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Monday News, January 26

School Board To Hold Retreat

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to hold its special retreat on Monday.  The school board will learn more about the technology intergration in the elementary grades, and they will also examine the Iowa Core Unpacking Standards, and they will have TLC updates.

 

Gehlen Catholic Schools To Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

(Le Mars) -- With the theme: "Faith, Knowledge, and Service" Gehlen Catholic Schools, and Catholic schools across the nation are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. At Gehlen today, Reverend Douglas Klein, a 1983 graduate of Spalding Catholic school will discuss Faith, Knowledge, and Service through unification.  The program is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at the All Saints Parish, St. Joseph's church in Le Mars.  Tuesday, Gehlen Catholic will honor and offer appreciation to the faculty, staff, and volunteers.  Wednesday, Mrs. Judy Stokesberry will discuss "Faith, Knowledge, and Service Through Benefactors and Alumni.  Thursday, Gehlen Catholic will host the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Coffee as they acknowledge the contributions of the entire community. Gehlen will also hve the annual Catholic School's Week Family Picnic with parents on Thursday over the noon lunch hour.  On Friday, Gehlen Catholic will honor the students by having an appreciation day, along with a Dad's Pancake breakfast.  

 

Citiy Council To Hold Special Budget Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the city hall council chambers.  The purpose of the meeting is to review the proposed city budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

Planning And Zoning Commission To Hear Kellen's Proposal

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special meeting this afternoon beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the city hall chambers.  The planning and zoning commission will hear and decide upon a proposed development area to be located on 12th Street Southeast and county road C-30 to be located on the southeast corner of Le Mars.  Bruce Kellen will be presenting his idea for a development area to include larger than normal lots.  During a recent city council meeting, Kellen informed the council he is seeking approval for the larger lots to allow home owners the opportunity to also have a storage facility for their boats, recreational vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and other such additional vehicles.  Kellen says he envisions a development area that would feature homes that would be classified as upper middle class.

 

Anderson Address Transportation Issues And Funding During Legislative Forum

(Le Mars) -- State Senator Bill Anderson and State Representative Chuck Soderberg held a legislative forum in Le Mars on Friday over the lunch hour.  Transportation was an issued that was discussed and Anderson informed the gathering he has a goal to get Highway 20 finished.  He says money needs to be directed to help repair Iowa's roads and bridges, but he isn't certain as to the method of funding.

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Sioux City Selected As Start For RAGBRAI

(Des Moines) -- The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, or better known simply as RAGBRAI announced the route and the host towns for the upcoming ride to be held this summer.  Sioux City was chosen as the starting point for the cross-state bicycle ride.  Other overnight stops will include: Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiawatha, Coralville, and finishing at Davenport.  There are a total of 462 miles for what will be the 43rd annual event.

 

Presidential Hopefuls Courting Christian Conservatives

ATLANTA (AP) - Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are courting the Republican Party's elite donors in the early maneuvering for the 2016 presidential race.
     But several other potential Republican candidates are concentrating their efforts on Christian conservatives.
     Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hosted a prayer rally in his home state, where he called for a national spiritual revival.
     Doctor Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, spoke and attended services this weekend at a Houston, Texas megachurch conference billed as an effort to "restore the soul of America."
     Several White House hopefuls also addressed social conservatives at the Freedom Summit in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first caucuses in 2016.
     Republicans agree that religious conservatives still are an important voting bloc. The challenge for a GOP nominee is securing that support while reaching the wider electorate.

 

Branstad Wants Broadband Internet Bill To Pass

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As Governor Terry Branstad prepares to introduce legislation aimed at expanding broadband Internet in Iowa, members of a committee tasked with giving him key recommendations for a bill say it's a complex issue that they're still sorting out.
     Members of a broadband committee within a science, technology, engineering and math advisory council say they're still deciding what the state's overall goal should be with expanding high-speed Internet, also known as broadband.
     John Carver, superintendent of the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District in northeast Iowa, is committee co-chair. He says there's a shifting national definition of what constitutes high-speed Internet.
     Branstad is once again making expanded broadband Internet a top priority this session. He has set aside $5 million in his budget proposal.

 

Des Moines To Interview Finalists For Police Chief Position

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The four finalists to be Des Moines next police chief will be interviewed this week as officials prepare to make their choice.
    The final four candidates will go through a series of public events and interviews this week.
     The finalists are Northwestern University police chief Michael Davis; Des Moines police Captain Allan Tunks; Des Moines police Major Stephen Waymire; and Des Moines police Major Dana Wingert.
     A public reception will be held for the candidates on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the World Food Prize building. They will meet privately with top city officials on Friday.
     Former Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw retired in October and is now assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

 

Iowa Couple Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize

 CLIVE, Iowa (AP) - A Johnston couple have claimed a $1 million Powerball prize they won in the New Year's Eve drawing.
     Friedel and Michele Djordjevic went to Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive on Friday to turn in the ticket that Friedel Djordjevic bought at a Johnston convenience store. 
     Once he and his wife were certain that five of the six numbers on the ticket matched the numbers pulled Dec. 31, they put the ticket in a fireproof box and began planning what to do with their winnings. They told lottery officials that they intend to put away some money for retirement, buy a new home, pay bills and share with their adult children. 
     Friedel, who is originally from Germany, says they also plan to take trips there to visit friends.

 

 

 

 

   

Sunday News, January 25

Iowa Freedom Summit Draws Several Potential Presidential Candidates 

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Protesters have heckled Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa.
     The former governor of Texas was interrupted during his speech to the Iowa Freedom Forum by six people chanting, "If you become president, will you deport our families?"
     The six young adults claimed to be children of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Police escorted them from the auditorium.
     Perry opposes offering legal status to people in the U.S. illegally. He praised the U.S. as a place "to be able to stand up and tell our government what we want them to do."
     Another protester began the same chant during Christie's speech. The governor asked the audience, "Don't they know I'm from New Jersey?"

 

Chris Christie

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is trying to connect with Iowa conservatives by assuring them that "you'll always know who I am" if he runs for president.
     While still undeclared, Christie left few doubts Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit that he is primed to enter the 2016 GOP race.
     Christie told the Republican voters in the leadoff state in the nomination battle that they shouldn't let his blunt style turn them off. For those not enamored with all aspects of Christie's record, he says "you'll always know what I believe and you'll always know where I stand."
     He spoke at length about his anti-abortion views, which tends to resonate with Iowa's social conservative caucus-goers.
     It was Christie's 11th visit to Iowa in the past five years.

 

Rick Perry

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is holding up his home state as a model for economic revival in an Iowa speech with echoes from his 2012 run for president.
     Perry is preparing for another presidential bid, telling Iowa Republicans at a forum Saturday that jobs gained on his watch and state-based efforts to control the southern U.S. border are concrete examples of his leadership.
     His full-throated remarks to the conservative Iowa Freedom Summit are reminiscent of past campaign speeches. He called for a firmer line of defense against new terror threats and eased environmental regulation.
     Perry left office this month after 14 years, the longest-serving governor in Texas history.

 

Ted Cruz

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas' junior senator is challenging early caucus state voters to back only presidential candidates with a proven conservative track record.
     Senator Ted Cruz tells conservatives gathered at the Iowa Freedom Summit that the standard should be, "Don't talk, show me."
     The Republican was among several would-be presidential candidates appearing Saturday at the forum. Cruz received thunderous applause with calls to repeal fully President Barack Obama's health care law, lock down of the southern border, handcuff environmental regulators and abolish the IRS.
     Cruz used his remarks to gather details on activists by having them text message the word 'Constitution' to a number he gave out.
     Cruz isn't the only Texan giving thought to a run. So is former Governor Rick Perry.

 

Scott Walker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is holding up his "go big and go bold" attitude as something Republicans need to emulate in Washington.
     In a speech to Iowa conservatives Saturday, Walker ran through a litany of changes he's implemented that curtailed union power, relaxed teacher tenure laws, strengthened gun rights and restricted abortions. All resonated with a Freedom Summit crowd sizing up potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates like him.
     Walker shared stories of staring down union interests in the face of mass protests, constant jeering and even death threats to him and his family. He fought off a recall attempt and then won re-election last fall.
     The neighboring state governor drew connections to the leadoff caucus state, noting how he attended elementary school in Iowa until his family moved.

 

Rick Santorum

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The winner of Iowa's 2012 Republican presidential caucuses says his party needs to do a better job convincing working Americans that the GOP is on their side.
     Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum returned to the state Saturday to warn that the GOP doesn't win the presidency "because too many people think we don't care about them." As he mulls a second campaign, Santorum told a conservative forum that GOP candidates need to do more than criticize President Barack Obama.
     Santorum says that means promoting lower taxes, less regulation and stronger family values. But he says the message has to empathize with the plight of middle-class Americans.
     After visiting all 99 counties last time, Santorum beat eventual nominee Mitt Romney in Iowa though he wasn't declared the winner until weeks later.

 

Carly Fiorina

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Businesswoman Carly Fiorina is introducing herself to Iowa's Republican voters by drawing contrast with the top prospective candidate on the Democratic side.
     Fiorina went hard at Hillary Rodham Clinton in a speech Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Fiorina cast the former secretary of state as a disappointment on the world stage who failed to defuse serious foreign policy threats.
     The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive says she has her own experience dealing with foreign dignitaries and dangers.
     As one of the least-known potential candidates, Fiorina devoted ample time to a biographical introduction, including her distinction as a breast cancer survivor.
     While presenting herself as a political outsider, it wouldn't be her first run. Fiorina lost an expensive Senate race in California in 2010. She now lives in Virginia.

 

Ben Carson

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dr. Ben Carson is appealing to Iowa conservatives with messages about securing the country's borders and cracking down on employers who hire immigrants illegally.
     The retired neurosurgeon called for a harder tack on immigration, expanded school choice and less government spending in his speech Saturday to an Iowa gathering showcasing potential 2016 White House candidates. Carson spoke extemporaneously as he roamed the stage.
     Carson is a former physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and author who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination. He has a following among conservatives for his harsh critiques of President Barack Obama's health insurance law.
     He told the crowd that he's vehemently against the federal government diving further into health care. "Even if it worked," he said, he would oppose it.

 

Mike Huckabee 

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Prior Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee is reacquainting himself with activists who could help decide the next Republican nominee.
     Huckabee appeared before the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday to deliver a biting assessment of President Barack Obama's policies and make a pitch for his potential candidacy. He recently left a cable news show and is on a book tour.
     The former Arkansas governor mocked Obama's elevation of climate change as a critical issue. Huckabee says a greater threat is violent radical elements stoking fear around the world. He says America hasn't done enough to strike those terror groups.
     Huckabee also says Democrats are misguided by focusing on raising the minimum wage instead of cultivating better-paying jobs.
     Huckabee has re-emerged as a possible presidential candidate seven years after his last bid.

 

Ernst Pledges To Continue To Fight Against "Executive Overreach"

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has followed up a national turn in the spotlight with a speech to home-state conservatives that stressed a need to rein in "executive overreach."
     The freshman Republican appeared Saturday at a daylong forum attended by several potential 2016 White House contenders. The Freedom Summit was billed at the start of the Iowa presidential caucus chase.
     Ernst has enjoyed celebrity status within GOP circles since winning a long-held Democratic seat in November. Just this week, she delivered the party's televised response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
     Ernst revisited themes from that speech, including calls to fight Obama's executive orders on issues like immigration and pass Keystone XL oil pipeline legislation that the president has vowed to veto.
 

 

Crash Into House Causes Fire

  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Police are still looking for a man involved in a crash that caused a Council Bluffs house fire.
     The Daily Nonpareil reports that a man was driving a 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup just after 2 a.m. Friday when he crashed into the home's porch. Witnesses told police the driver fled on foot. No injuries were reported.
     Council Bluffs police say the truck caught fire after the wreck and was engulfed in flames by the time officers arrived. The fire spread to the porch, but the house was not damaged.
     Assistant Fire Chief Matt Thomas says the wreck caused an estimated $15,000 in damage.
     Police Sergeant Jason Bailey says the department hasn't been able to contact the pickup's registered owner.

 


 

 


 

 
 

 
 

   

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