Plymouth County Fair Begins On Wednesday
(Le Mars) — Wednesday is the start of the Plymouth County Fair, known as the “The Five Best Days of the Summer.” Fairboard President Loren Schnepf talks about what we can look forward to for this year’s fair.
Static 4-H Exhibits Being Judged On Tuesday
(Le Mars) — More than 900 static 4-H displays are being judged today (Tuesday) and according to Janelle Johnson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Plymouth County. She says the 23 judges are impressed with the quality of projects exhibited by Plymouth County 4-H members.
Kale Pearson shows off his model farm inside the round barn on the upper level to Chamber Ag Committee member, Jim Klein during the Tuesday Chamber Coffee. Several potential farm accidents are featured on the display and visitors to the round barn can try to identify each possible farm accident.
Plymouth County 4-H Members Explain Their Projects To the Judges, on Entry Day. Judging occurred inside the Century Hall.
Museum’s “Country Store” At The Fair Has A Make Over
(Le Mars) — Volunteers of the Plymouth County Historical Museum have been busy this last week giving the “Country Store” located at Pioneer Village a much needed make-over. The “Country Store” has been given a fresh coat of paint, along with new wallpaper. Janice Renken and Joellen Cronin have been supervising the project.
State Senator Mathis Running For Congress in Iowa’s 1st District
(Hiawatha, IA) — State Senator Liz Mathis plans to run for Congress in Iowa’s 1st District next year. The Democrat from Hiawatha will challenge freshman Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson. Both candidates are former Cedar Rapids T-V journalists. Mathis tweeted this (Tuesday) morning, “It’s
clear Iowans want leaders who care about fairness, honesty and putting service ahead of politics. That is why I am running. Together, we can flip this seat to blue.” G-O-P Representative Hinson said in a statement, “Liberal Liz supports lockdowns, mask mandates, and keeping our kids out of school.”
Des Moines Wastewater Treatment Plant Testing For COVID-19
(Des Moines, IA) — The city of Des Moines wastewater treatment plant is part of a national program that tests wastewater for COVID-19 and its variants. Director Scott Hutchens says it’s a partnership with the U-S Department of Health and Human Services, the C-D-C, and the National
Institutes of Health. Hutchens says they’ll take samples and send them in two to three times a week. He says the plant treats waste from 17 Des Moines metro communities and some 500-thousand people. Hutchens says the samples can help determine how rampant COVID-19 is in the community – or how well the
vaccination process is going.
Man Dies in Sleeping Quarters at Dubuque County Fairgrounds
(Dubuque, IA) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. Investigators say the worker was found dead in their sleeping quarters Monday and was likely due to natural causes. Sheriff Joe Kennedy said on Facebook, “apparently, there are people on social media
attributing this death to the Ferris wheel ride. That rumor is completely false.” Sheriff Kennedy says there is no association between the incident and the safety of the fair rides or attractions.
Iowa State Fair Installing Metal Detectors at All 9 Entrances
(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa State Fair is installing new metal detectors at all nine entrances this year. The State Fair’s budget included an extra 300- to 400-thousand dollars for additional security. Officers have used handheld metal detectors in previous years to conduct bag searches. Andy Jones of the State Fair Police Department says it was time to enhance security and wants the people to know it’s going to be a safe State Fair. It
runs August 12th through 22nd this year.