Tuesday Afternoon News, June 4
First National Bank To Become Northwest Bank
(Le Mars) -- Customers of the First National Bank will notice a name change in the coming months. First National Bank of Le Mars, Sioux Center, and Sioux City will become known as Northwest Bank. Kevin Eekhoff, Market President with First National Bank says the transition will be seamless to the bank's customers.
Eekhoff says the bank is still with the original holders of the bank, and now will become one of the larger banks to be located in western Iowa.
In a release, bank officials say the transition will provide the operation with new growth opportunities, and allow Northwest Bank to increase lending capabilities and provide new products and services in the former First National Bank service areas. The change will also strengthen the bank's ability to reinvest into its communities and employees, all under a strong and diverse leadership team.
Eekhoff says the transition makes sense for the holding company.
With the addition of the First National Banks of Le Mars, Sioux Center, and Sioux City, Northwest Banks will have more than 20 locations in Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
The name change is expected to be completed by mid-October.
Driver's License Renewal To Be Online
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Transportation says it expects to set up an online process to renew driver's licenses by mid-July.
The agency says in a news release Tuesday that although it's close to establishing a system, people should be aware that fake Internet renewal sites exist that are designed to take advantage of
people. Until the state site goes live next month, people will have to renew their licenses in person.
The Iowa Legislature approved online renewals in the last session, and the measure was signed by Gov. Terry Branstad.
Under the new system, drivers between 18 and 72 can renew driver's licenses through the state Department of Transportation's website without passing a vision test. The bill also extends the
time licenses are valid from five years to eight years.
Branstad Appoints Two To Regents Board
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has filled two vacancies on the Iowa Board of Regents, naming a former state senator and a construction business owner to the panel that
oversees the state's three public universities.
Branstad announced the appointments Tuesday morning of former state Sen. Larry McKibben and construction business owner Milt Dakovich.
They will be subject to state Senate approval during the 2014 Legislature.
Their appointments came after the Senate in April didn't give the appointments of Craig Lang and Robert Cramer the two-thirds majority required for their approval to the nine-member board. Branstad had asked senators to confirm Lang, who was serving on the board and had been its president, and Cramer, a new appointee.
Branstad made the appointments in advance of the next regents meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
Former Senate Staff Member Files Civil Rights Suit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former staffer for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus has filed a civil rights complaint alleging that she was fired after reporting sexual harassment.
Kirsten Anderson filed the complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission last week. She says she was fired several weeks ago from her job as communications director for the caucus, hours after
complaining about harassment from lawmakers and staffers.
In the complaint, Anderson says that she received pay increases for her work. But she said that the workplace was a hostile environment. Anderson says she first complained several months ago and then began getting poor performances reviews.
Anderson said in an email Monday that she wants the workplace culture to change.
Ed Failor Jr., an assistant to Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix, declined to comment.