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Thursday Afternoon News, August 30th


Plymouth County Farm Bureau Federation To Celebrate Century Anniversary

(Le Mars) — 100 years ago, back in 1918, there were several significant agricultural events…the construction of the famous Tonsfeldt round barn in Plymouth County, John Deere acquiring the Waterloo Boy Tractor Company and starting manufacturing tractors, and Iowa State University began its extension program for Plymouth County. Another occurrence also happened in
1918, a group of farmers got together to form the Plymouth County Farm Bureau organization. Mark Bohner serves as the regional director for Plymouth County Farm Bureau. He says the organization will celebrate its century anniversary during its annual meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 4th at
the Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Bohner explains the origins of the farm organization.


Bohner says the membership dues were set at $5, but for 1918, that was thought to be a considerable amount.

Bohner says the important agricultural issues of the day in 1918 are many of the same issues facing today’s farmers. He says at that time, Farm Bureau was responsible for implementing the extension services.

Farm Bureau ranks as being the largest farm organization in Iowa, and Bohner says much of that is because of the insurance provided by Farm Bureau.

The Farm Bureau representative says the organization continues to evolve and grow, and identifying needed services for rural Iowa.

Bohner says during the annual meeting and banquet scheduled for Tuesday evening, the program will provide many opportunities to look back through the years and reflect on Farm Bureau’s growth, including a display of antique restored tractors.

The evening will also provide musical entertainment with Allyn Anderson and Dave Grosenheider.



Local Candidates Submit Nomination Papers To Be Included On General Election Ballot

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Auditor’s Office has announced the names of local nominees that have submitted papers to be included on the general election ballot, scheduled for November 6th. Five nominees have filed papers to be considered for the Plymouth County Extension Council. They include: Steve Tonsfeldt, Karen B. Harrington, Cynthia K. Wolff, Tanya Riemenschneider, and Julie Madden. Two people have filed for positions with the Soil and Water Conservation District, they include Jeff Petersen and Pat Winter. Wayne T. Pick has submitted petition nomination papers for the Fredonia Township clerk’s position, while Mike Schnepf and Mike Detloff have filed to be a Fredonia Township Trustee.



MidAmerican Energy Says They Have A Plan To Protect Birds Near Windfarms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co. has filed a plan that it says will help protect bald eagles and four bat species at the company’s wind farms.
The company says in a news release that the habitat conservation plan filed Thursday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reflects four years of research.
The plan aims to help protect the bats by modifying nighttime turbine operations during certain months and making additional operational changes at wind farms with signs of higher bat activity.
The plan also proposes measures to reduce impacts on bald eagles, including educating nearby landowners about removing animal remains that may attract eagles. The company is seeking a 30-year federal permit to allow for an average of 10 turbine-related eagle deaths per year across its Iowa service territory.



Council Bluffs Man Suffers Serious Burns From Apartment Fire

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man suffered severe burns during a fire at his western Iowa apartment.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that Council Bluffs police and firefighters were dispatched around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday. They found the injured man outside his home, and he was taken a hospital in nearby Omaha, Nebraska. His name hasn’t been released.
Acting Assistant Fire Chief Mike Godbout says investigators suspect the fire resulted from a cooking accident. The apartment sustained minor damage.