Sprint Triathlon To Be Held Today
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars YMCA will host its annual Sprint Triathlon today.
Participants from several states will compete in three different areas.
Contestants will begin by swimming 300 yards, followed by a 15 mile bike race, and the final leg of the triathlon has the contestants running a 5K.
Each contestant will wear an electronic micro chip which allows for each individual to be electronically timed. The event is being held at the Le Mars YMCA and the outdoor swimming pool. Because of the Sprint Triathlon, 12th Street Southeast will be closed to traffic this morning.
Iowa D-O-T To Open C-70 At Highway 75
(Sioux City) — Road construction crews have been busy paving the northbound lanes of Highway 75 between Sioux City and Hinton during this week. The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing that County Road C-70 at U-S Highway 75 near Hinton will reopen to traffic at noon today, weather permitting. The Iowa D-O-T reminds motorists to always drive with caution,
obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones.
As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, and allow ample space between vehicles and always wear your seat belt.
Clay County Fair To Begin Today
(Spencer) — The Clay County Fair at Spencer will begin its nine-day run starting on Saturday. Jeremy Parsons is the executive director of the Clay County Fair and says there is plenty to see at the fair.
One of those new capital improvement projects is the “Centennial Plaza.”
Parsons says fair attendees will appreciate this year’s entertainment line- up.
Parking is free on the north-side of the fairgrounds, and admission is just $10 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free. Tradition dictates that it rains sometime during the Clay County Fair, and rain is a part of today’s weather forecast, but Parsons says the fair is prepared for any type of adverse weather conditions.
Naig Says Japan Trade Agreement May Lead The Way For Other Trade Agreements
(Le Mars) — Earlier this week, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig appeared before the Plymouth County Farm Bureau membership. Following his address, KLEM news asked Naig if the recent trade agreement with Japan would lead the way for other trade agreements, such as the U-S, Mexico, and Canada
The Iowa Agriculture Secretary says the U-S needs to play offense when it comes to trade agreements. He says the recent Japan trade agreement will benefit Iowa farmers and agricultural businesses, but he says we are still a step behind since the United States did not enter the Pacific Trade Agreement.
On Thursday evening, local agriculture groups along with extension personnel from the Plymouth and Woodbury County Extension hosted the event “Dine At The County Line” which was a platform to discuss food production and a chance to set the record straight in terms of dispelling some of the myths with food production and misleading labeling. Naig says more of such events need to take place in order to tell consumers the story of agriculture.
Iowa Attorney General Going After Facebook
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s attorney general says his office is joining a multi-state investigation to determine whether Facebook has violated any antitrust laws.
Attorney General Tom Miller says Facebook’s dominance over communications and information is concerning and warrants the investigation he’s leading along with 8 other attorneys general.
Miller says the goal is to determine whether Facebook’s actions “may have endangered user data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or stifled competition.” He says the inquiry is in the early stages and has reached no conclusions.
Facebook said in a statement Friday it plans to “work constructively” with the state attorneys general and welcomes a conversation with policymakers about competition.
The other states involved in the inquiry are Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia.