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Monday News, September 11th


School Board To Hold Meeting

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Board of Education will have the opportunity to formally be introduced and meet with the new faculty, staff, and administration during a meet and greet session scheduled to happen at 6:00 p.m. this evening at the Education Service Center. Following the time allotted for introductions, the school board will then convene for its
regular meeting to begin at 7:00 p.m. Members of the LEEP organization, Le Mars Educational Enhanced Project is expected to present a check to the Board of Education. The LEEP members will also give an update to the MenuMasters fundraising event scheduled for Saturday evening at the Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Each of the school principals,
are scheduled to offer the school board a building report, and School Superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner will submit his annual report for the 2016-2017 school year to the school board. Curriculum Director, Rachel Leavitt will present to the school board the 2017-2018 District Curriculum and Professional Development Plan. The board of education will discuss the
Iowa Association of School Board State Convention to be held November 15th-17th in Des Moines. The school board is expected to act upon on contract for Nora Girard as a teacher associate. The school board will consider approval of specifications and bidding procedures for securing a new 30
passenger mini bus, pick-up truck, and general use car for employee transportation and driver’s education. Dr. Webner will also present to the board’s attention, the 2017-2018 District Goals and board activities for their consideration.



School Board Elections To Be Held On Tuesday

(Le Mars) — Speaking of the school board, voters will have the opportunity to cast their votes for the Board of Education election scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday). Polls will open at 12:00 noon and will close at 8:00 p.m. Many of the school districts within Plymouth County, and including the
Le Mars Community School District, have incumbents running unopposed. For the Le Mars Community School District, incumbents Scott Kommes and Todd Lancaster are both seeking another term. There is no one that has stepped forward showing an interest in District 4, which will be vacated by outgoing
board director, Brenda Phelan.



Le Mars Makes OWI Arrest

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police made an arrest early Sunday morning for an OWI. 25 year old Hayley Robley of Le Mars was stopped at 2:20 a.m. for operating a vehicle with expired plates. As a result of the stop, police found Robley was intoxicated and did not have a valid driver’s license. She was taken to the Plymouth County jail and charged with the Operating While
Intoxicated, first offense.



Flags To Be At Half Staff Today

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags at state facilities flown at half-staff to honor those who died in the Sept 11 terrorist attacks 16 years ago.
Flags are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday at the Iowa Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex. Flags also will be at half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.
Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time.
Iowa’s observation, which it calls Patriot Day, is observed every Sept. 11.



Woman Charged With Murdering Her Sister At Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines woman has been stabbed to death and police have charged her sister with murder.
Des Moines police say officers and fire department medics were called at 1:14 a.m. Sunday to an apartment building on the city’s southside. They found a woman lying in a common area hallway who had multiple stab wounds.
The woman, later identified as 30-year-old Lakeisha McDuffy, was taken to a hospital, where she died.
Police charged the victim’s sister, 31-year-old Chicago resident Ieisha McDuffy, with first-degree murder. Police say she will be held in the Polk County Jail.
The sisters were visiting another relative’s home when the stabbing occurred.
The stabbing was the 24th homicide in Des Moines this year.



Cedar Rapids Police Officer Is Victim Of Hit-and-Run

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Police say an officer has been injured by a hit-and-run driver in Cedar Rapids.
The crash occurred around 11:20 p.m. Saturday as the police cruiser sat behind another vehicle that was going to be towed. The police officer was out of cruiser so could hear an oncoming car skidding and could get out of harm’s way. Police say the officer opened the car’s passenger door after the car struck the cruiser, but the driver accelerated backward, knocking over
and briefly dragging the officer before speeding away.
The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-
threatening injuries. The officer’s name hasn’t been released.
No arrest has been reported.



Attorney General Advises State Agency To Stop Receiving Cannibus Oil From Other States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa agency has been advised to halt implementation of a small section in the state’s new medical marijuana law amid legal concerns it could invite scrutiny from the federal government.
The Iowa Attorney General’s office told the Department of Public Health this month to not proceed with a provision requiring the state to license up to two “out-of-state” dispensaries before the end of the year.
Those entities would have been expected to transport cannabis oil into Iowa from another state in order to sell it. That’s considered illegal under federal law because it involves moving the product between state lines.
The attorney general’s office said implementation should be on hold until the federal government provides further guidance on state medical marijuana programs.
The development isn’t expected to impact other provisions in the law that call for establishment of an in-state production system for cannabis oil before the end of 2018. Smoking marijuana in Iowa remains prohibited.



Pre-Civil War Building’s Fate Uncertain In Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The fate of one of the oldest homes in Iowa City remains uncertain following the University of Iowa’s plan to purchase the property.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that university officials are
seeking permission from the state Board of Regents to purchase the property and an adjacent apartment for $2.6 million.
The property houses the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church’s campus ministry program.
The building is a pre-Civil War house. Local historians say it could’ve been built as early as the 1840s. The Iowa City Historical Preservation Commission says the home is the main structure in the city that needs a local landmark protection.
Church officials hope to relocate the home to property donated by a local developer. But some fear that would diminish the home’s historic integrity.



Trombino Nominated By Trump For Federal Highway Administration

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump is nominating former Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. The Des Moines Register reports that Trombino, of Johnston, is currently president of McClure Engineering of Clive. He headed the Iowa DOT for five years before resigning last November. His appointment comes amid a promise by Trump to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, including roads and
bridges. Trombino played a key role in Iowa’s adoption in 2015 of a 10-cent-per-gallon increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to generate about $200 million annually for state and local road and bridge construction projects. Trombino also served 17 years with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and has degrees in civil engineering and economics. His appointment must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. —