De Yager had walked in, tucked the store's supply of the newspaper inside one of the area's free publications and left the store, according to store management -- the criminal complaint said the stack of papers was valued at about $20. Management also told the Dickinson County News the store's staff had been wondering why they and a number of other businesses along the area's main highways were suddenly sold out of the Dickinson County News that day. [...]
De Yager's name happened to appear on page 3 of the Sept. 2 edition -- in the police reports. The Hull businessman had been charged with fifth-degree theft and trespassing -- both misdemeanors -- after stealing a political yard sign from a residence in the Monarch Cove area the night of July 26. [...]
De Yager has donated more than $30,000 to various Republican campaigns and political action committees since 2019, according to the Federal Elections Commission, including $20,000 to Iowa Four -- a PAC aimed at unseating U.S. Rep. Steve King in favor of Iowa State Sen. Randy Feentra, who was employed by De Yager's company in the past.
The bar owners were arrested under a 2006 law that technically classifies WiFi hotspot providing establishments as ISPs, and require them to store one year's worth of logs or connection records for anti terrorism purposes. This requirement is in place even if the WiFi network is password protected. [...]
It seems that most people aren't aware that even small businesses like bars, cafes, nightclubs, and restaurants that offer WiFi to their patrons are faced with these logging requirements. One of the arrested bar owners noted that the relevant organization, Umih, never noted this requirement when renewing his license:
"Nobody, not even the professionals of Umih who provide compulsory training as part of a license IV resumption, to me never said I should keep this history."
In response to questions by BFM Business, Umih admitted that the training doesn't mention WiFi logging but noted that Umih members should have known about this important requirement because it was mentioned in a newsletter.