County Supervisors To Meet On Tuesday
(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a short agenda for today’s scheduled meeting. The county governing board is expected to approve the CARES Act Funding Resolution. They will hear an update regarding the county’s insurance programs and renewal premium with Rob Bixenman with Perspective Insurance. Surveyor, Dave Wilberding will appear before the county supervisors seeking approval of Bruce and Teri Brock’s addition in Section 4 of America Township. County Engineer, Tom Rohe, will submit a resolution for the Powder Players Snowmobile Club, and he will submit the
final plans for approval of the Jasmine Bridge Removal project.
Hinton Re-establishes Having A Food Pantry
(Le Mars) — Hinton has once again established a food pantry. Years ago, the United Methodist Church of Hinton had a food pantry to serve those within the Hinton area and over the course of time, it simply disappeared. Pastor Beth Odor says she wanted to bring back the food pantry, saying there is a need.
A total of six long tables were filled with can goods and other food items, all from the help of campers.
Odor says for those people in need of food simply need to contact her and she will accommodate their needs. Odor says we may not always realize it, but there are local people who have a need for food assistance.
Odor says perhaps in the future, the food pantry may be able to expand to include refrigerators and freezers, so they will have the opportunity to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as with meat products.
Floyd Valley Foundation Chosen Recipients From Bomgaars Ladies Night Event
(Le Mars) — It’s once again time to start planning Bomgaars Ladies Night for the Le Mars Bomgaars Store! A night of Festive Fun & Fall Shopping!
For the past four years, Bomgaars has held a Ladies Night in the Fall / Winter. During this one evening, 5% of the total sales has been donated to cancer centers and/or hospitals in the communities we serve. Last year, we were able to donate just over $40,015 to 88 locations! The Bomgaars Ladies Night is set for, October 25th, 2020 – 5 PM – 8 PM.
After investigating and going through lists of possible organizations, we chose, The Floyd Valley Foundation to be a recipient in your community. The Floyd Valley Foundation will be receiving a donation check from Bomgaars in December 2020! The donation is based on the total sales of Ladies Night in
the local Bomgaars Store.
Amy Harnack, Foundation Manager, stated, “We are grateful to once again be the recipients of a percentage of the proceeds and partnering with Le Mars Bomgaars again for this wonderful shopping event for ladies only.”
Bomgaars endeavors to make this event special for the ladies with a discount and giveaways. Make plans to attend this special event. Le Mars Bomgaars Store – Sunday, October 25th, 2020 from 5 PM – 8 PM.
Grassley Delivers Opening Comments On Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination
(Washington) — Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is dismissing what he calls “doomsday predictions” about how Amy Coney Barrett might rule as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Grassley delivered an 11-minute defense of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court this (Monday) morning as hearings on Barrett’s nomination got underway.
Grassley quoted the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who Barrett is nominated to replace. He also offered Barrett advice.
Grassley recited what he described as “high praise” of Barrett’s record as a law professor at Notre Dame, a judge and as a mother.
All 22 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee delivered opening statements on Monday. Democrats have criticized the timing of Barrett’s nomination for the November 10th U.S. Supreme Court hearing for a constitutional challenge
of the Affordable Care Act. Iowa’s other Republican Senator, Joni Ernst, joined the Judiciary Committee in 2019. She too made her remarks, and then Judge Barrett spoke.
Senator Ernst Gives Opening Comments On Barrett’s Nomination
(Washington) — Republican Senator Joni Ernst says the focus of Senate hearings for President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee should be on Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial philosophy — not on her religion.
Ernst joined the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2019 and this is the first time she’s participating in hearings for a Supreme Court nominee.
Ernst says her test for a justice is whether they will defend the
Barrett, if confirmed as expected by the Republican-led Senate, would become the fifth woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Ernst notes this year is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and Ernst says attacks on Barrett’s faith and family life are out of bounds.
The hearings on Barrett’s nomination are expected to last through Thursday.
Iowa Tops 100K Positive Test Results For COVID-19
(Des Moines, IA) — Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie is worried about a presidential visit at the same time the state of Iowa passes a COVID-19 milestone. Public health officials report Iowa has topped 100 thousand confirmed cases of the virus. It ranks fourth among the states for its rate of infection. Cownie says he’s worried the campaign rally for President Donald Trump at the Des Moines airport could become a “super-spreader” event.
Iowa has averaged 13-hundred new cases-a-day over the last four days. More than three dozen people died last weekend alone.
Students Return To In-Person Learning At Des Moines Public Schools
(Des Moines, IA) — The Des Moines Public School District started its phased-in reopening of in-person learning Monday with preschoolers returning.
All schools in the district will be following a hybrid model. No students had been inside Des Moines classrooms since the COVID-19 pandemic first gained attention in March. Director of communications Phil Roeder says the young students arrived at their schools at staggered times and about a half-
dozen at a time entered their classrooms. Roeder says everyone he saw was wearing a mask. Elementary students begin hybrid learning next Monday.
Middle school students will follow on October 26th and high schoolers on November 10th.
Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference Held Today (Tuesday)
(Des Moines, IA) — Businesses, educational institutions, and community leaders will find out how best to support veterans and their families at a virtual conference starting today (Tuesday). The six-and-a-half-hour Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference starts at 9:00 a-m on Zoom. Home Base Iowa
program manager Jathan Chicoine (shuh KWIN) calls veterans a valuable commodity for the state. His organization is hoping 10 percent of the local businesses in each county will come on board as programs are developed to recruit and retain veteran workers. Today’s event is the 11th annual conference for H-B-I.
Council Bluffs Man Handed 20-Year Prison Sentence For Sexual Misconduct
(Council Bluffs, IA) — A 56-year-old Council Bluffs man is going to prison for 20 years after reaching a plea agreement with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office. Brian Senter was found guilty of sexual misconduct with a child. He received 10 years on two charges which will run consecutively.
Senter had been convicted of child sex abuse previously in Polk County in 1997. His victim came forward during a school program on abuse. The victim was under the age of 10. Prosecutors say the plea agreement protected
Senter’s victim from the trauma of a trial.