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Monday News, October 8th


School Board To Review 2017-2018 Annual Report

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to convene this evening, and on their agenda will be a review of the 2017-2018 annual report. Curriculm Director Rachel Leavitt will review the annual report for the school board memebers. The school board will look at the preliminary audit report, as prepared by Williams and Company. The school
board is expected to act upon the resignation of Kari Bertrand from the food services, effective October 12th. The school board is also expected to approve the classification changes due to graduate work that has been completed by teachers. The school board will also approve the list of names for the District’s Learning and Instructional Impact Team for 2018-2019.



Le Mars Community High School To Host “College Night”

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Community High School will again be hosting “College Night” scheduled for this Monday evening, at the Carey Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m. College Night offers area students, and their parents, the opportunity to visit with different colleges and universities all at one
location and time. Le Mars Community Guidance Counselor Judd Kopperud says the event is free and will feature many of the region’s college’s and universities.

Kopperud says the registration process has been made easier for students who wish to gather information from several higher education institutions.

Kopperud says students and their parents from around the area are welcomed to attend “College Night.” He says many parents may have questions regarding available financial aid, student loans, and scholarships.

“College Night” will feature representatives from two-year community colleges, four-year private colleges, four-year state universities, and many of the military service branches.



Absentee Ballots Now Available For Voting

(Le Mars) — Today is the first day you can vote for the November 6th election. Absentee ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election are available in the Auditor’s Office at the Plymouth County Courthouse during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday to vote in person.

Absentee ballots may be cast in the Auditor’s office until Monday, November 5th until 5 pm.
Absentee ballots to be mailed to voters must be requested in writing. Forms are available at the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office or at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms. Absentee ballot request forms can be mailed to the Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars, IA 51031. Voter’s may contact the Auditor’s office and an absentee ballot request form can be mailed to a voter.

Voters requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed to them must have the request form to the Auditor’s office no later than 5 pm on Saturday, November 3rd, as that is the last day absentee ballots can be mailed out to voters. The Auditor’s office provides the postage for all absentee ballots returned by mail. Ballots must be postmarked prior to midnight, November 5,
2018 (the day prior to the election), or can be delivered to the Auditor’s office before the polls close at 9:00 pm on November 6, 2018 (Election Day.)

If you wish to absentee vote in the Auditor’s office Monday, October 29th through Monday, November 5th and are not registered to vote already, you will be required to complete the EDR (Election Day Registration) process at the Auditor’s Office prior to casting your absentee ballot. The EDR voter registration process requires a valid photo identification, and one form of proof of Plymouth County residency. Examples of proof of residency can be a valid Iowa drivers license with your current Plymouth County address, a utility bill, cell phone bill, residential lease, bank statement, paycheck, government check, vehicle registration, or tax assessment.



Booker Appears At Iowa Democratic Fund Raiser

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Sen. Cory Booker says President Donald Trump’s recent criticisms don’t bother him, and he welcomes a discussion of his record as the former mayor of Newark and his work in the Senate.
The New Jersey Democrat is in Iowa, the lead-off presidential caucus state, as he weighs running for president in 2020.
Trump has criticized Booker’s performance as Newark mayor, saying he ran the city “into the ground.” Trump also has mocked Booker’s tack on the Judiciary Committee during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.
Booker told reporters that if Trump “wants to attack my record, the reality is the people of the state of New Jersey elected me statewide.”
He added: “I would never let him bring me so low as to hate him.”



Central Iowa Man Arrested For Sexual Abuse To Minor Boys

COLO, Iowa (AP) – A registered sex offender in Iowa faces new charges after investigators say he molested several young boys on camping trips to a Story County park.
Des Moines television station KCCI reports that 30-year-old Michael Ferguson took several boys between the ages of 9 and 14 camping at Hickory Grove Park in Colo between May 2017 and February. Court documents say Ferguson forced at least four children to perform sexual acts.
Ferguson was recently arrested in Stark County, Ohio, and extradited to Story County. He’s charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and indecent exposure. He’s being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Ferguson was convicted of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse of a teenage boy in 2008.