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Thursday News, January 7th


Iowa’s Congressional Delegation Safe as Trump Supporters Storm Capitol

(Washington, DC) — Both of Iowa’s U-S senators and all four members of the Iowa delegation in the U-S House were safe and five of the six issued public statements denouncing the violence that has erupted in the Capitol. Senator Chuck Grassley, as third in line to the presidency, has a Capitol Police security detail and Grassley’s staff says Grassley is safe. Senator Joni Ernst said in a tweet, what’s happening in the Capitol “anarchy and a betrayal
of the American ideals we all hold dear.” Congresswoman Ashley Hinson of Marion was first to speak by tweet, saying “no matter the circumstance, this kind of violence and behavior is unacceptable.” Congresswoman Cindy Axne was next to tweet and it was a direct appeal asking President Trump to tell those
attacking Congress to stop. Congressman Randy Feenstra of Hull tweeted that “the world is watching” and violence is never the answer. Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa said in a tweet that “storming government buildings and attacking law enforcement officers is unacceptable.”




Feenstra Comments On Capitol Riots

(Washington) — As we now know, Iowa’s Congressional delegation were safe after Wednesday’s breech of security at our nation’s capital as protesters were able to gain access inside the Capitol building and disrupt the proceedings of Congress as they were in the process of certifying the electoral college votes, naming former Vice President Joe Biden as the new
president. Iowa’s 4th District Republican Congressman, Randy Feenstra spoke with Radio Iowa and offered his comments on the chaotic situation that took place yesterday.




Jeneary Previews Upcoming Legislative Session

(Le Mars) — Iowa’s state legislature returns to work on Monday, and Republican House Representative, Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars, who represents the 5th District of Iowa says he believes the state legislature will pick up where they left off last March when the state law makers adjourn due to the COVID-19 virus. Jeneary says the state’s budget will be a priority of focus.

We will feature additional comments from State Representative Jeneary in future news updates.




Northwest Bank Honored By Small Business Administration For PPP Loans

(Le Mars) — Northwest Bank is recognized for their economic contributions and efforts with helping small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office has awarded Northwest Bank with the Impact Award.  Jayne Armstrong, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration,
commented, “Northwest Bank played a major role in saving a lot of local small businesses and non-profits during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is more than the borrowers. It is about our communities and the employees and families that
rely on these small businesses and non-profits for their livelihoods. We are honored to recognize Northwest Bank for their hard work and commitment during
these trying times.”

Kevin Eekhoff serves as the Le Mars branch president for Northwest Bank and says Northwest was recognized as being the second largest producers of PPP loans through out the state of Iowa.

Eekhoff says several local small businesses were assisted with the loan program.

Eekhoff says the loans were only at a one-percent interest, with many being a forgiveable loan. The local bank official says because of the PPP loans, Northwest Bank was able to expand its marketshare and pick up some new and
additional customers.

The Northwest Bank official says with the second COVID relief bill being passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, there is yet another opportunity for small businesses to again take advantage of the program that is being made available.

Eekhoff says there is one change to the new PPP program that should prove to be beneficial for some small businesses that received the initial loan.

Northwest Bank is a $2.0 billion community bank that offers a full line of business, agriculture, mortgage, consumer deposit and lending services as well as wealth management services. Northwest Bank has offices located in Algona,Ames, Ankeny, Arnolds Park, Estherville, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Le Mars,
Milford, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, West Des Moines and Omaha and La Vista, NE.




2785 New COVID Cases in Iowa, 61 Additional Deaths

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting two-thousand-785 new positive COVID tests, increasing the state’s total to 289-thousand-464 cases. Sixty-one more Iowans have died of coronavirus complications which brings the death toll to four-thousand-60. The number of
people hospitalized with COVID increased to 604. One-hundred-16 of those patients are in intensive care and 54 are on ventilators. The number of counties with a 14-day positivity rate of at least 15 percent rose from 44 Tuesday to 54 Wednesday. The number of long-term care facilities
reporting COVID outbreaks dropped by nine to 91.




Woman Drives Car Into Missouri River in Sioux City

(Sioux City, IA) — Police in Sioux City say a woman is okay after driving a car into the Missouri River Wednesday morning. Officers say the woman went into a business requesting help and then took a family member’s car and attempted to drive it into the river. The woman drove through a construction
site and got out of the car when it became stuck on the river bank. The car eventually slid into the water and sank. Investigators say the woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation and mental health treatment. She could
faces charges or have to pay the cost of removing the car from the river.




Iowa DHS Blames Computer Issue For EBT Card Problems

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Human Services says a problem with E-B-T cards has been fixed and users should have the right amount of money available when they buy food. A computer issue is being blamed for delaying those users from getting the maximum allotment for January. Although
this is supposed to be the final month for the maximum allotted benefits, a D-H-S spokesperson says as long as Governor Kim Reynolds declares an emergency for at least one day a month, the benefits will continue. It’s anticipated that an additional 15-percent will be automatically loaded onto those E-B-T
cards in about two weeks based on the latest federal COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress.




First Iowans To Get Vaccine Now Receiving Second Dose

(Des Moines, IA) — The first Iowans to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer are now getting their second dose. In Des Moines, MercyOne began delivering the shots Wednesday morning, about three weeks after the first ones were
given. Doctor Aneesa Afroze says the vaccine is “our only weapon right now” against the coronavirus pandemic. She is part of the Phase 1-A group getting the vaccine in Polk County. That group includes front line health care workers, firefighters, police, and long-term care residents and employees.
The Polk County Health Department says the vaccine should be available to the general public by the middle of this year.




Thousands Of Iowa Driver’s Licenses Expire Saturday

(Des Moines, IA) — If they don’t take the required steps, thousands of Iowans will be driving on expired licenses after midnight Saturday morning. A provision in the governor’s disaster emergency proclamation last year stated those licenses would not be considered expired if their expiration date was
between January 16th, 2020, and January 8th, 2021. The same declaration suspended enforcement, but that is expiring this weekend as well. There is some good news. A spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division says of the 29-thousand driver’s licenses that expired
at the end of December, most are still well within the 60-day grace period – so you have time to fix this.




ATV Rider Killed in Benton County Crash Near Shellsburg

(Shellsburg, IA) — Authorities in Benton County are investigating a fatal A-T-V crash near Shellsburg. Sheriff’s deputies say a four-wheeler with two occupants lost control Tuesday evening and went into the ditch. An 18-year-
old from Cedar Rapids died at the scene. Another 18-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The victims name haven’t been released.