8-25 NEWS

Two senators seeking the Democratic party’s nomination to run for U.S. in 2020 will be in Decorah today. Theresa Greenfield and Eddie Mauro will be at the Whalen Cabin at Phelps Park from three-30 until five-30 p.m. The winner of the democratic primary will face Joni Ernst in November of 2020.

The Winneshiek county supervisors will have a light agenda for its meeting tomorrow. The board will consider an agreement with the University of Iowa. Aaron Johnson with the Saint Judge Benefit Ride will discuss a wavier of the UTV ordinance waiver for prohibited roads. The board will also discuss road matters with county engineer Lee Bjerke (Beer-key). The meeting will begin at nine-30 at the courthouse annex building in Decorah.

Friday is the deadline for ward two residents in Decorah to turn in papers for the special election for the Decorah city council. The council set September 24th as the date for a special election for the ward two after a petition with 56 signatures calling for the election. City officials say there must 10 ward two residents sign a petition to be eligible to be candidate.

As students head back to class, dozens of Iowa schools are preparing to offer free breakfast and lunch. A federal program called the Community Eligibility Provision or C-E-P pays for meals at select schools. Patti Harding, at the Iowa Department of Education, says schools have to show they have a high percentage of students who qualify for free lunch through other federal programs like SNAP or welfare.
Harding says some schools choose not to participate, even if they qualify. That’s often because the reimbursement rate is too low to make up their food budget. Harding says the program streamlines the paperwork for providing free meals by making them available to everyone.

A new study finds the popularity of electronic cigarettes among Iowa teenagers is growing at what one activist says is an “epidemic” rate, worthy of a national health emergency declaration. Meredith Berkman, co-founder of Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes (PAVe), says vaping is now four times as prevalent among Iowa high school students as traditional cigarettes.
Between 2017 and 2018, Berkman says there was a 78-percent rise in the use of e-cigarettes among high schoolers and a 48-percent rise in vaping by middle schoolers. Berkman is working to rally students and parents nationwide to have flavored e-cigarettes banned through federal legislation.

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