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Wednesday News, July 25th


Opening Testimony Is Heard In Bibler Trial

(Le Mars) — Testimony began Tuesday morning in the Plymouth County trial of a Le Mars, Iowa man accused of the June 2016 stabbing death of his sister.
35-year-old Thomas Bibler is charged with first degree murder,
willful injury and going armed with intent in the death of 27 year old Shannon Bogh at her residence in Le Mars.
Philip Bogh, the victim’s husband, testified that he and his wife had gone to dinner the evening of June 16th and returned home.
Shannon and their two-year-old child went outside to water flowers, and when Philip followed a short time later he found Shannon’s brother, Thomas Bibler, talking with them:

Philip Bogh then testified that Bibler moved away from Shannon and headed for his truck:

Lisa Bogh, Philip’s mother, had been baby-sitting the couple’s two youngest children while they were at dinner.
Lisa says she heard gasping and screaming outside and then Shannon ran back into the home and screamed at her to call 9-1-1:

Lisa Bogh says her daughter-in-law then told her she was afraid:

Plymouth County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Singer testified that Shannon Bogh was not responsive when he arrived at the scene.
She was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital where she died from her
Judge Jeffrey Neary is presiding over the bench trial which is
expected to last at least through Thursday.



Floyd Valley Healthcare Teams Up With Hockey Team For “Hotshots”

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare has announced a new pediatric program in partnership with the Sioux City Musketeers hockey team. Ann Cole-Nelson with Floyd Valley explains the program of the Floyd Valley “Hotshots”.

The Floyd Valley official says six former pediatrict patients will be
selected for the Hotshots program.

The Hotshots program is often referred to in other sporting venues as “Kid Captain.” Cole-Nelson says the games will fall during the season when the children are able best able to attend the hockey games.

Cole-Nelson says applicants need to apply on-line through the Floyd Valley Healthcare website. She shares how the “hotshot” participants will be selected.

Cole-Nelson says applications need to be submitted before September 30th.



Plymouth County Fair Features Several 4-H Static Exhibits

(Le Mars) — The 4-H static exhibits for the Plymouth County Fair were judged on Tuesday and Janelle Johnson, a co-coordinator with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County says the judges were
impressed with the exhibits.

Johnson says Plymouth County is not only known for its quality of 4-H projects, but also by its quantity. The Extension staffer says several Plymouth County 4-H members enter static displays, making the judge’s decision, that much more difficult.

Johnson says the number of projects eligible for the Iowa State Fair is based on the number of 4-H members from each county.

Johnson talks about some of the 4-H projects that caught her attention during yesterday’s judging.

The Extension coordinator shares some advice to those people wanting to visit the 4-H Exhibit Building…

The 4-H Exhibit building is located on the west edge of the fairgrounds and is open between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. each day of the fair.



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. Naig was able to win a five-way race at the Republican State convention to win the nomination for the Republican party.



USDA To Offer Farmers Financial Assistance For Lost Trade

(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.



Authorities Identify The Fatal Train Accident Victim

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Nebraska man died when a train moved as he was crawling underneath it in northwest Iowa.
Sioux City police say the accident occurred just after 11 p.m. Monday.
Police say the train had stopped in downtown and the man tried to crawl under it to continue on his way. But it moved, running over him.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have identified him as 45- year-old Kalmer Crowe. He lived in Winnebago, Nebraska.



Iowa DNR Investigating Fish Kill

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) – Iowa natural resources officials are investigating a fungicide spill and subsequent fish kill in a central Iowa creek.
The state Department of Natural Resources says an estimated 180 gallons of fungicide spilled Monday when a 250-gallon container fell from a Landus Cooperative truck Monday afternoon at the intersection of state Highways 163 and 316. Some of it reached Camp Creek, where department staff found dead
minnows and chubs downstream of the spill site.
Officials say the creek fish kill began east of Pleasant Hill and
extended about five miles north of Runnells in Polk County.
Workers from Landus pumped up nearly 2,000 gallons of water and product from a ditch Monday as part of the cleanup effort.
Department officials have determined the fungicide did not reach the Des Moines River.



Newspaper Columnist Dies

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Donald Kaul, a longtime newspaper columnist and a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice over, has died. He was 83.
His son, Chris Kaul, tells the Des Moines Register that his father
died Sunday at his home in Washington, D.C., following a long battle with prostate cancer that spread to his skeleton.
Kaul started his journalism career at the Des Moines Tribune, an
afternoon newspaper, in the early 1960s covering public safety and other topics. He took over the “Over the Coffee” column in 1965. Kaul transformed the column, which had been a light feature that included society gossip, into a humorous and often acerbic commentary on current events.
At his height, Kaul’s column was syndicated in 150 newspapers.
His column was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1987, when he wrote for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and again in 1999 for the Register.
Kaul was also co-founder of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, known as RAGBRAI.