2021-05-20

COVID-19 pandemic fosters truancy

SL mother laments that she can’t compel son to school

The only way Asha Abdela could make sure her son would go to school was a threat of criminal charges. Abdela works weekday night shifts at Wells Blue Bunny in Le Mars. She starts at 2:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., which means the only people who can counter her son’s antagonism to high school are law enforcement officers.  […]

Aurelia tightens leash on offending canines  

Woman says she pulled her dog out of city to protect it

The owners of a dog that bit a woman have removed the animal from the Aurelia city limits but say the decision was made for fear of the dog’s safety and not because city officials or police compelled the move. The 3-year-old German shepherd named Jackson owned by Deb and Loren Mongan became a source of attention in March after […]

Lawmakers end the 2021 legislative session with ban on masks, election changes


Nearly three weeks into overtime and after three back-to-back nights of debate, Iowa’s 2021 legislative session is over. House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, called it “the year of freedom for Iowans” be it through tax cuts, permitless carry of firearms or the choice not to wear a mask. Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, highlighted Republican efforts to […]

Reynolds signs law to forbid Iowa schools, counties and cities from requiring face masks


After midnight and surrounded by a cheering, unmasked crowd, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill that forbids Iowa schools, counties and cities from requiring face coverings. The law takes effect immediately. Iowa schools may not mandate masks for students, employees or members of the public. Any cities or counties that still mandate mask use in businesses must lift […]