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Monday Afternoon News, Sept. 9

School Board Election To Take Place Between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m.

(Le Mars) --Voting for school board directors is set to begin at 12:00 noon and will continue until 8:00 p.m.  Listen carefully as we detail where you are to cast your vote for school board directors.  For Le Mars Community School District there are four precincts.  Precinct One consists of residents living within Elgin, America, Marion and Fredonia Townships and the Town of Struble. The polling place for Precinct No.1 will be the Courthouse Annex-Lower level Le Mars, Iowa.  Precinct 2 is all those people within
Grant and Preston Townships and the Town of Craig and all within Washington and
Johnson Townships and the Town of Brunsville.  The polling place for said Precinct No.2 will be the Brunsville Legion Club, Brunsville, Iowa.  Precincts 2 and 3 have now combined.  Precinct 4- are those people within Liberty, Plymouth, Stanton and Lincoln Townships and the Town of Merrill. The polling place for Precinct No.4 will be the Kissinger Community Center-lower level, Merrill, Iowa.  Precinct 5 comprises of the area lying within the corporate limits of the City of Le Mars. The polling place for Precinct No. 5 will be the Le Mars Convention Center (lowerlevel) at 301 12th St. S.E., Le Mars, Iowa.

Akron-Westfield voters will decide on their school board candidates at the Akron Public Library.  The Hinton Community Center will serve as the polling place for Hinton voters wanting to vote for school board directors.  Kingsley-Pierson voters will vote at the Kingsley Community Center, and Remsen-Union voters will cast their votes at the Remsen Public Library.


Le Mars Voters To Vote On Proposition J

(Le Mars) -- In addition to casting a vote for those running for a director position, voters of the Le Mars Community District will also notice Proposition J on the ballot.  Dr. Todd Wendt, superintendent of schools explains proposition J is a continuing state tax.

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Wendt says the penny sales tax has benefited Le Mars in the past.

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Some people may wonder why the issue is on the ballot this year, when it doesn't affect the school district until 2022.

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The Le Mars School Superintendent says the penny tax is not a new tax for Le Mars voters.  In fact he says the district has passed the measure twice before.

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Le Mars United Way Kicks Off With Golf Tournament

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars United Way launched its 2013 campaign with a golf tournament held on August 29th.  There were 22 teams of four that played in the 10th annual tournament,
raising nearly $5000.  Jeff Stanley with Wells Enterprises, and this year’s Le Mars United Way board chair, says this year the goal is to raise $350,000.  The campaign goal represents a 4% increase over the $336,000 raised last year and would be another record for the Le Mars United Way.  Matt Susemihl, Todd Brownmiller, Ron Kneip, and Rob Bixenman made up the winning foursome this year.


Hawarden Man Arrested After Firing Shots At Salesmen

(Orange City) -- A Hawarden man has been placed under arrest after firing a shot gun several times at three door-to-door sales people.  The incident occurred Saturday afternoon at 4876 Buchanan Avenue, about four miles south of Hawarden.  Witnesses reported that Samuel Harrison, age 50, discharged several rounds from his shotgun.  After firing his weapon, Harrison drove away in his vehicle.  He was stopped by the Hawarden Police at about 3:30 p.m.  He was arrested by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office and charged with assault, going armed with intent, and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.  He was also charged with a second offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.


Fired Agent Still Being Paid

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Lost in the controversy over an Iowa investigator's firing is a surprising fact: he hasn't lost his pay since being terminated in July.
A little-known law requires the Department of Public Safety to pay terminated supervisors while they appeal their firings administratively, which can take a year or longer.
That means former special agent Larry Hedlund still receives his $96,500 salary even as some Democratic lawmakers demand his reinstatement, claiming he was unfairly punished for reporting the Republican governor's speeding SUV.
A state patrol sergeant remains on the payroll after his June firing. A third fired DPS supervisor received nearly $90,000 during a 14-month appeal that ended in 2010.
Hedlund says he was stunned to learn he'd remain on the payroll after his firing and that he'd rather be working.



Monday News, September 9

County Road C-38 To Be Closed This Week

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced County Road C-38
from K-42 to Key Avenue will be closed this week beginning today.  Work crews will replace a small piece of pavement west of the Burlington Northern Railroad on C-38.


School Board To Meet This Evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will meet this evening at the
Education Service Center.  The school board will review the superintendent's annual
report, and establish the expectations for this school year, as well as review the
district's learning goals for this school year.  The school board will also discuss the
upcoming school board election, which is scheduled for tomorrow.  Four districts are open.
District one has Todd Lancaster running unopposed.  District Two has Scott Kommes also
running unopposed, and Brenda Phelan representing district four is unopposed.  The only
contested race is with district 3 where incumbents Chris Collins and Mark Hemmingson will
face off for the director seat.  The Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project Menumasters
fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, September 28 will also be discussed during the
school board meeting.


Phelan Seeks School Board Director Position

(Le Mars) -- Area school board elections are scheduled for tomorrow.  Today, we conclude our focus on the candidates seeking board positions with the Le Mars Community School Board.   Brenda Phelan is the last of the candidates.  Phelan is the current president of the Le Mars Community school board, and has been a director for seven years.  She represents District 4. Phelan says a challenge that eventually turned into an accomplishment was getting the ISL levy passed.

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Phelan points to Phase 1 and Phase 2 as other accomplishments by the Le Mars School Board.

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A goal that Phelan shares with the district is to see Le Mars Community students become even more proficient in reading...math...and science.

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Plymouth County School District Board of Education Elections

(Le Mars) -- As we mentioned, the other Plymouth County public school districts will also hold their school board elections on Tuesday.  Akron-Westfield has three positions to fill with three candidates running unopposed.  Nicholas Schoenfelder is seeking the position for District 1, Phillip Parks is running for District 2, and Bobby Walrod is seeking the school board seat for district 3.  Hinton voters have the opportunity to decide between three candidates for two positions.  Those running for the Hinton Community School Board include; James Binneboese, Robert Held, and John Reintzel.  The Remsen-Union public school district has six people seeking three at-large positions.  The candidates running for school board at Remsen-Union include: Melissa Harnack, Cheri Nitzschke, Michael Sparr, Travis Tentinger, Theresa Van Dam, and Robin Weiler. Kingsley-Pierson voters have the opportunity to vote for two at-large positions, but Scott Bohle will be the only name featured on the ballot.

Plymouth County Historical Museum To Offer Bus Tour

(Le Mars) -- Seats are still available for the Sixth Annual Loess Hills Bus Trip sponsored by the Plymouth County Historical Museum. This year’s excursion will be Saturday, Oct. 5, to Stone State Park, Riverside Park, and Ponca State Park.  Don Poggensee, well known Loess Hills wildlife photographer from Ida Grove, will narrate the bus tour, which will begin at the Museum with boarding at 8:15 a.m.
The first stop will be the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Stone State Park near Sioux City, the nature center showcases plants and animals of the Loess Hills.
The tour group will continue on to the Sioux City Railroad Museum.
The second half of the trip will begin after lunch at the Ponca State Park where Homemade
Living Day will be in progress. This event, headquartered at the Resource and Education Center, will demonstrate old-fashioned skills such as quilting, Dutch oven cooking, apple press, bread making, jerky making, wine and cheese tasting, and canning and preserving.
Horse drawn wagon rides through the park also will be available. The 2,400-acre park is
located along the Missouri River.
The group will then move on to downtown Ponca for a tour of the Adams House Museum, the
Blacksmith Shop, an antique store, and specialty shops.
The cost of $60 includes everything except the noon lunch. Reservations may be made by
calling the Museum at 546-7002.


Woodbury County Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Dean

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - State prosecutors have given way to federal prosecution of a Sioux City man accused of assault and robbery.
Court documents show robbery, burglary, theft and assault charges against Levon Dean have been dropped.
Woodbury County Attorney Patrick "PJ" Jennings says dropping the local case will save the state money and could lead to heavier federal punishment for Dean.
Authorities say Levon Dean and his brother, Jamal Dean, broke into a Sioux City home and beat and robbed a resident at gunpoint in April. A few days later Jamal Dean shot Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick, who survived. Jamal Dean was given 25 years in prison for attempted murder.


Debate Over Whether The Blind Should Have Gun Permits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people.
Iowa law doesn't allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability.
Some sheriffs have been granting gun permits to people with visual impairments while
others have been denying them.
Jane Hudson with Disability Rights Iowa says keeping legally blind people from obtaining weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Some other states, including Nebraska, require anyone applying for a gun permit to provide proof of their visual ability by supplying a driver's license or doctor's statement.


Branstad Visits Japan And India

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has jetted off to Japan and India, embarking on his sixth international trade trip since 2011.
In the past three years, Branstad has toured several European countries, gone south to Brazil and Chile and has made three trips to China.
Since 2011, the state has spent less than $10,000 on Branstad's travels, but the Iowa Economic Development Authority's foundation, which takes private contributions, has paid out nearly $114,000. It will spend another $10,000 on the current trip.
Branstad's staff says the trips can yield trade deals or bring businesses to Iowa.
But some note it's hard to know how meaningful these foreign journeys are.
Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill accompanied Branstad to China earlier this year. He says Branstad is establishing valuable relationships for Iowa.


Farm Crawls Become Popular

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) - Farm crawls are becoming popular summer and fall activities as consumers seek out locally grown fresh produce and want to see how it's grown.
Farm crawls often feature tours that include not only farms serving food samples but wineries with wine tasting and sometimes greenhouses.
Hometown Harvest of Southeast Iowa in Fairfield conducted a farm crawl Sunday
afternoon featuring ready-to-eat food at eight stops including four farms, two greenhouses, and two wineries.
The University of Northern Iowa Local Food Program also sponsored a farm crawl Sunday
that included a family-run fresh produce farm in Waterloo, Hansen Dairy in Hudson, the
Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch near Fredericksburg, Jefferson Greenhouse and Orchard, and a Fitkin
Popcorn farm.



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