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Thursday Afternoon News, November 7th


Chamber of Commerce Seeking Nominations For “Business of the Year” and “Citizen of the Year.”

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for both Citizen of the Year, and for recognition of the Business of the Year. All Chamber member businesses are eligible regardless of size or type to nominate a business. Recognition will be awarded based on one or more of
the following criteria: community involvement, job creation, innovative practices, employee benefits, major expansion or overcoming an adversity. Businesses can self-nominate, or can be nominated. Nomination forms may be picked up at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce office, or call 546-8821 to
receive a nomination form via email. Nominations must be completed and returned no later than November 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The award presentation will take place at the Chamber Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper level.

Last Year’s “Business of the Year” was awarded to the Le Mars Police Department, Le Mars Ambulance Services, and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department.

In addition to seeking a “Business of the Year”, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is also looking nominations for the “Citizen of the Year.” Similar to the “Business of the Year” nominations, entries must be submitted to the
Chamber office no later than November 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Any information that would acquaint the committee with the nominee’s qualifications is confidential. The “Citizen of the Year” will be selected by a committee from the Chamber and will be based on the individual’s record of dedication and service to the community. The award will be presented during the Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner scheduled on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center.

Wayne Marty was the recipient of the “2019 Citizen of the Year.”



Ten People To Graduate From Police Citizens Academy

(Le Mars) — Ten people are scheduled to graduate this evening from the second Le Mars Police Department’s Citizen Academy. The class have had eight sessions over the course of a month learning about the job responsibilities of a Le Mars Police Officer. The class learned about traffic stops, identifying drugs, crime investigations, weapons, CERT tactical movements, and even domestic assaults. Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte and Assistant Chief Justin Daale served as the instructors for the course.



Grassley Believes U-S/Mexico/Canada Trade Agreement Will Soon Pass Congress

(Washington) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s also hearing encouraging news about progress on the U-S Mexico Canada Agreement. The trade deal must first go before the U-S House before it would go to the Senate, and Grassley says he’s seen recent reports in the media quoting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying a vote will come very soon.

Many Republicans are critical of the Democrat-led House for focusing so much time on trying to impeach President Trump, but Grassley says this word from Pelosi on U-S-M-C-A is cause for optimism.

Grassley says Pelosi told him she didn’t want to bring the trade agreement up in the House until she was sure it had the votes to pass, and he remains confident of its chances in the Senate.

According to data released last month from a group called Americans for Free Trade, Iowa farmers and businesses have faced 343-million dollars in retaliatory tariffs since the trade war began in February of 2018.



President Of UNI Responds To Criticism About Campus Racism

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – The University of Northern Iowa president says he’s forming a committee to address minority and other students’ allegations of systemic racism on the Cedar Falls campus.
President Mark Nook took responsibility in a recent letter to the
university community for the university’s failure to adequately fulfill goals set by an ad hoc student group and backed by the student government.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Nook’s action follows a social media campaign of criticism by the student group, Racial and Ethnic Coalition.
Among other things, the group posted video testimonials from minority students talking about problems they’ve had on campus, including dealing with a racist professor and trying to navigate university diversity policies.