Monday Afternoon News, November 9
Chuck Holz Ready To Tackle New Job
(Le Mars) -- Now that the special election is over, newly elected State House Representative Chuck Holz says he is ready to begin his new job. Holz will officially start his duties as the state 5th district representative in January when he takes the oath of office. Holz talks about his expectations of the new job.
The former veterinarian and past school board director says he is hopeful that he will be placed on both the House Agriculture and House Education Committees.
Holz says he has already met with organizations of some special interests groups to gain an insight as to their issues of concern, and he says he wants to continue the tradition set up by his predecessor Chuck Soderberg by having town hall meetings through out the district during the time the legislature is in general session. Holz says if he is appointed to the state House Agriculture and to the House Education committees, he already has some issues he wants to focus some attention.
The 5th District consists of most of Plymouth County, with the exception of the far eastern edge townships. It also involves the northern tier of Woodbury County. The communities served by the 5th District include: Akron, Westfield, Hinton, Merrill, Le Mars, Remsen, Oyens, Kingsley, Brunsville, Struble, Seney, Lawton, Moville, Pierson, and Correctionville.
Iowa National Guard Looking For A Few Good...Women
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of the Iowa National Guard is hoping to increase the number of women in the ranks.
Major General Timothy Orr said Monday that he will sign a pledge to recruit and retain more women as part of campaign by a women's business group in Iowa.
Orr said that female roles in the military are expanding, noting a recent Army decision to open field artillery jobs to women. He said two women have already enlisted into an artillery unit in northwest Iowa.
Currently about 18 percent of Iowa's Air National Guard and 15 percent of Iowa's Army National Guard is female. Orr said he'd like to double those numbers.
Consolidated School District May Disband
REINBECK, Iowa (AP) - The Board of Education's decision to close one of Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community Schools' three schools has prompted a petition drive to dissolve the entire district.
The school, which served Gladbrook-area students in kindergarten through second grade, was closed in the spring after budget cuts. Students from that school were moved into the district's two other schools.
Citizens served the board with a petition and proposal in May calling for the district to dissolve and for its attendance area and property to be divided between neighboring districts. Since then, the board has appointed a seven-member commission to lead the process.
The board would be responsible for setting a referendum for residents to vote for or against the proposal.
The district had 466 students as of Oct. 1.
Coal Train Derails In Southeast Iowa
DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say nearly two dozen cars derailed when a coal train struck a road grader in southeast Iowa.
Des Moines County sheriff's Lt. Brett Grimshaw says the accident occurred a little after 8 a.m. Monday, about a mile northwest of Danville. He says the grader was being used for repairs on nearby U.S. Highway 34 and had been backed onto the tracks.
Grimshaw says the grader operator was tossed about 40 feet by the impact of the collision and was checked by medics.
BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams says two locomotives and 21 of the 135 cars derailed. Williams says the two tracks at the site are out of service until the spilled coal is removed and any track repairs are finished.
Danville is 150 miles southeast of Des Moines.