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Saturday News, August 24th


Single Vehicle Accident Leaves Five People Injured

(Le Mars) — A one-vehicle accident occurred last evening at about 8:11 p.m. on Key Avenue, nearly a half mile west-southwest of Le Mars near the Sadonia Hills housing development area, south of the Wells Enterprises Corporate
Offices. A total of five people were reported injured after the 2007 PT Cruiser lost control and rolled several times. Officials at the scene report that each of the passengers and the driver were ejected. Two people are listed as having life-threatening critical injuries, and they were airlifted by two separate air helicopter ambulances that responded to the scene. The victims have been identified as 21 year old Keith Ball Junior of Sioux City.
Ball was airlifted to Sioux City with life threatening injuries. 18 year old Deja Archer, also of Sioux City was life flighted to a Sioux City hospital with life threatening injuries. 18 year old Breanna Konz of Remsen was transported to Sioux City with serious injuries. 18 year old Trevon Cross of Sioux City was also transported to Sioux City with serious injuries. Kyrese Weber 19 years old, also of Sioux City, was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare with by private vehicle. He had sustained minor
injuries. Responding to the accident included the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance, Merrill Ambulance, Remsen Ambulance, Le Mars Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. The accident is being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol.



Plymouth County Farm Family Honored With An Iowa Farm Environment Award

(Des Moines) — A Plymouth County farm family received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. Bunker Hill, Inc.; corporation ran by Steve and Judy Bunkers of Remsen, were nominated by Kristi Silverthorn, Deep Creek watershed coordinator, on behalf of the Plymouth Soil and Water Conservation

They run an 800-acre corn and soybean operation and own 400 of those acres.
Likewise, they have 5,000 head of finishing hogs. The farm has received Century Farm recognition and has been in operation for 126 years.

Steve and Judy have proven to be conservation stewards by practicing cover crops, mulch tillage, contour farming all sloping fields, narrow and broad-based terraces, windbreaks, CRP acres, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans and all fertilizer/hog manure is injected. Bunker Hill Inc. is enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with the Natural
Resource Conservation Service, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with the Farm Service Agency, and actively involved in the Deep Creek Water Quality Initiative Project. Over the past 10 years, they have installed 56,650 feet of terraces, have 350 acres of cover crops and have installed 4 water and sediment control basins. Between 1977 and 1993, 31,200 feet of
terraces were installed. They have 6.8 acres set aside to maintain/enhance upland wildlife food and cover.

Their main reason for incorporating these practices is to maintain and improve the soil for the next generation and to carry on the legacy of Steve’s father, Vernon Bunkers, started years ago, that resulted in an Iowa Soil Conservation Award in 1966 sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Tribune and the Iowa Farm and Home Register.

The Bunkers’ family is one of 53 to receive the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award in 2019. The award was presented to the Bunker Family during a ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair.



Dordt University To Hold Agricultural Field Day

(Sioux Center) — Dordt University’s Agriculture Department is partnering with the Iowa State University Extension to host a joint field day on Wednesday, September 4 with a burger meal at 5:30 p.m. and tours starting at 6:15 p.m.

“We are highlighting research that is particularly relevant to protecting soil and water resources and identifying a new, serious soybean pest,” says Gary De Vries, Dordt University instructor of agriculture.

As farmers are looking for ways to prepare for their next growing season, Dordt and the ISU Extension are joining together to share research and information.

Topics include:

· Soybean Gall Midge Detection and Characteristics – Ashley Dean, Iowa State University graduate research assistant in the Department of Entomology

· The Effects of Cover Crop Interseeding on Corn Yield – Kallin
Crile, Ian Edwards, Ryan Dolieslager, William Rosgaard – Dordt University agriculture majors

· Bioreactor and Saturated Buffer Installation Review – Colton Meyer, West Branch of the Floyd River Watershed Project Coordinator

“Dordt University and ISU Extension share a common goal of providing unbiased research data to assist in the decision-making process for farm operations,” says De Vries. “The event is going to be informative and helpful as producers make decisions for the future.”

The event will take place at the Dordt University Agriculture Stewardship Center, located over a mile north of Pella Corporation at 3648 US 75, Sioux Center, Iowa.



Steve King Says He Stands By His Comments, But Admits He Could Have Made The Comments In A “Softer Way”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Rep. Steve King says he stands by recent insensitive comments about rape but acknowledges he could have made his point in a “softer way.”
Speaking at a news conference Friday in Des Moines, the Iowa
Republican affirmed his belief abortion should be outlawed with no exceptions for rape or incest. King faced criticism for his comment Aug. 14 that questioned whether there would be “any population of the world left” if not for births due to rape or incest.

Although King repeated his claim that his comments were being
misconstrued by political opponents and the media, he says he would “rather deliver that in a little softer way.”
King’s comments were condemned by Republicans and Democratic leaders. House Republicans previously stripped his committee assignments for his comments about white nationalism.



Democrats To Hold Dessert Social

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Democrats are partnering with the Sioux County Democrats, Osceola County Democrats, O’Brien County Democrats, Lyon County Democrats, and Northwestern College Campus Democrats in hosting a dessert social next Monday, August 26, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will be held at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, 810 Albany Avenue SE, Orange City, IA, 51041.

Guest speakers will be Senatorial candidates Kimberly Graham and Michael Franken and Congressional candidate J.D. Scholten. All are welcome. This is a free event. For more information, call Plymouth County Chair Mark Sturgeon at 712-540-6637.



“The Bachelor” Given A Two-Year Suspended Prison Sentence

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – A farmer who appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor” has accepted a suspended two-year prison sentence for his role in a 2017 Iowa crash that killed another man.
Court records show that Chris Soules entered written consent
documents on Friday agreeing to the suspended sentence and supervised release. He also agreed to pay a $625 fine. A judge must still sign off on the sentencing. Soules had been set to appear for sentencing on Tuesday. In light of the agreement, he waived his right to appear for sentencing.
Soules pleaded guilty in November to a reduced charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident for the April 2017 crash that killed 66-year-old Kenny Mosher. Soules was arrested after he rear-ended Mosher’s tractor. Soules called 911, performed CPR on Mosher and waited for first responders, but left the scene before officers arrived.
Soules appeared on “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With The Stars” in 2015.



Killer Of Iowa State University Golfer Given Life Sentence Without Parole

AMES, Iowa (AP) – The man who killed a former Iowa State University golfer has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A Story County judge on Friday pronounced the mandatory sentence against 22-year-old Collin Richards.
Collins pleaded guilty on June 14 to first-degree murder for the
Sept. 17 slaying of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena. Police say Richards stabbed her while she was playing on a course near the campus in Ames, leaving her body in a pond.
Richards had been staying at a homeless encampment in nearby woods.
Barquin was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and came to Iowa State to pursue her career.
A lawyer for her family told The Des Moines Register that relatives hope Richards’ sentencing will give them some closure.