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Monday News, November 25

Braley To Visit Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley will be making a campaign stop in Le Mars today.  Braley, who presently serves as Iowa's 1st District Congressman, will meet and greet people at the Lally's East Side restaurant, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Braley wants to introduce himself to Iowans and discuss his work bringing people together to strengthen the middle class, stand up for veterans, and create economic opportunity.


Le Mars School Board To Hear Reports During Tonight's Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening.  The school board will hear a report from Kluckhohn Principal Scott Parry discuss the first and second grade teachers at Kluckhohn on their implementation of the professional learning communities program.  School superintendent, Dr. Todd Wendt will deliver to the board a report on feedback collected from the DLIIT team.  The school board will also discuss holding a public hearing regarding the sale of school owned real estate property.


Schools Want Better Access To Internet

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa school officials like the idea of improving Internet access across the state because it can be hard to find reliable connections online in rural areas.
     Storm Lake Superintendent Carl Turner says that his district struggles to find enough bandwidth to accommodate all the students and staff who want to get online.
     Storm Lake has had to limit personal devices and the number of classes that can go online at the same time.
     A nonprofit group that tracks Internet access in Iowa estimates that about 680,000 Iowans don't have broadband Internet service.
     Heather Hupke, who has two kids attending Storm Lake schools, says students probably use the Internet more than the library so access is important.


Enrollment At Community Colleges Is Down

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say community college enrollment this fall is down for the third straight year, dropping 3.5 percent from last year.
      Enrollment at Iowa's 15 community colleges peaked in 2010 at more than 106,000 students. This fall's enrollment estimate is a little over 97,000 students. 
     College officials say that during the recession, Iowans ages 25 to 49 flocked to community colleges to learn new skills. Now more and more Iowans are finding work and not going back to school.
     An annual community college enrollment report from the Iowa Department of Education says enrollment projections for fall 2014 range from nearly 90,000 to more than 98,000.


Two Area Meetings Planned To Discuss Benefits Of Cover Crops

(Le Mars) -- Farmers are rediscovering the many ways cover crops benefit soil health plus how they can provide additional forage production. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach together with and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and several Northwest Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts are bringing together crops specialists, industry allies and farmers to discuss cover crop methods and challenges.  Farmers can choose from two meetings scheduled for Tuesday, December 10. The Moville Community Center will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. at the Demco Community Center in Boyden.  Iowa State University Extension crops specialist for northwest Iowa, Joel DeJong, says both meetings are free to attend.  If you have questions, you can contact Joel DeJong at the Plymouth County Extension office at (712) 546-7835.   


Ethanol Losing National Political Support 

 ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's governor and congressional delegation are trying to shore up political support for ethanol, which is slipping as the nation produces more of its own oil.
     Governor Terry Branstad is pushing to reverse the Obama administration's proposal to cut the required amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.  Almost half of Iowa's corn crop goes to manufacture the grain alcohol, which is blended into gasoline.
      Presidential candidates traditionally supported the federal mandate when they campaigned in Iowa, but many now say it is no longer justified.  Environmentalists have complained about impact of expanded corn production. But Branstad says the federal mandate is important to Iowa farmers with corn prices low.


National Guard Unit Returns Home

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Nearly 100 Iowa families are celebrating having their soldiers home before Thanksgiving.
     Almost 100 soldiers from an Iowa Army National Guard unit returned home Saturday after a year in Afghanistan.
     Autumn Eddy says she felt like she was a single parent during the deployment, so she was looking forward to Sgt. Mark Eddy's return.  
     Mark Eddy says he hadn't met one of his two daughters before Saturday's homecoming, so he's looking forward to getting to know her.
     The soldiers are part of the Ottumwa-based 833rd Engineer Company. The unit has a mission of removing physical obstacles, identifying and reducing minefields and bombs and constructing protective positions.
     All the soldiers in the unit who deployed returned home safely.








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