Tuesday News, May 29
Sunday Storms Knock Out Power
HULL, Iowa (AP) - Many in northwest Iowa spent Monday cleaning up after a severe thunderstorm hit Sioux County.
The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says trees, branches and power lines were knocked down during the storm as it passed over Hull, Hawarden and Boyden on Sunday night.
Several homes were hit by downed trees but that no injuries were reported.
Officials say wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour were also reported and some residents lost power for about three hours.
Tractor Roll-over Claims Inwood Life
(Inwood) -- A weekend tractor roll-over accident has claimed the life of an Inwood man. 68 year old Gerald Van Beek was making a right-hand turn when he lost control of his tractor. The tractor's right tire left the ground and it rolled over landing on top of Van Beek. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Despite Recent Rains, Moisture Levels Still Short
(Le Mars) -- Northwest Iowa has been fortunate to receive some timely rains during the last couple of weeks, but an Iowa State University Crops Specialist says we are still short on moisture levels to sustain our corn crop. Joel De Jong says the recent rains have been beneficial, but more is needed to replenish subsoil moisture levels.
The I-S-U crops specialist says the unusual warm weather has helped the crop development.
Farmers across the nation have planted a record corn acres for this year. De Jong says that trend is evident for northwest Iowa as farmers have expanded their corn acreage.
The U-S-D-A will have a final plantings report issued on June 30th.
Supervisors Will Not Meet
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will not meet today. The next supervisor meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 5th.
Iowa State Universitiy Hires To Focus On Research and Manufacturing
AMES, Iowa (AP) - The president of Iowa State University says the hiring of more than 200 faculty members will be focused on helping central Iowa become a research and manufacturing center and
expand its biotech offerings.
ISU President Steven Leath says that he wants the hires focused "so we can really make an impact in some areas."
Leath will use positions left open by retirements and those financed by private companies and grants.
The hires would help develop the corridor that runs from Ames to Des Moines, focusing on research and manufacturing in agricultural, metals and other arenas.
Le Mars Residents Urged to Complete Cultural Survey
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Art Center, Postal Playhouse, the Historical Museum, the Library, high school theater, the Le Mars Municipal Band, Ice Cream Days and more. These are all entities and events in Le Mars that may or may not strike your fancy- but no matter how you feel about them, the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the City of Le Mars wants to hear your opinions on the arts and other activities through a cultural assessment survey that's being done for the city.
Kathy Moore, CVB board member and Le Mars Arts Center director says the survey is easy to access and won't take long.
Not only are Le Mars residents encouraged to share their opinions, but also those who work here and spend time here for shopping and entertainment are asked to participate. Moore says the more feedback, the better, as leaders for the various organizations need feedback to plan for the future.
If you're someone whose saying..."Cultural activities really aren't my thing" Moore says YOU are the people whose opinions need to be heard.
If interested in sharing your opinions, please log onto www.lemarsarts.com and click on the tab on the right that says "Take the 2012 Cultural Survey." June 1st is the designated cut off date for collecting the data.