Monday Afternoon News, Sept. 9
School Board Election To Take Place Between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m.
(Le Mars) --Voting for school board directors is set to begin at 12:00 noon and will continue until 8:00 p.m. Listen carefully as we detail where you are to cast your vote for school board directors. For Le Mars Community School District there are four precincts. Precinct One consists of residents living within Elgin, America, Marion and Fredonia Townships and the Town of Struble. The polling place for Precinct No.1 will be the Courthouse Annex-Lower level Le Mars, Iowa. Precinct 2 is all those people within
Grant and Preston Townships and the Town of Craig and all within Washington and
Johnson Townships and the Town of Brunsville. The polling place for said Precinct No.2 will be the Brunsville Legion Club, Brunsville, Iowa. Precincts 2 and 3 have now combined. Precinct 4- are those people within Liberty, Plymouth, Stanton and Lincoln Townships and the Town of Merrill. The polling place for Precinct No.4 will be the Kissinger Community Center-lower level, Merrill, Iowa. Precinct 5 comprises of the area lying within the corporate limits of the City of Le Mars. The polling place for Precinct No. 5 will be the Le Mars Convention Center (lowerlevel) at 301 12th St. S.E., Le Mars, Iowa.
Akron-Westfield voters will decide on their school board candidates at the Akron Public Library. The Hinton Community Center will serve as the polling place for Hinton voters wanting to vote for school board directors. Kingsley-Pierson voters will vote at the Kingsley Community Center, and Remsen-Union voters will cast their votes at the Remsen Public Library.
Le Mars Voters To Vote On Proposition J
(Le Mars) -- In addition to casting a vote for those running for a director position, voters of the Le Mars Community District will also notice Proposition J on the ballot. Dr. Todd Wendt, superintendent of schools explains proposition J is a continuing state tax.
Wendt says the penny sales tax has benefited Le Mars in the past.
Some people may wonder why the issue is on the ballot this year, when it doesn't affect the school district until 2022.
The Le Mars School Superintendent says the penny tax is not a new tax for Le Mars voters. In fact he says the district has passed the measure twice before.
Le Mars United Way Kicks Off With Golf Tournament
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars United Way launched its 2013 campaign with a golf tournament held on August 29th. There were 22 teams of four that played in the 10th annual tournament,
raising nearly $5000. Jeff Stanley with Wells Enterprises, and this year’s Le Mars United Way board chair, says this year the goal is to raise $350,000. The campaign goal represents a 4% increase over the $336,000 raised last year and would be another record for the Le Mars United Way. Matt Susemihl, Todd Brownmiller, Ron Kneip, and Rob Bixenman made up the winning foursome this year.
Hawarden Man Arrested After Firing Shots At Salesmen
(Orange City) -- A Hawarden man has been placed under arrest after firing a shot gun several times at three door-to-door sales people. The incident occurred Saturday afternoon at 4876 Buchanan Avenue, about four miles south of Hawarden. Witnesses reported that Samuel Harrison, age 50, discharged several rounds from his shotgun. After firing his weapon, Harrison drove away in his vehicle. He was stopped by the Hawarden Police at about 3:30 p.m. He was arrested by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office and charged with assault, going armed with intent, and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He was also charged with a second offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
Fired Agent Still Being Paid
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Lost in the controversy over an Iowa investigator's firing is a surprising fact: he hasn't lost his pay since being terminated in July.
A little-known law requires the Department of Public Safety to pay terminated supervisors while they appeal their firings administratively, which can take a year or longer.
That means former special agent Larry Hedlund still receives his $96,500 salary even as some Democratic lawmakers demand his reinstatement, claiming he was unfairly punished for reporting the Republican governor's speeding SUV.
A state patrol sergeant remains on the payroll after his June firing. A third fired DPS supervisor received nearly $90,000 during a 14-month appeal that ended in 2010.
Hedlund says he was stunned to learn he'd remain on the payroll after his firing and that he'd rather be working.