Saturday News, Sept 7th
(Le Mars) -- Seats are still available for the Sixth Annual Loess Hills Bus Trip sponsored
by the Plymouth County Historical Museum. This year’s excursion will be Saturday, Oct. 5,
to Stone State Park, Riverside Park, and Ponca State Park.
Don Poggensee, well known Loess Hills wildlife photographer from Ida Grove,
will narrate the bus tour, which will begin at the Museum with boarding at 8:15 a.m. and
departure at 8:30.
The first stop will be the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Stone State Park near Sioux
City at approximately 9 a.m. The nature center showcases plants and animals of the Loess
The tour group will continue on to the Sioux City Railroad Museum at 10 a.m. The rail
museum, located at Riverside, features the historic highlights of the Milwaukee Railroad.
A picnic lunch provided by each participant is planned for Riverside Park, also bus riders will be able to
spend about an hour at the Kingdom of Riverssance.
The second half of the trip will begin after lunch at the Ponca State Park where Homemade
Living Day will be in progress. This event, headquartered at the Resource and Education
Center, will demonstrate old-fashioned skills such as quilting, Dutch oven cooking, apple
press, bread making, jerky making, wine and cheese tasting, and canning and preserving.
Horse drawn wagon rides through the park also will be available. The 2,400-acre park is
located along the Missouri River.
By 3:30, the bus group will move on to downtown Ponca for a tour of the Adams House
Museum, the Blacksmith Shop, an antique store, and specialty shops. A visit to a horse
ranch near Ponca is tentatively planned.
Home-cooking at the Ponca Café will wrap up the evening at 6 p.m., with return to Le Mars
planned for 8:30 p.m.
The cost of $60 includes everything except the noon lunch; participants are encouraged to
take their own sack lunch. Reservations may be made by calling the Museum at 546-7002.
Land Rental Rates in Iowa up $20 Per Acre
(Des Moines) -- A new survey of Iowa farmers says renting an acre of land to grow crops costs a state average of $255 an acre.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that's an increase of $20 an acre from a year ago and is the highest since the department began compiling comparable records in 2008.
Farmers in Grundy County are paying $316 an acre and those in Ida County $314 an acre, the two highest.
The lowest cash rents were paid in southern Iowa with Appanoose County listed at $150 an acre and Van Buren County at $156.
Fifteen counties had average rent less than $200 per acre in 2013, compared with 20 counties in 2012.
Cash rent paid for pasture in Iowa, at $49 per acre, was up $3 from 2012.
Grand Champion Photos on Tour
(Le Mars) -- Photos of the grand champion 4-H/FFA exhibits from the 2013 Plymouth County
Fair are featured in a photo display that will travel through banks in Plymouth County
this fall. The display will be displayed Iowa State Bank in Craig the week of September
16-20. It will then move to the Security National Bank in Akron.
The Plymouth County Farm Bureau has cooperated with the Plymouth County 4-H program
and Iowa State University Extension to sponsor this exhibit. The Farm Bureau arranged for
Pat Lehner to take the photographs during the fair. Plymouth County Farm Bureau and
Plymouth County 4-H invite you to stop by Iowa State Bank in Craig to view the photo
display of 4-H’ers with their exceptional grand champion exhibits.
Brenda Phelan Running for Le Mars Community School Board
(Le Mars) -- School board elections are scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th. For the
past few days KLEM news has featured the candidates seeking a director position with the
Le Mars Community School District Board of Education. Brenda Phelan is the last
of the candidates. Phelan is the current president of the Le Mars Community school board,
and has been a director for seven years. She represents District 4. Phelan says a
challenge that eventually turned into an accomplishment was getting the ISL levy passed.
Phelan points to Phase 1 and Phase 2 as other accomplishments by the Le Mars School Board.
A goal that Phelan shares with the district is to see Le Mars Community students become
even more proficient in reading...math...and science.
Three Positions to fill on Akron Westfield School Board
(Le Mars) -- As we mentioned, the other Plymouth County public school districts will also
hold their school board elections on Tuesday. Akron-Westfield has three positions to fill
with three candidates running unopposed. Nicholas Schoenfelder is seeking the position
for District 1, Phillip Parks is running for District 2, and Bobby Walrod is seeking the
school board seat for district 3. Hinton voters have the opportunity to decide between
three candidates for two positions. Those running for the Hinton Community School Board
include; James Binneboese, Robert Held, and John Reintzel. The Remsen-Union public school
district has six people seeking three at-large positions. The candidates running for
school board at Remsen-Union include: Melissa Harnack, Cheri Nitzschke, Michael Sparr,
Travis Tentinger, Theresa Van Dam, and Robin Weiler. Kingsley-Pierson voters have the
opportunity to vote for two at-large positions, but Scott Bohle will be the only name
featured on the ballot.
Pilot Survives Iowa Plane Crash
ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - A small single-engine plane has crashed in western Iowa and the
pilot has survived.
Deputy Bill Ayers of the Cass County Sheriff's Office says the Friday afternoon crash
near the Atlantic Municipal Airport involved a single-engine biplane used for spraying
Ayers says the pilot, 24-year-old Christopher Peeler of Rockport, Mo., was able to
escape the crash before it caught fire. He walked away from the scene and was later taken
to Cass County Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His condition is
Officials are still investigating what caused the crash.
Shenandoah Flight Service owns the plane. An investigator from the Federal Aviation
Administration will inspect the scene Saturday.
Thousands of Iowa Residents Unknowingly Charged for California Fitness Membership
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa attorney general's office says a California company that
operates a fitness website will pay refunds and change its marketing practices.
Attorney General Tom Miller says in a news release Friday that The Active Network, of
San Diego, will pay $237,167 in refunds to Iowans who were charged for membership
programs. Miller alleges that when people registered online for activities such as
marathons, the company enrolled them in a program and charged an annual $59.95 fee.
Miller says more than 9,500 residents paid the fee at least once, though about half
challenged the charge and received a refund. Others paid hundreds of dollars over several
Besides the refunds, The Active Network agreed to pay $15,000 to Iowa for consumer
The company denied liability in the agreement.
Iowa Republicans ask for Support to Oppose Military Action in Syria
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Party officials have written a letter to the
state's Republican Congress members asking them to oppose military action in Syria.
The letter released Friday was also signed by Christian conservatives and some
Republican elected officials. It was addressed to Sen. Charles Grassley, U.S. Rep. Tom
Latham and U.S. Rep. Steve King.
The letter says that the plans for military action are reckless and that the general
public does not support such a move. It asks that the elected officials vote against any
A total of thirty people had initially signed the letter and a website has been set
up to gather more signatures.