Supervisors To Discuss Sub-division And Culvert Projects
(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a short agenda
scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting to be held at the Plymouth County Courthouse Board Room. The supervisors will hear from Charlie Loutsch seeking a sub-division in Fredonia township. County engineer, Tom Rohe will submit a permit for a tile crossing in Remsen township. Rohe will also discuss with
the county board a right of way purchase for a culvert project.
School Board Awards Parking Lot Expansion Project To JMACS Concrete and Construction
(Le Mars) — During last evening’s Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, the school board awarded the contract for the high school parking lot extension to JMACS Concrete and Construction of Le Mars for the amount of $261,550.
There were only two bids submitted for the project. In other action, the school board awarded Vander Meer Bakery of Le Mars the school lunch bread contract for the upcoming school year, and the milk contract was awarded to Dean Foods of Le Mars. The board of education approved the building principals year-end reports, and also the year-end report from the Teacher
Leadership and Compensation Committee. The board also gave approval for the purchase of American Government textbook and Applied Chemistry textbook. The school board approved the two submitted resignations from Amy Krogman as the Middle School study hall supervisor, and Angela Larson as the Kluckholn
Elementary Instructional Assistant. The school board voted on their four top legislative priorities as requested by the Iowa School Board Association.
The Le Mars Community Board of Education approved legislative lobbying for Early Literacy, Mental Health, Area Education Agencies, and English as the first language.
Giuliani To Speak At Sioux City Chamber Annual Meeting
(Sioux City) — The man who was mayor of New York City during the 9-11 terrorist attacks will be the keynote speaker this fall at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Chamber Board Chairman, Nick De Roos of C-F Industries says Rudy Giuliani will speak in Sioux City on September 17th.
De Roos says Giuliani’s speech will be on the principled leadership in the face of change and crisis.
He says this year’s event will take place at the Orpheum Theater instead of the Sioux City Convention Center and not include a dinner.
Tickets are on sale through the Tyson Events Center Orpheum Box Office.
June Is Dairy Month And Dairy Producers and Processors Will Celebrate By Holding An Open House
(Le Mars) — June is Dairy Month, and the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance will host an Open House on Wednesday at the J & S Dairy Farm of Maurice. Scott Schroeder is the executive director with the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance. He says the Open House will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will continue until 8:00 p.m.
The dairy farm is located at 4244 Garfield Avenue, near Sioux Center.
Schroeder says John and Sharon VanderWaal have implemented an unique type of robotic system for their milking system.
Besides the robotic milking system, Schroeder says the VanderWaal’s have implemented other robotic features for their dairy production.
The Dairy Alliance executive says the VanderWaal’s started using the robotic method in 2017. The featured dairy farm is one of the smaller sized dairy farms as they milk only 250 cows daily. Schroeder says the dairy industry plays a major economic role in northwest Iowa with four processing companies including Wells Enterprises and Dean Foods located in Le Mars, and Agropur a
cheese producer at Hull, and AMPI with a butter and cheese production facility in Sanborn.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to visit the featured dairy farm and will sign a proclamation officially designating June as Dairy Month.
Schroeder says the open house will feature educational information relating to the dairy industry, as well as a complimentary meal for attendees.
The J and S Dairy farm is located approximately four and a half miles southwest of Sioux Center.
Dry Weather Allowing Farmers To Catch Up On Spring Planting, Although Still Behind Average
(Des Moines) — Iowa farmers finally got the dryer weather they were looking for with 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending June 9, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is the first time this season farmers had more than 5.0 days suitable for field work. This allowed farmers to plant corn and soybeans, cut hay, and spray fields with nitrogen.
Ninety-three percent of the expected corn crop has been planted, over two weeks behind last year and almost 3 weeks behind the 5-year average.
Seventy-three percent of the crop has emerged, over two weeks behind last year and average. Corn condition rated 58 percent good to excellent.
Nearly one-third of the expected soybean crop was planted this past week.
Iowa soybean growers now have 70 percent of the expected crop planted, 17 days behind last year and average. Thirty-five percent of the crop has emerged, over two weeks behind last year and average.
Governor Reynolds Drunk Driving Records Are Blocked By Courts
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s court system has blocked public access to online records detailing Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2000 arrest for drunk driving, saying they inadvertently exposed her sensitive personal information.
The records contained the governor’s Social Security number, driver’s license number and other sensitive information that should not have been made public under court rules.
After an inquiry from The Associated Press last week, the court
system removed public access to the files.
Iowa Judicial Branch spokesman Steve Davis said that the Warren County clerk of court’s office in Indianola received a request for the paper files last September. After retrieving them from storage, the worker scanned them into the online system.
Under rules intended to protect personal privacy, the files should
have been placed at a security level that allowed only court personnel to access them. Instead, the records were inadvertently made accessible to thousands of lawyers and members of the public who use the system.
Six Year Old Drowns At Glidden Swimming Pool
GLIDDEN, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 6-year-old boy died after being pulled from a community pool in central Iowa.
First responders were sent to the Glidden Aquatic Center in Glidden on Saturday evening. Medics took over CPR and other emergency measures from pool personnel, and he was taken to St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. He was pronounced dead there.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified him as Kadyn Sporrer. He lived in Carroll, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Glidden.
Authorities have not provided other details about what led to the boy’s drowning.
Cedar Rapids Man Imprisoned For Lying To Receive Social Security Benefits
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A Cedar Rapids man who lied to officials so he could receive Social Security benefits has been imprisoned.
Prosecutors said in a news release Monday that 58-year-old Larry Hanson Sr. was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay more than $78,500 in restitution. He must also serve three years of supervised release after the prison term.
Hanson had pleaded guilty to theft of government property.
Court documents say Hanson received Social Security disability benefits from April 2013 through March 2017 after telling the Social Security Administration that he was not able to work. However, Hanson was working at a company in Cedar Rapids during this time.
Prosecutors say Hanson lied and said all of the money he was making came from renting his tools to the company and not from working.