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Monday News, October 11th


Le Mars Community Board Of Education To Convene This Evening

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Community Board of Education are scheduled to meet this evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Education Service Center.  The school board will start by holding a public hearing on the high school retrofit ventilation project, and consider holding a special meeting scheduled for October 28th to review bids for the renovation project.  The school district’s principals will submit their reports to the school board.  School Superintendent Dr. Steven Webner will present a list of four students wanting to attend the Le Mars Community School through the open enrollment process.  The school board will discuss next month’s state school board convention which will be held at Des Moines, November 17th and 18th.  Curriculum Director Rachael Leavitt will present a preliminary certified student enrollment numbers to the school board’s attention. In terms of action items, the school board will consider the resignation requests by Fred Laskowske as he wishes to resign from being a school bus driver, effective immediately. Laura Burnett wants to resign from her position as a teacher associate at Clark Elementary school, also effective immediately.  The school board will consider extending contracts to Travis Jones as the head boys bowling coach.  Alexis TeBrink is expected to accept the position of assistant girls track and field coach.  Stephanie DeAndra has accepted the position of teacher associate for Clark Elementary School.  The school board is expected to approve the classification changes due to graduation work completed by some teachers.  In other items for consideration, the school board is likely to approve the list of District Learning and Impact Team membership for 2021-2022.  The school board will vote on approving a new student organization, the LCHS Writing Club.  The board of education will also act on whether to approve a new member to the Le Mars Community School Foundation Board of Trustees.  The school board will consider rescheduling the November meeting, since new board members will need to have their election canvassed and certified.




Reynolds Talks About Southern Border Crisis

(Le Mars) — Early last week, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds joined eight of her Republican colleagues at the Texas border to see for herself the large mass of immigrants, mainly from Haiti, wanting to get into the United States.  On Friday, while Governor Reynolds was in Le Mars, KLEM news asked the governor about her own account of what see saw at the Rio Grande River between Mexico and the United States.  Reynolds says the crisis at the border is “real and its serious.”

Governor Reynolds says she and her fellow republican governors came up with a list of ten suggestions for the Biden Administration to follow to help reduce the crisis at the southern border.

Governor Reynolds was asked of her opinion whether President Biden doesn’t have a plan, or if he refuses to acknowledge there is a problem.  Reynolds says the president needs to go to the border and look for himself the build-up of immigrants crossing the border and entering the United States illegally.

Reynolds says along with the illegal immigrants is the smuggling of large quantities of dangerous drugs that are coming to the United States.




Iowa Senate Republican Leader Explains Rejection Of First Redistricting Plan

(Des Moines, IA)  —  The top Republican in the Iowa Senate is pushing back against Democrats who say the Republicans want to create congressional and legislative districts that favor Republicans.  Democrats started making the claims after all Republicans in the Senate voted against the first redistricting proposal. Senate Majority leader, Jack Whitver of Ankeny, says Iowa law is very specific about how districts need to be drawn within a certain compactness, a certain population deviation. Whitver says no plan can provide districts with an equal number of residents, but the first plan had some wide swings when comparing the population count in each legislative district. The non-partisan Legislative Services Agency will deliver the second redistricting plan on October 21st and lawmakers will meet on October 28th to vote on it.




Former President Endorses Grassley For 8th Term In US Senate

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Former President Donald Trump endorsed fellow Republican Chuck Grassley’s bid for an eighth term in the U-S Senate during his weekend rally in Des Moines. Trump called Grassley “a great American patriot, a man who truly loves Iowa — loves Iowa.”   Trump said he would hold off endorsing Republican Governor Kim Reynolds at her request — and would do it at another time.  Reynolds has not launched her re-election campaign — though she has indicated she plans to run again.




Saturday Shooting Leaves Teen Girl In Fort Dodge Wounded

(Fort Dodge, IA)  —  A Saturday night shooting leaves a teenage girl in Fort Dodge with a gunshot wound to her chest.  Police were called about a loud party just before 11:00 p-m.  Officers were told about 40 people were at the house.  As they were responding to the call, another caller reported that shots had been fired.  Officers found the wounded 15-year-old victim in the backyard.  Witnesses say a suspect fired multiple shots, hurting the girl.  She was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital.  Her name and medical condition haven’t been released.  No arrests have been announced