza; and a live auc-                  There are an estimated
  working small appliances, and household goods, sporting goods and toys.           tion. Free “rooster bucks” will be handed out at the door for playing                     26,000 jobs in Iowa that
  Donations are to be placed as far to the front of the trailer as possible. Fur-   games, raffles and the auction. Many kids’ prizes can be won.                             are provided by the dairy
  niture and large appliances cannot be accepted.                                      Parents are welcome but must also pre-register and pay the registration                industry with jobs on dairy
     Goodwill is a nonprofit organization which, through its many pro-              fee. Parents and youths can go to to fill out registra-               farms, by dairy processors and
  grams, provides services to hundreds of people with employment barri-             tion forms; send forms and money to Sunday Ford, 4051 Cherry Avenue,                      other services.
  ers. With the help of Goodwill, they are able to receive training which will      Hawarden, IA 51023. People will be considered registered when the forms
  enable them to become productive wage earners and taxpayers.                      and money are returned. The first 150 kids will be accepted.
Section 1 / Page 8                                                                                                               Sioux Center News                                                                                                             June 10, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                            High school announces
                                                                                                                                                                                            semester honor roll
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sioux Center High School has                Withee
                                                                                                                                                                                            announced the names of students on              11th Grade
                                                                                                                                                                                            the honor roll for the second semes-                Sam Beernink, Jaclyn Brink,
                                                                                                                                                                                            ter of the 2008-2009 school year.               Brice Byker, Erica De Waay, Hal-
                                                                                                                                                                                            9th Grade                                       ley Ellis, Jordan Estes, Jake Even-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Beau Boer, T J Buyer t, Bet h               son, Sami Evers, Tyler Faber, Josh
                                                                                                                                                                                            Crumrine, Whitney De Bey, Kalee                 Ferreira, Brooke Foreman, Daneb
                                                                                                                                                                                            Den Herder, Maggie Dykshorn,                    Flores Gaeta, Nathan Gotto, Jake
                                                                                                                                                                                            Dani Evers, Paige Foreman, Sami                 Groenendyk , Tyler Jacobsma,
                                                                                                                                                                                            Foster, Ellie Groenendyk, Jessica               Dago Jara, Corey Mulder, Matt
                                                                                                                                                                                            Harlow, Emma Hayes, John Hooy-                  O’Donnell, Geraldine Olvera,
                                                                                                                                                                                            e r, M i t c h e l l H o o y e r, K e e g a n   Clint Raak, Amanda Reisma, Blair
                                                                                                                                                                                            Horstman, Kaitlyn Huisman, Mag-                 Remmers, Megan Rensink, Micah
                                                                                                                                                                                            gie Hulstein, Katie Jacobsma, Sara              Rensink, Mar ia Schuiteman,
                                                                                                                                                                                            Kleyer, Bethany Larson, Micah                   Caitlin Steggerda, Danielle Tuber-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lassen, Jasmine Moulton, Marisol                gen, Adam Vander Helm, Kaylah
                                                                                                                                                                                            Munoz, BJ O’Donnell, Trevor                     Vander Werff, Nick Van Roekel,
  A still shot taken in the streets of Guatemala City shows Tanya,                                      Dordt professor Mark Volkers and graduate Jesse Brauning                            Pieper, Sarah Rathbun, Zackary                  Ryan Ver Mulm, Thomas Vigdal,
a woman who lives in the slum of La Limonada. She is one of two                                       recently returned filmed slum residents such as Tanya (left), who                     Regnerus, Allison Reisma, Paige                 Tessa Wierda
women to be featured in a documentary on life in slums.                                               was paralyzed in a gang shooting and now begs for her living.                         Rensink, Brett Rozeboom, Morgan                 12th Grade
                                                                                                                                                                                            Rozeboom, Itzel Salas, Austin Sand-                 Myles Boone, Austin Brinks,
                                                                                                                                                                                            bulte, Jessica Schrader, Jackie Scott,          David Bruxvoort, Brett Buyert, Jor-

Guatemalan slum feature of documentary                                                                                                                                                      Jason Sneller, Stanton Spaulding,
                                                                                                                                                                                            Maria Vander Plaats, Brody Van
                                                                                                                                                                                            R o e k e l , Z a n e Wa r i n g , J e r r y
                                                                                                                                                                                            Wellington, Adam Woelber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dan Carlson, Allison Den Herder,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Charlie Dickes, Eric Foster, Brusila
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gaeta, Dillon Green, Curtis Hayes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emily Hoogland, Rebecca Hooyer,
from Section 1 / Page 1                                                                                                                                                                     10th Grade                                      RJ Hulleman, Katie Kraayenbrink,
for 10 years on behalf of the Christ-                                                                                                                                                           Rees Beaver, Michael Boone,                 Blanca Lopez, Alejandra Macias
ian Reformed Church. Volkers also                                                                                                                                                           Kendra Borchers, Kim Buyert,                    Espino, Nathan Meendering, Erin
worked in Kenya for six years with                                                                                                                                                          Abby Den Herder, Kelsey Doornen-                Moss, Marcus Mulder, Leah Nyhof,
Africa Inland Missions. Those expe-                                                                                                                                                         bal, Levi Dykshorn, Israel Gaeta,               Megan Punt, Brock Rikkers, Brooke
riences, he says, gave him the neces-                                                                                                                                                       Neil Hansen, Jon Hauswald, Joel                 Rozeboom, Chase Rozeboom,
sary professional connections to                                                                                                                                                            Hoogland, Brandon Huisman,                      Pedro Ruiz, Eric Sandbulte, Trevor
connect with the slums as well as the                                                                                                                                                       Rachel Hulshof, Jazmine Hulstein,               Schelling, Nicole Schuiteman,
passion to help the people in them.                                                                                                                                                         Joe Kooiker, Josiah Kraayenbrink,               Alyssa Schut, Cour tney Schut,
   “I have a lot of exposure to the                                                                                                                                                         Katelyn Kragt, Kelly Kruse, Vin-                Brandi Smit, Matt Smolders, Erich
poor and a lot of friends who live in                                                                                                                                                       cent Leaverton, Carolyn Meender-                Sneller, Kara Sneller, Andy Stander,
various slums around the world.                                                                                                                                                             ing, Brenda Mora, Jade Moret,                   Austin Van Beek, Ariel Vanden
I’ve wanted to do this for a number                                                                                                                                                         C a m e r o n M u l d e r, K e r r y            Brink, Brittany Van Den Hul, Kari
of years, but the timing was never                                                                                                                                                          Nomansen, Amanda Raak, Lauren                   Vander Plaats, Kellie Vande Weerd,
right,” Volkers said.                                                                                                                                                                       Rensink, Sean Robinson, Amber                   N i c k Va n E n g e n , Te s s a Va n
   Volkers began filming the Slum                                                                                                                                                           Sandbulte, Logan Sandbulte,                     Ravenswaay, Maria Veltkamp, Eri-
Documentary Film Project this past                                                                                                                                                          Rachel Schuiteman, Jayden Smol-                 ka Verburg, Bethany Vermeer, Tyler
winter, with a visit to an slum in                                                                                                                                                          ders, Jessica Stander, Aaron Sneller,           Vermeer, Colton Waring, Kelsi
Manila, Philippines, along with 10                                                                                                                                                          Ali Trigg, Colton Van’t Hof, Nikki              Winterfeld, Mallory Withee, Char-
students from Dordt. The film crew                                                                                                                                                          Van Dyke, Kecia Verburg, Holley                 lie Yang
tracked a family who sorted through
garbage each day for recyclables.
The family of eight lives under a
large bridge suspended over open
water. It was eye-opening for stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Sioux Center Middle School
dents, Volkers said, and served a
dual purpose of giving students
valuable documentary experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                            announces honor roll
   “Students can practice their craft                                                                                                                                                          The fourth-quarter honor roll at             Wei, Jacobi Wynia
in other parts of the world and use                                                                                                                                                         Sioux Center Middle School has                  Eighth Grade
their skills for something besides just                                                                                                                                                     been announced. Sevent h and                        A m b e r B a k k e r, M a k i n s y
entertainment. We’re big on enter-                      The Guatemala City slum La Limonada houses more than 60,000 people within a one-mile-long                                           eighth graders named to the honor               Brantsen, Ty Br ink, Siddhar th
tainment. There’s nothing wrong                      ravine. Dordt professor Mark Volkers and graduate Jesse Brauning spent a week documenting life                                         roll are listed below.                          Chaubal, Alexis Chavez, Carrigan
with it, but this is another way to use              in the largest slum in Central America for the Slum Documentary Film Project, which looks at                                           Seventh Grade                                   Clever inga, Anna Den Herder,
media,” Volkers explained.                           slums on three different continents. The film is tentatively scheduled for release in 2010.                                               Pandora Baccam, Tommy Bom-                   Denae Doornink, Madison Dubs,
   Volkers chose to next spotlight                                                                                                                                                          gaars, Jenn Buyert, Ka Po Chan, Jen-            Jillian Estes, Spencer Fritz, Kamden
Guatemala because it hasn’t                          witnessed the violence of the area.              woman who has dedicated her life to        people in it are strong, toughened by      nifer Crumrine, Andrew DeJongh,                 Glade, Megan Griff ioen, Ashley
received much international atten-                   One morning a woman who cleaned                  helping the people of the slum by          the bitterness of life.                    Tara Den Herder, Kellie Eilts, Cait-            Harn, Austin Hooth, James Hooyer,
tion. A small countr y next to                       at the seminary was murdered out-                providing education, food and                  “These are not lazy people.            lynn Fedders, Kendra Franken,                   Malyn Hulstein, Tia Kamerman,
Yu c a t a n , M e x i c o , i t s c a p i t o l ,   side the doors of the compound.                  health care.                               These are hardworking people,”             Shalee Gesink, Jess Groenendyk,                 Kirk Kinrade, Breann Kragt, Kat-
Guatemala City, is home to 2.5 mil-                     “An assassin sped by and shot her                 “She is the closest thing I know to    Volkers said. “The only difference         Danielle Heide, McKayla Horstman,               rina Kruse, Luis Llanos, Lindsay
lion people, at least 60 percent of                  in the head outside the doors. She               a Mother Teresa. She is down there         between them and us is a birth cer-        Haley Huls, Allison Hulshof,                    Mouw, Jamie Mora, Josh Moret,
whom are considered poor. The                        died there, and we have no idea                  every day. We were perfectly safe          tificate. We were born here. They          Stephanie Husa, Drew Kortlever,                 Jamie Mulder, Jose Muro, Joheshua
country also has the fourth highest                  why. You realize it’s pretty easy to             with Tita because everyone knows           were born there.”                          Kandace Lu, Miranda Moss, Miran-                Olvera, Calie Peterson, Jordan
murder rate in the world.                            hire [an assassin]. Life is cheap. Last          and trusts her. She was our protec-            Volkers is now looking ahead to        da Mouw, Andrew O’Donnell, Mar-                 Peterson, Jasmine Prellwitz, Logan
   That level of violence and pover-                 year 620 women were murdered in                  tion, and she had earned that,”            the f inal portion of the f ilming,        cus Post, Charity Raak, Matthew                 Renes, Katelyn Robinson, Ross
ty was most concentrated in La                       Guatemala City and not one case                  Volkers said.                              which will be at a slum in Kenya.          Reisma, Stephanie Roseberry, Cas-               Rozeboom, Molly Sandbulte, Kyle
Limonada, Volkers said. He recalls                   has been solved. The death of this                   Tita helped Volkers and Brauning       Volkers hopes to again take a team         sandra Rutledge, Alison Sandbulte,              Schelling, K aitlynn Schreiner,
being told to expect a carjacking; it                woman will be just another unsolved              find their the two subjects of the doc-    of students along over the Dordt           Colin Schelling, Julie Schuiteman,              Miranda Schildhouse, Brent
was considered that common.                          murder,” Volkers said.                           umentary, La Limonada residents            Christmas break.                           Haley Simonson, Rylan Stewart,                  Sneller, Jared Thomas, Ryan Van
   “There is a lot of insecurity.                       The anger is all the more com-                Tanya and Selma. At the age of nine,           Once f ilming is complete, the         Dylan Van’t Hof, Samantha Vanden                Beek, Nick Van Roekel, Pamela
There is a small class of rich people,               pounded by an imposing building                  Selma was sold by her mother into          filming team will begin the work of        Brink, Morgan Van Maanen, Ty Van                Vargas Espino, Jordan Willer, Kelli
and you can spot them on the road                    that overlooks the ravine of La                  the sex trade. After years of abuse        weaving toget her t he hour s of           Meeteren, Moriah Vietor, Henry                  Wissink
because there’s always a car or two                  Limonada. The building houses the                and rape, she now sells small candies      footage they’ve filmed.
driving on either side of them.                      Ministry of Justice, the government              at bus stops to travelers.                     Already Volkers says there is a
Those are the bodyguards,” Volkers
explained. “We were traveling with
                                                     office responsible for investigating
                                                     murders and suspicious deaths.
                                                                                                          Tanya had been in a gang, dealing
                                                                                                      drugs when she was shot and para-
                                                                                                                                                 growing awareness of slums thanks to
                                                                                                                                                 the f ilm “Slumdog Millionaire,”
                                                                                                                                                                                            Sheriff’s deputies report blitz statistics
about $20,000 worth of equipment.                    However, officials there refuse to               lyzed. Now, she has left that life         which was set in the slums of Mum-            During the May 18-31 Click It or             ✦ Narcotics - one arrest, four canine
If we were carjacked, we’d have                      travel into the slum, deeming it                 behind, but she lives in a wheelchair      bai, India. The film project’s web site,   Ticket campaign, Sioux County                   searches
been out of business.”                               unsafe and not worth investigation.              at the bottom of the ravine. Each day, was created               Sherif f ’s deputies concentrated               ✦ Arrest warrants served - four
   Volkers says he and Brauning                         “When you’re poor, that’s tough               her father pushes her up into the city     before the “Slumdog” movie came            their enforcement on unbelted vehi-             ✦ Seat belt - 46 citations, 19 warn-
never had problems, however. Volk-                   enough. Poverty is a form of vio-                so she can beg at intersections.           out, but has also given an important       cle occupants, around the clock.                ings
ers attributes that to the people they               lence that forces you to do things                   “During the interview, she really      boost to the visibility of the project.       The following statistics were                ✦ Other traffic citations - 36; 53
worked with, including a woman                       you wouldn’t normally do. When                   started to cry when she told us she            Volkers says the goal is to have       reported from the project:                      warnings
named Tita, a Guatemalan who has                     you’re poor you have those issues,               had to hold a cup up to the cars           global distribution for the f ilm,         ✦ Alcohol - two OWI arrests, four               ✦ No insurance citations - 10
dedicated her life to helping the                    and then you add that culture of                 because people didn’t want to touch        which he hopes will be completed in        open container citations, one .02               ✦ Accidents investigated - one fatal-
people of La Limonada with school-                   impunity on top of that. You can                 her,” Volkers said.                        the first half of 2010.                    violation, seven other possible con-            ity; eight personal injury; three
ing and health                                       imagine the stress level these people                These dramatic stories, Volkers            “This may create awareness, and        tacts                                           property damage
   During the week, the two stayed at                are living under,” Volkers noted.                says, are what make poverty real to        that’s the least that I can do. I can’t
the largest seminary in Latin Ameri-                    As Volkers and Brauning trav-                 communities who don’t see it every         be a Tita, who lives in La Limonada,
ca. While the building itself was safe
and well maintained, Volkers soon
                                                     eled around La Limonada, they
                                                     were guided by Tita, a Guatemalan
                                                                                                      day. Some have said the slum is
                                                                                                      called La Limonada because the
                                                                                                                                                 but I can tell stories about what’s
                                                                                                                                                 going on,” Volkers added.                  Sheriff’s office notes arrests
                                                                                                                                                                                            from Section 1 / Page 6                         and was charged with probation

Hearing on injunction against county slated for next week                                                                                                                                   Sheriff arrests
                                                                                                                                                                                               The Sioux County Sher if f ’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            Depar tment has made sever al
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ✦ David F. Harder, 23, of Hull was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            arrested on Friday, June 4, on an
from Section 1 / Page 1                              is composed primarily of a digested              tions. They had to abide by those rules       Sioux Pharm is allowed to reap-         recent arrests.                                 out-of-county warrant.
road and a chain-link fence enclos-                  beef protein that results from pro-              and regulations while under our spe-       ply for a special exemption permit at         The recent arrests include—                  ✦ Anthony A. Rios, 23, of Orange
ing the pit.                                         ducing the chondroitin sulfate.                  cial exemption. In our mind they were      any time, but Walter says the county       ✦ John E. Scosco, 44, of Plover                 City, was arrested on Sunday, June
    When the permit came up for                          Wa s t e w a t e r f r o m t h e S i o u x   not because at least some of those vio-    is unlikely to reissue it unless the       was arrested on Tuesday, June 2,                7, and was charged with habitual
review during the final weeks of May,                Pharm plant is transported to a                  lations occurred after we granted the      company makes some changes.                and was charged with failure to                 violator and driving while license
county leadership judged those                       lagoon about four miles east of                  exemption,” he explained.                     “They could approach us today           appear.                                         suspended.
requirements were unfulfilled. Plan-                 Chatsworth. The court filing said                    Among the concerns county lead-        to ask for another permit, if they         ✦ Jay E. Mulder, 44, of Ireton was
ning and zoning director Shane Wal-                  t hat lagoon has a capacity for                  ership looked at was the odor of the       determined to do a better job out          arrested on Wednesday, June 3, and                 Note that an arrest is an accusa-
ter said the decision was far from easy.             860,000 gallons of wastewater, and               lagoon, which Walter called “pun-          there. The board would certainly           was charged with failure to appear.             tion and the defendant is presumed
    “Planning and zoning and the                     about 12,000 gallons are hauled via              gent” and “quite offensive.” At the        entertain the option. We are in favor      ✦ Dustin R. Taylor, 21, of Westfield            innocent until and unless proven
board of adjustment opted not to                     tanker truck each day from the                   time the permit was issued, Sioux          of maintaining all the business in         was arrested on Thursday, June 4,               guilty.
renew the permit because we felt                     Sioux Center plant to the lagoon.                Pharm was required to scientifically       the county. We don’t want to shut
they had not complied with the per-                  That wastewater is later applied to              measure and reduce the odor.               them down, but like all other busi-
mit,” Walter explained. “Those
decisions weren’t taken lightly. Both
boards agonized over the decision,
                                                     surrounding crop fields.
                                                         The attorney general’s report
                                                     alleged that Sioux Pharm illegally
                                                                                                          “They attempted to do that, and
                                                                                                      identif ied a bacteria producing
                                                                                                      odor,” Walter said. “They applied
                                                                                                                                                 nesses they have to do what they can
                                                                                                                                                 to be better neighbors,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                    Walter says he appreciates the
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but in the end it wasn’t something                   discharged that wastewater into                  some chemicals that reduced the            diff icult situation removing the          from Section 1 / Page 2                         those who engage in deceptive prac-
they felt good about.”                               Iowa surface and ground water,                   bacteria, but the contention by            exemption permit has for the phar-         retroactive interest rate hikes on              tices that hurt families and con-
    Just two months ago, Attorney                    repeatedly failed to maintain the                everyone was the the odor was still        maceutical business and hopes, for         existing balances, double-cycle                 sumers, by beefing up monitoring,
General Tom Miller filed an environ-                 required clearance between the con-              there. We were aware of the prob-          the sake of the local economy and          billing (charging interest twice for            enforcement, and penalties for vio-
mental lawsuit against Sioux Pharm,                  tents and the top of the wastewater              lem when we awarded the excep-             residents alike, the issue can be          balances paid on time), and due-                lations of the law.
alleging the company had discharged                  lagoon, failed to properly land-                 tion, and no one felt the odor had         speedily resolved.                         date gimmicks. It will also require             Q: What does this law mean for the
wastewater into state waterways and                  apply the wastewater and failed to               been addressed.”                              “They have to dump it. They             45-days’ advance notice of interest             economic future of our country?
had committed other violations. The                  comply with monitoring and report-                   Walter said the smell and runoff       have to go somewhere with it. We           rate, fees, and f inance charges                A: It is time to rebuild our economy
lawsuit, filed March 9, lists a total of             ing requirements for the lagoon.                 from the lagoon were becoming              understand why he needs to do that,        hikes, require payments to be                   in a way that’s consistent with our
24 Iowa DNR violations during the                        As long as Sioux Pharm is oper-              serious issues for the neighbors.          but we ask that they do some things        applied fairly to the highest interest          values—an economy that rewards
past two years related to the Sioux                  ating in violation of DNR regula-                    “Just quality of life was absolutely   to be a better neighbor. The board         rate balance first, require bills to be         hard work and responsibility, not
Center plant’s lagoon.                               tions it is subject to an up to $5,000           an issue. There were people who liter-     feels they haven’t done enough. We         mailed 21 days before they are due,             high-f lying f inance schemes; an
    The Sioux Pharm plant in Sioux                   per-day fine.                                    ally couldn’t walk outside their homes,    felt we were being reasonable.             and strengthen credit card protec-              economy that’s built on a stable
Center produces chondroitin sulfate,                     Walter says the lawsuit did not              people working in hog confinements         Nobody wants to hurt Sioux Pharm.          tions for young people.                         foundation, not propelled by over-
which according to the company’s web                 directly affect to the board of adjust-          who said it was too strong to work out-    We’re hoping somehow it can work           Q: How do these changes benefit                 heated housing markets and maxed-
site is used to treat arthritic pain and             ment’s action last month, but the                side,” Walter said. “The boards had to     out another way, but the court will        me as a consumer?                               out credit cards. We want to build
assist in cartilage regeneration. The                DNR violations factored into the                 weigh carefully the needs and con-         decide that now,” Walter said.             A: The CARD Act mandates greater                an economy that offers broadly
over-the-counter product is made from                board’s decision.                                cerns, not only of the economics, but         A hearing for the injunction was        transparency to give consumers                  shared prosperity for the long run,
bovine and other animal cartilage.                       “We said that as part of the special         the people living in the area of the       originally scheduled for Monday,           clear information, such as requiring            and protecting consumers from
    According to the attorney gener-                 exemption [requirements] they had to             lagoon. The lives of those people are      June 8, but as of Tuesday morning,         credit cards to post their agree-               abusive practices gets us one step
al court filing, the plant wastewater                be in compliance with DNR regula-                pretty important to us.”                   had been postponed to June 15.             ments online, and holds responsible             closer to that goal.

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