Thursday News, October 31
American Bank Works With Gehlen Catholic High School To Establish "School Bank"
(Le Mars) -- American Bank will be joining Gehlen Catholic School to offer a new savings
program to benefit students. This program will include opening a “school bank” located at
Gehlen Catholic Schools. For many years, American State Bank in Granville and Spalding
Catholic have collaborated on a school banking program. The new bank at Gehlen Catholic is
one example of the unification process in bringing together the best of both Spalding and Gehlen Catholic to provide students with a strong faith, quality academic education, extra
and co-curricular activities. This banking program will also be part of the 21st Century skills, as part of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
The school bank will open at 7:50 am each Thursday, beginning November 7, during the school
year. The bank will be staffed with student tellers and computer operators under the
supervision of Gehlen Catholic teachers and American Bank employees. Students will also
apply to be chosen to the Board of Directors, who will manage the bank by determining
interest rates, investing funds, preparing financial statements, and deciding promotions.
The student board will also name the bank. Meg Tentinger and Alicia Ott, consumer mortgage
lenders at American Bank recently visited both Gehlen Catholic High School and Le Mars
Community High School as part of a nationwide effort to improve financial literacy.
Established by the American Bankers Association, “Get Smart About Credit” is a national
campaign of volunteer bankers who work with teens and young adults to raise awareness about
the importance of using credit wisely, paying for college, and protecting your identity.
Paul Jacobson, President of American Bank, stated, The goals of our involvement are for
students to understand the merits to developing good savings habits and ways to better
manage their personal finances.”
Difficult Harvest In Tornado Stricken Areas
(Le Mars) -- Farmers living in central Woodbury County that were affected by the October 4th
tornado are finding it difficult to harvest their crops. Farmers are still having to pick up debris left behind from the tornado, according to Joel DeJong, Iowa State University extension crops specialist. DeJong says many of those fields are simply "a mess."
DeJong says farmers are trying to salvage as much of the damaged crops as they can.
Police Chiefs Want To Keep Traffic Cameras
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Several Iowa police chiefs have spoken out against proposed state
rules for traffic cameras, but a state official says the chiefs are just protecting a
The chiefs spoke Wednesday at a public hearing in Ankeny sponsored by the Iowa Transportation Department. They say the cameras are reducing crashes by catching people speeding and running red lights.
But department director Paul Trombino said after the hearing that the chiefs were just
watching out for the money and said, "This is revenue disguised as safety."
The proposed rules would not apply to city or county roadways. The proposals are aimed at using traffic cameras as a last resort after a road's design, engineering and other safety factors are considered.
No decisions were made Wednesday.
Attorney For Fired DCI Agent Says He Will Wait On His Lawsuit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for a fired Iowa criminal investigator says he plans to temporarily put his client's whistle-blower lawsuit on hold while state agencies determine whether they should hear his claims first.
Attorney Tom Duff is representing former Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Larry Hedlund, who says he was fired for complaining about Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding state vehicle and other officials' misconduct. State officials deny retaliation.
Duff says he's asking the Employment Appeal Board and the Public Employment Relations Board to issue rulings declaring that they don't have to decide Hedlund's claims before they're pursued in the court system. Duff says he wants to avoid an argument by state
lawyers that Hedlund didn't exhaust his administrative remedies before suing.
Duff calls his moves "a little hiccup in the road."
Planned Parenthood Asking Judge To Overturn Board's Decision
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A lawyer for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland asked a judge to
temporarily stop a state ban on the organization's use of a video conferencing system to
distribute abortion-inducing pills in rural areas.
Lawyer Sharon Malheiro told Judge Karen Romano on Wednesday the sole purpose of the rule taking effect November 6th was to prevent women in rural areas from receiving access to a medical procedure that was safe and similar to other telemedicine procedures.
The Iowa Board of Medicine approved the ban in August.
Planned Parenthood seeks a temporary stay on the ruling, followed by a decision to permanently overturn the board's action.
Assistant Attorney General Julie Bussanmas says anti-abortion views didn't motivate the board and the judge should deny Planned Parenthood's request.
Nursing Home Administrator Fined
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa nursing home administrator has been fined $500 in
connection with a sexual assault case involving two residents.
The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/1afxGes) the Board of Nursing Home Administrators said Susan Juilfs was guilty of professional incompetence. The board says Juilfs didn't protect residents at her Pomeroy Care Center from a convicted sex offender who'd been placed there.
Court records indicate William Cubbage confessed to assaulting a 95-year-old woman at the nursing home in Calhoun County in August 2011. Prosecutors are not pursuing criminal charges but are trying to have the 85-year-old Cubbage recommitted to the Iowa Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders.
Iowa AFSCME Endorses Tyler Olson For Governor
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's largest union is backing Democratic state Representative Tyler Olson for governor.
Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
announced its endorsement Wednesday. The union represents about 40,000 workers in state and local government, schools and some private sector jobs.
The union says it likes Olson's message of supporting Iowa's workers and the middle class.
Olson is among two Democrats running in the 2014 race. Republican Governor Terry Branstad is widely expected to seek re-election.
Olson says he wants to grow small businesses through economic development policies that are more helpful to start-ups.
The 37-year-old Cedar Rapids native works for his family electrical contracting business. He's in his fourth term in the state House and is the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party.
Hatch Wants To Cut Taxes For Middle Income Families
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch says he has a plan to
cut income taxes for middle class residents.
The state senator from Des Moines unveiled his proposal Wednesday. Among his goals are
modifying tax rates and ending the policy that allows taxpayers to deduct federal income taxes on their state tax returns.
Hatch also wants to increase tax credits offered to some with children or dependents, as well as exempt some wages from taxation in two-income households.
An analysis by the state Department of Revenue shows the plan would reduce taxes for those with incomes below $200,000, but would increase the tax burden for those with higher incomes. It would cost the state $415 million in lost revenue in the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year and $296 million the following year.
90 Year Old Man Dies In Traffic Accident - Fog May Have Been Partly Responsible
BADGER, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol says a 90-year-old man died when his car ran off the road in thick fog and hit a semi-trailer in Webster County.
The state patrol says Joseph Earl Colwell, of rural Humboldt, died in the Wednesday morning crash in the small town of Badger, about 8 miles northeast of Fort Dodge.
The crash happened when Colwell drove into Badger in heavy fog, He missed a turn at a T-intersection and instead continued straight.
The car left the road and struck a trailer that was properly parked in a lot.
Colwell was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was wearing a safety belt, and the car's airbag system deployed.
Halloween Traditions Date Back To Early Ireland
(Des Moines) -- As Iowans prepare for trick-or-treaters, the history of Halloween has deep roots in agriculture. The fall slaughter of livestock is still a tradition in parts of Iowa. Ann Effland, the U-S Department of Agriculture's historical expert, says the practice of a fall slaughter dates back centuries and could be where some incorporated the idea of animal sacrifices on October 31st.
Some of the ancient Celts (hard C -- KELTS) in what's now Ireland believed the spirits of people who recently died would roam the earth. Effland says that may be where the custom of wearing frightening costumes originated.
October 31st was the last day of the calendar year for the Celts, Effland notes, and it signaled the end of the growing season and a looking ahead to winter.
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