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Friday Afternoon News,January 22

Dordt College Prepares For Donald Trump Visit

(Sioux Center) -- People wanting to see Republican presidential candidate and business tycoon Donald Trump at Dordt College in Sioux Center on Saturday morning may want to leave early to be assured of seating.  In preparation for the political campaign event scheduled for the B.J. Haan Auditorium on Dordt College campus, the college is advising those who live nearby and might be traveling to events in the vicinity to be aware that parking is expected to fill up the streets and parking lots.  The Dordt College Recreation Center and Campus Center will be closed on Saturday morning due to the preparations for the event, as will all other campus buildings.  Security preparations have been directed by the United States Secret Service.  Security during the event will be provided by the Secret Service and the Sioux Center Police.  The number of people who registered for the event exceeds the amount of space available, so the campaign has asked would-be attendees to keep the following in mind.

* You must have an EventBrite ticket, either printed or on your phone, to enter the event.

*Tickets do not guarantee entry. Attendance is first come, first served until capacity is reached.

*No posters, banners, or signs maybe brought into the event.

*There is no dress code.

*No professional cameras with detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or GoPros are allowed.

*Identification is not required.

*The Secret Service will secure the auditorium and the Recreation Center prior to the event, and will open the doors at 9:00 a.m.

*For ease of getting in, please minimize the items you bring in.  Bags will be searched, and metal detectors will be used.

*Dordt College will attempt to accommodate the overflow for registrants who did not get into the B.J. Haan Auditorium by providing space in the Rec Center to watch the live stream provided by the campaign.

*Attendees are advised that once they are in the auditorium, they will not be able to come and go.

Dordt College buildings will not be open prior to 9:00 a.m. A girls' basketball clinic in the DeWitt Gymnasium is still slated for 9:00 a.m. However, the Rec Center will not be open to the public at all on Saturday morning.  Dordt College buildings are expected to reopen by 1:00 p.m. that afternoon.

 

 

 

County Caucus Locations Announced

(Le Mars) -- County political party leaders have announced where the local caucus locations will be held on February 1st.  Mark Sturgeon serves as the Plymouth County Democratic party vice chairman.  He says Le Mars voters living in precincts 11, 12, and 13 will gather at the Le Mars Community High School.

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Sturgeon reviews the other eight caucus sites for Plymouth County.

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The county Democratic official tells us about the other county precinct locations.

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As for the Republican caucuses, Don Kass, the chairman of the Plymouth County Republican party says Le Mars voters will gather at the Le Mars Convention Center.

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Kass continues to share the locations of the republican caucuses.

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Iowa Central Community College Looking To Add Housing Units

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge is considering construction of more housing for its growing number of students, as it invests in improvements to existing housing. The school's president, Dan Kinney, said that they hope to take a plan to the school board in February to build another 60-bed unit. About 30 motel rooms were rented for about 60 students at the start of the year. As spots opened up in student housing, students were moved out of the motel. Kinney said that the school probably turned a number of students away last year because of a lack of housing space. The east tower of one of the school's apartment buildings has been remodeled over three years at a cost of over $1 million.

 

 

 

 

ISU Student's Tent Catches On Fire While Waiting For Basketball Tickets

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A tent fire meant an early wakeup for Iowa State University students lined up for a basketball game.

The Ames Fire Department says firefighters responded about 3:30 a.m. Friday to the fire in a tent outside Hilton Coliseum.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which was caused by combustible material that was too close to a propane heater inside a tent. No one was injured.

The tent was one of many being used by students who have lined up for a Monday night game between 19th ranked Iowa State and the University of Kansas, which is ranked third.

Fire officials say that students lined up around the arena have general admission tickets and are hoping to get the best seats to watch the game.

 

 



 


   

Friday News, January 22

Police Warn Of Fraudulent Telephone Calls

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has issued a warning.  Two local businesses were contacted by phone from a source claiming to be from Mid-American Energy.  The party demanded account information or they would cut off the business services.  On each of these instances, the business recognized that it was a fraud.  Mid-American was contacted.  Mid-American is not actively contacting anyone warning them about their services or demanding payment.  The Le Mars Police Department recommend that the best way to handle a call like this would be to hang up on the caller.

 

 

 

Huckabee Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made a visit to Le Mars Thursday morning.  Huckabee was greeted by nearly 20 people.  Huckabee won the Iowa caucus in 2008, but is trailing behind several other candidates for this presidential race.  However, Huckabee remains confident and believes his past supporters will show up for the caucus.

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Huckabee says energy, and specifically ethanol and other biofuels, should play an important role for Iowa voters in selecting the next president. Without naming names, the former Arkansas governor took jabs at front runners Donald Trump for his campaign style, and at Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is thought to be opposed to renewable biofuels.

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Huckabee says the people that visited with him in Le Mars are concerned about jobs and Social Security, but they want to have morals placed back into our daily lives.

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Huckabee says he favors increasing the military, and reducing the national debt, while fighting terrorists groups like ISIS and other Islamic radical terrorists organizations. He says the United States needs to fight both at the same time.

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The former Arkansas governor explains his campaign strategy between now and February 1st, the Iowa caucus date.

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Emily's List President Campaigns For Hillary Rodham Clinton In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- The president of the political action committee "Emily's List" made an appearance in Le Mars on Thursday afternoon to campaign on behalf of Democratic Presidential hopeful, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Stephanie Schriock says Emily's List has been around for 30 years, with the mission of electing women to political offices.

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Schriock says the upcoming election will be historical, and especially important to all women voters.

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The Emily's List president believes the former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady is the most qualified to be the next president.

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Holz Says Iowa House To Vote On Two Major Bills Next Week

(Des Moines) -- State House representative Chuck Holz of Le Mars has completed his first two weeks as a lawmaker.  The retired veterinarian says there weren't any bills that have appeared on the House floor for a vote as of yet, but he says two important bills may be brought to the House chambers and voted on next week.

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Holz says the other bill working its way through the committees and will soon be brought forward to the entire House of Representatives is an education spending bill.

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Holz didn't want to speculate at what level the House would approve the educational spending bill, saying he wanted to see what amendments and other discussions would first evolve.  Governor Terry Branstad in his "Condition  of the State" address had proposed a spending increase of 2.45 percent.  Last year, the Iowa House, led by the Republican majority, passed an educational bill of two percent.  Senate Democrats have advocated a four percent increase.

 

 

 

Huseman To Seek Re-election To Iowa House

(AURELIA) – Rep. Dan Huseman (R-Aurelia) announced today he will be running for re-election to the Iowa House in District 3, which is comprised of all of Cherokee and O’Brien Counties as well as four townships in Sioux County and four townships in Plymouth County.

Huseman is a lifelong resident of the district, as he was raised on his family’s farm in Cherokee County.  Following graduation from Aurelia High School, Dan graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake before returning to the farm.

Dan and his wife, Barbara, are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia where Dan has served on numerous boards and committees.  The Husemans have been married for 41 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Additionally, Huseman has remained active in his community through his work with the Aurelia Kiwanis, Farm Bureau, Pork Producers, Cattleman’s Association, Soybean Association and Corn Growers Association.

“Rep. Huseman is a great legislator who represents his constituents well.  He listens and brings a conservative approach to the state budget.  His work on the state’s infrastructure budget is a tremendous asset to all Iowans,” said House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake).

In the House, Huseman serves as the Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations subcommittee – the committee in charge of transportation funding throughout the state.  He also serves on the Appropriations, Natural Resources, and Transportation committees.

 

 

Iowa Receives $97 Million Grant For Water Quality And Flood Control

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has received a nearly $97 million federal grant to tackle the state's water quality and flood challenges.  Gov. Terry Branstad, state and local leaders, including the city of Dubuque, are expected to meet Friday afternoon to discuss the grant. Governor spokesman Ben Hammes says the money will help accelerate water quality efforts and flood reduction in key watersheds in Iowa. Hammes declined to provide details on how the $96.9 million grant would be implemented, saying only that it will complement the governor's recent $4.7 billon water quality plan. Iowa is among 13 states and cities to receive $1 billion in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to make communities better prepared and more resilient for future natural disasters.

 





   

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