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Wednesday Afternoon News, July 25th


Day Two of the Thomas Bibler Murder Trial

(Le Mars) — Day two of testimony regarding the Thomas Bibler murder trial took place today at the Plymouth County Courthouse. Bibler is accused of fatally stabbing his sister, Shannon Bogh, in June of 2016. Le Mars Police officers Jay King and Justin Daale both took the witness stand. King and
Daale testified to the investigation that occurred after the stabbing incident had taken place. King indicated a search warrant was issued for the arrest of Thomas Bibler. King presented a timeline indicating Bibler’s whereabouts during the Saturday evening of June 2016. He said Bibler had finished working at Lally’s Eastside restaurant, then placed a phone call,
before being seen at the Bogh residence. King took Bibler to the Plymouth County Jail to be booked and processed. Defense attorney Sharese Whitecell asked King why the police focused their attention on Thomas Bibler?

Whitecell pressed King asking if the police ever investigated other suspects other than Bibler?

King says he investigated the inheritance left by Shannon’s father to both Shannon and to Thomas Bibler, as well as with Philip Bogh.

King says through his investigation he did not see anything that would tie Philip Bogh. Senior Police Officer Justin Daale took the stand and said the initial investigation found droplets of blood at the crime scene. Daale saida search warrant was conducted by the Special Response Team of Bibler’s residence, and several knives were found.

Officer Daale says there were several knives that seem to be out of place.
He says the S-R-T team also found a pocket knife located in the bathroom.

Daale says police officers found some evidence of blood near the driver’s side door of Bibler’s pickup truck when they processed the truck for additional evidence.



Food Judge Talks About Plymouth County Food Entries

(Le Mars) — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to judge food items at the Plymouth County Fair? Jennifer Loudermilk of Royal, Iowa, is often called upon as a judge at county fairs, including the Plymouth County Fair.
She had the opportunity to taste several food items on Tuesday.

The food judge shares what she looks for while judging food items.

Loudermilk works with the Iowa Egg Council and explains the different types of foods she judged at the Plymouth County Fair.

Loudermilk says all the food entries tasted “fabulous.”



Naig To Visit Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Fair will have a special visitor attending the fair’s festivities on Thursday afternoon. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has announced he will come to Le Mars to see the fair that promotes itself as “the best five days of summer.” Naig assumed the role of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture after Bill Northey accepted a position with the U-S
Department of Agriculture this past May.



USDA To Offer Financial Assistance To Farmers Due To Lost Trade Markets

(Undated) –– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to
protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion impact of the unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods.
These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets.
Perdue says the plan is a short-term solution to give Trump time to negotiate trade deals.
Farmers say they’d rather have tariffs ended and trade restarted with China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union.



Vermeer Employees Return To Work Following Tornado

PELLA, Iowa (AP) – Employees have gone back to work at a giant equipment manufacturer in central Iowa that was badly damaged by a tornado last week.
The Des Moines Register reports that nearly three-quarters of Vermeer’s employees returned to work Tuesday. The company’s Pella plants employ 2,700 people.
Several of the company’s plants were hit by an EF-3 tornado last week. The storm was one of at least a dozen twisters that touched down in the central part of the state.
Vermeer spokeswoman Liz Sporrer says several buildings sustained damage. Two more plants are expected to open at the end of next week.
Seven workers were treated for minor injuries after the tornado hit. No employees were seriously injured or killed.