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Friday News, September 2

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SPEED ENFORCEMENT

For the past month, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has been involved in a speed enforcement program.  These are targeted patrols intended to reduce excessive speed in Plymouth County.  The goal of the concentrated enforcement is to reduce the number of serious injury or fatal accidents.  The program will continue into mid-September.

 

NEW SHERIFF

The Sioux County Board of Supervisors Thursday appointed a new sheriff, Jamie Van Voorst.  Van Voorst, a Captain in the Department, was unanimously endorsed by the Supervisors. Then he was sworn in by 3rd Judicial district Chief Judge Patrick Tott.

Van Voorst said he found support in the department when he decided to seek the office.

His predecessor, Dan Altena, says Van Voorst has qualities that will help him as sheriff.

Van Voorst grew up in Rock Valley. He is a graduate of Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, receiving an associate degree in Police Science and most recently a graduate of the Professional Leadership Development training. He has nearly 30 years of continuous law enforcement service. Van Voorst will fill the remainder of Altena’s term.  Then he faces election in the fall.

 

YOUTH FISHING

Registration is still open for the 2nd Annual Youth Fishing Derby in Le Mars.  David Skou of Beginner’s Luck Tackle and Supply is organizing the fishing derby,

He wants to build on the success of last year’s event.

The youth fishing derby is a free event, open to kids age 3 to 15.  Prizes will be awarded for the largest catfish, bluegill and bass caught.  Night crawlers will be provided.  And there will be a hot dog feed afterwards.  Registration runs through September 7.  Contact Dave Skou at Beginner’s Luck or go to beginners.luck17@gmail.com

 

IOWA MEDICAID MANAGEMENT

State officials have chosen a California-based company to join two other private firms that manage Iowa Medicaid — the joint state-and-federal program that provides health care services to 800-thousand disabled and low-income Iowans. State Medicaid director Elizabeth Matney (MAT-nee) says Molina (moh-LEE-nuh) Healthcare’s contract will start July First. The state is also extending its current Medicaid contract with Ameri-Group, and Iowa Total-Care’s contract runs through 2025. Matney says the goal is to divide Iowa’s Medicaid members evenly among the three managed care companies.

 

INFLATIONARY ECONOMY

Inflation will likely play a factor in the Midwest economy for much of the rest of the year.  Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss  [[  GAHSS  ]]  says he expects inflation to soften over the next few months, but remain four percentage points above the fed’s target of two percent through the third quarter.  He says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index for August still shows economic growth in Nebraska.

 

BEEF PLANT PURCHASE

Walmart’s move to buy a minority share in a Nebraska beef packing plant is being called a “seismic shift” in the beef processing industry.  Chad Tentinger is the principal developer of Des Moines-based Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company.  Tentinger says anytime you can bring the farmer’s product closer to the end user – to retail – it’s a good thing long-term.  He calls the move by Walmart a “massive, fundamental change” for the beef industry.  Walmart made the announcement Wednesday.

 

FEDERAL RAID

The F-B-I and the A-T-F served search warrants at five locations across west-central Iowa in connection with an ongoing investigation into alleged federal firearm law violations.  Wednesday, federal agents raided the home of Brad Wendt of Denison, his gun stores in Denison and Anita, a rural property in Manning, and a location in downtown Adair where Wendt also serves as chief of police. Federal officials have not released any further details and indicated the warrants are part of an extensive ongoing investigation.

 

HONEY BEE HEALTH

Honey bees are becoming increasingly endangered in South Dakota.  Based on information compiled by Stacker, using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state has 184-thousand colonies.  That’s down over 12 percent from 2021.  Nationwide, colonies are down 22 percent year-over-year.  It’s estimated honey bees contribute 15-billion dollars to the U.S. economy annually.  More than a third of all crop species depend on honeybees for pollination.