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KLEM News for Wednesday, August 30


South Carolina Senator Tim Scott spoke to a packed house at the Uptown Event Center in Le Mars this afternoon. Scott, one of a large number of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination, decried the sense of victimhood he sees in America.

In order to protect America we have to uphold and strengthen law enforcement….

…secure the southern border…

Part of defending the border includes standing up to China

Senator Scott fielded questions from the audience on a wide range of issues, including energy, agriculture, subsidies, He also announced a new plan to empower parents and protect children.


The Le Mars Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office are now taking applications for this year’s Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is a four week program includes eight class sessions, designed to provide residents with information about their local law enforcement and how it operates. Participants will learn about daily law enforcement operations and become familiar with the department’s policing philosophy. The purpose of the academy is to open our doors to the community and through education, increase communication and understanding between citizens and the police. Topics will include use of force, crime scene investigations, OWI, firearms, police investigations, law and much more.
This is a FREE academy open to any Plymouth County resident. Applications can be picked up at either agency starting August 29, 2023, and must be returned on or before September 22, 2023.

Email questions to: sheriff@plymouthcountyiowa.gov or jdaale@lemarsiowa.com


A joint city-county road project is underway from Le Mars south. Plymouth County road K49 into Le Mars has been closed from 18th Street in LeMars to county road C38 for a widening and resurfacing project. The Plymouth County Road Department says a detour will extend along C38 east to K64, north to C30, and west into Le Mars. The 1.5 mile portion of K49 will be closed until mid-October. .



South Carolina Senator and presidential candidate Tim Scott will visit Le Mars today.  Scott will hold a town hall meeting at noon at the Uptown Event Center 15 1st Avenue in Le Mars.  Scott was involved in the first GOP Presidential debate for the 2024 campaign in Milwaukee last week.


Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture wants the Biden Administration to rework the amended Waters of the U.S. rule.
The amended rule of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers was released yesterday.
Secretary Mike Naig says the rule is still overly broad, and continues to overreach the influence of the federal government. This creates uncertainty in the rule, according to Naig. The Supreme Court had ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers overstepped their legal authority and must rework the WOTUS rule. Naig says the amended rule heads in the right direction, but doesn’t go far enough.
The President of the National Corn Growers Association says EPA failed to open the process to public comment and engagement.



Tuesday, US Senator Chuck Grassley appeared in Le Mars.  With the Farm Bill coming up he and 4th District Representative Randy Feenstra’s interest is primarily in crop insurance.

Grassley is a Senate co-sponsor of a bill that would overturn California’s regulations on pork production.

Senator Grassley says it’s not right for activists to set rules for agriculture.

Grassley spoke in Le Mars about the regulations which members of NIPCO face.  He’s concerned that a fast turnover to renewable energy sources will eliminate backup power supplies like those used by NIPCO.



A well-known political figure from Plymouth County will appear at a Republican fundraiser next week in Le Mars.  Sam Clovis has been out of public life since he left the Trump administration.  Since then, he has been dealing with health issues.

Clovis spend nearly two years in hospitals to deal with health issues.  One operation left him paralyzed, but a year later, he  started to regain feeling in his extremities.  In March of 2021, Clovis walked out of the hospital.  Has had to relocate, but still maintains a home in Plymouth County.

The event in Le Mars will be his first public appearance in four years.

Clovis, a retired Colonel in the US Air Force, is a former college professor and radio talk show host in Sioux City, and a former Trump advisor in the US Agriculture Department.  The fundraiser is next Thursday at Willow Creek Golf Court in Le Mars.  Clovis will be joined by Matt Whitaker, a former Attorney General in the Trump Administration. RSVP deadline is September 1 at goevents101.com.



The results from the D-N-R’s annual roadside survey show a 15 percent increase in the number of pheasants counted this year. Wildlife research biologist, Todd Bogenschutz says they counted 23 birds for each route.

Iowa’s weather has a big impact on pheasant numbers, and Bogenschutz says a mild winter coupled with a good spring weather for the hatch are paying off.

Bogenschutz says we’re probably looking at a harvest of around 300 to 400-thousand roosters this year, which would be one of the better seasons.

The hunter numbers this year will be around 60-thousand.

The youth pheasant season is October 21st and 22nd. The regular season opens on October 28th and runs through January 10th, 2024.