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KLEM News for Wednesday, November 22

The Le Mars Community School District Board has organized for the next year. Board member Aaron Tolzin was voted board President, and Jill Feuerhelm was voted board Vice-President, They replace two board members who retired earlier in the meeting, Angela Catton and Jane Arnold.
Lisa Boehm will continue as board Secretary, and Pat Rosacker will serve as board Treasurer.
The oath of office was administered to four board members who begin new elected terms: Zach Lancaster, Kyle Plathe, Zach Davis and Jill Feuerhelm.
Ahlers and Cooney PC was appointed to serve as the district’s legal counsel. Five Le Mars banks were approved as bank depositories.

Representatives of the Family Crisis Center came before the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to report on their activities in the county, and to make a budget request. Kelsey Vande Berg and Dave Eral (EE-rall) described what the Sioux Center-based organization provides for victims of crime and abuse. FCC operates a statewide, 24/7 call center for abuse and domestic violence victims. They also cover 29 counties with a crime victims service, updating clients on the status of their abusers. Vande Berg says Family Crisis Center provides temporary housing for domestic violence victims, usually in or near their hometowns. In the past year, Family Crisis Center has provided services to Plymouth County in the form of 9 homicide and violent crime victims, housing to 39 adult clients, 5 domestic violence victims, and too 30 crisis line calls, The total value of these services is some 46-thousand dollars. FCC thanked the Supervisors for 6-thousand dollars in support in the current county budget, and requested the same amount for the next fiscal year.


There will be a public hearing before the Le Mars city council to approve the final plat for Le Mars Industrial Park Fourth Addition. This plat includes 7 lots, totaling 28 acres, that are proposed to be zoned Heavy Industrial. This plat is located along 27th Street SW, east of Lake Avenue. A public hearing on the plat approval is to be held December 5.



A public hearing will be held before the Le Mars city council to establish three parcels in the Erdmanville area under new zoning.  The city Planning and Zoning Commission earlier recommended the council approve rezoning three parcels in the eastern half of the Erdmanville area from residential to General business.  The western portion of the area will remain residential.  A public hearing on the zoning change will be held at the December 5 council meeting.



A public hearing before the Le Mars city council will consider changes in the boundaries of wards and precincts in the city.  The council earlier this fall annexed land south of the city, and under this addition, those boundaries must be amended.  Le Mars has 3 voting wards, each represented by one councilman.  There are also two at-large representatives on the council.  There are four voting precincts in the city.  A public hearing on the boundary changes will take place before the council on December 5.



A federal jury has convicted the wife of a Woodbury County supervisor on 52 counts of voting fraud. Woody Gottburg reports.



One area of the state continues to lag behind in finishing off the corn harvest. The U-S-D-A crop survey found twelve percent of the corn in south-central Iowa remained to be harvested at of the end of the week Sunday. No other crop district had more than four percent remaining, with the statewide average of just three percent of the corn still in the fields. The corn harvest is on the same pace as last year, and ten days ahead of the five-year average.



An Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management specialist says if you had moisture in your fields, you had a good crop year.  Gary Wright, who serves 15 northwest Iowa counties, including Plymouth, says moisture was crucial to success in 2023.


Scattered moisture resulted in harvest variability.


Yet the 2023 Iowa crop is estimated a record, higher than the previous record production in 2016.  Soybean harvest this year is estimated as the fourth-largest ever.

Wright credits management, better hybrid seed as a couple of reasons why production was high. He says Producers will get what they pay for – if they invested in seed with more drought resistance this year, they reaped the benefit.


With a bountiful harvest, prices are expected to fall. USDA estimates 2023 corn will average 4.85 a bushel, down 1.69, or 25% lower than last year, and soybeans at 12.90 a bushel, down 1.30, or 9 percent lower than 2022. The break even price on corn is estimated at 5 dollars a bushel, and for soybeans, 12 dollars a bushel. Wright says profitability can be managed, but it will be tight.