Wednesday News, June 11
Farmers Contemplate Whether To Re-plant After Hail Storm
(Le Mars) -- After last weekend's heavy rains, strong winds, and in some cases hail, many farmers are wondering whether they should re-plant or hope the damaged crops can survive, knowing either option will mean a reduction of yield potential. Iowa State University extension crops specialist Joel DeJong says a meeting is being organized today near Sioux Center to assist farmers with such decisions.
DeJong says re-planting corn during the middle of June will probably result in a major cut in yield potential.
The Iowa State University crops specialist says soybeans can handle some delayed planting, but farmers can probably expect reduced yields there too.
DeJong says each farmer must evaluate their own situation in order to make the right decision for themselves.
That meeting today is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. DeJong says the address of the farm is 3975 Fir Avenue in Sioux County. From Sioux Center, travel west four miles and then south a half mile.
Plymouth County Supervisors Amend Budget
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved an amended budget during Tuesday's meeting. The supervisors approved a final fund balance of $3,827,467.
Two People Arrested For Drug Charges
(Le Mars) -- On Monday evening, the Plymouth County Sheriff's office performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 75 north of Hinton. As a result of that stop, 20 year old Taylor Hovinga of Le Mars was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was 22 year old Jacob Beckstrom of Pierson. Beckstrom was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance in the third offense. Both men were transported to the Plymouth County jail.
Sioiux Center Woman Arrested For Drugs
(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff's Department arrested a 23 year old Sioux Center woman early Sunday morning. Bethany Vermeer was placed under arrest after a traffic stop. Vermeer was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred at the intersection of Highway 18 and Chestnut Street in Hull.
Webster City Man Arrested For Murdering His Father
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead in a Webster City home died of blunt force trauma during a fight with his son.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety made the announcement Tuesday after authorities finished an autopsy on 61-year-old Steven James Graesch. Authorities have charged his son, 27-year-old Corbin James Graesch, with first-degree murder.
Authorities say the elder Graesch's body was found after Webster City police were called to the home around 2 a.m. on Monday. Authorities say he sustained his injuries during an altercation with his son sometime during the early morning hours Saturday.
Court records didn't list an attorney for Corbin Graesch.
Woodbine Police Chief Leaves Job For Position With Hard Rock Casino
WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa police chief has resigned after three months on the job.
Woodbine Police Chief Scott Brammer stepped down effective Friday. Brammer declined to comment, except to say that he has taken a job as a security director for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City.
Brammer was hired as the city's police chief in March, after serving as an officer. He took over for Gary Dull, who had held the job since 2012.
The Woodbine City Council approved the hiring of Michael Jensen as interim police chief. Jensen will go through a six-month probation period before the council decides whether to hire him permanently.
Jensen has been an officer for the city for about four years.
Truck And Trailer Overturns Hauling Hogs
BERKLEY, Iowa (AP) - Up to 200 pigs spilled out of a truck after it rolled onto its side in a rural area southwest of Boone.
A truck and trailer toppled over Tuesday morning at an intersection in the small community of Berkley, about 15 miles from Boone.
Authorities say the driver didn't report any injuries but was taken to a hospital for an examination.
The trailer was carrying 150 to 200 hogs. Some wandered off while others were resting near the trailer.
Officers from the Iowa State Patrol and Boone County were working with other crews to round up the pigs.
Des Moines Airport Wants To Build New Terminal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines Airport Authority Board has unanimously approved a plan for a $468 million terminal, but officials acknowledge they don't know how to pay for the project.
The plan approved Tuesday would replace the current 66-year-old terminal with a terminal on the airport's south end. Depending on ridership growth, officials say construction could begin in 2022.
The new terminal would have 14 gates with plans to expand to 18 gates and room for future growth. The current terminal has 11 gates.
Even with federal aviation grants, increased airline fees and other airport revenue, there is a $202 million funding gap.
Airport Executive Director Kevin Foley says money could come from other state and federal sources.
The airport had 2.2 million passengers in 2013.
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