Friday News, September 28
Gehlen Catholic Celebrates Homecoming
(Le Mars) -- Today is Homecoming for Gehlen Catholic Schools and you will be able to hear both the corronation ceremony, as well as the parade here on KLEM.
King and Vilsack Debate For the Fourth Time in Orange City
(Orange City) -- Republican Steve King and Democrat Christie Vilsack faced off in a fourth debate held last evening (Thursday) at Northwestern College in Orange City. The two sparred on issues relating to immigration, gun control, and even the farm bill. Recent polls show a narrowing of the gap between Congressman Steve King and his challenger, Democrat Christie Vilsack, but King says he anticipated as much, and he says his campaign is still on track.
Following last evening's debate, King says the differences between himself and Christie Vilsack are becoming more defined. He says Vilsack is proving that she is nothing more than a liberal.
For her part, Christie Vilsack believes she won the debate, comparing it to a football game.
Vilsack says the time allotted during a debate is often not enough time to fully explain her ideas, so she encourages voters to seek her website.
Vilsack says if there is one issue that resonates the most with the people of the 4th District, it would be the farm bill. She says there isn't any other legislation more important than the farm bill, and she again is critical of King's lack of leadership.
The two Congressional candidates are scheduled to have four more debates, with one in Sioux City.
Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack Says Congress Failed On the Farm Bill
(Orange City) -- U-S Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack was in Orange City last evening to watch his wife debate Congressman Steve King. Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, says he is pleased to hear of so many reports indicating yields in many areas are doing better than first anticipated. He says the Obama Administration approved different measures that offered assistance because of the summer drought. But at the same time, the Agriculture Secretary is critical of Congress for not getting a farm bill passed, before September 30th.
If Congress were to approve a one-year extension of the farm legislation, would many of the programs be saved?
The ag secretary also commented on the recent changes as stipulated with the school lunch program. In an effort to fight child obesity, schools are required to offer more fruits and vegetables, and to reduce the carbohydrates and fats. However, some people wonder if students are getting enough to eat since schools must limit the calorie intake. Secretary Vilsack calls it a national security issue.
He says students are being encouraged to bring a snack from home.
Le Mars Police Arrest Man For Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police have arrested 30 year old Michael Hagey of Le Mars on multiple charges of sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child, and lascivious acts with a child. The Le Mars Police investigated reports of sexual abuse that occurred between December of 2010 to September of 2012. The victims were two male boys between the ages of 11 and 13. Some of the incidents occurred in Remsen. Hagey has been charged with three counts of sexual abuse in the 2nd degree, a class B felony, one count of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree, a Class C felony; seven counts of indecent contact with a child; an aggravated misdemeanor. Hagey was also charged with one count of lascivious acts with a child, which is a Class D felony. Hagey was arrested at his residence and now is at the Plymouth County jail on a $50,000 bond.
Police Investigate Two Possible Abductions in Northwest Iowa
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City police officers responded to a possible abduction on Thursday. Police say a witness reported seeing a 12 year old white female being pulled into a van. The female had brown hair and was wearing a gray t-shirt and shorts. The van was described as white with dark windows. There was some blue writing on the passenger side that goes from the passenger door to the rear approximately 2/3 up from the bottom. The van is a boxy type. There was no description of the individuals in the van. The van was seen headling westbound on Military Road. Anyone having information about this incident are asked to contact the Sioux City Police.
(Cherokee) -- Meanwhile, the Cherokee Police Department also had a report of a possible abduction. A 22 year old male walking to work reported seeing a male, driving a silver van asked him where he was going. The victim responded by saying he was walking to work, and the suspect told him to get in the van. The victim refused and continued walking to work. The suspect then turned around and drove away without any further contact. The driver is being described as a male with short, gray hair who is in his forties or fifties. The van is described as a silver, newer model van.
Fire Officials Fight Brush Fire
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Fire officials were called to a grass and brush fire last evening at about 7:30 p.m. The fire was located on County road K-49 between 260th and 270th streets. Fire fighters were able to quickly contain the extinguish the blaze. They were on the scene for about an hour.
Healthiest State Initiative Asking People To Take A Walk
(Le Mars) -- Organizers of Iowa Healthiest State Initiative are encouraging people to take a walk. On Wednesday, October 3rd at 12:00 noon, people from across the state will walk nearly a half mile as part of the Healthiest State Initiative. Last year, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad challenged Iowans to make the walk. Le Mars had several hundred people participate with last year's Healthy Walk, and local coordinator, Todd Lancaster of the Le Mars YMCA says he hopes Le Mars residents will again be active with this year's walk.
Lancaster says there are several places within Le Mars that are organizing the healthy walk.