Friday News, July 26
Friday Fair Events
(Le Mars) -- It may have rained on the Plymouth County Fair last evening, but that certainly did not dampened the spirits of those exhibiting and attending the fair. Fair officials report the attendance numbered 17,100. The tuff truck competition was rained out last evening, and fair board members are deciding if, and when, that competition will be made up. Today, is Farm Bureau Day at the fair. The 4-H and FFA dog show starts off the day at 8:30 a.m. At the same time is the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef and Market Beef Show which will take place at the Covered Arena. Exhibit Building opens at 9:00 a.m. with the Open Class exhibits to open at 10:00 a.m. Today those 4-H members enrolled in the working exhibits will begin at 2:30 in the Pioneer Village, the back up location will be the south end of the Open Class building. At 5:00 p.m. is the dairy cow and goat show in the covered arena. The antique tractor parade will start at 5:00 p.m. this evening, and the tractor pull, if conditions warrant, will be at the grandstand beginning at 6:30 p.m. A relatively new event that has become popular is the cooking school that will be featured at Century Hall starting at 7:00 p.m. Following the cooking school, get ready to kick up your heals as a line and swing dancing occurs in Century Hall at 9:00 p.m. The entertainment at the Pioneer Village includes the hypnotist, Michael Johns and Savannah Jack Country Band.
Dreckman Again Sews Quilts For Fair Exhibit
(Le Mars) -- Visitors to the Plymouth County Fair will want to stop by the Open Class Exhibit Hall to view the many different quilts on display. Geri Dreckman has been making quilts that go on sale on Sunday during the Fair Auction for a number of years. Again, this year Dreckman has put needle and thread together to create two different quilts. When entering the open class building from the east doorway, People will notice a brown king-size bed quilt hanging on the north wall. Dreckman says this year's quilt was inspired by a midwest newspaper.
Dreckman says she invested 180 hours of work to complete the quilt. Dreckman says she started working on the quilt around Christmas time. If one quilt wasn't enough to occupy Dreckman's time, she also created a second quilt. The second quilt honors the 100th Anniversary of Wells Blue Bunny.
Dreckman says the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor made a fabric contribution for the quilt.
When viewing the Wells quilt, you will notice that Dreckman placed the blue bunny logo from the tie into the center of a flower that is featured on the quilt. Both quilts will be on sale at the fair board auction scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Remsen Fire Department Responds To Structure Fire
(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department responded to a structure fire last evening at about 6:15 p.m. The fire was located at 23274 Highway 140. Fire officials were at the scene for nearly an hour and a half. Two small outbuildings were a part of a control burn.
Jamal Dean Changes Plea - Admits To Shooting Police Officer
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of a Sioux City police officer.
Jamal Dean changed his plea to guilty at a hearing Thursday and will be sentenced Aug. 9.
Dean earlier had pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and four other charges related to the shooting of officer Kevin McCormick on April 29.
Although his patrol car was riddled with bullets and he was shot in the head, McCormick wasn't seriously injured and has returned to work.
Dean faces up to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder charge. He must serve 70 percent, or 17 1/2 years, before becoming eligible for parole.
He faced up to 85 years in prison if convicted of all five charges.
Investigation Continues For Death Of Arizona Man
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The investigation into what caused the death of an Arizona man after his arrest in Coralville could take weeks.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said Thursday that investigators need to find out more about 40-year-old Thomas Martinez Jr. He died at an Iowa City hospital on Tuesday.
Coralville police have said officers went to a business on Monday afternoon to handle a man who reportedly was destroying property. Officers say Martinez wasn't coherent and appeared to be
having "miniseizures." They suspected he'd used drugs.
They used electronic stun guns on him twice as he flailed about while resisting arrest and injuring one officer.
Police have turned over the investigation to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
An autopsy and toxicology tests were ordered. They could take weeks to complete.
Congressman Pearse Upset With King's Comments
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Representative Steve Pearce says an Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King comments comparing young college-age immigrants to drug mules are "unproductive" and
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Republican criticized recent remarks made by Congressman Steve King.
King drew fire from Latino activists this week after he told a conservative news website that many immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids are actually running drugs.
Pearce represents New Mexico's border with Mexico and is viewed by the GOP as a key figure is helping attract Latino voters to the Republican Party.
State Amends Lawsuit Against Grain Processing Company
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state has amended a lawsuit filed against Grain Processing Corp. in Muscatine with additional allegations the company failed to obtain certain air permits or and didn't report all air pollutants.
Attorney General Tom Miller said Thursday that a trial begins in September on the lawsuit originally filed in December 2011.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources seeks civil penalties for the alleged violations and an order to force them to stop.
The original lawsuit claims GPC emitted excessive particulates and sulfur dioxide, failed to maintain and repair emissions equipment, and failed to comply with notification and emission
Company spokeswoman Janet Sichterman says the company looks forward to addressing the issues raised in the lawsuit that relate to permits issued over the last 25 to 30 years.