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Tuesday Afternoon News, June 10

Road To Be Closed For Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) -- Beginning today, Tuesday, the Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will be closing 120th Street between Shamrock Avenue to county road L-22.  The road is expected to be closed until September 26th for a bridge replacement project.


Commodity Groups Donate To Round Barn Agriculture Exhibit

(Le Mars) -- Several commodity and farm organizations have donated money to an agriculture education exhibit that will be featured in the famous round barn during the upcoming Plymouth County Fair.  The Plymouth County Pork Producers Association and the Plymouth County Cattlemen Association have both recently donated funds to the “a ROUND the farm in the BARN”.

“a ROUND the farm in the BARN” is an interactive agricultural educational exhibit that will feature displays from commodity organizations, videos and photos of Plymouth County agriculture, including photos of the many barn quilt barns located within Plymouth County. Fair attendees will learn more about Plymouth County Agriculture, and the various value-added processing industries within Plymouth County that makes food, feed, or fuel.  The project is a cooperative effort between the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee and the Plymouth County Fair Board.

Paul Jacobson, Vice President of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Chamber Agriculture Committee says “It is with great honor and pleasure that the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee accepts these donations from our local livestock commodity organizations.” Jacobson says, “We appreciate the support illustrated by both the Plymouth County Pork Producers and the Plymouth County Cattlemen, and we thank them not only for their monetary contribution, but for the fact both organizations believe in the goals and mission of the project.”

Pictured: Mark Loutsch representing the Plymouth County Cattlemen presents a check to Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee.

Pork producers Dan Sheehan and Ben Johnson present a check to Paul Jacobson for the agricultural educational exhibit "a ROUND the farm in the BARN".

Both local commodity organizations donated $500 to the project. In addition, the Iowa Soybean Association has also contributed $500 to the project.  Area agri-businesses have also realized the importance of conveying the message of agriculture, and have contributed financial support to the “a ROUND the farm in the BARN”.


Seed Companies Donate To Round Barn Ag Exhibit

(Le Mars) -- Representatives of Curry Seed of Elk Point, South Dakota, recently presented a check for the amount of $1,000 to the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee for the agricultural education exhibit to be featured in the famous round barn during the Plymouth County Fair.

Accepting the financial gift on behalf of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce was Vice President of Agriculture Division, Paul Jacobson.

“This is a very generous gift from Curry Seed, and on behalf of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee and the Plymouth County Fair Board, we are certainly appreciative of this support,” said Jacobson.

Paul Jacobson, Le Mars Chamber Ag Committee chair accepts a donation from Tom Matthys, Curry Seed Area Sales Manager.

Jacobson added, “It is gratifying to see the agricultural business community show their support for this project, not just with their financial contribution, but with their moral support of educating the general public about the importance of agriculture, and how agriculture affects us all.”

Mark Kallsen, General Manager of Curry Seed said, “Curry Seed believes in the objectives and goals of this inaugural agricultural educational exhibit to be featured at the Plymouth County Fair, and we are proud to play a part in presenting it to the public.”

Jacobson said, “As more people begin to learn of the “a ROUND the farm in the BARN” exhibit, they are excited about its potential.”

“a ROUND the farm in the BARN” will offer attendees of the Plymouth County Fair the opportunity to view Plymouth County agriculture featuring many different inter-active displays from milking a cow to driving a simulated combine harvester.  Each of the state’s commodity organizations are participating with various exhibits and displays.  The exhibit will utilize both levels of the famous round barn, and will include photos, videos, and various information about Plymouth County agriculture.

Channel Seed Company, represented by local seed dealer,Keith Koerselman also contributed to the agriculture education exhibit known as "a ROUND the farm in the BARN".

Channel officials indicated they believe the attendees of the Plymouth County Fair will be enlighten when they visit the famous round barn and witness the variety of exhibits showcasing Plymouth County agriculture.

Pictured is Keith Koerselman of Channel presenting a check to Le Mars Chamber Ag Committee chairman Paul Jacobson.

"It's important people understand both the economic and social importance agriculture has upon a local community.  We, at Channel, are proud to be sponsors of this agricultural education project," said Koerselman.



Cherokee Law Authorities Identify Body Found In Little Sioux River

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found in the Little Sioux River near Cherokee.
Investigators say a local resident discovered the body in the river near Wescott Park on Monday afternoon.  Authorities say the victim was 44 year old David Driesen of Cherokee.
Investigators say they aren't ruling out foul play.


Home Spared From Demolition

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City home built more than 125 years ago is no longer in imminent danger of being torn down.
On Monday the home passed a key inspection and the City Council unanimously voted to remove the home from the "red tag" list of structures facing demolition.
Owner Bryan Wise says that while he and his wife, Netha, still have work to do, the work they've done preserves the house's history for the community.
The home was built in the Morningside neighborhood in 1888. It was gutted by a fire three years ago. Later it was deemed a public hazard that had to be repaired or would have to be torn down. The council had voted six times to delay demolition.


Judge Rules Child Support Money To Go To Victim's Family

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says a $2,000 child support payment sent to a woman serving life in prison for murder will be used to pay restitution to her victim's family instead.
District Judge Kurt Wilke ruled last week that Tracey Richter doesn't need support from her ex-husband, Michael Roberts. He says Richter no longer has any dependents and doesn't need the funds to support herself.
Richter is serving a life sentence at the Mitchellville prison in the 2001 murder of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in Early, Iowa.
Earlier this year, Roberts started paying back child support that he owed from their messy divorce and custody battle. After Roberts made payments totaling $2,000, Sac County Attorney Ben Smith moved to garnish the funds to pay toward the $150,000 restitution that Richter owes Wehde's family.


Obama Signs $12.3 Million Water Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill that finances improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to flood control in Iowa and North Dakota. The legislation was the result of a rare instance of bipartisan work in the divided Congress.
Obama praised the work of Democrats and Republicans and said he hoped it set a pattern for agreement for more spending on infrastructure projects across the country.
The new law will pay for 34 new projects over the next 10 years. Its price tag is half the amount of the last water projects bill seven years ago. Congressional leaders have praised the bill for containing no pet projects from lawmakers.
All of the projects were recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers.


Bank Is Sold

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - Peoples Bank in Indianola is buying Pleasantville State Bank.
Terms were not disclosed in Monday's announcement. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by late this year.
Pleasantville Bank President and CEO Mark Prill says he'll be retiring but also says the majority of his bank staff will continue working for Peoples Bank.
Peoples Bank has offices in Carlisle, Indianola, Lacona and Milo, and the Peoples Bank name eventually will go on the Pleasantville building.


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