Absentee Ballots Are Available Beginning Today
(Le Mars) — Today, Wednesday, is the first day that absentee ballots can be distributed for the upcoming city and school board elections. Absentee ballots can be picked up at the Plymouth County Auditor’s office inside the Plymouth County Courthouse. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Auditor’s office by election day. 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. Monday, October 18th is the last day absentee ballots can be mailed. 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.
Gehlen Catholic Celebrates Homecoming This Week
(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic is celebrating Homecoming this week, and according to Amy Jungers, the Development Director with Gehlen Catholic, the week is full of fun and festive activities all with the thought of showing school spirit.
Jungers says the students, both elementary as well as middle school and high school students, have chosen to dress in different outfits calling attention to the week-long homecoming celebration. Jungers talks about the costumes that will be worn by students for the remaining days of the week.
Friday, at 12:00 noon will be the coronation ceremony along with the pep rally inside the Dreckman Memorial gymnasium. Jungers says Father Travis Crotty has been chosen to deliver the coronation and pep rally address.
The Gehlen Catholic official reviews those seniors chosen to be a part of this year’s Gehlen Catholic Homecoming court
Tomorrow, we will hear more from Amy Jungers about the Gehlan Catholic Homecoming parade along with the game, and the dance to follow the Gehlan Catholic game. Jungers says Gehlen will hold its Homecoming Mass on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s church at 8:45 a.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.
Farmers Are Seeing A Wide Range Of Yields From This Year’s Harvest
(Le Mars) — Farmers have been busy with this year’s harvest and the yields have varied depending on whether you received adequate rains during the spring and summer. Many parts of northwest Iowa were dry during the crop growing season, and Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Crops Specialist says farmers are seeing a wide range of yields sometimes within a short distance. DeJong says he has heard of soybean yields from about 30 bushels an acre all the way up to 80 plus bushels an acre.
Despite some lower yields, DeJong says the quality of the soybean crop is being reported as being good.
As for the corn harvest, DeJong says there is a similar story as with the soybean harvest. Farmers are seeing a wide range of yield potential, again depending upon how much rain was received.
DeJong says moisture levels in this year’s corn have been at around 18 percent, which in some cases may require additional artificial drying. The I-S-U crops specialist says there are some instances where the corn stalk is weaken due to the lack of rains, and farmers are needing to harvest those fields perhaps earlier than previously expected.
DeJong says there have been some reports of Army worms present in pastures, but he says it may not be necessary to apply any insecticides. DeJong is also urging farmers to wait on their fall manure and fertilizer applications, until such time daytime temperatures will be cooler.
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