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Saturday News, July 20

Remsen Accident Injures Three People

(Remsen) -- An automobile accident occurred Thursday night at about 6:00 p.m. on Highway 3 in front of the Mrs B's convenient store at Remsen.  Apparently, a GMC Sierra pick up truck driven by 19 year old Nicholas Weiler of Remsen was leaving the Mrs. B's parking lot when it crossed in front of a car being driven by 34 year old Troy Wieler, also of Remsen, who was heading west on Highway 3. Troy Wieler collided with Nicholas Weiler causing the pick up to roll on its top on the curb of Highway 3.  When officials arrived on the scene, all parties were able to exit their vehicles.  However, two children, a boy age 10 and a girl age 8 were transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars for minor injuries.  Nicholas Wieler was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by family members.  The Remsen Police indicated in their report that Nicholas Wieler was given a citation for failure to yield upon entering a highway.


Plymouth County Relay For Life Raises At Least $27,000

(Le Mars) -- Last night close to 150 people, both as individuals and as teams, participated in the annual cancer fundraiser, Relay For Life.  As of midnight, the campaign was able to raise $27,000.  The participants walked around the track at Jim Lorenzen field in order to raise money and awareness of the deadly disease.  One of the more visible teams was the Team Flockers, with nearly 20 members, all dressed in pink coordinating T-shirts with their campsite littered with small plastic flamingo lawn ornaments.  Shawn Scheffen, the team's spokesperson explains why flamingos serve as the team's mascot.

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Scheffen says the team members comprised of people from Le Mars and Sioux Center, and together as a team, they did fairly well in terms of raising money for cancer research.

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At the time of the interview, Team Flockers had walked approximately 30 miles.  Scheffen says the Team Flockers want to spread the word the cancer awareness and to have fun at somebody's expense by placing the sometimes thought of as an annoying lawn ornament on a designated front lawn.

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One of the highlight's to last evening's event was the lighting of the illuminaries that had surrounded the track, each in memory of someone that had lost their life to cancer. The illuminaries consisted of candles placed inside a bag that glowed.  Also, the organization launched five "sky lanterns" which looked like a three-foot high hot air balloons. Each of the five sky lanterns lifted up several feet in the air and were visible for several miles.

Branstad Orders Transportation Department To Reduce The Number Of  Special Plates

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad is ordering transportation officials to cut the number of special license plates issued to government vehicles that exempt them from traffic
Branstad said Thursday it's unacceptable that 3,218 plates given to local, state and federal agencies have a designation that keeps them out of computerized databases. The designation is meant for
those doing undercover work.
Cities with red light and speed cameras typically let those with the plates out of tickets that would cost ordinary drivers $75 to $200.
Branstad also said the review should look at how many tickets the cameras have issued and how many other violations were captured but not pursued.
The order comes after The Associated Press reported that more than 350 government agencies had been issued such plates.

Branstad and Daugaard Dedicate New State Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad joined tribal leaders and Game, Fish and Parks officials on Friday to dedicate South
Dakota's first state park in 40 years.
The Good Earth State Park at Blood Run is the 13th state park in South Dakota. Blood Run was designated a national historic landmark in 1970. The area along the Big Sioux River bordering Iowa was used by thousands of Oneota Indians into the early 1700s. The area includes a large oak forest, rolling hills, flood plains, riverside bluffs and burial mounds.
South Dakota owns about 600 acres of land at the park, while Iowa owns several hundred acres as well. The ultimate goal is to join the land, making it the first joint state park in the country.


Daugaard Pokes Fun At Branstad On Speeding Issue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) poked fun at Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Friday, saying he didn't want the governor to get in trouble for speeding
to an event in his state.
Both governors were in Sioux Falls to dedicate South Dakota's newest state park. Daugaard told the audience that as the event's start time neared, he asked a staff member to contact Branstad's
staff to inquire about his whereabouts.
But Daugaard added he told the staff member to say "don't speed to get here."
In April, an Iowa trooper clocked Branstad's SUV going 84 miles per hour, but the car was not stopped after it was determined it was Branstad inside. A trooper who complained about the incident
was fired on Thursday. Officials say the firing wasn't related to the speeding.


Branstad Names Tipton To Utilities Board

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has named an attorney from the Des Moines suburb of Clive to the Iowa Utilities Board.
Branstad announced Friday that he had appointed 61-year-old Sheila Tipton to the board.
She is an attorney with a Des Moines law firm and has worked extensively on energy-related issues.
Branstad says in a news release that she has represented public utilities, renewable energy developers and other business entities.
She'll begin her new position August 19th.
She replaces Swati Dandekar, who resigned and says she's considering running for Iowa's open 1st Congressional District seat.


Two Republican Senators To Visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Republican senators are visiting Des Moines to court- a group that could wield powerful influence over the outcome of the state's 2016 GOP presidential caucuses - Iowa's evangelical pastors.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz privately has addressed the gathering assembled by the conservative American Renewal Project at a downtown hotel Friday morning. Also scheduled to appear around
midday is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, the son of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Rand's father Ron finished third during Iowa's GOP caucuses in 2012.
After his speech, Cruz called pastors "critical leaders."
It's Cruz's first trip to Iowa. He also was scheduled to headline a state Republican fundraiser around lunchtime.
Paul visited Iowa in the spring. He's also set to meet with Latino and African-American ministers.


Friday Afternoon News, July 19

Schneider Decides To Leave Extension Services

(Le Mars) -- After 32 years with the Iowa State University Extension Services,  Carol Schneider is leaving extension to pursue another career.  At the conclusion of the Plymouth County Fair, Schneider will assume the duties of teacher, a profession she had once before.

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This time around, Schneider will be teaching 6th graders at Gehlen Catholic.  Schneider has been a part of extension for the better part of her adult life, and not just here in Plymouth County.

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Schneider says in one form or another, she has been involved with 41 different county fairs.

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The extension official recalls her fondest memories of the Plymouth County fair, 4-H programs, and the services extended to the people of Plymouth County.

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Man Injured From Geese Flying Into Windshield

HOSPERS, Iowa (AP) - A Minnesota man was hospitalized with injuries he received after geese smashed into his pickup truck in northwest Iowa.
33-year-old Brian Nielsen of Fulda, Minn., was injured Thursday morning after he drove through a flock of geese on Highway 60, just north of Hospers.
The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the geese crashed into the pickup's windshield, injuring Nielsen and causing about $3,000 damage to the pickup.
Another motorist drove Nielsen to a hospital in Worthington,


Farmers Should Consider Cover Crops

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County farmers should consider planting cover crops on their fields this fall, and cost-share funds are available as an incentive to implement this practice.
State of Iowa Cost-share funds will pay producers $15.00 per acre up to a limit of 80 acres to establish a cover crop.  Producers should sign up as soon as possible at the NRCS Office in Le Mars, as the cover crops should be seeded in late summer or in the fall immediately after harvest.
Small grains are typically planted as cover crops, including cereal rye grain, winter wheat, barley, and triticale.  These species are ‘winter annuals’, which will germinate and grow in the fall, be dormant in the winter, and grow again in the spring.  Cover crop mixes can also include radishes and legumes.
The benefits of cover crops are many, including significantly reducing soil erosion.  In the spring of 2013, cover crop fields in northwest Iowa had low soil erosion rates, while heavily-tilled fields in the same neighborhood suffered very severe erosion.  Cover crops also ‘scavenge’ residual nitrogen in the soil, providing a water quality benefit by preventing nitrogen leaching into ground water.  When cover crop mixes include plants with significant taproots, such as radishes, soil compaction can be reduced.  Cover crops are noted for improving ‘soil health’, particularly by increasing soil organic matter and soil
structure.  Importantly, cover crops are a key conservation practice promoted in Iowa’s
Nutrient Reduction Strategy, as discussed by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

Cover crops can be aerial-seeded on standing row crops in late summer or can be drilled in fields shortly after harvest.  In the spring, the cover crops are typically killed with herbicides two weeks prior to no-till planting corn or soybeans.  Producers should also discuss the use of cover crops with their crop insurance agent.  Farmers are encouraged to sign up for this cover crop incentive soon, by contacting the NRCS Office in Le Mars, located at 1100A 12th Street SW, phone number (712) 546-8858.


Man Sentenced For Synthetic Marijuana

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraska man has been given three years of probation in an Iowa case involving synthetic marijuana.
69-year-old Frank Firoz was sentenced Thursday in Woodbury County District Court. His 15-year prison sentence was suspended.
Firoz, of South Sioux City, Neb., had made a deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy as a habitual offender after prosecutors dropped two drug charges.
Police say an undercover officer bought green, leafy substances in July 2011 at Exotica, a now-closed store Firoz owned in Sioux City. Police say they found large quantities of suspected synthetic marijuana in the store.
Firoz still faces federal charges in Omaha, Neb., involving the sale of drug paraphernalia and chemical compounds found in synthetic marijuana and designer drugs.


Authorities Break Up Prostitution Ring

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old girl is among several people involved in a prostitution sting in eastern Iowa.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department says the two-day, multi-agency sting involved two women making separate appointments with a law enforcement officer through a prostitution website. The women arrived in the eastern Iowa city of Hills on Wednesday with other women who were instructed to perform sex acts with a male subject.
Police say a man is accused of driving three women from Milwaukee to Hills for appointments set up through the website. One of those passengers was 15.
Authorities say five people involved in the sting face various pimping and prostitution charges.


Boone Man Convicted Of Killing Wife

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa man convicted of killing his wife has been sentenced to life in prison.

29-year-old Joshua Powell received the mandatory sentence in a Boone County courtroom Friday. The sentence carries no chance of parole.
A jury in May found Powell guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Jaclyn Powell.
A judge denied a motion Friday by Powell's attorney, Katherine Flickinger, for a new trial. Flickinger had argued that the state did not show evidence that there was premeditation or deliberation
in her client's actions.
Investigators say Josh Powell called 911 in October to report that he and his wife had fought and that he'd struck her. An autopsy showed his wife died of asphyxiation due to strangulation.


One Year Old Falls From Apartment Balcony

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a 1-year-old boy was severely injured after falling 50 feet off an apartment balcony.
The boy fell from the balcony Thursday evening at an apartment west of downtown.
A police report says the child had been playing on the balcony with his 6-year-old brother while their mother was inside the apartment.
The brother ran inside to say the 1-year-old had slipped off a chair and fallen to a grassy area beneath the balcony.
The child was taken to Blank Children's Hospital, where a spokesperson says he was in critical condition Friday.


Egypt Fertilizer Company To Get Additional Tax Breaks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa economic development officials have approved additional tax incentives for an Egyptian company spending nearly $2 billion to build a fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority voted Friday to approve an additional $25 million in tax credits for Orascom Construction Industries. The money is part of the original contract for the project approved in February 2012.
State and local governments already promised more than $200 million in incentives including loans that do not have to be paid back if promised jobs are created and tax credits.
The company also is financing more than $1 billion of the cost of construction with specially authorized federal bonds saving millions in interest costs.
Construction of the plant is under way near U.S. Highway 61 between Fort Madison and Burlington.



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