A SIOUX CITY ATTORNEY HAS BEEN HONORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WITH ITS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD. MARVIN BERENSTEIN WAS HONORED BY THE UNIVERSITY'S COLLEGE OF LAW AT A WEEKEND CEREMONY IN IOWA CITY.
BERENSTEIN, A 1961 GRADUATE, SAYS HE WAS CAUGHT BY SURPRISE WITH THE HONOR:
THE UNIVERSITY ALSO BROUGHT HIS FAMILY IN FOR THE CEREMONY TO ADD TO THE SURPRISE:
HE RAISED OVER 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LESS THAN A DAY TO GET THE SIOUX CITY "WELCOME HOME" PROJECT STARTED TO HELP THE HOMELESS IN SIOUXLAND.
BERENSTEIN IS A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, AS WELL AS THE IOWA BOARD OF REGENTS. HE WAS ALSO VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE VISION IOWA BOARD AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING SIOUX CITY COMPLETE THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER PROJECT. ------------------------
WOODBURY COUNTY SUPERVISOR MARK MONSON SAYS BRINGING MORE JOBS TO THE COUNTY IS ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES IN RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.
THE THIRD DISTRICT DEMOCRAT HAS SERVED 8 YEARS ON THE BOARD. HE SAYS JOB CREATION IN THE COUNTY NEEDS TO BE A JOINT EFFORT:
MONSON SAYS EVEN THOUGH THE LIBERTY PARK INDUSTRIAL PROJECT IS ON HOLD FOR NOW, THAT PLAN CAN CO-EXIST WITH THE CITY'S SOUTHBRIDGE PARK:
HE SAYS THE COUNTY'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE, BUT IT'S FUNDED BY THE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX AND ELIMINATING IT WOULD NOT RESULT IN A TAX REDUCTION. MONSON APPEARED ON KSCJ'S OPEN LINE MONDAY MORNING.
A Sioux City man will face federal charges in a bank robbery, now that Nebraska is dropping its case. 67-year-old Max Lafferty, of Sioux City, Iowa, was indicted last week in U.S. District Court in Omaha.
Dakota County Attorney Kim Watson filed a motion Friday to dismiss the Nebraska case against Lafferty.
Lafferty is accused of robbing a Bank of the West branch in South Sioux City on Sept. 11. Police say he flashed a steak knife when he demanded cash from a bank worker and left the building with about $1,500. He was arrested about a block away.
A Dakota County jailer said Monday that Lafferty has been turned over to federal marshals.