Sioux County To Hold Rescue Training
Sioux County sheriff's office and the Sioux County Conservation office, along with area fire, ems, and law enforcement personnel will participate in the training. The exercise scenerio will involve a mock call made to the Sioux County Communications Center reporting two missing children in the park who have been missing for an hour. Officials say the training will test the first responders in a wide range of areas, including incident command, search and rescue in a rural environment and scene safety.
(LeMars) -- The latest weekly crop condition report does show some signs of deteriation with the crops, due mainly to the lack of rainfall. Iowa State University extension crops specialist Joel DeJong says the rains of this morning were definately needed.
Corn has started the final stages of maturing, but DeJong believe the soybeans can still have the potential to increase its yields, depending upon the weather conditions from now through the final pod-setting stage. So, the rain this morning will it benefit the soybean crop?
Topsoil moisture is rated 52 percent short or very short and
subsoil moisture is rated 48 percent short or very short.
Corn is rated at 15 percent poor or very poor, 26 percent fair
and 59 percent good or excellent. Soybeans are reported at 12
percent poor or very poor, 24 percent fair and 64 percent good or
excellent. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the condition of crops is concerning as the fall harvest approaches.
(Des Moines) -- Voting delegates from Iowa's largest farm organization are in Des Moines to begin the process of formulating policy. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will take a first look at the upcoming Farm Bill, the state's budget, rural roads and infrastructure, education, and taxes.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A labor union and an energy company that
often lobby the U.S. Senate are among the biggest initial donors to
a policy institute honoring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin that will be
housed at Iowa State University.
Iowa State tells The Associated Press that Des Moines-based
MidAmerican Energy has given $150,000 and the American Federation
of State, County and Municipal Employees has donated $100,000 for
the Harkin Institute for Public Policy.
The school has received $1.1 million for the institute. The
largest gift has come from Des Moines developer William Knapp, who
Iowa State proposed the center after discussions with Harkin and
his supporters as a place to house his papers and conduct research.
The Iowa Board of Regents approved the plan in April despite
opposition from Republicans.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - The committee searching for the next Iowa
State University president is expected to gather for an update. The
panel is set to meet on a conference call this afternoon for a
private session. The committee is looking to replace President Greg
Geoffroy, who has announced plans to step down next year.
MOORHEAD, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 52-year-old western Iowa
man has been killed in a tractor accident.
The Monona County Sheriff's Office said Monday that David
Moorhead was driving a tractor and hauling hay south of the town of
Moorhead around 8 p.m. Friday when the tractor overturned in a
ditch, pinning him beneath it. Moorhead was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident is being investigated.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Kirkwood Community College plans to open
three education centers in eastern Iowa if voters agree to extend a
property tax that supports the district.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://bit.ly/oaeBAL) reports that
Kirkwood plans to open centers on the University of Iowa Oakdale
Research Campus, in Washington and in the Marion/Hiawatha area. The
centers would house programs for college and high school students.
The plans are contingent on the approval of a bond referendum
during a Sept. 13 election that would raise $46.5 million for
Kirkwood. Voters in seven eastern Iowa counties will get to cast
The plan would extend a current bond issue approved in 2005 from
its current expiration date of 2015 until 2030. Property owners
would continue to pay 20 cents on every $1,000 of valuation.
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