Monday Afternoon News, July 15
Fair To Offer More Seating
(Le Mars) -- The Best Five Days of Summer, also known as the Plymouth County Fair, is only nine days away, and this year's fair attendees will notice more seating, that according to Fairboard president, Tony Schroeder. Fair goers will see the addition of several dozen picnic tables scattered throughout the grounds. Schroeder says in past years, the city of Le Mars was gracious to lend the fairboard picnic tables. However, this year, a 4-H club took on the project to raise money for the new picnic tables.
Another addition to the fairgrounds, says Schroeder, is the grandstand now features more seating capacity.
The fairboard president says the the fair will offer a variety of entertainment choices, both at the grandstand, as well as at Pioneer Village. The traditional entertainment featured at the grandstand will continue again this year with the Motorcross on Wednesday evening, the Tuff Truck Contest on Thursday, Friday will showcase the tractor pull, including the mini-rod pull, and the bull riding contest scheduled for Sunday. Saturday evening is reserved for the popular demolition derby, which according to Schroeder will be bigger and better this year.
The entertainment line up at Pioneer Village will also feature some tried and true acts including The Browns, and a hypnotist. But Schroeder is excited about the country western band known as LoCash Cowboys.
The fair begins next Wednesday, July 24th and continues through Sunday, July 28th.
Galva Man Drowns In Little Sioux River
OTO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Ida County man has drowned in an accident on the Little Sioux River near Oto in western Iowa.
Woodbury County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Stallman says 23-year-old Derick Vielguth was with three friends when he slipped on a rock and fell into the swift-flowing river about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
One of the friends jumped in to help but was unable to get him out of the river.
The man's body was recovered a little before 2 p.m., about 30 yards from where he'd fallen in.
More Iowans Reported Infected With Cyclosporiasis
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of Iowans sickened by a food-borne intestinal illness continues to increase. The Iowa Department of Public Health says 71 cases of cyclosporiasis
(sy-kloh-spor-EYE'-uh-sis) have now been confirmed.
Linn County in eastern Iowa continues to lead the state with 27 cases. Polk County has four and 17 other counties have at least one.
Three people have been hospitalized.
Public health officials say the illness is rare in Iowa with an average of just two cases a year.
The illness comes from eating food or drinking water contaminated with human or animal feces containing the cyclospora parasite.
Officials suspect a contaminated vegetable is the cause but have not yet isolated an exact distributor or grower.
The illness causes diarrhea lasting an average of 57 days if untreated with antibiotics.
Branstad And Reynolds Spend Work Time On The Road
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad routinely spends much of his time on the road to meet with constituents and promote the state.
Branstad's travel records show that the governor visited all 99 Iowa counties in the past year and took 23 out-of-state trips.
Branstad is returning from a 10-day trade mission to Europe on Monday. After that, he will have spent at least part of 98 days in the previous 413 days outside of Iowa.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds also travels extensively, has led a trade mission to Southeast Asia and twice visited Germany.
Brandstad's spokesman Tim Albrecht says face-to-face meetings are important and help the governor lure new businesses to Iowa.
Branstad's travel schedule is similar to previous governors.
Meredith Publishing To Feature All Recipe Magazine
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Meredith Corp., the Des Moines-based publisher of women's magazines, websites, and television programs says it is launching a new magazine in November.
Allrecipes will be published six times a year with an initial distribution of 500,000.
Allrecipes.com has a database of more than 1 million recipes. Meredith acquired the business last year from Reader's Digest Association for $175 million.
Meredith also plans to create an Allrecipes branded television segment as part of its nationally syndicated television program "The Better Show," which currently airs in more than 160 markets.
The segments also will air nationwide to 90 million homes on the Hallmark Channel beginning in September.
Meredith's publications include "Better Homes and Gardens," "Parents," and "Family Circle" magazines.
Museum To Feature Bicycle Exhibit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new exhibition about cycling in Iowa and the annual RAGBRAI event will open this week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds showcased the "Riding Through History" exhibition during a Monday news conference. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, just before the annual RAGBRAI event begins
RAGBRAI - which started in 1973 - is a week-long bicycle ride through Iowa sponsored by the Des Moines Register. The name stands for Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
Artifacts in the exhibition include bicycles ridden in the race, press clippings about the early years and examples of food served along the route.
The museum will also host a day of events on July 23, when RAGBRAI is scheduled to come through Des Moines.