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Least of Saints Ministry leader to speak at St. Luke UMC

Harkin receives national peace, human rights award Special to the Daily News

Submitted Photo Scott Greene, founder of the Least of Saints Ministry, will share the story of the ministry’s start Sunday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Greene felt there was a need for a place for individuals who wouldn’t usually enter a church building. He rented the former Axtell building on First Avenue and began preaching at 6 p.m. every Saturday night. His wife, Linda, helped clean and prepare the place and fully supports his efforts. New people come to the informal ministry every week. St. Luke worship times are 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday and the community is invited. The St. Luke praise band will play, and an offering will be received to support the Least of Saints Ministry.

Council Continued from Page 1A “I began to have concerns that if we didn’t have a qualified person to take the lead in our housing initiative and to work with the NHDC…I saw that arrangement could be problematic,” Hansen said. “So I quickly came to a conclusion that (hiring a development specialist) is the best approach.” Hansen said he also believes this option would have the least financial impact on the city’s budget with the greatest reward. He said he had reservations about contracting the position to a third party. “I hope the community understands this is a venture to improve the community and work on some areas that we

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haven’t worked on in the past,” “There’s not guarantees, obviously, but we have to consider the best approach and that’s the best approach is to have someone on the team.” Knabel said without someone to tackle these duties would result in current city staff being forced to drop other duties. In the end, Hansen said the important factor was that the development specialist act as the sales person for the housing programs, something Knabel echoed. “That person needs the personality. He needs to be an extrovert, not like myself, the introvert,” Knabel said. Council member Dennis Julius said he has concerns about general pressures on the current city payroll. Additionally, he added, he

wanted to ensure that the city will potentially have the funding to support the enforcement of a new animal ordinance. “I think it would be bad if we didn’t follow through with all the efforts and suggestions other people have put up to address that problem, which will make Newton a better community,” Julius said. Knabel noted that departments across the city have expressed to him the need for more people, but that many directors understand the investment benefit in a position like this. “Everyone has those kind of needs that they face,” he said. “Those kinds of pressures will always be there.” Staff writer Dave Hon may be contacted at (641) 7923121, ext. 425, or at dhon@

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for a Livable World, Council for a Livable World’s PeacePAC and the Center for Arms Control and N o n - Pr o l i f e r a t i o n awarded the Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award to Sen. Tom Harkin (DIA) and former Congressman Bob Edgar (D-PA). Rep. Edgar’s award was given posthumously and received by his wife, Merle Edgar. “It is a pleasure to give this well-deserved award to Senator Harkin for his nearly four decades of work advocating for human rights in the U.S. Congress,” said Terry Lierman, the event chairman and member of Council for a Livable World and PeacePAC’s Boards of Directors. “Senator Harkin has been a tireless advocate and his retirement next

year will leave a significant void in the halls of the Capitol.” In selecting Sen. Harkin, the groups cited the Senator’s efforts to increase the health and wellness of all Americans, to improve the nation’s education system and tireless advocacy for working families. Moreover, the Senator was active on national security issues even before his first election to Congress. “Bob Edgar was a triathlon champ,” said David Cohen, former president of Common Cause and senior Congressional Fellow at Council for a Livable World. “It is so fitting that Bob receives the Drinan award. Like Father Bob Drinan, Bob passionately connected peace, social justice, the social gospel and action.” In selecting Congressman Edgar, the groups cited his opposition to the Iraq War, advocacy for nuclear arms control and sup-

port of American veterans. They also cited his efforts on environmental reform, poverty eradication, reducing wasteful government spending and defense of civil rights. The National Journal once called Rep. Edgar the real-life version of Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith from the iconic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  The Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award is given annually to individuals “who exemplify Father Drinan’s commitment to peace and human justice.” It was established in 2005 in honor of Father Drinan, the former chairman of PeacePAC and first Catholic priest elected to Congress.  Father Drinan served in Congress for 10 years as a Congressman from Massachusetts. The awards were given in a ceremony at the Frederick Douglass Museum in Washington, D.C.

Iowan takes bullying lawsuit to Iowa’s high court MASON CITY (AP) — A woman has appealed her bullying lawsuit against the Mason City school district to the Iowa Supreme Court. The Mason City Globe Gazette reported the lawsuit filed by Heather Conti on behalf of her teenage daughter was dismissed by a Cerro Gordo County District Court judge last month. The lawsuit filed in June 2012 says that

during the previous school year, Angelina Conti suffered harassment that was “detrimental to her physical and mental health and substantially interfered with her academic performance.” The lawsuit says that when Heather Conti complained to school officials, they took no action to protect the teenager. The girl later open-enrolled in a neighboring district.


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