ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS
The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors today approved plans for a paving project on county road C-44, extending 11 miles between K18 and U.S. Highway 75 at Merrill. Part of this project call for improvements at the intersection of C44 and K22.
Engineer Tom Rohe discussed right of way for a bridge project in Meadow township. The work involves replacing a bridge on Shamrock Avenue, over Deep Creek in Meadow Township. THe project also includes re-channeling the creek both upstream and downstream of the bridge.
Rohe also discussed the route of the PlyWood Trail, extending across from the Woodbury County line to Hinton, Rohe told the Supervisors that the route would parallel U.S.75 into Hinton, and then follow Frelon drive into Hinton. At one point, Rohe intends to divert away from the road for safety reasons. Eventually, the trail will again parallel 75 as it moves north of the city. This is phase 3 of the PlyWood Trail project. Construction on Phase 3 will take place this summer.
DE SANTIS CAUCUS TOUR
GOP Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis will make two campaign stops in northwest Iowa, Thursday, January 11. One stop on the Countdown to Caucus Tour will be in Le Mars, at the Wells Ice Cream Parlor and Visitors Center. The event starts at 2:45 The other stop will be earlier in the day in Rock Rapids.
FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS PENALTIES FOR TRESPASSING ON FARMS
A federal appeals court has upheld two state laws that established new penalties for trespassing on farmland or in livestock confinements. The laws make is a crime to lie on a job application in order to gain access to an agricultural facility. The laws also forbid the use of a camera while trespassing on agricultural properties. Critics say it’s a violation of the free speech rights of those who seek to expose environmental hazards or the abuse of livestock. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig (NEGG, rhymes with “egg”) says the laws safeguard Iowa’s ag community and protect our food security.
RAMASWAMY VISITS NORTHWEST IOWA
Vivek Ramiswamy, GOP presidential candidate, spent a snowy afternoon and evening campaigning in northwest Iowa. Ramaswamy first spoke to an audience in Sioux City, then later before an audience of 25 in Le Mars. A similar-sized crowd met him in Orange City. During the question and answer session in Orange City Ramaswamy said he will reduce the number of federal employees and federal agencies.
He says this approach is different than the executive orders issued by previous administrations.
Ramaswamy says Congress will get back to work once action is taken to remove corruption in Washington.
Later, Ramaswamy held a campaign stop in Primghar, in O’Brien County.