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KLEM News for Monday, February 5

PARTS OF IOWA COULD SEE RECORD WARMTH THIS WEEK>Iowa could see record warmth in the 60s later this week
4 cuts with meteorologist Andrew Ansorge at the National Weather Service
It wasn’t long ago that Iowa was buried under a blanket of white with wind chills howling as low as 40 degrees below zero, but most of that deep snow is long gone and what remains will very soon melt. Meteorologist Andrew Ansorge, at the National Weather Service, says it could be a record-setting week ahead — for warmth.

For the time being, Ansorge says it doesn’t appear that wintery weather will be making a return.

 

Andrew Ansorge at the National Weather ServiceTwo snowstorms walloped Iowa during one week in mid-January, dumping a combined more than 20 inches of snow on most of the state. Even for Iowa, that was a lot of snow, but most signs of those storms have now vanished.

We’re barely half-way through winter, and Ansorge says it’s almost certain we haven’t seen the last of snow and bitter cold for the season.

The first day of Spring is March 19th.

SENATE LEADER CONFIDENT COMPROMISE CAN BE REACHED ON AEAS

The chairman of the House Education Committee says the governor’s bill to overhaul Area Education Agencies will not come up for a vote in his committee. SENATE Republican Leader Jack Whitver predicts the legislature will approve some changes in how A-E-As operate.

 

Area Education Agencies provide services for students with disabilities, as well as media and curriculum materials and training for all teachers. Governor Reynolds has proposed giving each Iowa school district the option to use A-E-A services or find another way to provide those services to students and staff. House Speaker Pat Grassley has suggested it’s time for a reset on the whole conversation about A-E-As. Whitver says the governor has made adjustments in her initial proposal.

 

Critics say under the governor’s plan, urban districts will be able to use their A-E-A allotment to hire more staff or find private companies to provide the services — leaving rural schools with a depleted A-E-A system.

 

FEENSTRA BACKS DUI BILL FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

US Representative Randy Feenstra is backing a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to be deported for drunk driving offenses.  Feenstra voted for a bill in the House called the Protect Our Communities from DUI’s Act. The bill passed on a bipartisan vote, 2 to 1 majority in the U.S. House. 59 Democrats joined 190 Republicans in voting for the bill

 

2023 IOWA ETHANOL PRODUCTION ANOTHER RECORD

 

 Iowa ethanol production increased to a record-breaking 4.6 billion gallons in 2023.  That’s up from the previous record of 4.5 billion gallons in 2022. Solid corn production combined with some of the most efficient plants in the world drove Iowa ethanol production forward.

U.S. ethanol production in 2023 exceeded 15.5 billion gallons, with Iowa producing roughly 30 percent. Annual Iowa ethanol production capacity has increased to approximately 4.7 billion gallons and could grow dramatically if ethanol demand increased.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association compiled production information from an industry survey, public reports, and other industry sources.

 

INJURY ACCIDENT

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred Friday morning west of Sheldon.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 18.  A westbound SUV driven by 18 year old Alex Lopez-Morales of Sioux Center crossed the center line struck an eastbound vehicle driven by 78-year-old Helen Golden of Sioux Falls, SD.  Golden and a passenger received minor injury.  They were taken by ambulance to Sanford Sheldon hospital for treatment.  Lopez-Morales and his passengers refused medical treatment.

Lopez-Morales was also arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a drivers license, no insurance, and driving on the wrong side of a two-lane highway.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Sheldon Police Department, Sheldon Fire Department, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team and Sheldon Emergency Management Agency.

 

LAWMAKERS CLOSELY WATCHING LAWSUITS OVER DCI INVESTIGATION OF ATHLETES

The Republican leader in the Iowa Senate says legislators are monitoring what’s unfolding from the state investigation of sports bets placed by male athletes at Iowa and Iowa State. Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver says facts will be revealed as the civil lawsuits filed by the targeted athletes make their way through the court system.

 

Whitver was an Iowa State wide receiver — a starter for three seasons. That was two decades ago. He’s currently in his fourth term in the Iowa Senate and, as majority leader, brings up bills for debate.

 

Whitver made his comments this weekend on “Iowa Press” on Iowa P-B-S.

 

ISU OFFERS FREE BOOKS ON IOWA AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

A program called Read Across Iowa offers the state’s elementary school teachers free books, lesson plans and activities for their classrooms during March, with a focus on food and agriculture. Professor Constance Beecher, in Iowa State University’s School of Education, organizes the annual effort, which has reached some 72-thousand young Iowans in all 99 counties just in the few years it’s been around. Beecher calls it a month-long celebration wrapped in a public service campaign. In the next few weeks, volunteers will pack up one-thousand book kits to ship out to hundreds of teachers statewide. Teachers were able to sign up for the give-aways online starting in mid-January and already, all one-thousand kits have been snapped up.