Friday Afternoon News,January 22
Dordt College Prepares For Donald Trump Visit
(Sioux Center) -- People wanting to see Republican presidential candidate and business tycoon Donald Trump at Dordt College in Sioux Center on Saturday morning may want to leave early to be assured of seating. In preparation for the political campaign event scheduled for the B.J. Haan Auditorium on Dordt College campus, the college is advising those who live nearby and might be traveling to events in the vicinity to be aware that parking is expected to fill up the streets and parking lots. The Dordt College Recreation Center and Campus Center will be closed on Saturday morning due to the preparations for the event, as will all other campus buildings. Security preparations have been directed by the United States Secret Service. Security during the event will be provided by the Secret Service and the Sioux Center Police. The number of people who registered for the event exceeds the amount of space available, so the campaign has asked would-be attendees to keep the following in mind.
* You must have an EventBrite ticket, either printed or on your phone, to enter the event.
*Tickets do not guarantee entry. Attendance is first come, first served until capacity is reached.
*No posters, banners, or signs maybe brought into the event.
*There is no dress code.
*No professional cameras with detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or GoPros are allowed.
*Identification is not required.
*The Secret Service will secure the auditorium and the Recreation Center prior to the event, and will open the doors at 9:00 a.m.
*For ease of getting in, please minimize the items you bring in. Bags will be searched, and metal detectors will be used.
*Dordt College will attempt to accommodate the overflow for registrants who did not get into the B.J. Haan Auditorium by providing space in the Rec Center to watch the live stream provided by the campaign.
*Attendees are advised that once they are in the auditorium, they will not be able to come and go.
Dordt College buildings will not be open prior to 9:00 a.m. A girls' basketball clinic in the DeWitt Gymnasium is still slated for 9:00 a.m. However, the Rec Center will not be open to the public at all on Saturday morning. Dordt College buildings are expected to reopen by 1:00 p.m. that afternoon.
County Caucus Locations Announced
(Le Mars) -- County political party leaders have announced where the local caucus locations will be held on February 1st. Mark Sturgeon serves as the Plymouth County Democratic party vice chairman. He says Le Mars voters living in precincts 11, 12, and 13 will gather at the Le Mars Community High School.
Sturgeon reviews the other eight caucus sites for Plymouth County.
The county Democratic official tells us about the other county precinct locations.
As for the Republican caucuses, Don Kass, the chairman of the Plymouth County Republican party says Le Mars voters will gather at the Le Mars Convention Center.
Kass continues to share the locations of the republican caucuses.
Iowa Central Community College Looking To Add Housing Units
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge is considering construction of more housing for its growing number of students, as it invests in improvements to existing housing. The school's president, Dan Kinney, said that they hope to take a plan to the school board in February to build another 60-bed unit. About 30 motel rooms were rented for about 60 students at the start of the year. As spots opened up in student housing, students were moved out of the motel. Kinney said that the school probably turned a number of students away last year because of a lack of housing space. The east tower of one of the school's apartment buildings has been remodeled over three years at a cost of over $1 million.
ISU Student's Tent Catches On Fire While Waiting For Basketball Tickets
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A tent fire meant an early wakeup for Iowa State University students lined up for a basketball game.
The Ames Fire Department says firefighters responded about 3:30 a.m. Friday to the fire in a tent outside Hilton Coliseum.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which was caused by combustible material that was too close to a propane heater inside a tent. No one was injured.
The tent was one of many being used by students who have lined up for a Monday night game between 19th ranked Iowa State and the University of Kansas, which is ranked third.
Fire officials say that students lined up around the arena have general admission tickets and are hoping to get the best seats to watch the game.