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Friday Afternoon News, April 24

Soderberg Doesn't Believe Legislative Session Will End On Time

(Le Mars) -- Next Friday, May 1st, is the scheduled deadline of the 110 day legislative session, but Le Mars' state representative Chuck Soderberg doesn't believe lawmakers will be finished with their work prior to the deadline.

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Soderberg says progress has been made between the two chambers, but more work still needs to be done.

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One major blocking point is the stalemate between the House and the Senate with regards to education funding.  Lawmakers have been at opposite ends on the issue since the first few days of the legislative session.  The House says the state can only afford a 1.25 percent increase, while the Senate says they would like to see a 2.5 percent increase in K-12 education funding.

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The state representative says the Senate proposal is much higher, but doesn't explain how the extra money will be funded.

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Foundation Offers Free Tuition For Students To Attend Iowa Western

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A new initiative of the Iowa West Foundation is giving 45 Pottawattamie County students the chance to attend Iowa Western Community College for free.

Pottawattamie Promise aims to help future first-generation college students who qualify for a federal Pell grant, and those students who would not have considered college a possibility without assistance. The program will be piloted for three years in the Council Bluffs and Riverside community school districts.

The foundation estimates about 400 students in Pottawattamie County are falling into the gaps between existing education support systems.

Each student will receive a scholarship that pays for tuition, room and board at the college. Advisors will also keep students on track with attendance and coursework.

 

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Search Turns Up Photo Of Iowa Fallen Soldier

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Cross-country efforts to track down a photo of an Iowan killed in the Vietnam War have turned up an image of the man when he was 14 years old.

Chris Mudge, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, says the photo of Staff Sgt. David L. McCombs was provided Thursday by an Illinois man.

The photo of McCombs, a U.S. Army soldier who was born in Oskaloosa and died at age 26 in Vietnam, was the last one needed to complete Iowa's contribution to the Vietnam Memorial Fund's "Wall of Faces." The tribute aims to put a face to the more than 58,000 names listed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Mudge says efforts are ongoing to find a photo of McCombs closer to his death in 1969.


 

   

Friday News, April 24

Plymouth County Treasurer's Office To Offer Tax Credits To Elderly And Disabled

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann will be traveling to various Plymouth County communities to assist applicants who qualify for a state credit on their house taxes, mobile home taxes, or for rent reimbursements.  In order to qualify and receive credit on your real estate taxes, Iowa residents who own their home must be 65 years old or older, or be totally disabled and have a total household income under $22,011 for 2014.  If you own and live in a mobile home, you are eligible to claim a reduced tax rate if your 2014 combined household income was less than $22,011 and you were 23 years of age or older as of December 31, 2014.  The state of Iowa also offers a rent reimbursement program to assist elderly or disabled low income individuals.  Sign up must be done by June 1st.  Qualified residents need to bring their 2014 income tax return, social security statement of earnings, and the amount of any other income that you received in 2014.  Sitzmann and/or other members of the Plymouth County Treasurers office will be at the Hinton Community Center from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5th.  Following Hinton, they will be at the Merrill Senior Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then in Remsen at the Remsen Library between 11:30 to 12:30 a.m.  On Wednesday, May 6th, the treasurers office staff will be at the Kingsley City Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Akron Library Community Room will serve as the second stop on May 6th between 12:30 and 1:30.  The staff will finish at the Westfield City Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Sitzmann says applicants can also bring their information to the county courthouse in Le Mars anytime between 8:00 and 5:00. The sign-up deadline is June 1st.

 

 

 

Sioux City Man To Serve 9 Months For Shooting

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man must serve nine months in jail in another man's nonfatal shooting last year.

A judge suspended a five-year prison sentence for Jose Escobar-Olguin on Thursday and placed him on probation for two years.

Escobar-Olguin pleaded guilty in February to aggravated assault and going armed with intent. He was accused of shooting 21-year-old Lester Calderon-Hidalgo in the head outside a residence in September.

Escobar-Olguin apologized in court and said he was wrong for shooting Calderon-Hidalgo.

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Gehlen Representatives Talk About School At Lunch And Learn Session

(Le Mars) -- Those people that attended Wednesday's Lunch and Learn session were able to gain some insight regarding Gehlen Catholic School.  Lori Nussbaum, the elementary principal for Gehlen was one of four speakers who informed the attendees about the local private school.

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Many people may have been surprised to learn of how Gehlen seeks to offer so many families financial assistance for tuition.

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Nussbaum says the tuition assistance is available to all families that need it.  While many other small schools have had difficulty retaining enrollment with declining numbers, Gehlen Catholic has been able to reverse the trend by showing an increase of student enrollment nine of the past ten years.

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The representatives from Gehlen informed the Lunch and Learn gathering that the school has traditionally scored above the state and national averages in scholastic academic achievement. Nussbaum says there are many reasons why Gehlen scores are high.

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The Gehlen representatives shared with the group that towns that are fortunate to have two schools, such as Le Mars, often times both schools are better performing schools, than those communities with one school.

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It was announced at the Lunch and Learn session that the All Saints Parish of Le Mars will be getting another priest during the coming months.

Branstad Calls Upon State Agencies To Monitor Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has asked several state agencies to monitor the outbreak of a deadly form of bird flu that's reached Iowa and led to an emergency declaration in Minnesota.
Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the governor is communicating with agencies overseeing public health and emergency management. Agency officials have been asked to offer resources to respond to the H5N2 virus, which has affected more than 7 million chickens and turkeys in several Midwestern states. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday.
In Iowa, the flu is confirmed in Buena Vista and Osceola counties. Nearly 4 million chickens at one farm will be destroyed.
Centers says Branstad's office has not received a request for a disaster declaration, but resources can be made available without one.

Bird Flu Now Detected In Sac County Turkey Farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Agriculture says a turkey farm in Sac County has become the third farm in Iowa to have confirmed cases of bird flu.
The farm's 34,000 turkeys will be killed to contain the virus.
The farm is within a six-mile monitoring zone of the first turkey farm identified in Iowa to have the H5N2 virus.
Sac County is the adjacent county south of Buena Vista County where a farm with 27,000 turkeys was confirmed to have the virus on April 13th.
An egg-laying facility with 3.8 million chickens in Osceola County northwest of the turkey farms also has the virus.
State agriculture officials say in the latest case announced Thursday, turkeys began dying and tests at Iowa State University confirmed the bird flu virus is present.

Trade Partners Decline Purchasing Poultry Products From Infected Counties And States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some international trade partners are declining to buy egg and poultry products from states affected by a deadly strain of bird flu while others are excluding imports only from counties where the virus has surfaced.
Agriculture officials say the food supply is safe. But Mexico, Japan and Canada are among 33 countries declining to accept poultry products from entire states, including Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, and Minnesota, the top turkey grower in the U.S.
Other countries, including Hong Kong, limit the ban to counties where the virus has been confirmed.
Jim Sumner, president of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, says 110 countries trade with no restrictions.
Also Thursday, the governor of Minnesota, the nation's leading turkey producer, declared a state of emergency to fight the H5N2 virus
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Lottery Official Testifies Before House Committee

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of the Iowa Lottery has reiterated to lawmakers that state law prevented the illegal payout of a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto ticket.
CEO Terry Rich told the House Government Oversight Committee on Thursday that Iowa law includes security measures that allowed officials to refuse to pay the prize.
Prosecutors say Eddie Tipton, who was director of information security for the Multi-State Lottery Association, illegally bought a Hot Lotto ticket in 2010 later worth $14.3 million. He is accused of tampering with lottery equipment and working with others to try to claim the ticket. Tipton has pleaded not guilty. A trial is scheduled this year.
Some lawmakers asked about security protocols. Rich says more layers have been added, but he reiterated rules were already in place to prevent payouts.

Missouri Valley Man Charged With Arson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - A 19-year-old Iowa man has been charged with three counts of arson for fires at a vacant residence in Missouri Valley.
A news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety says Coty Cates, of Missouri Valley, already was in custody on another matter when he was served with the arson charge last week. The arson charge stems from fires set Oct. 4, Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 last year at the house. No injuries have been reported.
Harrison County Jail records say Cates remained in custody on Friday.

 


 

   

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