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KLEM News for Tuesday, November 8



On this election day, all of the attention is being paid to the races for statewide office, and the US Congress.
Locally, there are very few races of note.
In Iowa Senate District 7, which includes the southern half of Plymouth County, and several other adjoining counties, Kevin Alons of Salix, a Republican, is running unopposed. In House District three, which includes the northern half of Plymouth County and the southern half of Sioux County, Republican Thomas Jeneary of Le Mars is running unopposed. In House District 13, which includes southern Plymouth County, Republican Ken Carlson of Onawa and Libertarian Amy Janowski of Kingsley seek election.

Among the county elections;
County Recorder Jolynn Goodchild – Le Mars
County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann – LeMars
County Attorney Darin Raymond – Le Mars
County Supervisor – District 1 John Meis – Le Mars
County Supervisor – District 3 Don Kass – Remsen
County Supervisor – District 4 Craig Anderson – Merrill

All are incumbent Republicans, running unopposed.

Iowa judges are also on the ballot. Voters are asked to retain judges in Iowa…
Supreme Court – Matthew McDermott – Dana Oxley
Court of Appeals – Paul Ahlers – Gina Badding
District 3B – Roger Sailer – Patrick Tott – Steven Andreasen – James Daane – Jeffry Neary
District 3B Associate Judge – Kristal Phillips

Polls are open tonight until 8 p.m.



The Iowa Firearms Coalition is calling for a formal investigation into allegations of voting improprieties at the Woodbury County Courthouse, after receiving reports of a polling staffer providing false information about Public Measure 1, also known as the Freedom Amendment, to voters prior to them casting their ballots.
The Freedom Amendment, if approved by voters, will add the right to keep and bear arms to Iowa’s state constitution.
Three voters told the IFC that they were told by a polling staff member that should they decide to vote “yes” for Public Measure 1, “It would allow felons to have guns”.
The IFC says the information is incorrect and may have consequently influenced voters to vote “no” who had spoken with that staffer prior to casting a ballot.
Woodbury County Elections Commissioner Pat Gill says he was made aware of the issue.

At least one of the voters who has been in touch with IFC tells the organization that they are in the process of filing a report over the incident with the Woodbury County Sheriffs Office.
Gill says all of the poll workers are trained in what they can and cannot do while on the job.

It’s not known how many voters the staffer in question may have given an opinion on the ballot issue before they voted.
IFC says they have reached out to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office and called for an immediate investigation into the allegations.



Some Iowans are buying frozen turkeys now just to have them in the freezer and be prepared for the big Thanksgiving meal later this month.
While some reports show grocery prices are up 13-percent this fall compared to last year, Morgan Pothoven (POT-hoe-vin) at the Iowa Turkey Federation says many stores are selling turkeys as a loss-leader.

Pothoven says turkey prices might be up slightly in Iowa compared to a year ago, but she says it’s nothing substantial.

There have been significant challenges to some poultry producers in Iowa this year.

Iowa has about 130 turkey farms statewide, with the majority comprised of second- and third-generation turkey farmers. The state ranks seventh in U-S turkey production, with approximately 12-million raised each year.



It’s election day in Iowa.  Candidates made their final pitches to voters Monday.  All the top of the ticket candidates for the Republicans made an eight city blitz to get out the vote, culminating with a stop in Sioux Center.  The group included Senator Chuck Grassley and US Representative Randy Feenstra. Governor Kim Reynolds, and all the candidates for statewide offices in the state.  Democrat candidates did the same.  Their entourage included US Senate Candide Mike Franken, 4th District Congressional Candidate Ryan Melton, and candidate for Governor Diedre De Jear, and all their statewide candidates.



A Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” released this weekend shows Republican Senator Chuck Grassley with a 12 point lead over Democratic challenger Mike Franken. Grassley is seeking an eighth term in the U.S. Senate.

Franken, a Sioux County native low living in Sioux City, says he’s appealing to independents and Republicans as well as Democrats who believe Grassley’s 63 years in office is enough.

Polls open this morning at 7 am, and close at 8 pm.



County auditors are reporting they received more than 341-thousand early votes by Sunday night. Iowans are voting in person at county auditor’s offices and many who requested an absentee ballot have already returned it. Election officials say it’s now too late to mail an absentee ballot, because absentee ballots have to be inside your county auditor’s office by 8 p.m. Tuesday. You may drop off your absentee ballot at your county auditor’s office today (Monday) *OR* turn it in tomorrow (Tuesday) at your precinct, where you’ll be given a regular ballot to fill out instead.



An Orange City councilman has resigned.  Steve Roesner, who is also mayor pro-tem, stepped down, saying he’s just too busy, and needs to cut back on his activities.  Roesner has served on the council for 20 years, and as a member of the city’s Events Center Board and economic development board. The council has sixty days to either appoint a replacement, or call an election for the post.  Roesner’s elected term is up in 2023, so any person appointed to the post will have to be up for election that that time.  The council also chose a new Mayor Pro-Tem, councilman Rod De Boer.

The Orange City Council turned down an appeal to rezone a parcel of property at 7th street and Florida Ave SW from single family residential to high density residential.  VO Living and Storage LLC is building a rental property at that site, citing the need for rental property in that area. The planning and zoning commission turned down his request on a 3-2 vote. The matter was appealed to the city council, and a public hearing was held yesterday.  Several nearby residents spoke for and against the change.  The council had a motion before them to approve the zoning change.  But they made no comment, and brought the issue to the vote.  The zoning change was rejected by unanimous vote.

The Orange City Council also approved plans and specificiations for construction of the PUddle Jumper Park. They also took bids on the project, and approved the low bid of Cleveringa Excavating of 536-thousand on the base bid, and 28 thousand for an alternate bid, which provides for curb and gutter work, and paving the handicap parking stalls. Earlier, the council approved a contract for equipment to be installed in the park, but they rejected the total bid of 1.5 million dollars, as it was far above the project estimate. After making adjustments to the project, it was rebid last night. The total cost of the project will be just over one million dollars.

The city council approved a contract with RIDES for transit services in the city. The new contract extends their service to the city into fiscal year 2024.

A public hearing will be held at the next council meeting, November 21, concerning installation of an electric generator at the city’s southwest well field. Notices were sent to potential bidders, and the bids and award of contract will be considered that evening.



The U-S-D-A says another dry week has led to lots of fieldwork, and the Iowa harvest season quickly nearing an end. The report shows 97 percent of the beans are already in the bin — which is eight days ahead of last year and nines days ahead of the average. The corn harvest is not far behind — with 89 percent of the work done.  That puts the corn harvest six days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of the five-year average.  More than 50 reporting stations had rainfall totals above two inches, and Osceola Iowa had a total of 4.3 inches. Strong winds and warm temperatures marked northwest Iowa’s weather for most of last week.