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HOLT TO RESUME TEACHING AT DENISON HIGH SCHOOL

Crystal Holt will return to teaching at Denison High School in the near future.

Denison School Superintendent Mike Pardun released a statement Thursday that the school district had completed their investigation into the use of a derogatory term by the teacher during a Government class at the high school.

Holt was placed on administrative leave following complaints by students and parents.

Pardun says the investigation determined that the teacher had no malicious intent in using the word.

He says it is clear that the situation has significantly impacted the educational environment of the district.

The district says it will work with Holt to implement necessary changes in order to transition her back into the classroom and address the concerns of all involved.

That includes implementing a High School Cultural Advisory Committee, equally comprised of students, teacher leaders, and school administration.

Pardun added that as a district they understand the significance of this situation, and regrets the impact this has had on students, families, faculty, the district and community.

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CAMP HIGH HOPES ANNOUNCES 2020 SMILES AMBASSADORS

CAMP HIGH HOPES ANNOUNCES 2020 SMILES AMBASSADORS

Camp High Hopes has named its 2020 Smiles Ambassadors to represent the special needs facility in the coming year.

12-year-old Brooklyn Steinfeldt of Sioux City is the 2020 Youth Smiles Ambassador and nineteen-year-old Jess Gibson of Wayne, Nebraska the 2020 Adult Smiles Ambassador.

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Brooklyn and Jess will help raise awareness for Camp High Hopes, and all of its special needs campers.

This is the seventh year the camp on Correctionville Road has celebrated its Smiles Ambassadors program.

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NO TRIAL DATE YET IN HOTEL MURDER/ARSON CASE

THE TRIAL OF A SUSPECT CHARGED WITH MURDER AND STARTING A HOTEL FIRE IN SIOUX CITY IN JANUARY HAS BEEN DELAYED AGAIN UNTIL SOME TIME NEXT YEAR.

29-YEAR-OLD JORDAN HENRY IS CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF 40-YEAR-OLD ELIZABETH BOCKHOLT OF HINTON AT A SIOUX CITY HOTEL.

HENRY’S ATTORNEY, BILLY OYADARE, REQUESTED ANOTHER DELAY IN THE CASE AT A COURT HEARING THURSDAY, SAYING HE STILL HADN’T RECEIVED A REPORT FROM AN EXPERT HE WAS INTENDING TO USE IN HENRY’S DEFENSE.

WOODBURY COUNTY PROSECUTOR MARK CAMPBELL OBJECTED TO THE DELAY BECAUSE THAT MEANT THE TRIAL WOULD NOT TAKE PLACE WITHIN A YEAR OF THE ALLEGED CRIME, AND THAT HE HAD AROUND 50 WITNESSES TO SCHEDULE.

JORDAN HENRY AGREED TO WAIVE HIS RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL.

PROSECUTOR CAMPBELL IS ALSO CONCERNED THAT THE DEFENSE ISN’T REVEALING THE NATURE OF THE EXPERT REPORT THEY ARE WAITING FOR, AND THAT SOME WITNESSES MAY FORGET DETAILS OF THE CASE BECAUSE OF THE MANY MONTHS DELAY IN GETTING THE CASE TO TRIAL.

JUDGE STEVEN ANDREASEN GAVE THE DEFENSE A JANUARY 10TH DEADLINE TO GET THEIR EXPERT REPORT SUBMITTED, AND WILL HOLD ANOTHER STATUS HEARING UPDATE AFTER THAT.

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BCU STUDENTS PROVIDE FOOT CARE TO HOMELESS

BCU STUDENTS PROVIDE FOOT CARE TO HOMELESS

Students from Briar Cliff University’s Nursing Department spent their Thursday afternoon conducting a foot clinic for residents at Sioux City’s Warming Shelter.

Senior Alex Castillo was one of the six BCU students providing the foot care:


OC……..available as well. :23

Castillo and his fellow students then provided the homeless residents with new pairs of heavy duty Bombas socks, which are designed to meet the needs of individuals who don’t change their socks every day:

OC………ahead of us. ;08

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Socks are the number one most requested clothing item in homeless shelters.

This past spring, Briar Cliff applied and received a donation of 1,000 pairs of socks from the Bombas Giving Program.

It’s the third year Briar Cliff nursing students have provided the foot care clinic.

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ERNST & SCHUMER FEUD OVER VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York are trading accusations with each other over a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Ernst accuses Schumer of blocking Democrats from supporting the bill to hurt her bid for re-election.

OC……..here today. ;13

Schumer accuses Ernst of blocking gun-related provisions because she’s afraid of the National Rifle Association.

Ernst and her husband divorced last year and Ernst said this past January that in addition to an abusive spouse, she was raped in college by someone else.

OC……..this year.” :17

The bill passed by Democrats in the U.S. House prohibits people convicted of domestic violence or stalking from owning a firearm.

Ernst says the House made that retroactive and she says that’s not what the law said at the time of those convictions — and the move could violate plea agreements of the past.

OC……..it is not.” :11

Ernst says she plans to continue working with the top Democrat on a key committee in hopes of coming up with a bipartisan solution to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
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FIREFIGHTERS PAY TRIBUTE TO LATE REMSEN CHIEF

FIREFIGHTERS PAY TRIBUTE TO LATE REMSEN CHIEF

Firefighters, EMT’s and friends from around the area paid their last respects Thursday to Remsen Fire Chief Kevin Ortmann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen.

The 40-year-old Ortmann died Sunday from brain cancer.

During the funeral services, Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper, who is also the president of the Iowa Association of Fire Chiefs, followed tradition by ringing the bell acknowledging the death of a firefighter.

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Ortmann’s casket was loaded on to an old fire truck as the funeral procession consisted of a long series of fire trucks, ambulances and law enforcement vehicles.

At the cemetery, Le Mars Fire and Rescue had its aerial truck with the extended ladder flying a large American flag above the proceedings.

Photos by Dennis Morrice

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Home for the Holidays Is This Saturday – Let’s Talk Safety

You know that the ole saying, “the more the merrier,” It’s perfectly fine to be merry, but let’s practice safety too!  We have a few safety tips to help make your Home for the Holidays festivities happier and merrier and safer of course.

Home for the Holidays is a great time for families and friends to gather in Town Square to kick off the holiday season.  The season starts on Saturday, November 23 at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. with the Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place at 6 p.m.

Here are a few tips to know before the event:

Parking:

Parking will be available at both the East Garage and West Garage

Rideshare:

If you plan to utilize a rideshare service, direct your driver to our designated drop off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.

What to bring:

Pack up gloves or mittens for your little ones.  We will have cool activities like snowman building and tubing down snow mountain on site, bringing gloves will help keep those little hands warm so they can have a lot of fun!

Get Notifications:

For event updates and notifications, text H4HSLK to 888777. You can also follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

To review a full list of Southlake’s Home for the Holidays events, please visit our website.  Also, check out our fun Home for the Holidays video(LINK) on safety and tips here.

Special thanks to this year’s Title Sponsor Classic Chevrolet and our other event sponsors Sprouts, Fort Worth Christian School, Springfree Trampoline, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake and Madison Reed Color Bar.

ALBRECHT TO SEEK 2ND TERM IN NEBRASKA SENATE

Nebraska State Senator Joni Albrecht of Thurston will seek re-election to the Nebraska Legislature.

Albrecht represents District 17, which includes Dakota, Thurston, and Wayne counties in Northeast Nebraska.

During her first term in the Legislature, Albrecht served on the Agriculture Committee and as the chair of the Business and Labor Committee being the first woman and first freshman senator to do so.

She now serves on the Natural Resources, State-Tribal Relations, and Transportation and Telecommunications Committees.

Albrecht is also a member of the Nebraska Economic Development Task Force.

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2ND HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUSPECT TO ENTER GUILTY PLEA IN CASE

The second suspect in a federal human trafficking case will enter a guilty plea in the case.

Court documents show 37-year-old Cristobal Francisco-Nicolas has agreed to enter a guilty plea in the case where he and a second defendant allegedly brought a young girl and her alleged father from Guatemala into the United States.

Francisco-Nicolas and 40-year-old Amy Francisco previously pleaded not guilty to counts of encouraging an alien to enter the United States in violation of law and unlawful possession of identification documents.

Amy Francisco agreed to plead guilty in the case last week.
Her plea hearing is scheduled for November 26th in federal court in Sioux City.

A plea date has not been set yet for Francisco-Nicolas.

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THURSDAY IS THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT

Thursday is the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout.

It provides an opportunity for individuals to encourage people to take the first step toward becoming tobacco-free.

Steve Beekman of the Siouxland District Health Department says there are programs available to help local residents:

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Beekman says quitting is hard and it may take some users up to 11 attempts before they are able to successfully quit smoking for good.
He says the Quitline program has a great success rate:

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Recent data from the Community Health Needs Assessment for Siouxland shows that 18% of adults in the Siouxland area are current cigarette smokers.

Beekman says the American Cancer Society reports that nearly 7 out of 10 current adult smokers in the U.S. say they want to quit smoking completely:

The Smokeout is a good way to start that attempt:

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Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 4,400 adults each year.

For anyone who’s thinking about quitting, free cessation programs are available to help online at Quitline Iowa and My Life My Quit.

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