DACA, Main Street Oktoberfest, and Emergency Preparedness

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Cody West, Iowa State Student Body President reads the DACA Statement that he and other Student Body officials posted on their web site, stating “unwavering empathy and resolute support” of undocumented students at ISU who are affected by our federal government’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He also described a statement made by ISU Interim President Allen their supportElizabeth MartinezMulticultural Liaison Officer at ISU and Student Services Specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences explains how the recent developments are affecting students and how support is and can be given to the “Dreamers.” 

The 6th Annual Main Street Oktoberfest celebration is coming to downtown Ames next Saturday the 16th, once again bringing  live polka music, dancing, games, and German Food. Ames resident of German origins Renate Delmon describes Octoberfest in Munich. Second generation German resident of Iowa Herb Bode describes how his parents came to Iowa from Germany after World War 1.

Melissa K Spencer, Deputy Coordinator of Story County Emergency Management, Gives a checklist for emergency preparedness. September is called national and Iowa Emergency Preparedness Month. Do you have your emergency kit ready? Sign up for emergency alerts.

News Roundup, PrISUm, Harvest Fest

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Dennis Hart provided a weekly news roundup of top stories gleaned from newspapers around the area.

Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed Emmanuel Agba, advisor to ISU’s Team PrISUm, along with students Matt Goode, Dylan Neal and Mackenzie Klima. They are part of the group that designed and built a solar car called Penumbra, which is on its way to Australia for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

Merry Rankin was up next, talking about Harvest Fest on Friday evening, Sept 8.  She brought along the two Sustainable Ag grad students who organized this new event.

Prairie Awakening Celebration, Legacy Artist and Writers Collaboration, and ISU's Green Dot Program

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Nature Reporter Pat Schlarbaum brought us Chris Atkins, Environmental Education Naturalist, talking about the Prairie Awakening Celebration, at Kuehn Conservation Area, Sunday, September 10, 2017, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m .

Our next guest was Maureen Seamonds, the organizer and visionary of the workshop "Legacy Artists and Writers Collaboration Quilting Workshop," that will happen on September 18 and 19, 2017, at Briggs Woods, near Webster City. The event combines the talents of Jen Berte, writer, and Carmon Slater, quilter.

Lori Allen, from ISU student services working with Ames Assault Care Center (ACCESS) launching the ISU Green Dot Program, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, on Parks Library Lawn. The Sexual Assault Crisis Line is (515)292-5378 for anyone needing immediate assistance 24 hours a day. 

The Chefs and Food at First, Ames Tribune News Roundup, Ames Civic Report

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Originally broadcast 09/01/2017
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Three chefs from Food at First in Ames,  a free food service known for exceptional cooking and community spirit. Three of the star chefs, Dale Vanderschcaff, Kritine Lang, and Patty Yoder describe their own signature dishes when cooking for free meal program and try to explain the "Food At First Magic." Yoder is also Executive Director of the program, which also includes an open pantry. Food at First is located at 611 Clark Ave in the First Christian Church. They serve free dinners to anyone who comes, 364 days a year.

Dennis Hart gives a roundup of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and papers from surrounding communities.

Susan Gwiasda gives a monthly municipal report for the City of Ames.

Tuition Hikes

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Originally broadcast 08/30/2017
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On Monday, the Iowa Civil Liberties Union filed what is believed to be the first transgender rights lawsuit to be filed in the Iowa courts since 2007, when Iowa put gender identity protections into the law. The suit is on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, a male Iowa prison nurse whose state employer, the Iowa Department of Corrections, denied him use of the men’s restrooms and locker rooms. It also denied him health care coverage for surgery he needed, because he is transgender.

All three state universities in Iowa have made 5-year plans for tuition hikes: ISU and U of I proposed 7% hikes for 5 years and UNI proposed 7% the first year, then 3% for the next 4 years. Interim Governor Reynolds has expressed concern, saying Iowa families cannot afford the increases over 5 years. Democratic State Senator Herman Quirmbach of District 23 (from Ames) and Republican State Senator Tim Kraayenbrink of District 5 (from Fort Dodge) weigh in. Kraayenbrink is Co-Chair of the Education Appropriations Committee for the Iowa Legislature. Quirmbach is ranking member on the Education Committee and serves on the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Allyson Walter from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau gives a preview of upcoming events in the area.

Ames School Board Candidate Forums

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Originally broadcast 08/28/2017
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On Aug 24th, the first of several Ames School Board Candidate Forums was held at the Library. It was thefirst Forum,sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County, moderated by Nancy Halvorson.  Today's Local Talk brings you the candidates statements and some of the issues discussed by the candidates.

Rebekka Reuter, KHOI’s assistant manager is training for an upcoming Marathon in Wisconsin. She shares thoughts about the sport and information on the art of running. 

Allyson Walter from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau gives a preview of upcoming events in the area.


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