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Underground Pipeline Being Proposed For Plymouth County

(Le Mars) — An underground pipeline that would transport pressurized liquid carbon dioxide from area ethanol plants, including Plymouth Energy of Merrill and Little Sioux Corn Processors of Marcus to North Dakota for long-term storage is being proposed and would include parts of Plymouth County.  Plymouth County Board of Supervisors were briefed on the pipeline during Tuesday’s meeting.  Jesse Harris serves as the Public Relations Director with Summit Carbon Solutions, as part of the Summit Ag and tells of the plan.

Harris says one of the benefits to the pipeline is to capture carbon dioxide and convert it to a near liquid form and store it underground, to help with the carbon sequestration and prevent it from entering the atmosphere.

Harris says the proposed pipeline will benefit the Iowa corn grower, as well as the ethanol industry.

The pipeline would be installed at a depth of four feet, and the diameter of the underground pipeline would be from four inches to 20 inches.  Officials hope that  construction on the pipeline would begin in 2023 with completion of the pipeline and operations to begin in 2024. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 16th  at 12:00 noon to be held at the Le Mars Convention Center, lower level.




Governor Reynolds Calls For Special Legislative Session To Deal With Redistricting Of Legislative And Congressional Districts

(Des Moines) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a proclamation convening a special legislative session on Tuesday, October 5th.  The purpose of the special legislative session will be to consider and enact a plan of legislative and congressional redistricting in accordance with the framework set forth in chapter 42 of the Iowa code.




Iowa School Districts Look to Require Masks After Judge’s Order

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Iowa’s largest school district is the first to reinstate a requirement that students, staff and visitors wear face coverings.  A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary order that blocks enforcement of the Iowa law that bans mask mandates in schools.  Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart said he’s heard concerns from families in the district and school staff about the ban and the judge’s ruling was “welcome news.”  The mask mandate will go into effect in the Des Moines district Wednesday.  The school board in Iowa City meets tonight (Tuesday) and will consider issuing a similar requirement.  The Sioux City Community School District will meet in special session Wednesday afternoon to discuss implementing a mask mandate.  The judge cited the drastic increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases when issuing the order.




Special Election Tuesday in Iowa House District 37

(Ankeny, IA)  —  Voters in central Iowa will elect a new state representative today (Tuesday) in House District 37.  Republican Mike Bousselot and Democrat Andrea Phillips are running for the seat vacated by the death of G-O-P State Representative John Landon of Ankeny in July.  Phillips lost to Landon in the November 2020 election.  More than 600-thousand dollars has been spent on this special election.  The polls are open until 8 p-m.




Iowa State Releases Reviews of Drowning Investigations, Suspends Crew Club

(Ames, IA)  —  Investigators say both reviews launched this spring after two members of Iowa State University’s Crew Club drowned during rowing practice have found all sports clubs for I-S-U students lack effective oversight.  Iowa State officials released what’s described as an overview of external and internal investigations.  It concludes several I-S-U Crew Club safety procedures were not followed when members went rowing on Little Wall Lake in late March and their boat capsized on a windy day.  I-S-U Crew Club activities are suspended for at least the current academic year while the group is reorganized and new health and safety rules for its activities are established.  The students who died are 20-year-old sophomore Yaakow Ben-David and 19-year-old freshman Derek Nanni.




Human Remains Discovered in Southeast Iowa Near West Point

(West Point, IA)  —  Authorities are investigating the discovery of humans remains near the southeast Iowa town of West Point.  The Iowa D-C-I says a property owner first found bones on September 5th.  There were two more searches on September 8th and 11th but no additional remains were located.  Investigators say more human remains were discovered Sunday along with some personal items.  The remains were sent to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification.  Officers say there did not appear to be any signs of foul play or danger to the public.