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Tuesday News, January 29

Supervisors Continue To Work On Budget

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning, and on their agenda, the board is expected to appoint Supervisor Don Kass to the EMA board as an alternate.  The supervisors will appoint Wayne Pick as the clerk for Fredonia Township.  Jeff Peters of Williams and Company will be on hand to discuss and review the 2011-2012 financial audit.  The supervisors will continue their work on the next fiscal year's budget.


Soderberg To Host Legislative Forums

(Des Moines) -- State representative, Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars has announced he will attend two legislative forums scheduled for Saturday, February 2.  Soderberg will be at the Habitue Coffeehouse and Creperie at Le Mars beginning at 10:00, and at 11:30 a.m. he will hold a legislative forum at the Remsen Public Library at Remsen.  The legislative panel will be discussing various issues concerning the Iowa Legislature.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meetings and address any issues that are of concern.

Good Samaritan Society To Host Spring Style & Fashion Show

(Le Mars) -- The Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars has announced it will host the host the 7th Annual “Spring Fling” Brunch & Style Show Fundraiser on Saturday, March 16th, in the upper level Le Mars Convention Center.  The morning will begin at 8:30 am with a silent auction, vendors for shopping, catered brunch, and raffle for a home décor item donated by Close to Home.  Local spring and summer fashions will be modeled from local clothiers during a style show with emcee special guest Christy Batien, of KTIV News Channel 4.

Guest event speaker this year is motivational humorist, Theresa Rose.  Theresa is going to provide her personal story of inspiration and motivation of how she transformed her life.  In her one-of-a-kind joyful, humorous heart warming presentation, she will present how to unleash your full potential and find your missing mojo.  Theresa is passionate about helping others find their mojo! Her natural habitat is the stage, her favorite teacher is the beloved hula hoop, and her mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire people to lead more fulfilling lives.

Begin reserving your tickets beginning February 6h by calling 712-546-2125, emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by stopping in Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars, Hwy 3 east.  All of the proceeds of the morning’s event, will support resident program and services in Cottage Center and for a new hand held communication system for the nursing department.


Flavors of Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Flavors of Northwest Iowa is a local food summit scheduled for Thursday, January 31 and will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College at Sheldon.  Plymouth County Extension Coordinator, Carol Schneider says the food summit has been popular in northeastern Iowa, and now it is moving to our part of the state.
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Schneider says the summit will assist those people growing local food and wanting to know how to market their foods.
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Schneider says the food summit will feature some prominent speakers
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For additional information regarding the Flavors of Northwest Iowa food summit, you can contact the Plymouth County Extension office.


Regents To Evaluate University Presidents

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The board that governs Iowa's public universities will evaluate the performance of University of Iowa President Sally Mason and other leaders during a closed session.
The Board of Regents meets Tuesday in Urbandale to conduct evaluations of Mason, outgoing University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen and first-year Iowa State University President
Steven Leath.
The closed-door performance review for Mason is expected to get the most attention given that Allen is retiring and Leath was recently praised by Board President Craig Lang.
The review is the first of Mason since the board last year declined to renew her contract and ordered her to revise her goals to improve the university's public relations. Mason has downplayed
any tension and still enjoys the support of key faculty, staff and student leaders.


Democratic Lawmakers Show Results of School Superintendent Survey

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic lawmakers say a survey they sent to superintendents shows many expect teacher layoffs and class size increases if the Legislature doesn't increase state aid by a
March 1 deadline.
Sen. Herman Quirmbach and Rep. Sharon Steckman held a news conference Monday to announce results of a survey sent to 348 school districts. They are Democratic leaders in education
They say 206 superintendents responded. Of them, 57 percent say they expected teacher layoffs, 72 percent expected class size increases and 68 percent thought they would postpone ordering
school materials if lawmakers didn't increase state aid to schools by March.
Lawmakers have missed a March 1 deadline for setting allowable revenue growth in the past.
Quirmbach says state aid should be decided before taking up Gov. Terry Branstad's education reforms.


Boone High School Placed On Lockdown

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in central Iowa say they kept a high school evacuated and briefly placed several other schools on lockdown because they received a threat.
The threat Monday afternoon was an unconfirmed report of an intruder at Boone High School. Officials say the threat was received by email.
The station reports a fire drill was under way at the school and the evacuation was continued following the threat. The Boone Community School District says other schools were placed on
lockdown as a precaution.
Authorities searched the school room-by-room. No injuries were reported.
High school students were taken to a local YMCA, where parents were later able to pick them up. Buses later took other students home.

Levin Pleads Not Guilty To Murder and Kidknapping

EARLY, Iowa (AP) - A 21-year-old Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman.
Kirk Levin submitted a written plea Monday. He faces charges of first-degree murder and
third-degree kidnapping.
Prosecutors say Levin repeatedly stabbed his mother, Marilyn Schmitt, at her farmhouse in Early on Jan. 3. They say he then kidnapped a 21-year-old woman who he tied up and put in the trunk
of a car. The woman escaped after Levin drove into a ditch.
Levin had been released from prison days earlier after serving time for burglary charges. Gov. Terry Branstad's spokesman has defended the state's release of Levin.

Des Moines Officials Continue To Evict Homeless

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines officials have posted eviction notices at two more makeshift camps set up by homeless people.
The city had posted eviction notices at three other camps on Jan. 17.
Three people ordered to leave one of the camps have filed appeals, with help from a local nonprofit group.
Jim Loveland says that for him and two other people living under the Raccoon River bridge the camp is "like our home. We feel comfortable down here."
The Des Moines Register reports ( that officials say complaints from the public about the homeless camps prompted the evictions. A city ordinance bars camping on public




Monday Afternoon News, January 28

State Education Director Glass Comments On Branstad's Education Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A top education aide to Gov. Terry Branstad says a major cost in the governor's education plan is providing bonuses to experienced teachers who take on more
Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass said Monday that it will cost the state $46 million to give stipends to senior teachers who take on tasks like mentoring.
Branstad's education reform plan also raises minimum teacher salaries from $28,000 to $35,000. The Education Department estimates that would likely cost about $5.5 million.
Another $96 million would go to districts to be used for teacher expenses related to the proposal. The money would be allocated on a per-student basis, meaning the most funding would go to the Des
Moines Independent School District, the largest in the state.


Iowa Officials Rescinding Tax Forms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State officials are resending tax forms to 15,000 Iowa Medicaid providers due to an error.
Officials with the Iowa Department of Administrative Services mailed 1099 tax forms last week with the wrong tax identification numbers. A letter mailed Friday says officials will send corrected versions to 15,000 Medicaid providers affected by the error.
An agency spokesman says the error happened during data sorting in the print-to-mail process. The newspaper reports officials weren't available Monday to discuss the cost of fixing the error.
Two separate forms will be mailed to providers. The first form zeros out monetary values and the second form is the corrected version.
A 1099 is a tax form for an independent contractor that shows how much they made from a business.

Lt. Governor Reynolds Says She May Consider Running For Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds isn't ruling out a possible Senate run in the wake of Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's retirement.
At a regular Monday news conference at the Capitol with Reynolds and Gov. Terry Branstad, Reynolds said she was going to keep her options open. She also said that her focus was on her work with Branstad in Iowa.
Harkin announced Saturday that he will not run for a sixth term in 2014. That decision creates a rare open Senate seat in the state.
Iowa is one of just four states to never elect a woman to Congress.




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