Friday Afternoon News, Sept. 6
Collins Seeks Re-Election To Le Mars Community School Board
(Le Mars) -- Local school board elections are scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th, and the Le Mars Community School District has four positions to be filled. Today, we focus our attention on Chris Collins. Collins has been a member of the Le Mars Community School Board for the past 15 years. Collins is an incumbent and will face Mark Hemmingson in the district 3 and only race for the Le Mars Communitiy Board of Education. Collins says voters can count on his experience.
As we have heard from other school board candidates say, school funding was a major issue during the time Collins has been a director on the school board.
Collins says the local school district is in much better financial shape today, and he says many of the programs that had to be cut in the past are now being brought back as part of the Le Mars Community school educational program.
Collins points to the completion of Phase 1 and Phase 2 as some of the accomplishments that occurred while he was a director. He says he still has goals for the school district, and many of those goals include the inclusion of technology.
Candidates Seek School Board Positions
(Le Mars) -- As mentioned, the other Plymouth County public school districts will also hold their school board elections on Tuesday. Akron-Westfield has three positions to fill with three candidates running unopposed. Nicholas Schoenfelder is seeking the position for District 1, Phillip Parks is running for District 2, and Bobby Walrod is seeking the school board seat for district 3. Hinton voters have the opportunity to decide between three candidates for two positions. Those running for the Hinton Community School Board include; James Binneboese, Robert Held, and John Reintzel. The Remsen-Union public school district has six people seeking three at-large positions. The candidates running for school board at Remsen-Union include: Melissa Harnack, Cheri Nitzschke, Michael Sparr, Travis Tentinger, Theresa Van Dam, and Robin Weiler. Kingsley-Pierson voters have the opportunity to vote for two at-large positions, but Scott Bohle will be the only name featured on the ballot.
Sioux City To Retain Glass Recycling Program
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City leaders won't be ending curbside glass recycling.
Discussions about ending the practice started in June after the city's contracted trash collector said its vendor for recyclables, First Star Recycling in Omaha, Neb., said it no longer wanted the glass. Glass had dropped in price and was costly to handle because it breaks and contaminates other recyclable products.
The City Council subsequently took two votes to end curbside glass recycling but now won't take the third vote.
First Star Recycling has added a line to separate the glass, which will be going to Ripple Glass in Kansas City, Mo., for use in making insulation and bottles.
Mayor Bob Scott said Thursday that "nothing will change, and we will continue as we have."
Iowa State University Student Has Tuberculosis
AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State student is being treated for tuberculosis that was caught during screening required for incoming international students.
The university said in a website posting on Friday that the student lives on campus but will remain isolated until officials approve the individual's return to classes.
The student's name and other personal and school information are not being released.
People who have had close, prolonged contact with the student will be contacted by Homeward/Story County Public Health for screenings.
Allan Lynch of the Iowa Department of Public Health says tuberculosis is not easily transmitted in schools or the workplace.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tuberculosis usually affects the lungs but also can affect other parts of the body, including the brain or kidneys.
Noble Spoke To Branstad About Public Safety Position
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's new public safety department chief says he spoke with Gov. Terry Branstad about taking the job before the former commissioner resigned.
Commissioner Larry Noble - a longtime department veteran who resigned the top job last year- told reporters Friday that he talked with Branstad before Brian London offered his resignation Tuesday night.
London resigned after an 11-month tenure that was marked by lagging department morale and included questions involving the governor's speeding vehicle.
Noble declined to comment on London's tenure but praised the department. He says he's happy to serve.
Noble says fired Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Larry Hedlund deserves "due process." Hedlund has sued London and two others. He contends he was punished for filing a complaint in April about the governor's speeding vehicle.
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