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Thursday Afternoon News, October 15th


Museum To Hold Annual Garage Sale

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Historical Museum will be holding its annual garage sale that begins this afternoon and continues through the weekend.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the museum, and Museum Administrator Judy Bowman says the Old Central gymnasium is full with antiques and other treasurers.

Bowman says on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, during the annual garage sale, there is no admission being charged. She tells of the hours the garage sale will be open during the weekend.

Bowman says the following week on Tuesday, October 20th and Wednesday, October 21st, any items that have not yet been sold will be listed at half price. Then on Thursday, October 22nd, Bowman says the left-over items will be free for the asking.

The museum official offers a list of some of the items that are for sale at this year’s annual garage sale.

Bowman says if anyone wishes to contribute items to the museum garage sale, they need to contact the museum at (712) 546-7002.




Scholten Says Supreme Court Nominee Selection Should Be Non-Partisan

(Hinton) — The nation’s eyes are watching the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. For many people, it has been unfortunate to witness the display of divisive actions with Senate Republicans on the side of wanting to act now, and confirm the judge, and for the Democrats fearing that the process is being rushed, and believing the process should wait until after the election. Democrats are concerned that if Barrett is confirmed to sit at the bench of the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare” will be ruled unconstitutional with Barrett casting the deciding vote from the panel of nine judges. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the testimony of the
Affordable Care Act on November 10th, just a week following election day.
Iowa’s 4th District Democratic Congressional candidate, J.D. Scholten, says he has heard of an idea that will help keep the courts neutral.

Republican South Carolina Senator, Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has scheduled October 22nd as the day for the confirmation vote. Scholten believes the Senate Judiciary committee is going too fast in making the selection to the nation’s highest court.

Scholten was campaigning in Plymouth County earlier this week, and was volunteering at the Hinton United Methodist Church in re-establishing its food pantry.




Iowa Department of Human Services Reports 46th Safe Haven Baby

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Human Services reports it has used the state’s Safe Haven law for the 46th time. D-H-S officials say a baby girl born on September 27th was released into its custody. Details are not being released to protect the identify of the parents and children.
Parents who cannot care for a newborn 30 days or younger can leave an infant at a hospital or clinic without fear of prosecution. D-H-S Family Services administrator Janee Harvey says the purpose of this law is to protect the lives of newborns who are in danger of abandonment. Infants who are safe haven babies are placed with currently-approved foster or adoptive families.




Continuing Unemployment Claims Declining in Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) — The number of continuing unemployment claims keeps falling in the state. Iowa Workforce Development reported 46-thousand-577 continuing unemployment claims last week – a decrease of nearly five-thousand from the previous week. The four-thousand-644 “initial” unemployment claims
between October 4th and 10th was an increase of 356 laid-off workers. The state paid out more than 12-point-nine-million dollars in unemployment insurance benefits last week. A two-month high of 898-thousand Americans sought unemployment benefits the same week.




664 UI Students Accused of Violating COVID-19 Agreement

(Iowa City, IA) — The University of Iowa says it has received 664 reports of students disobeying the COVID-19 Student Expectations Agreement since fall semester began. The pledge asks students to wear face coverings, maintain six feet of distance from others, and cooperate with quarantining and contact tracing. Officials say 246 students have faced discipline for violations.
Some of the violations happened off-campus in Iowa City which is part of the student conduct agreement. More than two-thousand students have self-reported a positive COVID-19 test this semester.




Body of Missing Cedar Rapids Woman Found in Hiawatha

(Hiawatha, IA) — Cedar Rapids police say the body of a missing woman has been located in Hiawatha. Officers had requested the public’s help in finding 54-year-old Sharon Hangartner, who was last seen Sunday night.
Investigators say Hangartner’s body was found Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area north of Clark Park in Hiawatha. An autopsy is being done by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office. Police say her death is still under investigation, but there’s no threat to the public.