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 • Iowa State Auditor issues report on the city of Moorland audit.

 Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman released a report on a special investigation of the Webster County community of Moorland finances for a five year period from January 1,2008 to October 31,2013. The special investigation was requested by city officials as a result of concerns regarding payments to former city clerk Rosemary Thompson. The Moorland City Council  appointed an acting City Clerk in October,2013 to fill in for Thompson as a result of health concerns. The report said that Thompson did not subsequently  perform the city clerk's duties. Thompson served as Moorland City Clerk for more than 30 years. Mosiman reported  the special investigation released late last week identified $51,941 of improper disbursements and $6,250 of estimated undeposited utility billings for a total loss of to the city of approximately $58,200. The improper disbursements included over $38,000 in improper payroll and $9,485 of improper reimbursements to Thompson. Other improper disbursements included over $1,500 in bank fees, over $1,500 in IRS penalties and interest and over $1,319 in late fees and penalties paid to IPERS. Thompson died in August,2014 thus no criminal charges will be filed. Mosiman also reported it was not possible to determine if additional amounts were improperly disbursed or if other collections were undeposited during the period reviewed because adequate records were not available. The report includes recommendations to strengthen the city of Moorland's internal controls and overall operations such as improving segregation of duties,performing bank reconciliations, requiring adequate documentation to properly support disbursements and performing an independent review of bank statements and financial information presented to the Moorland city council.In addition the report includes a recommendation to ensure all disbursements are presented to the City Council for approval, as well as ensuring all City Council meeting minutes are properly signed by the Mayor and City Clerk.

 • Eagle Grove man arrested in early Saturday morning incident.

 

A 33 year old Goldfield man was arrested by Eagle Grove Police early Saturday morning. Evan Douglas Calo is being held in the Wright County Jail in Clarion. At 4:22 a.m. on Saturday,June 27, Eagle Grove Police officers responded to a call in the 400 block of North Iowa Avenue for a man with lacerations to his leg. When officers arrived they learned that the man had been stabbed. The man was transported to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion for treatment. The name of the individual stabbed has not been released. Calo's bond has been set at $25,000. The news release from the Eagle Grove Police Department did not specify the charges filed against Calo. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting Eagle Grove Police in the investigation.

 • New Principal announced at St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School.

 

A new principal has been hired at St.Thomas Aquinas Elementary School in Webster City. Sister Marilou Irons will begin her new duties on July 6. Sister Marilou succeeds Duane Siepker who retired at the end of the current school year.The St. Thomas Aquinas School Board approved the hiring of Sister Marilou earlier this month. She comes to Webster City from Sacred Heart School and Parish in Oelwein where she served as both Principal and Faith Formation Director. The board said she brings a lifetime of Catholic education experience to the school and is excited to have her come to St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary. 

 • No injuries in Friday afternoon accident in Webster City.
 • Woolstock motorist injured in early Thursday morning accident north of Webster City.
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