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Gehlen Catholic Announces National Honor Society Students

(Le Mars) -- 11 students have been inducted into Gehlen Catholic's National Honor Society.  To be eligible for NHS, a student must be a junior or a senior, or a student that will be either a junior or senior for next year.  Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better.  Each student meeting this qualification is invited to complete a student activity information form and essay which provides data concerning involvement in school, extra-curricular, parish and community projects. Faculty members rate eligible students as to their demonstration of NHS traits.  The NHS Faculty Board reviews the data and chooses those students who they feel best exemplify the four qualities of NHS.

Candidates inducted included the following:

Juniors:

Jaci Alesch – Alton

Carly Bunkers - LeMars

Shainn Hansen – Alton

Carson Kneip – LeMars

Christina Schmit – Hospers

Krayton Schnepf - Granville

Chandler Willett - Hospers

Sophomores:

Stephanie Heuertz – LeMars

Dustin Schmit - Alton

Kaylee Schmit – Hospers

Catalina Uribe - LeMars

“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body. National Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Kristin Hausman, Moderator.

The inductees joined current members:

Officers:

Nathan Klein, President, Senior – LeMars;

Carli Bollin, Vice President, Senior - LeMars;

Emily Meyer, Secretary, Senior – Ireton;

Megan Kellen, Treasurer, Junior - Alton;

Seniors:

Michaela Bretey - LeMars

Aaron Britt – LeMars

Crystal Gloden - Hospers

Matthew Holzman – Alton

Trisha Langel – LeMars

Evan Niebuhr – LeMars

David Puhl - LeMars

Josie Schipper – LeMars

Ashley Schmit – Hospers

Brittany Schmit – Hospers

Melissa Schmit - Alton

Ryan Stoll - Granville

Ashley Weber - LeMars

Juniors:

Josie Galles  - LeMars

Sarah Henrich – LeMars

 

Jill Kessenich - LeMars

 

 

Kluckhohn Teachers Honored As "Employees Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- Two Kluckhohn elementary teachers, who both plan to retire following the end of the school year, were honored Wednesday afternoon with the Le Mars Community School District's "Employee of the Month".  Fifth grade teacher Steve Wick and Second grade teacher Jane Synder were presented the award from school district foundation officials.  Wick has been teaching for 27 years and Synder for 30.  Peg McAllister, Renae Buss, and Marie Kooistra nominated both Steve Wick and Jane Synder.  In the nomination for Wick they write: "Steve Wick is supportive to his co-workers, a team player and committed to community betterment and involvement.  In the classroom, Mr. Wick challenges his students to be the best they can be by establishing goals, providing hands-on opportunities, and utilizing technology.  He took over the monthly paper drive many years ago when Mr. DeKoster retired.  This required many hours of service, which he gave willingly.  Mr. Wick's positive attitude with students and staff make the classroom and workplace more enjoyable.  His commitment to students doesn't end at Kluckhohn, but reaches over to the high school where he coaches golf and refs for football and basketball".

In the nomination for Synder they write: "Jayne Synder has proven her passion to help children succeed throughout her years at Le Mars Community Schools.  Along with her commitment to her students in the classroom, Jane was one of the first to "step-up" and help in extra activities to enhance student's educational experiences.  Dr. Suess Day, Wellness Day, Career Day, Paper Drive, and the penny drive for Children's Miracle Network are among the many activities Jane has volunteered.  Jane has also been "the" perfect colleague and role model!  The staff has learned from one of the best what it means to be a teacher."  Our congratulations go to both Steve Wick and Jane Synder for being named the Le Mars Community School District's "Employees of the Month".

 

Le Mars Public Library Issues Quarterly Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Public Library has released its quarterly report. Between February 1st and April 30th, the library had 17,102 people walk through their doors. More than 5,800 items were checked out by adults, and 6,629 items were checked out by children.  In the electronic area, the library had 3,072 DVD's that were checked out, 1,187 audio books and music CD's, and 1,322 times an e-book or audio download occurred.  Library officials report there were over 15 hundred computer sessions logged, and 274 log-ins on the library's wi-fi system. The meeting room was utilized 117 times with an attendance of 1,131.  Volunteers at the library had worked a total of 131-point-25 hours.

 

 

More Iowa Poultry Farms Affected With Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa agriculture officials say five additional commercial chicken farms show signs of the presence of bird flu and a backyard duck flock near a previously confirmed case also has tested positive.

The new chicken cases are on Sioux County farms. Two had a total of 200,000 chickens. Estimates were not immediately available for the remaining three farms. The backyard ducks are on a farm in O'Brien County.

The new cases raise Iowa's total number to 34 cases in 11 counties.

About 21 million of Iowa's chickens will be affected if the latest cases are confirmed. The number of turkeys to be lost is approaching 500,000.

More than 100 farms in the Midwest have the bird flu virus with more than 28 million birds affected.

 

 

 

Senate Passes Budget For Human Health Services

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Democratic-led Iowa Senate has approved a $1.9 billion spending plan for the state health and human services departments, which includes an oversight committee to watchdog the governor's plan to privatize Medicaid.

The budget was approved in a 26-22 vote Wednesday. It provides slightly less funding than sought by Governor Terry Branstad, but more than the proposal from the Republican-controlled House. The plan includes funding for Medicaid, public health programs and veterans.

Senator Amanda Ragan, a Mason City Democrat, said the bill would create an oversight committee to supervise the governor's plan to privatize Medicaid services. The legislation also includes dollars to keep two mental health institutions open that Branstad has slated for closure, with most of the money coming from federal grant funding.

 

 

 

Fireworks Bill Clears Senate Ways And Means Committee

(Des Moines) -- A bill that would make it legal for Iowans to set off fireworks has cleared a Senate committee. Senator Randy Feenstra (FEEN-struh) of Hull says it's time to make the change.

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If the bill becomes law, Iowans could legally set off fireworks from 9 a.m. through 10 p.m. any day of the year, plus for an extended period on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and on New Year's. The only fireworks which are legal to sell and set off in Iowa today are sparklers and snakes. The measure sets up a state licensing system that would allow Iowa retailers to sell consumer fireworks like bottle rockets and flares. Critics like Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids say fireworks create safety risks for the people who use them, as well as their neighbors.

 

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The bill passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee late Wednesday afternoon on a nine-to-six vote. Senator Joe Bolkcom  of Iowa City says he agrees with the eye doctors, fire fighters and E-M-Ts who have urged him to oppose the bill.

 

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Senator Bill Dotzler of Waterloo supported the bill.

 

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Dotlzer says the bill creates some potential economic benefit to Iowa retailers who may choose to start selling fireworks. The bill is now eligible for debate in the full, 50-member Iowa Senate.

Le Mars State Representative Chuck Soderberg says he isn't sure if the bill will move through the state House chambers.

 

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Soderberg says although the main focus is to pass all of the state's departments budgets, he does say that other bills can still remain eligible as long as they have previously been introduced.

 

 

 

Santorum Prepares To Announce His Candidacy For President

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum says he'll hold an event at the end of May to announce his decision on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

The Republican tells Fox News Channel he will make the announcement May 27th in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he was raised.

Santorum ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, and surprised many by winning the leadoff Iowa caucuses. But his strong support among social conservatives was eventually no match for the organization and fundraising prowess of eventual nominee Mitt Romney.

Santorum says he was "clearly the underdog" in that race, and acknowledges he would be in the same position in 2016. But he says he is "very comfortable there."

 

 

 

 


 

   

Wednesday News, May 6

Historic House Tour Scheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Historical Commission will hold its annual "Tour of Homes" on Saturday, May 9th.  Linda Mayrose serves as the chair for the committee.  She says this year's tour will include four homes near the Foster Park area.

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Mayrose explains the third home on the tour.

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This year the Historical Homes Tour will feature a ranch-style home, and Mayrose says the house is over 50 years old, allowing for it to qualify for the tour.

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Mayrose says the city's historical commission has offered the home tour for more than 15 years, and she explains how it got started.

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The Historic Preservationist says people will enjoy seeing the architecture and other unique features of each home.

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Mayrose says often times it is the intricate details that make the home interesting.

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Tickets for the historical house tour are $10 and Mayrose the historical commission donates the money to either the Le Mars Arts Center, or in this year's case the money will be donated to the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  She says more than 60 volunteers help with the historic house tour. Mayrose says people can start this year's tour at the museum, and the entire tour is within easy walking distance.

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People interested in showing their home for future tours should contact Linda Mayrose.


Sioux City Man Sentenced To Ten Years For Sexual Abuse Of A Teen

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man accused of having sex multiple times
with a teenage girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
32-year-old Joshua Case was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Case's sentence also requires him to register as a sexual offender.
Court documents say a teenage girl reported having sex with Case about 20 times over a nine-month period. Case was also accused of having photos of sexual acts with the girl, who was 14 or 15 years old. Authorities say they knew each other through their involvement in community theatrical productions in Sioux City.
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Denison Man Found Guilty For Shooting And Burning Victims

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a 20-year-old Denison man guilty of killing two elderly people and trying to burn their bodies.
Jurors delivered the guilty verdict Tuesday to Jayden Chapman, convicting him of two counts of first-degree murder and reckless use of fire in the deaths of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga.
Chapman testified Monday in his own defense, saying he shot Huisenga because another man,
27-year-old Michael Schenk, gave him the gun. Chapman said Schenk threatened to
kill him if he didn't shoot.
Authorities say Schenk and Chapman shot the pair in March 2014 at a trailer home in Deloit and then set it on fire. Schenk was sentenced in March to two life terms for his role in the slayings.
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Bird Flu Found In Three More Iowa Facilities

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa agriculture officials say three additional Iowa poultry farms show signs of the presence of bird flu including two more turkey farms in Buena Vista County, raising the number in the county to 10.
A Sioux County egg-laying operation with 60,000 chickens also appears to have the virus. Testing is underway to confirm the disease. The farms experienced an unusual number of bird deaths, prompting an initial test which indicated presence of the H5N2 virus.
The new cases raise Iowa's total number to 28 cases in 11 counties.
More than 20 million of Iowa's chickens will be affected if the latest cases are confirmed. The number of turkeys to be lost is approaching 500,000.

Judicial And Natural Resources Budgets Now Approved

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has passed budget bills that would fund several services including the state's judicial branch and natural resources department.
The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday for the bills, which would pay for various state departments in the fiscal year that begins in July.
The chamber voted 56-43 to allocate more than $174 million to the state's judicial branch. That would keep funding at the same level as last year. Lawmakers voted 57-42 for a bill in support of $42 million for agencies like the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. That's slightly less than last year's level.
The Democratic-led Senate has proposed allocating slightly more money than the House. Lawmakers are expected to reach a consensus in special meetings.

Branstad Wants To Change Abortion Policy
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad wants to end to a perplexing abortion restriction adopted in Iowa two years ago.
The Republican governor's proposed Health and Human Services budget doesn't renew a requirement that he sign off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. Lawmakers adopted that policy, which effectively halted state reimbursements for abortion under Medicaid because providers stopped submitting the claims.
Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says Tuesday the governor sought the change because Branstad hasn't been asked to approve reimbursement.
Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl says anti-abortion conservatives still want to ensure public funds don't go to abortions.
Iowa's Medicaid program previously paid for a small number of abortions. Federal guidelines require payment in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother's life. Iowa's program also covered some fetal deformity cases.

Eminent Domain Legislation Advances In Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation that would make it harder for two energy projects to win eminent domain rights has passed another legislative hurdle in the Iowa Senate.
The Senate Government Oversight Committee approved the bill Tuesday. Under the proposal, a project seeking eminent domain to build through private properties could get permission only after negotiating voluntary deals for at least 75 percent of the affected land.
The proposed change could impact two current proposals, both before the Iowa Utilities Board. One is to build an oil pipeline that would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to an oil hub in Illinois. The other proposal is to build an electrical line across 16 Iowa counties that would transmit wind-generated energy from Iowa to customers in the Midwest and East Coast.

Senate Panel Wishes To Change Broadband Internet Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker says a Senate panel will make changes to Gov. Terry Branstad's broadband expansion bill to ensure it clearly focuses on the state's most underserved areas.
Sen. Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, chaired a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee meeting Tuesday. The panel took no action on the bill.
Petersen says the three-member subcommittee will meet again before deciding whether to advance the bill to a full committee. She says she wants to review the bill's grant program aimed at helping service providers. She also wants to review the legislation's property tax relief program to make sure it focuses on areas of the state with no high-speed Internet.
A spokesman for Branstad's office recommended during the meeting that the bill advance without changes.

   

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