Monday News, October 28
12th Street SW To Be Closed Again Today
(Le Mars) -- Additional work is being conducted on the Dean's Foods expansion project, and that means 12th Street from 6th Avenue SW, to Business Highway 75 will be closed again this morning, due to the crane construction operations. Hy-Vee can be accessed by using Prospect Street SW. The area will remain closed until further notice.
Fire Department Respond To Smell Of Smoke In Home
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to 1100 6th Avenue SE on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. for a report of smoke in the home. The home owner's daughter arrived home and heard smoke detectors had been activated. Upon arrival by the Le Mars Fire Department a light haze of smoke was found throughout the main floor of the home. Firefighters searched the entire home including the attic. The problem was detected in the main floor's bathroom, where a light bulb in a bathroom fixture had ignited and melted a plastic cover. The smoke and odor was ventilated from the home by fire fighters. The smoke detectors in the home were recently installed by the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department as part of a State of Iowa smoke detector grant program. Fire fighters were on the scene for a half an hour.
School Board To Meet This Evening
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hear a report from Jeff Peters of
the Williams and Company as he delivers an audit report concerning the school's financial position during tonight's meeting. In addition, the school board will hear a report from members of the faculty that attended the Professional Learning Communities. Each of the building principals will submit their year end report from the last school year.
Parent-Teacher Conferences Rescheduled Due To Volleyball Tournament
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has announced that due to a potential conflict with Volleyball Regional Finals scheduled for November 5th, the parent/teacher conferences will be held on November 7th and 11th between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz Visits Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz made an appearance in Le Mars on Saturday and
he spoke about the need for economic growth for the nation. Cruz, who was the keynote
speaker at Iowa Congressman Steve King's Defenders of Freedom fundraiser event told the
group of nearly 250 Republican supporters that the message needs to continually be told to
wake up America. The Texas Senator says the there are many comparisons between today's
economy and the economy during President Carter's era.
Cruz says his number one priority since being elected to the Senate is to restore economic growth. The Texas Senator says economic growth is on the minds of Americans, but it is not on the minds of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, or the President.
Cruz suggests President Obama should implement the same polices that President Reagan had done when he first entered office. Cruz says it would benefit America's economy. He says Reagan enjoyed a 7.2 percent economic growth.
The Texas Senator says a one percentage point of GDP growth over the course of a decade will produce $2.8 trillion dollars.
Cruz, who spoke on the Senate floor for 21 straight hours, advocating the need to defund
the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as "Obamacare" was asked by reporters how best to
have apathetic people become more involved and aware of the dangers of the national
Cruz is widely rumored to be making a run for the White House in 2016
Ernst And Clovis Attend Republican Fundraiser
(Le Mars) -- Two of the five Republican candidates seeking the position of U-S Senator also
attended the King fundraiser on Saturday. State Senator Joni Ernst and College Professor
and former radio talk show host, Sam Clovis both spoke to the gathering of 250 republican
supporters. Clovis says being a candidate without political experience has been a benefit.
Iowa is one of two states in the nation not to have ever elected a woman to either the governor's position, or to Congress and the Senate. Ernst says she doesn't see that as a detriment.
Both Republican candidates say they would have voted with Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and 17 other Senators on not re-opening the shut down government.
Milk Prices May Rise If Farm Bill Not Approved
WASHINGTON (AP) - The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to
the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no
agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the
five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don't finish it, dairy supports
could expire at the end of the year and send the price of milk skyward.
There could be political ramifications, too. The House and Senate are far apart on the
sensitive issue of how much money to cut from food stamps, and lawmakers are hoping to
resolve that debate before election-year politics set in.
The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, food stamps and other rural development projects.
Rockwell City Police Officer's Death On Minds Of Community
ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The death of a Rockwell City police officer killed in the line of duty last month is having a lasting impact on the community of 2,200 Jamie Buenting served.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/16eSLbD ) Buenting's death is especially hard on the three remaining officers of the Rockwell City police force.
The 37-year-old father of two died Sept. 13 after being shot in the neck during an eight-hour standoff.
Police Chief Larry Schoop says the experience has made him want to live every minute to the fullest with his family and let them know how much he cares for them.
Lifelong Rockwell City resident John Schmit says everyone in town knows where they were
when they heard about Buenting's death just like with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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