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KLEM News for Tuesday, January 9

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.


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.



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.



A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. today.  Snow and blowing snow is the biggest weather factor. An additional one inch of snow is forecast. Winds will blow as high as 35 miles per hour, causing blowing and drifting snow.  This will cause low visibility and slippery road conditions. These conditions could affect the morning commute.  Temperatures will be falling during the day, with highs in Le Mars in the teens by nightfall.




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.


The 2024 Iowa legislative session has begun with moments of silence to acknowledge the victims of last Thursday’s shooting at Perry High School — and House and Senate leaders are promising to focus on school safety. No bills have been proposed at this point, but House Speaker Pat Grassley says Republicans will invest in school safety measures and take steps to address children’s mental health. Senate Democratic Leader Pam Jochum says in our collective grief as a state, it’s time to acknowledge hard truths — and she says lawmakers need to find a solution to gun violence. Senate Republican Leader Jack Whitver says you can’t legislate away evil and get rid of all the bad things in this world, but lawmakers can put in place policies to make our state better and stronger.
SEVEN ARRESTED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE BRAWL IN STORM LAKE  Seven people have now been arrested in connection to a large fight at an event center in Storm Lake on December 24th that left one man unconscious on the dance floor. On Sunday, Storm Lake Police arrested 22-year-old Isaiah Rivera of Cherokee after he surrendered himself to authorities. Rivera allegedly displayed a handgun during the incident and pointed it at other people inside the event center. Rivera left before police arrived that night. Rivera has been charged with Participating in a Riot, Going Armed With Intent, and Assault While Participating in a Felony. Storm Lake Police are still trying to identify one other male suspect who was allegedly involved in the brawl.