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Saturday Afternoon News, January 8th


Social Media Movement Calling For Donations To Local Animal Rescue Shelters In Honor Of The Late Actress Betty White

(Le Mars) — A viral social media movement is urging people to donate five dollars to a local animal shelter on January 17th, in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of the late actress and animal advocate, Betty White.  Betty White was loved by many, and was active in television for many decades.  People know the late actress for her appearances on “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Golden Girls”, “Hot in Cleveland”, and her many appearances on game shows like “Password”, but they also know that the actress loved animals.  Angel Anderson is the president of the recently organized Wet Nose Animal Rescue Shelter of Le Mars.  Anderson says “it’s wonderful” to see the social media movement honor the late actress and help with local animal shelters.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 20: Actress Betty White. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Anderson believes people will respond favorably to the social media movement, not only on the national level, but locally as well.

Anderson says most people can afford the $5 request.  The Wet Nose animal rescue shelter official says if 100 local people would be able to contribute the amount in honor of the late actress, it would make a big difference for the newly organized upstart local animal shelter.

Anderson says since the local animal shelter was able to showcase their newly acquired facility near the Le Mars Municipal Airport last month, many people have stepped forward with contributions, and she says this movement may call additional attention to the Wet Nose Animal Rescue Shelter.

Donations to the Wet Nose Animal Rescue Shelter can be sent to P.O. Box 454, Le Mars, Iowa 51031.  Anderson says people can also call her at (712) 540-5919.




Gov. Reynolds applauds Iowa OSHA decision to not implement vaccine mandate for businesses 

DES MOINES – The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments related to the OSHA Vaccine Mandate and has not yet issued a decision in the case. But as required by federal regulations, Iowa Labor Commissioner Rod Roberts has submitted a notice that Iowa will not be adopting or enforcing the mandate.  (photo contributed.)

“As a state plan state, the Iowa Division of Labor is charged with protecting the health and safety of those in the workplace and has the authority to enforce workplace safety and health standards for Iowa businesses,” explained Commissioner Roberts. “Iowa doesn’t have a standard requiring the Covid-19 vaccine or testing. But after closely reviewing the federal OSHA Vaccine Mandate, Iowa has determined it will not adopt the federal standard. Iowa has concluded that it is not necessary because Iowa’s existing standards are at least as effective as the federal standard change.”  

In response to Commissioner Roberts’ decision, Gov. Reynolds has released the following statement:   

“I applaud Commissioner Roberts’ decision,” said Gov. Reynolds. “We are going to continue to protect the freedoms and liberties of Iowans. The Biden Administration continues to ignore the constitutional rights afforded to all Americans, which our country was built on. Instead, they’d rather dictate health care decisions and eliminate personal choice, causing our businesses and employees to suffer and exacerbating our workforce shortage.”  

With Commissioner Roberts’ decision, Iowa OSHA will not be enforcing the federal OSHA Vaccine Mandate. Iowa employers and their employees are not required to comply with the federal OSHA Vaccine Mandate. 




Gov. Reynolds appoints Joshua Schier as District Court Judge 

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds, on Friday, announced her appointment of Joshua Schier as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 8B. 

Schier, of Burlington, Iowa, currently practices law with the Cray Law Firm in Burlington. Schier received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Illinois University and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. 

Schier fills the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of District Court Judge Mark Kruse. Judicial Election District 8B includes Des Moines, Henry, Lee, and Louisa counties. 




Governor Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster Proclamation 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days.  The proclamation can be found online here.