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Friday News, January 22

Police Warn Of Fraudulent Telephone Calls

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has issued a warning.  Two local businesses were contacted by phone from a source claiming to be from Mid-American Energy.  The party demanded account information or they would cut off the business services.  On each of these instances, the business recognized that it was a fraud.  Mid-American was contacted.  Mid-American is not actively contacting anyone warning them about their services or demanding payment.  The Le Mars Police Department recommend that the best way to handle a call like this would be to hang up on the caller.

 

 

 

Huckabee Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made a visit to Le Mars Thursday morning.  Huckabee was greeted by nearly 20 people.  Huckabee won the Iowa caucus in 2008, but is trailing behind several other candidates for this presidential race.  However, Huckabee remains confident and believes his past supporters will show up for the caucus.

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Huckabee says energy, and specifically ethanol and other biofuels, should play an important role for Iowa voters in selecting the next president. Without naming names, the former Arkansas governor took jabs at front runners Donald Trump for his campaign style, and at Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is thought to be opposed to renewable biofuels.

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Huckabee says the people that visited with him in Le Mars are concerned about jobs and Social Security, but they want to have morals placed back into our daily lives.

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Huckabee says he favors increasing the military, and reducing the national debt, while fighting terrorists groups like ISIS and other Islamic radical terrorists organizations. He says the United States needs to fight both at the same time.

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The former Arkansas governor explains his campaign strategy between now and February 1st, the Iowa caucus date.

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Emily's List President Campaigns For Hillary Rodham Clinton In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- The president of the political action committee "Emily's List" made an appearance in Le Mars on Thursday afternoon to campaign on behalf of Democratic Presidential hopeful, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Stephanie Schriock says Emily's List has been around for 30 years, with the mission of electing women to political offices.

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Schriock says the upcoming election will be historical, and especially important to all women voters.

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The Emily's List president believes the former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady is the most qualified to be the next president.

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Holz Says Iowa House To Vote On Two Major Bills Next Week

(Des Moines) -- State House representative Chuck Holz of Le Mars has completed his first two weeks as a lawmaker.  The retired veterinarian says there weren't any bills that have appeared on the House floor for a vote as of yet, but he says two important bills may be brought to the House chambers and voted on next week.

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Holz says the other bill working its way through the committees and will soon be brought forward to the entire House of Representatives is an education spending bill.

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Holz didn't want to speculate at what level the House would approve the educational spending bill, saying he wanted to see what amendments and other discussions would first evolve.  Governor Terry Branstad in his "Condition  of the State" address had proposed a spending increase of 2.45 percent.  Last year, the Iowa House, led by the Republican majority, passed an educational bill of two percent.  Senate Democrats have advocated a four percent increase.

 

 

 

Huseman To Seek Re-election To Iowa House

(AURELIA) – Rep. Dan Huseman (R-Aurelia) announced today he will be running for re-election to the Iowa House in District 3, which is comprised of all of Cherokee and O’Brien Counties as well as four townships in Sioux County and four townships in Plymouth County.

Huseman is a lifelong resident of the district, as he was raised on his family’s farm in Cherokee County.  Following graduation from Aurelia High School, Dan graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake before returning to the farm.

Dan and his wife, Barbara, are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia where Dan has served on numerous boards and committees.  The Husemans have been married for 41 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Additionally, Huseman has remained active in his community through his work with the Aurelia Kiwanis, Farm Bureau, Pork Producers, Cattleman’s Association, Soybean Association and Corn Growers Association.

“Rep. Huseman is a great legislator who represents his constituents well.  He listens and brings a conservative approach to the state budget.  His work on the state’s infrastructure budget is a tremendous asset to all Iowans,” said House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake).

In the House, Huseman serves as the Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations subcommittee – the committee in charge of transportation funding throughout the state.  He also serves on the Appropriations, Natural Resources, and Transportation committees.

 

 

Iowa Receives $97 Million Grant For Water Quality And Flood Control

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has received a nearly $97 million federal grant to tackle the state's water quality and flood challenges.  Gov. Terry Branstad, state and local leaders, including the city of Dubuque, are expected to meet Friday afternoon to discuss the grant. Governor spokesman Ben Hammes says the money will help accelerate water quality efforts and flood reduction in key watersheds in Iowa. Hammes declined to provide details on how the $96.9 million grant would be implemented, saying only that it will complement the governor's recent $4.7 billon water quality plan. Iowa is among 13 states and cities to receive $1 billion in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to make communities better prepared and more resilient for future natural disasters.

 





   

Thursday Afternoon News, January 21

Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made a visit to Le Mars this morning.  Huckabee was greeted by nearly 20 people.  Huckabee won the Iowa caucus in 2008, but is trailing behind several other candidates for this presidential race.  However, Huckabee remains confident and believes his past supporters will show up for the caucus.

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Huckabee says energy, and specifically ethanol and other biofuels, should play an important role for Iowa voters in selecting the next president. Without naming names, the former Arkansas governor took jabs at front runners Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who are thought to be opposed to renewable biofuels.

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Huckabee the people that visited with him in Le Mars are concerned about jobs and Social Security, but they want to have morals placed back into our daily lives.

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Huckabee says he favors increasing the military, and reducing the national debt, while fighting terrorists groups like ISIS and other Islamic radical terrorists organizations. He says the United States needs to fight both at the same time.

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The former Arkansas governor explains his campaign strategy between now and February 1st, the Iowa caucus date.

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Former DCI Agent Wants Supreme Court To Rule On His Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A criminal investigator fired after complaining about speeding by Gov. Terry Branstad's security detail is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to allow his wrongful termination lawsuit to proceed. Justices heard arguments Thursday in the case of former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry Hedlund, who was fired in 2013 after complaining to superiors that a speeding trooper driving Branstad was let go without consequences. The Iowa Department of Public Safety denies retaliation, claiming Hedlund was insubordinate. Hedlund's attorney, Tom Duff, asked justices to reinstate Hedlund's claim that he was fired in violation of public policy. He says Branstad gave Hedlund's career a "death knell" when the governor suggested he was a safety concern. Assistant attorney general Jeff Peterzalek says Hedlund was required to challenge his termination administratively, not in court.

 

 

 

 

Midwest Banks Says Rural Economy Is Weakening

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A survey shows some bankers had a dire view of the rural economy in their 10 Western and Plains states.A report released Thursday says January's Rural Mainstreet Index plunged to 34.8 from 41.5 in December. It's the lowest overall index figure since August 2009. Survey officials say any score below 50 on any of the survey's indexes suggests that factor will decline. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey of rural bankers and says it's the fifth straight month for a decline. He again blames lower prices for agriculture and energy commodities and downturns in manufacturing. The farmland and ranchland price index dropped to 23.9 in January from December's 28.8. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.



   

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