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Friday News , July 20th

Farmers Discuss Drought Conditions

 

(Le Mars) -- More than 300 concerned farmers attended a drought meeting on Thursday hosted by the Plymouth County Extension Services.  Each, with probably the same question on their minds, "What options do I have with my crop as a result of this ongoing drought?" Many farmers are wondering if chopping the corn for silage would be economical, feasible and safe.  Both Joel DeJong, Extension Crops Specialist, and Beth Doran, Extension Livestock and Forage Specialist, suggested to the farmers they need to test their corn for nitrates before chopping it for silage.  De Jong also stressed to wait before cutting the corn to make certain the moisture percentage is at the right level.  DeJong says a common mistake made by farmers during drought conditions is believing the corn is drier than the actual moisture level.

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He told the group that cut silage should be between 65 and 70 percent moisture if the silage is stored in either a bunker or an ag bag.  Silage stored in an upright silo should be of at least 60 to 65 percent moisture.  Both Doran and DeJong warned farmers of how silage seepage can be a danger to fish in local ponds.  Doran also cautioned farmers if they have a farm pond to check it for algae.  She says if cattle drink from the pond with algae, it could prove to be deadly.  Doran also informed the group how the heat can be stressful to both feedlot cattle, as well as with cow-calf herds.

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She was also asked by a cattle producer how long should a farmer wait before feeding green cut silage to cattle  Her reply was, "three weeks."  Agricutlural economist, Dr. William Edwards appeared via a web cam from Ames. He told farmers they need to visit with their crop insurance agent, and they should do so in the near future.  Edwards offered a series of scenerios as to how much revenue return farmers could expect based on their yield loss and the averge price per bushel.

 

Le Mars Woman Buys 2 Millionth Ticket at Tyson Event Center

(Sioux City) -- A Le Mars woman was the two millionth person to purchase an event ticket at the Tyson's Event Center in Sioux City.  Cheryl Wiltgen bought a ticket to see the Sioux City Bandits play in the league championship game on Saturday, July 14th.  Now, the Tyson Event Center wishes to celebrate by offering a $20 concessions voucher to anyone that purchases a ticket to an upcoming event.  However, in order to obtain a concession voucher, tickets must be purchased today (Friday) between 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m.  There is no minimum purchase amount required.  Some of the upcoming events at the Tyson Event Center include the WWE Smackdown, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Carnival of Madness.  The Tyson Events Center has been able to sell out on many of its recent venues.

 

Iowa State Patrol Ready for RAGBRAI

(Le Mars) -- Ragbrai bike ride is set for this weekend and will cross through Sioux, O'Brien, and Cherokee counties, and the Iowa State Patrol wants to remind motorists that if possible to stay clear of the designated route, and to use extra caution when traveling.  Trooper Vince Kurtz tallks about the Ragbrai route.

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Although the ride officially begins on Sunday, Kurtz says motorists should be aware Friday and Saturday of bikes heading to Sioux Center.  He says during the ride, the Iowa Highway Patrol along with local and county law enforcement officials will monitor major intersections.

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Kurtz says the objective will be to see if everyone is alert to the surroundings, and to make certain both bicyclers and motorists are obeying traffic laws.

 

 

Sioux City Woman Robs Bank Then Turns Herself In to Authorities

(Sioux City) -- A woman who robbed a bank at Sioux Falls turned herself in at the Sioux City Police Station.  On Tuesday, the First Premier Bank was robbed by a woman, claiming she had a bomb.  The woman fled with $14,000.  An intelligence bulletin was distributed that included the suspects photo from the bank.  Detectives from the Sioux City Police Department immediately recognized the suspect and began working to locate her.  The woman was identified as 39 year old Michelle Bock of Sioux City. Bock claims she was kidnapped by two men, strapped a bomb to her chest, and forced her to rob the bank.  She told police that the men took the money, but she deposited $3,000 into her personal bank account three hours after the robbery.  Bock was arrested on an FBI warrant and transported back to Sioux Falls.

 

 

Parents of Missing Cousins Refuses to Talk to Authorities

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities investigating the disappearance of two Iowa cousins missing for nearly a week say it is a distraction that one set of parents have consulted an attorney and may not be cooperating 100 percent.

Family members say Misty and Dan Morrissey, parents of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey, have talked to an attorney who is advising they stop talking and taking polygraph tests.

Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben says that's a distraction and authorities expect 100 percent cooperation.

He says investigators have been aware of the Morrisseys' criminal record since Friday when Lyric and her cousin, 8-year old Elizabeth Collins, didn't return from riding bicycles in Evansdale in northeast Iowa.

Both Morriseys have spent time in prison on drug charges. Abben says background checks were done on all family members and they have taken polygraphs.

 

 

Midwest Economy Slowing Down

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Western states as drought conditions bake the region.

The overall economic index dropped into negative territory at 47.9 in June from May's 56.7. Any score below 50 on the index, which ranges from 1 to 100, suggests contraction in the months ahead.

The survey covers parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. It focuses on communities with 1,300 residents, on average.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss in Omaha says the drought is hard on farmers, livestock producers and ethanol plants in the region.

The confidence index collapsed to 40.9 in June from May's strong 58.5. That suggests bankers aren't confident in the economy over the next six months.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Thursday News, July 19

Le Mars Issues Odd/Even Day Water Restrictions

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City officials have issued a water conservation program that started Wednesday.  Le Mars City Administrator, Scott Langel says the city has been using five million gallons of water on a daily basis, which is close to the capacity level for the treatment plant.

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Langel says the city is asking its residents to follow an odd and even day watering program. He also suggests residents to do their watering during the evening hours.

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He says this is a mandatory restriction and failure to comply could result in fines and penalties starting at $100 and going up to $500.

 

Extension To Host Drought Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Extension will host a drought meeting for farmers this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  That meeting will take place at the Le Mars Convention Center, Lower Level.  Discussions will focus on crop development under drought conditions, feeding drought damaged crops, crop insurance
considerations, and government assistance programs.


Akron Woman Arrested For Stealing Medication

(Le Mars) -- An Akron woman has been charged with stealing prescription medication.  37 year old Sabrina Hoffer was arrested on Tuesday for theft in the 5th degree, a simple misdemanor, and possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office had received a complaint about stolen prescription medication.  During the investigation, it was determined that the victim had a tota of 62 capsules of a schedule II prescription stolen from her over a 30-day period.  The investigation identified Hoffer as a possible suspect of the thefts.  When officers went to the Hoffer residence to interview her, 14 capsules of the medication were located.

 

Le Mars Police To Hold Bike Sale

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department will hold a bicycle sale on Thursday, July 26.  About 30 abandon bikes will be available.  All bikes will sale for $10 each with a limit of one per person.  Sale hours are from 1 to 4 p.m.  The sale location will be at the Le Mars Police Station at 22 2nd Street Northeast, in Le Mars.

 

Cone Maps Now Available

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce now have maps available for the public identifying the location of the 55 fiberglass ice cream cones and the one cow.  The maps provide people with the location of each cone, the sponsor name, and the artist name.  The Chamber was awarded $400 last February from the Le Mars Hotel-Motel Sales tax receipts in order to finance the project.  Maps are
available at the Le Mars Arts Center, City of Le Mars and the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices.

 

Fairboard Showcases New Livestock Barn

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Fair is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and fairgoers will notice a few changes, including a new livestock pavilion.  Fair president, Tony Schroeder says the fairboard decided to construct a new facility that would serve the needs well into the future.

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The new barn measures 150 feet by 100 feet and will house the beef and sheep exhibits.  Schroeder says the new barn will be able to hold up to 135 head of cattle comfortably. The fairboard is planning to hold an open house on Friday evening, in order to showcase the new facility.

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Other improvements include a new sidewalk, and the kiddie barn has been moved away from the food stand restaurants.  What was the old kiddie barn will now serve as a shelter house for picnic area.

 

Florida Based Company Agrees to Refund Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say a Florida-based online membership club retailer has agreed to pay $135,000 in refunds to Iowans who were charged for memberships in the company's
programs.
A news release from the Iowa Attorney General's Office says BestBrandValues.com, which is based Boca Raton, Fla., sells several products on various online sites.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says someone completing an online order would be given the chance to save $5, but clicking to get the savings led to membership charges disclosed in small print.
Iowa law requires much more prominent disclosures.
The monthly fees ranged from $9.95 to $19.95 a month.
BestBrandValues.com's agreement with Iowa says the company will pay $10,000 to Iowa for consumer fraud enforcement. In the agreement, the company denied liability.

 

Search Continues For Missing Cousins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A spokeswoman for a company that collects trash in a northeast Iowa city where two young cousins disappeared says trash from the city is being separated from other
collections.
Debbie Acklin of Black Hawk County Waste Disposal says authorities asked the company Monday to start dumping trash from Evansdale homes and businesses in a separate area of the county landfill. That will aid investigators into the girls' disappearances.
Eight-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey were last seen Friday at their grandmother's house in Evansdale. Their bicycles and Elizabeth's purse were found at nearby Meyers Lake, and FBI dogs detected the girls' scent in the area.
An FBI spokeswoman says an agency dive team from Los Angeles, California may also be called in to help search the lake.

 



 

 

   

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