No Meeting This Week For Plymouth County Board Of Supervisors
(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will have the week off as there were not enough agenda items to warrant a meeting for this week.
City Street Crews To Repair Alley
(Le Mars) — City officials plan to close the alley entrance on the west side of Northwest Bank starting Thursday, September 24th. Street Department workers will be repairing the approach going into the alley. They hope to have the alley open by October 3rd.
Le Mars Arts Center Makes Several Renovation Improvements
(Le Mars) — In the coming weeks, some changes will be noticed at the Le Mars Arts Center. The old Carnegie hall will see some upgrades and improvements. Nancy Thoma is the president of the Le Mars Arts Center and explains what’s in store for the art building. Thoma says the Arts Center was fortunate to
receive donations, along with some grants that helped with the improvement project.
Another improvement to the Le Mars Arts Center is the new lighting fixtures.
Thoma says new windows are scheduled to be installed at the Arts Center within the next week.
Other recent improvements include the refinishing of the hardwood floor, and the installation of a new front door.
Iowa’s U-S Senate Race About To Get Even More Expensive
(Des Moines) — The barrage of campaign ads focused on Iowa’s U.S. Senate race will be increasing, as groups seek to influence voters’ opinions about filling the vacancy Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death created on the Supreme Court. The conservative Judicial Crisis Network will spend two-point-two million dollars on ads in Iowa and three other states to support
the person President Trump nominates later this week. Demand Justice, a liberal group, has said it will spend 10 million dollars in Iowa and other states to try to stop Ginsburg’s seat from being filled by the current Senate Republican majority which includes Joni Ernst, who’s seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate. A liberal organization that’s part of the “Progress Now”
network will make ad buys in Iowa and other states with competitive Senate races. Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic says the group has launched a website to serve as a clearinghouse for rallies and other events related to the fight over Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat.
Just BEFORE news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday, The Des Moines Register reported outside groups had purchased 155 MILLION dollars worth of advertising for the race between Republican Senator Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield. It’s the second-most expensive Senate race in
Crop Conditions Show Harvest Ahead Of Schedule
(Des Moines) — Harvest has started across the state, and the latest weekly crop condition update indicates soybeans coloring or beyond advanced to 90%.
That is over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of average. Two-thirds of the soybean crop was dropping leaves or beyond, also over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of average. Soybean harvest was 7% complete, 17 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of average. Farmers in northwest and west central Iowa led the way with over 10% of their soybeans harvested. Soybean condition rated 48% good to excellent.
Corn was 94% in or beyond dent stage, over 2 weeks ahead of the previous year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average. Two-thirds of the crop has reached maturity, 3 weeks
ahead of last year and over a week ahead of average. Corn harvest for grain reached 4% statewide, 17 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average.
Corn condition rated 42% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week.
Naig Says NEW Cooperative Terminal Grain Port Will Benefit Western Iowa Farmers
(Akron) –– Last week, NEW Cooperative of Fort Dodge held a ground breaking ceremony to construct a new shipping grain port terminal near Blencoe, Iowa, along the Missouri River. Once completed, the 38-acre site will be the most northern active port on the Missouri River. The port is expedited to annually accommodate 240,000 tons of soybeans, corn, dried distillers grains, and dry fertilizers. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the new port will definitely benefit farmers in northwest Iowa.
“Calling it a significant project,” Naig says the new port near Blencoe will also help with the basis. The Iowa Agriculture Secretary says everyone will have to help manage the Missouri River so to be able to use the new grain terminal port.
Officials hope the new terminal port will be ready for next year’s harvest.
Sioux City Man Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder, In Stabbing Incident
(Sioux City, IA) — A 54-year-old Sioux City man is charged with murder and attempted murder in a stabbing incident September 11th. Investigators say Michael Landrum stabbed a man to death and injured a woman due to an argument
over a missing cell phone. Landrum is accused of stabbing Natasha Drappeaux several times, then killing Salahadin Adem when he tried to help the woman.
Adem died. Landrum is being held in the Woodbury County Jail with arraignment scheduled for October 5th.
Man Charged With Attempted Murder For Hitting Deputy
(Eagle Grove, IA) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has charged a Fort Dodge man with attempted murder for striking a deputy with a squad car in Eagle Grove. Wright County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Robinson had put 31-
year-old Shawn McMillan in handcuffs and placed him in the front seat of his squad car following a traffic stop on September 15th. The deputy went to search the vehicle McMillian had been in when the suspect got into the driver’s seat and drove at and hit the deputy. Deputy Robinson fired a shot that missed McMillan, who was later caught. Deputy Robinson was treated and
released. Another person in the car stopped by the deputy — 30-year-old Keaton Robinson — is charged with possession of a firearm as a felon.
Infusion Of Cash Has Biden Spending Big In Iowa
(Washington, DC) — An infusion of campaign cash has Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spending big in Republican-leaning battleground states like Iowa and Georgia. Biden has more money than the incumbent now. Democrats report having 466 million dollars in cash on hand,
compared to 325 million for the Trump campaign. That doesn’t include a fundraising windfall the Democrats have been seeing since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday. Seventy-one million came in through the party’s online fundraising platform in the 24 hours after that announcement.
Congressman King Says Book On His Career Coming Out Soon
(Washington, DC) — Outgoing Fourth District Iowa Congressman Steve King says he has a book about his political career in Washington that will be released soon. King says he’s been keeping notes for years and started writing in earnest in June after losing the Republican primary to Randy Feenstra. The
title of King’s book is “Walk Through the Fire” and King says it was inspired by the late Andrew Breitbart who would say: ‘Walk towards the fire. Their bullets aren’t real…Have the courage to do that because they want to shut you up and they want to diminish your message by calling you names.” King
says his book will correct the record about his career and address the attacks he’s endured from critics who called him a racist and a xenophobe.
Once his 9th term in the U-S House is over at year’s end, King says he’s planning to establish an international organization to restore western civilization.