With no certainty that either presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will make a Siouxland election over the last 13 days to the Nov. 8 election, a Republican Party event on Saturday could be the marquee event in Northwest Iowa over the final run-up to the election.

Democratic nominee Clinton, who is leading in national polls over Trump, has not appeared in Siouxland since the national convention in July. She will be in Iowa on Friday, with stops in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

Additionally, Trump's running mate Mike Pence will hold a campaign event in Fort Dodge on Thursday.

Then on Saturday evening, Siouxlanders can see a bevy of Republicans in an event at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa.

The Republican Parties of O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux, Lyon, Plymouth and Cherokee counties have drawn U.S. Rep. Steve King and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, who are running for re-election, with their Democratic opponents as Kim Weaver and Patty Judge, respectively.

Also in Sheldon will be U.S. Sen. John Thune, from adjacent South Dakota, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Kris “Tanto” Paronto.

Paranto is voice that Republicans want to share as they seek to prevent a Clinton presidency. Republicans have blasted Clinton's handling of the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, when she was Secretary of State.

Four people died, and Paronto was part the Central Intelligence Agency security team that responded to the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The actions of Paronto and others are recounted in the book “13 Hours” by Mitchell Zuckof.

Also on Saturday, King will hold his annual pheasant hunt and fundraising in a hunting area near Akron, Iowa, a bit south of Sheldon. King's hunt has drawn a series of presidential wannabees, including Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Chris Christie.

Hunting activities will be held Saturday and Sunday. Grassley will be King's guest for breakfast on Sunday at the Hole N’ the Wall Lodge near Akron.


County and education reporter

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