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Wednesday News, May 30th

School Board to Hear Report on Adult Education

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars School Board is scheduled to meet this evening, and on their agenda they will hear a report from Lorene Rexwinkel, Adult Education Coordinator regarding adult education classes.  In her summary, Rexwinkel reports there were 159 adults enrolled in classes, of which, 54 were seniors citizens.  Computer classes were the most popular with 62 students.  Hobbies had 37 students, French language class consisted of 10 students, and camera classes made up of 13 students.  A total of 23 classes were held, and 29 students were enrolled in a GED class.  Other action expected for this evening's meeting, the board will decide upon two separate lease agreements with Buena Vista University and the Northwest Area Education Agency.  The board will also consider an agreement with Western Iowa Tech to continue with the concurrent enrollment opportunities at the high school.  The local school board will review some Middle School policy revisions as presented by Middle School principal Steve Shanks.


Des Moines School Board Keeps Charter School

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines school board will let the district's troubled charter school stay open the next two years.
     The board decided on Tuesday that the school will get extra oversight. Board President Teree Caldwell-Johnson says the board "put the charter school on a real short leash."
     The school faced possible closure because of budget problems and low enrollment. Parents and teachers also sent letters to the school's advisory board alleging mismanagement.
     The school's director, Nina Rasmusson, resigned in April.
     The school has been open for 17 months. It serves students in grades seven through nine and will admit 10th-graders this coming fall.


Traditional Voting Places May Have Changed Due To Re-districting

(Le Mars) -- Only a week remains before the primary election, and due to the recent re-districting of voting precincts, some voters may find they need to cast their vote in a different location then what they have been accustomed.  For instance, Precinct Two now consists of the townships of Meadow, Remsen, Henry, and Garfield, with the execption of the towns Remsen and Kingsley.  The new Precinct #Two will cast their votes at the American Bank conference room in Remsen.  Meanwhile, Precinct #5 which comprises of Fredonia, and Marion townships, including the town of Remsen will vote at the Remsen Public Library.  Precinct #10 includes Union and Elkhorn townships, plus the town of Kingsley, will cast their votes at the Kingsley Community Center.  Precinct #4 consists of the townships Preston, Johnson, Grant, and Washington and including the communities of Brunsville and Craig will vote at the Brunsville Legion Hall.  All Le Mars voters will cast their votes at the Le Mars Convention Center, although the precinct borders have changed, so you may need to consult with a precinct voting volunteer to know the exact precinct which you can cast your vote.

Congressional Candidates Report Fund Raising Efforts

(Des Moines) -- May 16th was the deadline for Congressional Candidates in Iowa's four districts to report their current financial status.  Republican Congressman Tom Latham had nearly two-million dollars in cash in his campaign account by May 16th. That was a deadline day for reporting fundraising totals. It's six times more than Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell had. Boswell had about 300-thousand dollars in his campaign account by mid-May. Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley of Waterloo raised about 100-thousand dollars since April 1st. Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City, raised about 13-thousand more than that. But former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, the Democrat who plans to challenge Republican Congressman Steve King in November, raised more than Braley and Loebsack combined. Her haul in the six-week period was 230-thousand dollars. Congressman King, however, is a more aggressive fundraiser than he has been in the past, collecting nearly 373-thousand dollars during that six-week period. King had about a million dollars in his campaign account by mid-May. Vilsack had about 144-thousand less.

Woodbury County Sheriff's Office Reports Memorial Day Project

(Sioux City)  -- Woodbury County Sheriff's Office is reporting they issued 42 warnings and gave 25 citations during the Memorial Day Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau project.  Among the more common violations included eleven drivers were given speeding tickets, three others were cited for failure to wear a seat belt, and only one Driving While Intoxicated citation was issued. 


Sioux City Police Still Searching for Suspect 

(Sioux City) --
Sioux City Police say they are still looking for that suspect accused of a series of sexual abuse incidents that occured in the morning hours of Friday, May 25th.  Numerous tips were received from the public through crimestoppers and investigators worked to follow up those leads over the weekend.  A suspect has not been identified at this time. 




Tuesday afternoon News

Police Still Searching for Sexual Assault Subject

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police say they are still looking for that suspect accused of a series of sexual abuse incidents that occured in the morning hours of Friday, May 25th.  Numerous tips were received from the public through crimestoppers and investigators worked to follow up those leads over the weekend.  A suspect has not been identified at this time. 


Iowa City Landfill Fire 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - City officials say they may never be able to pinpoint the cause of a huge Iowa City landfill fire burning for a fourth day.
     A fire continues to smolder and create clouds of smoke at the landfill, which is located in a rural area near Highway 218, west of the city. A cloud of haze is visible for miles.
     City spokesman Geoff Fruin says it will cost up to $6 million to clean up and rebuild the landfill cell where the fire started Saturday evening in an area where dumping had occurred earlier. Rick Fosse, the public works director for Iowa City, says it will probably be several more days before the fire burns down.

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The fire quickly reached a layer of shredded tires, which are burning.
     City officials say a load likely contained flammable material such as used charcoal or a burn barrel, but it may be impossible to know precisely.


Des Moines Police Officer Runs Over Woman

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a police cruiser has run over the legs of a woman who was partially lying in a street.

The accident occurred about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday as the officer responded to a call about someone lying in a street or alley.  Police say the intoxicated woman's legs were in the street as she lay on a sidewalk. Officer Brian Cuppy told investigators say he didn't see the woman as he turned onto the street, which is about five blocks west of Mercy Medical Center in central Des Moines.

The woman's name has not been released. Police say she was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of scrapes and abrasions.  The accident is being investigated.


Roll-over Fatality

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a teenage driver has died and her passenger has been injured in a rollover accident near Postville in northeast Iowa.

16-year-old Melody Simmonds, of Decorah, was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday night. The Iowa State Patrol says her passenger, 16-year-old Brandon Grocholski, of Elkader, was taken to a nearby hospital, then flown to a hospital in La Crosse, Wis.  The accident occurred about 10:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 52, about three miles west of Postville. The patrol says Simmonds was driving south in a sport utility vehicle when it ran off the roadway into a ditch and rolled several times.




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