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Monday News, October 12th


Le Mars Community Board of Education To Hold Meeting

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Community Board of Education will meet this evening at the Education Service Center for its monthly meeting. That meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. The school board will hear reports from each of the school principals as they present their building level professional development plans. School superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner will provide an update on incoming open enrollment applications that have been approved. The school board will discuss the recently held IASB Employee Relations Digital Conference that was held on October 1st. This year’s state school board convention will be a virtual state conference scheduled for November 18th-19th. The school board will discuss who will be participating, as well as some of the program’s topics. Curriculum Director Rachael Leavitt will present to the school board’s attention the 2020-2021 preliminary enrollment. A certified enrollment number is due to the state’s Department of Education by October 15th. The school board will act on a resignation request by Nora Saxen as she has resigned from her position with the foodservices effective October 2nd. Bill Dalton, Middle School and High School Industrial Technology teacher is retiring at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year. The school board is expected to approve contracts to Janet Padilla, as a Clark elementary teacher associate, and Berth Lundula as a Kluckhohn elementary teacher associate. Keely Steffen, has been offered a contract to be the head 8th grade girls basketball coach. The school board is also expected to approve classification changes due to graduate work completed by teachers. The board of education will also consider a resolution approving the English Language Learner deficit for fiscal year 2020 in the amount of $38,721.33. The board of education will also consider approving membership on the District Learning and Instructional Impact Team or D-LIIT for 2020-2021.




Woodbury County Firefighters Called To Massive Field Fire

(Anthon) — Firefighters from several Woodbury County communities were battling a massive field fire Sunday afternoon, near Anthon. The fire was first reported at around 12:30 p.m. near the 2300 block of Lucas Avenue.
Strong winds and dry conditions swept the fire through the countryside.
Electricity was turned off at 210th and Lee Avenue at around 4:15 p.m. as the fire spread northwest of Anthon. No injuries had been reported.




Ernst Hosts Motorcycle Ride Fundraiser

(Sioux City) — U-S Republican Senator Joni Ernst began her annual motorcycle ride fund raiser at Sioux City Saturday morning. More than 100 motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters were joining Ernst on the ride. The first leg was traveling from Sioux City to Carroll, then it went on to Des Moines for the overnight stay. On Sunday, the motorcycle caravan traveled on to eastern Iowa, finishing at Davenport.
Former Arkansas Governor, and one-time presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee was a special guest to Saturday morning’s event. Huckabee explained to the gathering why it is important that Joni Ernst returns to Washington.

Huckabee then addressed why the large amount of money the opposition is spending on media ads for the Democratic Challenger, Theresa Greenfield.

Senator Ernst serves on the Senate Judicial Committee and was asked about the hearings to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Cohen Barrett, which are scheduled to begin on today. Ernst was asked if it is likely the nominee will be confirmed before the election?

The Iowa Republican Senator says there have been two members of the Senate Judiciary committee that have tested positive with COVID-19.

Ernst told reporters that she believes all of the Senators should be tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of the hearings. Ernst says she recently was tested, and was negative.
Ernst says she intends to be at the hearings in person.
Prior to making the cross-state ride, members of the Wasmer Post #241 American Legion of Le Mars presented to the senator a quilt decked out in American colors of red, white, and blue. The quilt is known as a “Quilt of Valor” and legion members across the nation usually present the quilts to past veterans and officials. Ernst says she was honored and proud to receive
the quilt which has a special meaning.

We will learn more about the “Quilts of Valor” this week during our news updates.  Senator Ernst is a former combat veteran who lead soldiers into Afghanistan.




President To Campaign In Des Moines

(Des Moines, IA) — President Donald Trump is resuming his campaign after spending time in the hospital and recovering from COVID-19. He plans to stop in Iowa on Wednesday for a rally in Des Moines. The rally will be at the Iowa National Guard facility at the Des Moines International airport at 6:00 p-m.




Iowa Senator Says Judiciary Committee Should Take COVID Tests

(Washington, DC) — Republican Joni Ernst says she and other members of the Senate committee should be tested for COVID-19 before they convene confirmation hearings this coming week for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Ernst says it would be the smart thing to do because they are going
to be working in close proximity over long hours. Both of Iowa’s U-S Senators are on the Judiciary Committee. During a news conference Sunday, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says he has been tested but hasn’t revealed when that test was taken. Ernst took a COVID test before she debated her Democratic opponent, Theresa Greenfield, on September 28th.




Off-Duty Reserve Police Officer Spots Escapee From Sac County Jail

(Sac City, IA) — One of the two men who escaped from the Sac County Jail is back in custody thanks to an alert off-duty Lake View Police Reserve officer. Thirty-five-year-old Joseph Lee Sly was spotted walking down a city street at about 7:30 a-m. He and 25-year-old Shawn Patrick Freier broke free Friday by overpowering a female correctional officer and locking her in the
main cell block. Freier is still at large. He was serving time for domestic violence and Sly was serving time for domestic violence and sex abuse charges.




Fire In Story County Cornfield May Have Been Started By Cigarette

(Nevada, IA) — A major fire in a Story County cornfield Sunday could have been started by a discarded cigarette. The first report came from a driver who saw the fire burning in a rural ditch between Nevada and Maxwell. By the time fire crews arrived, the flames had spread into the field. Firefighters from seven departments and three farmers worked together to control things.
The Maxwell fire chief says this couldn’t have come at a worse time for the farmer. It took about four hours to put the fire out. No injuries were reported.