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Thursday News, May 31

New Precincts May Have New Voting Locations

(Le Mars) -- Less than a week remains before the primary election, and due to the recent re-districting of voting precincts, some voters may find they need to cast their vote in a different location.  Plymouth County Auditor Stacy Feldman offers an example with the new second precinct.

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Meanwhile, Precinct #5 which comprises of Fredonia, and Marion townships, including the town of Remsen will vote at the Remsen Public Library.  Precinct #10 includes Union and Elkhorn townships, plus the town of Kingsley, will cast their votes at the Kingsley Community Center.  Feldman says the new Precinct #4 now consists of the townships Preston, Johnson, Grant, and Washington and including the communities of Brunsville and Craig and they will have a voting location change.

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Feldman says there were some changes made to the Le Mars precincts. Although, all Le Mars voters will still cast their votes at the Le Mars Convention Center.

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Feldman says 280 absentee ballots have been mailed, and that number is consistent with previous primary elections. She says if you want to vote absentee, ballots must be sent by this Friday.  The auditor's office will be open on Saturday and Monday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for absentee voting.

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School Board Approves Middle School Handbook Rules

(Le Mars) -- At last evening's Le Mars Community School Board meeting, the board approved changes for the Middle School handbook as presented by Middle School principal, Steve Shanks.  The approved changes allows students to use electronic books such as nooks, kindles and other devices designed for downloading and reading books with permission of faculty and administration.  However, the electronic device used for approved reading should not be used for accessing facebook, twitter, texting, or other social media or games. Shanks reported to the board that the use of cell phones is already forbidden, and that students need to leave their cell phones in their lockers.  The new handbook will include students, with permission and only in the main office, will be allowed to make long distance calls on their personal cell phones if necessary.  In addition, students will need their parent's permission if they wish to leave early for the Homecoming parade, puppy relays, or 6th grade relays. 

 

Iowa To Continue Efforts For Exemption on No Child Left Behind 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa will continue its effort to receive a waiver from the federal government's No Child Left Behind Act.   U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday granted exemptions for eight more states. Iowa Education Director Jason Glass says state laws governing teacher evaluations likely kept Iowa from an exemption.

Early Murder Featured On NBC's  "Dateline"

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A national television network is planning to air a two-hour special about the mystery surrounding the 2001 death of a 20-year-old man in a small town in northwest Iowa.
     The "Dateline NBC" episode looking into the disputed death of Dustin Wehde in Early airs Friday at 8 p.m.
     Prosecutors say Tracey Richter lured Wehde to her home, and then killed him while her three children were present as part of a plot to frame her ex-husband. They say she then made up a sensational story claiming she shot Wehde in self-defense after he and another
man invaded her home.
     Richter and a son who was present both insist there was a home invasion.
     A jury convicted her of first-degree murder last year. She's serving life in prison, but has appealed.

Two Men Charged With Arson and Burglary in O'Brien County

(Primghar) -- The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office has arrested two individuals suspected of setting fire to mobile homes at Hartley.  The Hartley Fire Department was dispatched along with a sheriff's deputy to 3283 Yew Avenue on Tuesday, May 29th.  Once fire fighters arrived on the scene, they were suspicious of the origin of the fire, and called in the State Fire Marshall to assist with the investigation.  Further investigation resulted in the arrest of two persons.  Charged with Arson in the 2nd Degree and Burglary in the 3rd Degree were Cassie M. Engelkes, age 20, of Hartley, and Erik Sundstrom-Reis, age 26, of Pocohontas, Iowa.  Bond was set at $10,000 for both charges.  Sundstrom-Ries has been released after posting bail, while Engelkes remains in jail.

Environmental Officials Monitoring Herbicide Spill

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - State environmental officials are monitoring a herbicide spill from a truck accident on Interstate 80 near Iowa City.
     The Department of Natural Resources says a truck hauling the weed killer crashed Wednesday morning, causing about 200 gallons of Roundup Weather Max to leak into a nearby ditch. Firefighters built earthen dams and used absorbent pads to contain the product.
     Officials say about 50 gallons were recovered. Sand was placed over the spill area until a full cleanup can be done.
     Officials say the truck was in a construction zone and apparently slipped off the pavement. The truck ended up on its side. The leak happened from a break near a temperature gauge about
midway down the tanker.
     The truck driver was taken to a hospital.
    

   

Wednesday News, May 30th

School Board to Hear Report on Adult Education

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars School Board is scheduled to meet this evening, and on their agenda they will hear a report from Lorene Rexwinkel, Adult Education Coordinator regarding adult education classes.  In her summary, Rexwinkel reports there were 159 adults enrolled in classes, of which, 54 were seniors citizens.  Computer classes were the most popular with 62 students.  Hobbies had 37 students, French language class consisted of 10 students, and camera classes made up of 13 students.  A total of 23 classes were held, and 29 students were enrolled in a GED class.  Other action expected for this evening's meeting, the board will decide upon two separate lease agreements with Buena Vista University and the Northwest Area Education Agency.  The board will also consider an agreement with Western Iowa Tech to continue with the concurrent enrollment opportunities at the high school.  The local school board will review some Middle School policy revisions as presented by Middle School principal Steve Shanks.

 

Des Moines School Board Keeps Charter School

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines school board will let the district's troubled charter school stay open the next two years.
     The board decided on Tuesday that the school will get extra oversight. Board President Teree Caldwell-Johnson says the board "put the charter school on a real short leash."
     The school faced possible closure because of budget problems and low enrollment. Parents and teachers also sent letters to the school's advisory board alleging mismanagement.
     The school's director, Nina Rasmusson, resigned in April.
     The school has been open for 17 months. It serves students in grades seven through nine and will admit 10th-graders this coming fall.

 

Traditional Voting Places May Have Changed Due To Re-districting

(Le Mars) -- Only a week remains before the primary election, and due to the recent re-districting of voting precincts, some voters may find they need to cast their vote in a different location then what they have been accustomed.  For instance, Precinct Two now consists of the townships of Meadow, Remsen, Henry, and Garfield, with the execption of the towns Remsen and Kingsley.  The new Precinct #Two will cast their votes at the American Bank conference room in Remsen.  Meanwhile, Precinct #5 which comprises of Fredonia, and Marion townships, including the town of Remsen will vote at the Remsen Public Library.  Precinct #10 includes Union and Elkhorn townships, plus the town of Kingsley, will cast their votes at the Kingsley Community Center.  Precinct #4 consists of the townships Preston, Johnson, Grant, and Washington and including the communities of Brunsville and Craig will vote at the Brunsville Legion Hall.  All Le Mars voters will cast their votes at the Le Mars Convention Center, although the precinct borders have changed, so you may need to consult with a precinct voting volunteer to know the exact precinct which you can cast your vote.

Congressional Candidates Report Fund Raising Efforts

(Des Moines) -- May 16th was the deadline for Congressional Candidates in Iowa's four districts to report their current financial status.  Republican Congressman Tom Latham had nearly two-million dollars in cash in his campaign account by May 16th. That was a deadline day for reporting fundraising totals. It's six times more than Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell had. Boswell had about 300-thousand dollars in his campaign account by mid-May. Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley of Waterloo raised about 100-thousand dollars since April 1st. Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City, raised about 13-thousand more than that. But former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, the Democrat who plans to challenge Republican Congressman Steve King in November, raised more than Braley and Loebsack combined. Her haul in the six-week period was 230-thousand dollars. Congressman King, however, is a more aggressive fundraiser than he has been in the past, collecting nearly 373-thousand dollars during that six-week period. King had about a million dollars in his campaign account by mid-May. Vilsack had about 144-thousand less.

Woodbury County Sheriff's Office Reports Memorial Day Project

(Sioux City)  -- Woodbury County Sheriff's Office is reporting they issued 42 warnings and gave 25 citations during the Memorial Day Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau project.  Among the more common violations included eleven drivers were given speeding tickets, three others were cited for failure to wear a seat belt, and only one Driving While Intoxicated citation was issued. 

 

Sioux City Police Still Searching for Suspect 

 
(Sioux City) --
Sioux City Police say they are still looking for that suspect accused of a series of sexual abuse incidents that occured in the morning hours of Friday, May 25th.  Numerous tips were received from the public through crimestoppers and investigators worked to follow up those leads over the weekend.  A suspect has not been identified at this time. 

 


 

   

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