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Monday Afternoon News, August 3

Candidates File For School Board Election

(Le Mars) -- The deadline to file for school board elections has now passed.  Le Mars Community School District has a three-way race for two positions for the at-large district.  Fred Zenk is seeking another term representing district five. He is unopposed for the position.  There are no candidates residing in District 3 that have announced their candidacy for the Le Mars School Board.  Those running for the school board include Patrick Murphy who is seeking re-election, After being off the school board for one term, Mark Hemmingson is pursuing another chance to serve on the school board.  Angela Catton is also seeking a position on the Le Mars Community school board.

 

 

 

 

Branstad Promotes STEM Education And Defends Education Veto

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is touting Iowa's progress with STEM education as he continues to defend his veto of some one-time education spending.
Branstad on Monday said he wants to provide resources to specific priorities, like programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math. He said providing increases to school districts and giving more discretion to superintendents is not producing the best results.
The Republican governor said he wants to provide education dollars in a "strategic and specific" way. He recently vetoed $55.7 million in one-time school funding. Educators have criticized the move, saying it will lead to larger class sizes and less money for supplies.
Branstad said he will not use one-time money for ongoing budget needs.

 

 

 

 

National Park Service Buries Report On Effigy Mounds

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The National Park Service has shelved a blistering internal report that details a "decade of dysfunction" as the agency allowed dozens of illegal construction projects to cause significant damage to an ancient burial ground in Iowa that tribes consider sacred.
Titled "Serious Mismanagement Report," the document blasts the park service's stewardship of the Effigy Mounds National Monument and says the case should serve as a wakeup call for employees at all levels.
Last week, NPS deputy regional director Patricia Trap told someone who requested a copy of the report that it didn't exist.
She later told The Associated Press that the report exists but hadn't been "agency-approved." She says it will be replaced by another review that's looking at the root causes of problems as well as what went right during the scandal.

 

 

 

 

Iowa State University Cremation Garden

AMES, Iowa (AP) - University regents are scheduled to consider a proposal that could lead to adding a cremation garden at Iowa State University's small cemetery in Ames.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Iowa State is asking to contract with a company to study construction and maintenance of the garden. The current plan includes a series of walls that would have nooks for urns.
The regents are expected to consider the idea during their Wednesday meeting.
Interment in the ISU cemetery is reserved for ISU presidents and faculty members with at least two decades of service at the university. Those restrictions wouldn't change for internment, but the proposal would let thousands of ISU alumni and supporters have their ashes stored in the area.

 

 

 

Disaster Assistance Approved For Iowa Counties

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 19 Iowa counties damaged by severe weather in June.
Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a request for a presidential disaster declaration. The declaration covers Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton, Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Guthrie, Howard, Jefferson, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell, Monroe, Warren, Wayne, Winneshiek and Wright. 
Branstad requested the support after the counties were damaged by winds, tornadoes, rain, hail and thunderstorms from June 20 to June 25. 
The declaration means the counties will get federal funding to help with rebuilding efforts, such as repairing property, removing debris and other emergency work.

 

 

 



 

 

 

   

Monday News, August 3

Plymouth County Fair Attendance Higher Than Last Year

(Le Mars) -- The 74th edition of the Plymouth County Fair is now in the history books.  Fair officials say the attendance was slighter higher from last year, but not a record breaker.  Plymouth County Fair Board vice president Rich Benson says the weather was near perfect for the "5 Best Days of Summer".

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The fair board official says the total attendance from last year' fair was at 100,150.  Benson says several people had expressed positive comments regarding this year's fair.

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Benson says the Plymouth County Fair is fortunate to draw so many visitors from other counties, as well as other states.

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Schroeder Says Good-bye To His Last Fair

(Le Mars) -- This marks the final fair for Plymouth County Fair Board president Tony Schroeder.  Schroeder has been on the fair board for 36 years, and has made the decision to step aside when his term expires in November.  Schroeder says when he first started on the fair board he had the opportunity to vote on whether the fair should bring the round barn to the fairgrounds.

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Schroeder credits former fair directors for having great vision for the fair.

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The fair board president says he will remember most the growth of the fair

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Schroeder hopes for continued success for future fairs, and he praises the community spirit.

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Chain Saw Wood Carvings Auction Raises More Than $20,000

(Le Mars) -- The traditional county fair auction that sold wood carvings, milk cans, belt buckles, toy trucks, and a quilt brought a total of $20,650.  The auction serves as a fund raiser for the fair.  This year's quilt made by Jeri Dreckman sold for $6300.  Dreckman spent 425 hours creating the quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

Life Skills Quilt Auction Sets New Record

(Le Mars) -- Speaking of quilts, the Life Skill Training Center annual quilt auction set a new record this year.  Shelly Thomson, Life Skill's Marketing and Development Director explains.

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As for the other fair fund raiser for Life Skills, Thomson says the Bossy Bingo was done within ten minutes.

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The winner was Kendra Ruden with the winning plot at S-5. Thompson says Ruden will receive $1,100 and Life Skills earning $3,550.

 

 

 

 

Trump Wins Plymouth County Fair Straw Poll

(Le Mars) -- The results of the Plymouth County Republican straw poll are now known.  County Republican party chairman, Don Kass says 800 people voted during the five days of the fair.  Coming out on top with 34.5 percent, or 276 votes was corporate executive Donald Trump.  Second place finisher went to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker with 13 percent with 104 votes.  Louisiana governor Bobby Jindahl secured 10 percent with 80 votes, and Dr. Ben Carson earned fourth place with 8.8 percent with 70 votes.  The rest of the republican field featured Jeb Bush with 60 votes, or 7.5 percent. Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 42 votes and 5.25 percent. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee received 31 votes at 3.9 percent.  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who made an appearance at the fair, received just 30 votes at 3.9 percent.  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul gained 28 votes at 3.6 percent.  Former Texas Governor, Rick Perry, won 24 votes at 3.6 percent.  Florida Senator, Marco Rubio received 22 votes at 3.5 percent. New Jersey governor, Chris Christie had 14 votes, Carly Fiorina also received 14 votes, Ohio governor John Kasich had 10 votes, and South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham came in last place with just four votes.  County party chair Don Kass says the poll indicates a dissatisfaction for "politics as usual" and the poll shows that people are just plain angry at the Washington establishment.

 

 

 

 

Some People Wonder Whether Iowa Politics Is Working?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Governor Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working.
Simply put, is Iowa politics becoming more like Washington?
Branstad has spent weeks defending his decision to veto several budget compromises negotiated by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-majority House. The governor says he's not concerned about his relationships with lawmakers or ability to get legislation passed in the future.
Branstad says officials dealt with worse situations during the farm crisis of the

1980s.
But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says relations between Branstad and lawmakers are near "an all-time low."


 

 

   

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