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Tuesday News, June 4

Le Mars City Council Expected To Act On New Water Tower

(Le Mars) - The Le Mars City Council has a light agenda before them for Tuesday's meeting.  The Council is expected to approve the new water tower and booster station improvements.  The council will also discuss the sewer revenue loan agreement.  A public hearing will be held at noon today when the city council hears public comments regarding a billboard lease with Avery Brothers.


Supervisors To Amend Date For Local Option Sales Tax

(Le Mars) - Plymouth county Supervisors are expected to amend and clarify the expiration date for the Local Options Sales Tax.  The date voters will decide upon whether they want to re-new the local options sales tax is August 6.  The supervisors will also read and approve the disaster designation for Plymouth County.  The supervisors will hear from Fred Zenk and Kenneth Wright as they propose plans for minor sub-divisions.

 

Lawn Mower Accident Results In Fatality

(Akron) -- An Akron man has died as a result of a lawnmower accident that happened on Monday evening at about 6:15 p.m.  61 year old, Tomothy Parks of Akron was found under a lawn mower.  He was transported to a Sioux City hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The investigation shows Parks was mowing along the west part of his driveway when it appears a tire dropped in the ditch, causing the mower to roll over onto Parks.  The Akron Fire Department, Akron Ambulance and Akron Police all responded to the scene at 26312 Highway 12.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Called To Late Night Vehicle Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department had a late night - early morning call when they were called to the Well's Southern plant for a vehicle fire.  That fire was reported at about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday morning.

 

Wet Spring Continues To Delay Planting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Wet fields from too much rain continues to delay corn and soybean planting in Iowa reaching the point where farmers are likely to see at least some reduction in this fall's
harvest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa farmers planted only an additional 3 percent of the crop last week. Corn is 88 percent planted, behind the five-year average of 99 percent.
Seventy-three percent of corn plants have emerged from the ground.  Normal is about 91 percent.
Iowa soybean farmers have just 44 percent planted, trailing the five-year average of 91 percent.
Nationally, just 57 percent of soybeans are in the ground, significantly behind the five-year average of 74 percent. 
Farmers may be faced with the decision to re-plant some of their crops as a result of the wet spring and flooding. Iowa State University extension crops specialist  Joel DeJong comments on the situation.

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DeJong says farmers have many factors to consider if they choose to re-plant, and which crop they wish to re-plant.

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The crop specialist says farmers could very well see yield loss with the delayed planting and he estimates how much yield loss could occur.

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Another consideration on farmers minds is the reduction of crop insurance coverage for late planted crops.  After June 1st, the amount of coverage is reduced one percentage point each day with the deadline for corn at June 25th.  For soybeans, crop insurance coverage is reduced for any soybeans planted after June 15th with the cut-off deadline of July 10th.


Sioux City Council Approves Hard Rock Casino

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Council on Monday, approved, after much debate, the agreement with Sioux City Entertainment for a new Hard Rock Casino.  The council first approved 22 million dollars of tax increment financing for the project, which will be located in the Old Battery Building area at 4th and Water Streets.  Mayor Bob Scott abstained on that vote, as well as several succeeding votes on the project at Monday's meeting.

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From there, the council voted on amending the plan to vacate Pearl and Water Streets in the area.
Rich Bertrand, who owns businesses on Pearl Street affected by the street changes, was concerned over access to his businesses and safety for pedestrians and drivers.

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Casino developer, Bill Warner understood Bertrand's concerns, and stated safe parking and access was very important for casino customers.

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Councilman Keith Radig proposed a compromise which was approved, saving Pearl Street access.  Radig, however, voted against the final agreement to develop the casino as well as the tax increment financing.

Thursday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will vote on ratifying the agreement with Sioux City Entertainment at their meeting in Osceola.  Penn National Gaming, which operates Sioux City's Argosy Riverboat Casino, has asked the IRGC to reverse their decision to award the casino bid to Sioux City Entertainment.

 

Jury Has Been Selected For the Levin Trial

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A jury has been selected for the trial of a 21-year-old Iowa man charged with killing his mother in Early and kidnapping another woman.
The Messenger in Fort Dodge reports (http://bit.ly/19D68D4 ) a jury of seven men and six women was seated Monday afternoon.
The trial for Kirk Levin will begin Tuesday morning with opening statements.
The trial was moved from Sac County to Webster County because of publicity about the case.
The 21-year-old Levin, of Early, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother and third-degree kidnapping in the abduction of a woman who later escaped.

 

MidAmerican Energy Says They Will Not Build Nuclear Plant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - MidAmerican Energy has decided against building a second nuclear power plant in Iowa and against building any major power plant for now.
MidAmerican says there is no approved design for the nuclear plant it wanted to build and there are too many questions about limits on carbon emissions from a natural gas plant.
Iowa has one nuclear power plant, the Duane Arnold plant near Palo.
MidAmerican Vice President Dean Crist says that a feasibility study found that 700-acre sites near Thurman in southwest Iowa and Wilton in southeast Iowa would have worked for a new nuclear plant, which was expected to cost around $1 billion.
MidAmerican says it will refund $8.8 million that its customers paid for the feasibility study.
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Monday Afternoon News, June 3

Le Mars Fire Department Respond To 37 Calls in May

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 37 total calls during the month of May.  According to the monthly report, there were eight fire calls, nine rescue calls, nine investigations, and eleven requests for services.  Fire Chief David Schipper says there were a number of fire fighter volunteers who assisted on Memorial Day with flood relief rescues that helped save lives and property, and kept the city functioning.

 

Willow Creek Golf Course Making Repairs After Floods

(Le Mars) -- The Willow Creek Golf Course at Le Mars suffered some damage as a result of the recent flooding of Willow Creek and the Floyd River.  Golf course grounds manager Brian Schultz says the golf holes next to the rivers sustained the most damage.
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Schultz says crews from the City's public Works Department assisted this morning with a bridge that nearly was washed away.

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Schultz says he is uncertain as to the amount of money it will take to get the course back into playing condition, and to how much revenue was lost due to having to close the golf course.  He is thankful for the huge number of volunteers who have helped with the clean up efforts.

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The golf groundskeeper says a couple of the greens needed some delicate attention when clearing the debris left behind from the floods.

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Officials hope to have the course ready on Wednesday for play.


Cherokee Rural Water Association Repairs Water Lines After Floods

(Cherokee) -- A week has passed since the flooding of the Little Sioux River at Cherokee County, but the Cherokee Rural Water Association is still recovering from those floods.  Stan DeRoo serves as the manager of the water association.  He says despite having their pipes buried underground, the force and the velocity of the raging waters were able to erode the soil and wash away many of their water lines.

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Customers were initially asked to conserve their water,and DeRoo explains how much damage was sustained by the flooding waters.

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DeRoo says there are still nearly 160 customers living on the east side of the county and service area that have no water and are under a boil order. The town of Galva was also affected as they had to haul water into the town. Officials are trying to make the repairs as quickly as possible, and when the stream crossing is fixed they will notify you when the boil order will be lifted.


Several Republicans Announce They Will Seek U-S Senate Seat

(Des Moines) -- Two republicans have stepped up to enter their names as candidates for the U.S. Senate seat.  David Young, who was U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's top aide, is running for Iowa's other U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Young said Sunday that after talking with friends and family he decided to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
Young says he thinks his experience as Grassley's chief of staff would help him accomplish more in the Senate if he was elected.
Young lives in Van Meter, Iowa, and says he's looking forward to campaigning. 
The GOP Senate race may be a crowded one because Representative Steve King, Representative Tom Latham, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey all decided not to run. Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker has also announced he is running.   
Speaking Monday at a news conference in Ankeny, the former U.S. attorney announced he would seek the seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Whitaker says he wants to reduce government spending and "restore our country to
greatness."
The 43-year-old former University of Iowa football player from Clive was U.S. attorney for Iowa's Southern District from 2004 to 2009. He ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2002.
Other Republicans considering running include state Sen. Joni Ernst and former Reliant Energy CEO
Mark Jacobs.  Radio talk show host and Morningside College Professor Sam Clovis has also indicated some interest in running for the U-S Senate seat.
Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo is his party's only candidate.


Branstad To Name Regent Appointees Within The Month

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he expects to name two new appointees to the Iowa Board of Regents in the next couple of weeks.
Branstad sought to appoint Craig Lang and Robert Cramer to the nine-member board that oversees the state's three public universities but their confirmations failed in April to gain the
two-thirds majority required in the Senate for approval.
Lang, former Iowa Farm Bureau president, has been criticized for supporting Iowa State University rules that led U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin to drop plans to leave his papers at ISU. Senators also took
issue with Lang's criticism of University of Iowa President Sally Mason.
Cramer, a Grimes businessman, was questioned about his conservative social views on stem cell research, gay rights and academic freedom.


Midwest Economy Slowing Down, But Still Shows Strength

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will continue growing steadily over the next few months.
The overall economic index for the region declined slightly to 56.2 in May from April's 56.8, but any score above 50 suggests growth.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says the stronger dollar is hurting prices for farm and energy products, but that has only slowed the growth in those businesses.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below that
suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

 



 

   

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