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Ice Cream Days and Le Mars Sesquicentennial Celebration Begins

(Le Mars) — Today, Wednesday, is the start of Ice Cream Days and the Le Mars Sesquicentennial celebration. Throughout this week, Teresa Petty a member of the Ice Cream Days committee, along with Jessica Brownmiller, a co-chair of the Le Mars Sesquicentennial committee will join me to review the day’s schedule of events.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to appear at the newly renovated Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor during the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Coffee which will take place at the ice cream parlor beginning at 9:30. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9:45 a.m.

Other events that are scheduled for the entire week, or can be done on your own include the Browns musical theater shows. The Browns are splitting their shows between Americana Summer Celebration and the musical production of “Dear Mr. Mayor.” Tickets can be purchased at the Brown’s Century Theater located at 11 Central Avenue Northwest. You can take a self-guided history tour of Le Mars. Pick up a guide sheet at the Chamber of Commerce office, city hall offices, the Visitor’s Bureau, the Plymouth County Historical Museum, or from the newly renovated Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor. You can also check out the alley art located on 42 different buildings, and another must-see stop is the Plymouth County Historical Museum. On Saturday at the museum they will celebrate “log cabin days” with a speaker talking about the history of the civil war.

 

Trump And Biden Both Appear In Iowa On Same Day – Trade Barbs

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly laid into each other while traveling in the battleground state of Iowa.
They unleashed verbal attacks that at times felt more appropriate for the final weeks before Election Day than a lazy summer about 17 months before voters go to the polls.
Biden still has to overcome more than 20 of his fellow Democrats to secure his party’s presidential nomination. But he’s climbed to the top of the early polls.
Biden called Trump an “existential threat” to the nation and suggested he’s deliberately exceeding the powers of the White House.
Trump quickly hit back on Tuesday, suggesting Biden was “weak mentally” and insisting, “People don’t respect him.”

 

 

USDA Says Farmers Will Have Lowest Corn Acreage In 4 Years

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its estimate of this year’s corn crop to the lowest in four years, saying wet weather has delayed planting and reduced acres planted and the expected per-acre yield.
The expected production was cut in a monthly report released Tuesday by 1.4 billion bushels to 13.7 billion bushels, the lowest since 2015.
While weather problems also have slowed soybean planting, the USDA didn’t change estimates since farmers have several more weeks to plant.
The USDA will release a report June 28 to provide updated farmer surveys more accurately reflecting the number of acres farmers planted.
The USDA report also says disputes with China and other nations have reduced corn exports for the current-year crop by 100 million bushels and soybean exports by 75 million bushels.

 

 

Iowa Leads Nation In Waste

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A study shows Iowa leads the nation in the amount of human and animal waste it produces.
Christopher Jones is a scientist at the University of Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Jones’ study shows the state of 3.2 million people and total livestock population of nearly 110 million produces as much manure as a human population of 168 million.
His study indicates pigs are responsible for driving the state to the top of the rankings. Jones writes in a blog on the university’s website that Iowa is home to at least 23 million pigs.
In another study, Jones found that growth in the state’s livestock population has led to a doubling of nitrate levels in two western watersheds near the largest concentrations of pigs and cattle.

 

 

Residents Of Mystic, Iowa Have Water Boil Order

MYSTIC, Iowa (AP) – Residents in the south-central Iowa town of Mystic have been warned to boil their tap water following a main break.
Officials for the city of about 400 and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a news release Tuesday that the entire town is without water pressure as crews work to make repairs.
After restoring pressure, the city will flush the system and collect water samples for testing.
The city and DNR recommend residents boil their water until testing shows water is safe to drink. Water pipe breaks and pressure losses can allow bacteria to enter the system.
Residents should use bottled water or boil for one minute all tap water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth or preparing food.