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Thursday Afternoon News, February 16th


Leadership Workshop Scheduled For Tuesday

(Le Mars) — On Tuesday, the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Plymouth County will host a day long leadership workshop featuring Jerry Haack (Hawk). Haack is a certified Executive Life Coach and a Leader Trainer living in Minneapolis, however, at one time in his life, Haack resided in Le Mars and was employed at KLEM radio. Haack says his leadership workshops are meant to appel to all types of people, and it is
open to everyone. He says many people are timid or shy about exposing their leadership abilities.

Haack, Jerry

Haack says his leadership development program is different than the conventional leadership workshop programs. Haack says he wants people to listen to their inner voice or intuition.

Haack says he was able to gain much of his leadership training from working with and watching former KLEM radio owner Paul “Ole” Olson.

The life coach says he wants to “wake up” the workshop attendees, and he offers a glimpse as to what topics the leaderhip workshop will cover.

Haack expands on his ideas by offering examples.

The leadership workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center with the registration fee set at $85 with lunch included as part of the fee.
Each person attending will also receive a copy of the book “The Power of Ted”.
Reservations can be made by contacting the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce offices at (712) 546-8821.


State House and Senate Both Set Deadlines For Collective Bargaining Debate

(Des Moines) — The GOP-controlled Senate has agreed to end debate on a collective bargaining bill that was the subject of an all-night debate led by Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix made a motion Thursday morning to end floor debate on the legislation at 2 p.m. The Senate approved the motion on a party- line vote despite criticism from Democrats.
The move follows similar activity in the House, where Republican lawmakers agreed Thursday morning to end floor debate at noon.
Lawmakers rarely use the motion to end floor debate. Expected votes Thursday on the bill will come a little over a week after it was introduced to the public.


Waterloo To Open Veterans Home

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A Waterloo homeless shelter for veterans is expected to be open this month, thanks to donations from several sources, including President Donald Trump’s foundation.
Tim Combs of Americans for Independent Living tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/2lWbzYB ) his organization is working on final touches for the home. It’s scheduled to open Feb. 27.
The house was donated in June and will have room for three veterans. Combs said he’s received at least $30,000 in various donations, including roofing, flooring, heating and air conditioning.
Combs said he also drew partly from a $100,000 gift from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The president pledged the money at a veterans fundraiser in Des Moines before the Iowa caucuses.
Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa president David Boyd says Goodwill will provide case management and other services for the veterans who live there.


Iowa DNR Confirms Sighting Of Fisher

WAUKON, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Natural Resources Department has reported a rare, confirmed sighting of a predatory mammal known as a fisher.
The department says on its Facebook page that a trail camera captured an image of one in November on a wooded hillside in Allamakee (al-uh-muh-KEE) County. The department says the photo is the first documented sighting of a fisher in Iowa in about 150 years.
The department says the fisher likely came from southeast Minnesota, where Minnesota officials have said fishers are expanding.
Mammalogists say fishers can weight up to 12 pounds and are primarily carnivores – cousins to weasels, otter and mink – and are known for their fierceness.


Another Deer Season Planned For Northeast Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials are planning a second special deer harvest in northeast Iowa to test the animals for chronic wasting disease. The disease attacks the brains of deer and elk and is always fatal. No human cases have ever been recorded. The Des Moines Register reports that the state hopes to collect up to 300 samples from mature deer in Clayton County from Saturday through March 5.