Friday Afternoon News, October 25
Remsen Ready For 40th Annual Octoberfest
(Remsen) -- Saturday, you will hear a lot of oom..pa..pa.. and other polka music coming from Remsen, as the community celebrates its 40th annual Oktoberfest. Its a chance for the community to acknowledge its German and Luxembourg heritage. Angie Galles serves as this year's chairperson. she says the event begins with a craft show at 9:00 a.m.
At 1:00 p.m. will be the tapping of the golden keg at the Remsen St. Mary's high school gym. 1:30 p.m. will be the judging of the Children's Bavarian Costume and Dance Contest and the crowning of the Little Luxembourg Prince and Princess competition,
Part of the allure of Oktoberfest is the serving of the traditional German/Luxembourg meal with serving to begin at 3:00 p.m.
The announcement of the Oktoberfest queen will be made at 5:00 p.m. and the traditional sounds of polka music will be heard throughout the day with Bruce Bradley and Jim Strehlke. The beer garden will be operating from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $12.
Activists Spent $833,000 On Judges Elections
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says activist organizations spent $833,000 in Iowa last year trying to influence voters deciding whether to keep an Iowa Supreme Court judge.
The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, and Justice at Stake have released research into outside influence in judicial elections.
The organizations conclude judge retention votes are now a lasting battleground between political factions.
Despite negative ads last year, voters kept Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins on the bench. He was one of the justices to rule in 2009 that the Iowa Constitution makes it unlawful to block same-sex couples from marrying.
Three other justices were voted out in 2010 when $1.4 million was spent on influencing voters that year.
University Of Iowa Receives Donation
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two Maquoketa natives have given their second $10 million gift in three years to the University of Iowa.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1gM5HMK ) Jerre and Mary Joy Stead, of Scottsdale, Ariz., will advance children's medicine at the university.
The donation includes $8 million to endow one faculty chair each in the areas of pulmonology, nephrology, neurology and general pediatrics.
The Steads chair a fundraising campaign aimed at attracting $500 million in private donations. The university says their gift pushes the campaign's total to $505 million. The Steads' previous $10 million gift in 2011 also was to the children's hospital.
The pediatrics department will be named the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.
The Steads donated $25 million to the university's Tippie College of Business in 2003.
Judge Dismisses Case Involving Dead Firefighter
SHELBY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Shelby filed by a man driving a car that struck and killed a city firefighter in 2011.
The case centered around an accident in September 2011 when firefighter Mike Collins was directing traffic around a crash on Interstate 80 and David Thies struck Collins, killing him.
Thies sued the city, seeking $5,000 for damages to his car and medical expenses. He alleged Collins had prescription pain medication and the active ingredient for marijuana in his blood. He claimed Collins stepped into traffic causing him to be struck.
The judge says Thies failed to present any evidence Collins was impaired. In his ruling posted Wednesday, the judge said Thies also "failed to maintain control of his vehicle."
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have arrested a couple after finding them living with a baby in a garage without heat, electricity, or a bathroom.
Police say 23-year old Danae Haynes and 22-year-old Justin Sorter are charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violations.
The nine-month-old child is healthy but was not dressed to withstand near freezing temperatures.
The Iowa Department Human Services has taken custody.
Neighbors tipped off police that the couple was raising the child in the detached garage littered with trash on Des Moines's east side.
Police say the couple had permission to stay in the garage from the owners of the home on the property.