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District 2 Supervisor Candidates

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County registered Republican voters have the opportunity to select their County Supervisors on Tuesday, June 5th.  Districts 2, 3, and 5 are all up for election.  Today, we focus on the District 2 race between incumbant Mark Loutsch and challenger, Wayne Schipper.  Loutsch is a third generation Plymouth County farmer and believes the rural community deserves representation. Schipper, is a former fire chief for the city of Le Mars.  He says his knowledge of public safety would serve well as the role of a supervisor. Loutsch says he believes the county is progressing in the right direction.
Schipper says he has thought about running for the county supervisor position for the last year.  He says he wants to stay active in community relations.

Cherokee Landfill Lays Off More Workers 

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - Six more workers have been targeted for layoffs at the Cherokee County Landfill and Recycling Center in northwest Iowa.
     That will leave only five people on the payroll, down from 25.
Fourteen workers were dismissed in April.
     The landfill has been reeling since the county's entrepreneurial effort backfired. The county bought equipment to turn garbage into pellets that could be sold for fuel. Among the expected customers was a planned biodiesel plant in Marcus.
     But the plant wasn't built, and other buyers for the pellets couldn't be found.
     That left the county with $3.2 million in bond debt and a pellet machine that has been idled.
 

Hospers Woman Charged For Possession of Drugs

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff's Office acting on a tip, arrested a 40 year old Hospers woman for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Pauline McDonald was charged and booked into the Sioux County jail.  Since this is McDonald's third time of being charged with possession of drugs, it becomes an enhanced drug charge, a class D felony.  The tipster reported that a six year old was living in the residence.  The SiouxCounty Sheriff's office was assisted by child protection workers of the Department of Human Services.

Two Charged wiith Arson in Hartley Mobile Home Fires

(Primghar) -- The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office has arrested two individuals suspected of setting fire to mobile homes at Hartley.  The Hartley Fire Department was dispatched along with a sheriff's deputy to 3283 Yew Avenue on Tuesday, May 29th.  Once fire fighters arrived on the scene, they were suspicious of the origin of the fire, and called in the State Fire Marshall to assist with the investigation.  Further investigation resulted in the arrest of two persons.  Charged with Arson in the 2nd Degree and Burglary in the 3rd Degree were Cassie M. Engelkes, age 20, of Hartley, and Erik Sundstrom-Reis, age 26, of Pocohontas, Iowa.  Bond was set at $10,000 for both charges. 

 

Iowa City Landfill Still on Fire

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The fire at the Iowa City landfill is expected to continue burning until next week.
     City officials said Thursday the fire that ignited Saturday evening on a 7.5-acre section of the landfill is diminishing in intensity, but unlikely to go out for several days.
     City officials say their main strategy remains to let the fire burn out on its own, but they are considering other methods such as specialized wetting agents and burying burning tires with ground
cover. They are studying whether those methods would be effective and cause environmental damage.
     City officials say the burning tire chips are producing an oil-based liquid runoff, which they are working to contain. The equivalent of 1.3 million tires is burning in the fire, which was
likely caused when someone dumped flammable material.

 

Branstad Appoints New D-N-R Director

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has named Chuck Gipp as the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
     The 64-year-old Decorah man most recently served as deputy director of the department. He's also a former state lawmaker. Gipp was first elected to the Iowa House in 1990 and served until 2008,
when he didn't seek re-election.
     Gipp replaces Roger Lande (LAN'-dee), who resigned last week.
     The DNR oversees the state's parks and wildlife areas and regulates air and water pollution, landfills, wildlife management and hunting and fishing programs. It has a staff of 1,100 full- and
part-time workers and annual budget of $120 million.

Midwest Economic Survey Shows Slow Growth  

   OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An economic survey of nine Midwest and Plains states, including Iowa, fell last month. The survey released today for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index says it dropped to
57.6 in May, compared with 60 in April. Economist Ernie Goss says the growth is "softening as a result of the stronger dollar."

 

Corn Growers To Decide To Raise Check-off

(Des Moines) -- The state's corn growers will have an opportunity to decide whether or not the corn check-off rate should be increased.  Right now, corn growers contribute 3/4 of a cent on every bushel of corn marketed. That money is used to finance research, education, market development opportunities, and promotion.  Farmers will vote on a referendum on July 10th to determine if the amount should be raised to one penny per bushel of corn sold.  Any producer who raised and sold at least 250 bushels of corn from September of 2010 to August of 2011 is eligible to vote.     

 

Union Pacific Railroad Scores Well With Agriculture Shippers

(Ankeny) -- For the second year in a row, Union Pacific was selected as the top performing railroad by leading U-S agricultural shippers in the third annual Soy Transportation Coalition Railroad Report Card.  Burlington-Northern Sante Fe rail company once again finished second.  The survey was completed anomymously by agricultural shippers of various sizes and scale of operations ans was comprised of the eleven questions dealing with on time performance...customer service...and costs. 
1. Union Pacific

2. Burlington Northern-Sante Fe

3. CSX Transportation

4. Norfolk Southern Railway

5. Canadian National Railway

6. Kansas City Southern Railway

7. Canadian Pacific Railway   

 

   

Plymouth County Sheriff Race

(Le Mars) -- We look at the sheriff's race between incumbant Mike Van Otterloo and challenger Jay King.  Both men have long careers in law enforcement. Van Otterloo has been in law enforcement for 34 years, first as a Le Mars Police officer and the last 22 years serving as the sheriff for Plymouth County.  King has been involved with law enforcement in Plymouth County for 34 years, 10 as the Remsen police department and the last 24 with the Le Mars Police Department.  King explains why he is seeking the position of sheriff.

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Van Otterloo, says he is seeking re-election because he enjoys the job.

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Van Otterloo says he believes a noted acheivement during his tenure was the construction of the law enforcement center.

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Meanwhile, King says Plymouth County needs to be more pro-active and not re-active to crimes committed within the county.

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Both candidates believe a county-wide law enforcement program where the sheriff's deputies patrol the small towns is not cost efficient.  However, both believe the sheriff's office needs to work with the smaller town law enforcement agencies.

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King sees a need for cross-training between the Sheriff's office and the smaller community police departments.

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