Governor Branstad To Visit Plymouth County For Annual Governor’s Hunt
(Le Mars) — Governor Terry Branstad is scheduled to make an appearance in Le Mars and
Plymouth County for the weekend. Its all part of the annual Governor’s hunt. Plymouth
County Chapter Pheasants Forever are hosting the governor and his entourage in a pheasant
hunt. The governor will be in Le Mars this evening and is expected to speak at the KC hall
beginning at 6:00 p.m. He will stay overnight in Plymouth County, then on Saturday, the
governor will go pheasant hunting beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Branstad’s Former Chief Of Staff Not Allowed To Lobby
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board says Governor Terry Branstad’s former chief of staff may not immediately lobby the governor’s office, but can interact with his former colleagues.
Jeff Boeyink recently left the administration and joined a Des Moines-based consulting
irm. On Thursday the board responded to a request from his attorney for an opinion
utlining how he must abide by state rules.
Under state law, some ex-employees of a statewide elected official may not lobby for or
against legislation, an administrative rule or executive order before their former agency.
That ban lasts for two years after they leave their state job.
The opinion approved by board members says Boeyink can perform other duties, like
setting up a meeting between a lobbyist colleague and a staffer for the governor.
Three Indianola Students Charged With Bomb Threat
INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have filed felony charges against three students
suspected of writing a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Indianola High School.
The three are charged with terroristic threats and have been released to their parents.
Indianola Community Schools officials briefly evacuated students to nearby buses on Oct. 23 after a student took the bomb threat note to the main school office. He said he found it in a restroom. No bomb was found.
The three students are ages 14, 15 and 16. The Associated Press doesn’t generally identify juveniles charged with crimes.
A police report says the students came up with the bomb threat idea after deciding they wanted to get out of school early.
Woman Killed In House Explosion
GLADBROOK, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a woman has been killed and a man injured following a
house explosion in central Iowa.
Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera says a body was recovered inside the home following
the Thursday morning explosion in rural Gladbrook, located several miles northeast of
Ron Humphrey with the State Fire Marshal’s Office says officials are investigating the
cause of death.
Humphrey says the woman lived in the home and the man was a repairman. Investigators
believe he was fixing a furnace before the explosion.
The man has been transported to an Iowa City hospital. His condition is not available.
Kucera says crews from multiple fire departments have contained the blaze caused by the
explosion. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.