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Monday Afternoon News, August 26th


Le Mars Community Board Of Education To Convene This Evening

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education will meet this evening at the Education Service Center. The school board has a short agenda. They will discuss the new teacher and administrator introduction which will take place on Monday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Education Service Center.
The board of education will discuss attending the IASB Strategic Budget Reduction Workshop scheduled for September 26th. The board of education will also discuss the Iowa Association of School Board’s Employee Relations Conference schedule for October 17th at Altoona. The school board also have
on their agenda time to discuss and plan for the state school board convention, scheduled for November 20-21st at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The local school board will act on one resignation, and five contracts. Bethany Vargason is resigning her position as a Middle School Instructional Aide effective September 6th. Contracts will be extended to
Rachel Fey, as a teacher associate, Lori Dolph, also as a teacher associate, Melisa Coffee-Gengler as a teacher associate, and Matt Wentz as a teacher associate. The Le Mars Community Board of Education will also consider an open enrollment request from Kindergartner, Brody Prescott from the Spencer school district.



Beef Processing Representative Doesn’t Believe Cattle Producers Will Be Hurt From The Non-Meat Consumer Trend

(Le Mars) — A lot of attention recently has been devoted to non-meat substitutes created in a research lab, or created from plant-based ingredients. Burger King fast food chain has introduced its “Impossible Burger” which is a non-meat burger, trying to appeal to those who prefer not to consume meat products. One meat official believes the new trend to
feature plant-based burgers will not adversely affect the beef industry.
Chad Barker is with National Beef, based out of Kansas City. He spoke Saturday evening at the Plymouth County Cattlemen Association Appreciation Dinner held at the Willow Creek Golf Club. Barker says he would like to see the trend go away, but he believes the non-meat substitute is here to stay.

Trade tariffs have hit many agricultural commodities hard, lowering the prices. However, Barker says beef exports continue to remain strong, and cattle and beef prices haven’t been adversely affected like other farm products.

Barker says cattle producers remain optimistic of the cattle prices for the next few months, despite the seasonal large inventories.

The National Beef representative wanted to thank the Plymouth County cattle producers for their hard work and dedication. He says there is a long-standing connection between Plymouth County and National Beef.

Barker says Plymouth County cattle producers were interested in the size, weight, and quality of the cattle delivered to National Beef, and what they can do to improve on the quality of beef for the beef processor?



Plymouth County Republican Party Sets Date For Fund RaiserĀ 

(Le Mars) — The Republican Party of Plymouth County has scheduled a fund raiser event for Thursday, September 5th to be held at the Willow Creek Golf Club. This year’s speaker is the former Attorney General for the Trump Administration.

That’s Shelly Stabe, who is assisting with the coordination of the Republican fund raiser. Stabe explains the cost for the event.

Officials are expecting a good turn-out for the Republican fundraiser.
Stabe suggests getting tickets early. Last year, the speaker was Plymouth County’s own Sam Clovis.

Social hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. The former attorney general is expected to arrive at around 5:30 p.m. to meet and greet with Plymouth County Republicans. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the auction, and then Whitaker will speak.



Another Democratic Senate Candidate Enters Race

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Another Iowa Democrat has entered the primary race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst.
Mike Franken said in an introductory video Monday that he’s “not
afraid to stand up for the proud progressive principles that Iowa Democrats share.”
Franken retired from the U.S. Navy as a three-star admiral in
October 2017. His career included ship commands and years in senior policymaking, strategy, and planning roles for the Defense Department.
He was born and raised in rural northwest Iowa and moved back to Sioux City shortly after his retirement.
Des Moines commercial real estate business president Theresa
Greenfield, Des Moines businessman Eddie Mauro and Indianola lawyer Kimberly Clark are already in the Democratic race.
Ernst is seeking her second six-year term.