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Wednesday News, September 8th


Knights of Columbus Holding Annual Phone-a-thon For Life Skills Training Center 

(Le Mars) — The annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon for Life Skills Training Center is scheduled to happen today beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Shelly Thomson is the Development Director with Life Skills and reminds of what Life Skills does for mentally challenged adults.

Thomson talks about today’s phone-a-thon.

Thomson explains how the donated money will be utilized.

The Life Skills Training Center official talks about this year’s chosen Honorary Chair.

Thomson says donations to Life Skills can also be contributed at your local bank.

Both Le Mars and Remsen sites will hold a Chamber coffee to help kickoff this year’s phone-a-thon.




Farm Bureau Members Learn More About Plymouth County Conservation Parks During Annual Meeting

(Le Mars) — Members of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau organization learned some information regarding Plymouth County Conservation Board and its parks and facilities during Tuesday’s annual meeting held at the Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  Conservation Board Executive Director, Nick Beeck spoke to the gathering and shared information about Hillview Recreational Area, west of Hinton and Rivers Bend Park, located near Akron.  Beeck talked about some of the efforts to restore native prairie grasslands, the elk that are located at Hillview, and he even commented about the wandering moose that has been spotted in Plymouth County.  The farm organization presented their “Service to Agriculture” award to retired Iowa State University Extension official Jack Frus.




Evergreen Avenue To Close For Installation Of Culvert

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced the closure of Evergreen Avenue between Highway 3 and going south for one mile to 180th Street.  The road is expected to remain closed until September 22nd.  Road crews are replacing an old wooden bridge with a culvert.




State Climatologist Believes Autumn May Be Warmer And Drier

(Des Moines) — State climatologist Justin Glisan (Like listen) says as we move into fall there’s a clear signal on the outlook for September, October, and November.

Glisan says the long-term outlook for September shows an equal chance of warm or cool, and wet or dry.

Glisan says a little dry weather would not be a bad thing.

Fall officially begins on September 22nd.




Kossuth County Man Dies From Manure Pit Gas

(Algona) — A north central Iowa man overcome by fumes at an open pit manure lagoon at a hog site in Kossuth County this weekend has died.  Emergency personnel responded to a hog site 4 miles south of Algona around 10:15 a.m. Saturday on the report of a man who had been overcome by fumes. The Algona Fire Department used breathing apparatus to remove the victim from the immediate area by the lagoon and immediately transported him to Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona where he was airlifted to MercyOne North Iowa in Mason City. The victim, identified as 33-year-old Randy Dean Meyer of Whittemore, died Monday morning. Kossuth County Emergency Management and the Iowa DNR are monitoring the lagoon near the hog site, as an odor was emitted throughout the weekend. Officials say while the odor is strong, there is no threat to those living nearby or passing through the area.




Naig Predicts Iowa To Retain Number One Ranking For Corn Production

(Des Moines) — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig (NEGG, rhymes with “egg”) is predicting Iowa will retain its spot as the number one corn producing state, despite challenging weather conditions in some areas.

The U-S-D-A’s latest crop and weather report shows some corn fields in northwest and west central Iowa were damaged by heavy rain, hail and strong winds in the past week, but 60 percent of Iowa’s corn crop is still rated in good or excellent condition. Naig says the number of acres planted with corn this year will be the deciding factor in keeping Iowa at the forefront in corn production.

Sixty-one percent of Iowa soybeans are in that good or excellent category.

The fall harvest of corn and soybeans hasn’t started, but record heat has advanced development of Iowa’s two main cash crops. Corn development statewide is about five days ahead of average, while soybean development is about two days ahead of normal.





Former Iowa High School Coach Arrested On Sexual Abuse Charges

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  A former high school coach in the Albia Community School District has been arrested in Indiana on sexual abuse charges.  Thirty-six-year-old Aaron Koester is accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12.  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the multiple felony charges are not connected to his job at the school district.  Koester was arrested in Indianapolis last week and has been extradited to the Monroe County Jail.  School district officials say he resigned in May.  The abuse allegedly happened in 2019.




Wisconsin Company Expanding Into Iowa, Opening Plant In Dyersville

(Dyersville, IA)  —  When Wisconsin-based Zero Zone manufacturing opens its new facility in Dyersville it will mean about 30 new jobs to the local economy.  Zero Zone makes refrigeration and freezing units for grocery and convenience stores.  The new plant should open early next year.  The company was reportedly looking for a new location near technical colleges so it would be able to recruit workers and allow for more training opportunities.  It was also looking for a building that was almost finished – some Dyersville had to offer right now.  Iowa state officials will consider an application for financial assistance at a meeting set for September 10th.




Regents Approve U-I-H-C Hospital Plan

(Iowa City, IA) — The Board of Regents on Tuesday approved plans for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to build a facility in North Liberty that includes a hospital that local health officials spoke out against. C-E-O Suresh Gunasekaran (sir-RESH goon-Uh-sake-RUN) told the Regents the hospital is part of a double building. that also includes is an academic and clinic building for a total cost of 395 million dollars. The State Health Facilities Council approved the plan for the hospital on a 4-1 vote after voting 3-2 against the plan in February. The administrators at other hospitals in the area argued the new hospital will expand beyond specialty care and take away their patients. Construction is expected to begin later this month, with completion by 2025.




Dubuque Police Chief Retiring

(Dubuque, IA) — Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing announced he is retiring after 32 years with the department. Dalsing joined the department in September of 1989 and became Police Chief in February of 2010. Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Jensen has been named the interim chief while the city searches for a replacement for Dalsing.




IRS Urges You To Make A Disaster Plan

(Undated) — The Internal Revenue Service is urging us to plan ahead for an emergency. I-R-S spokesman Michael Devine says one of the first things to do is to create a disaster plan that can be reviewed over time as your situation changes. Devine says you can go to their website, irs.gov, and find disaster loss workbooks that you can download. He says you need to know where your original documents are, your tax returns, your birth certificates, your marriage certificate, insurance policies, title. He says one of the best ways to do it is to put them in a double-sealed bag, two zip-lock bags, and put them at the bottom of your freezer.