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Friday News, September 7

(Orange City) -- Republican presidential nominee, Governor Mitt Romney is making a campaign
swing into northwest Iowa today.  Romney, the former Massachuettes governor, is scheduled to
speak at noon during a rally at Orange City at the Northwestern College's  Bultman Center gym.  Tickets are required and available free at the Northwestern College Rowenhorst Student Center front desk.  Doors will open for Friday's event at 10:00 a.m. and guests should enter through the Bulman Center's main doors and allow enough time to pass through security before entering the arena. 



(Des Moines) -- Fourth District Congressional candidates Steve King and Christy Vilsack held their first debate last evening at Des Moines.  Vilsack, a Democrat, attacked King saying he is a "bully" and an "embarrassment" to the district and the state.  King, admitted he was perhaps caught off guard by Vilsack's aggressive comments.  Vilsack blamed King for the failure of Congress not passing a new farm bill.  King mentioned the country needs a balanced budget noting that Vilsack calls the measure "a gimmick".  King asked Vilsack why a balanced budget is a good idea for the state of Iowa, but not for the country?  King and Vilsack have a second debate scheduled for this coming Saturday at Spencer during the Clay County Fair.



(Sioux City)
-- Sioux City Police are searching for a man who robbed the Great Southern Bank
located on Morningside Aveune.  The robbery occurred Thursday morning at about 9:00 a.m.
Upon arrival officers discovered a suspect entered the bank and demanded money from a teller
then fled the bank with an udisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was last seen going eastbound on foot through the alley. No one was physically harmed during the robbery and no weapon was seen.
Police say the suspect is a white male, 5’8” – 5’10”, med. build, possibly in his 40s, dark hair and goatee. Wearing a dark colored ball cap with a light colored circle type emblem, sunglasses, green short sleeve t-shirt with pocket on left breast and blue jeans.  Police say they are confident someone may have seen something that could be useful in this investigation. If you have any information you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 258-TIPS(8477). 



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
- A Polk County judge is considering
whether to block Iowa's Republican secretary of state from enacting
rules to purge certain voters from Iowa's voter registration list
and make it easier to report fraud.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the League of United
Latin American Citizens filed a lawsuit last month to block Iowa
Secretary of State Matt Schultz from enacting the rules he quietly
issued July 20th.
The first would allow Schultz to remove voters from Iowa's
registration database by comparing that list against federal and
state databases. The second would allow anyone to report
allegations of voter fraud anonymously; current law requires
complainants to sign a sworn statement.
The groups say Schultz overstepped his authority and the rules
could suppress voters.
Judge Mary Pat Gunderson heard arguments on Thursday.


(Undated) -- Land values have been surging for the past few years, rising on average nearly 30 percent last year, but now since the drought has hit the midwest, are farmers and other investors still interested in purchasing land?  Iowa State University Agricultural Economist, Mike Duffy says land values continue to hold strong.

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Duffy says it may be an interesting time for land values, and it hinges on the long-term
weather forecast.

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The Ag Economist says he has some concerns about the farm economy, and it may reflect the
price of oil.

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Duffy says, in general, it is still farmers who are purchasing land.  However, he notes that
other investors are now leaving more traditional investment opportunities such as stocks and
bonds, and instead are turning to land investments because of the high rate of return.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has set up an email account for
tips about two young cousins who disappeared eight weeks ago in
Evansdale.
Charis (SHARE'-is) Paulson is the assistant director of the Iowa
Department of Criminal Investigation. She told The Des Moines
Register that it's the first time authorities have set up an
account for use in a case like this.
She says authorities are doing everything they can to make sure
the word is out and to make sure people have an easy way to contact
law enforcement.
Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, who has since
turned 9, disappeared on July 13. Investigators have found few
clues that may lead to the whereabouts.
The email address is OurMissingIowaGirls(at)dps DOT state DOT ia
DOT us



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A new television ad from Mitt Romney's
campaign is using Bill Clinton's words against President Barack
Obama.
It's Romney's first ad after a 12-day hiatus and is set to begin
airing Friday in eight battleground states, including Iowa.
The ad shows a clip of the former president publicly criticizing
Obama during Obama's bitter primary battle with Hillary Rodham
Clinton in 2008. The clip comes from a campaign rally in New
Hampshire that year, where Clinton said: "Give me a break, this
whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." Clinton has
said he was referring to Obama's position on the Iraq war.
Clinton gave an enthusiastic speech endorsing Obama at the
Democratic convention on Wednesday night.



 



   

Thursday News, September 6

Gehlen and Spalding Looking At Merging High Schools

(Le Mars) -- A joint announcement was made Wednesday evening by the Gehlen Catholic Board of Education and the Spalding Catholic Board of Education that the two schools are looking at the unification of the high schools to become one Catholic High School serving northwest Iowa.  Brian Kohlbeck, the president of Gehlen Catholic School board, told the 300 plus people at the Reardon Family Gymnasium that a final decision has not yet been made, and in fact both school boards want to hear comments from each community.  Although Gehlen's enrollment has held steady, or has increased during the past few years, Spalding Catholic's enrollment has been on the decline.  Spalding Catholic's school board member, Dennis Schmit told the crowd that Spalding's total enrollment for 2012 K-12 was at 167 students, with the high school enrollment at 70 students. The unification would only involve the two high schools, and it is hoped that Spalding Catholic will be able to focus their resources and attention to their various grade schools located at Hospers, and Alton.  Father Kevin Richter, a 1979 graduate of Spalding Catholic high school, says the decision is an emotional decision.
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The reaction of the crowd was quiet upon hearing the announcement.  Richter says the decision to have Spalding Catholic merge their high school with Gehlen High School was a decision that many may have thought would come at some point.

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Richter says it is possible that some students may choose to attend Remsen St. Mary's High School due to the distance factor.

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The time table includes meetings twice a month between September 19 and November 14.  On October 17 there will be a joint open meeting at Spalding, and then another joint open meeting scheduled for Gehlen Catholic on November 7th.  A draft summary is to be presented to Bishop Nicklass on December 15th and the implementation would begin during the fall of 2013.  The two schools are already sharing football programs, and Father Richter says students, parents, and the two communities have adjusted well to the shared program.  He says that may serve as a precurser to the unification of the high schools.  Richter emphasized the ultimate decision to combine the high schools will be left to both respective school boards.


Mitt Romney To Appear At Orange City On Friday

(Orange City) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will hold a rally in Orange City at Northwestern College on Friday at 12:00 noon at Northwestern College's Bultman Center gym.  Tickets are required and available free at the Northwestern College Rowenhorst Student Center front desk starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 5th.  Doors will open for Friday's event at 9:00 a.m. and guests should enter through the Bulman Center's main doors and allow enough time to pass through security before entering the arena.

 

Knights of Columbus Raise $53,000 For Mentally Challenged

(Le Mars) -- $53,000.  That's how much money was raised this year by the Knights of Columbus clubs of Plymouth County during Wednesday's phone-a-thon for the mentally challenged.  The total exceeded the goal by more than $5,000.  Coordinators were thankful for the generous contributions from Plymouth County residents.  Dr. Jeremy Bollin says the money raised stays in Plymouth County.
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Chad Dreckman says people can still donate to the cause if they hadn't already done so.

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Iowa Lands Egypt Fertilizer Company

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has landed a much sought after $1.4 billion fertilizer plant.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Orascom Construction Industries executives say the company has chosen Iowa over Illinois as the location for the plant.
The state economic development board earlier in the day approved more than $110 million in tax breaks and other incentives for the company based in Cairo, Egypt. It will create a subsidiary called
Iowa Fertilizer Co. to run the Iowa fertilizer operation to be built in southeast Iowa.
A Lee County agreement offers tax benefits worth about $130 million over 20 years.
The project is the largest single capital investment ever in Iowa.
Critics of the project say government is spending too much for 165 jobs.
The plant will make fertilizer to sell to Midwest farmers.


Iowa and Iowa State Both Have Increased Enrollments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa and Iowa State University are reporting record enrollment this fall, while the University of Northern Iowa is posting a decrease.
Official enrollment figures released Wednesday show both Iowa and Iowa State surpassed 31,000 students.
Iowa State fell short in surpassing Iowa, but ISU narrowed the gap as its enrollment has jumped 21 percent since 2006. Iowa's enrollment grew by 5 percent during the same time.
Over 12,700 students have enrolled at Northern Iowa this fall, a seven percent decrease.
UNI officials say the dip is because of a large graduating class in the spring and a drop in the number of Iowa high school graduates. More than 90 percent of UNI students are from Iowa,
which is significantly higher than at Iowa and Iowa State.

 




 

 

   

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