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Tuesday News, July 24th


Domestic Dispute Ends With Collision With Utility Pole

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department along with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic dispute last evening that turned into a short car chase with the suspect hitting an utility pole. The incident happened at about 12:25 a.m. on the 100 block of 12th Street southeast. The suspect fled the scene from where the domestic dispute was
reported, and took off driving a Ford Sport Utility Vehicle heading west on 12th Street southeast. Law enforcement officials began chasing the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect then drove his vehicle into a utility pole, near the Rexwinkle Funeral Home, breaking the pole. Although the pole had snapped, power lines remained in place and there was no lost of power to the neighborhood. MidAmerican Energy arrived at the scene nearly an hour later
to repair the utility pole. Airbags deployed in the vehicle, and the front end of the SUV sustained considerable damage. The suspect was conscious following the collision. He was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Le Mars Ambulance Service. Also responding to the incident was the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department. City crews had blocked off 12th Street
Southeast while MidAmerican Energy crews repaired the broken utility pole.



Bibler To Face Trial For Fatal Stabbing

(Le Mars) — More than two years has past since a fatal stabbing happened in Le Mars, with the suspect, Thomas Bibler, accused of stabbing to death his sister, Shannon Bough. After a series of delays, a bench trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday from the Plymouth County Courthouse. Judge Jeff Neary
will oversee the proceedings. No jury will be summoned since it is a bench trial. The trial is expected to last about four days. Bibler has pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing incident.



Supervisors To Discuss ATV’s On County Roads

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning, and on their agenda will be discussion focusing on whether or not to grant all-terrain vehicles access to Plymouth County’s secondary roads. Brett Niehus is scheduled to appear before the county governing board to discuss
the issue. It is expected that Niehus will request the supervisors to consider legalizing ATV’s on county roads. In other action, the county supervisors will hear from Adam DeRocher as he submits information seeking approval of a minor subdivision, Abrasive Acres#2, in America Township.
Attorney Barry Thompson of Remsen will ask the county supervisors for an approval of an extension for the five-year Tax Incremental Financing, or TIF, for the West Development 1st Addition Urban Renewal Area in Remsen. The county board of supervisors will also meet with architects to discuss the
current county courthouse renovation project.



Floyd Valley Healthcare To Announce New Program With Hockey Team

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare has scheduled news conference this morning to announce a new pediatric program in partnership with the Sioux City Musketeers hockey team.



Fair Officials Expect Good Attendance With Good Weather

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Fair starts tomorrow with a good weather forecast during the duration of the fair. Rich Benson serves as the president of the Plymouth County Fair, and he is anticipating a good fair.

Benson says the Plymouth County Fair will again provide a variety of entertainment both at the grandstand, as well as at the Pioneer Village stage.

Back again for the 2018 Plymouth County Fair will be the popular attraction from last year, the helicopter rides.

One of the upgrades attendees will notice of the fair is the renovation of Century Hall.

Attendance fees remains the same as last year with $10 per person, or $40 for a carload.

The Plymouth County Fair runs from Wednesday through Sunday. Check the KLEM website at www.klem1410.com for daily schedules.



Chamber Agriculture Committee To Host Agricultural Educational Exhibit in Famous Tonsfeldt Round Barn

(Le Mars) — The famous Tonsfeldt round barn turns 100 years old this year, and the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce is acknowledging the barn’s anniversary with a focus on Plymouth County Barns. For the last five years, the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee have featured an
agricultural educational exhibit inside the round barn. Jordan Sitzmann serves as the Vice President of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Division and talks about this year’s focus.

Sitzmann says there are new interactive displays that will also be featured this year inside the round barn.

The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is hosting the chamber coffee which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the round barn at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Sitzmann says its an opportunity to help celebrate the barn’s century anniversary and to get a
preview of the exhibit.

The Chamber Ag Committee chairman explains why the committee features an agricultural education display at the Plymouth County Fair.

This marks the fifth year for the agricultural educational exhibit inside the round barn.



Female University of Iowa Student Still Missing

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – Relatives, friends and law enforcement are looking for a University of Iowa student who went missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of Brooklyn.
Authorities say 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was reported missing
Thursday. A neighbor reported seeing her going for a jog Wednesday evening.
The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Tibbetts had not been found.
Posters placed around town have one word across the center: Missing.
Searchers have focused on fields between her home and where she was dog sitting.
Her aunt, Kim Calderwood, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that the situation is frustrating. She says it’s “the worst thing … to want to fix something you can’t fix.”



Crops Look To Be In Great Condition During Pollination Stage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The corn and soybean crops in Iowa and Nebraska are significantly ahead of schedule and looking very good for a plentiful harvest this fall.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop progress report Monday says Nebraska corn is rated 87 percent good to excellent and in Iowa its 79 percent.
Soybeans are 85 percent good to excellent in Nebraska. In Iowa it’s 76 percent.
The crops are significantly ahead in development in both states.
Corn silking is more than a week ahead of schedule in Iowa with 88 percent silked. It’s 82 percent in Nebraska.
Soybean blooming in Nebraska is at 78 percent compared with 71 percent of the five-year average and in Iowa 81 percent of the crop is blooming ahead of the 66 percent average.