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Monday Afternoon News, October 11th


Absentee Ballots For Upcoming City/School Board Election Will Be Available On Wednesday

 (Le Mars)Absentee ballots for the November 2, 2021 combined City/School Election are available beginning October 13th in the Auditor’s Office at the Plymouth County Courthouse during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Absentee ballots may be cast in person at the Auditor’s office until Monday, November 1st until 5 pm.

Absentee ballots may be mailed to voters from October 13th to October 18th per Iowa law and must be requested in writing. Forms are available at the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office or at www.co.plymouth.ia.us by clicking on the blue City/School Election tab or can be obtained from the Iowa Secretary of State website. Completed absentee ballot request forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars, IA 51031 and a ballot will be mailed to you.

REMINDER: Voter ID is now Iowa State Law. Voters are required to complete the absentee ballot request form, with either an Iowa Driver’s License number, a Non-operator ID number or a 4-digit voter PIN number if the voter does not have an ID.

Voters requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed to them must have the request form to the Auditor’s office no later than 5 pm on Monday, October 18th, as that is the last day absentee ballots can be mailed out to voters. The Auditor’s office provides the postage for all absentee ballots returned by mail. In order for a ballot to be counted, ballots must be received in the Auditors office by 8 pm, Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 (Election Day.) Ballots received after 8 pm on election day, regardless of postmark are unable to be counted under current Iowa law. Do not return a voted absentee ballot at the polling location, they need to be mailed or returned in person at the Auditor’s office.

If a voter is not registered to vote and wishes to vote an absentee ballot in the Auditor’s office on Monday, October 18th through Monday, November 1st the voter will be required to complete the EDR (Election Day Registration) process at the Auditor’s Office prior to casting the absentee ballot. The EDR voter registration process requires valid photo identification, and one form of proof of Plymouth County residency. Examples of proof of residency can be a valid Iowa driver’s license with a current Plymouth County address, a utility bill, cell phone bill, residential lease, bank statement, paycheck, government check, government issued document, vehicle registration, or a tax assessment.

Also, as required now by Iowa Law on Election Day, all voting precinct locations will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm and voters will be required to vote at the same voting locations as they do for the Presidential or Mid – Term General Election in November each year.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100. Stacey Feldman is the Auditor and Commissioner of Election and Cheri Nitzschke is the Election Deputy.




Pork Industry Contributes To The State’s Economy

(Clive) — October is recognized as “Pork Month” and many times the state’s pork industry is often taken for granted, or overlooked.  Iowa ranks first in the nation with pork production, and its economic impact stretches far beyond the pork producer.  Pat McGonegle is the Executive Director with the Iowa Pork Producers Association.  In recent years, the state’s pork producers association conducted an economic study about the impact of the pork industry on the state’s economy.  McGonegle says that study shows how the pork industry has a ripple effect and touches thousands of people.

McGonegle says those jobs include such positions as a veterinarian, a feed truck driver, extension and outreach specialists, the personnel at the processing facility, the truck drivers that haul the hogs from a farm to a processing facility, and those truck drivers hauling the pork product to a restaurant, supermarket, or grocery store.  It also involves the grocery store clerk, and several other positions.  The state pork official says the pork industry also contributes to the tax base.

The state pork producers official says hogs are big consumers of Iowa’s grain, both corn and of soybeans, which also benefits Iowa grain farmers.

Consumption of pork products has steadily increased during the past few decades, and according to McGonegle, one bright spot lies with the export of U-S pork products.  He says in Iowa alone, nearly one of every four pigs are slated for export.

The pork industry economic impact study not only focused on the entire state, but it also looked at some of the leading major counties of Iowa’s pork production.  McGonegle says in both Sioux and Plymouth Counties, which are both among the top four pork producing counties in Iowa.  Sioux county shows nearly 4500 direct and indirect jobs related to the pork industry.  McGonegle tells of the statistics associated with Plymouth County and its relationship with the pork industry.

McGonegle says whether the pork industry continues to expand within the state will depend on input costs, such as higher grain prices, and higher costs for building materials.




Osceola School Bus Driver Placed On Leave For Treatment Of Students

(Osceola, IA)  —  A school bus driver in Osceola has been placed on administrative leave after complaints he abused some of the students riding his bus.  Those students say the driver got mad about a noisy toy last Wednesday, stopped the bus, and grabbed the cheeks of a six-year-old boy.  When the boy’s eight-year-old sister came to his defense, the other students say the driver grabbed her aggressively, too.  The children’s mother says both had red marks on their cheeks.  Osceola police are reportedly reviewing surveillance video from inside the bus.  Several students were crying when their parents picked them up.  Another parent says there have been issues in the past with the driver – whose name hasn’t been released.




Sports Betting Nearly Doubles In September

(Des Moines, IA)  —  The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reports that sports betting almost doubled in September.  Opening the door to that type of betting has provided the state of Iowa with a windfall.  Gamblers reportedly placed more than 210 million dollars in bets during last month.  That meant about 500-thousand dollars in revenue for the state.  The commission reports the money bet on sports increased by about 94 percent from August to September.




Family Sues Hospital For Negligence In 77-Year-Old Man’s Death

(West Union, IA)  —  An Iowa family has sued Gundersen Health System for negligence in a 77-year-old man’s death.  David Hackley died in January of last year after the machine supplying him with oxygen was shut down.  The family says Hackley had been improving and was about to be transferred to a skilled nursing home for rehabilitation before the supplemental oxygen was removed.  He died two days later.  Gundersen is being sued for wrongful death.




Bail Bondsman Shoots 40-Year-Old Man In Cedar Rapids

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  —  A bail bondsman says he and a partner were trying to take a 40-year-old man into custody when he was hit by the man’s car.  Richard Hamilton Junior was wanted on failure to appear warrants connected to drug charges when he was shot.  The bail bondsman says Hamilton was trying to escape when he was injured.  The bondsman was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.  He is expected to recover.  No names have been released.  Cedar Rapids police are investigating the incident.