Tuesday News, October 16
Senator Grassley To Visit With Le Mars Community High School Students
(Le Mars) -- Iowa Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley will hold a question and answer session with the Le Mars Community junior class students today at the Le Mars Community High School. Grassley will visit with the students starting at 10:00 a.m. and continue his visit for an hour.
Vilsack to Visit Le Mars On Wednesday
(Le Mars) -- Democratic Congressional candidate Christie Vilsack has announced she will make a visit to Le Mars. Vilsack, who is seeking to unseat Republican Congressman Steve King in the new 4th District is scheduled to stop by the Plymouth County Democratic Headquarters located at 34 Central Avenue, Northeast. Vilsack will make her appearance on Wednesday, October 17th between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Vilsack's visit is part of her Value of Common Sense Tour. She will also stop at Sioux City, Cherokee, Storm Lake, and Lake View.
Gehlen and Opportunities Unlimited Honored
(Le Mars) -- At a kick-off pep rally held yesterday, Gehlen Catholic School and Opportunities Unlimited recognized their "star" achievers for the collaboration between the two institutions. Gehlen was using the opportunity to begin the next fund raising campaign year by once again selling Jumpy Monkey coffee from Opportunities Unlimited. During the rally, Gehlen Catholic principal Jeff Alesch made a special announcement about the partnership.
Alesch went on to talk about the Iowa Network of Community School Partnership Program uses
for its criteria.
Alesch told the students and faculty that the affinity Gehlen has with Opportunities Unlimited is more than just selling coffee.
Gehlen Catholic will learn more about their honor in mid-November when they will be recognized at the Iowa School Board convention.
Harvest Running A Month Ahead Of Schedule
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year's harvest as much needed rain finally fell across most of the state.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is a month ahead of schedule. Ninety-three percent of the soybean crop is in from the fields, which is three weeks ahead of normal.
The USDA says in Monday's report that rain over the weekend helped Iowa's pasture and range land. Hay supplies are running short across 41 percent of the state. Calves are being weaned and
sold early due to the short supply of winter hay.
The statewide average rainfall last week was 1.65 inches, triple the normal for the week. It was Iowa's wettest week since early May.
EPA Extends Comment Period
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period on proposals by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to change regulations of livestock operations to be in compliance with federal Clean Water Act.
The Des Moines Register says the EPA has extended the period by two weeks until Oct. 31.
In July, the EPA said Iowa's program is not sufficient to assess whether livestock confinements need to obtain federal waste discharge permits. It also says Iowa's inspection program is inadequate and the state failed to act in nearly half of the water quality violation cases against cattle farms that the EPA reviewed.
The report was done in response to a petition filed in 2007 by three environmental groups that alleged Iowa fell far short of meeting enforcement requirements.
Man In Custody After Being Charged With Killing 5 Year Old Girl
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man charged with killing an Iowa girl in 2005 is now in state custody.
Thirty-three-year-old Casey Frederiksen is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in the death of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller.
State agents took custody of Frederiksen on Monday from a federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill., where he's serving time on child pornography and drug charges. He'll make an initial court appearance Tuesday at the Floyd County Courthouse in Charles City.
Frederiksen was the boyfriend of the child's mother. He was watching the girl at the family's apartment in Floyd when she disappeared. Her body was found in the Cedar River days later.
Frederiksen was charged last month. Prosecutors say he changed his story while in federal prison and inmates say he made incriminating statements.
Linn County Won't File Charges Against Friend of Auditor
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Linn County won't file fraud or other charges against a man hired by the man's close friend, County Auditor Joel Miller.
The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/RADUB9) that County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden told county supervisors on Monday there isn't enough evidence to support charges against Joe Clarahan. Clarahan
was hired to more than a year ago to implement software for managing facilities maintenance.
County Finance Director Steve Tucker has said Clarahan accomplished "virtually nothing" on the project. Clarahan has declined to comment.
Vander Sanden's report to the supervisors criticized Miller management of Clarahan and said Clarahan's hiring "raises the specter of blatant cronyism."
Miller said Monday that the allegations and investigations were timed to damage his re-election bid against Republican challenger Garth Fagerbakke.
Fontanelle Residents Under Boil Order
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Residents of Fontanelle (FAHN'-tuh-nel) in southwest Iowa and part of Walford, near Cedar Rapids, are being asked to boil their drinking water for now.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a break in a large water main in Fontanelle left the city without water. Crews were working on Monday to repair the break and restore service. Breaks
in pipes can allow contaminants to enter the water system.
In Walford, water samples taken during routine testing in the Clover Ridge Subdivision tested positive for E. coli bacteria. Three out of four subsequent samples taken on Oct. 11 tested positive for total bacteria, but did not contain E. coli. The subdivision plans to chlorinate the wells and retest the water.