Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Minnesota Congresswoman's former presidential campaign is facing a lawsuit that claims a supporter stole an email list from a Johnston volunteer.
The FBI has launched an investigation into Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign, according to KCCI Channel 8 in Des Moines. The Urbandale Police Department, the Polk County Attorneys Office, the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee, the Federal Elections Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics are already investigating claims ranging from ethics violations to criminal activity in Bachmann's 2012 presidential bid, the television station reports. One allegation claims Republican Sen. Kent Sorenson, of Milo, was paid for campaign work on behalf of Bachmann, who won the Ames Straw Poll in August 2011 but finished last in the January 2012 Iowa Caucuses. Iowa Senate ethics rules bar paid employment with political …
A massive search is underway for Kathlynn Shepard, 15, in Webster County, after authorities said she and another girl were abducted Monday.
A massive search is underway for Kathlynn Shepard, 15, in Webster County after authorities said she and another girl were abducted Monday. Authorities said a suspect, Michael J. Klunder, 42, was found dead Monday night at a rural property northeast of Dayton. He was on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. Authorities said they suspect he offered Shepard and a 12-year-old girl a ride in his red Toyota Tundra pickup as they got off a school bus just before 4 p.m. Monday. Investigators said the 12-year-old was able to escape and ran to a nearby home after the girls were taken to an agricultural facility southeast of Dayton. Shepard, however, remains missing. She is 5'6" and 160 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes, as well as braces. She was …
Some helpful links with information for how to pitch in as Oklahomans try to pick up the pieces today from yesterday's massive tornado.
The devastating tornado that rocked Oklahoma on Monday hits close to home and leaves many wondering how to help. As an Iowan, living on the eastern edge of Tornado Alley, a humid spring morning can mean more than just turning on the air conditioning, it can mean a restless night of watching radars and listening for sirens as dangerous storms rumble our way across the Plains. It can mean helping your neighbor clean up if you are so fortunate to find your own home unaffected the next day. In June 1974, an F4 came close to Urbandale, killing two and injuring many others. Five years ago Friday, an EF5 tornado tore a 43-mile path of destruction in the north east Iowa towns of Parkersburg, New Hartford and Dunkerton, killing eight, injuring 70…
“What if one day, everyone did one kind thing for another person?” asks Katie Jones, whose kindnesses touched strangers in Urbandale and around the metro. “That would make a difference in the world.”
Perhaps you encountered a pixie of a woman buzzing around the city on her little red scooter over the past month, wondered what she was up to when she dashed into a Laundromat and left a bag of quarters behind, plugged a parking meter or handed a complete stranger a gift card. Or maybe you didn’t see her Katie Jones at all, but were on the receiving end of one of her 34 random kindnesses – like the parent who found a container of disposable wipes in the family restroom at an Urbandale SuperTarget store. along with her quickly-becoming-trademarked card: “Hi, my name is Katie. In celebration of my 34th birthday, I’m doing 34 acts of kindness. Enjoy the kindness and try to pass kindness along in your own way.” Another of her kindnesses was to…
Marissa Frost will learn this week if her doodle depicting her "best day ever" is the national winner.
Sign up for Urbandale Patch's free newsletter | Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Anticipation is building for Urbandale Middle School eighth grader Marissa Frost, who’ll learn this week if she’s one of five national finalists in Doodle 4 Google, the giant technology company’s contest to redesign its iconic homepage logo. Frost and the other finalists have been invited to New York City, where the five finalists and the national winner will be announced Wednesday. The winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship, along with a trip to New York City for the final awards ceremony, a Google Chromebook, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt with the winning doodle printed on the front. The national winner’s school will …
Event features station tours, balloons for the kids and treats for everyone.
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In honor of EMS Week, the Urbandale Fire Department will host an open house from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Fire Station No. 41, 7100 Douglas Ave. President Obama declared May 19-26 EMS Week. While in the station, visitors will be able to visit several information tables including CPR instructions and class registrations, AED demonstrations, first-aid information, child seat inspection and installation of the visitor’s supplied car seat. Department personnel will also fit and give away bicycle helmets as part of the open house. Station tours, balloons, handouts, and treats will also be available. Due to limited parking at the fire station visitors are encouraged to park along Monroe Court behind the fire station or in the …
The Johnston Dragons take on neighboring Urbandale High School Monday.
The 2013 Johnston Girls Tennis team qualified for Monday's state Tournament by defeating Waukee 5-2 on May 18 at Johnston. The team is led by Coach Ben Knight. Players Sheyna Nathwani, freshman; EmmaGrace Walter, sophomore; Karly Palmer, senior; Payton Kintz, senior; Liera Bender, sophomore; and Eisha Nathwani, sophomore, all qualified for state. Johnston will play Urbandale at Ankeny in the first round of state on Monday, May 20. Photos courtesy of Johnston photographer Dave Walter.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Iowa State recruit Allen Lazard is also the top-ranked receiver in the country.
Allen Lazard, an Urbandale High School football player, has been named to Rivals.com’s list of the top 100 high school football players in the Class of 2014. Lazard, an Iowa State recruit and a receiver for the J-Hawks, is no. 25 on the list. The 6-foot-5, 204-pounder is also the top-ranked receiver in the country, according to the Des Moines Register. The latest Rivals ranking took Lazard down a spot. In February, he was no. 24 on the list. During the past season Lazard was named to the Elite All State Football Team by the Des Moines Register, according to the Urbandale J-Hawks website. This was the second consecutive year Lazard was honored by the newspaper in this manner.
Police are seeking 16-year-old Taylor Ann Claiser, who might be with a 20-year-old man.
The Urbandale Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Taylor Ann Claiser, said Public Information Officer Randy Peteron. Authorities believe Claiser is with 20-year-old Spencer Brookman. She has been missing since April 15, 2013. Anyone with information on Claiser's whereabouts is asked to contact the Urbandale Police Department at (515) 331-6803.
Find out what's in store for Urbandale weather this week.
So what's going on in Urbandale weather this week? A warmer, windy start to the work week will give way to cooler temps later this week. While our area was pummeled with rain and severe weather Sunday night, we could see more as early as Monday afternoon. Here's a peek at what the first few days of the week will look like weatherwise, according to the National Weather Service: Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Breezy, with a south southwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. West …