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Wednesday Afternoon News, July 21st


Community Clean-up Scheduled For This Evening (Wednesday)

(Le Mars) — This evening has been designated as the day community volunteers will gather to help clean up the town in preparation for RAGBRAI, which will be in Le Mars this weekend. Shelly Brown is helping organize the effort. She says the clean up process will start at 5:00 p.m. and volunteers are asked to gather at the Central Avenue Event Center.




State FFA Officer Tells Of Her Experience

(Le Mars) — For one recent Le Mars Community High School graduate, she is having a busy summer, and will continue to be busy well into the autumn and until the following spring. Kiley Allan was selected as a state FFA officer during the last State FFA Conference held in April. Allen says she was surprised when selected as the FFA State Vice President for the Northwest
Iowa district.

Allan explains the interview and application process in order for her to become selected as a state FFA officer.

The state FFA officer says reflecting upon her series of interviews, she thought her performance could have been better.

Allan gives a partial list of her duties and responsibilities as being a state FFA officer.

Allan will enroll as a full-time student at Iowa State University at Ames with majors on Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. The Iowa State Fair will begin the second week of August, and Allen says she, and the state FFA officer team will be extremely busy during the Iowa State Fair.

The Le Mars FFA member says she just completed what is known as COLT seminars, a leadership development program.




Proposed Tuition Hikes ‘Reasonable’ For New University of Iowa President

(Iowa City, IA) — New University of Iowa President Barbara Wilson calls proposed tuition increases at the school “reasonable,” but says she will be looking for financial aid and scholarships to help students struggling to pay higher costs. Wilson said, “I think the goal is to allow increases when
needed, but to keep them very manageable and closely connected to inflation and/or to the amount money we get from the state.” The board that governs the three state universities is scheduled to vote on proposed tuition hikes next week. Fall tuition is expected to go up more than 280 dollars for in-
state students at Iowa and Iowa State and by 115 at Northern Iowa. Wilson says while the added costs may strain some families, the University of Iowa still has lower rates that many of its peers.




Federal, State, Local Authorities Raid 13 Properties in Des Moines

(Des Moines, IA) — Thirteen properties in Des Moines were raided this morning (Wednesday) by federal, state and local authorities. One is within seven blocks at the State Capitol. The U-S Attorney’s Office announced federal warrants had been issued and the searches were underway, with a list indicating the block but not the specific address where each search had been
authorized. The raids are part of a large-scale ongoing investigation by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the F-B-I. Six central Iowa police departments and the Polk and Story County Sheriff’s Offices were involved in the efforts focused on gang and drug activity.




Fire Destroys Hangars, Planes at Osceola Municipal Airport

(Osceola, IA) — Firefighters say a hangar is destroyed after a fire Tuesday night at the Osceola Municipal Airport in southern Iowa. No one was injured, but at least two planes are a total loss. Investigators say someone was doing some welding in the hangar prior to the fire. The cause remains under investigation.




Mason City Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Bicyclist With Truck

(Mason City, IA) — A Mason City man is pleading not guilty to homicide by vehicle for hitting a bicyclist with his pickup truck last month. Police say 28-year-old Cody Skiye was driving drunk when he struck James Powell on June 5th. Powell died in the hospital six days later. Court documents say Skiye had a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit. He was
arrested for second offense O-W-I , making a false report to law enforcement and operating too closely to a bicycle before Powell died. Skiye is scheduled to go to trial September 21st.