Tuesday News, June 25
County Supervisors To Hear From Conservation Board Executive Director Dennis Sohl
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Supervisors will hear from Plymouth County Conservation Board Executive Director, Dennis Sohl during today's weekly scheduled meeting at the County Courthouse. Sohl will be requesting approval on a transfer resolution. In other action, the county supervisors will hear two requests for subdivisions, and they will hear a report from County engineer, Tom Rohe.
Northey Says Crops Are Showing Some Improvement
(Le Mars) -- Farmers are still behind with their spring planting, although this past week allowed for more drying and warmer conditions across the state. The latest weekly crop condition report shows Iowa’s corn crop was 96 percent planted, marking the first year since 1993 that any corn remained to be planted this late in the year. Ninety-three percent of the corn crop has emerged, normally all corn would be emerged. Corn condition showed a very slight improvement, and was rated 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 44 percent good and 10 percent excellent. Ninety percent of the soybean crop has been planted, an advancement of 13 percentage points from last week, but still below the normal 98 percent. Seventy-five percent of the soybean crop has emerged; still well behind the five-year average of 94 percent. The soybean condition rating improved slightly, and was rated 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 44 percent good and 9 percent excellent. Sixty-seven percent of the oat crop was headed, almost catching up with the normal 72 percent headed. The oat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 56 percent good and 12 percent excellent. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey was in Le Mars yesterday and spoke about the state's crops.
Northey says the crops are showing some signs of improvement.
Tractor Ride Accident
(Bronson) -- One woman sustained minor injuries when the tractor she was a passenger on rolled over Monday morning near Bronson. Woodbury county deputy Dave Benson says the driver of the tractor was participating in the Great Iowa Tractor Ride when the accident occurred.
Benson says the woman sustained a shoulder injury in the rollover and was transported to the hospital. The driver, who is from rural Treynor, Iowa, was not injured. The deputy says speed was not a factor and all of the drivers on the ride were following safety rules.
The accident happened just before 8:00 a.m. on 210th Street near Emmet Avenue in Woodbury County.
Great Iowa Tractor Ride Heads To Onawa For Day Two
(Sioux City) -- Today, is day two for the Great Iowa Tractor Ride and the more than 500 tractors will head south from Sioux City with Onawa as their destination. Yesterday, the tractors made an appearance in Le Mars. Don Schultz of Battle Creek, Iowa is on his second tractor trip, driving his John Deere 3020. He says he enjoys the tractor ride because it offers an opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones.
Tornado Touches Down In Muscatine
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Weather officials say a tornado in eastern Iowa has caused significant damage in the city of Muscatine.
The National Weather Service says the tornado was reported around 3:30 p.m. Monday on the north side of the city near Highway 61. Reported damage includes overturned semi-trailers and buildings with material sheared off. There are no reports of injuries or fatalities.
Meteorologist John Haase says the tornado was moving at about 50 mph and the surrounding area had winds of about 70 mph.
There were reports of multiple tornados in eastern Iowa on Monday, including in Johnson County. Survey teams will be inspecting the region Tuesday.
A line of severe storms moving across the state caused heavy debris damage and knocked out power to several thousand customers.
Branstad To Visit Damaged Area
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad plans to travel to cities in eastern Iowa that saw damage from severe weather.
Branstad announced he would makes stops Tuesday morning in Muscatine, in southeast Iowa, and then in Waukon, in the state's northeast corner.
A tornado on Monday caused damage in Muscatine, and both communities were pounded by high winds and heavy rains as storms swept through the state.
Thousands of people lost power during the storms.
Branstad will be accompanied by Mark Schouten, director of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
New Hydroelectricity Plant To Be Built Near Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A new hydroelectricity plant to be built at Red Rock Reservoir is expected to provide enough power for 18,000 homes.
Officials say construction is scheduled to begin early next year on the $260 million project. The reservoir sits about four miles north of Knoxville in south-central Iowa.
The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/11XFwFy) Missouri River Energy Services will develop the plant by installing turbines at the current dam on the Des Moines River. Missouri River Energy Services is a consortium, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., that includes municipal utilities from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
The new plant is expected to be ready for operation in late 2016.
Branstad Defends His Vetoes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is defending his decision to veto some funding for public safety pensions and mental health services.
Branstad spoke Monday during his weekly press conference. He says he vetoed a provision backed by the General Assembly to put about $91 million into the public safety retirement fund because he
wants to see changes to the system. He had no specific suggestions, but said a "thoughtful review" was needed.
The fund has about 61 percent of the dollars needed to pay projected pension obligations. The measure would have increased that to 80 percent.
Branstad also vetoed a plan to provide $13 million to counties for mental health services as they transition to a new regional system. He says the state has provided ample funding over the past
Recession Continues To Affect Children
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report indicates the recession several years ago continues to impact the well-being of Iowa children.
The Kids Count report released Monday shows 17 percent of Iowa children lived below the poverty line in 2011 despite the recession ending in 2009. Nearly a third of them lived in single-parent families and a quarter of them had parents without secure employment.
The Des Moines Register says there are also improvements, like fewer cases of child deaths, teen drug use and low birth-weight babies.
Michael Crawford, director of Iowa Kids Count, says the trends are due to factors like more kids being covered by health insurance.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore compiles the report annually with help from the Des Moines-based Child & Family Policy Center.