MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Pardons has granted its first full pardon in more than three decades, to a woman who used a fake name and false documents to get a job in order to cover food and housing costs for her family. Maria Elizondo was convicted in 2012 of wrongfully obtaining assistance and identify theft. She was sentenced to serve 10 years of probation and ordered to pay back $24,758 to the state. The mother of seven took a job at a turkey farm in Ada, Minnesota, in 2006 under the pseudonym Natalia Rubio. Her son, Jorge Elizondo, says his mother never meant to be malicious but “did what she had to do” to feed her family.
DES MOINES — Yet another winter storm will impact much of Iowa from lateTuesday into Wednesday as the recent active weather patterncontinues. Snow will develop over southwestern Iowa late Tuesdayafternoon and quickly move northeast during the evening and earlynighttime hours, falling heavily at times through the night beforegradually tapering off and moving out on Wednesday. Although windswill remain fairly light, visibility will be significantly reducedduring periods of intense snowfall and road conditions willrapidly deteriorate Tuesday night. Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Pocahontas-Humboldt-Wright-Franklin-Butler-Sac-Calhoun-Webster-Hamilton-Hardin-Grundy-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha,Mason City, Clear Lake, Pocahontas, Laurens, Rolfe, Fonda,Gilmore City, Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton,Parkersburg, Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison,Dumont, Sac City, Lake View, Odebolt, Wall Lake, Schaller, Early,Rockwell City, Manson, Lake City, Pomeroy, Fort Dodge,Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley, Grundy Center,Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, and Wellsburg300 PM CST Mon Feb 18 2019…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGHWEDNESDAY AFTERNOON…* WHAT…Heavy snow, total accumulations of 5 to 7 inches possible.* WHERE…Much of Iowa, including north central areas of the state.* WHEN…From late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Winds will remain fairly light, but intense snowfall rates may result in considerable visibility restrictions, with road conditions deteriorating rapidly Tuesday night. Hazardous travel conditions could impact the Wednesday morning commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significantsnow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continueto monitor the latest forecasts.===============Mitchell-Howard-Floyd-Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Buffalo-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Charles City, Wabasha,Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona, Austin, Preston, and Alma316 PM CST Mon Feb 18 2019…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGHWEDNESDAY AFTERNOON…* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Accumulations of 4 to 6 inches possible.* WHERE…Portions of west central Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…From late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significantsnow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continueto monitor the latest forecasts.
TERRY SMITH Coach Terry Smith is the greatest athlete in Gateway High School history. In 1986 he led the Gators to a state championship. He was the head football coach at Gateway for the last 11-years and finished his career as Gateway’s highest winning percentage coach with a 77% winning record. He was 101-30 in his 11 seasons as head coach.In June the school board voted to reduce his athletic director position from full-time to part-time and cut his salary in half. Smith filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, in October that said the decision was racially motivated. He is not withdrawing the complaint.Coach Smith recently accepted a job as wide-receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the Temple University Owls football team. His salary at Temple will be $150,000, he said.Smith, who was an assistant coach at Duquesne University from 1997 to 2000, said he will be Temple’s recruiting coordinator for the Pittsburgh area, as well as the areas around State College, Johnstown, Erie and into Ohio.“I was blessed to have good coaches around me. Michael Booth, a Brashear graduate, has been with me all 11 years, from day one to the very end,” Smith said. “There were a number of other coaches who were major parts of the program.”Football is like the Art of War, so creating your competitive exit strategy is somewhat similar to the military carefully calculating and planning a battle strategy necessary to win a war. When did coach Smith decide to pursue the Owls?“I never applied to Temple. They came to me,’ Smith said.“This is something that I always wanted to do, but I didn’t know if I would ever get the opportunity to do it. Our goal is to win a Big East conference championship.”Smith was honored in September 2010 by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of the 50 Men of Excellence and has been one of the top coaches in the WPIAL. In 11 seasons at Gateway, Smith sent 23 players to NCAA Division I-A colleges and 17 more to Division I-AA colleges.Despite all his success he has been under the microscope from the start, the scrutiny even more intense than normal because he was a first-time head coach and because he is Black.A private investigator was hired by the Gateway school board in November, by then-school board President Dave Magill and then-Vice President Steve O’Donnell, and found no improprieties.Making an often arrogant and out-of-touch institution such as the school board look like a paragon of common sense is no easy task. But Coach Smith somehow found a way to do exactly that last week.“Gateway hired a private investigator to check into every single player on our roster and they found nothing,” said Smith. “They spent over $4,000 for this investigation. When you run a program that is first class and you put kids first you would think that money could have been used more wisely.”It is believed that now that Coach Smith has moved on that the Athletic Director’s job will be restored to full-time status.So look for this wise old Owl to meet with the district officials along with his attorney (Milton Raiford), the EEOC legal staff and defeat the Gateway School Board and win a Big East Conference football championship in 2013.