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DROSTS ESTABLISH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OSKALOOSA STUDENTS

Oskaloosa Community School Board met for a work session Monday night. While no action was formally taken, recognition of a scholarship fund by board president Carl Drost and his wife and Martha was made. The Drosts presented Oskaloosa School Superintendent Russ Reiter with letters establishing a scholarship endowment. The couple presented a check earlier this year in the amount of $50,000 to the Oskaloosa Education Foundation. 

The funds will guarantee two $1,250 scholarships to be presented each year to Oskaloosa seniors. The endowment establishes the Carl and Martha Drost Agriculture scholarship and the Carl and Martha Drost Elementary Education scholarship. If no senior is going to further his or her education in agriculture the scholarship may be awarded to a student interested in technology. 

The second scholarship is to encourage young people to enter elementary education.
Drost told board members and those present that he is a product of the local system and after college graduation taught one year. The Drosts owned the local John Deere dealership for many years and recently sold the business.

“If you take as much out of this community as we have we needed to give something back,” said Drost. “I am a graduate of Oskaloosa Schools and William Penn.”

Drost and his wife made an earlier contribution of $400,000 to complete the soccer stadium at the Lacey Complex.

The remainder of the meeting dealt with discussions of the 600 series board policies regarding educational programming. Some changes were made last year in a move from a 180-day calendar to one that is governed by 1,080 hours.

During the discussion Reiter offered up a consideration of moving to a semester schedule versus a trimester schedule. 

“This would not take place next year if adopted,” said Reiter. “With our current scheduling and the legislative requirements our students do not have the opportunity to take a lot of electives. If they are in band they are in for the entire year.”

Reiter also said that in looking at sharing agreements with area districts, all of them are on eight-period, days and semesters. One of the downsides that mentioned by Reiter is the need to reduce the class time from 50 minutes to closer to 43.

Board members will continue discussion of the issue over the next several months. This discussion led into action items to be considered by the board as a follow-up to the comprehensive assessment made earlier this year.

No action was taken on any items except to accept the scholarship gift from the Drosts and recognize them for the gift. The hold its regular session on Monday, November 10.


BEGGARS' NIGHT SET FOR THURSDAY

Halloween in Oskaloosa is Thursday, October 30 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. 

Playing it safe on Halloween:
Halloween may be a fun time for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat can be a little troublesome. Concerns about children’s safety can cast a spell on the evening’s festivities. But not to worry! Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will be a “howling” good time for all.
“Unhaunting” Your House and Neighborhood:
• Welcome trick-or-treaters by turning on exterior lights.
• Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
• Drive slowly all evening – you never know what creatures may suddenly cross your path.
• Look out before opening your door. If you see someone or a group of supposed Halloween revelers that you don’t feel comfortable opening the door for, don’t!
• Provide only prepackaged food items.
• Keep all lit candles in a safe position that will prevent them from coming in contact with a costume or candy-filled pillow case.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.

Avoid “Bumps” In The Night:
• Check that all costumes are flame retardant so the little ones are not in danger near candle-lit Jack-O-Lanterns and other fire hazards.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
• Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes.
• Try make-up instead of masks. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and more importantly, they can obstruct a child’s vision – a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
• Carry a flashlight or some type of light.
• Carry a cell phone so parents can be contacted.
• Make sure older kids go out with friends and an adult should accompany younger kids.
• Set a time limit for kids to trick-or-treat. Obey designated beggar’s night hours – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Together, map out a safe route so you know where they will be.
• Remind them not to take short cuts through backyards and alleys.
• Remind them to cross streets only at crosswalks, never in the middle of the street.
• Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
• Inspect all candies and discard any that are questionable.
• By all means, remind kids not to eat everything at once or they will be feeling pretty ghoulish for a while.

If you have any questions, please contact the Oskaloosa Police Department at 641-673-3201. Have a fun and safe Halloween.


OSKALOOSA BAND BOOSTER FRUIT AND NUT SALE BEGINS

The Oskaloosa Band Booster Annual Fruit and Nut sale began Monday, October 27, 2014. This year, students in grades 7-12 will be selling a variety of items and delivery date for all orders is Saturday, December 6, 2014. The students are selling eight different fruit packages with apples, oranges, grapefruit and pears, a variety of nuts and candies, and fifteen types of gourmet cheesecakes. 

The Boosters are the biggest provider of funds for the band program at Oskaloosa Schools. The budget for the Band Boosters this year is over $10,000, and we provide music, instruments and repairs, pay for drill and instructors, and help with transportation and equipment for the marching, concert and jazz bands. In the past year the boosters have been able to purchase several big ticket items: a smaller trailer for all competitions, drum wraps for the marching band battery, and five marching bass contras. Future purchases include new uniforms and upgrading instruments in all programs from elementary to high school.

If you would like more information about the sale, please contact the high school band director, Mr. Rich Waddington, or the middle school band director, Mr. Rusty Raymond. The band boosters thank the community for their continued support of Oskaloosa music programs.


CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DOG PARK SITE PLAN

It was business as usual for the Oskaloosa City Council Monday evening. The council met in regular session with Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt presiding. 

Among the items for the council’s consideration was the approval of a site plan for the Oskaloosa dog park project. The plan previously was considered by the Oskaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission and approved with the following stipulations: provide five directional signs to the dog park, provide two directional signs to restrooms from the dog park, provide a total of four benches for the park (two for each section), provide a total of four dog waste stations (two for each section), provide ADA accessibility to the dog park with ADA signage. Project coordinator RD Keep was on hand at the meeting Monday to answer questions for the council. 

During discussion, Keep noted that the board directing the project wishes to delay the ADA portion of the project until no later than July 1, 2015. He said they are requesting this so they can secure more funding for the project. After little discussion, the council approved the site plan with the stipulations attached as well as a delay of the ADA accessibility until 2015 on a 7-0 vote.

In other action, the council:

• Approved a resolution levying special assessment against private property for weed cutting violations on a 7-0 vote

• Received a report from MCDG director Andrew Jensen on the state of the local economy

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending Oskaloosa municipal code relating to permit connection charges on a 7-0 vote

The next meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council will be on November 3rd at 6 pm in the city council chambers.


SUPERVISORS HEAR ROAD REPAIRS REPORT

The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met in regular session this morning. Among the items on the agenda included a variety of secondary roads items as well as two closed sessions.

The board heard a report from County Engineer Dave Shannahan on the current secondary roads construction projects. Shannahan reported that his crews are currently working on 295th street near Galeston Avenue. Shannhan said the crews are working on repairing an old bridge. He said that the bridge should be opened up within a few weeks.

Shannahan also reported that a road project near Taintor has been delayed. Crews hope to start on that project is spring of next year. The project has been delayed by the contractor due to summer rains tying up the contractor.

The board also held a closed session to discussing an IT Coordinator hiring recommendation. After the closed session, the board voted 3-0 to authorize supervisor Doland to negotiate a contract with the unnamed candidate.

The board then went into closed session to discuss litigation with RUSS (Regional Utility Support System). The board has been in ongoing litigation with RUSS for several months now. After the closed session, the board voted 3-0 to pay FY 201 membership fees without penalty and to reappoint Supervisor Vander Molen to the RUSS board.

In other action, the board:

·         Approved the 1st quarter recorder’s office report.

·         Received a report from MCDG director Andrew Jensen on the state of the local economy

·         Approved the targeted case management cost report for FY 2014

The next meeting of the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors will be on November 3rd at 9 am in the 3rd Floor Conference Room.


ROSE HILL RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS

A former state employee has been charged in relation to an audit showing the alleged misappropriation of nearly $280,000. Jessica Strasser turned herself into state authorities at the Mahaska County Jail on Wednesday. She was booked into the jail and is being held on $25,000 bond.

According to trial information filed in Mahaska County District Court, Strasser is being charged with Theft in the First Degree and Ongoing Criminal Conduct. The theft charge is a Class C Felony while ongoing criminal conduct is a Class B felony.

An arraignment date has not been set.

On October 1st, the Auditor of State released a special audit on the operations of the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District. The audit had been requested by officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture due to concerns over the financial operations of the district.

The audit reported detailed what was identified as nearly $280,000 in improper disbursements and un-deposited collections. Disbursements included over $240,000 of cash withdrawn from the districts account. During the audit, it was found that Jessica Strasser’s name was on the many of the receipts for cash withdrawal. Strasser resigned as District Secretary on August 9th, one day after being suspended by the district.

The investigation was conducted by the Oskaloosa Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION CONSIDERS DOG PARK PLANS

The proposed Oskaloosa Dog Park was dealt a setback as site plans for the park were tabled Monday evening 10/13 at a regular meeting of the Oskaloosa Planning and Commission. Proposals for the dog park call for it to be built on nearly 1.5 acres of land just south of the Edmundson swimming pool.

RD Keep, a planning and zoning commissioner who is also heading up the project, took the floor during Monday’s meeting to address concerns related to the project. One major concern expressed by commissioners was the proposed fence height for the dog park. According to site plans submitted, the park would be cordoned off into a section for large dogs and a section for small dogs. A four foot tall fence would also be placed around the park. Concerns were expressed that four feet would be too small of a fence for a dog park. Keep stated in response to these concerns that based on research done through the American Kennel Association as well as other communities with dog parks that four feet would be suitable for a fence height. He also mentioned that communities such as Iowa City and Ottumwa only have four foot high fences at their respective dog parks.

Commission members also discussed a request from the dog park committee to waive stipulations of rest rooms and drinking fountains being installed in the dog park. Keep stated that the waiver is being requested because it is not cost feasible for the committee to install restrooms and drinking fountains. He noted that a restroom installation alone could cost over $10,000. Keep also indicated that if required to put in the restrooms and water fountains, the committee would drop the project. The commission ultimately voted 6-0, with keep abstaining, to table the item. Commissioner Andrew Jansen said tabling the item would better allow commissioners as well as committee members to address their concerns with city staff. A special meeting will be called in the coming days to vote on the site plan.

In other action, the commission approve an alley vacation request at 1002 North 2nd Street. During discussion, no concerns were raised by commissioners and no members of the public spoke against the alley vacate request.

The commission also elected a new chair and vice chair. Current Commissioner Holden Barnhart was elected as Chair while new commissioner Pam Blomgren was elected Vice Chair.


WATER DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT BI-ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING

The Oskaloosa Water Department will be conducting our bi-annual hydrant flushing beginning Monday October 13, 2014. This will last approximately two weeks. You may notice low pressure and cloudy or discolored water. The water, even though discolored, will remain safe to drink. Please refrain from washing laundry if you notice this change in your water, as staining is possible. The water should clear up as crews continue flushing. Our crews will be moving throughout various areas of town during this period. You can check out our Facebook page for daily updates on where the crews will be working that day to help you stay better informed. The Water Department would like to take the time to thank all of our customers in advance for being patient with us as we complete this task.


WATER DEPARTMENT ASKING FOR CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

The Oskaloosa Water Department is asking for public involvement on a survey they are conducting. The Water Department is currently looking into the option of using online bill payments for their customers and we would like feedback.

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CITY COUNCIL TO RECONSIDER FRANCHISE FEE INCREASE

The Oskaloosa City Council rehashed previous items are their regular city council meeting Monday night. The council rehashed the issues of franchise fees, more specifically in raising them. At the September 15 city council meeting, the council voted 3-4 on the third reading not to raise the city’s franchise fees. Councilors Moore, Van Zetten, Ver Steeg, and Walling had voted against raising the franchise fees at that meeting.

Since that meeting, Council member Scottie Moore indicated that she would like to have the item brought back for reconsideration. Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt also indicated the same. The item on Monday’s agenda was merely to begin the process of reconsidering the franchise fees. 

During discussion, councilor Aaron VerSteeg expressed concerns with the previously adopted revenue purpose statement pertaining to revenue from the franchise fees. Ver Steeg indicated he would like to have the term “economic development” removed the revenue purpose statement. City Manager Michael Schrock said that the revenue purpose statement would have to be reconsidered. Ultimately, the council voted 6-1 to reconsider raising the franchise fees. Councilor Jason Van Zetten voted against the item. As a result, at the next meeting, the city council will vote on scheduling a public hearing for November 3rd relating to raising the franchise fees. If that item passes, beginning on November 3rd, the council will have to pass three separate readings of the ordinance raising the franchise fees.

The council also voted to move forward with sidewalk improvements on Edmundson Drive. At the August 18 City council meeting, the council voted against a revised site plan for the Tuscany Village development which did not include a plan for sidewalks in front of the development. A council committee met on the matter and ultimately concluded that sidewalk improvements should be made. As a result, the council voted last night to approve a plan to place a sidewalk from the North Edge of the Tuscany Village sidewalks to the west entrance of the Edmundson Park. The estimated cost for the project will be around $13,000.

Prior to the regular meeting Monday, Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt swore in new police officer Branden Blanchard.

 Blanchard is a William Penn University graduate who hails from Missouri. Blanchard began his duties as a police officer in September. He previously served as the community services officer from November 2013 through September.
The next meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council will be on October 20th at 6 pm in the city council chambers.


MAHASKA COUNTY STATE OF THE ECONOMY RELEASED; NEW PLANNING INITIATIVE LAUNCHED

The Mahaska Community Development Group (MCDG) recently released a new report that brings to light many interesting trends and startling facts about Mahaska County. The report, entitled State of the Local Economy: A Baseline Analysis of Mahaska County’s Economy in 2014, is intended to provide information on local economic conditions to area leaders, residents, development organizations, and other community groups. One of the interesting findings is that Mahaska County has performed relatively well when evaluated against other similar communities across the state. The State of the Local Economy report can be found at www.teammahaska.org.

“Mahaska County continues to perform well compared to peer communities,” stated MCDG Executive Director, Andrew Jensen. “Most micropolitan communities across Iowa have seen a slow to moderate decline in population, while Mahaska County continues to slowly increase. Additionally, the manufacturing sector in the county has performed exceedingly well over the past five years,” he added. “In fact, the manufacturing sector not only provides approximately one in four jobs in the county, but has outperformed the state and the nation when it comes to job growth.”

Jensen also recognized many areas where the county needs to improve, which includes addressing workforce issues, providing more quality housing, and expanding the retail sector. “One of the largest current issues for the county is workforce. Employers are having a difficult time trying to find and recruit high quality employees, and this will only become more acute as the more people reach retirement,” Jensen added. “We have the jobs, but with low unemployment in the county and an aging workforce this will only become more pronounced.” The report notes that developing more housing and expanding retail options are related to the workforce issues, as they are important factors in being able to recruit new employees.

Along with identifying areas for improvement through the report, MCDG has helped launch a new strategic planning initiative, the Mahaska Development Partners, intended to provide a renewed focus on economic development and community growth. The Mahaska Development Partners was formed by leaders from several local organizations with responsibility for economic development, including MCDG, Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group (OACDG), Mahaska County Agricultural and Rural Development (MCARD), Main Street Oskaloosa, City of Oskaloosa, and Mahaska County.

“These organizations have worked closely together for many years, but the leaders took it upon themselves to craft a new vision and strategy for the community,” said MCDG Chair, Beth Danowsky. “Forming the Mahaska Development Partners was the first step toward developing and eventually implementing the vision and strategy.”

The Mahaska Development Partners have actually been meeting for several months putting together the process by which these different organizations can coordinate their activities while working toward a common vision for the community. Through the process thus far, the Mahaska Development Partners have established roles and responsibilities; identified each organization’s assets and needs; and discussed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the community.

Community leaders have said that Mahaska County development organizations need to adapt their operational models to keep up with the quickening change of the world economy to which the local economy is increasingly intertwined. The outcome of this strategic planning process will be coordinated action plans for each development organization with a common vision for the community in mind.
“Armed with the quantitative data from the State of the Local Economy report, agreed upon priorities, and coordinated action plans, we’ll be able to conduct more targeted business recruitment and develop more tailored local incentive programs,” said Jensen.

Josh Buckingham, OACDG Chair and Main Street Oskaloosa President, added, “The timing of this strategic planning could not be better. This effort folds in nicely with the community branding and marketing effort led by Main Street with the assistance of the Roger Brooks International consulting team. We also have an opportunity to chart a new direction for the community with new leadership now onboard.” The new leadership Buckingham referred to includes the three new director appointments made within the last nine months: Andrew Jensen as MCDG Executive Director, Karen Hafner as Main Street Oskaloosa Director, and Valinn McReynolds as OACDG Director.

Along with these directors, MCARD Director, Deann DeGroot, has also been heavily involved in the planning process. “It is great to see leaders from these various organizations working closely together. I think the community is going to be well served by the outcomes, but the challenge will be implementation of the strategic plans.”

The next steps in this strategic planning process are to finalize community priorities and to develop the action plans based on those priorities. The community priorities, already in development, will be released in the coming weeks. To define the action plans, MCDG has contracted with the University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) Institute for Decision Making (IDM) to facilitate the conversation. Drew Conrad, with UNI IDM, will be in Oskaloosa at the beginning of October and will work with MCDG through the end of the year.
“Having Drew Conrad assist us in the process will add a level of professionalism and an outside perspective that will ensure we develop solid plans,” stated Danowsky. “Drew is one of the best in the business and we’re glad to have him.” 

Once action plans are complete, the idea is to gather all of the boards for the Mahaska Development Partner organizations for a joint meeting where each organization will roll out its action plan. This will allow each board to understand what the other organizations are doing to push toward the common community vision. Then, as DeGroot stated, the challenge turns toward implementation, which will involve a host of actions each targeted toward the community priorities.


AUDIT REVEALS OVER $280,000 IN MISSING FUNDS FROM MAHASKA COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

A special audit released by Auditor of State Mary Moisman has identified nearly $280,000 of improper disbursements and un-deposited collections at the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District. 
According to the audit report, improper disbursements of over $242,000 include roughly $241,000 of cash withdrawn from the district on 135 occasions. The report says withdrawal amounts ranged from $62.08 to $4,600. 113 of 135 withdrawals listed the name of the former conservation district secretary, Jessica Strasser, the report says. Strasser resigned as the District Secretary on August 9th, 2013 after being suspended the day before.

The report identified over $37,000 of un-deposited collections which were redeemed for cash or cash withheld from checks being deposited. It cannot be determined if additional collections were not properly deposited because adequate records for receipts were not available, the report says.

Included in the report was a letter from Strasser in which Strasser says she takes responsibility for her actions.
The audit was requested by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship due to concerns over the financial operations of the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District. Officials became concerned in 2013 after Strasser stopped payment on a nearly $66,000 check for payment of the district’s share of a completed conservation project. Had had the payment not been stopped, it would have been returned due to insufficient funds.

A copy of the report has been filed with the Mahaska County Attorney’s office, the Attorney General’s office, the division of criminal investigation, and the US Department of Agriculture Officer of Inspector General. No criminal charges have been filed.


OSKALOOSA SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES ASSESSMENTS

Oskaloosa School Board members met in special session Tuesday to discuss the comprehensive assessment with consultant Tony VanderZyl. The board met for about 90 minutes asking several pointed questions in evaluating the data released this past spring.

VanderZyl reiterated the number one recommendation from the study team, “Create a sense of urgency to get better.” That recommendation is intended for board members, faculty, parents, staff and students. Iowa students have continued to slide in relationship to other states on assessments, a comment that has not been lost during the pre-evaluation process and the follow-up.

VanderZyl, who assists Iowa schools through the Iowa Association of School Boards, walked the board through questions posted by the members. 
“Three out of four students do not meet the standards,” said VanderZyl. “If your student is one of the three, you had better be mad.”

The tone of the evaluator stated that Oskaloosa is no different than other schools in Iowa in that they are not doing well on standardized tests. VanderZyl said the assessments we are using in Iowa are bad. They do not test the rigor of Iowa Core. He said the Iowa Core is great and if schools will actually teach to it, they will see improvement.

The need to look at alternative assessments instead of MAP and the Iowa Assessment was questioned. Board member Kraig Van Hulzen said, “If we want to challenge students then we have to give them a different assessment. But only of we want different results.”

VanderZyl said the use of the National Assessment would be a good possibility. It was noted by VanderZyl and Van Hulzen that the Iowa Assessment is required by legislation. VanderZyl warned what the board will see in immediate results because of the difference in how the skills are assessed. 

“Instead of 80 and 90 percent proficiency you will see 20-30 percent.”
Superintendent Russ Reiter said he knows he would take a hit with those results. VanderZyl said yes, but that the district would find out what the students are actually learning. The current assessments are basically “color the bubble” tests and do not test rigor. As noted in an earlier meeting this spring writing is not included in the Iowa Assessments or in the MAP testing.

Oskaloosa students have begun the annual fall MAP assessment this week. Testing of all students should be completed in the next two weeks. The board will continue to look at the data and work with teachers, staff and parents to move forward.

Prior to the work session, the board held a closed session for an employee evaluation. Following the closed session the board voted to terminate the employment of Patricia Gibbons for violating the school policy of smoking on school property. The vote was unanimous.


OSKALOOSA RIDES OFFERING FREE FRIDAY RIDES IN OCTOBER

Good news for those looking to get around town this October: Oskaloosa Rides is free of charge on Fridays next month.

Oskaloosa Rides, the new fixed-route bus service, began in July with a goal of meeting transportation needs. Hundreds of people in Oskaloosa don’t have regular access to a vehicle and can struggle to get to places offering healthcare, retail and human services.
Free Fridays is a way to make it even easier to use Oskaloosa Rides and gain the freedom that comes with increased mobility.

“We have a long way to go in making it common place in Oskaloosa,” says Amy Langdon, director of the United Way of Mahaska County and Oskaloosa Rides organizer. “Using public transportation is not something everyone’s 100% comfortable doing just yet. But we’re hoping with Free Fridays and different promotions, we’ll be able to show people just how easy it is to use Oskaloosa Rides.”

The first step is just getting people through the bus door. Langdon says once they trust it to be convenient and reliable, more people will use it to meet their transportation needs.
“It’s a one-hour loop all around Oskaloosa, so if you’re not quite comfortable taking it from point A to point B, why not take it for the whole route? You can get off where you got on and get to see all the possible locations the bus can take you,” Langdon says.
Oskaloosa Rides runs 9AM to 5:30PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. Kids and teens under 18 ride free; adults are $1. Monthly passes are available at Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Walmart for $15/month or $10 for people with disabilities, senior citizens and college students.

Free Fridays will run in all five Fridays in October.
For more information on Oskaloosa Rides, “Like” Oskaloosa Rides on Facebook, go to unitedwaymahaska.org/oskaloosa-rides-0 or call the United Way of Mahaska County at 641.673.6043.


MAHASKA COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE LISTING

FEDERAL OFFICES
UNITED STATES SENATOR
(Vote for no more than one) 
JONI ERNST - REPUBLICAN PARTY
BRUCE BRALEY - DEMOCRAT PARTY
BOB QUAST - BOB QUAST FOR TERM LIMITS
RICK STEWART - INDEPENDENT PARTY
DOUGLAS BUTZIER - LIBERTARIAN PARTY
RUTH SMITH 
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UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 2
(Vote for no more than one)
MARIANNETTE MILLER-MEEKS - REPUBLICAN PARTY
DAVE LOEBSACK - DEMOCRAT PARTY

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STATE OFFICES
GOVERNOR / LT GOVERNOR
(Vote for no more than one team)
TERRY E. BRANSTAD / KIM REYNOLDS - REPUBLICAN PARTY
JACK HATCH / MONICA VERNON - DEMOCRAT PARTY 
JONATHAN R. NARCISSE / MICHAEL L. RICHARDS - IOWA PARTY
LEE DEAKINS HIEB / TIM WATSON - LIBERTARIAN PARTY
JIM HENNAGER / MARY MARGARET KRIEG - NEW INDEPENDENT PARTY IOWA

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SECRETARY OF STATE
(Vote for no more than one)
PAUL D. PATE - REPUBLICAN PARTY
BRAD ANDERSON - DEMOCRAT PARTY
JAKE PORTER - LIBERTARIAN PARTY
SPENCER HIGHLAND - NEW INDEPENDENT PARTY IOWA

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AUDITOR OF STATE
(Vote for no more than one)
MARY MOSIMAN - REPUBLICAN PARTY
JONATHAN NEIDERBACH - DEMOCRAT PARTY

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TREASURER OF STATE
(Vote for no more than one)
SAM CLOVIS - REPUBLICAN PARTY
MICHAEL L. FITZGERALD - DEMOCRAT PARTY
KEITH A. LAUBE - LIBERTARIAN PARTY

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SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
(Vote for no more than one)
BILL NORTHEY - REPUBLICAN PARTY
SHERRIE TAHA - DEMOCRAT PARTY
LEVI BENNING - NEW INDEPENDENT PARTY IOWA
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ATTORNEY GENERAL
(Vote for no more than one)
ADAM GREGG - REPUBLICAN PARTY
TOM MILLER - DEMOCRAT PARTY
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 79
(Vote for no more than one)
GUY VANDER LINDEN - REPUBLICAN PARTY
NO CANDIDATE - DEMOCRAT PARTY
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 80
(Vote for no more than one)
LARRY SHEETS - REPUBLICAN PARTY
DEB BALLALATAK - DEMOCRAT PARTY
JARED GODBY
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COUNTY OFFICES

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (Vote for no more than two)
MARK DOLAND - REPUBLICAN PARTY
HENRY W. VAN WEELDEN - REPUBLICAN PARTY 
JEFF FOSTER - DEMOCRAT PARTY
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COUNTY TREASURER
(Vote for no more than one)
NO CANDIDATE - REPUBLICAN PARTY
SONE SCOTT - DEMOCRAT PARTY
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COUNTY RECORDER
(Vote for no more than one)
DIANE UPTON CROOKHAM - REPUBLICAN PARTY
NO CANDIDATE - DEMOCRAT PARTY

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COUNTY ATTORNEY
(Vote for no more than one)
AMY ZENOR - REPUBLICAN PARTY
NO CANDIDATE - DEMOCRAT PARTY

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NONPARTISAN OFFICES 
TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES 
(Vote for no more than two)

TOWNSHIP CLERKS
(Vote for no more than one)

Adams Township 
Township Trustees Donald D. DeWitt
Vernon Gay

Township Clerk Carleton Meinders Jr. 

Black Oak Township 
Township Trustees Don De Heer
Melvin Uitermarkt

Township Clerk Norman Ver Ploeg


Cedar Township 
Township Trustees Loren Bolkema
Ron Reed

Township Clerk Jennifer Van Zante


East Des Moines Township 
Township Trustees Kevin De Ronde
Roger Rodwell

Township Clerk Linda De Ronde


Garfield Township 
Township Trustees Lyle Blom


Township Clerk No Candidate

Harrison Township 
Township Trustees Paul Fynaardt Charles Oldham

Township Clerk No Candidate


Jefferson Township 
Township Trustees Steven L. Parker
Greg Scott

Township Clerk Jayne Rozenboom


Lincoln Township 
Township Trustees Mike Overbergen
Jason Vos

Township Clerk Madonna Bowie


Madison Township 
Township Trustees Bert Bandstra
Jerry DeBruin

Township Clerk Jill DeBruin


Monroe Township 
Township Trustees 

Michael Sexton 
Kim Stek

Township Clerk Dennis Molyneux

Pleasant Grove Township 
Township Trustee Megan Shilling 

Township Clerk Eric Sanders

Prairie Township 
Township Trustees Laurel DeJong
Bernie Veenstra

Township Trustee
Unexpired Term Ending 2016 Robert Van Weelden

Township Clerk Phil Bloem


Richland Township 
Township Trustees Lawrence Roose
Mike Vander Hart

Township Clerk Helen Roose


Scott Township 
Township Trustees Larry Ancell


Township Clerk Mildred Wanders


Spring Creek Township 
Township Trustees Terry Boer
Tony Kunz 

Township Clerk Joan Heslinga Boer


Union Township 
Township Trustees Lile K. Stout
Leslie C. Zimmerman

Township Clerk Daniel J. Gruber


West Des Moines Township 
Township Trustees Dennis Antolik
Wayne Ver Steegh

Township Clerk Lois R. Harris


White Oak Township 
Township Trustees Carroll Hol


Township Clerk Vickie Cope

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COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL TRUSTEES
(Vote for no more than three)
Mike Grim
Mary Sexton
Paul Swenson

COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL TRUSTEES
Unexpired term ending 2016
(Vote for no more than one)
David Langkamp

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SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
(Vote for no more than two)
Cory McBurney
Carrie McCloud

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COUNTY AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION COUNCIL
(Vote for no more than five)
Michael Appleget
Sherrie Moore
Joy Prothero
Dave Ver Meer
Gary Verploegh
Mahaska County, Iowa
LYNNDANA SANITARY SEWER TRUSTEE
(Vote for no more than one)
Gary Staggs
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NEW SHARON CITY COUNCIL
Unexpired Term Ending 2015
(Vote for 1)
Terry Hudson
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JUDICIAL BALLOT

COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE - Christopher McDonald

COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE - Thomas N. Bower

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 8A - Randy S. DeGeest

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 8A - Daniel P. Wilson

ASSOCIATE JUDGE DISTRICT 8A - Rose Anne Mefford

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PUBLIC MEASURE QUESTIONS:

A
“SHALL THE CITY OF OSKALOOSA, IOWA, ISSUE ITS BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING THE AMOUNT OF $3,195,000 FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECONSTRUCTING, ENLARGING, IMPROVING, EQUIPPING AND FURNISHING ITS FIRE STATION?”

YES
NO
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B

“SHOULD THE NEW SHARON LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES BE CHANGED FROM ELEVEN (11) MEMBERS TO FIVE (5) MEMBERS CONSISTING OF FOUR (4) RESIDENT MEMBERS AND ONE (1) NONRESIDENT MEMBER?”

YES
NO


STATE NEWS

FATAL CAR COLLISION

Teen killed in car collision in eastern Iowa

CALAMUS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old has been killed after his vehicle collided with a semitrailer in eastern Iowa.

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Monday afternoon on Highway 30 near Calamus. A car traveling east on the highway collided with the semitrailer, which was traveling west.

The driver of the semitrailer told authorities the smaller car crossed the center line before the crash. The driver of the smaller vehicle, Connor A. Robinson, of Oceanside, California, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semitrailer, 57-year-old Anthony M. Zappa, of Forest Lake, Minnesota, was not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.


PLUGGED PIPE-WASTEWATER

Plugged pipe in Dubuque causes wastewater release

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque say a plugged sanitary sewer pipe caused a sanitary sewer manhole to overflow untreated wastewater into the city's storm sewer system.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the city's public works department was notified of the sewer back up Monday afternoon. Crews removed the blockage a short time later.

The overflow was reported near the intersection of Collins Street and St. Joseph Street. Officials are cautioning people to keep their children and pets away from the affected area for 48 hours.


CHILD CANCER HOAX

Attorney in cancer hoax case seeks venue change

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — The attorney for an Iowa mother accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis has requested a change of venue for her trial.

Council Bluffs attorney Jay Mez says in court documents that extensive media coverage and gossip among residents would prevent Leatha Slauson, of Atlantic, from getting a fair trial in Cass County. The trial is set to start Nov. 12.

The 30-year-old Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer. An investigation this year determined the child was not sick.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil Daily Nonpareil reports Slauson faces multiple charges, including child endangerment and drug distribution to a person under age 18. She has pleaded not guilty and remains at the Cass County Jail.


TEENS KILLED-CHARGES

Judge: 17-year-old will be prosecuted as an adult

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says a 17-year-old facing vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of two teenagers will be prosecuted as an adult.

District Associate Judge Adria Kester says the 17-year-old does not have reasonable prospects of rehabilitation if he remains in juvenile court.

The Sioux City Journal reports the 17-year-old is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in Sac County Juvenile Court. Court records do not yet indicate any filings in district court. Sac County Attorney Ben Smith will have several weeks to file additional information.

The 17-year-old was driving a pickup that collided in August with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were killed.

Authorities say the 17-year-old's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for minors driving.


IOWA-SENATE-JAMES TAYLOR

James Taylor to appear at rally for Braley

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — James Taylor will appear at a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Des Moines on Saturday.

Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz says the singer-songwriter will perform at a rally headlined by former President Bill Clinton at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Taylor is famous for hits like "Fire and Rain" and "Shower the People."

Taylor is giving a concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday night.

Braley is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin.

Braley has already received campaign support from Taylor's longtime friend and collaborator Carole King.


MIDTERM ELECTIONS-EARLY VOTING

Democrats look for hope in votes cast early

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hold early voting leads in a handful of states that will help determine who controls the U.S. Senate in January.

But Republicans have narrowed their historical gap in Iowa, where Joni Ernst is vying for a Democratic-held Senate seat. The GOP also maintains that its overall strength in North Carolina and Louisiana still will prevail over the early-vote advantages for Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu.

Nationally, almost 8.6 million Americans have cast ballots in 27 states. In 2010, almost 27 million people cast ballots before the midterm elections.

The early-vote jockeying will continue through Nov. 4 as both sides look to claim momentum. Republicans need six more seats to control the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.


UNI-SEXUAL ASSAULT

UNI receives report of sexual assault on campus

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa says it has received a report of sexual assault on campus.

The university said the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Monday in a campus residence hall. Additional information was not released.

A public alert released by the university indicates a campus security authority notified the school of the third-hand report. The alert was released in accordance with federal law.


MIDTERM ELECTIONS-BIDENS

Biden: Voters can 'stop the march' of tea party

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says keeping Democratic control of the U.S. Senate in next week's election would "break the back of the hard right" and ease gridlock in Washington.

During an event Monday for Democrat Bruce Braley in Davenport, Iowa, Biden said Democrats can "stop the march of the tea party" by winning Nov. 4.

He says if Democrats maintain their Senate majority, "You are going to see reasonable people in the Republican Party start to vote reasonably again." Biden said if Republicans win control, the party will resist compromises.

Republicans need to gain six seats to control the Senate. Braley is in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst for Iowa's open Senate seat.

Biden was also in Minnesota and Illinois recently, and was to visit Illinois again Monday.


FOOD DONATION-SIOUX CITY

Sioux City event aimed at restocking food bank

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers will donate money and their time to replenish shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland, which is struggling to keep up with increased demand.

Tyson Foods connected The Pack Shack, a hunger relief organization from Rogers, Arkansas, with the Food Bank of Siouxland to pack 250,000 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables.

The Sioux City Journal that the Arkansas group is hosting a Feed the Funnel event in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. In a two-hour shift, a person is expected to pack an average of about 250 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents, and each participant is asked to donate about $63 for them.

More than 105 groups in 11 Iowa counties are served by the Food Bank of Siouxland.


DEATHS-WELLMAN

Authorities find 2 men dead in eastern Iowa

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating what happened to two men found dead in eastern Iowa.

The Washington County Communications Center says it received a report Friday afternoon of a possible electrocution near a road in the community of Wellman.

Emergency personnel responded and found 38-year-old Chad Allen VanVoltenburg, of South English, and 47-year-old Paul Joseph Duello, of Kinross. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Additional information was not released. The case remains under investigation.


OSCEOLA FIRE

Officials investigating blaze of Osceola business

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) — A fire has destroyed the Osceola Farm and Home, a 42-year-old business that drew people from the surrounding area.

Des Moines television station KCCI-TV reports that officials are still investigating what caused the early morning Sunday blaze.

Store manager Dennis McMurry says he thinks the fire quickly spread, engulfing the store in thick, black clouds of smoke, because of paint, kerosene, oil and motor oil inside it.

McMurry watched the building burn down. He says it's hard to believe that all that remains of the business are metal scraps.

Police Chief Marty Duffus says firefighters opted not to battle the fire from inside of the store because of melting steel. They instead used ladder towers to fight the blaze from outside.