Tri-state governors are reacting to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, voting rights for Native Americans in South Dakota, falling college enrollment in the fall for two Iowa universities, and more.

Buckingham Palace has said Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96. Elizabeth spent seven decades on the throne as Britain rebuilt after the war, lost an empire, transformed its economy and moved in and out of the European Union. When the queen dies, her 73-year-old son Charles automatically becomes king and will be known as King Charles III. Elizabeth was a constant presence, the only monarch most Britons have ever known. She probably met more people than anyone in history, and her image, which adorned stamps, coins and banknotes, was among the most reproduced in the world. But his inner life and opinions remained largely an enigma.

Statement from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II:

“Today we recognize the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a remarkable and steadfast woman who fought alongside the United States during some of the most difficult times in the free world. I will admire always her courage, her love of freedom and her tenacity, which inspired other women in leadership positions.Kevin and I join Iowans in extending our condolences to the Royal Family.

From Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:

Queen Elizabeth II has lived an extraordinary life. Throughout her more than 70 years on the throne, she has been a friend to our nation and a model of patriotism, service and Christian charity to the world. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and to the people of the UK today.

From South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem:

An incredible life so well led. Her Majesty has seen so many triumphs and tragedies in her 96 years on earth. The royalty that could walk with the common man. May she rest in peace.

An investigation is underway after a fatal shooting in Wayne County, Nebraska last night.

The Nebraska State Patrol said when authorities arrived at the scene north of Wisner around 7:15 p.m., they found a man with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

A northwest Iowa man was killed when his farm tractor was hit by a semiconductor last night.

The collision happened on Highway 60, four miles south of Ashton. The Iowa State Patrol said the semi-rear of a tractor driven by 84-year-old George Klein of Sheldon. The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.

A second person died after an accident in Woodbury County on Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says Gerald and Sally Forch of Kingsley were killed after their vehicle was hit while turning on Highway 20 between Moville and Correctionville.

Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On September 6, 2022, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Deputies and EMS responded to the area of ​​Highway 20 and Lee Avenue for a traffic accident.

The two occupants of the hit vehicle had to be extracted from the vehicle. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at Mercy One. The passenger was airlifted to Mercy One and has also since died.

The two victims are Gerald and Sally Forch, Kingsley, Iowa.

A Sioux City man charged with burglary at a hardware store in Storm Lake has been linked to similar crimes throughout Iowa and surrounding states.

Radio Iowa reports that Adam Nelson, 45, is facing multiple felony charges after being arrested by Lyon County deputies in Rock Rapids on drug-related charges and other warrants in Sioux County. Nelson is accused of stealing $2,800 worth of merchandise from Ace Hardware in Storm Lake in January.

Nebraska officials expect to receive nearly $200 million from the federal government, which they plan to spend on expanding high-speed internet access across the state.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced several pools of federal funding are coming to Nebraska at a press conference Wednesday. Ricketts described broadband as “core infrastructure” that is crucial to improving the lives of residents and the state as a whole.

Last week the The U.S. Treasury Department approved $87.7 million for Nebraska to increase high-speed Internet access to approximately 21,000 homes and businesses.

South Dakota’s secretary of state will establish a voting rights coordinator and train state agencies on how to comply with federal voting rights laws. It’s part of a settlement with two Native American tribes that successfully sued the state for violating federal voter registration assistance laws. In May, a U.S. District Judge sided with two tribes, the Rosebud Sioux and Oglala Sioux, and the Lakota People’s Law Project after suing the Secretary of State for violating the voter registration. The Secretary of State’s office agreed to pay $625,000 in attorney fees to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Iowa is starting to receive shipments of the latest COVID-19 booster shots, and experts say we should consult with our doctors about the best time to get vaccinated.

Federal figures show that 63% of all Iowans received their first vaccinations against the virus, but only just over half of that group received their first booster dose.

Two of Iowa’s three public universities saw declining enrollment this fall. The exception is the University of Iowa where the total number of students increased slightly to just over 30,000. This includes undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

The freshman class is the third-largest ever at U-of-I.

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Brent Gage said more out-of-state students will come to Iowa City in 2022 after the coronavirus pandemic kept many away in recent years.

“Now that things have kind of calmed down in that area, we’ve seen a lot more students wanting to come to the University of Iowa, especially in our destination programs.”

That includes the college of business, which Gage said saw record enrollment.

The total number of students at Iowa State University fell this fall to just under 30,000, although the freshman class was larger than last year. This is the first time ISU enrollment has fallen below 30,000 since the fall of 2011.

Enrollment is down 3% at the University of Northern Iowa, with just under 9,000 students.

Iowa is aiming for its seventh straight victory in the Cy-Hawk game against Iowa State on Saturday. The Hawkeyes host the Cyclones in the Big Ten’s featured game.

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