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Wednesday News, April 23

Still Time To Vote For Le Mars Community School District Foundation

(Le Mars) -- There's still time to vote for the Le Mars Community School District Foundation as a benefactor of the Helmet to Hope charitable campaign.  Voting ends on Thursday, and at the present time Le Mars Community School District Foundation is in fifth place with only a few votes that separate Le Mars school with the sixth place charity.  The voting is happening nationwide with the top five charities that focus on K-12 education to receive $25,000 from NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson Foundation with collaboration of Wells Blue Bunny.  In order to vote, log on to


ICON Ag And Turf Service Manager Selected As "Employee Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- A service and parts manager from ICON Ag and Turf has been honored as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce April "Employee of the Month".  Gene Ruisch has been an integral part of the ICON family before the company was known as ICON Ag and Turf.  Gene started in 1974 as a service technician for Van Beek Implement and continued on to hold positions as a parts professional, parts manager, and service manager through Midwest Equipment and now ICON Ag and Turf.  He has shown his unwavering committment and dedication toward his job and the Le Mars surrounding community's customers.  There have been many changes with the equipment industry and Gene has handled them with poise and excellence.  In his current position as a parts sales professional, Gene keeps a jolly and entertaining atmosphere while working to meet customer's needs.  He is very well known and liked by our customers.  It is wonderful that we can say he has helped three generations of farming families throughout the years.  Our congratulations and thanks go to Gene Ruisch for his 40 years of loyalty to John Deere and the ICON Ag and Turf family, and for being named the Chamber's "Employee of the Month".


Koerselman And Summerside Awarded Distinguished Alumni

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District Alumni Association has announced two people are this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards.  Glada Koerselman and Dr. Paul Summerside have been chosen.  Glada Reichert Koerselman, class of 1947, has had a journalistic career that has spanned over 60 years.  Her senior year she was editor in chief of "The Mill", the monthly school newsletter and art editor of the "Bark".  She was employed at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel from 1950 to 1986 where she served as editor for most of those years.  She used her column, Glad About, to spread glad tidings of the hometown she loved, through good times and bad.  Over the last 25 years, she has served as publisher and editor of "The Messenger", a weekly newsletter carrying courthouse news.  She has also been a correspondent for the Sioux City Journal for many years.  She, along with her late husband, Dick Koersleman, wrote and published a pictorial book "The Round Barn" on the moving of the Round Barn to the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.

Dr. Paul Summerside, class of 1976 has been practicing medicine since 1988 and is an ER physician in De Pere, Wisconsin at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center.  He is the Chief Medical Officer and founding partner of BayCare Clinic and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Aurora BayCare Medical Center.  Summerside has been on the DePere School District School Board for the past 10 years, the last seven, serving as president.  He has been active in coaching a variety of youth sports including basketball and baseball. . The annual LCSD Distinguished Alumni Award is co-sponsored by the LCSD Foundation and the LCS Alumni Association.


Spirit Lake Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Minnesota Woman

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison in connection to the December death of a Minnesota woman.
     Twenty-one-year-old Tailer Handsaker entered a guilty plea Monday in Dickinson County District Court to second-degree murder and two counts of willful injury. A plea deal removed a first-degree murder charge.
     A judge ordered that the sentences be served consecutively. Handsaker must serve 35 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
     Handsaker was charged in the death of 36-year-old Sarah Grimmius, of Jackson, Minn. Her body was found at Handsaker's home in early December.
     Additional information about the circumstances of Grimmius' death has not been released.


Lawmakers Miss Self-Imposed Deadline For Adjournment

(Des Moines) -- Tuesday, was scheduled to be the last day for the Iowa Legislature to be in session.  However, the state lawmakers were not able to finish their work and still remain in Des Moines at the capitol.  Lawmakers will no longer be able to collect their daily expenses and per diem.  Pages have been sent home, and capitol staff has been reduced.  State Senator Bill Anderson, a republican from Pierson, says he is not certain as to when legislators will be able to wrap up their work.

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Anderson says budget issues are what is holding up the process.  He says there is a wide area of differences between the Senate Democrats and the House Republicans, both of which hold the majority in their respective chamber.

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Anderson says just because the session has reached its own deadline for adjournment doesn't necessarily mean lawmakers will want to hurry up and finish their work.

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Oversight Committee Passes Bill Regarding Secret Settlements

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill that would make sweeping changes in some state government practices has been backed by a legislative panel.
     The Senate Government Oversight Committee proposed the bill Tuesday, and a subcommittee later approved it. The legislation now goes to full committee Wednesday.
     The bill would make personnel settlement agreements subject to review by the attorney general, prohibit confidentiality provisions, and post all agreements on a state website. It also would revise state hiring and firing practices.
     The state auditor would be charged with conducting an examination of all settlement agreements issued since Gov. Terry Branstad began his current term. New whistleblower protections would be implemented for state workers reporting abuse of authority or other issues.
     Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, who chairs the committee, says a clarifying amendment will be drafted.







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