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Tuesday News, September 10th


Wells Enterprises Purchases “Halo Top” Brand of Ice Cream

(Le Mars) –— Wells Enterprises, Inc. has signed a purchase agreement with Eden Creamery, LLC to acquire the Halo Top® brand. This purchase expands Wells’ current portfolio to five distinct brands and provides consumers even more access to their favorite products. The sale is expected to be completed in September, subject to standard closing conditions. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
Mike Wells, CEO and President of Wells Enterprises says, “Halo Top disrupted the ice cream category by providing a high protein, low sugar, low calorie dessert that gave consumers a reason to purchase ice cream as a treat again.
Halo Top met a consumer need that no one else in the category was serving.
We feel it is a good fit for the Wells portfolio as we look to
broaden our offerings for consumers.”
Wells continues to say, “Wells has been making ice cream products for over 100 years. We have the sales and marketing expertise, but more importantly the passion, to help grow this brand even further. We love ice cream and will leverage Halo Top’s brand equity and awareness to help grow it.”



County Supervisors To Adjust Bond Rates

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hear a report from County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann during today’s meeting as she discusses the fiscal year 2018-2019 driver’s license annual report.
Sitzmann will also present to the county governing board’s attention a tax abatement resolution for building on leased land. The county supervisors will hear from Surveyor, Wayne Schlotfeldt as he will be seeking approval of O’Keefe Addition and an extension to file. Michael Maloney with the firm
D.A. Davidson will appear before the supervisors, as they will take action on a resolution approving a bond purchase agreement for the sale of bonds and authorizing the call of bonds. Maloney will also discuss with the county supervisors the Tax Increment Financing or TIF options and structure
of the Urban Renewal Area for wind turbines to be located within three Plymouth County townships. County Engineer, Tom Rohe will appear before the supervisors to present two separate permits…one for Southern Sioux Rural Water Association for construction in Hungerford township, and the other
permit for Waterline Crossing in Elkhorn township. Rohe will also update the supervisors on the current construction projects within Plymouth County.



Farmers Examine How Bio-Reactors Help Reduce Nitrate Run-off

(Sioux Center) — A goal for many area farmers and landowners are to find methods that will help reduce the amount of nitrate run-off from their fields, and prevent those nitrates from entering any water sources, such as creeks, streams, and rivers. During the Dordt University field day held Wednesday of last week, farmers and students learned how a bio-reactor placed on Dordt’s field has been able to reduce nitrate run-off. Colton
Meyer is the Project Coordinator for the West Branch Floyd River Water Quality Initiative that covers a watershed drainage area of approximately 78,000 acres . Meyer explains the process of the bio-reactor.

Meyer says he hopes for good results as to the amount of nitrates that have been withdrawn from the run-off.

Meyer says more farmers along the drainage district are taking an interest in the water quality projects, although, he admits many are reluctant to adopt the measures as part of their farming operations.

The water quality project coordinator says cost-share opportunities are available for farmers and landowners wanting to install a bio-reactor on their farm.



Northwestern College and Dordt University Rank Among Top Colleges By U-S News and World Report

(Undated) — Both Northwestern College of Orange City and Dordt University of Sioux Center are highly ranked in the U-S News and World Report annual survey of best colleges. Dordt University placed third, while Northwestern College is ranked sixth among the Best Midwestern Colleges.



Inmate Attacks Correctional Officer At Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – An assault by an inmate at a prison in Fort Dodge has left an officer with minor injuries.
The Iowa Department of Corrections says that on Sunday afternoon, an inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility attacked a correctional officer.
Officials say the attack happened about 4 p.m. when the inmate
pushed the officer backward and then attempted to hit the officer. The officer responded with pepper spray and other officers quickly tried to subdue the inmate.
The officer and the inmate were taken to a local hospital and then released.
The Corrections Department didn’t identify the officer or inmate.



Mason City To Be Site For Tomato Production Facility

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Minnesota company plans to break ground Wednesday on a northern Iowa facility for growing tomatoes.
The North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation says the $35 million Bushel Boy Farms facility in Mason City will bring about 50 jobs to northern Iowa. The first harvest from the 50-acre (20.2-hectare) operation is expected in December 2020.
Bushel Boy is based on Owatonna, Minnesota.



Democratic Presidential Candidates Looking For Support At College Campuses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates want to turn dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump on Iowa’s campuses into votes on caucus night.
Small margins of college students and other young voters might mean the difference between going on to New Hampshire or getting out of the race.
Most of the history of young voters suggests it’s a flawed strategy 18- to 29-year-olds have far lower turnout rates than their older counterparts.
But there is one powerful exception: In 2008, Barack Obama’s
successful courting of college students helped propel him to an upset caucus victory, and ultimately, the White House.
The burst of organizing activity on Iowa campuses shows that
Democrats believe that energy can be tapped again.