Story County Candidates and Secretary of Agriculture

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/31/2018
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Today's program combined the League of Women Voters forum for County Treasurer (Republican incumbent Renee Twedt and Democrat Ted Rasmusson); Recorder (Republican Stacie Herridge, unopposed) and Attorney (Democrat Jessica Reynolds, unopposed) followed by the three candidates for Secretary of Agriculture (Republican incumbent, Mike Naig; Democrat Tim Gannon, and Libertarian Rick Stewart).  

DSM Vigil

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/29/2018
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Dennis Hart gave a summary of Iowa news from the past week.

In the wake of a gunman's killing 11 people and injuring more, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa issued a statement condemning the anti-Semitic violence, read here by Connie Ryan, Executive Director. Ryan also described an interfaith vigil and memorial service to be held  in Des Moines for the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Des Moines Jewish community, and for all others who experience hate. 

Ames native, Lucia Ruedenberg - Wright, was a member of a Jewish congregation that worshiped at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue, until recently. She and her 13-year-old daughters Tsameret and Moraih described life at that synagogue, the community of Squirrel Hill, and good times ice skating with immigrant families, through the Synagogue's social service programs.

Highlights were played from the Forum held in Nevada for candidates for Iowa House Representatives for District 49: incumbent Dave Deyoe and challenger Brenda Brink, Democrat.  The forum was hosted by the Ames League of Women Voters.  

Senator Sanders, Governor Reynolds, Facts About Voting

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/26/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a roundup of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at the ISU Student Union to support candidate JD Scholten for the US House and candidate for Iowa Secretary of State, Deidre DeJear. Excerpts from his speech are heard on this Local Talk.

Governor Kim Reynolds held a rally at Nelson Electric in Ames, together with other Republicans such as Iowa Secretary of State Mike Naig and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. Reynolds' speech is heard on this Local Talk.

Carolyn Klaus from the Ames League of Women Voters talks discusses the ins and outs of voting, while Taylor Blair, president of ISU college Democrats, discusses student registration and voting. They are hosted by Carolyn Myers from Ames Progressive Alliance.  

Candidate Forum for the Story County Board of Supervisors

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/24/2018
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Today's program was a condensation of the League of Women Voters forum held on October 15, 2018, at Story County Extension in Nevada for Candidates for the Story County Board of Supervisors. These are Rick Sanders, Republican incumbent; Marty Chitty, Republican incumbent; Linda Murken, Democrat; Joshua Opperman, Democrat. The program ended with a new feature, "The Wild Ones," as Ursula Ruedenberg reflected on squirrels as companion animals followed by Pat Schlarbaum telling us about squirrel nests.  

American Indians, Juncos, Convention & Visitors

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/22/2018
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Today’s show was all about Autumn. Host, Gale Seiler, spoke with Sebastian Braun, the Director of the American Indian Studies Program at ISU, about the inaccurate narratives that persist about Native Americans and colonization, particularly in relation to Fall holidays like Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. Pat Schlarbaum provided a phenology on Dark-eyed Juncos, which are migrating through our area at this time of year, and Crystal Davis, from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, filled us in on seasonal events happening around Ames over the next month.  

Student Demonstrations, County Agricultural Extension Councils, Homecoming Parade!

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/19/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a rundown of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

On Monday, October 15, around 75 students from Iowa State, Grinnell, and Des Moines Area Community College held a demonstration and blocked traffic in front of the future site for a building to be called the Student Innovation Center off of Bissell Road. The demonstration was part of a nationwide day of action led by student groups: Student Action and Young Democratic Socialists of America. Javier Miranda, with a local chapter of Student Action, explains the issues about which students were demonstrating, including tuition hikes and privatization of the state public university system.

Eugenia Hartsook, Executive Director of Iowa State Extension and Outreach explains what the County Agricultural Extension Council is and who runs for the positions on that council. Voting ballots for the upcoming election in November  include a list of candidates.

The annual Iowa State Homecoming Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. on Main Street in Ames. The parade was only recently brought back by the ISU student alumni leadership council in 2016, featuring Iowa State representatives and dignitaries; 34 student organizations showcasing decorated floats, live animals, and music and dance presentations; and many local businesses and organizations from the Ames area, including the American Legion Post #37, which is celebrating its centennial in 2018. Casey Vance from the Ames History Center talks about the history of Homecoming. She also describes the History Center’s current exhibition on local sports teams in several locations; the history Center at 416 Douglas Ave in Ames will be open during and after the Homecoming parade, for visitors to enjoy the exhibit.   and an upcoming lecture: ISU Homecoming: A Historic Start to Save the Girls at Design on Main at 203 Main Street in Ames.  


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