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Thursday News, July 25th


Jauer and Albrecht Chosen For Fair Royalty

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Fair crowned its king and queen during ceremonies held last evening at the Pioneer Village stage. Emcee Dave Grosenhieder and last year’s King, Christian Koch announced the results of “Mr. Personality”, and who would serve as a fair prince, and of course, the announcement of the king.

Joel Jauer was representing the Lincoln Toppers 4-H Club, but is also a member of the Hinton FFA chapter, and was fortunate to hear his name mentioned twice during the ceremonies. It was then time to announce the queen and her court. Last year’s fair queen, Clair Ohlrichsassisted Dave Grosenheider with the announcement.

King Joel Jauer says he hopes to represent the Plymouth County Fair in the best possible manner.

The appointed king is a member of the Hinton FFA as well as a member of the Lincoln Toppers 4-H club. He says he will attend Morningside College in Sioux City with the intention of pursuing agriculture education. Besides being named the king for this year’s Plymouth County Fair, Jauer was also selected as “Mr. Personality.”

This year’s fair queen is Kara Albrecht  representing the Great Clever Clovers 4-H club. Albrecht talks about what it means to her to be named as the county fair queen, and why she wanted to be the Plymouth County Fair Queen.

Albrecht talks about her favorite Plymouth County Fair activities.

Albrecht is now eligible to represent Plymouth County at the Iowa State Fair Queen contest.



Good Weather Results In Good Attendance For Opening Day At The Fair

(Le Mars) — Mother Nature was cooperative for the first day of the 2019 Plymouth County Fair providing sunny skies, moderate temperatures and cool breezes. As a result, attendance at the Plymouth County Fair on Wednesday was the highest ever for the first day of the fair. Loren Schnepf serves as the fair board’s vice president, and says Wednesday’s attendance set a new

Schnepf says the weather conditions for the opening day of the fair were near perfect conditions, and he hopes for more of the same for the remaining four days of the fair.

Schnepf says not only attendance had set new records, but vendors saw an increase in revenue for the first day.

The fair board vice president expects to see similar results for the remaining four days with good weather producing good attendance levels. This year, the Plymouth County Fair Board awarded its Fair Hall Of Fame Honor to Tom Galles. Galles served on the fair board for many years.



Livestock Entries Holding Steady

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Fair livestock entries are again holding steady with past years according to Ann Schoenrock, co-coordinator, with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with Plymouth County. Schoenrock says the “Adopt-a-Pig” program has witnessed an increase with participation.

Schoenrock says the cattle entries are staying relatively the same as past years.

The Dairy Cattle Show is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Schoenrock says although the number of entries may be small, it is actually increasing.

The 4-H and FFA Horse show will begin this morning, as does the sheep show.



Plymouth County Fair Schedule For Thursday

(Le Mars) — Today’s fair schedule includes the 4-H and FFA Horse Show that begins at 8:00 a.m. at the outdoor horse arena. The sheep show starts at 8:30 a.m. inside the covered arena. The 4-H Exhibit Building opens at 9:00 a.m. while the open class exhibits opens at 10:00 a.m. while the round barn, Blair House, and Commercial Exhibit buildings will open at noon. As for the
evening’s entertainment, the local home-grown entertainment of Farm Olympics will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the covered arena. The grandstand will feature the Tuff Truck competition, and the Pioneer Village Stage will host Due North at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. along with the Nadas scheduled to perform at 6:15 and 8:45 p.m.



Semi Truck And Trailer Loaded With Gravel Overturns Near Kingsley

(Kingsley) — A truck driver was injured when his semi rolled off the road near Kingsley at around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver was hauling gravel when his truck went off the road at county road C-66 near Shamrock Avenue, spilling the load. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The victim was taken by helicopter to Mercy One in Sioux City. County road C-66 was closed temporarily because of the accident. The driver’s name has not been released.



MacGregor Awarded Masson EMT Scholarship

(Le Mars) — John MacGregor of Le Mars has been awarded the 2019 Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship. The Musson family established the Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Education Endowment in 2003 to recognize and honor Steve for his passion for emergency care. This year, the committee was able to award a $500 scholarship.
MacGregor is a certified EMT and is enrolled in the South Dakota
School of EMS Paramedics Program. He has also been a member of the area Le Mars Ambulance Services for over 16 years.
He stated in his application, “In the summer of 2018, I decided
to pursue my paramedic certification to further my training and provide the best emergency care to the community. At this time, there was also no funding available to supplement my certification and was told I may have to wait until fall of 2019. With that news, I still decided to apply, was accepted to School of EMS Paramedic Program, and chose to fund the cost on
my own at the time. It was my strong desire to provide the best EMS services in our community, that I decided to continue on.”
The Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education
Scholarship application outline is available annually through Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars, IA. Scholarship funds may be used for either the fall or spring semester to cover direct expenses related to pursuing an education in emergency care including tuition, book, transportation costs, etc. All applicants must reside in Plymouth County and actively engage in
or pursue emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include persons interested in paramedic, first responder, or emergency medical technician (EMT) training.



Former DHS Director Tells His Side As To Why He Resigned

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Former Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven says he was unexpectedly asked to resign by the governor last month after he objected to the governor’s request that he continue paying the salary of a woman moving from his department to the governor’s office.
Foxhoven, who gained national attention last week after The
Associated Press reported on his admiration for the late rapper Tupac Shakur, says he declined to approve paying the salary of Elizabeth Matney.
She left DHS on May 17 to accept a job as Reynolds’ adviser on health policy.
Foxhoven says he was concerned about the legality of using DHS funds to pay the salaries of the governor’s staff and wanted to seek an attorney general opinion but was asked to resign before he could get an answer.
Documents obtained by the AP show a memorandum of understanding between the governor’s office and DHS was signed on June 19, two days after Jerry Foxhoven was asked to resign. His name appears on the document but is crossed out and replaced by Gerd Clabaugh, the interim director named by
Reynolds to replace Foxhoven. Clabaugh signed it.
Foxhoven was asked to resign on June 17. Until Wednesday he had declined to specify it was the reason for his departure.
A Reynolds spokesman says Foxhoven never raised such a complaint to her office.



El Savador National Charged With Kidnapping

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – An El Salvador national has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after police say he snatched a teenage girl from an eastern Iowa yard, dragged her into a house and tried to sexually assault her.
The Courier reports the incident happened Tuesday afternoon in Cedar Falls. Police have charged 43-year-old Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez with second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. His bond has been set at $500,000. Court records say Vasquez told immigration officials he is in the country illegally.
Police say the girl was outside with a child she was babysitting,
when Vasquez grabbed her and pulled her into a home. She told police that, once inside, he forced her against a wall and began to fondle her. She fought back, escaped and called police. Investigators say she and Vasquez did not know each other.



Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Federal prosecutors for Iowa say a 35-year-old Cedar Rapids man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually exploiting a child and for having child pornography.
John Hunt was sentenced Tuesday in Cedar Rapids’ federal courthouse.
Prosecutors say Hunt pleaded guilty in October to the two counts.
As part of his plea agreement, Hunt admitted that, between 2015 and 2017, he persuaded a minor send him sexually explicit images, then threatened to distribute the images in an effort to get more such images.
Investigators say Hunt also had child pornography that included images of prepubescent children.