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Friday News, August 27th


Buseum To Appear At Plymouth County Historical Museum

(Le Mars) — This coming Saturday afternoon at the Plymouth County Historical Museum will be what is referred to as a “Bus-eum”.  It is a school bus that has been converted to feature a historical exhibit.  Michael Luick-thrams is the organizer of the “Buseum” and says this is the third bus to be modified to show an exhibit.

This year’s exhibit is entitled: “Cow Wars: The story of farmer’s protests during the Great Depression.”

Local residents may recall the so-called “Farmers Holiday” when a group of farmers had ran the judge out of town due to the many foreclosures he had signed.

Luick-thrams says in the 1920’s half the U-S population was still residing on farms, so the actions at the time has a great impact on many people.  The bus museum is free for all visitors, and will be at the Plymouth County Historical Museum between 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The bus-eum is sponsored locally by Agri-Vision farm equipment company.  On the same day, the Plymouth County Historical Museum will be featuring paintings from John E. Greenen.  There is a reception scheduled inside the Study Hall between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.




Reynolds Issues Disaster Declaration For 2 Counties Hit By Severe Weather

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued disaster declarations for two counties hit by severe weather this week.  The declaration means people living in Bremer and Fayette counties are now qualified for the Iowa Individual Assistance grant program.  People wanting to apply have 45 days to get it done.  The clock started ticking Thursday.  The state program offers grants of up to five thousand dollars for households with incomes of up to double the federal poverty level for a family of three.  The money can be used to fix homes or cars, replace food or clothing, and to pay for temporary housing.




Ernst Decides To Cancel Annual “Roast And Rice” Motorcycle Event

(Washington, DC)  —  U-S Senator Joni Ernst has decided to cancel her annual “Roast and Ride” motorcycle event.  The Iowa Republican’s office made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter Thursday.  The event was scaled back last year during the coronavirus pandemic.  No official reason for the cancellation has been given this year.  In that video, Ernst promised the ride will return in 2022.  Over the years, at least eight presidential candidates have attended the event.




Sentencing For Mollie Tibbetts’ Killer Set For Monday

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Sentencing for the killer of college student Mollie Tibbetts has been set for Monday.  Cristhian Bahena Rivera was found guilty May 28th and he faces a mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder.  A week before his scheduled July sentencing, his attorneys filed motions for a delay as part of a request for a new trial.  They told the court new witnesses had come forward saying another man had confessed to the 2018 killing.  Judge Joel Yates denied the request for a new trial July 27th.




Iowa Politicians React to Deadly ISIS Attack in Afghanistan

(Washington, DC)  —  Iowa politicians are speaking out against today’s (Thursday) deadly ISIS attacks in Afghanistan.  The Pentagon confirms 12 U-S service members were killed and at least 15 were wounded in the two explosions near the Kabul airport.  U-S Senator Joni Ernst said first and foremost, my heart breaks for the families and loved ones of our brave troops who were killed in action.  The Iowa Republican said in a statement, “The chaos, and now catastrophic bloodshed, that has ensued in Afghanistan over the last few weeks was brought on by the president’s haphazard and hasty withdrawal of U-S forces.”  G-O-P Congresswoman Ashley Hinson said, quote,  “President Biden has the blood of Americans on his hands and his Administration is failing the American people and our service members.”




Drug Overdoses Rise During Pandemic in US and Iowa

(Iowa City, IA)  —  The federal government reports a 30-percent increase in drug overdoses nationwide in 2020, the largest annual increase in history.  The C-D-C says 428 Iowans died from drug overdoses last year.  That’s compared to 346 the previous year.  Alison Lynch, director of the University of Iowa’s Addiction and Recovery Collaborative, says people were cut off from social support during the pandemic.  She says increased fear and anxiety during the pandemic was also a factor in the dramatic increase in overdoses.  Lynch says the increasing contamination of drugs with fentanyl is another factor.  The C-D-C reports 93-thousand people died of opioid overdoses last year.




Clinton Man Draws 10-Year Child Porn Federal Prison Sentence

(Davenport, IA)  —  An eastern Iowa man will spend a decade in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.  Prosecutors say an S-D card from a camera belonging to 45-year-old Ray Daytrel Hopkins of Clinton contained multiple videos of nude minors.  Police searched Hopkins’ home, seized his cell phone and found additional sexually explicit images of minor females.  He was also sentenced to ten years of supervised release and ordered to pay six-thousand dollars in restitution.