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Wednesday News, July 23

Plymouth County Fair Begins Today

(Le Mars) -- Today is the first day for the Plymouth County Fair, and expectations for another sucessful fair are running high.  Rich Benson of Remsen serves as the vice president of the Plymouth County Fair.  He says the fair board has made some improvements to some of the structures, including placing a new roof on the 4-H building as well as the famous round barn.

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Benson says the fair board hopes people will take the time to visit the new agricultural education exhibit found in the famous round barn.

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The fair board vice president says it is the many volunteers that contribute their time that makes the Plymouth County Fair so special.

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Benson says the Plymouth County Fair is fortunate to be able to attract visitors, not only from neighboring counties, but from neighboring states.

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Today's schedule includes the scanning of livestock entries, the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest, and the bucket calf judging contest.  Later this evening, the Figure 8 racing will take place at the grandstand, while at the Pioneer Village stage will be the crowning of the new Plymouth County Fair Queen and King.

 

Livestock Fair Entries Hold Steady But Small Animal Entries Increase

(Le Mars) -- Livestock entries for the Plymouth County Fair seem to be holding steady according to Ann Schroenrock, Program Coordinator and 4-H Youth Director for Plymouth County Extension.

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 Meanwhile, entries for small animals and poultry continue to be on the rise.

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Schoenrock highlights the schedule for the livestock and small animal judging contests for the week of the fair.

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4-H And FFA Static And Communications Display Numbers Increase 

(Le Mars) -- In addition to the livestock and small animal entries, the static display and communications project numbers have increased for this year's Plymouth County Fair. Judging occured on Tuesday, and Janelle Johnson, Co-Project Coordinator for Plymouth County Extension offers an overview.

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Johnson says a noticable trend for the communications and static displays is leadership development.

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Illegal Alien Children Placed In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal official says 122 children who entered the country illegally were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year.
     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Tuesday that the children were placed with sponsors. The news was first reported in the Omaha World Herald.
     Gov. Terry Branstad has been opposed to hosting immigrant children in Iowa. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said Tuesday federal officials didn't notify the state about the children until after the newspaper alerted state officials.
     On Monday, Branstad said such children should be returned home. He contends federal officials must improve border security.
     More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October.

 

RAGBRAI Rider Dies On Ride

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) - A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition.
     Officials with the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa say 63-year-old Tom Teesdale, of West Branch, died Monday.
     RAGBRAI officials say Teesdale was treated on the route between Terril and Graettinger for a medical condition. He was then taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where he died.
     The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/WBl82x ) reports Teesdale owned and operated a business where he sold custom bicycles.
     It's the first time a RAGBRAI rider has died since 2010.
     About 8,500 riders make the weeklong trip across Iowa, plus others who ride on single days.

 

Iowa Ranks 3rd In Kids Count

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year.
     The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states in health, third in economic well-being and seventh in the family and community category. Iowa is 13th in education.
     The Baltimore-based privately funded Casey foundation provides grants to help disadvantaged children and families. It has released Kids Counts reports the last 25 years.
     It says Iowa has made some of the biggest improvements among states. It also points out more children live in poverty, but that's just one indicator.
     Michael Crawford, the Iowa Kids Count director, says that's a reflection of the lasting impact of the recession on some families.

 

Woman Dies After Being Ran Over At Speedway

DONNELLSON, Iowa (AP) - A 70-year-old West Burlington woman has died after being run over by a car on the grounds of the Lee County Speedway in southeast Iowa.
     The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1A3cp8k ) police were called to the track located in Donnellson on Saturday night after a woman was reportedly struck by a vehicle in the pit area
     Lee County Medical Examiner Eugenio Torres says the woman, Chon Cha Mathias, died as a result of the car accident.
     She had been taken to a Fort Madison hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
 
 
  

 
 

 

 

 

 

   

Tuesday News, July 22

Supervisors To Discuss Subdivision in Union Township

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to convene today at the County Courthouse Boardroom.  The supervisors have a light agenda for their meeting that includes discussion and expected approval for a letter of support for RAGBRAI bicycle ride for 2015.  The supervisors will also decide upon a subdivision that is requested by Dave Wilberding involving a parcel of land located in Union township.  Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe is scheduled to appear before the board of supervisors.  He will submit requests for right-of-way for a bridge and a culvert repair projects.  Rohe will also update the supervisors on current construction projects.

 

Static Display Judging Scheduled For Today At Fairgrounds

(Le Mars) -- Today at the fairgrounds young 4-H and FFA members will have their static displays being judged.  Judging begins at 8:00 a.m. this morning at the Century Hall, and is expected to last most of the day.  The Clover Kid judging of exhibits will begin at 11:30 a.m. and open class entries will be accepted at the fair between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  The fairboard will provide golf cart transportation for open class exhibitors.  Also, at the fairgrounds this morning, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee along with the Plymouth County Fairboard will host a chamber coffee and ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at the round barn, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

 

Round Barn To Feature New Agricultural Education Exhibit

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the round barn, a new exhibit will be featured in the round barn this year at the Plymouth County Fair, entitled: "a ROUND the farm in the BARN".  Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Chamber Ag Committee offers an explaination of the exhibit.

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The exhibit will utilize both floors of the round barn and will feature many photographs, videos, and interesting information regarding Plymouth County agriculture.  In addition, attendees of the fair and visitors to the round barn will have the opportunity to see a photo display of all of the Plymouth County barn quilt barns.  
Jacobson says “Often times, the Plymouth County Fair is the only chance for many people to get a close look at agriculture, and the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, along with the Plymouth County Fair Board believe it is important people should know that their food starts at the farm and ends at the grocery store or supermarket,” Jacobson said.

Another area of focus will be the value-added industries.

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The exhibit will showcase the various commodities that are either grown or produced in Plymouth County, as well as, show both the social and economic impact that agriculture has upon Plymouth County residents.   A Biofuels Mobile Education Center will be on hand parked next to the round barn on Sunday of the fair, allowing visitors to enter the facility to learn more about corn production and ethanol processing.  Attendees of the "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" will try their hand at milking, learn more about grain bin safety, and learn interesting facts about each of the crops and livestock produced in Plymouth County.   A special highlight of the agriculture exhibit is a combine and tractor cab referred to as the "Ag Cab Lab"

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The agriculture exhibit will feature large screen televisions showing various aspects of Plymouth County agriculture, as well as, showing a series of quizzes testing a person's knowledge pertaining to Plymouth County Agriculture.  Jacobson says the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is grateful for the allocation of grants, and many donations, in assisting with this educational project.  The latest of the sponsors of the round barn agricultural education exhibit is Bomgaars, Incorporated.  Bomgaars contributed $1000 in support of the project.  Jacobson says "as an Iowa-based company, Bomgaars has a tradition of supporting projects involving livestock, county fairs, 4-H and FFA in our fine state.  We are fortunate Bomgaars shares our mission to educate the public of the importance of agriculture."

 

Weekly Crop Condition Report Issued

(Des Moines) -- Farmers across the state were generally able to complete a second cutting of hay during this past week, according to the latest weekly crop condition report.  Over one-quarter of the second cutting of alfalfa hay was harvested during the week that ended on July 20th.  As for the major crops of corn and soybeans: 59 percent of the corn acreage was silking, 11 days ahead of last year and two days ahead of the five-year average. 77 percent of the corn was listed as being in good to excellent condition, and 74 percent of the state's soybean crop was rated as good to excellent. 

 

Sioux Rapids Man Now Charged With Attempted Murder 

SIOUX RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux Rapids man accused of stabbing a 19-year-old man last week now faces an attempted murder charge.
     Online court records show 43-year-old Pedro Orozco was initially charged with willful injury but an attempted murder charge was added Monday.
      Buena Vista County Sheriff Doug Simons says the additional charge was added after police discussed the case with the county attorney.
     Orozco is accused of stabbing a Spencer man at a Sioux Rapids home on July 9.
     Simons says Orozco and the victim knew each other. The victim remains hospitalized.
     An arraignment on the new charge has been set for Aug. 4. Orozco's bond was increased to $50,000.
     Orozco's attorney did not immediately return a message.

 

Sac County Inmate Attempts  Escape

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 60-year-old inmate caught trying to escape from the jail in Sac City faces additional criminal charges.
     Randy George Barney, of Rockwell City, was charged with felony attempted escape.
     The Sac County Sheriff's office says Barney climbed a security fence and a barbed-wire barrier while exercising in an outside enclosure with three other inmates on Friday morning.
     The sheriff's office reported the incident Monday in a statement. It says deputy sheriff's caught Barney while he was still on the property. He was the only inmate in the exercise yard to climb the fence.
     Officials say Barney had minor lacerations that did not require medical treatment.
     He's been in jail on burglary charges filed in April in neighboring Calhoun County. He has pleaded not guilty.

 

Council Bluffs Man To Stand Trial For Killing 64 Year Old Woman 

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A trial has been delayed for a western Iowa man accused of shooting to death a 64-year-old woman.
     The trial of Robert Reynolds Jr. was delayed until Sept. 30. Reynolds has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Cass County, on April 9.
     Officers sent to Reynolds' home in Oakland say they found that Kinkade-Dorsey had been killed. Three other people in the home were not injured. A criminal complaint says Reynolds acknowledged shooting Kinkade-Dorsey after an argument.
     Reynolds' trial had been scheduled to begin earlier this month.
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Investigation As To Why Officer Shot At Car

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa police are trying to determine why an officer fired a bullet into a car involved in a high-speed chase. 
     Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jana Abens said Monday the shot was accidental. She says a reserve officer fired into the passenger-side door after the Sunday chase. No one was injured by the shooting.
     The chase ended in the northwest part of the county after the driver reached speeds of up to 80 mph and weaved into oncoming traffic. Police sandwiched the vehicle between their cars to stop the driver. He was hospitalized following the chase and has not been charged.
     Officials are conducting an internal investigating. Abens says it's unclear if the deputy will be placed on leave during the investigation.
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