Tuesday News, August 25
Soderberg To Resign From Legislature-Takes On Position With State Utilities Cooperative Association
(Le Mars) -- State Representative Chuck Soderberg will soon be resigning his position as a state lawmaker in order to take on new responsibilities as the executive vice president and general manager of the Iowa Association of Electrical Cooperatives, based in Des Moines. After 40 years living in Le Mars, Soderberg admits it will be difficult to leave the area he fondly refers to as home. Soderberg says republican party officials are working through the process for his replacement.
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For the past 36 years, Soderberg has worked with the Northern Iowa Power Cooperative, or NIPCO. He says the work he has performed at NIPCO will prepare him for the next step in overseeing all of the Iowa electrical cooperatives.
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Soderberg says he will begin his new position on September 8th. Plymouth County Republican Party Chairman, Don Kass says Soderberg's leadership will be missed.
Kass says the process to hold a special election to replace Soderberg will depend upon Governor Terry Branstad and the Secretary of State.
Soderberg has been a state representative for 11 years.
Plymouth County Board of Supervisors To Review Drainage Project
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning, and they will discuss funding the Iowa District Drainage Association. It is also expected the supervisors will review and sign an amended Sioux Rivers Mental Health District Service Coordinator Contract. The supervisors will hear from two people requesting approval for subdivisions. The supervisors will hold a meeting under the Plymouth County Drainage Board as they discuss maintenance in the Akron Drainage District. Tom Rohe will appear before the county board of supervisors to submit permits and to discuss current road construction projects.
Branstad To Visit With Denison Officials
(Sioux City) -- Governor Terry Branstad will be in Denison today to meet with local officials over the closing of that city's Tyson Foods plant.
Branstad says there will also be discussions about how to help the workers displaced by the plant closing:
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On August 14th, Tyson announced to the city that it would shut down the plant. The plant has a long history in Denison, opening back in 1961.
Le Mars Fire Department Hosts Water Hose Fights
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department hosted its annual water hose fight on Sunday. Ten different fire departments consisting of 130 different fire fighting personnel competed for trophies and bragging rights. The Le Mars Fire Department was able to place second behind Sheldon for the Leader Line division, Storm Lake and Hull finished third and fourth respectfully. In the women's division, Alta1 took top honors, with Le Mars1 finishing second and Le Mars3 placing third. Storm Lake women placed fourth in the women's division. Le Mars was able to win the men's division, followed by Milford, Early, and Hull. Competing in this year's water fights included: Sioux Center, Orange City, Sheldon, Merrill, Le Mars, Milford, Hull, Alta, Storm Lake and Early.
Iowa State Fair Sets Attendance Record
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An unofficial count of attendance at the Iowa State Fair this year indicates roughly 1.1 million people visited the fairgrounds, breaking a previous record.
Organizers say about 8,000 more people visited the fairgrounds in Des Moines this year than in 2008, the previous record holder.
There was extra media attention on the fair this year, as Democratic and Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination delivered remarks from the well-known political soapbox. Governor Terry Branstad says the spring compromise between school districts, himself, and the state legislature to start public schools in Iowa on August 2th led to more people being able to attend the fair.
Nearly every day of the 11-day event had attendance numbers that exceeded 100,000, though there were some rainy days. Attendance dropped to roughly 75,000 on Aug. 18 as heavy rain moved through the area.
Organizers say they will do a more formal count of tickets to determine the final total.
Utilities Board To Soon Decide On Fate Of Pipeline
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A utilities board that will soon decide whether to allow a private company to build an oil pipeline in Iowa says it has received roughly 3,700 objections on the project.
The Iowa Utilities Board says in a report filed Friday that statements against the proposed pipeline were received between November and July. The board also received about 560 letters of support for the pipeline.
The report says the objections include more than 2,600 statements submitted in July by several groups. Many objections focused on whether the board should allow Dakota Access, LLC to access private land for the pipeline.
The report says letters of support focused on potential jobs generated from the pipeline's construction.
The board is expected to rule on the pipeline's future before the end of the year.
Republicans Ask Attorney General Tom Miller To Investigate Funding Of Planned Parenthood
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican lawmakers are asking the Iowa attorney general to investigate abortion providers in the state.
Legislators delivered a letter Monday to Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller. The letter - signed by more than 40 representatives and senators - includes a series of detailed questions and asks Miller to determine how abortion providers dispose of aborted tissue and if any aborted fetal organs are sold or donated.
A spokesman for Miller says the office was reviewing the request.
Republican lawmakers around the country have sought investigations since the release of secretly recorded videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research. The organization has said it does not profit from tissue donations and that those programs exist in only a handful of states.