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Wednesday Afternoon News, August 28

Senator Grassley Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- U-S Senator Chuck Grassley has been visiting several Iowa communities during
the August Congressional Recess and this morning, Grassley made a stop here at the "Ice
Cream Capital"  The Republican Senator held a town hall meeting at the Floyd Valley
Hospital Conference Room.  Nearly 60 people gathered at the town hall meeting to ask the
Senator questions ranging from the Federal Budget, to the Affordable Health Care Act, to
farm legislation involving the Country of Origin Labeling and the pending farm bill, as
well as the U-S position on foreign policy, with specific questions about the present
situation in Syria. Grassley answered questions for about an hour.
The U-S Senator says the questions asked in Le Mars were similar to those he has answered
at other town hall meetings.
Afterwards, Grassley spoke to KLEM news and offered his thoughts about the Affordable
Health Care Act, sometimes referred to as "Obamacare".

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Tomorrow, we will hear additional comments made by Senator Grassley.
Following his Le Mars visit, Grassley will make a visit at Link Manufacturing in Sioux Center. Later in the day, Grassley will visit Rock Rapids, Sibley, and Spirit Lake.

Gehlen Endowment Contributes $125,000 To Gehlen Schools

(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic Schools received a check Wednesday amounting to $125,000.  The money is from the Gehlen Catholic Endowment Fund and from the Eva Waite estate.  Chuck Kellen serves as the Gehlen Catholic Endowment chairman.  He presented the check to Father Kevin Richter, and to Gehlen principals Jeff Ahlesh and Lorie Nussbaum.  The school will
utilize the Endowment Fund’s gifts to meet the unfunded tuition assistance needs for the
2013-2014 school year.  During the 2012-2013 school year, tuition assistance needs had
grown by more than 100%.  Since the Gehlen Catholic Schools Endowment Fund’s inception 26 years ago, the Endowment Fund alone had contributed $1,564,772.00 to the school (not
including Wednesday's gift. 
As the Endowment Fund’s trustees look to the future, they hope the Endowment Fund will
continue to grow and assist in offsetting parental and parish investments to the school by 10% - 20% annually.


Dolph Selected As Chamber's "Employee Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce recognized the August "Employee of the Month" at the same time of the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Education Station.  Lori Dolph is the store manager of the Le Mars' Education Station location.  She started as a seasonal employee but after just two years of employment, she has moved up to the store full-time manager position.  John MacGregor, the store's owner and general manager says "as The Education Station continues to grow and expand its workforce Lori is always ready and willing to help in these efforts.
Lori is a quick learner, has great attention to detail and does whatever it takes to get
the job done, and done right the first time.  From handling dozens and dozens of phone
calls each day to keeping multiple employees on task Lori is one of the single greatest assets to The Education Station.  Without Lori the current growth of The Education Station would not have been possible".  Our congratulations extend to Lori Dolph as the August Employee of the Month.


Branstad Rejects Bids For Fiber Optic Network

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says the state will reject bids for the Iowa Communications Network.
Branstad says Wednesday that the bids for the statewide fiber-optic network do not reflect
the value of the system. Both bids came from the West Des Moines-based Iowa Network Services.
The Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission voted earlier this summer to reject
the bids.
The network provides phone, video, data and internet services to schools, hospitals,
libraries and government agencies across the state. It is currently an independent agency
within the state government.

Attorney General Request Judge To Dismiss Case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Attorney General's Office is asking a judge to dismiss a legal action that claims officials violated the law when they shared a confidential report about an agent's firing with an outside investigator.
State lawyers say the petition by former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry Hedlund is "unprecedented and meritless" and would have far-reaching effects on the government's ability to share information with outside experts if successful.
At issue is the state's decision to give a 500-page investigative report about Hedlund to
attorney Louis Lavorato, who was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to investigate Hedlund's
retaliation claims. Hedlund claims he was fired for complaining about the governor's
speeding SUV.
Hedlund filed the petition earlier this month claiming the report was a confidential
document, and sharing it was illegal.



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