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KLEM News, Wednesday, September 28

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HULL FIRE

There was a fire this morning at a convenience store in Hull.
The fire was at the Casey’s General Store, located at the corner of US Highway 18 and County Road K52.
The SIoux County Sheriffs Department said two employees were inside the building when the fire broke out, but escaped unharmed. Fire Departments from Hull, Sioux Center, and Rock Valley responded.

 

AREA AGRONOMIST

Leah Ten Napel has been named the new field agronomist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northwest Iowa.

A native of LeMars, Ten Napel most recently was an agronomist with Central Valley Ag Coop in Hinton. She graduated from Iowa State in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and seed science.

Leah Ten Napel.Ten Napel said she knew when she graduated that she wanted to return to northwest Iowa and work with farmers in her community. With the new position, she will help advise farmers in nine counties and looks forward to meeting new people across her region.

She credits her grandparents for introducing her to agriculture through their farm, which led Ten Napel and her three siblings to participate in 4-H and FFA. Her projects consisted of livestock, static exhibits and citizenship projects.

She also got to know other field agronomists, including now-retired field agronomist Joel DeJong, who previously held the same position.

Ten Napel is marred to Derek Ten Napel and the couple lives on an acreage they recently purchased from his grandparents. They raise sheep and also run a trucking business.

Leah started Sept. 12 and will be based at the ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County Office. She can be reached at lre@iastate.edu or 712-541-3493.

 

ROAD PROJECTS

A bridge crossing the Big Sioux River from Plymouth County  into South Dakota has now been reopened. The Plymouth County Road Department completed repairs on a bridge across the river. The project was to be completed by next week, but instead finished yesterday. The bridge was reopened this morning.

The Road Department also says a culvert project near county road K22 in Perry Township is near completion. The culvert replacement caused Lone Tree Road, east of K22, to be closed two weeks ago. The road is expected to be reopened on Friday.

OBESITY RATE

A new report finds more than one in every three adult Iowans is obese, ranking Iowa 39th and well within the bottom tier of states. Rhea Farberman, director of policy research at Trust for America’s Health, says the organization’s annual report tracks obesity rates by age, race or ethnicity, and state of residence.
The good news is that Iowa’s obesity ranking held steady from last year despite the hardships of the pandemic. The bad news is that Iowa’s childhood obesity rate, for children ages ten to 17, is now at 17 percent — which is a slight increase from a year ago. The report says obesity is estimated to increase U-S healthcare spending by 170 billion dollars every year.

 

FLOYD VALLEY PROGRESS

The CEO of Floyd Valley Health says their expansion project is proceeding smoothly.  Dustin Wright says contractors are making good progress on the new wing that’s underway on the north side of the complex.

The biggest disruption during construction has been parking.

Inside FV Health, the disruption will be felt next year, when the new spaces are filled and the current space is remodeled.

Parking issues should be resolved soon.

This is a 10.3 million dollars expansion, with 8.3 million coming from a from USDA Rural Development Loan.

The expansion includes a first floor Specialty Clinic, and a second floor therapy section, with a  multipurpose track and exercise equipment.  The project will be completed in 2023.

 

BIG BROTHERS/SISTERS FUNDRAISER

A fundraiser tied to the Iowa-Iowa State football rivalry raised 700 dollars to Big Brothers/Big sisters of Siouxland.

Christie Arlt is the Executive Director, says her organization is working to expand their program in Plymouth County.

This includes more personnel.

Arlt says there is a need for more men to volunteer.  A program they want to introduce in Plymouth County is called the Bigs and Badges program, aimed at participation from people in uniform.  Arlt says research has shown that people the presence of people in uniform reduce bullying in schools.

 

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

There was a drive-by shooting and car pursuit in Sioux City early yesterday.  Police arrested one suspect and are searching for another.

Several shots were fired, striking a house in the 5000 block of Lorraine Ave. Officers located what they believed to be the suspects’ vehicle, and when they tried to stop it, the driver sped away. The chase ended in Sgt Bluff.  A passenger in the vehicle, an Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s, fled on foot.  He remains at large.

Police arrested 19 year old Jordan Hills of Sioux City.  He is charged with serious eluding.  There are also warrants out for his arrest on three other charges.  Officers found ammunition for a handgun in the vehicle.  The resident in the house that was struck gave limited cooperation to investigating officers.  Police are also unsure of the motive for the shooting.

 

TRAILER FIRE
Tuesday morning, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a semi-trailer on fire on Highway 60, one and one-half miles northeast of Alton, IA.

Larry Krogman, age 77, of Ashton, IA, was driving a semi-truck pulling a liquid fertilizer tank trailer northbound on Highway 60 when he reported the rear passenger side tires of the trailer started on fire. The fire likely started when the tire ruptured and became lodged between in the wheel wheel.

The Alton Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire and no injuries were reported.

 

TRUCK ROLLOVER

Monday evening, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Chestnut Avenue, eight miles southwest of Rock Valley, IA.   Carlos Aguila, age 23, of Eagan, MN, was driving a straight truck northbound on Chestnut Avenue when he drove onto the shoulder, lost control of the vehicle and entered the east ditch; the vehicle rolled on to its side.  Aguila and a passenger in the vehicle, Emanuel Bonilla-Hernandez, age 23, of Bloomington, MN, were both transported by The Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Health Center for treatment of minor injuries.  Aguila was cited for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

 

BUDGET SURPLUS

Tuesday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the State of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2022 with a balance of $1.91 billion in the General Fund, $830 million in reserve funds and $1.06 billion in the Taxpayer Relief Fund. The Governor’s tax bill, signed in March 2022, includes the formula to reduce the corporate tax rate when net corporate income tax receipts exceed $700 million.  For Fiscal Year 2022, net corporate income tax receipts exceeded $850 million, triggering a drop of 14.2% in the top corporate tax rate to 8.4% from 9.8%. This drop reduces the number of corporate tax rates from three to two, which was not projected to happen until at least 2027.  Fiscal Year 2022 closed on June 30, but the accrual period officially ends on September 30. During those three months, Iowa closes the books and pays and receives any outstanding obligations. Fiscal Year 2021’s budget surplus was $1.24 billion.

  

VIDEO LAW STRUCK DOWN

An Iowa statute enhancing the penalty for trespassing at an ag-related business has been struck down by a judge for the third time.  The law focused on people taking undercover pictures or video that was shared.  Animal welfare groups sued the state of Iowa.  The undercover videos had been used to allege animals were being mistreated at livestock confinement operations and dog breeding facilities.  Supporters of the law say Iowa farmers have been smeared and hurt financially by unfounded accusations.  The federal judge ruled taking photos and recording videos are protected speech under the First Amendment.