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Tuesday News, June 26

Remsen Teen Pinned Between Skid Loader and a Gate

(Remsen) -- A 17 year old female was pinned between bales of hay and a skid loader and a gate on Monday afternoon.  The accident happened shortly after 3:00 p.m. at 45075 150th Street in rural Remsen.  When emergency officials arrived, the 17 year old had freed herself and it appeared the injuries were not life threatening.  The Remsen Ambulance transported the 17 year old female to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.  The Remsen Ambulance was assisted by the Remsen Fire Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office.  The injured female was Shantel Jaminet. 

 

Sioux City Accident Blamed On Heart Attack 

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have determined the victim of that pickup truck rollover accident that occurred at 19th and Summit streets on Sunday suffered a heart attack.  Police have identified the driver as 63 year old Alan Scott of Sioux City.  Scott was transported to Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room from the scene when he was in very critical condition, where he was then placed in intensive care unit and underwent tests in Cardiology.  It is believed that Scott suffered a heart attack just prior to the wreck he was involved in on Sunday, which caused the pickup truck Scott was driving to veer to the shoulder of the roadway.  Scott is currently in Mercy Intensive Care where he is in critical, but stable condition.  Speed and alcohol are not suspected to be factors in the accident.

 

Supervisors To Hear From Hoffman

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning and they have a short agenda.  Clarence Hoffman, the chairman of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool will offer an update to the supervisors.  County engineer Tom Rohe is also listed on the agenda.  He will offer the supervisors an update on the current construction projects, as well as seeking right of way contracts.

 

Hector Hired As Assistant Principal

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board gave its approval for the hiring of a new Middle School Assistant Principal during last evening's meeting.  Karlton Hector most recently was a teacher with the Graettinger-Terril High School, but he was at one time a former student of the Le Mars Community School District.  Hector says he wants to advance his career as a school administrator, and would like to learn from others' experiences while continuing his growth in school leadership.

 

Le Mars Main Street Evaluated On Business Recruitment

(Le Mars) -- At 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, Main Street Le Mars will learn how well they did in their attempts to recruit a new business.  It's all part of the market assessment conducted by officials of Main Street Iowa organization.  Le Mars city officials will be shown what things they did correct, and what things they can improve upon when recruiting a business to this community.  Although the program is an excercise for community leaders to learn, city officials had to proceed just as if a new business was considering locating here in the ice cream capital of the world.

 

Governor Branstad Visits Plymouth Energy Ethanol Plant

(Merrill) -- Governor Terry Branstad made two visits to northwest Iowa on Monday.  He helped with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new event center in Orange City and later he toured an ethanol plant at Merrill.  Following his Orange City visit, the Iowa Governor met with the board of directors and members of the staff of the Plymouth Energy Company ethanol plant.   Branstad was given a tour of the facilities.  Afterwards, he praised the efforts of Plymouth Energy for providing economic development for a small community. 

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One of the goals from the ethanol industry is to see the 15 percent blended ethanol market take off.  Branstad says the state is encouraging fuel dealers to implement the 15 percent ethanol.

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 The governor says he recently read a report from the Ford Motor Company that endorses the higher blended ethanol.

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Eamonn Byrne serves as the C-E-O for Plymouth Energy. There continues to be an argument on corn as to whether it should be used for food or for fuel.  Byrne says the American farmer can produce enough corn to meet the demands for both food and fuel.

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Dry Conditions Continue Across Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Topsoil in more than half of Iowa's fields still needs more rain to reach adequate levels.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that topsoil in 54 percent of Iowa's field rated very short or short of adequate moisture. The east-central part of the state
was the driest, with 78 percent of the topsoil moisture rated short to very short.
     The USDA says 68 percent of the corn crop, which is silking in most parts of the state, is in good or excellent condition.
     The soybean crop is rated 63 percent good to excellent.
     The USDA report says 98 percent of the state's oat crop has headed, which is nearly three weeks ahead of normal progression.

 

Decorah Fish Hatchery To Open

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - State officials and volunteers will celebrate the opening of a visitor's center at the Decorah Fish Hatchery that is the first such facility paid for with private
money raised by a friends group.
     A ribbon-cutting event will be Friday morning, marking completion of the 24-by-44 foot center funded by the Friends of Decorah Fish Hatchery.
     The hatchery has become a tourist destination due to the popularity of a live eagle cam, which streams images over the Internet of an eagles nest at the site.
     The Department of Natural Resources didn't release the cost of
the center.








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