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Thursday News, July 24

Neunaber Set To Have Hearing On August 4th

(Le Mars) -- A hearing has been set for the man being held as a material witness after the deaths of his parents.  Jon Neunaber of Akron will face a judge on August 4th.  Neunaber was picked up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and brought back to Plymouth County jail.  His parents, Donald and Esther Neunaber were found dead in their rural Akron home on July 10th.  So far, Neunaber has not had any charges brought up against him.  However, an official close to the case told KLEM news that there is no time limit as to when criminal charges must be submitted on a material witness.  The official says a material witness can be held indefinately, if a judge believes the individual could be a potential flight risk. 

 

Attendance Up For First Day Of Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) -- More than 18,500 people attended the first day of the 2014 Plymouth County Fair on Wednesday.  Fair officials say the ideal weather conditions with temperatures in the lower 80's, along with the new Figure 8 racing event at the grandstand were the main contributing factors for the higher opening day attendance.  Last year, the attendance for the first day of the fair was set at 17,800.  Fair officials couldn't recall if the 2014 opening day attendance established any first-day attendance records.

 

Westergard And Marienau Selected As Plymouth County Fair Royalty

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Fair Queen and King were selected last evening.  KLEM's Dave Grosenheider served as the emcee as he announced the 14 king candidates all hoping to win the crown. Lane Marienau was picked to represent the county fair as the new king. 
Next, was the selection of the queen candidates.
This year's queen is Cali Westergard of Akron.  Westergard had the weight of tradition on her shoulders as she is the youngest of four sisters to bear the crown.  Each of her older sisters were chosen as the Plymouth County Fair Queen.  Westergard believes her 4-H and FFA experience will help direct her career involving health and nutrition.

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The newly crowned queen explains why she wanted the honor.

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Lane Marienau of Brunsville was selected as the Fair King.  He explains why he chose to become a king candidate.

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Marienau says there is no doubt being selected as the county fair king will go down as being his most memorable moment for his 4-H and FFA career, but he says he will also remember his work in community service.

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The newly crowned king says he will pursue his agri-business goals starting with attending South Dakota State University.

 

Day Two Highlights Of The Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) -- Today, is the second day for the Plymouth County Fair, and the schedule has the 4-H and FFA horse check-in at the horse arena followed by the horse show at the outdoor arena.  At 8:30 a.m. this morning, will be the 4-H and FFA sheep show.  "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" agricultural exhibit will open at noon.  4-H Educational Presentations will be at 1:00 p.m. at Century Hall.  The Farm Olympics will be at the covered arena at 6:30 p.m.  As for the entertainment, the grandstand will feature the Tuff Truck Competition, and at the Pioneer Village Stage will be the musical group Vocal Trash with three different performances scheduled at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m.

 

Communications Projects The Focus For 4-H Members 

(Le Mars) -- As mentioned, the 4-H Educational Presentations will occur today.  Extension Program Coordinator, Janelle Johnson says educational presentations are one of four communications projects that will take place at the fair.

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Pride of Iowa is a popular event as people line up to taste the food samples that are prepared by the 4-H members and distributed to the public.  Johnson says the Pride of Iowa projects must contain ingredients that are grown or raised in Iowa.

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The event has become so popular through the years, that often times the food samples run out before everyone had a chance to taste the food.

 

Northey To Visit Plymouth County Fair

(Des Moines) -- The Plymouth County Fair will have a special visitor on Friday.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced he will be visiting the fair between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Northey says he wants to tour the fairgrounds and to observe the "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" agricultural education exhibit located within the famous round barn. This will be Northey's second visit to the fair that promotes itself as being the "best five days of summer", but it is his first time since being elected Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

 

Roads Department To Close Evergreen Avenue For Bridge Repairs

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced it plans to close Evergreen Avenue from county road C-38 to 200th Street beginning Monday, July 28th and continuing through the end of October.  The road will be closed so crews can replace a bridge.

 

Hay Bale Rolls On Westfield Man

(Akron) -- A Westfield man has died as a result of a large hay bale falling on him. 76 year old Barry Knapp of Westfield was struck by a hay bale that had fallen on him, Tuesday afternoon.  Family members were at the scene at the time of the accident. The Plymouth County Sheriff's office and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner have ruled the death to be accidental.  Knapp was stacking large round bales when one rolled off the pile and landed on him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Alta Man Injured When Car Rolls Over Him

(Storm Lake) -- A rural Alta man was seriously wounded Wednesday afternoon when a car he was working on, rolled off a ramp, and struck him.  44 year old Patrick Briner was transported by ambulance to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, and then airlifted by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The incident happened at about 3:00 p.m.  Buena Vista Sheriff's deputies, along with emergency personnel from the Aurelia Fire Department and Buena Vista Regional Medical Center responded to the scene at 149 510th Street. Briner's condition is unknown at this time.

 

Northey Predicts Propane Prices To Rise Again In Winter

 DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - State officials and propane suppliers are advising consumers to fill their tanks before cold weather arrives because prices could climb again this winter.
     Prices will largely depend on how cold it is this winter and how long the cold lasts.
     Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey is telling farmers and homeowners to buy ahead of time.
     Last winter dwindling Midwest supplies and rising demand pushed propane prices to more than three times normal to nearly $5 per gallon. Northey doesn't expect prices that high but he says it is important to think ahead.
     Iowa historically received about 20 percent of its propane from a 1,900-mile pipeline that no longer carries it.
     As a result, Iowans are increasingly reliant on propane from Kansas which costs more.
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Wetlands Are Shrinking 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Federal officials and conservationists say a recent report detailing annual wetland losses in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region highlights the need for increased protection for birds.
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Status and Trends of Prairie Wetlands report earlier this month. The report shows that the wetlands in the region declined by an average of 6,200 acres per year - and some conservationists say the trend isn't slowing down.
     Conservationists and wildlife officials say more emphasis needs to be put on conservation easements and incentive-based programs that protect wetlands on farmland while reimbursing farmers for lost income.
     Officials say Prairie Pothole Region provides breeding and nesting habitat for more than 60 percent of the nation's migratory waterfowl.

 

Branstad Taps Law Professor To Be Next Judge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A private practice lawyer in Iowa City who also works as an adjunct professor at University of Iowa has been appointed a district court judge by Gov. Terry Branstad.
     Branstad on Wednesday appointed Lars Anderson to the bench in the 6th Judicial District, which includes Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Tama counties in eastern Iowa.
     Anderson, of Iowa City, earned his law degree from the University of Iowa.
     He fills the vacancy left by Judge Marsha Beckelman who retired July 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, July 23

Hay Bale Falls On Westfield Man

(Akron) -- A Westfield man has died as a result of a large hay bale falling on him. 76 year old Barry Knapp of Westfield was struck by a hay bale that had fallen on him, Tuesday afternoon.  Family members were at the scene at the time of the accident. The Plymouth County Sheriff's office and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner have ruled the death was accidental.  Knapp was assisting stacking bales when one rolled off the pile and landed on Knapp.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Sioux City Rail Site Set For Archaeological Dig

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City complex that was once home to a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives will be the site of an archaeological dig next month.
 
     The Siouxland Historical Railroad Association hopes the dig will boost efforts to have the complex placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
     The complex built in 1917 was a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses on the Milwaukee Railroad. It is now home to a rail museum.
 
     A researcher from the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa says she expects the dig might find items such as ancient bolts, buried coal cinders and broken tools.
 
     The museum's steam engine is already is on the national register.

 

Veteran DCI Agent Appears In Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The veteran Iowa criminal investigator fired after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding SUV appeared in court over his wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
     Larry Hedlund was in Polk County District Court on Wednesday as a judge considered an effort from the state to have the lawsuit thrown out. 
     Hedlund, a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent from Fort Dodge, is suing his former superiors for wrongful termination. He alleges that he was removed from duty and fired in retaliation for initiating a pursuit in which a vehicle carrying Branstad was clocked traveling 84 mph but not stopped.
     Branstad has denied retaliation. Department officials say Hedlund was fired for insubordination, which he denies.
     No action was taken Wednesday on the state's motion to dismiss the case.

 

Mason City Mayor Won't Punish Assessor

 MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa mayor says the city assessor will not face disciplinary action after being accused of domestic assault last week.
     Police arrested Danielle "Dana" Naumann last Friday after they received a call from a man about a disturbance in a home. 
     Thirty-eight-year-old Naumann is the assessor for Mason City and faces a charge of serious domestic assault. 
     A woman who answered the phone at the city assessor's office says the office had no comment.
     Mayor Eric Bookmeyer told the Mason City Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/1tzU1iN ) this week he consulted with the city's legal counsel about Naumann. 
     He says no action against Naumann is needed, because the incident was not work-related. 
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New Mayor For Otho

  OTHO, Iowa (AP) - A former mayor has been appointed to the post in the central Iowa town of Otho (OH'-thoh).
     The Messenger (http://bit.ly/1tzFdkv ) says that on Tuesday night the City Council appointed Mark Groat to replace Joe Hayes, who resigned without public explanation on July 1. The council also named Rob Ewing to replace Gary Fox, who resigned from his council post on June 13.
     Groat served two terms as mayor of Otho, but he didn't seek the position when Hayes ran and was elected in 2013.
     Groat and Ewing will be up for re-election in the November 2015 city election.
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Report Recommends Lee County To Consolidate Seats

  MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - A citizen's advisory committee has recommended Lee County consolidate two county seats into one.
     The Hawk Eye reports the group met with the Lee County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night. They suggested the county's dual seats in Fort Madison and Keokuk be consolidated into one seat at the county jail outside of Montrose.
     A committee member says the decision stems from the group's desire for a more efficient and cost-effective county government.
     The advisory committee estimates a new courthouse would cost $8.5 million.
     The group also suggested the board consider doing away with drivers licenses since the state-run service is not required.
 

    

 

   

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