Thursday News, July 25
(Le Mars) -- Last evening the king and queen were crowned at the Plymouth County Fair.
Seventeen year old Leah Ellensohn of Le Mars was crowned as the new Plymouth County Fair Queen, on Wednesday evening. Ellensohn is the daughter of Eric and Nicki Ellensohn. The young teen was all smiles when last year's fair queen Annabelle Banks read her name to the interested crowd. Ellensohn will be accompanied by Derek Ten Naple as this year's King of the Plymouth County Fair. Ten Napel is the son of Dave and Amy Ten Napel of Le Mars. Ellensohn says she is looking forward to being the ambassador of the fair.
The seven year 4-H member representing the Grant Clever Clovers explains her various projects that she entered for this year's fair.
Ten Napel exhibits both swine and sheep at the Plymouth County Fair and he offers an explanation as to why he competed for the fair king contest.
Ten Napel talks about what he believes are his duties as the Plymouth County Fair King.
Thursday's Fair Schedule
(Le Mars) -- Last evening's attendance for the first day of the fair was listed as 17,800.
Today, on the fair schedule the Horse Show takes place at 8:00 a.m. The sheep show is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. A.J. Lutter will conduct his chainsaw scultpures starting at 1:00 p.m. 4-H Educational presentations will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Century Hall. New this year, will be the Farm Olympics which will occur in the Covered Arena at 6:30 p.m. The Tuff Truck Contest will commence at the Grandstand at 6:30 p.m. At the Pioneer Village, the entertainment will consist of a vocalist Kelsie K which will perform at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Dueling Guitars will perform at 6:30 p.m. and again at 9:15 p.m.
Educational Presentations Help 4-Her's Career
(Le Mars) -- As mentioned, the 4-H Educational Presentations will take place this afternoon at the Century Hall and Plymouth County 4-H and Youth Director Ann Schoenrock says the public speaking projects are often times interesting, and play an important role in a 4-Her's career.
Schoenrock offers the schedule for the other educational presentation categories.
Schoenrock says the Pride of Iowa category consists of food items that are served to the general public.
Trooper and Gaming Agent Questioned About Hazing Activities
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa trooper and a state gaming agent are seeking their jobs back after being fired following an investigation into a hazing incident at an Iowa police academy in 2008.
Former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Andrew Harrelson said Wednesday that he was accused of hazing and verbally intimidating a 21-year-old recruit, including putting powder on him
after others handcuffed to a bed. Harrelson denies the allegations and says he was shocked to be accused by the fellow officer, who waited years to complain.
Trooper Joshua Guhl is also accused of being involved. Guhl declined an interview request.
The State Police Officers Council is representing Guhl and Harrelson in arbitration proceedings. Executive director Sue Brown says they have "excellent cases."
Polk County prosecutors declined to file charges in the case.