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No Major Changes Result After Canvas Of Votes

By Staff | Nov 11, 2010

Palo Alto County Supervisors spent a portion of their weekly meeting on Nov.9 conducting a canvas of the vote from the Nov. 2 elections, and no major changes resulted from the canvas. All told, 3,986 votes were cast either at the polls or by absentee ballots in the election, for a 57.34 percent voter turnout out of the 6,952 registered eligible voters residing in the county.

There was only one contest on the ballot that had to be filled by a write-in process, where a sixth seat on the County Agricultural Extension Council was won by Paul Molitor of Ruthven, who received 13 votes for the seat. A total of 58 names were written in on ballots, including an entry for “Scattering”, which earned a total of nine votes.

After conducting the canvas, the board met with Val Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes Community College and received an update on happenings at the institution.

“We’re very proud to have experienced another year of growth at Iowa Lakes,” Newhouse said, “We experienced a 15 percent growth in enrollment and a seven percent rise in credit hours and five percent in student population.”

According to the president, Iowa Lakes draws students from 34 states, including 74 counties in Iowa, as well as eight foreign countries and one United States Territory.

“Nursing is our largest program at the college,” Newhouse stated, ” and it is based here in Emmetsburg, with the full-time program. We also have an evening class, which is very popular as well. The program is serving about 300-350 students. Another very-popular course for us is our Wind Energy program., which has 102 students now, compared to 15 when it started back in 2004.”

Another area of service the college emphasizes is offering college-level courses to high school students in the region. Newhouse pointed out that 1,000 area high schooler’s were enrolled at Iowa Lakes through the program.

“Who pays that tuition for those students?” asked Supervisor Ed Noonan.

“Their school district does,” Newhouse answered. “The district’s pay $250 per student to attend a class.”

The board members were surprised to learn that in the past year, Iowa Lakes had awarded some $800,000 in financial aid to students attending classes. “We are able to do that through some very generous giving and support,” Newhouse noted.

Newhouse reported that the exterior shell of the new Construction Technology Building on the Emmetsburg campus was nearly completed and work would continue through the winter on the interior of the facility to have it ready for use for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year.

“We are also hoping to start a Veterinary Technician’s program here on the Emmetsburg Campus next school year,” Newhouse reported. “We have the college farm available to us and plenty of veterinary partners in the area and we feel very positive about this course. Right now, we are in the submission process to the state Department of Education for final approvals and such, but we are very excited about this offering.”

Newhouse closed her briefing by noting that Iowa Lakes is maintaining a 70 percent retention rate of students each Fall, as compared with 50 percent retention in Iowa on the average, and an average nation-wide retention rate of just 48 percent. “We think we’re doing it right at Iowa Lakes, and we thank you for your continued support of our institution.”

The Supervisors also re-appointed Shirley Brown of Emmetsburg to a three-year term on the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority on a unanimous vote. The board also appointed Don Etler to conduct a study on potential improvements to Drainage District 15 South and also agreed to have Renee VonBorkern of Des Moines represent the county in negotiations with the Sheriff’s Deputies’ Association.

No Major Changes Result After Canvas Of Votes

By Staff | Nov 11, 2010

Palo Alto County Supervisors spent a portion of their weekly meeting on Nov.9 conducting a canvas of the vote from the Nov. 2 elections, and no major changes resulted from the canvas. All told, 3,986 votes were cast either at the polls or by absentee ballots in the election, for a 57.34 percent voter turnout out of the 6,952 registered eligible voters residing in the county.

There was only one contest on the ballot that had to be filled by a write-in process, where a sixth seat on the County Agricultural Extension Council was won by Paul Molitor of Ruthven, who received 13 votes for the seat. A total of 58 names were written in on ballots, including an entry for “Scattering”, which earned a total of nine votes.

After conducting the canvas, the board met with Val Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes Community College and received an update on happenings at the institution.

“We’re very proud to have experienced another year of growth at Iowa Lakes,” Newhouse said, “We experienced a 15 percent growth in enrollment and a seven percent rise in credit hours and five percent in student population.”

According to the president, Iowa Lakes draws students from 34 states, including 74 counties in Iowa, as well as eight foreign countries and one United States Territory.

“Nursing is our largest program at the college,” Newhouse stated, ” and it is based here in Emmetsburg, with the full-time program. We also have an evening class, which is very popular as well. The program is serving about 300-350 students. Another very-popular course for us is our Wind Energy program., which has 102 students now, compared to 15 when it started back in 2004.”

Another area of service the college emphasizes is offering college-level courses to high school students in the region. Newhouse pointed out that 1,000 area high schooler’s were enrolled at Iowa Lakes through the program.

“Who pays that tuition for those students?” asked Supervisor Ed Noonan.

“Their school district does,” Newhouse answered. “The district’s pay $250 per student to attend a class.”

The board members were surprised to learn that in the past year, Iowa Lakes had awarded some $800,000 in financial aid to students attending classes. “We are able to do that through some very generous giving and support,” Newhouse noted.

Newhouse reported that the exterior shell of the new Construction Technology Building on the Emmetsburg campus was nearly completed and work would continue through the winter on the interior of the facility to have it ready for use for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year.

“We are also hoping to start a Veterinary Technician’s program here on the Emmetsburg Campus next school year,” Newhouse reported. “We have the college farm available to us and plenty of veterinary partners in the area and we feel very positive about this course. Right now, we are in the submission process to the state Department of Education for final approvals and such, but we are very excited about this offering.”

Newhouse closed her briefing by noting that Iowa Lakes is maintaining a 70 percent retention rate of students each Fall, as compared with 50 percent retention in Iowa on the average, and an average nation-wide retention rate of just 48 percent. “We think we’re doing it right at Iowa Lakes, and we thank you for your continued support of our institution.”

The Supervisors also re-appointed Shirley Brown of Emmetsburg to a three-year term on the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority on a unanimous vote. The board also appointed Don Etler to conduct a study on potential improvements to Drainage District 15 South and also agreed to have Renee VonBorkern of Des Moines represent the county in negotiations with the Sheriff’s Deputies’ Association.