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Friday Afternoon News, May 10

Gehlen School Board Approves Naming The Gym After Steve Shea

(Le Mars) -- The Gehlen Catholic School Board met last evening to decide upon the official name of the Gehlen gymnasium for the next school year.  After meeting with Mrs. Shea, her request was to have the gym referred to as the “Steve Shea Memorial Gym.”  The Board approved the name.  In addition, the Board approved the addition of Mr. & Mrs. Shea’s favorite scripture to  be included at the bottom of the banner.  It reads:   “I have fought the good fight.  I have finished the course.  I have kept the faith.”  2 Timothy 4:7.  The gym is being named for the former Gehlen Catholic physical education instructor who passed away earlier this year.  The gym will hold the name honoring Steve Shea from July 1st until next year on June 30th.

Postal Workers To Collect Food For Charities

(Le Mars) -- Postal workers are wanting to help "stamp" out local hunger, and they are asking for the assistance of their patrons.  Saturday marks the anniversary when mail carriers collect food items for the needy.  Le Mars Post Master Barry Synder explains.
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Synder says the program has been very successful both on a national basis, as well as here locally.

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If you would like to help with the mail carriers' food drive, Synder suggests you leave food items either inside or next to your mailbox.

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And for those people that use a Post Office Box, what are their options?

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Whitaker Announces He Will Seek U-S Senate Bid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Matt Whitaker says he has filed the paperwork to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.
The former U.S. attorney's move comes a week after Rep. Steve King announced he would not seek the seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.
The 43-year-old former University of Iowa football player from Clive was U.S. attorney for Iowa's Southern District from 2004 to 2009. He ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2002.
Other Republicans weighing entry into the race include state Sen. Joni Ernst, former Reliant Energy CEO Mark Jacobs, Secretary of State Matt Schultz and Sen. Charles Grassley's chief of staff
David Young.
Rep. Tom Latham and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds also passed on running. Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo is his party's only candidate.

Late Start To Corn Planting May Reduce Yields

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The wet start to the corn planting season may reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much corn they're still likely to bring in
a record crop.
In a report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated farmers would bring in 14.1 billion bushels of corn this year, a billion bushels more than the previous record set in 2009.
The USDA expects farmers to grow an average of 158 bushels per acre, a 3.4 percent reduction from the 163.6 bushels predicted in February. The downward adjustment is due to delayed planting caused by a cold, wet spring.
Farmers are planting more than 97 million acres of corn, the most since 1936. That's why even an average yield would result in a record crop.


Supreme Court Clears Way For Lawsuit Against Disabled Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A woman who claims she was fired in 2006 from an Iowa home for the disabled after complaining about abuse of residents can have her day in court.
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Friday to allow the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former Woodward Resource Center employee Terri Rivera.
Rivera says she was fired after telling her supervisor that another employee had abused residents.
The district court had dismissed Rivera's 2008 lawsuit. A judge told Rivera to pursue her claim through a state board. Rivera refiled her lawsuit after the state denied her claim. A judge then said the lawsuit was barred by the two-year statute of limitations.
The high court says the lawsuit can proceed under a provision that extends the filing deadline for "procedural missteps."


Clear Lake City Council Passes Ordinance Against Feeding Water Fowl

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - The Clear Lake City Council has given its initial approval to an ordinance that would bar people from feeding waterfowl at city parks or other recreation areas.
The Mason City Globe Gazette says the ordinance stems from complaints about bird droppings.
The fine would be $50 for the first violation of the ordinance, then $100 if the second violation occurs within the same calendar year.
A third violation in the same calendar year would bring a $250 fine.
City Administrator Scott Flory says he hopes the city never has to issue a fine as a result of the ordinance.







Friday News, May 10

Le Mars City Council Approves K-N-S Addition

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council held a special meeting at noon on Thursday to decide the fate of the proposed K-N-S Addition which is to be located along 6th Avenue S.W. from 13th Street to 15th Street.  In a 4-0 vote, with Councilwoman Delana Ihrke absent, the city council offered their approval for the new sub-division development.  The council granted the investors Bruce Kellen, Mark Nuebel, and Scott Sitzmann the approval they were seeking to convert the once zoned rural land now to be considered as residential property.  The property will consist of three different culdasacs.

Penn National Challenging Iowa Gaming and Racing Commission's Decision

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino is petitioning Iowa gaming regulators for awarding another company a license to build a land-based casino.
Penn National Gaming Co. says the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ignored deficiencies and improprieties in the Sioux City Entertainment's application to build a Hard Rock-branded casino.
Penn said in a Wednesday news release that it is exercising its right under state law to ask astate regulatory body to reconsider an action.
Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko says gaming officials are reviewing Penn's letter, and are still determining their next step.
The commission selected the Hard Rock casino in a 3-2 vote on April 18. Penn submitted two proposals and Ho-Chunk Inc. also put in a bid.


Judge Close To Deciding Case Against Mother Drowning Son

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - An Onawa mother will learn next week whether she's been convicted of murdering her 15-month-old son.
Judge Jeffrey Neary said Thursday that'll announced his verdict May 17 in the case against 25-year-old Ashley Cameron. She was charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment in the
death of Markis Dahms. Neary heard the case during a nonjury trial last month.
Investigators testified that Cameron told them Markis had vomited in the bathtub and that she held his head under a running faucet to clean him, repeating that process as he vomited four or
five more times.
Cameron testified that she'd left him in the tub to get some items and found him face down in the water when she returned. Her attorney suggested that Markis may have had a seizure.


Iowa Nearing Record For Time Without A Reported Tornado

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa is close to breaking a state record for the longest stretch without a reported tornado.
The National Weather Service says as of Wednesday, it's been 349 days since a tornado touched down in the state. The last recorded tornado was on May 24, 2012, in Fayette County.
The current state record is 355 days, set between May 5, 1955, and April 26, 1956. The record would be tied on Tuesday and broken on Wednesday.
Officials call the streak impressive because digital technology and spotter networks today are so comprehensive. There was a greater likelihood back in the 1950s for a tornado to occur without
being reported.
Officials say the threat of severe weather appears minimal through early Tuesday. There is a chance of thunderstorms late Tuesday.


Senate Democrats Modify Medicaid Expansions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senate Democrats are offering some modifications to a Medicaid expansion proposal in the hopes of winning support from House Republicans.
Democrats continue to support the Medicaid expansion permitted under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But on Thursday they said they would waive doctor co-pays for patients who
get annual physicals and choose healthy behaviors.
Democrats say the shift would bring the plan closer to the proposal from Gov. Terry Branstad and House Republicans. Branstad opposes expanding Medicaid and has pushed to instead modify an
existing program for low-income residents using state and federal funds. Branstad's plan includes premiums that could be reduced through healthy behaviors.
Republican Rep. Walt Rogers, of Cedar Falls, calls the changes tweaks. Lawmakers will meet on the issue next week.

Dandekar Remains On Utilities Board While Considering A Run For Congress

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Utilities Board says one of its members will continue to be "actively involved" with matters before the board but won't participate in substantive decisions on
contested matters while she explores whether to run for Congress.
Swati Dandekar announced Thursday she had formed an exploratory committee to consider seeking the Democratic nomination for Iowa's 1st Congressional District. Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley has opted not to seek re-election to the seat so he can run for U.S. Senate.
The board says in a news release that Dandekar will limit her role and that the organization has contingency plans the enable it to perform its duties while she makes her decision about a
congressional run.
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Dandekar, of Marion, to serve on the utilities board in 2011.





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