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SOS Student Attends White House Science Fair


Paullina, Iowa — A South O’Brien High School senior made an appearance at the White House last week. Eric Koehlmoos received a special invitation to participate in the 2015 White House Science Fair on Monday, March 23rd in Washington. Koehlmoos ...

Primghar man arrested on burglary charges


PRIMGHAR, Iowa — Numerous northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies — including the O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux County sheriff’s offices and the Sheldon, Sutherland and Paullina police departments —have worked jointly on a series of burglary ...

Northwest Iowa man arrested on burglary charges


PRIMGHAR, Iowa | A Paullina, Iowa, man has been arrested in conjunction with a series of burglaries from businesses, homes and cars in Northwest Iowa from May through October 2014. The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office on Friday arrested Seth Johnson ...

Myrne Steininger


She was born January 24, 1916, in Paullina, Iowa. Mrs. Steininger was graduated from the University of Iowa and Northwestern University. After college, she married Lowell Dean Howe in May 1939 in Galesburg, Illinois. You must be an online subscriber to ...

Drama explores issues of farmland transition


It's a show exploring the issues of farmland transition, commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa, whose president, Dan Wilson, lives in Paullina. Iowa's poet laureate, Swander, interviewed dozens of farm families, bankers and other stakeholders across ...

How do you bring next generation into the farm?


PAULLINA, Iowa — Finding a way to incorporate multiple generations into the farm operation – while keeping the business viable and ensuring a good living for all – is a challenge many farm families face today. With five children who wanted to farm ...

Mary Ann Davis


BLOOMINGTON — Mary Ann Davis, 92, Bloomington, died at 9:29 a.m. Aug. 22, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Paullina, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Anna Cohn Ewoldt. She married Francis John “Bud” Davis on July 7, 1944, in Sydney ...

Paullina, IA farmer finds a way around the drought


Mother Nature has done a lot of damage to this year's corn crop. But, there just may be a way for farmers to take back control, and keep their crops healthy rain, shine, or drought. Sound too good to be true? One Northwest Iowa farmer says he's already ...

Iowa teen commits suicide; family says he was bullied because he was gay


Kenneth Weishuhn, Jr. (via Facebook) Kenneth, a student at South O’Brien High School in Paullina, Iowa, reportedly came out as gay a few months ago, and had been bullied since. KITV-TV has more: Family members say he committed suicide because he was ...

Lloyd Buss


Lloyd Buss Paullina, age 91, passed away Friday, October 21, 2011 at Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar, Iowa. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, with Reverend John Battern officiating ...

Year in Books.


So this is really, really late, but I still wanted to post it. So, here are my reading stats for 2014. So, another year has came and gone. 2014 was a decent year reading and life wise for me. I sign…

Recensione: Il cavaliere d'inverno - Paullina Simons (The Bronze Horseman #1)


Il cavaliere d'inverno  (The Bronze Horseman #1)  di Paullina Simons  Rizzoli  Anno 2009  Pagine 697  Isbn: 9788817027519 Leningrado, 1941. In una tranquilla sera d'estate Tatiana e Dasha, sorelle ma…

In My Mailbox (IMM) #10


¡Hola! Este nuevo año me he planteado para el blog, en vista de mi ritmo de lectura y mi tiempo para estar por aquí, publicar sólo los sábados, que es el día que he elegido de forma indirecta. Me gust…




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The importance of local education funding in PAULLINA IOWA

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 


"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 

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Fighting against human trafficking in PAULLINA IOWA

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights » Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons » Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim » 20 Ways You Can Help

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking


After first learning about human trafficking, many people want to help in some way but do not know how. Here are just a few ideas for your consideration.

1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for inpiduals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, and federal employees.

2. In the United States, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips, or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST). Victims, including undocumented inpiduals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

3. Be a conscientious consumer. Discover your Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies, including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.

4. Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations’ conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant [example].

5. Join or start a grassroots anti-trafficking coalition.

6. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.

7. Distribute public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Homeland Security.

8. Volunteer to do victim outreach or offer your professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization.

9. Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization in your area.

10. Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.

11. Host an awareness event to watch and discuss a recent human trafficking documentary. On a larger scale, host a human trafficking film festival.

12. Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.

13. Set up a Google alert to receive current human trafficking news.

14. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community.

15. Start or sign a human trafficking petition.

16. Businesses: Provide internships, job skills training, and/or jobs to trafficking survivors. Consumers: Purchase items made by trafficking survivors such as from Jewel Girls or Made by Survivors.

17. Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university or secondary school club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Professors: Request that human trafficking be an issue included in university curriculum. Increase scholarship about human trafficking by publishing an article, teaching a class, or hosting a symposium.

18. Law Enforcement Officials: Join or start a local human trafficking task force.

19. Mental Health or Medical Providers: Extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims assisted by nearby anti-trafficking organizations. Train your staff on how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims.

20. Attorneys: Look for signs of human trafficking among your clients. Offer pro-bono services to trafficking victims or anti-trafficking organizations. Learn about and offer to human trafficking victims the legal benefits for which they are eligible. Assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work.

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Schools and libraries with Wi-Fi in PAULLINA IOWA ?

In June 2013, I joined the President in Mooresville, NC, to launch ConnectED – an initiative to close the technology gap in our schools and bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of America’s students within five years. This vision – that all students should have access to world-class digital learning – is well on its way to becoming a reality.

Thanks to the leadership of the President and the FCC, the resources are in place to meet the President’s connectivity goal. In addition, various private-sector partners are making over $2 billion worth of resources available to students, teachers, and schools. These include tablets, mobile broadband, software, and online teacher professional development courses from top universities. Fewer than 40 percent of public schools currently have the high-speed Internet needed to support modern digital learning.

But now we have the resources to solve this problem. We just need help from our nation’s superintendents and school technology chiefs.

Last year, the FCC approved the first major update to the E-Rate program since it was created in 1997. E-Rate (also known as the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries) makes it more affordable for schools and libraries to connect to high-speed Internet – with the goal of making the gigabit speeds we see in cities like Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Chattanooga, Tennessee the norm in schools across the country.

These updates have unlocked funding to support internal Wi-Fi network upgrades in schools and libraries this year for the first time since 2012. Wi-Fi is important because no matter how fast the Internet connection is to a school, students can’t take full advantage of it without a robust wireless network within the school.

To secure E-rate support for Wi-Fi, schools and libraries must submit a form describing their project needs to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC then posts the request for competitive bidding. The Department of Education has prepared an Infrastructure Guide to help district leaders navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students. That said, schools and libraries have the final say when they submit an application to USAC for approval.

Bringing our schools up to speed is a major priority, and E-rate provides an opportunity to make doing so much more affordable. For all of the superintendents and technology officers: If you haven’t yet done so, get your requests submitted by February 26, 2015, and your applications in before March 26, 2015 (requests must be up for 28 days before a school can choose a vendor). Your students, your community, and your country will thank you for bringing our classrooms into the 21st century. [20]










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