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Tuesday News, March 29



A Spencer, Iowa man has died in a two vehicle collision Monday afternoon in Sioux County.  The Iowa State Patrol says 71-year old Curtis Brownmiller was fatally injured when his car ran into the back of a truck that had stopped to turn at the intersection of U.S. Highway 18 and Indian Avenue near Hull.  Brownmiller’s vehicle ended up in a nearby field.  The state patrol says both vehicles were westbound when the accident occurred.  The driver of the truck, 43-year-old Jeffrey Verhoef of Hull, was not injured.


Iowa farmers could inadvertently find new markets for their commodities because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Chad Hart, an agricultural economist with Iowa State University, explains.

When Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1980, then-President Jimmy Carter imposed a grain embargo on Russia. Hart doubts the effectiveness of a similar embargo today.

Agricultural exports from Russia and Ukraine have ground to a halt and the invasion is going to have certain impact on what Ukrainian farmers can produce this year.


Diamond Vogel and Keep Iowa Beautiful announced the grant awards for the 2022 Paint Iowa Beautiful program. The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa.

Several Plymouth County projects will be beneficiaries of the grants.

Doug Vogel, Vice-President, Marketing, of the Orange City- based company, says Governor Reynolds will sign a proclamation designating April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month.

The firm will award paint to 154 community projects in Iowa.

The Akron Historical Society will receive Diamond Vogel paints for their museum, garage and community room. The LeMars YMCA will receive paint for their main pool and outdoor pool bathrooms. Remsen St Mary’s will paint their cafeteria with a grant from Diamond Vogel.

In the 19-year partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful, Diamond Vogel has awarded over 12,564 gallons of paint for 1,286 community projects in Iowa.

Keep Iowa Beautiful holds an annual Pick Up Iowa program by cleaning up litter and trash along Iowa’s roadsides, neighborhoods, streets, school grounds, parks and streams.

Pick-Up Iowa is being held through June 30th, 2022. participating communities can be eligible for a limited supply of free cleanup supplies donated by Keep Iowa Beautiful.

To participate a group or organization must register /keepiowabeautiful.org.


The executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, says it appears more people are turning to ethanol-blended fuels to save money. He says just about anyone can use blends like E-15.

He says E-85 vehicles will often have a yellow gas cap or sticker on the window that says they can use the 85 percent ethanol-gas mix.

The E-10 mix is the one most used in cars right now. Shaw says retailers have different pricing for the ethanol blends.

He says you will find more options for different mixes of ethanol-blended gas in the larger cities.


The Le Mars Community School District Foundation is planning their annual banquet to honor their teachers, Employees, students, and alumni.

the Foundation will recognize the district’s employees of the month, Employees who have served for 25 years, the top 5% of the graduating class, the Teacher of the Year, and a Distinguished Alumnus for 2022.

the event will be Wednesday, April 27, at the Le Mars Convention Center. It begins at 6-30 pm.

Tickets are 25 dollars per adult, and 15 dollars for students.

The public is welcome to attend.