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Wednesday News, September 2

Retired Veterinarian Chooses To Run For State House Seat

(Le Mars) -- A retired veterinarian has announced his candidacy for the state House seat being vacated by Chuck Soderberg.  Dr. Chuck Holz of Le Mars is seeking nomination for the 5th district state representative.  Holz, a long-time republican, was a veterinarian at the Le Mars Veterinary Clinic for 38 years.  He is also a past school board director with the Le Mars Community School District, having served for 18 years.  Holz says he felt the timing was right for him to pursue the position of state lawmaker.

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Holz says he is interested in agriculture and education, and hopes he will be able to apply his experience in both areas with work at the state capital.

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The former veterinarian and school board director says he understands the dilemna of providing adequate funding for the state's public schools, but he says everyone needs to be fiscally responsible, adding he agrees with Governor Branstad for vetoing the one-time allocation of $55 million as reached in a compromise by the state legislature.

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As of this time, Governor Branstad has not yet set a date for a special election.  Dr. Chuck Holz is the only candidate to announce an interest in the 5th district state legislature position.

 

 

Ihrke Decides Not To Seek Re-election

(Le Mars) -- On the topic of elected officials, Le Mars City Council woman Delanna Ihrke made the announcement at Tuesday's city council meeting that she intends to step down at the conclusion of her term.  Ihrke says she favors term limits and she has served two terms on the city council.

 

 

 

Fire Department Reponds To 28 Calls In August

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a total of 28 calls during the month of August.  Five of those calls were for fires, eight rescue calls, eight calls were for inspections or accident clean ups, and seven calls for requests for services. Fire Chief Dave Schipper reports that Le Mars held an annual pump testing for each of the fire trucks, and all trucks passed the tests without issues.

 

 

 

KC Phone-A-Thon Takes Place Today

(Le Mars) -- The annual K-C Phonathon is scheduled for Wednesday.  Proceeds help benefit the Life Skills Training Center based in Le Mars.  Shelly Thomson, Marketing Development Coordinator says the money raised helps with Life Skills' expenses.

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The annual phon-a-thon begins at 9:00 a.m. and will continue through 9:00 p.m. Thomson says the Knights and other volunteers will call for donations. She says with more people switching from land line phones to cellular phones, it makes for a bit of a challenge due to the fact there are no directories with cellular phone numbers.

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Thomson says in the past, the people of Plymouth County have been generous in the county-wide fund raiser.  She says donations can be dropped off at various locations within the county.

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The Life Skills official says donations can also be submitted at your local financial institution.

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Solar Conference Scheduled For Today

(Le Mars) -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, along with the U-S Department of Agriculture Rural Development, will host a conference on Wednesday dealing with solar energy.  Ann Schoenrock, Plymouth County Extension co-program coordinator says the conference will appeal to nearly everyone.

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Schoenrock says Bill Haman of the Iowa Energy Center is the featured speaker for the solar conference.

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The solar conference will take place in the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center with registration scheduled to start at 9:20 a.m.  The conference will continue all day with a panel of experts to speak in the afternoon.

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Registration for the solar conference is set at $45, and the extension official says people will also be able to learn what tax incentives and grants are available for implementing solar energy into their home or business.

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Plymouth County Farm Families Honored For Having Century Farms

(Des Moines) -- Four Plymouth County farm families were recognized during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair for owning a century farm.  A century farm is defined as a farm that has been owned by the same family for at least one hundred years.  Receiving recognition were the Gary and Twila DeRocher of rural Merrill.  Their farm, located at 19805 270th Street was founded in 1896.  Aaron and Rebecca Easton's farm of rural Remsen was first settled in 1880.  JoAnn Easton was also recognized at the Iowa State Fair.  She is the owner of two century farms, the first, began farming operations in 1880, and the second started in 1888.  John Hamilton's farm was also recognized as a century farm.  The farm, located at 22207 Otter Avenue of Le Mars was started in 1901.





   

Tuesday News, September 1

Pickup Truck Hits Care Center Killing One Resident

(Hull) -- One person is dead after a pick up truck hit a nursing care center in Hull.  Sioux County authorities are investigating the accident that happened at the Pleasant Acres Care Center, Monday afternoon at about 2:12 p.m.  Kathleen Sohl, age 72, of Hull was driving a minivan westbound on Railroad Street. Her husband, Lawrence Sohl, age 77, also from Hull, was driving a pick up truck westbound on Railroad Street following her. For an unknown reason, Lawrence struck the rear of the minivan approximately one half block east of the intersection. He then continued westbound on Railroad Street through the intersection and across a grass lawn, owned by the care center. Lawrence’s vehicle struck the care center and travelled through the rooms of two residents; it came to rest completely inside the building. The collision killed Anna Dykstra, age 88, a resident of the care center, who was in her room at the time. No one was in the second room.
Dykstra was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries. Lawrence Sohl was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

 

 

 

Supervisors To Discuss Approval For Subdivision

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene today at the Courthouse board room for their weekly meeting.  The supervisors will discuss and possibly act on suspending taxes for Diane and Gene Stabe.  The county governing board will also discuss reimbursement of epenses from a recent lawsuit filed against the county.  Kelsey Bauerly Langel will appear before the supervisors seeking an extension to file a minor subdivision.  County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the supervisors to give an update on county road construction projects.

 

 

Road Closures Scheduled To Begin Today

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will be closing two roads beginning today for bridge and culvert repairs.  Dogwood Avenue from county road C-38 to 200th Street will be closed for three days so that work crews can repair a bridge.  Quest Avenue from Highway 140 to 330th Street will also close today for the replacement of a bridge with a box culvert.  Work on that stretch of roadway is expected to continue for nearly three weeks.

 

 

City Council To Hold Hearing On Sidewalk Improvement Project

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council have a short agenda for today's scheduled meeting.  Only one action item is scheduled.  The council will discuss an offer to purchase city real estate. The council will also hold a public hearing during today's meeting.  The hearing will focus on 12th Street Southwest sidewalk improvement project.  The city council will start their meeting at 12:00 noon from the council chambers.

 

 

 

Rural Areas Will Have Better Access To Broadband

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says people living and working in rural Iowa will benefit from plans to expand broadband Internet service.
Branstad discussed the expansion plans Monday. Four companies will expand Internet services to nearly 90,000 Iowa locations using grant funding provided by the Federal Communication Commission's Connect America Fund.
Providing high-speed internet throughout the state has been a top priority for Branstad. The four companies receiving over $53 million in grants are CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier and Consolidated Communications.
Company officials said the dollars would help provide service in some areas, as well as improve speeds in others.
Branstad says broadband access is a "great equalizer" for rural communities.

 

 

 

University of Iowa Renovates President's Office And Residence

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Renovation and maintenance work are in the beginning stages of the University of Iowa's president's office and home while the school looks to find its next president.
Four finalists are up for the job to replace Sally Mason, who's retiring. The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to choose a successor Thursday.
School officials say the $500,000 renovation of the president's office is long overdue. They say it'll cost an estimated $1.5 million to address deferred maintenance at the president's residence, which is more than a century old.
A university official says work on two projects will reach a point by the end of the fall semester when the spaces should be useable. Both projects are expected to finish before spring semester ends.

 

 

 

 

Perry Campaign Continues Despite Setbacks

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rick Perry's cash-strapped presidential campaign is set to keep going in Iowa with just one paid staffer and some volunteers.
The former Texas governor's senior Iowa strategist, Robert Haus, says the Republican campaign will have one paid operative for now. Haus will stay on in an unpaid capacity.
Perry's campaign has struggled with sluggish fundraising. Last week, Perry's state chairman, Sam Clovis, left to work for Donald Trump.
Haus says Karen Fesler, who served as Iowa co-chair of the campaign, is leaving to work for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's 2016 bid. Despite the setbacks, Haus claims confidence that Perry can finish in the top tier in the Iowa caucuses.

 

 

 

 

Economic Business Study Shows Decline

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An August survey suggests there will be little or no economic growth over the next three months in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains.
A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 49.6, compared with 50.6 in July.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota companies reported growth last month, but businesses in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma reported less economic activity,
The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

 

 

 

 

Crop Conditions Continue To Improve

(Des Moines) -- Near ideal weather conditions with ample amounts of rain this past week is making for favorable crop conditions.  In the weekly crop condition report issued Monday afternoon, 95 percent of the state's corn crop has reached the dough stage or beyond, with 57 percent dented or beyond, which is three days ahead of last year, but three days behind the five-year average.  Three percent of the corn crop was reported as being mature.  Corn condition rated 81 percent good to excellent.  The state's soybean crops are showing signs of making a big crop.  95 percent of the soybeans were setting pods or beyond, while 11 percent of the soybeans are starting to turn color, two days ahead of 2014, but two days behind normal.  Soybean condition is rated as 76 percent good to excellent.



 



   

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