HINTON SCHOOLS OPEN HOUSE
DIGESTER PROJECTA Plymouth County road project which received a DOT RISE Grant has been changed. Plymouth Dairy proposed installing a biodigester, to create and capture methane from manure collected from three dairy farms. The county successfully filed for a RISE grant that would cover some of the costs of a paved half-mile-long road to Plymouth Dairy. This was in anticipation of 30 plus trucks a day hauling manure to Plymouth Diary. But plans have changed. How, there will be biodigesters installed at all three dairy farms, substantially reducing the amount of truck traffic. Plymouth County Zoning Administrator Alan Lucken and the zoning department determined that road no longer has to be upgraded, as part of the Conditional Use Permit covering the project. The county will no longer use the RISE grant awarded for the project.
PLYMOUTH COUNTY ZONING
IOWA ABSENTEE VOTING
AARP TOUR FOCUSES ON BRAIN HEALTH
GRUNDY CENTER SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL AWARD
ADVOCATES WANT TO REPLACE COLUMBUS DAY
This (Monday) is Indigenous Peoples’ Day and some activists in Iowa’s Native American community want the holiday to permanently replace Columbus Day on the calendar. Trisha Rivers, Siouxland project director of the Great Plains Action Society, says the annual celebration of Columbus Day perpetuates a false narrative. Rivers calls it “the start of our genocide.” Rivers, who is based in Sioux City, is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Indigenous Peoples’ Day was recognized by Iowa’s governor five years ago, however, neither it nor Columbus Day are official state holidays. The Native American Student Association at the University of Iowa plans a rally today on campus.
IOWA BICYCLE COALITION HAS NEW LEADER
DE SANTIS SPEAKS IN LE MARS
Republican Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis made a campaign swing through Northwest Iowa Monday, including a stop in Le Mars where he spoke to over one hundred people at the Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor.
The Florida Governor told the crowd in order to restore the American economy, secure the border, and improve national security, it is critical to elect a President who can serve two terms.
When asked how he plans on “draining the swamp,” DeSantis outlined several steps including reducing the number of bureaucrats in Washington.
The “Never Back Down” bus tour has visited 74 of Iowa’s 99 Counties.
DESANTIS ON ISRAEL
Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis says the terror attacks in Israel deserve a swift and lethal response. DeSantis says Israel has a responsibility to not just defend themselves, but to use overwhelming force to wipe Hamas off the face of the earth. DeSantis, who visited Israel in April, campaigned in northwest Iowa Monday. DeSantis blasted President Biden for hosting a picnic for his staff at the White House this weekend and for a recent prisoner swap that freed five Americans but also gave Iran access to six billion dollars in frozen oil revenue. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley campaigned in Boone Monday. Haley, who served as United Nations Ambassador during the Trump Administration, is calling for an end to taxpayer support of any country that sides with Hamas or fails to denounce anti-Semitic activity.
PLYMOUTH COUNTY FATAL FOLLOWUP
A “Go Fund Me” Account has been started for funeral expense for a Sioux City boy killed in a accident involving a dirt bike and a semi on Saturday. The mother of 11-year-old Jace Terreault says that Jace loved laughing and telling jokes, fishing, Pokemon, video games, and riding bikes with friends. She describes Jace as an “all American boy,” and says she just wants a nice memorial and funeral for her son. The accident occurred in the 22000 block of C38 in Plymouth County. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was Jason Combs, age 45, of Akron. Combs was not injured.
PLYMOUTH COUNTY SUPERVISORS
The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors today hold a public hearing on the first reading of county zoning ordinance amendments. The Plymouth County Sheriff and County Recorder give quarterly reports. The county Engineer has two action items for the board.
Le Mars water dept. will be closing 3rd Ave SE between Plymouth St & 1st St SE starting this morning. We are adding 2 valves & replacing a fire hydrant & some of the water main. The road will be closed for a week.
INJURY ACCIDENT IN O’BRIEN COUNTY
One driver was serious injured when two pickups collided at a rural O’Brien County gravel road intersection. The accident occurred at the intersection of 310th and Tanager, 3 miles northw-est of Hartley. One vehicle, driven by 61 year old Jeffrey Gerritson of Sanborn, failed to yield at the intersection and crashed into a vehicle driven by 55 year old Kevin Gonnerman of Sanborn. Gonnerman was transported to Sanford Sheldon, then flown to Sanford Sioux Falls with serious injuries. The crash is under investigation.
IOWA DEMOCRATS’ CAUCUS PLANS
Iowa Democratic Party chair Rita Hart says their plans for the 2024 Iowa Caucuses have been found in conditional compliance with the national party. The National Democratic party moved Iowa out of its first spot for 2024, and the plan is designed to keep Iowa Democrats on the same night as Iowa Republicans without going against the national party.
Hart says they believe this delegate selection plan meets the requirements of the national party for the timing of the results, and for the Iowa law that requires caucuses to be held in person. Hart also says Iowa Democrats will get a chance to move back to the front of the line in four years.
Scott Brennan, and Iowan who is on the Democratic National Committee says he is confident Iowa will get another shot as well.
Hart says the whole goal of Iowa Democrats is to create an inclusive and accessible caucus process.