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Tuesday Afternoon News, July 28th


Kiwanis Donates Funds To Josh’s Ride Organization

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Kiwanis Organization made a contribution to the Josh’s Ride foundation this morning during their meeting. According to Mike Donlin, president of the Le Mars Kiwanis club, the members presented a check in the amount of $1,500. Josh’s Ride is a local charity that provides special equipped bicycles to special needs children. Donlin says the average estimated cost for the special bicycle is around $1,500 which is the reason for the amount of donation. Beth Meyers is the chairperson of Josh’s Ride, and says fortunately, the Le Mars Kiwanis club have contributed several times to the Josh’s Ride foundation.

Mike Donlin, (center) president of the Le Mars Kiwanis Club presents a check to Beth Meyers (right) and Deb Parmelee (left) with Josh’s Ride.

(photo contributed.)

Meyers says people within Plymouth County have been very generous as more than 50 special equipped bicycles have been gifted since the organization began only a few years ago.

Meyers says Josh’s Ride organization gets assistance from schools, hospitals, and medical clinics in identifying young children with special needs that would benefit from having a bicycle. She says due to the COVID-19 virus, things have slowed down a bit.

Meyers says organizers with Josh’s Ride have not yet identified their next child that will receive the special bicycle.



Iowa State University To Hold Webinars Dealing With Drought Conditions

(Le Mars) — No doubt it has been dry for the last several weeks with rain showers that seem to disappear before they reach Plymouth County, or contain only minimal amounts of rain. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is creating some on-line seminars to address the dry conditions, and to offer various options for farmers to consider because of the drought conditions.
Joel DeJong is the I-S-U Extension and Outreach crops specialist for northwest Iowa and says because of the dry conditions, it has been difficult to generate any rain showers.

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DeJong says Iowa State University will be hosting a series of webinars that begin this week on Thursday.

DeJong says week two will focus on silage and forage conditions, and week three will look at crop marketing options.

The webinars are free of charge, but pre-registration is requested. For additional information contact the Plymouth County Extension Services.



Senate GOP COVID Relief Plan Includes $1200 Stimulus Payment, Cuts Weekly Payment

(Washington, DC) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the G-O-P’s latest coronavirus relief package is designed to address continuing problems with the public health crisis. Grassley says, “that includes updated tax relief to help get folks back to work and help businesses safely open.” It provides another round of 12-hundred-dollar stimulus payments for most Americans and
additional 500 for each child or dependent. The Republican plan reduces the 600-dollar federal unemployment payment. Grassley says laid-off workers would receive 70- to 75-percent of their weekly income. The measure would also lift restrictions on federal assistance that’s already been sent to state and local governments, so it could be used to fill revenue shortfalls.




Iowa Medical Society, Health Care Organizations Call for Statewide Mask Mandate

(Des Moines, IA) — A large group of Iowa doctors and health care providers is asking Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a statewide mask mandate. The Iowa Medical Society and other organizations wrote a letter to the governor, saying her call for Iowans to voluntarily wear facial coverings hasn’t done
enough to slow the spread of COVID-19 so far. The letter represents more than 12-thousand medical professionals in the state. Governor Reynolds says she wants Iowans to take personal responsibility and her office says local cities and counties do not have the authority to enforce a mask mandate.




Authorities Confirm Missing Woman’s Body Found in Winnebago River

(Mason City, IA) — Authorities in northern Iowa confirm that remains found in the Winnebago River July 18th are a missing Mason City woman. Police say the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office determined through dental records that the remains are Jane Schreur. She was reported missing to the Mason City Police Department last November and was last seen by her family in May of 2019. Investigators do not consider Schreur’s death suspicious.




Iowa Falls Man Killed in Northwest Illinois Motorcycle Crash

(Galena, IL) — An Iowa Falls man is identified as the victim in a deadly weekend motorcycle crash in northwest Illinois. A Jo Daviess County sheriff’s deputy discovered the crash early Sunday on Highway 20. Officers say the cycle driven by 50-year-old Jacob R. Thomas veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Thomas died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.



Abu Bekr Shrine Circus Is Now Cancelled

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The 70th Annual Abu Bekr Shrine Circus scheduled for October 23 – 25, 2020 at the Tyson Events Center has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

The executive leadership of Abu Bekr Shriners in conjunction with George Cardin Circus International has decided after rescheduling the event twice to cancel the 2020 edition of the Abu Bekr Shrine Circus. In light of the current Coronavirus concerns it is in the best interest of public health and personal safety to cancel this year’s performances in Sioux City, and begin preparations for 2021.

“We would like to thank the City of Sioux City and the Staff at the Tyson Events Center for their cooperation as we worked with our Circus promoter in rescheduling the Shrine Circus”, said RC Clements, Abu Bekr Circus Chairman, “with the continued concerns over the Coronavirus all across the country, George Cardin Circus International has cancelled all of its remaining 2020 circus performances”. Clements added, “this decision has major financial ramifications to Abu Bekr Shrine Temple, but we as Shriners have as our top priority the health and safety of our community”.

All tickets purchased for the 2020 Abu Bekr Shrine Circus will be refunded at the point of purchase.

· Credit Card purchases through one of our authorized channels (Box Office, TysonCenter.com, or 855-333-8771) will be refunded automatically to the card used to make the original purchase. No action is necessary.

· Cash or check purchasers may claim their refund by contacting the box office at 712-279-4850 ext. 6.

Join us next year to welcome back the Abu Bekr Shrine Circus April 14-18, 2021. Stay tuned for details and ticket information to come at a later date.