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Wednesday Afternoon News, December 9th


Governor Reynolds Extends Emergency Health Proclamation For Another Week

(Des Moines) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has pushed back the date of her emergency health proclamation to extend for another week until December 16th, at which time, according to the governor, health and state officials will re-evaluate
the statistics regarding the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Reynolds announced the new directive during her weekly news conference held Wednesday.  She says it does have some modifications.

Governor Reynolds was asked why only a one-week extension, and if that would lead to further confusion and uncertainty by the public?

During her news conference, the governor continues to encourage Iowa schools to consider having a program with “in-person” classes. She cited a couple of studies showing children are the least likely to get the virus, and transfer the virus.

Reynolds continued to recite the survey.

Governor Reynolds says of Iowa’s 327 public school districts, and the 119 accredited private or parochial schools, less than two percent of the K-12 students have contracted the COVID-19 virus.

Reynolds, says the Centers for Disease Control suggests students should be in school.  She then recited another study showing how children, and particularly minority children, can fall behind with their educational development skills, if they are not in an “in-person class setting.

Reynolds says more than 85 percent of Iowa schools, including Le Mars Community, have implemented an “in-person” classroom atmosphere for the “Return to Learn” program. She again encouraged school officials to consider the drawbacks that occur with a child’s development when the student is not in class.




Casey’s General Store Reports Quarterly Financial Report

(Ankeny) — The Ankeny-based Casey’s convenience store chain is reporting better second-quarter numbers despite lower numbers of customers due to the pandemic. Casey’s C-E-O Darren Rebelez spoke about the results during a conference call for investors.

Lower gas prices allowed the company to make more money on gas despite fewer gallons sold.

Inside store sales increased three-point-five percent in the quarter, but prepared foods did not keep pace.

He says the lower customer traffic is to blame for the drop in prepared food sales.

Rebelez says pizza sales are the one prepared food item that has not lagged — thanks to increasing online sales.

The acquisition of the 94-store Bucky’s chain located primarily in Illinois and Nebraska is expected to be completed in December and help continue the sales growth of Casey’s.




Senator Ernst Pushes For Passage of Coronavirus Relief Package

(Washington, DC) — U-S Senator Joni Ernst says it’s clear there’s a need for additional relief to individuals and businesses struggling financially during the pandemic, but Ernst is not yet signaling which plan she might support. President Trump’s treasury secretary unveiled a package Tuesday that would provide a 600-dollar direct payment to most Americans, but would not extend unemployment benefits. A bipartisan group of senators has a plan that would provide an extra 300 dollars a week to unemployed Americans, plus send more federal aid to states, cities and counties. Ernst said, “regardless of how we end up getting this done, I do think it is important that we get this done.” The Senate’s G-O-P leader said they will not adjourn until a pandemic relief package passes.





One Victim of Waterloo Townhouse Fire Dies in Hospital

(Waterloo, IA) — Waterloo Fire and Rescue says at least one person pulled from a townhouse fire early Tuesday has died. The fire broke out late Monday night and firefighters rescued three adults and three children from the burning home. A woman also jumped to safety from a porch roof. The person who died hasn’t been identified. No word on the other five victims’ conditions. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.




Webster County Meth Dealer Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison

(Sioux City, IA) — A Webster County man is going to federal prison for dealing methamphetamine. The U-S Attorney’s Office says 72-year-old Thomas Hendrickson of Lehigh was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to distribute meth. Court documents say he was involved in a meth distribution
operation most of 2019. In October of last year, Hendrickson was found with nearly a pound of meth during a traffic stop. This will be Hendrickson’s second stint in federal prison as he previously served 14 years on a federal weapons charge.




Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzling From Winnebago Tribe

(Sioux City, IA) — A Sioux City man is pleading guilty to embezzling at least 22-thousand dollars from the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Forty-eight-year-old Jason Ehlers was general manager of BluStone Homes, also known as HoChunk Real Estate, which is owned by the tribe. He signed a federal plea agreement, admitting he stole construction supplies, drew up
fake invoices and engaged in fraudulent rebate schemes. Ehlers could be fined up to 250-thousand dollars and sentenced to up to five years in federal prison.