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Thursday News, April 11th


Total Motors To Open Operations At Orange City On Monday

Orange City, IA – Total Motors is set to open the doors of their new Sales & Service Center in Orange City, Iowa on Monday, April 15th. At this new location you can expect to find close to 50-75 pre-owned vehicles, available financing, trained vehicle specialist, and their Limited Lifetime Powertrain Warranty on all their eligible vehicles. They will be open Monday thru
Saturday in both their Sales and Service Departments.
In their Service Department you will find trained technicians who can perform both major and minor repairs including but not limited to: Alignments, Parts & Accessories, Tire Sales/Services, General Repair & Maintenance, Tune-ups, Brakes, Electrical, Electronics, Engine Repairs, Radiators, Heating & Cooling, Steering & Suspension, and more for all makes & models. You can take advantage a comfortable waiting room, shuttle services and local pick-up and delivery.
Total Motors is excited to bring their services and expertise to the town of Orange City, Iowa.




Museum To Host Another History Program On Sunday

(Le Mars) — If you would like to learn more about the long-time businesses of Le Mars, the fashions of yesteryear, or the development of agriculture over 150 years, the Plymouth County Historical Museum will be the place to be at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14.
Those topics will be the “Le Mars History Lesson” at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in the 1905 Study Hall, located on fourth floor but served by both stairs and an elevator. The history lessons are all a part of the Museum’s effort to promote the Le Mars Sesquicentennial, coming during “Ice Cream Days” in June.
Members of the Plymouth County Family and Consumer Science Club will speak about fashions through the years. Ruth Postma, who has furnished a large part of the exhibit, will speak, along with club member Lorene Rexwinkel. Many of the fashions in Room 413 adjacent to the Study Hall are wedding dresses
through the years, some that have been donated to the Museum. In the showcases, collector Mary Valentine is displaying a button hook collection, along with many historical textiles.
On the topic of businesses, Terry Claussen, who has operated Claussen’s Clothing in downtown Le Mars for 31 years, will share the history of his store. Claussen notes there has been a clothing store on the corner of Central and Plymouth streets since Le Mars began in 1869.
Beverly Van Buskirk, lifestyles editor at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel, will speak about the Sentinel’s lengthy history. Van Buskirk is one of the longtime employees of the newspaper. The native of Le Mars is a graduate of Le Mars High School and Westmar College.
Joel De Jong, Extension field agronomist in Northwest Iowa, will trace the history of agriculture in the Le Mars area for the past 150 years. Farmers who would like to contribute to the conversation are welcome to join in at the program.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the program on the topics of fashions and businesses also is welcome.



Sioux City Police Investigate Break-in And Shooting

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man was fatally shot after breaking into a neighbor’s home on the north side of Sioux City.
Police say 19-year-old Jose Montanez died at a hospital around 11:10 a.m. Tuesday after he was shot by 29-year-old Travis Gutierrez.
Police say Montanez was involved in a disturbance at his home and was cut by broken glass as he jumped out from a second-floor window. He ran through alleys and then broke into Gutierrez’s home a few minutes later.
Police say Montanez was shot after refusing to leave and attacking and injuring Gutierrez.
Police Lt. Chris Groves says the police department will consult with prosecutors to determine whether Gutierrez will be charged with any crime.



Iowa Secretary Of Agriculture Visits With Siouxland Chamber Agriculture Committee 

(Sergeant Bluff) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig appeared Wednesday at a luncheon in Sergant Bluff before the members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee telling them that everyone with any connection
to agriculture needs to tell the story of agriculture. Naig says too many times consumers get a wrong idea of American agriculture, and often jump to the wrong or incorrect conclusions.

Prior to speaking before the Siouxland Ag-business leaders Naig visited the Sioux City school district to learn how Sioux City schools are embarking on a mission to feature agriculture in their classrooms.

Naig also addressed the flooding issue, and how it has hurt many farmers who had stored grain being compromised by the flood waters. Naig recently toured southwestern Iowa and witnessed the devastation.

The Iowa Agriculture Secretary says farmers had little notice or time to move their stored grain away from the flooded areas.

Naig was asked by an attendee of yesterday’s luncheon what he feels is the greatest opportunity for agriculture’s future? Naig responded by saying he believes the value-added processing of agricultural commodities shows great potential. He used examples of many of our various food products, bio-fuels
including ethanol and bio-diesel, and plastics that are bio-degradable.



Pork Producers Cancel World Pork Expo Due To Threat Of Foreign Disease

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Concerns about the spread of Africa swine fever to the U.S. have led organizers to cancel the World Pork Expo scheduled for June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
The National Pork Producers Council’s board of directors announced its decision Wednesday. The annual June event brings about 20,000 visitors to Des Moines, including people and exhibitors from regions of the world where the disease has been diagnosed and is spreading.
The council says African swine fever affects only pigs and presents no human health or food safety risks. There is no vaccine to treat the swine disease.
There is a swine show during the event, but no pigs from other countries were expected to participate.
Council spokesman Jim Monroe says the risk isn’t zero for U.S.
producers. For example, he says, some foreign visitor could unwittingly bring the virus along if his or her shoes were splattered with blood or feces from an infected animal.



State Legislators Debate Whether To Allocate An Additional $150 Million To Medicaid Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The state House plans to consider a spending bill that would give Iowa Medicaid an additional $150 million to ensure all obligations are met for this year.
The measure is scheduled for debate on Thursday, but critics of
privatized Medicaid say it makes no sense that insurance companies claim they’re losing money in Iowa while the state continues to pump more money the program.
UnitedHealthcare has said it’s leaving the program because it was losing millions. AmeriHealth Caritas pulled out of the program in 2017.
An updated April 1 financial report shows that in addition to this
year’s shortfall, the program is underwater by nearly $80 million for 2020.
House human services budget subcommittee chairman Rep. Joel Fry says supplemental funding isn’t unusual and while he wishes it was less, lawmakers will fund Medicaid needs.



Midwest States Being Hit Again By Late Winter Storm

(Des Moines) — A storm system known as a “bomb cyclone” churned through the U.S. interior for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard that struck the Upper Midwest and creating hazardous fire conditions farther south.
The storm knocked out power Wednesday to thousands of homes and businesses in South Dakota, disrupted air and ground travel from Colorado to Minnesota and threatened to swell rivers in the Midwest that flooded after March’s drenching.
National Weather Service Forecaster David Roth said both storms are what is known as a “bomb cyclone,” a weather phenomenon that entails a rapid drop in air pressure and a storm strengthening explosively.
Forecasters said this week’s storm will swell rivers again, though
likely not to the levels seen last month.