Monday News, June 10
Le Mars Community Board Of Education To Meet This Evening
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening. The board will hear a report from Tracy Wingert regarding the process used to select geometry textbooks. The board will also review its insurance policies. The school board will review the present salary and benefits of the superintendent's position. The local board of education will go over the revisions to the student handbooks, and they will act upon the milk and bread contracts for the upcoming school year.
"Prairie Fever" To Be Discussed At Museum
(Le Mars) -- Prairie Fever, a program about the English in America will kick off "Ice Cream Days" week at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Peter Pagnamenta of London, England will be at the Museum's Music Room to speak about his new book, "Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West, 1830-1890. The book contains several references to the settling of the English in Plymouth County.
Clovis Expected To Run For U-S Senate
(Sioux City) -- Conservative radio talk show host and Morningside College Professor of Business and Economics, Sam Clovis has scheduled a news conference for this evening in Sioux City to discuss his political future. Clovis, a retired colonel with the U-S Air Force, is expected to announce his candidacy for the U-S Senate seat, held by current Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin has announced he will not seek a re-election bid. Clovis, a republican, will make his announcement during his "Coffee with Sam" session at the Holiday Inn in Sioux City. Clovis says he has done his due diligence in both prayer and counseling with friends and family and he believes it's time to step up and announce his decision on his intentions for the United States Senate seat. At least two other republican candidates have announced their candidacy for the upcoming vacant seat.
Body Identified As Missing 15 Year Old Girl
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities have identified a body found in a river as that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted with another girl after getting off a school bus last month.
Officials announced Sunday morning an autopsy confirms the body found Friday night in the Des Moines River under a bridge near Boone is Kathlynn Shepard's.
Chief State Medical Examiner Dr. Julia Goodin says Kathlynn died of "multiple sharp and blunt forced injuries."
Investigators expressed confidence the body was Kathlynn's hours after a fisherman discovered it.
Clothes on it matched what Kathlynn was wearing when she and a 12-year-old friend were taken on May 20 in Dayton, about 60 miles north of Des Moines.
Authorities say Michael Klunder kidnapped the girls and committed suicide after the younger girl got away.
Family of Abducted Teen Gives Statement
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The family of an abducted Iowa teenager has released a statement after authorities confirmed the 15-year-old's death.
Kathlynn Shepard's father said Sunday that the teen's family has "lost part of its soul," but that Kathylnn is now in a better place and safe from predators. Kathylnn was described as an innocent, caring and fun-loving child.
The State Medical Examiner and Department of Criminal Investigation said Sunday that had an autopsy had confirmed that a body found Friday night in Boone County was Kathylnn's.
Kathylnn was found dead in the Des Moines River weeks after she was abducted while walking home with a 12-year-old friend.
Authorities say Michael Klunder abducted the girls and took them to a hog confinement facility, where the 12-year-old escaped.
Fundraiser Set For Shooting Victims
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Friends of an Iowa mother and toddler who were shot multiple times are holding a fundraiser to help cover their medical costs.
The fundraiser is set for Saturday at Regal Lanes in Council Bluffs. Organizers are hosting the event in honor of 23-year-old Heather Wilson and her 2-year-old son, Tyson, who are both still recovering
from the February shooting.
Authorities have charged 31-year-old Ronald Farr with attempted murder, willful injury and going armed with intent.
The "Strike Back Against Violence" fundraiser will feature bowling, food, a raffle and a silent auction.
Branstad Wants To Stop Bullying
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill designed to crack down on cyberbullying failed to advance in the Legislature this year, but Gov. Terry Branstad says he plans to keep working to toughen Iowa's
Branstad promised Thursday that he would hold another state summit on bullying, as he did last fall, and will work to get a bill passed next year.
Branstad says he "wants kids to feel safe."
The bullying bill offered by Branstad this year would have updated state guidelines for school districts to include bullying that occurs outside school on social media websites like Facebook.
It received subcommittee approval in the state House, but never moved forward.
Matt Carver, of the group School Administrators of Iowa, says he thinks the Legislature will approve the bill once lawmakers have more information.
Cedar Falls Looks At Establishing A Part-time Mayor Position
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Cedar Falls will discuss a proposal to shift to a part-time mayor.
A task force has recommended the change as the city tries to prevent a budget shortfall.
The salary for a part-time mayor could run between $6,500 and $30,000. Current Mayor Jon Crews is paid about $118,000 a year.
Crews has outlined a plan to create a city administrator position but also keep a full-time mayor.
The City Council Committee of the Whole will meet Monday night and discuss the matter.
Keokuk Woman Named "Miss Iowa"
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Keokuk woman has been chosen as Miss Iowa and will compete in the Miss America Pageant this fall.
22-year-old Nicole Kelly won Saturday after a three-day competition in Davenport.
Kelly is majoring in directing and theater management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She is the 72nd woman to hold the title of Miss Iowa.
The first runner-up was 24-year-old Isabella Blaine, of West Des Moines.
The Miss America Pageant will be Sept. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J.