State Objection Panel Rulings

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – The State Objection Panel, comprised of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, State Auditor Mary Mosiman and Attorney General Tom Miller, met Tuesday to hear several challenges to candidates’ nomination petitions for the June 5 primary ballot.

The following rulings were made:

  • Kim Reynolds, Republican candidate for Governor: Nomination petitions accepted, challenge rejected.
  • David Young, Republican candidate for U.S. House, District 3: Nomination petitions accepted, challenge rejected.
  • Steve King, Republican candidate for U.S. House, District 4: Nomination petitions accepted, challenge rejected.
  • Ginny Caligiuri, Republican candidate for U.S. House, District 2: Nomination petitions rejected, challenge upheld.
  • Dale Bolsinger, Republican candidate for Iowa House, District 56: Nomination petitions rejected, challenge upheld.
  • Ron Corbett, Republican candidate for Governor: Nomination petitions rejected, challenge upheld.
  • Theresa Greenfield, Democratic candidate for U.S. House, District 3: Challenge was to candidate’s nomination petitions which had already been rejected, so challenge was dismissed. A decision was not rendered regarding the candidate’s convention certificate because it did not apply to the challenge.

Gov. Reynolds to Address Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

(JOHNSTON, IOWA) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will discuss the significant impact biofuels will continue to have on Iowa’s economy and future energy strategy at the 2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit.

“As the country’s number one producer of ethanol and biodiesel, renewable fuels mean a great deal for Iowa’s economic growth and energy security,” Reynolds said. “These home-grown fuels add value to agricultural commodities currently facing low prices and provide good jobs for rural communities. As governor, I will continue to fight for state and federal policies that provide renewable fuels fair access to consumers.”

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw said it is exciting to welcome Reynolds back to the Summit as Iowa’s governor.

“Governor Reynolds has been a true champion for biofuels and Iowa’s ag economy,” Shaw said. “She understands the potential biofuels have to diversify America’s energy profile. Given her long track record of support, we’re excited to hear Governor Reynolds’ views on how biofuels will fit into Iowa’s future economy and energy landscape.”

The Summit is free to attend and open to the public. Registration is required. The last day to preregister is Jan. 26, 2018. The Summit will take place at the Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. The last day to book lodging at the Prairie Meadows Hotel for a discounted rate is Jan. 8.

To register to attend and learn more about the 2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, click here.

About the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 4.4 billion gallons annually – including approximately 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website.


Oskaloosans Honored With Governor’s Award

Nearly a dozen residents and groups from the Oskaloosa area received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held on October 27 in Ottumwa.

List of recipients from Oskaloosa include: Joshua Buckingham, Karen Hafner, Shirley Kelderman, Janet Masterson, Mary Lue McCartie, Gary Malin (MHP), Mark Neff, and Jamey Robinson for individuals. Group honors were awarded to Mahaska County CERT and the Oskaloosa High School FFA.

“Volunteerism is such an integral part of what it means to be an Iowan,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “I’m pleased to honor those who have given of themselves to meet the needs of others.  Their commitment helps improve the lives of those around them and consistently keep our state’s volunteerism rate in the top ten nationally.”

More than 600 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state.  It is estimated that more than 31,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of more than $727,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.

“Volunteering is win-win,” Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg said. “Not only does it have a positive impact on the individuals served, but also transforms the individuals giving.  The dedication of those selected for these awards often encourages others to get involved, and I’m happy to recognize them for their important contributions.”

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor’s Volunteer Award program—now in its 34th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.  More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.



A complete list of award recipients and an electronic copy of this news release are available at volunteeriowa.org.  Photographs will be available from this website approximately one week following the ceremony.

About Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts.  The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need.  The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base.  Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure.  More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.

Reynolds Inaugurates New Daycare Facility

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will visit Centerville on Tuesday, October 31st to join Lee Container President Robert Varnedoe for a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Curious Kids Day Care Center.

On August 1stthe Centerville School Board announced the purchase of the former Garfield Elementary School by a Lee Container affiliated company. The school building will now house a day care center to serve the families of Lee Container employees, as well as Centerville area families. The day care center will be staffed and operated by Curious Kids, a long-time Centerville day care operator.

The inauguration will take place at 2:30 PM at the daycare center, located in the old Garfield Elementary School building at 505 E Walsh Street. This event will conclude at 3:00 PM.

Governor Reynolds and President Robert Varnedoe will be joined by Michelle Brooke, the director of Curious Kids Day Care, who will conduct a tour of the facility. Following this visit, Governor Reynolds, Robert Varnedoe and Michelle Brooke will all deliver prepared statements.

Robert Varnedoe will then lead Governor Reynolds on a tour of the Lee Container production facility, located at 2800 Industrial Park Road.

Local Apprentices Could Find Training In New Hiawatha Center

Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds joined apprentices, instructors and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa members for the grand opening of the new training center located in Hiawatha.

ABC’s 10,155-square-foot facility will expand access for more students to receive hands-on learning as apprentices.  ABC is working hard to address the worker shortage and curb the skills gap through craft training and safety training programs. The organization also unveiled a virtual reality trailer, which will be used at job fairs and high schools throughout the state to showcase real-world experiences in the trades.

“There has never been greater opportunity for those seeking a rewarding path in a skilled trade,” said Ginny Shindelar, ABC’s vice president of education and training services. “Our apprentices enter the workforce right away, get paid to learn career skills on the job and even work toward owning a business.”

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration has placed a significant emphasis on overcoming the workforce crisis and closing Iowa’s skills gap. She was on hand to tour the new training center and virtual reality trailer and praised ABC’s efforts.

“Employers across the state routinely say it’s hard to hire enough skilled workers. But with organizations like ABC and this training center, we will overcome the skills gap and give more Iowans an opportunity for a well-paying career, not just a job,” said Reynolds.

Last year, ABC of Iowa trained over 1,300 apprentices. For the current year, 1,100 are enrolled. Coupled with those expected to register for the winter term, the organization anticipates training over 1,400 apprentices this academic year. ABC’s students learn new skills, get paid to further their career through earn-and-learn programs all without accruing massive student loan debt.

Local companies in both Pella and Oskaloosa are listed under Registered Apprenticeships including Cunningham, Inc., Affordable Services, LLC., and Francis Electric. That list, along with contacts for the apprenticeship, can be found at Iowa Workforce Development.


Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa is a non-profit construction trade association that boasts the largest apprenticeship-training program in the state. With more than 540 member firms statewide, ABC fosters the principles of freedom of choice through the merit construction philosophy. ABC members build commercial buildings, industrial plants, municipal and public works projects, roads and highways, homes and provide an array of construction services. For more information, visit www.abciowa.org.


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