Saturday News, April 4
Easter Egg Hunt Held Today
(LeMars)-- The Le Mars Area Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held today at
11 am in Cleveland Castle Park, presented by Education Station and Primebank with
the help of the Le Mars Kiwanis Club. Children who are in first grade or younger
are invited to hunt for the 10,000 Easter Eggs. There will be 3 designated
areas...one for children under 2, one for 3 & 4 year olds and one for
Kindergartners and 1st graders. All participants need to bring their own basket.
Man Arrested On OWI Charge
(Hawarden)-- The Sioux County Sheriff's office investigated a welfare check at
4890 Birch Ave, three miles south of Hawarden. Garrett Carney,21 of Hawarden,
called the sherriff's office to report an intoxicated person at his residence.
After calling Carney drove a 2001 Ford Mustang southbound on Birch Ave, lost
control of the vehicle, entered the westbound ditch and struck a ditch
embankment. Carney left the vehicle on foot and could not initially be found.
Officers located Carney approximately one mile from the acident as he attempted
to conceal himself in a ditch. No injuries were reported and the Ford sustained
an estimated $4000 in damage. Carney was arrested on an operating a motor
vehicle while intoxicated.
New Online Payment Option For Child Support Payments
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say new online offerings will make it
easier for parents to keep up with their child support payments.
The Iowa Department of Human Services announced the changes Friday that
will let Iowa parents make child support payments online using a credit or debit
card instead of sending them through the mail or dropping them off. The update
also allows parents to access their accounts online to determine amounts due and
to report job changes.
Officials say the new services are meant to promote timely payments and
give parents more options, particularly those who aren't in custody of their
Carol Eaton, chief of the Bureau of Collections, says the goal is to ensure
children receive the support necessary to "help them live stable and healthy
Grassley To Run For 7th Term
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says his age won't slow him
down as he runs for a 7th term.
The 81-year-old said Friday that age "isn't a factor or I wouldn't be
The six-term Republican held the first fundraiser for his 2016 campaign
earlier this week and is nearly halfway through his annual tour of all 99 Iowa
counties. Grassley enjoys solid approval ratings and has been in elected office
So far he does not have a major Democratic challenger even though Iowa is a
political swing state that twice supported Democratic President Barack Obama.
Former state lawmaker Bob Krause is planning a bid and other Democrats are
considering the race.
University of Iowa Accepts Almost 200 Early Retirements
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials are accepting almost 200
requests for early retirement this year in a program they predict will save the
university about $28 million over the next five years.
University of Iowa President Sally Mason said Thursday that 362 of about 1,400
eligible employees applied for retirement. Of those who applied, 197 were
According to university officials, the school will save $16 million from
the university's general education fund and $12 million from other revenue
Mason said the retirements came from various departments throughout the
University officials said that some requests were denied because their
position was critical and could not be filled without incurring more expenses.
Some requests were withdrawn before a decision could be made.
University Of Iowa Reports Increased Enrollment
(Iowa City)--University of Iowa president Sally Mason says efforts to increase
the school's enrollment are paying off. Mason had previously announced that
applications were up.
The school has focused on bringing in more in-state students.
She likes the type of students they're bringing in.
Mason says increasing the student population is one of the things she will
continue working on in the final months of her tenure before she retires in
Senators Crafting A Temporary Extension Of ObamaCare
(Washington DC)--Senator Chuck Grassley is part of a task force of Republican
senators crafting a temporary extension of ObamaCare subsidies -- since Grassley
says they expect the U.S. Supreme Court to rule this summer that the insurance
subsidies in states that are not running an insurance exchange are
Grassley says nothing is "written on paper yet" but the outline of the plan
would see those ObamaCare insurance subsidies continued into the middle of 2017
after a new president takes office and may offer his or her own proposal on
According to federal data, about 80 percent of the Americans who are getting
insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges are getting a subsidy, meaning their
premium costs are cut. Those subsidies, on average, cut the cost of health
insurance premiums by 72 percent.