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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.

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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.

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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"

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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.






Monday news, July 21

Expect Hot Temperatures And High Humidity Levels Today

 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Some of the most intense heat of the summer so far is expected in Nebraska and Iowa, so forecasters are urging people to take precautions.
     The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the eastern half of Nebraska and for 74 of Iowa's 99 counties on Monday and Tuesday.
     Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s across the region and humidity will be high, so heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn are possible. 
     Leslie Schaffer with the Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross says it's important to take precautions in the heat, especially for the elderly and young children.
     Staying inside during the hottest part of the day can be a big help. People who must work outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.


Preparations For The Plymouth County Fair Have Started

(Le Mars) -- Preparations are being made for the 2014 edition of the Plymouth County Fair, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday,  Exhibitors are moving displays into place.  4-H and FFA members can purchase tickets at reduced prices at the fair office.  Livestock stall assignments will be posted in the barns.  4-H and FFA members will bring their static exhibits to the fair at the 4-H building.  Later this evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m. will be the 4-H and FFA Horse Show timed events at the Horse arena.


Fire Department Responds To Carbon Monoxide Alarm

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called Sunday evening for a carbon monoxide alarm.  The Fire Department went to 1224 3rd Street Southeast at about 8:30 p.m.  Fire officials discovered there was no danger of a build up of carbon monoxide within the residence, and determined the carbon monoxide detector was faulty.


Flight 232 Remembered 25 Years Later

(Sioux City) -- Over the weekend, people from across the nation, gathered in Sioux City to remember the events from 25 years ago when United Flight 232 crashed landed at the Sioux City Gateway Airport.  Survivors and those who assisted with the ill-fated plane crash were in attendance.  Le Mars native, Reverend Greg Clapper led the Saturday reflection service.
Sunday morning, a remembrance service was held at the Anderson Dance Pavillion and Flight 232 Memorial on the city's riverfront.  Saturday, a gathering was held at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation to Honor the 112 lives lost in the 1989, and to dedicate a garden of reflection.  Captain Al Haynes, the pilot of the DC-10 airliner, where 184 survived the crash, was greeted with a standing ovation by a crowd of several hundred who attended the ceremony.:

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Jerry Schemmel was one of the survivors of the crash.  He has had a successful sportscasting career with Denver sports teams, but noted that everyone has a different way of coping with the event aftermath.  Schemmel says while many did move forward, others were not able to.

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Schmmel says we will never forget those who died in the plane crash, and he keeps a list of them with him in his dayplanner.  The names of the 112 people who perished in the crash were read by at the ceremony by the presidents of Briar Cliff University and Morningside College.


Supreme Court Allows Argosy Casino To Remain Open For A Few More Days

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has potentially given the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City more time to stay open.
     The high court on Friday granted an emergency stay of a district court order requiring the casino to close July 22. Groups in support of the closure have until Monday to file a resistance.
     The stay will be in effect while the state Supreme Court considers whether to hear Argosy's appeal of the district court's order to close. It's unclear how much more time the stay gives the casino.
     Karen Bailey, a spokeswoman for Argosy parent Penn National Gaming Co., says she's pleased.
     In April, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered the riverboat casino to close because it doesn't meet state gaming license requirements.


Girls Juvenile Home Still Being Discussed

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some officials are concerned the Iowa Juvenile Home's closing has created an unequal system where girls don't have the same options.
     Iowa lacks a proper facility for delinquent girls who committed crimes.
     The juvenile home closed in January after questions were raised about the treatment of teenagers, including use of isolation cells and a lack of educational opportunities.
     Since January, 33 girls might have been candidates for the juvenile home. Three were sent out of state and three were moved to adult court. The others were generally sent to private facilities.
     State Court Administrator David Boyd says Iowa usually has no more than 20 delinquent girls that need housing at once. Policymakers will have to decide the best way to provide services.


Woman's Body Found After Drowning In River

TROY MILLS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the 29-year-old woman who drowned while tubing down an eastern Iowa river over the weekend.
     The Linn County Sheriff's office says Andrea Zimmermann of Cedar Rapids died Saturday on the Wapsipinicon (WAHP'-si-pen-eh-can) River.
     Rescuers were called to the river after four people riding tubes went over the dam in Troy Mills.
     Authorities say Zimmerman couldn't immediately be found after the tubes went over the dam in the swift current.
     A small crowd of people gathered on the bridge above the dam to watch the search.
     Rescuers recovered Zimmerman's body from the river.


Car Chase Goes Against Oncoming Traffic

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A police chase through oncoming traffic in central Iowa has ended with no major injuries. 
     A Polk County Sheriff's office spokeswoman says the driver was apprehended in the northwest part of the county Sunday evening. 
     She says a motorist called 911 to report a Pontiac Grand Prix speeding and swerving from shoulder to shoulder on the highway. She says the driver reached speeds up to 80 mph and weaved into oncoming traffic in a construction zone.
     The chase ended when police sandwiched the vehicle between their cars. The spokeswoman says the driver refused to exit the vehicle and was uncooperative. 
     Medics were called to the scene and the driver was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. She says no charges have been filed.


Cedar Rapids Shootings Leave One Injured 

 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Police say one person is hospitalized and four are in custody following two separate shootings in Cedar Rapids. 
     The first shooting was reported just before 5 p.m. Sunday and led to Cedar Rapids police taking four people into custody. Police have not charged the people taken in or released their names. 
     The second shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. Police found one man shot in the leg. The man was taken to a hospital and police have not released his name. His condition is unknown.
     Police say both shootings are under investigation and they don't believe they're related.







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