Saturday News, July 27
Saturday Events At the Fair
(Le Mars) --More than 20,500 people enjoyed the cool temperatures and nice weather to visit the Plymouth County Fair on Friday. Today's schedule begins with the Plymouth County Fair Tractor Ride at 8:00 a.m. Followed up with the 4-H and FFA swine show at the Covered Arena at 8:30 a.m. The Open Draft Horse and Mule Show will take place at the Horse Arena at 9:00 a.m. Also at 9:00 a.m. this morning will be the 4-H and FFA Poultry Show featured at the North Arena. If you enjoy antiques, the Plymouth County Fair will offer its own version of Antique Road Show with antique appraisals at the Pioneer Village at 10:00 a.m. The Open Class Sheep Show will start at 10:00 a.m. At 10:30 in the Century Hall will be Kid's Day. Commercial exhibits open at 11:00 a.m. From Noon until 8:00 p.m. small children can use their imagination to build whatever they desire with the lego blocks in the Lego Depot. This afternoon begins with the 4-H and FFA Cat Show which will take place at the south end in the Open Class Building at 1:00 p.m. The Life Skills Quilt Auction will commence at 2:00 p.m. in the Century Hall. As for entertainment, at the grandstand tonight will be the bigger and better demolition derby. The cars will start their smash survival at 6:00 p.m. At the Pioneer Village, Silver Bullet, a tribute to Bob Seger will perform at 5:00 p.m. and at 7:15 p.m. Michael Johns the Hypnotist will perform at 6:00 p.m. and again at 8:15 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. is the anticipated and much talked about country group, LoCash Cowboys.
Fair Attendees Learn About Beef At Cooking School
(Le Mars) -- One of the events that gathered a lot of attendance is the Cooking School Demonstration held Friday evening. More than 400 people learned some tips about beef and how best to prepare beef from Nancy Degner, the executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Degner, a one-time home economics teacher at Le Mars, referred to a booklet published by the Beef Checkoff that informed the group of the basics of beef.
Degner introduced to the crowd how best to look for the qualities to select a tender steak as well as new cuts of beef now being featured in grocery stores, supermarkets, and restaurants.
In this hurried up time conscientious world, many people may believe it takes too much time to cook up a steak, but the Iowa Beef official says beef can be prepared properly in just a few minutes.
Degner says the crowd was enthusiastic and perhaps now know how best to carve steak.
The attendees were able to take home new recipes, brochures, and even food coupons.
Levin Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Mother
EARLY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man convicted of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman has been sentenced to life in prison.
A jury found 21-year-old Kirk Levin guilty in June of first-degree murder in the January death of 45-year-old Marilynn Schmitt and third-degree kidnapping in the abduction of a woman he
On Friday, Judge Timothy J. Finn gave Levin a life sentence.
Finn also rejected Levin's request for a new trial.
Levin's trial was moved to Webster County because of heavy publicity. His attorney argued a second change of venue request should have been granted. The attorney also says Levin's statements
to police after his arrest should have been inadmissible evidence at trial.
Farmers Worried About Potential Drought
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Many Midwest farmers are beginning to worry that last year's drought could return.
The concern is inching closer to reality for a large part of the corn growing region as many states have experienced only spotty rain, with some areas far too dry.
The National Drought Monitor released Thursday says abnormally dry conditions have spread eastward farther into southern Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Portions of
Nebraska including the southeast that had May rain are now drying out again.
Rain also seems to have missed southeastern Indiana, which is now listed as abnormally dry after the state had been lifted out of drought.
Corn is in the pollination stage, which determines how much grain it will produce, and needs moisture now to fully develop.
Harkin and Durbin To Host Immigration Forum In 4th Congressional District
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Democratic senators say they'll hold a forum on immigration in the home district of Iowa Republican congressman Steve King to pressure him in the wake of incendiary
comments he made on immigrant youths.
Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa and Dick Durbin of Illinois say the event set for August 2nd in Ames will feature Iowan immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids.
King has come under attack for asserting that many such youths are actually drug mules.
The event will come as Congress breaks for a five-week summer recess expected to feature events around the country aimed at pressuring House Republicans to act on immigration.
Hedlund May Challenge Investigator's Review
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A fired Iowa investigator may go to court to block Governor Terry Branstad's administration from disclosing a 500-page disciplinary report to an outside investigator appointed
to review the firing.
Tom Duff, an attorney for Larry Hedlund, said Friday the report by the Department of Public Safety's Professional Standards Bureau is "a ginned up, manufactured, one-sided" document that contains defamatory information.
He says he doesn't believe the state can legally share the report with former Iowa Supreme Court justice Louis Lavorato, who was appointed to review Hedlund's firing Friday. Duff may file for a court injunction next week.
Branstad says Lavorato will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement to review the report, but Duff says that might not be legal.
Iowa law prohibits the unauthorized release of confidential personnel information.
Branstad's Trooper Driver Given Speeding Ticket
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Three months after a high-speed pursuit, a trooper who was driving Governor Terry Branstad has been ticketed for driving 84 in a 65-mile per hour zone.
The Hamilton County Clerk of Court said that trooper Steve Lawrence cited Friday and paid a fine of $181.50. The ticket was written by an Iowa State Patrol major.
Lawrence was driving Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds on Highway 20 on April 26th when he was clocked by a deputy traveling 84 miles per hour.
Another trooper, Matt Eimers, eventually caught up to the vehicle but didn't stop it after seeing it was Lawrence driving the governor's official vehicle.
The Department of Public Safety completed its review Friday. It says "appropriate discipline" has been taken against Lawrence but Eimers wasn't sanctioned because he complied with department
Branstad's Father Passes Away
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad's father has died after a long illness.
The governor's press office announced Friday that Edward Branstad died during the morning in Mason City. The news release did not provide a cause of death, but said he was 89 years old and
suffered from cancer. Edward Branstad had brain surgery last September to remove a tumor.
In a statement, the governor said his father taught him "the value of hard work," and said he is "now at peace."
The funeral will be held Monday at Waldorf College in Forest City.