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Iowa State Fair Undecided As To Whether A Poultry Show Will Happen

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – While several state fairs around the country are calling off poultry shows because of the Midwest bird flu outbreak, the Iowa State Fair is taking a wait-and-see approach.

Spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says officials are monitoring the bird flu outbreak and coordinating plans with the state veterinarian and other agriculture officials.

She says poultry show entries are not due until July 1st giving fair officials time to monitor the situation and make a decision.

Scientists say warmer weather and an end to wild waterfowl migration is likely to stop the virus spread.

Bird flu has affected more than 33 million birds in 15 states hitting Minnesota and Iowa turkey and chicken flocks hardest.

Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are among states to have canceled poultry shows at state fairs.

 

 

Bicycle Rodeo Scheduled For Monday

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Cyclists want to see young bicycle riders use safety when riding their bikes.  For that reason, they are sponsoring a bicycle rodeo scheduled for Monday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Olson Cultural Events Center.  Assisting with the bike rodeo are Floyd Valley Hospital, the Le Mars Rotary Organization, and the Le Mars Police Department.  Mark Strub with the Plymouth Cyclists Club says the program is focused on children learning to ride bicycles.

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Strub says May is recognized as National Bike Month.  He says the bike safety rodeo will also feature several volunteer groups providing a safety inspection, and the Le Mars Police Department will be at the bike rodeo assisting bicyclists with registering their bicycles.

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Strub says refreshments will be served to the participants, and he is hoping for a good attendance for the first annual bike rodeo.

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry To Visit Le Mars

(Le Mars) –– Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to appear in Le Mars on Monday.  Perry will be at “The Living Center” located on Central Avenue, at 2:00 p.m. Perry, a republican, is considering entering the presidential race.  He tried in 2012, but came in last place among the large field of Republican candidates.

 

 

Beef Council Addresses New Labeling Requirements

(Le Mars) –May is recognized as Beef Month, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council says there are more than 27,000 Iowa farms that raise cattle, adding to the state’s economy.  Nancy Degner serves as the Executive Director for the Iowa Beef Industry Council and she says beef is a good value for consumers. Degner says a three-ounce serving portion of beef provides several vitamins and nutrients.

 

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Memorial Day is often times considered as the unofficial start to summer, and Degner says it is a time when backyard grills are fired up and beef sales are on the increase.

The Iowa Beef Industry Council Executive says recently the Food Safety and Inspection Services, as part of the U-S-D-A, will begin requiring new labels to be placed on cuts of beef that have been mechanically tenderized.

 

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Degner says the reason for the new labeling is because of concerns against either E-coli or salmonella bacteria.

 

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Degner says studies have shown there have been very few occurrences of bacteria being introduced to beef cuts through mechanized tenderizing.

 

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Degner says the Beef Industry Council’s position is that it is always a good idea to help consumers understand the proper cooking methods when cooking beef.


Family Files Lawsuit Against State And Local Law Enforcement Officials

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – Relatives of a Burlington woman who was mistakenly killed by an Iowa police officer have filed a formal complaint against state and local officials involved in the investigation into her death.
The family of 34-year-old Autumn Steele filed the complaint Friday with the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-member board that investigates issues involving open meetings and public records.
An attorney for some family members says officials refuse to release documents related to Steele’s Jan. 6 death, which happened when a Burlington officer responding to a domestic disturbance tried to shoot a family dog but shot Steele instead.
The complaint lists the Burlington Police Department, the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

Four People Remain In Custody After Being Accused Of Smuggling Guns To Lebanon

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Four relatives charged with smuggling a large amount of weapons from Iowa to Lebanon will remain in custody pending trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles ordered three of the suspects detained Friday following several hours of testimony. The fourth didn’t seek his release.
Scoles says he doesn’t want to speculate on the government’s implication that the arms could be linked to Hezbollah or another terrorist organization because there is no hard evidence to support it. But he says it’s possible that at a minimum the motive was greed.
Testimony indicated the four legally purchased guns and ammunition in Iowa that would sell for 10 times the price in Lebanon.
Scoles says the suspects are a flight risk because they have ties in Lebanon and the resources to get there.