Tuesday News, July 22
Supervisors To Discuss Subdivision in Union Township
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to convene today at the County Courthouse Boardroom. The supervisors have a light agenda for their meeting that includes discussion and expected approval for a letter of support for RAGBRAI bicycle ride for 2015. The supervisors will also decide upon a subdivision that is requested by Dave Wilberding involving a parcel of land located in Union township. Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe is scheduled to appear before the board of supervisors. He will submit requests for right-of-way for a bridge and a culvert repair projects. Rohe will also update the supervisors on current construction projects.
Static Display Judging Scheduled For Today At Fairgrounds
(Le Mars) -- Today at the fairgrounds young 4-H and FFA members will have their static displays being judged. Judging begins at 8:00 a.m. this morning at the Century Hall, and is expected to last most of the day. The Clover Kid judging of exhibits will begin at 11:30 a.m. and open class entries will be accepted at the fair between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The fairboard will provide golf cart transportation for open class exhibitors. Also, at the fairgrounds this morning, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee along with the Plymouth County Fairboard will host a chamber coffee and ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at the round barn, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Round Barn To Feature New Agricultural Education Exhibit
(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the round barn, a new exhibit will be featured in the round barn this year at the Plymouth County Fair, entitled: "a ROUND the farm in the BARN". Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Chamber Ag Committee offers an explaination of the exhibit.
The exhibit will utilize both floors of the round barn and will feature many photographs, videos, and interesting information regarding Plymouth County agriculture. In addition, attendees of the fair and visitors to the round barn will have the opportunity to see a photo display of all of the Plymouth County barn quilt barns.
Jacobson says “Often times, the Plymouth County Fair is the only chance for many people to get a close look at agriculture, and the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, along with the Plymouth County Fair Board believe it is important people should know that their food starts at the farm and ends at the grocery store or supermarket,” Jacobson said.
Another area of focus will be the value-added industries.
The exhibit will showcase the various commodities that are either grown or produced in Plymouth County, as well as, show both the social and economic impact that agriculture has upon Plymouth County residents. A Biofuels Mobile Education Center will be on hand parked next to the round barn on Sunday of the fair, allowing visitors to enter the facility to learn more about corn production and ethanol processing. Attendees of the "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" will try their hand at milking, learn more about grain bin safety, and learn interesting facts about each of the crops and livestock produced in Plymouth County. A special highlight of the agriculture exhibit is a combine and tractor cab referred to as the "Ag Cab Lab"
The agriculture exhibit will feature large screen televisions showing various aspects of Plymouth County agriculture, as well as, showing a series of quizzes testing a person's knowledge pertaining to Plymouth County Agriculture. Jacobson says the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is grateful for the allocation of grants, and many donations, in assisting with this educational project. The latest of the sponsors of the round barn agricultural education exhibit is Bomgaars, Incorporated. Bomgaars contributed $1000 in support of the project. Jacobson says "as an Iowa-based company, Bomgaars has a tradition of supporting projects involving livestock, county fairs, 4-H and FFA in our fine state. We are fortunate Bomgaars shares our mission to educate the public of the importance of agriculture."
Weekly Crop Condition Report Issued
(Des Moines) -- Farmers across the state were generally able to complete a second cutting of hay during this past week, according to the latest weekly crop condition report. Over one-quarter of the second cutting of alfalfa hay was harvested during the week that ended on July 20th. As for the major crops of corn and soybeans: 59 percent of the corn acreage was silking, 11 days ahead of last year and two days ahead of the five-year average. 77 percent of the corn was listed as being in good to excellent condition, and 74 percent of the state's soybean crop was rated as good to excellent.
Sioux Rapids Man Now Charged With Attempted Murder
SIOUX RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux Rapids man accused of stabbing a 19-year-old man last week now faces an attempted murder charge.
Online court records show 43-year-old Pedro Orozco was initially charged with willful injury but an attempted murder charge was added Monday.
Buena Vista County Sheriff Doug Simons says the additional charge was added after police discussed the case with the county attorney.
Orozco is accused of stabbing a Spencer man at a Sioux Rapids home on July 9.
Simons says Orozco and the victim knew each other. The victim remains hospitalized.
An arraignment on the new charge has been set for Aug. 4. Orozco's bond was increased to $50,000.
Orozco's attorney did not immediately return a message.
Sac County Inmate Attempts Escape
SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 60-year-old inmate caught trying to escape from the jail in Sac City faces additional criminal charges.
Randy George Barney, of Rockwell City, was charged with felony attempted escape.
The Sac County Sheriff's office says Barney climbed a security fence and a barbed-wire barrier while exercising in an outside enclosure with three other inmates on Friday morning.
The sheriff's office reported the incident Monday in a statement. It says deputy sheriff's caught Barney while he was still on the property. He was the only inmate in the exercise yard to climb the fence.
Officials say Barney had minor lacerations that did not require medical treatment.
He's been in jail on burglary charges filed in April in neighboring Calhoun County. He has pleaded not guilty.
Council Bluffs Man To Stand Trial For Killing 64 Year Old Woman
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A trial has been delayed for a western Iowa man accused of shooting to death a 64-year-old woman.
The trial of Robert Reynolds Jr. was delayed until Sept. 30. Reynolds has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Cass County, on April 9.
Officers sent to Reynolds' home in Oakland say they found that Kinkade-Dorsey had been killed. Three other people in the home were not injured. A criminal complaint says Reynolds acknowledged shooting Kinkade-Dorsey after an argument.
Reynolds' trial had been scheduled to begin earlier this month.
Investigation As To Why Officer Shot At Car
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa police are trying to determine why an officer fired a bullet into a car involved in a high-speed chase.
Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jana Abens said Monday the shot was accidental. She says a reserve officer fired into the passenger-side door after the Sunday chase. No one was injured by the shooting.
The chase ended in the northwest part of the county after the driver reached speeds of up to 80 mph and weaved into oncoming traffic. Police sandwiched the vehicle between their cars to stop the driver. He was hospitalized following the chase and has not been charged.
Officials are conducting an internal investigating. Abens says it's unclear if the deputy will be placed on leave during the investigation.