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Friday Afternoon News, June 27

Plymouth County Farm Bureau Donates Money To Round Barn Agriculture Exhibit

(Le Mars) – The Plymouth County Farm Bureau organization recently issued a grant of $4,750 to the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee to be used for the agriculture education exhibit “a ROUND the farm in the BARN” to be located in the famous round barn during the upcoming Plymouth County Fair, scheduled for July 23-27.  The grant was based upon the objectives of the exhibit to educate consumers about the importance of agriculture.

Paul Jacobson, Vice President of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Division, says “The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is extremely grateful to the Plymouth County Farm Bureau organization for allowing us to receive this grant. This funding will secure the success of the agriculture education exhibit that will be on display during the upcoming Plymouth County Fair,” said Jacobson.

Jason Schoenrock, president of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau says “We are excited to be a partner of this project. The Plymouth County Farm Bureau believes it is important to advise people of the agricultural industry, and we are glad the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee and the Plymouth County Fair Board are utilizing the famous round barn for an agricultural exhibit.”

Des Moines Developer Owes Millions To City


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A architect and developer owes Des Moines more than $1 million for loans he received for projects officials have lauded for spurring development in the East Village area.  Kirk Blunck is long overdue for repaying loans he received in the late 1990s on the Teachout and Hohberger buildings.  The city gave Blunck a $300,000 loan for restoration of the Teachout Building and $400,000 for the Hohberger Building. The Teachout loan was due in 2008 and the Hohberger loan in 2009. Interest has been accruing since then.  Blunck has paid $17,500 on the Teachout loan and nothing on the other loan.  Blunck wants the city to change the loans' terms.  Residents also have had to vacate a Blunck-owned apartment building after inspections noted problems.



State Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Blind Student

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a leading chiropractic college must make accommodations to allow a blind student to pursue a degree.  The court ruled 5-2 on Friday that Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport must readmit Aaron Cannon and allow him to use an assistant to interpret X-rays and other medical images.  The college had argued that accommodation wasn't feasible, and that vision was a requirement for a degree because reading X-rays is critical for the profession.  But Justice Daryl Hecht found that Cannon's accommodation was reasonable, noting that blind students had previously graduated from Palmer. He noted that 20 percent or more of chiropractors do not have the ability to take radiographs in their office.  Dissenting Justice Thomas Waterman said the decision "elevates political correctness over common sense."


Herky Statue Damaged

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Another Herky statue has been damaged in Iowa City.  The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports damage to the Organic Herky statue was noted Friday morning.  Joshua Schamberger, who heads the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, says it appears the damage was due to someone jumping on the statue's back. That caused both its ankles to crack.Schamberger says the damage was likely accidental and won't be reported as vandalism. The group will reach out to artists about repairing the statue.  The cracked ankles follow more severe damage to the Reflections of U Herky in May. That statue, on the north side of the University of Iowa Pentacrest, was removed for repairs but has since been returned.  Herky, the hawk, is the mascot of the Iowa Hawkeyes.


Dubuque Arson Sentence

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A 46-year-old Dubuque man accused of setting a gas pump ablaze outside a convenience store has been given two years in prison.  The Dubuque Telegraph Herald says Richard Huffman was sentenced on Tuesday. Huffman pleaded guilty to a lesser arson charge after making a deal with prosecutors. The judge suspended a $625 fine.  Witnesses say that in December, Hoffman removed a nozzle from a pump at the store, sprayed fuel on the pump and set it aflame. Police say Huffman reported that he set the fire because the Earth has "too much pollution." Police also say Huffman was at the police station hours earlier asking to be arrested and admitted to the psychiatric ward at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.








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