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Tuesday News, February 24

Supervisors To Hold Budget Hearing Today

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing today regarding the county's proposed budget.  That hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the County Courthouse Board Room.  In addition, the county governing board will hear from USDA Soil Conservationist for Plymouth County, Jim Lahn and County Engineer Tom Rohe as they will discuss with the supervisors a maintenance agreement on a ditch cleanout project. 

 

Arkansas Man Found Guilty Of Distributing Meth In Sioux County

(Orange City) -- An Arkansas man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the delivery of methamphetamine.  A Sioux County jury found 30 year old James Skoglud of St. Joe, Arkansas guilty of the crime.  Sioux County attorney Thomas Kunstle prosectuted the case.  On November 8, 2014 an undercover officer made arrangements, through a confidential informant, to purchase an "8 ball" of methamphetamine from Skoglund for $325.  Through the informant, Skoglund sold methamphetamine to the undercover officer.  After the transaction, uniformed officers searched the apartment where the transaction took place finding methamphetamine, a scale, a pipe, and a butane lighter, all located near Skoglund.

 

Sioux City Man Pleas Guilty To Going Armed With Intent

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 32-year-old man from Sioux City has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a man's nonfatal shooting last year. 
     Jose Escobar-Olguin pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and going armed with intent. He initially was charged with attempted murder, willful injury and going armed with intent. 
     Escobar-Olguin was accused of shooting 21-year-old Lester Calderon-Hidalgo of Sioux City in the head outside a residence in September. The victim was treated and released from a hospital. 
     Escobar-Olguin's sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 13. His attorney said Monday he wouldn't comment on the case prior to sentencing

  

Farmers Facing Important Deadlines

(Le Mars) -- Farmers are facing three fast-approaching deadlines in the coming weeks.  Jeff Davis, Farm Service Agency director for Plymouth and Sioux Counties says about 70 percent of the farmers in both counties have signed up for the next farm program.  He says farmers first need to update their yields or re-allocate their base acres by this coming Friday.

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Davis says farmers need to show some documentation as to the yields that were produced for the past few years.  He says farmers can present their past crop insurance forms.

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The F-S-A director says farmers are not allowed to build additional base acres, but they can go back to use previous acre base.

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Franklin Students Create Electrical Science Projects

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community Franklin elementary 4th graders were able to utilize their civil engineering, along with electrical engineering skills for a science project.  On Monday, 46 students displayed their creative projects illustrating electrical circuits.  The idea was the brain child of teacher Jan Hansen.

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Hansen says the class recently was studying magnetism, which led to the class designing their projects.

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Students displayed their projects and demonstrated how each project functioned to other students from Franklin school, as well as to parents and grandparents.  There were several unique and creative projects

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Some of the more unique projects showcased an electrical circuit using a mouse trap as the switch to make the connection.  Another had a miniature wind turbine to generate electricity, Still another project used a series of belts and pullies to lift an elevator in what appeared to be model of an apartment building.  Another Franklin 4th grade student created a crane able to lift a heavy bolt.  Hansen says she has had her students make the electrical projects for the past decade.  She says students show their enthusiasm and excitement for their science projects where they can learn and utilize their skills for a "hands-on" project.

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Up next, the students will study the solar system with the opportunity to create their own solar system project.

 

Broadband Expansion Bill Could See Changes

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The leader of a House committee tasked with deciding whether to approve Gov. Terry Branstad's broadband expansion bill says there could be major changes to the legislation.
     The Republican-led commerce committee made a last-minute change to its Monday meeting and removed discussion of the bill, which would help service providers expand broadband, also known as high-speed Internet, in Iowa.
     Rep. Peter Cownie, a Republican from West Des Moines and chairman of the commerce committee, says Republican lawmakers are considering whether to keep a proposed grant program that would assist service providers with the costly process of expanding broadband. Cownie says lawmakers may expand a property tax program.
     Democrats in the committee say they also have concerns about the grant program.




 

 

 

   

Monday Afternoon News, February 23

Remsen Fire Department Respond To Barn Flash Fire

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department responded to a hog barn fire located about a mile and a half south of Remsen on county road L-12 Monday morning at about 8:35 a.m. Remsen Fire Chief Todd Tentinger says fortunately there was little damage.

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Tentinger says a construction crew was working on the barn doing some remodeling at the time of the flash fire.  He believes a spark ignited the methane gas in the pit area.

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Fire fighters were on the scene for less than a half and hour.

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There were no injuries associated with the fire.

 

Farmers Face Approaching Deadline To Sign Up For Farm Program

(Le Mars) -- Farmers are facing three fast-approaching deadlines in the coming weeks.  Jeff Davis, Farm Service Agency director for Plymouth and Sioux Counties says about 70 percent of the farmers in both counties have signed up for the next farm program.  He says farmers first need to update their yields or re-allocate their base acres by this coming Friday.

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Davis says farmers need to show some documentation as to the yields that were produced for the past few years.  He says farmers can present their past crop insurance forms.

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The F-S-A director says farmers are not allowed to build additional base acres, but they can go back to use previous acre base.

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Farmers need to sign up for the farm program by the end of March, and crop insurance coverage needs to be completed prior to March 16th. KLEM radio will have more comments from Jeff Davis regarding a farmer's options with the new farm program in tomorrow's news updates.

 

Local Pheasants Forever Chapter Schedules Annual Banquet For Saturday 

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday, Plymouth County chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet and raffle and auction.  Chris Anderson, the president of Plymouth County Pheasants Forever says this year marks the 30th anniversary for the event.

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The Plymouth County Pheasants Forever banquet has attracted more than 500 people in the past, and Anderson expects similar results for this year's banquet.  He says a wide variety of people take an active interest in the local chapter.

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Anderson says the local Pheasants Forever chapter is consistently an active chapter participating in many different events.

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Again, this year the annual banquet will feature several shotguns, and travel destination excursions which will be raffled or auctioned.

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The Pheasants Forever president says a labordor retrever hunting dog will be auctioned as well as several pheasant forever themed artwork and prints. 

 

Reynolds To Take Iowa Woman Leadership Tour

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is planning a statewide tour in honor of National Women's History Month.
     Reynolds said Monday that she'll travel the state in March and meet with female leaders. She says she wants to see how women are "positively impacting Iowa."
     Reynolds's stops will include Webster City, Aldin, and Atlantic.
     While she is considered a potential 2018 candidate for governor, Reynolds said the tour was just part of her current role. She declined to answer questions about if she'll run for governor in the future.

 

Rockwell Fire

  ROCKWELL, Iowa (AP) - A man was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire destroyed his home in northern Iowa.
     The fire was reported a little after 11 a.m. Sunday in Rockwell. Fire Chief Mark Lowe says the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Firefighters from Sheffield and Swaledale also responded.
     The injured man was taken by private vehicle to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
     Lowe suspects a space heater in the garage may have been the ignition source.

 

Fort Dodge Fire Victims Identified

    FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the names of a woman and two young children who were killed in a house fire in Fort Dodge.
     Officials with the Fort Dodge Fire Department have identified 25-year-old Amy Devlin, her six-month-old son Bryce Devlin and 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy as the three people who died in the fire Sunday afternoon.
     Officials say they found Amy Devlin, Bryce Devlin and Kennedy in a second-story bedroom after the flames had been extinguished. Fire Chief Kent Hulett says the cause of death has not yet been determined.
     Four others in the home were transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center. Their names and conditions are not available.
     Hulett says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Des Moines Police Identify Frozen Dead Body Found In Park

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have identified a body that was found frozen in a park last week.
     The police department says the body of Richard Miles was found without any shoes or coat on in a wooded area Friday in Water Works Park.
     Sgt. Jason Halifax says police are still investigating his death. He says police don't believe Miles' death is suspicious, but think it was unusual because of where he was found and how he was dressed.
     Although police aren't sure exactly how long Miles' body was in the park, Halifax says they think it was there for at least a few days. A missing persons report had been filed for Miles in early February.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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