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KLEM News - August 9, 2011

Randy and Debbie Kroksch will receive the honor from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey during a ceremony on Friday, August 12th.

The Kroksh family have a 50-head cow-calf herd and were previously pork producers. In addition, they raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa. Besides their work on the farm, Randy is the Akron-Westfield vocational agriculture teacher and FFA Chapter advisor.

They were nominated for the award by their neighbor Julie Ann Madden. Madden says "Randy is the kind of farmer you want as a neighbor. He not only has excellent farming practices but is always willing to help his neighbors and pass his knowledge on to the next generation,"

She went on to say, "What Randy has done for us as a neighbor, he does for the whole Akron-Westfield community. He gives a lot of his time to help people in the community - whether it be helping a farmer who's ill or teaching children in the community the rewards of community service.

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award, made possible through the financial support of The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who care for their farms, neighbors, and the environment. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who helped create the award.

SIOUX CITY: The medical director for Mercy Cardiology, Dr. Mick Hurley, will be speaking at the 2011 Sun 'n' Fun seniors event Tuesday, August 9th in LeMars. This year's event, sponsored by Sioux Aging Services, will be held at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars.

Dr. Hurley will talk to the seniors about cardiac health and answer their questions in a presentation that runs from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The South Dakota-native is triple-board certified and Mayo Clinic-trained and is looking forward to visiting with attendees who may have questions about the ways to maintain heart health.

Hundreds of older adults attend the annual Sun 'n' Fun every year to learn of services and products that fit their lifestyle.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State agriculture officials say the break in the heat and some recent rain are welcome changes for Iowa farmers.  The Iowa Department of Agriculture's weekly crop report was released Monday.  The agency says the condition of the state's corn crop declined slightly with 7 percent poor or very poor, 20 percent fair, 51 percent good and 22 percent excellent. Soybean conditions were nearly unchanged from last week, at 6 percent poor or very poor, 19 percent fair, 52 percent good and 23 percent excellent.  Officials also say the topsoil moisture levels were 38 percentshort or very short. Sixty percent was adequate with 2 percent having a surplus. Subsoil moisture is 70 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Twenty-seven percent is either short or very short.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa's fundraising arm says it raised nearly $214 million last year, the second largest haul in its history.  UI Foundation officials announced Monday the group raised $213.9 million in the budget year that ended June 30, a 12 percent increase over the previous year.  The foundation says the year saw a record number of contributors, with more than 74,500 donors making 123,000 total gifts.

(Des Moines) -- Thursday is the start of the Iowa State Fair and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the sculpted butter cow. Gary Slater, State Fair Manager and CEO, says this year, the state fair is encouraging others to try their hand at butter sculpting.

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Eligible contestants will have a 55 pound block of butter in which they can use their imagination and create whatever comes to mind. Each day's winning entries will be featured in the Agricultural Building alongside the butter cow for fair attendees to view and to vote for their favorite butter sculpture.

The Iowa State Fair attracts more than one million visitors, including several politicans. This year, shouldn't be be any different from previous election years, especially since the opening weekend of the fair coincides with the Iowa Straw Poll. Slater says the fair is anticipating the arrival of several presidential candidates.

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The Iowa State Fair is held in Des Moines and is scheduled from Thursday, August 11th to Sunday, August 21st.

 

Neighbor says Iowan always wanted to be a SEAL

 

ROCKFORD, Iowa (AP) - A longtime neighbor of an Iowan who was killed in the downing of a helicopter in Afghanistan says the man had always wanted to be a Navy SEAL.

Jan Stowe, of Rockford, told The Des Moines Register that Jon Tumilson "was like a hero to everyone here."  Tumilson's father, George Tumilson, told the Register that he confirmed the death of his son on Saturday. Tumilson wouldn't comment further. The family also declined to comment to The Associated Press.

Stowe says Jon Tumilson was going to be a SEAL "since I can't remember when."  Neighbor Mark Biggs told the Mason City Globe Gazette that people who knew Tumilson are shocked by his death.  Biggs says, "You just never thought it would happen to Jon.  He's done so many dangerous things."

Top Republicans to attend Ames debate

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn says the top national GOP leaders will attend Thursday's presidential debate in Ames.

Strawn announced Monday that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chair Sharon Day will attend the debate, televised by Fox News. Other RNC members also have been invited.

Priebus and Day have been invited to the straw poll on Saturday in Ames but it isn't clear whether they will attend. Strawn says the national interest in the debate further cements Iowa's status as the first test in the presidential nominating process. He says it shows that national party leaders have accepted Iowa's leadoff position despite complaints from other states.

Strawn says two-thirds of the RNC members voted to keep Iowa first in a vote last summer.

GOP candidates criticize Obama over credit rating

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are trying to use the downgrade of the nation's credit rating to their political advantage ahead of this weekend's Iowa straw poll.

It's a high-stakes event for both. Bachmann hopes to keep her momentum going with a strong showing while a struggling Pawlenty is looking for a much-needed boost.

Both were packing their campaign schedules ahead of Saturday's test vote.  In Atlantic, Iowa, Bachmann blamed President Barack Obama's spending policies for the rating downgrade. The Minnesota congresswoman voted against raising the debt ceiling.

Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, echoed that theme while in Ames. He says the decision by the rating agency makes it clear that the federal government is out of control and needs to be cut back.

Senators want to know Mo. River flood plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators from states lining the Missouri River are asking the Army Corps of Engineers to outline plans for next year's flood preparations.  The senators say in a letter sent to top Corps officials on Monday that the agency must learn from this year's devastating flood season and apply those lessons to next year's plan.

The delegation is also asking what authority the Corps has to make changes to its annual operating plan for the river, and whether any additional authority will be needed.  The Corps has come under heavy criticism for its management of the Missouri River, which compromised levees in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri after heavy spring rains and late snowmelt.

Break in heat, some rain welcomed by farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State agriculture officials say the break in the heat and some recent rain are welcome changes for Iowa farmers.  The Iowa Department of Agriculture's weekly crop report was released Monday.

The agency says the condition of the state's corn crop declined slightly with 7 percent poor or very poor, 20 percent fair, 51 percent good and 22 percent excellent. Soybean conditions were nearly unchanged from last week, at 6 percent poor or very poor, 19 percent fair, 52 percent good and 23 percent excellent.

Officials also say the topsoil moisture levels were 38 percent short or very short. Sixty percent was adequate with 2 percent having a surplus. Subsoil moisture is 70 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Twenty-seven percent is either short or very short.

 Cedar Rapids police, fire phone numbers restored

(Information in the following story is from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Officials say service has been restored to all telephone lines and email at the Cedar Rapid police and fire departments.

The Gazette says the outage was caused by a concrete contractor who cut a fiber-optic connection about 10 a.m. on Monday. Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin says the 911 system and non-emergency lines were not affected, and public safety was not compromised.

Hamblin says service was restored late Monday afternoon.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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