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Thursday News, June 10th


Thousands Enjoy Touring Dairy Farm Open House

(Le Mars) — Several thousand people took the opportunity to tour the Perry Creek Dairy farm Wednesday as it hosted an open house. Lt. Governor Adam Gregg was on hand to read a proclamation that was signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, acknowledging the importance of the dairy industry to the state’s

Following the reading of the proclamation, Lt. Governor Gregg answered questions from the news media, then took a tour of the dairy farm facilities.
Lt. Governor Gregg reiterated the importance of the dairy industry to the state’s economy.

Gregg says events such as the Perry Creek Dairy open house are important to educate consumers as to the origin of their food.

The Lt. Governor says open house events like the one held Wednesday show consumers not only the origin of their food, but it also displays the humane care taken by producers for their dairy herds. Gregg calls it a smart move to show the public what happens at the farms.

Gregg toured the farm and says he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy some soft-serve ice cream.




Feenstra Says OMB’s Policies Will Hurt Farmers And Small Businesses

(Le Mars) — Republican 4th U-S District Congressman Randy Feenstra visited the Perry Creek dairy farm during its open house. Feenstra informed KLEM news that he recently met with the Director of the Office and Management and Budget to plead with the director to make changes as it relates to estate inheritance tax and capital gains tax, saying the current ruling is problematic for farmers and everyone in agriculture, and small businesses.

Congressman Randy Feenstra visits with Perry Creek Dairy General Manager, Kurt Wierda.  Mitch Schulte with the Midwest Dairy Association looks on.

The Iowa Congressman says he is troubled with the proposed amount of spending advocated by the Biden Administration, and he would still like to see the federal government follow the path of many state governments and submit a balanced budget.

Feenstra serves on the House Agriculture Committee and says he is troubled with plant-based beverages such as Soymilk, Rice Milk, and Almond Milk that pass themselves off as milk. Feenstra says he would like to see new regulations implemented having only liquid dairy products be able to label itself as “milk.”

Feenstra says he is proud of the Iowa dairy industry, and commends them for delivering a wholesome nutritious product to consumers’ tables day-in and day-out.




State Auditor Visits Dairy Farm Open House

(Le Mars) — State Auditor Rob Sand made a visit to northwest Iowa. Sand says he accepted an invitation to attend the Perry Creek Dairy Farm open house on Wednesday. Sand says it was a fun way to visit the area, and to visit with many people.

Sand says he was able to gain some valuable information by visiting with the people that attended the dairy farm open house.

The State Auditor has contemplated whether he would like to run for the governor’s position under the Democrat ticket, or make another run for the position of State Auditor. One position he is convinced that he doesn’t wish to pursue is U-S Senator.




Inmate Accused of Murdering Anamosa Prison Workers to Stand Trial June 22

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — One of the inmates accused of murdering two Anamosa prison employees is scheduled to go on trial later this month. The trial for Thomas Woodard will be held in Linn County starting June 22nd. Michael Dutcher, the other inmate charged in the case, is currently scheduled to go on trial in Jones County. Prosecutors say the two men were trying to escape when they killed 59-year-old Lorena Schulte, a registered nurse, and 46-year-old correctional officer Robert McFarland. Both face first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, and attempted murder charges.




Ernst Critical of President Biden’s Proposed Budget For Military

(Washington, DC) — U-S Senator Joni Ernst says President Biden has proposed a federal budget that would spend too little on the military and too much on the Internal Revenue Service. The Iowa Republican asked today (Wednesday) on the Senate floor, “Who does the president think he will be able to call on
should we need to fight off foreign threats? His new army of IRS agents? …Americans may fear an I-R-S audit, but ‘Red China’ won’t.” Biden proposed increasing the number of I-R-S agents by 15 percent in each of the next ten years in order to beef up efforts to catch Americans who aren’t paying what they owe in taxes. Ernst complains that Biden’s proposed budget is “far less
generous” to the military. She warns the small number of new Navy ships will not keep pace with the growth of communist China’s ship building.








Sioux City Meth Dealer Sentenced to 21 Years in Federal Prison

(Sioux City, IA) — A Sioux City man who received more than two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine in the mail is going to federal prison for more than 20 years. The U-S Attorney’s Office says 40-year-old Levi Hamilton was sentenced to 262 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth. Hamilton admitted he got the drugs in the mail last August and that he and a friend intended to distribute the meth in the Sioux City area.
Prosecutors say Hamilton has more than 20 prior convictions.




Drought Conditions Resulting in Lower Missouri River Runoff

(Omaha, NE) — Drought conditions are expected to expand and worsen across Iowa when the new map is released Thursday. The continued hot, dry weather is being reflected in runoff predictions for the Missouri River. Kevin Grode with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha says lower-than-normal runoff has persisted since last year. Grode said, “Amy runoff in Sioux City was two-point-one-million acre feet, which is 61 percent of average.” Grode says the Corps’ overall runoff prediction will end up well below normal. He says
given the dry soil moisture conditions, they expect runoff to remain below average during the remainder of the calendar year. The Corps is sending letters to water users all along the river, warning them of possible problems with low water access.




Iowan Given Death Penalty For Killing Nebraska Woman

(Wilber, NE) — An Iowa native has been given the death penalty for killing and dismembering a Nebraska woman four years ago. A three-judge panel sentenced 54-year-old Aubrey Trail in the Saline County, Nebraska courthouse Wednesday. Trail said he killed Sydney Loofe after she refused to commit to
his lifestyle of group sex and fraud. Trail said he had to keep her from telling others about his crimes. Trail’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Bailey Boswell, was convicted on first-degree murder charges in October. She’s also an Iowa native. If she is sentenced to death, she will become Nebraska’s only female death row inmate.




Iowa Woman 1 Of 2 Victims Of Fatal Plane Crash In Indiana

(Darlington, IN) — A 28-year-old Iowa woman is one of the two victims of a fatal plane crash in central Indiana. The single-engine aircraft departed from the Indianapolis flight school Lift Academy and crashed about 50 miles away Sunday. Twenty-one-year-old Benjamin Corbet of Franklin, Indiana was the other person on board. State and federal authorities are investigating the crash that took the lives of Corbet and Kristen Green of Swisher, Iowa. The plane went down near Darlington, Indiana.




2 Men, 1 Teenage Girl Arrested For Shooting Flares From A Car In Dubuque

(Dubuque, IA) — Dubuque police have arrested two men and a 16-year-old girl for shooting flares from a car Wednesday morning. Twenty-seven-year-old Royal Broman, 21-year-old Chandler Bourgeous, and 16-year-old Annalise Flogel are
charged with arson and several other offenses. The first report came in just after 8:00 a-m when one car’s window was shot out and a second car was on fire. A short time later a man told authorities a flare was shot through the window in his apartment and set the carpet on fire. Another man was injured when a flare hit him. The three suspects were tracked down using Dubuque area traffic cameras.




Completion Of 9-Mile Bike Trail In Dallas County Would Be Part Of 118-Mile Loop

(Woodward, IA) — Completion of a nine-mile bike trail between Perry and Woodward would create a 118-mile loop of trails for bikers and hikers in central Iowa. The Dallas County Conservation Board is working on the project.
Work on the trail started five years ago. The first two phases were completed in 2018 and 2020, while phases three and four will be done this summer. Bicycle riders are enthusiastic about the completion. An official says a lot of people in Perry would like to see the Trestle lit up at night – and they’d like to do that without having to drive over in a car.