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Friday Afternoon News, April 15

Wingert Announced As "Teacher Of The Year" Recipient

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District Alumni Association along with the Le Mars Community School Foundation awarded its "Teacher of the Year" honors this morning.  Ten year teacher, Tracie Wingert, who serves as the Technology Instructional Coach for the Le Mars Community Middle and High School is this year's recipient.  At the time of the presentation of the award, Wingert was in Doug Martin's classroom offering assistance to students.  Wingert says, he initially thought it was Doug Martin who was being honored.

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Wingert was presented the honor by Carolyn Vance with the Le Mars Community School Foundation Association and the Alumni Association.  Attending the award presentation was Wingert's family, his wife and two sons, as well as his parents, who came from Sioux City.  Wingert says he likes to encourage his students to push themselves harder than what they themselves believe are their capabilities. He says he was literally surrounded by education as a youngster, and that led to his interests in teaching.

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Wingert says his responsibilities include helping both students and teachers incorporate technology with the curriculum.

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The technology instruction coach was nominated by his mentor Doug Martin, High School principal Dr. Mark Iverson, and by his student Gabe Jensen.  Wingert says he is appreciative for his peers recognizing his interests, but it is extra special to have a student also submit a nomination.

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For being selected as the Le Mars Community "Teacher of the Year" Wingert will be presented with the "Chrystal Bell" during the Le Mars Community Foundation and Alumni Association banquet scheduled for April 27th.  Wingert will also receive a $500 check to be used for his teaching materials, as well as a $500 cash award for his personal use.

 

 

 

 

Le Mars Community High School Presents "Election" As Spring Play

(Le Mars) -- Attendees of the Le Mars Community High School play "Election" may ask themselves as they watch the comedy/parody is art imitating life, or is life imitating art?  The reason is because, as director Erin Ohrlend says, the scenes may appear similar to what people see on the evening news with regards to the current political campaigns.

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Ohrlend says she selected the 2011 play specifically because of the current election process, saying she thought the Le Mars Community High School students would enjoy the similarities between the action in the play, and what is happening in the real world.

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Ohrlend says the audience is able to be a participant of the play's outcome by casting their votes for their candidate of their choice.

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The play has a cast of 30 members and seven set people. Ohrlend talks about its participants.

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Admission is five dollars, and there are only two performances left; tonight and Saturday evening.  The curtain will rise at 7:00 p.m. with doors open to the High School's "Little Theater" at 6:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Mason City School Board Says No To Chinese Students

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Mason City school board has rejected a proposal to have students from China attend school in Mason City, citing concerns about the proposal and unauthorized use of student photos.
The board voted 6-1 Thursday against the proposal by International Educational Development Corp. The company originally proposed having about 20 students travel to northern Iowa to attend classes in Mason City and other communities. Mason City would have been designated as the proposal's lead school, with administrative responsibilities. 
Some Mason City board members expressed concerns Thursday about the amount of money the district would receive from the company, the cost of obtaining visas for the students and about their English proficiency. The proposal also was jeopardized last month when unauthorized Mason City student photos were spotted on the company's website.

 

 

 

 

State Senate Still Having To Deal With Mental Health Legislation

(Des Moines) -- Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson, says one issue still facing the legislature is dealing with the regionalization of mental health services.  Back in 2013, mental health services combined to different regions within the state, as opposed to individual counties serving the needs of those seeking assistance for mental health issues.

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Anderson says the discussion has focused on at what level are counties allowed to set their tax levy levels for mental health services, since now they are part of a regional program?

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The state senator says he would like to see the middle ground be used for funding mental health services.

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Anderson says other bills that may still remain alive include fantasy sports, and fireworks.

 

 

 

Supreme Court Says Man Cannot Recover Damages For Time Spent In Custody

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a man cannot recover damages for the time he spent in custody before his conviction for having sex with another man while infected with HIV was overturned. The court ruled Friday that since Nick Rhoades initially pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV in 2008 he cannot sue the state for wrongful imprisonment.

 

 

 

 

 





   

Friday News, April 15

Grassland Near Wells Corporate Office To Be Burned Saturday Morning

(Le Mars) -- The controlled burn of the prairie grasses on the terraces on the south and southwest sides of the Wells Corporate Center building has been rescheduled to 6:00am on Saturday, April 16, because of a more favorable weather forecast. The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department along with the Akron Fire-Rescue Department will be present and in charge of the controlled burn. The burn should take approximately four hours.

 

 

 

 

City Announces Closing Of 4th Street Southeast For Repairs

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials are closing 4th St. S.E. today between 7th Ave. S.E. and 8th Ave. S.E. due to some needed street repair. Park Lane has been reopened to thru traffic out by the camp ground.

 

 

 

State Legislature Will Probably Remain In Session Beyond Adjournment Deadline

(Des Moines) -- Tuesday, April 19th was the original date the Iowa legislature had scheduled for adjournment for the 2016 general session.  However, many lawmakers are in agreement they don't believe business will be completed by the deadline.  Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson says because of the pace to approve some crucial budget bills was slower than expected, he says the lawmakers will be asked to return to Des Moines, perhaps for another week.

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Senate Democrats Propose Tax Increase To Finance Water Quality Initiatives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Senate is attempting to revive a proposal to fund water quality initiatives through a sales and use tax increase, but the plan has little support in the Republican-majority House.
A three-member panel of the Senate Ways and Means Committee agreed Thursday to advance a bill that would increase the state's sales and use tax by less than a penny to pay into a natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund. The fund, established in 2010, has no money in it.  State Senator Bill Anderson says he opposes the tax increase.

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Anderson wants to make certain Iowa continues to offer voluntary programs for water quality initiatives, as opposed to forced regulations.

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The bill requires several legislative procedures before it can head to the House, where GOP leaders say they would not support a measure that increases taxes.
The split Iowa Legislature has considered several plans this session to pay for water quality initiatives, but there is little consensus.

 

 

 

 

MidAmerican Energy To Construct Wind Turbine Farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company says it plans to spend $3.6 billion on a wind turbine operation that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity.
Bill Fehrman, the utility's CEO and president, announced the project Thursday at an event in Des Moines attended by Gov. Terry Branstad and other state officials. Officials say the wind farm will be the largest economic development project in the state's history.
Fehrman says when the project is completed, the utility will generate wind energy that equals 85 percent of its annual customer sales in Iowa. MidAmerican is the state's largest utility.
MidAmerican didn't release where the new turbines would be erected but says the utility will finalize locations while the Iowa Utilities Board considers the project.

 

 

 

15 Year Old Sioux City Girl Dies From Auto Accident

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Police say a 15-year-old girl has died in a rollover crash in Sioux City.
The Sioux City Police Department said in a news release that Alexis Wilde was riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle driven by another 15-year-old Wednesday evening, when the vehicle went off the roadway and struck a dirt embankment, causing the car to roll over.
Police say Wilde, the driver and another 15-year-old passenger were transported to a hospital, where Wilde died from her injuries. The other two teens suffered minor injuries.
The crash is under investigation.

 

 

 

House Republicans Pull Funding For Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Members of the Republican-controlled House have advanced a budget bill that would remove state funding for Planned Parenthood, though the proposal is not expected to have enough support in the Democratic-majority Senate. The House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines Thursday for a bill that would remove Medicaid funding for family planning facilities that provide abortions.

 

 

 

Regents Say They May Increase Tuition Rates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The board that oversees Iowa's three public universities has indicated it may need to increase tuition for students because the Legislature has proposed limited new dollars for the next budget year. Bruce Rastetter, president of the Iowa Board of Regents, says the board is disappointed by the proposed funding announced Thursday. Rastetter says the board will immediately start discussions regarding tuition increases for the upcoming school year.

 

 

 

 






 



   

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