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KLEM PM News Update, July 12th, 2011

The plan was needed as a result of the latest census data showing an increase of people living in Plymouth County.   The county would still have five districts, but under the new plan District 1 consists of the southern portion of LeMars.

District 2 would include the northern part of LeMars along with the north east part of America township.

District 3 would include the townships of Meadow, Remsen, Henry, Garfield, Fredonia, Marion, Union, and Elkhorn with the communities of Remsen, Kingsley, and Oyens.

The city of Hinton along with the townships including Hancock, Perry, Hungerford, Lincoln, Sioux, Liberty, Stanton, and part of Plymouth and America township would make up district 4.

District 5 will include Westfield, Portland, Preston, Johnson, Grant, Washington, Elgin and part of Plymouth and American townships with the cities of Westfield, Akron, Craig, Seney, Brunsville, Merrill and Struble.

The populations are evenly distributed with District 1 with 4,998...District 2 with a population base of 4,996...District 3 with 5,014 people...District 4 with 4,980...and District 5 representing 4,998 people.

The Supervisors have set August 2nd at 10:00 a.m. as the date for a public hearing on the new district proposal.


Iowa corn growth is behind schedule

(LE MARS) - - Iowa's corn crop is lagging behind normal growing conditions. According to Joel DeJong, ISU extension crops specialist, the corn produced in northwest Iowa may be slightly behind, but doing well.

Only four percent of the state's corn crop has started tasseling. The five-year average at this time would show at least 25 percent of the state's corn crop tasseled, and 13 percent beginning the silking stage. DeJong says there are ample supplies of moisture to produce a corn crop, but he says additional rainfall during the critical time of tasseling and silking would be beneficial, especially if temperatures rise to extreme hot levels. 

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 The growing degree days, or the amount of heat plus the time needed to develop a corn crop, have been bouncing up and down through out the production season, but DeJong says, as of now, we're back on pace.

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The state's corn crop is listed as being 14 percent fair condition, 54 percent good, and 28 percent as excellent.


Trial delayed in deadly punch in Sioux City

(SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) The trial of a man accused in a deadly fight in Sioux City has been delayed.

Sioux City resident Bradley Gregg is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault. He's accused of punching Joseph McDonald outside a bar in October 2010. The Ida Grove man was knocked out and later died.

KTIV-TV in Sioux City says jury selection in Gregg's trial was to begin on Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court, but was reset until Sept. 6. Judge Jeffrey Neary says there are a number of reasons for the delay, including a conflict with his schedule for the next two weeks.

Clean-up continues after storms smack Iowa

MAXWELL, Iowa (AP) The clean-up is continuing a day after powerful storms packing winds of more than 100 mph hit central and eastern Iowa, knocking over trees and power lines and leaving thousands without electricity.

Alliant Energy says fewer than 16,000 customers are still without power Tuesday.

A National Weather Service spokesman in Des Moines says the storm was the worst of its kind since at least 1998. He says the storm created winds comparable to a small tornado but with a wider damage path.

Residents in in Maxwell, where a giant tree crushed a house and two cars, say they have never seen anything like it. Some in the small town about 20 miles northeast of Des Moines say they heard a roar or whistling sound when the storm struck.

Some upset by cuts to program aiding caregivers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Protesters jammed a Statehouse hearing room to object to a proposal that could cut deeply into a program that gives a break to people caring for disabled relatives.

Department of Human Services head Chuck Palmer told the Legislature's Rules Review Committee on Tuesday that lawmakers made big cuts in the agency's budget and that savings must be found somewhere. The reductions in the program the helps caregivers would save $2.5 million.

The panel took no action on the plan, and Palmer says he'll draft a new proposal that will be presented later this summer.

Burlington Sen. Tom Courtney says many lawmakers like to talk about smaller government, but the protests Tuesday show that real people are affected by cuts in services.

Burlington man gets probation in meth case

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A 52-year-old Burlington man whose wife was going to testify against him has been given five years of probation and a suspended prison term of 15 years.

Curtis Waddell had pleaded guilty to manufacturing less than 5 grams of methamphetamine as a subsequent offender.

Thirty-eight-year-old Monica Waddell agreed to testify against him if his case went to trial. Prosecutors then lowered the drug charge against her.

According to The Hawk Eye, Curtis Waddell was sentenced on Monday. He must complete a drug court program in Fort Madison as part of his probation.

Last month, Monica Waddell was given five years of probation and a suspended prison term of 10 years.

Curtis Waddell told police he made the meth for his and his wife's personal use.

Fort Dodge man dies in construction zone accident

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) Authorities say an 81-year-old Fort Dodge man died after he lost control of his pickup truck and hit the back of a parked excavator in a construction zone in Fort Dodge.

The Iowa State Patrol says Gene Peterson was killed when his truck left the road and hit the unoccupied excavator about 5:15 p.m. on Monday.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Tests negative for chronic wasting disease in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State officials say test results are negative for chronic wasting disease in Iowa's deer herd.

The Department of Natural Resources says Tuesday that tissue samples collected from more than 4,700 deer in 2010 and this year were all negative for the neurological disease that can be fatal to deer. The agency says most of the samples were collected during last fall's hunting season in seven counties in northeast Iowa, near outbreaks in Wisconsin and Illinois. The DNR also focused on south central Iowa, near an area where a captive deer tested positive in Missouri.

Since 2003, Iowa has tested over 38,000 wild deer and more than 1,300 captive deer and elk. All tests have been negative.

Iowa company offers breath test service for booze

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A new Iowa company is offering a breath test service that could help keep people from driving drunk.

Mark Ross, of Bettendorf, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that his Tipping Point employees are providing the service in Iowa City, Davenport and other cities.

Ross says Tipping Point is partnering with Lifeloc Technologies, a Colorado company that counts police departments among buyers of its breath test units.

Tipping Point tests a person for $3. Ross says that's far cheaper than a drunken-driving conviction.

He says some bars have welcomed Tipping Point, but others haven't.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Denise Brotherton says people react differently at various levels of intoxication and a person's intoxication level can fluctuate, too. He says that's why police use several indicators to determine whether someone is impaired.

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