Tuesday News, July 7
Supervisors To Release Mortgage With Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene for their weekly meeting today at the county courthouse board room. The supervisors are expected to approve the release of the real estate mortgage for the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation. The supervisors will discuss the potential economic impact of lower ozone standards and are expected to sign a letter for the Environmental Protection Agency. The supervisors will also hear the quarterly report from County Recorder, JoLynn Goodchild, as well as be briefed on the county construction projects from County engineer Tom Rohe.
County Road K-13 Shut Down For Resurfacing Project
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced it intends to close county road K-13 from County road C-38 to Highway 3 beginning today. The road is scheduled for resurfacing work. A detour has been set up from the intersection of county road K-13 and C-38 east on C-38 to county road K-18 north to highway 3, west on highway 3 to the north end of the project. That stretch of four miles of road will be closed until late August.
Authorities Investigate Fatal Hit And Run Accident
LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they're investigating a fatal hit and run in western Iowa.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says authorities found 50-year-old Charlotte Anderson dead on the side of the road Saturday night. She was located near a mile marker on Highway 127 on the north side of Logan
DCI says an Iowa State Patrol trooper located a suspicious vehicle in the area Sunday morning that appeared to have front end damage consistent with evidence at the scene, but additional information was not provided. The case remains under investigation.
Corrections Officials Say Inmate Escaped Through Piping
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Iowa inmate managed to escape from one of the state's most secure cells by sneaking through the building's piping and onto the roof.
The Iowa Department of Corrections said Monday that Justin Kestner escaped early Sunday from a building on the Iowa State Penitentiary complex in Fort Madison.
He was living in a unit for disruptive maximum-security inmates who are typically confined 23 hours per day. The department says Kestner removed the screws from an access cover to a pipe chase in his cell's shower and maneuvered up the chase and through a vent to the roof. He then used a rope he manufactured from torn bedsheets to make his way to an unfenced area on the ground.
Hours later, he was captured near Geneseo, Illinois.
Branstad Explains Vetos
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he vetoed several appropriations approved by lawmakers because he opposes one-time spending for ongoing expenses.
Branstad said Monday that he has long been clear about his concerns over such budgeting practices. Last week, he vetoed much of a one-time spending bill backed by the legislature, which included nearly $56 million for K-12 education.
Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen said he understood the governor's position, but said that money was supposed to go to one-time expenses.
After Branstad's actions the state will spend nearly $7.2 billion in ongoing general fund expenses in the current fiscal year. The legislature sought $135 million in one-time payments, but Branstad cut that to $56 million. That money comes from surplus fund dollars left at the end of the previous fiscal year.
Democrats And Republicans Plan Presidential Candidate Minority Forums
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrats and Republicans in Iowa are planning to host presidential forums that focus on minority communities.
Organizers of the Brown and Black Forum announced Monday that the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party will host events that allow presidential candidates to answer questions concerning Latinos and African-Americans. Topics will include education, immigration and criminal justice.
A forum for Republican candidates will be held Dec. 3 at Drake University. Democratic candidates will be invited to an event in Des Moines on Jan. 11.
Republican candidates were notified Monday of their upcoming event. Democratic candidates will receive invitations soon.
The Brown and Black Forum, first held in 1984, has previously involved one event. Organizers say it's the country's oldest continuous presidential forum focused on minority issues.
Viet Nam Exhibit To Be Located At Waterloo
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A yearlong exhibit at a museum in Waterloo is designed to share what veterans experienced while they were in Vietnam.
The exhibit is called "365 Days and Counting: Iowans in the Vietnam War" and will open at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo on July 14. Vietnam veterans will be on hand that day to talk about their experiences.
In another salute to veterans, a welcome home parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on July 17 in downtown Waterloo. All Vietnam-era veterans are being invited to participate.
Rick Reuter is one of the veterans working on the exhibit, and he says it is "going to show family members what Vietnam was like."
Senate Agriculture Committee To Hold Hearing On Bird Flu
(Washington) -- The U-S Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon on the avian bird flu. Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas established the hearing at the urging of Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. According to a news release by Senator Grassley, two Iowans are scheduled to testify at the hearing. James Dean of the United Egg Producers in Sioux Center, and Brad Moline, a turkey producer, and manager and owner of Moline Farms of Manson.
Iowa Crops Are In Good Condition
(Des Moines) -- The latest weekly crops condition report shows most of the state is seeing good to excellent production of crops. Eighty-two percent of the corn crop was rated good to excellent. Nearly all soybeans have emerged. Soybeans blooming reached 20 percent.
Soybean condition rated 78 percent good to excellent this week. Oats headed or beyond reached 96 percent this week. The percent of oat acreage turning color reached 43 percent, 4 days ahead of 2014, and slightly ahead of normal. Oat condition improved slightly to 82 percent good to excellent. In terms of adequate moisture supplies, the report indicates topsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 3 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Statewide surplus topsoil and subsoil moisture levels dropped 6 and 4 percentage points, respectively, from the previous week.
Two Seniors From Des Moines Get Married After They Realize They Grew Up In Same Neighborhood
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Des Moines residents who grew up just blocks apart but met only last year at a housing facility for seniors have gotten married.
80-year-old Doris DeBolt and 84-year-old Ray Reierson were wed on Saturday by DeBolt's older brother in a ceremony at Fort Des Moines Senior Housing, an independent living facility. They'd met there last year, after Reierson's wife died. DeBolt has been single since divorcing after 25 years of marriage.
After DeBolt and Reierson met and began exchanging details about their lives, they discovered they'd lived a few blocks apart on Des Moines' Kirkwood Avenue for most of their childhoods.
DeBolt's granddaughter, Lindsay Hunerdosse, says, "It's so nice to know they have each other."