Fair Board Officials Request Funding From County Supervisors
(Le Mars) –Members of the Plymouth County Fair Board appeared before the County Supervisors Tuesday morning to make a request for funding for the 2019 fiscal year. President Rich Benson and Vice President Loren Schnepf requested the same amount of funding, as was approved last year. Benson
informed the supervisors of the recent land purchase made by the fair board.
The county board of supervisors were complimentary of the fair board for their efforts of having a successful fair. Several supervisors told the fair board representatives that they made the correct decision in obtaining the nearly nine acres of land between the fairgrounds and Donagal Insurance
Building. Supervisor Craig Anderson asked the fair board officials if the fair was debt free prior to the land purchase? Benson replied by saying “Just about. We have a little to pay off on the remodel of Century Hall.” Schnepf says the fair board is looking at making some improvements to the recently acquired land parcel.
The supervisors did not take action on the funding request, but will consider the matter when they deal with the upcoming fiscal year budget.
Le Mars Community To Acknowledge Football Stadium Donors During Basketball Game
(Le Mars) — A major announcement regarding the new football stadium will be made this evening at the Le Mars Community Basketball games. School superintendent Dr. Steven Webner explains.
Soybean Growers Hopeful For A Trade Agreement With China
(Le Mars) — Soybean growers are elated over the 90-day temporary suspension agreement made over the weekend by President Trump and Chinese President Xi of the trade war and tariffs imposed on U-S agriculture products sent to China. Iowa Soybean Association president, Lindsay Greiner of Keota, Iowa,
says he believes it will mean good news for the soybean industry.
Greiner says the response of the news of the agreement from the G-20 summit in Argentina was a bump in soybean prices.
The Iowa Soybean Association president says he is hopeful that both sides will continue to negotiate for a long-term trade agreement which will allow U-S soy products again to be shipped to China.
Minnesota Congressman Believes Farm Bill Will Be Passed Next Week
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A key congressional voice on agriculture says he’s optimistic that lawmakers can pass a new farm bill next week.
U.S Rep. Collin Peterson is the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and is expected to become chairman next year. So he’s been heavily involved in negotiations that produced an agreement in principle last week.
Peterson told reporters in South St. Paul Tuesday that it’s not the
best possible farm bill, but it’s the best bill that’s politically possible.
He says it’ll provide certainty, but he worries that it won’t be enough for farmers who’ve been hit by low commodity prices that have been aggravated by the U.S.-China trade war.
He says it may be necessary for Congress to take another look next year at how to help struggling farmers.
Suspects Involved With Stolen Vehicle, Crashes Into Postal Van
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines authorities say two people were injured when the stolen car they were in crashed into a delivery van.
The car was reported stolen a little after 8:10 p.m. Monday after it was left running unattended. A vehicle matching its description was seen about 30 minutes later where gunshots rang out several blocks northwest.
Police say in a news release that an officer soon spotted the suspect vehicle and tried to pull it over. It raced away but crashed into a U.S. Postal Service van and then into trees and fencing. A gun was recovered from the car.
The two people in the car were taken in critical condition to
hospitals. Police say the van driver wasn’t injured.
The names of those involved have not been released.