Wednesday News, July 23
Plymouth County Fair Begins Today
(Le Mars) -- Today is the first day for the Plymouth County Fair, and expectations for another sucessful fair are running high. Rich Benson of Remsen serves as the vice president of the Plymouth County Fair. He says the fair board has made some improvements to some of the structures, including placing a new roof on the 4-H building as well as the famous round barn.
Benson says the fair board hopes people will take the time to visit the new agricultural education exhibit found in the famous round barn.
The fair board vice president says it is the many volunteers that contribute their time that makes the Plymouth County Fair so special.
Benson says the Plymouth County Fair is fortunate to be able to attract visitors, not only from neighboring counties, but from neighboring states.
Today's schedule includes the scanning of livestock entries, the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest, and the bucket calf judging contest. Later this evening, the Figure 8 racing will take place at the grandstand, while at the Pioneer Village stage will be the crowning of the new Plymouth County Fair Queen and King.
Livestock Fair Entries Hold Steady But Small Animal Entries Increase
(Le Mars) -- Livestock entries for the Plymouth County Fair seem to be holding steady according to Ann Schroenrock, Program Coordinator and 4-H Youth Director for Plymouth County Extension.
Meanwhile, entries for small animals and poultry continue to be on the rise.
Schoenrock highlights the schedule for the livestock and small animal judging contests for the week of the fair.
4-H And FFA Static And Communications Display Numbers Increase
(Le Mars) -- In addition to the livestock and small animal entries, the static display and communications project numbers have increased for this year's Plymouth County Fair. Judging occured on Tuesday, and Janelle Johnson, Co-Project Coordinator for Plymouth County Extension offers an overview.
Johnson says a noticable trend for the communications and static displays is leadership development.
Illegal Alien Children Placed In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal official says 122 children who entered the country illegally were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Tuesday that the children were placed with sponsors. The news was first reported in the Omaha World Herald.
Gov. Terry Branstad has been opposed to hosting immigrant children in Iowa. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said Tuesday federal officials didn't notify the state about the children until after the newspaper alerted state officials.
On Monday, Branstad said such children should be returned home. He contends federal officials must improve border security.
More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October.
RAGBRAI Rider Dies On Ride
GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) - A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition.
Officials with the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa say 63-year-old Tom Teesdale, of West Branch, died Monday.
RAGBRAI officials say Teesdale was treated on the route between Terril and Graettinger for a medical condition. He was then taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where he died.
The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/WBl82x ) reports Teesdale owned and operated a business where he sold custom bicycles.
It's the first time a RAGBRAI rider has died since 2010.
About 8,500 riders make the weeklong trip across Iowa, plus others who ride on single days.
Iowa Ranks 3rd In Kids Count
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year.
The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states in health, third in economic well-being and seventh in the family and community category. Iowa is 13th in education.
The Baltimore-based privately funded Casey foundation provides grants to help disadvantaged children and families. It has released Kids Counts reports the last 25 years.
It says Iowa has made some of the biggest improvements among states. It also points out more children live in poverty, but that's just one indicator.
Michael Crawford, the Iowa Kids Count director, says that's a reflection of the lasting impact of the recession on some families.
Woman Dies After Being Ran Over At Speedway
DONNELLSON, Iowa (AP) - A 70-year-old West Burlington woman has died after being run over by a car on the grounds of the Lee County Speedway in southeast Iowa.
The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1A3cp8k ) police were called to the track located in Donnellson on Saturday night after a woman was reportedly struck by a vehicle in the pit area
Lee County Medical Examiner Eugenio Torres says the woman, Chon Cha Mathias, died as a result of the car accident.
She had been taken to a Fort Madison hospital, where she was pronounced dead.