Wednesday News, October 28
Trump Makes Sioux City Appearance
(Sioux City) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made an appearance last evening at Sioux City. Despite some protests from some students asking the Sioux City Board of Education to not allow Trump to appear, more than 2,000 filled the Sioux City West gymnasium. The businessman candidate went rapid fire through a number of topics in a speech lasting over an hour. Stemming the tide of illegal immigration by building a wall along our southern border was one of the first topics he touched on.
Trump made no reference to several protesters outside the school grounds who oppose his stance on immigration and objected to his appearance at the school. He joked about falling behind in the polls in Iowa to Ben Carson this week and asked those attending to work to bring him back to the top.
He also talked about the trade imbalance with China and Japan and how too many Americans were unemployed partly due to a loss of jobs to overseas companies.
Trump ended by taking several questions from the audience including a recovering "Wounded Warrior" in a wheelchair who said he wasn't getting help he needed from the Veterans Administration. Trump promised to get him the help he needed. He also announced support for the Keystone pipeline and a strong military and said if he wins he Iowa Caucuses next year, the race will be over.
Students And Parents Protest Trump's Sioux City Appearance
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of students, parents and other concerned Sioux City residents have protested Donald Trump's appearance at a northwestern Iowa high school, saying the Republican presidential candidate's rhetoric about immigrants violates the school's anti-bullying policy.
Organizer Ismael Valadez says Trump's harsh statements on immigration and characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals in his June announcement speech should have led school officials to bar him from speaking at West High School.
Valadez says as many at 500 protesters gathered outside the school ahead of Trump's appearance Tuesday evening.
Sioux City Schools officials said last night's event was not school-sponsored.
They say other presidential candidates have used the school for campaign events over the years.
Plymouth County Supervisors Pay Off Loan Debt
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution today to pay off a taxable increment financing or TIF loan. The amount of the bond was at $545,000 and relates to the area located in the southwest portion of Le Mars created for development, specifically for the Well's Enterprises corporate offices. Auditor Stacey Feldman informed the county supervisors by paying off the debt, the county will save approximately $14,000 in interests.
Chamber To Host Trick Or Treat Festivities
(Le Mars) --The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Halloween Trick or Treat program is scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 31st at the Olson Cultural Events Center. Mary Reynolds, manager of the Chamber Main Street organization, says Trick or Treating will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Reynolds says at least 12 businesses are prepared to distribute candy at the Olson Cultural Events Center with another 14 businesses located in downtown ready to participate in the festivities. Reynolds says there will be Chamber volunteers at the street corners to help guide the little goblins across the street, and to point them in the direction of other participating businesses.
KLEM radio will be handing out free trick or treat bags to the trick or treaters. Saturday's event is sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program and the Le Mars Public Library.
Chamber Holiday Dollars To Go On Sale November 7th
(Le Mars) -- It won't be long until the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will be selling Chamber Holiday Dollars. The sale of Chamber Holiday Dollars is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 7th, at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices located at 50 Central Avenue, Southeast. A total of $125,000 Chamber Holiday Dollars will be available for sale. Le Mars Main Street Manager, Mary Reynolds, says there are a few changes for this year's Chamber Dollars program.
Reynolds says the Le Mars Chamber is also making some changes with the grocery holiday dollars. In the past, there were three categories. This year the Chamber have five different categories. The major change is with the participating grocery supermarkets of Fareway, HyVee, and Wal-mart. In the past, the grocery chamber dollars could work at any of the three supermarkets. However, this year, people will need to decide which of the three supermarkets they wish to use.
Residents who choose to purchase grocery holiday chamber dollars will receive a ten percent discount. A maximum of $300 can be purchased at one time. Allotments will be distributed in $100 increments.
The other two categories include retail businesses and restaurants. Reynolds says with those categories, people will save 20 percent on the purchases. She says if you spend $80, you will get $100 worth of Chamber dollars. Again, there is a $300 maximum limit on both the retail and restaurant categories. This year the holiday dollars will be 10 dollar bills. All Chamber Holiday dollars must be spent by December 24th, 2015. Accepted payment options are cash and personal checks from the Siouxland area. Credit and debit cards will not be accepted.
A third change to the program is the location where the holiday dollars will be sold. Reynolds says people are to come to the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Reynolds says people can return to the line again to purchase additional holiday dollars.