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Monday Afternoon News, July 29th


Congressman Steve King Visits Plymouth County Fair And Discusses USMCA Trade Agreement

(Le Mars) — Iowa 4th District Republican Congressman, Steve King, visited the Plymouth County Fair on Saturday. King believes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, will not stand in the way of having the
proposed U-S, Mexico, and Canada trade agreement passed. King says it’s up to Republicans to reach across the aisle and get more Democrats in the U.S. House to support the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

Mexico has already ratified the deal and Canada’s government has started the ratification process. King says during a recent meeting with President Trump’s top trade advisor, he got the impression House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports the U-S-M-C-A.

King, though he’s a “yes” on the U-S-M-C-A, suggests keeping the North American Free Trade Agreement in force would be good for Iowa’s economy.

Mexico and Canada are Iowa’s top two trading partners. King made his comments during an interview at the Plymouth County Fair.

Congressman Steve King (R) Visits With Jim De Boer of Orange City while attending the Plymouth County Fair On Saturday.



Democratic Senate Candidate To Visit Le Mars On Tuesday

(Le Mars) — Democratic Senate candidate, Eddie Mauro, will make an appearance in Le Mars on Tuesday. Mauro will be at Lally’s Eastside restaurant between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mauro is running against Republican Senator Joni Ernst. Mauro will be available to meet and greet people and to answer their questions.



Weekend ATV Accident Turns Into A Fatality

(Rock Rapids) — A Rock Valley man has died as a result of an ATV accident.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol investigated a single-vehicle ATV crash at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Main Street in Doon, that occurred Saturday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation showed at approximately 3:29pm a 4-wheel ATV was being operated by Joseph Thomas Keegan, age 27 of Rock Rapids. A passenger identified as Jacob Daniel Soodsma, age 25 of Rock Valley was riding on the back of the ATV.

The ATV entered the intersection of 6th Avenue and Main Street from a private residence when Soodsma fell off the back of the ATV. Soodsma sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by the Lyon County Ambulance. Soodsma was later
airlifted to Sanford in Sioux Falls. Sanford Health has now confirmed that Soodsma has died as a result of injuries sustained from the ATV accident.

This crash remains under investigation by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol. A technical collision investigation is being completed by the Iowa State Patrol.

Other agencies assisting at the scene were the Lyon County Ambulance and Doon Fire and Rescue.



Businesses In Flood Zone Say They Are Getting Out

PERCIVAL, Iowa (AP) – A third flooding and cleanup are taking a toll on people who operate some small businesses along Iowa Highway 2 in southwestern Iowa.
They heavily rely on Interstate 29 traffic and on travelers being able to make across a Missouri Bridge over to Nebraska. But the Iowa roadways leading to their mercantile community were covered with water and the businesses were inundated in mid-March after levees gave way. They were flooded again in late May, after heavy rains and the upstream water releases
by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Most of the businesses had been operating when floods occurred 2011.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Alicia Chrastil doesn’t see
herself returning to her Finders Keepers Antique Mall along the highway south of Percival. She’s come through two floods but says, “The third time, I’m out.”



Davenport Considering Building A Levee Along Riverwalk District

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Hundreds of communities line the Mississippi River, but Davenport, Iowa, is among the few where people can dip their toes into the water without scaling a flood wall or levee.
It’s a point of pride in Davenport, but after historic flooding this spring inundated some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and shops, residents are confronting a painful question: Can they remain connected with the river without being overwhelmed by it?
Looming over the discussions is an acknowledgement that climate change will likely mean heavier rainstorms that will swell the river to ever higher levels.
Community leaders are working on options for protecting their downtown while avoiding a concrete wall or rocky levee.
As Mayor Frank Klipsch puts it, “It’s not so simple as ‘let’s go build a wall.'”



Farmer Killed By Bull

HARPERS FERRY, Iowa (AP) – A northeast Iowa farmer has died after being attacked by a bull.
Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick says someone called authorities Sunday to report the attack at a farm pasture northwest of Harpers Ferry.
First responders found the body of 59-year-old John Francis Conway in a wooded pasture area. Deputies determined a bull had attacked him Saturday night.
Deputies killed the bull because of its aggressive behavior.