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Wednesday News, July 18

Remsen Issues Water Restrictions

 

(Remsen) -- Remsen Municipal Utilities is issuing a water restriction starting Wednesday, July 18th until further notice.  Remsen citizens are asked to refrain from watering during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Citizens with even numbered addresses can water only on the even numbered days and citizens with odd numbered addresses can water only on odd numbered calendar days.

 

 

Heart Failure Determined To Be Cause of Death

 

(Storm Lake) -- Upon further investigation, the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office is saying last week's presumed drowning of 64 year old Steve McCullough was actually due to heart failure.  Drowning was not a factor.  It was determined that McCullough did not know how to swim and would not have jumped in the water.  It was only seconds after witnesses heard the splash in the water that they went to aid and he was floating and unresponsive.

 

 

Plueger Ask Supervisors To Pave Cemetery Road

 

(Le Mars) -- For the fourth time in recent years, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors heard from Gene Plueger of Le Mars calling upon the county to pave a stretch of road that passes by the Resthaven cemetery.  Plueger says the gravel road leading to the cemetery is too dusty.

 

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Although the Supervisors again informed Plueger that the road construction budget does not include money for the paving of 150th Street.  Chairman Jim Henrich did offer a possible solution.
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County Engineer, Tom Rohe informed the supervisors and Plueger, the cost of dust suppressant is about 75 cents per foot.
Supervisors Approve Mental Health Counselors Contract

(Le Mars) -- The County Supervisors also approved the contracts for two mental health counselors during their regularly scheduled meeting. Katie Moir of the Moir Counseling Service and Mary Buhman of the Buhman Therapy Service were each given a one-year term contract to perform mental health services for PLymouth County.

 

Branstad Hosts Drought Meeting

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's corn and pork producers are warning Gov. Terry Branstad that tough times are looming for farmers as the drought gripping the state and nation gets worse.
The comments came in a forum Branstad hosted Tuesday in Mount Pleasant to discuss what Iowa climatologist Harry Hillaker called the worst state drought since 1988.
Wayne Humphreys, a Columbus Junction farmer and member with the Iowa Corn Growers Association, showed Branstad corn from his field that he said was deteriorating. He says farmers who have a tough year "will get despondent and withdraw" and develop stress and health problems.
Bill Tentinger of Le Mars and the president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association says the drought is causing a spike in feed prices that "may be on the verge of creating a financial disaster for the pork industry."
After the meeting Branstad offered his comments to reporters.
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Livestock Fair Entries Holding Steady To Slighter Higher

(Le Mars) -- The start of the Plymouth County Fair is only a week away, and despite the heat wave, livestock entries are either holding steady, or showing a small increase.  Carol Schneider of the Plymouth County Extension Services comments.
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Schneider says this year the Plymouth County Fair will even have dairy entries.  Dairy projects had been missing from the fair in recent years, and she says the fairboard has constructed a new barn to house many of the livestock entries.
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Small animal projects are picking up in popularity, especially with 4-H and FFA members living in the urban communities, and Plymouth County is no exception.
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Schneider says Plymouth County livestock entries for the Iowa State Fair, Clay County Fair, and Ak-sar-ben have also increased.
MRHD Applies For Land-Based Casino License

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit partner in the Sioux City riverboat casino has voted to solicit proposals for a land-based casino.

The  Missouri River Historical Development board voted to take the step on Monday.

Penn National Gaming, the owner of the riverboat, will have to compete with other bidders if it wants to continue its partnership with the nonprofit group, which jointly holds the gambling license.

The group's president, Mark Monson, says he expects four to eight companies, including Penn National, to apply.

The move follows a decision by state gambling regulators to put Woodbury County's state license up for grabs. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission took the action after months of failed talks

between the Penn National and the nonprofit group on a long-term deal.

 

 


 

 

 

   

Tuesday News, July 17

Plymouth County Under Burn Ban

 

(Le Mars) -- The hot and dry conditions is impacting the news.  To start... as of this morning, Plymouth County is now in a burn ban.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the burn ban is necessary since persistant dry conditions continue.  The burn ban forbids any open burning, including trees, trash, and etc.  However, backyard grilling and bar-b-ques are allowed.

 

 

State Fire Marshall Warns Iowans About Burning

 

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa Fire Marshall warns Iowans the heat wave experienced the past two weeks is creating a "tinder box" conditions throughout the state.  State Fire Marshall Ray Reynolds says one-third of the state is in a burn ban, and he anticipates additional counties to be added to the list within the next few days, unless Iowa receives a significant rainfall to change the present conditions.  Reynolds says he can't recall a time since the 1980's when the state saw this level of extreme dryness.  The state fire marshall says the state can ill-afford a major fire disaster that could have been prevented with a little help from the public.  Reynolds reminds Iowans to use common sense during this dry period.  Do not litter and throw lit cigarette from moving vehicles as grass fires ignite easily in dry conditions.  Avoid the use of sky laterns, bottle rockets, and other fireworks celebration items involving sparks or flames.  Burning of yard waste or piled tree debris is responsibile for causing a majority of wild land fires for Iowa fire departments.

 

 

Plymouth County Extension To Host Drought Meeting

 

(Le Mars) -- Iowa State University Extension in Plymouth County will be hosting a meeting on Thursday, July 19th at 1:30 p.m. to discuss drought related issues at the Plymouth County Extension office in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  Topics will include: "Crop growth and development under drought conditions", "feeding drought damaged crops", "crop insurance considerations", and "disaster government programs".  The meeting is expected to last 90 minutes. Farmers can also bring five representative corn stock samples for a quick nitrate assessment conducted by Beth Doran prior to the start of the meeting.  For questions about the meeting, contact the Plymouth County Extension office at (712) 546-7835.  No pre-registration is required.  The meeting will be at 251 12 Street Southeast, Le Mars.

 

 

Iowa Crops Continue to Deteriorate

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The condition of Iowa's corn and soybeans continues to deteriorate as summer brings more hot weather and little rain.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that only 36 percent of the corn and 38 percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent shape in the widest drought in nearly 25 years.

A year ago, about 80 percent of Iowa's corn and soybeans were in good to excellent condition.

The USDA says most of Iowa's topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are running short or very short, despite widespread rain last week.

Over two inches of rain fell at Grundy Center, while Perry had 3 inches. The statewide average was .28 inches or a-fourth of the weekly normal. No soaking rains are in the immediate forecast.

 

 

Iowa D-N-R Reports Streams and Creeks Drying Up

 

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reporting several  incidents where streams, creeks, brooks, and ponds are drying up as a result of the extreme dry conditions.  The D-N-R is also reporting of several shallow wells that are low on water levels.  A dairy operation in northwest Iowa stated that all six of its shallow wells were being pumped and water levels were not keeping up.  It was advised that additional wells wee needed to meet their peak demand.

 

 

South Sioux City Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

 

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) - A South Sioux City man will spend up to 16 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, whose body was found stuffed in a window seat of their home.

54-year-old John Baker was sentenced on Monday to 11 to 16 years in prison for manslaughter and concealing the death of another person.  He pleaded guilty in May in Dakota County District Court.

Baker was charged in the death of 47-year-old Kelly Alspach in October 2011.

Baker was later arrested in North Dakota. He was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded no contest to the lesser charges.

 

 

 

   

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