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Friday Afternoon News, July 2nd


Remsen Issues Immediate Water Ban

(Remsen) — Remsen city officials have issued an alert regarding a water ban. According to the city’s Facebook posting, one of the Remsen’s wells has gone down. Due to this incident, city officials are telling their residents not to water their lawns, or wash their cars, fill their swimming pools, during the water ban. Officials says the water ban will be strictly enforced. If
residents ignore the water ban, there is a possibility the city will not be able to keep up with the water demand and will be out of water altogether.
City officials ask that you limit the amount of water used for necessities such as laundry, dishes, showers, and toilet use. The city says they realize it is an inconvenience and they apologize. Once the well is back in working order, city officials will notify the residents.




Oyens Annual 4th Of July Tractor Parade Will Celebrate 28 Years

(Oyens) — The Annual Oyens 4th of July Tractor Parade is scheduled for Sunday at 12:00 noon. Mark Loutsch, one of the organizers of the parade, says this is the 28th year for the parade, which started as a result of relatives visiting the Loutsch farm.

Loutsch says in past years there have been over 100 entries of antique tractors participating on the parade. He says it has expanded from his family members to now other friends and neighbors wanting to showcase their tractors.





Police And Fire Departments Remind People Of City Fireworks Ordinances and To Be Safe During Discharging Of Fireworks

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department wants to remind people of the fireworks ordinance for Le Mars.
Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale says fireworks are allowed to be discharged within the city limits only for three days.

Daale reminds people when discharging fireworks, to be respectful of your neighbors.

The Assistant Police Chief says fireworks can only be discharged from private property. They are not to be discharged from any city streets, city parks, school grounds, or businesses. Children below the age of 18 are recommended to have adult supervision. Fire Chief Dave Schipper echoes Daale’s comments regarding fireworks safety.

Schipper also says to take into consideration of any pets and veterans within the neighborhood.




Pandemic-Related Regulatory Relief Ending Later This Month in Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) — The governor’s latest public health emergency proclamation makes clear the end is near on most pandemic-related regulatory relief. Last year, Governor Kim Reynolds temporarily suspended many of the deadlines for renewing state licenses and many of those suspensions already have ended. Her latest public health proclamation says Iowans should not expect the few that remain to last beyond July 25th. It means no more delays in license renewals for restaurants and bars, pesticide applicators and temporary teachers. Tattoo artists and tattoo shops also have a tight deadline for renewing their licenses. They have until Tuesday, July 6th to renew their 2020 license without a penalty. Reynolds has signaled that pandemic-related limitations on accessing public records and conducting public meetings in Iowa will also end July 25th.




State Tax Revenue Up $1.4 Billion in Latest Fiscal Year

(Des Moines, IA) — State officials report Iowa collected one-point-four-billion dollars more in taxes over the last 12 months that the previous fiscal year. The state fiscal year ended June 30th. According to the Legislative Services Agency, there was an 18-point-six percent increase in state tax revenue during that 12-month period. The final four months of the previous year were March, April, May and June of 2020 when the bottom dropped out of the economy due to the pandemic. The state ended the fiscal year on June 30th with a surplus of about half a billion dollars. In the latest fiscal year, Iowans paid nearly 17 percent more in personal income taxes to the state. Corporate taxes grew nearly 52 percent. Sales and use tax payments grew by ten-point-six percent.




Suspicious Death Investigation in Southwest Iowa’s Adair County

(Greenfield, IA) — A suspicious death is under investigation in southwest Iowa. The Iowa D-C-I says the body of an adult was found along a rural road Thursday afternoon in the southeast corner of Adair County. Investigators say there is no known threat to the public. No other information about the case has been released.



Authorities ID Northeast Iowa Man Killed in Tractor Accident

(St. Ansgar, IA) — Authorities are identifying the man who died in a tractor accident Wednesday along the Iowa-Minnesota border in Mitchell County. The Iowa State Patrol says a tractor driven by 42-year-old Robert Grundel of St. Ansgar lost control, went into the ditch and rolled. Troopers say Grundel died at the scene along State Line Road.