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Monday Afternoon News, March 22nd


Le Mars And Merrill Firefighters Respond To Greenhouse Fire

(Le Mars) — Le Mars and Merrill Fire Departments responded to a call of a greenhouse on fire Monday afternoon.  The alarm came in at about 12:20 p.m. from 30261 200th Street, or approximately a half a mile west of the Wells Enterprises corporate offices.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper says when firefighters arrived on the scene thick smoke could be seen inside the greenhouse. He says they were fortunate, because the small greenhouse is attached to an older residence home, and was contained inside the greenhouse, and had not yet spread to the residence home.  Schipper says the occupants of the residence kept a door closed between the greenhouse and the home.  He says if they had opened that door between the two structures, firefighters could have been facing a major fire that would have quickly spread into the home.  Schipper says very little damage had occurred to the greenhouse, other than the smoke.  He says firefighters used fans to help ventilate the smoke from the greenhouse and the residence.  The cause of the fire was determined to be a space heater that had ignited the rafters of the greenhouse.  Fire officials were on the scene for less than 15 minutes.  There were no injuries associated with the fire.




Congressman Randy Feenstra Tells Pork Producers “I Have Your Back”

(Le Mars) — Republican Congressman Randy Feenstra spoke for a few minutes during the Plymouth County Pork Producers banquet held Saturday. Feenstra, who has been assigned to the serve on the U-S House Agriculture Committee, informed the county pork producers that he will always have their back.

Feenstra then reflected on last year when many of the pork processing facilities were either greatly reducing their processing capacity, or were shut down all together due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Feenstra says many government officials, including Congressional members, and agency bureaucrats have no idea about pork production.

The 4th District Iowa Congressman informed the pork producers that he views his job to relate the issues facing pork producers and all farmers to others gathered in our nation’s capital.

Feenstra says he will be watching the Environmental Protection Agency to make certain the agency follows the rules set forth of the Renewable Fuels Standard, and to include ethanol and biodiesel, and not to grant waivers to petroleum refiners. Feenstra says he is the pork producers’ advocate, and he encouraged the county pork producers to contact his office at anytime they had concerns with government policies.




This Week Is National Severe Weather Awareness Week

(Sioux Falls) –– This week is recognized as National Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Meteorologist Peter Rogers of the National Weather Services at Sioux Falls says now is the time to plan for when severe weather will strike this year.

Rogers says Monday’s focus is on severe thunderstorms and lightning. He says there is no truth to the weather myth that claims lightning will not strike twice in the same place. He says lightning can, and often does strike the same place more than once.

The National Weather Services meteorologist says when a severe thunderstorm is approaching your area, the best option is to seek shelter.

Rogers says each year, in the United States, on average, 49 people are killed by being struck by lightning, and hundreds of others are injured by lightning strikes.





Iowa Expected To Fall Just Short Of Revenue Goal Triggering Income Tax Cuts

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference expects state revenue to fall just short of the goal that would automatically trigger income tax cuts starting in 2023. That means Iowa lawmakers would have to pass legislation to make sure the cuts go into effect. Governor Kim Reynolds wants that to happen. As the law is currently written, it takes a four-percent growth in revenue during a fiscal year to trigger the cuts. The panel estimates Iowa’s revenue growth at three-point-eight percent. If nothing is done, Iowa taxpayers could still see the cuts in 2024.




Third-Grade Student Killed In NW Iowa School Bus Accident

(Inwood, IA) — The West Lyon Community School District has identified the third-grade student killed in an accident involving a school bus last week. The district says grief counseling staff is available today (Monday) and through the rest of the week. Jessica Yeaman was killed when a vehicle hit the school bus Friday morning. None of the students on the bus were injured. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened in the far northwest corner of the state when the vehicle hit the bus from behind. It was stopped to pick up students at the time.




Ethanol Production Returns To Story County Renewable Fuels Plants

(Nevada, IA) — A company is receiving two-point-six million dollars in tax incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to build an ethanol production line at a plant in Nevada. Verbio North American Corporation has pledged to hire 48 workers, including 33 who will make at least 27-dollars-an-hour. The Nevada plant was one of the largest producers of an experimental variety of ethanol in the U-S. Verbio officials say they will start out making natural gas using corn debris from harvesting – like cobs and stalks. Verbio is investing 80 million dollars in the new production line.




Illinois Man Who Threatened To Shoot A Child Sentenced To 3 Years In Federal Prison

(Davenport, IA) — A 22-year-old Illinois man who threatened to shoot a child in Davenport last year has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. Isaiah McAllister was taken into custody in Davenport after a police pursuit March 30th, 2020. During a foot pursuit, McAllister pointed a gun at a juvenile who wasn’t previously involved in the incident, threatening to shoot in an effort to get the police to back off. Two charges were dismissed and McAllister pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced last week. Federal prosecutors say he has a long criminal history and no history of any verifiable employment.




Iowa Hawkeyes Fall To Oregon Ducks In NCAA Basketball

(Indianapolis, IN) — Second seeded Iowa Hawkeyes came up short in second round action of the N-C-A-A Mens’ Basketball Tournament held Monday. The Hawkeyes lost to 7th seeded Oregon Ducks by the score of 95-80. All-American Luca Garza scored 36 points and pulled down nine rebounds and had one assist.  With that lost, the Iowa Hawkeyes have concluded the 2020-2021 basketball season. The Hawkeyes finish the season with a record of 22 wins and 9 losses.