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Wednesday News, September 5th


Knights of Columbus Phone-a-thon Scheduled For Today

(Le Mars) — The annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon is scheduled for Wednesday, and again, the various Knights of Columbus chapters from each Plymouth County community will be calling people asking for donations which will go to help the Life Skills Training Center. Justin Freking serves as the chairman for this year’s phone-a-thon. He says the phone-a-thon is
entering its 39th year.

The Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon chairman says this year’s goal is to raise at least $54,000.

Freking says the phone-a-thon took over what was at one time the sale of tootsie roll candy bars.

Freking says donations for the phone-a-thon can also be dropped off at local banks.

The annual phone-a-thon will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.



Attorney Firm Sues Hinton Couple For Non-Payment From Traffic Accident Settlement

(Sioux City) — The law firm that represented a Plymouth County couple who received a nearly $7.7 million dollar settlement from the city of Sioux City is now taking them to court to receive their share of that settlement.  The Munger, Reinschmidt, and Denne law firm of Sioux City claim that Rosanne Plante, and her husband, Chad, have declined to pay them their share of the settlement agreed to for representing them in court after Chad Plante was injured in a 2016 traffic accident involving a city transit bus.  The law firm claims the Plante’s agreed to pay a contingency fee of one-third of the settlement reached, and that the Plante’s signed a waiver rejecting paying the attorneys an hourly fee.  The city and its insurance carriers agreed to the settlement with the Plantes on June 5th.  The law firm’s petition states the Plante’s owe them more than $2.5 million dollars from their settlement trust account, which currently has over $7.1 million dollars in it.   The petition states that the Plantes told their attorneys that they will pay only $250,000 and that the contingency fee agreement is against public policy.  The law firm is asking for payment in the full fee amount , plus one percent interest on any unpaid money owed, beginning on Wednesday.



Tornado Suspected Hit Kossuth County

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) – Some farm buildings, trees and utility poles in rural north-central Iowa have been damaged by what officials believe was a tornado that briefly touched down.
Kossuth County Emergency Manager David Penton says trained spotters saw what looked like a tornado touch down just southwest of Algona around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Penton says buildings used in a hog confinement operation were damaged. He said no injuries had been reported.
The National Weather Service at Des Moines issued a tornado warning for the area that expired around 4:15 p.m.
Penton says it will be up to the weather service to confirm whether it was a tornado that hit the area.



Cedar Rapids Again Experiencing Flooding

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Cedar Rapids is taking steps to protect the city from Cedar River floodwaters.
The National Weather Service says the river was nearly 3 feet (1
meter) above flood stage Wednesday morning and is expected to crest at more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) above flood stage on Sunday morning.
City officials say their preparations include placing sand-filled
barriers in low-lying areas and closing gates to the city’s storm sewer system, which will protect the NewBo District and most of the downtown.
Sandbagging stations have not been opened, but preparations for two have been made.



Dordt College Agriculture Department To Host Farm Field Day

(Sioux Center) — Farmers will have the opportunity to learn more about protecting their soil resources and managing nutrient losses during the Dordt College Agriculture Field Day scheduled for this evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. located at the new Dordt College Agriculture Stewardship Center.

That’s Dr. Jeremy Hummel, a professor of Agronomy at Dordt college. Hummel says the field day will feature various speakers, some from Iowa State University, discussing methods to slow down soil erosion, and utilize more of the soil’s resources.

Hummel says Dordt and Iowa State University share a common goal of providing unbiased research data to assist in the decision-making process for farm operations. Hummel says the field day will be informative and helpful as producers make decisions for the future. Another speaker will be Joel
DeJong, Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist for northwest Iowa.

The Dordt College Professor of Agronomy says the four-year Sioux Center college has conducted several research projects that will be shared with area farmers during Wednesday’s field day.

The field day is also being sponsored by the Iowa Learning Farms. The agriculture field day will include a meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the tours scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. The Agriculture Stewardship Center is located nearly two miles north of Sioux Center on Highway 75.