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Tuesday Afternoon News, June 25

King Disappointed House of Representatives Voted Down Farm Bill

(Washington) -- The U-S House of Representatives voted down the Farm Bill legislation last week.  Now farmers across the nation are wondering what it may mean to agricultural policies.  Iowa fourth district republican Congressman Steve King told KLEM news he hopes he can visit with many of his colleagues and urge them to change their minds.

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King says he will also visit with Congressman Colin Peterson of Minnesota, who serves as the ranking minority member on the House Agriculture Committee to see if other Democrats can be persuaded to vote for the farm bill.  King says he is not willing to give up, but he doesn't expect anything to happen before the July 4th holiday recess.  He says one major reason for some of the republicans to have voted down the measure was due to the increase in food stamp assistance programs.

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King says one way or another the food stamp program needs to be reformed.  He says Congress only gets that opportunity every five years when the farm legislation is up for renewal.  King doubts whether there can ever be a time when production agricultural policy can be separated from food nutritional assistance programs.

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Sioux City Group Seeking Site For Park

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City group is seeking another site to build a city park after the planned spot was sold as part of a $120 million casino project.
A committee is considering at least two sites after the city sold land that had been designated for the $6.8 million Cone Park.
The estate of Ruth Cone has committed about $2.4 million to the planned park, which is expected to include a water feature, amphitheater and ice skating rink.
Because that land was sold for use in a proposed casino, the committee is considering other property.
Council member Rhonda Capron says a downtown location is preferred.
Cone's funding stipulates the money be used for a park but doesn't specify a location.
She died in 1981.

 

New Hartford Residents May Be Inundated With More Rain

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa (AP) - Weather officials say a small northeast Iowa town that ordered its residents to evacuate because of flooding from a creek could be inundated with more rain.
The National Weather Service says the town of New Hartford is along a path in northern Iowa that may experience showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon into the overnight hours. A flash
flood watch is in effect until Wednesday morning.
Meteorologist Kevin Skow says between 2 and 3 inches of rain could fall per hour from the systems moving through the area. Any rain that falls over the town will flow back into Beaver Creek because the ground is saturated.
Emergency officials went door to door Tuesday, warning the town's 500-plus residents about the dangers posed by the creek, which flooded the town in 2008.

 

Des Moines Polices Officers Disciplined For Auto Crashes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say three officers involved in two separate crashes have been found at fault and disciplined.
The first crash happened April 7 at a four-way stop sign. In that case, officers Phil Terrones and Brandon Holtan were headed to a shots-fired report. Neither fully stopped at the signs and
collided.
The other crash came April 27 when officer Mitchell Cameron was responding to assist another officer and ran a red light. Police say he hit another vehicle broadside.
Police say the officers have been disciplined but they declined to be specific because the matter is a personnel issue.
In general, Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Halifax say crashes of patrol cars in which officers are at fault usually result in suspensions.
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Girl Scouts Trying To Increase Membership and Attendance At Camps

DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of Girl Scouts supporters exchanged ideas about how to boost attendance at a camp near Danville in southeast Iowa.
About 40 Girl Scouts leaders and volunteers met Monday evening to discuss options for attracting more girls to Camp L-Kee-Ta.
Cheryl Noller, of the local council, says attendance has been falling, and this year only 913 girls plan to attend the camp. That's down from 1,519 who attended last year.
The problem mirrors a national trend of declining membership in Girl Scouts amid contentious debates about efforts to close camps.
At Camp L-Kee-Ta, Heather Dale of Galesburg, Ill., argued word of mouth was the best way to increase attendance as girls described their experiences.
Others backed better promotion through the media and social networks.
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Tuesday News, June 25

County Supervisors To Hear From Conservation Board Executive Director Dennis Sohl

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Supervisors will hear from Plymouth County Conservation Board Executive Director, Dennis Sohl during today's weekly scheduled meeting at the County Courthouse.  Sohl will be requesting approval on a transfer resolution.  In other action, the county supervisors will hear two requests for subdivisions, and they will hear a report from County engineer, Tom Rohe.

 

Northey Says Crops Are Showing Some Improvement

(Le Mars) -- Farmers are still behind with their spring planting, although this past week allowed for more drying and warmer conditions across the state.  The latest weekly crop condition report shows Iowa’s corn crop was 96 percent planted, marking the first year since 1993 that any corn remained to be planted this late in the year. Ninety-three percent of the corn crop has emerged, normally all corn would be emerged. Corn condition showed a very slight improvement, and was rated 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 44 percent good and 10 percent excellent. Ninety percent of the soybean crop has been planted, an advancement of 13 percentage points from last week, but still below the normal 98 percent. Seventy-five percent of the soybean crop has emerged; still well behind the five-year average of 94 percent. The soybean condition rating improved slightly, and was rated 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 44 percent good and 9 percent excellent. Sixty-seven percent of the oat crop was headed, almost catching up with the normal 72 percent headed. The oat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 56 percent good and 12 percent excellent.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey was in Le Mars yesterday and spoke about the state's crops.

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Northey says the crops are showing some signs of improvement.

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Tractor Ride Accident

(Bronson) --   One woman sustained minor injuries when the tractor she was a passenger on rolled over Monday morning near Bronson.  Woodbury county deputy Dave Benson says the driver of the tractor was participating in the Great Iowa Tractor Ride when the accident occurred.

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Benson says the woman sustained a shoulder injury in the rollover and was transported to the hospital.  The driver, who is from rural Treynor, Iowa, was not injured.  The deputy says speed was not a factor and all of the drivers on the ride were following safety rules.

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The accident happened just before 8:00 a.m. on 210th Street near Emmet Avenue in Woodbury County.


Great Iowa Tractor Ride Heads To Onawa For Day Two

(Sioux City) -- Today, is day two for the Great Iowa Tractor Ride and the more than 500 tractors will head south from Sioux City with Onawa as their destination.  Yesterday, the tractors made an appearance in Le Mars.  Don Schultz of Battle Creek, Iowa is on his second tractor trip, driving his John Deere 3020.  He says he enjoys the tractor ride because it offers an opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones.

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Tornado Touches Down In Muscatine

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Weather officials say a tornado in eastern Iowa has caused significant damage in the city of Muscatine.
The National Weather Service says the tornado was reported around 3:30 p.m. Monday on the north side of the city near Highway 61. Reported damage includes overturned semi-trailers and buildings with material sheared off. There are no reports of injuries or fatalities.
Meteorologist John Haase says the tornado was moving at about 50 mph and the surrounding area had winds of about 70 mph.
There were reports of multiple tornados in eastern Iowa on Monday, including in Johnson County. Survey teams will be inspecting the region Tuesday.
A line of severe storms moving across the state caused heavy debris damage and knocked out power to several thousand customers.


Branstad To Visit Damaged Area

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad plans to travel to cities in eastern Iowa that saw damage from severe weather.
Branstad announced he would makes stops Tuesday morning in Muscatine, in southeast Iowa, and then in Waukon, in the state's northeast corner.
A tornado on Monday caused damage in Muscatine, and both communities were pounded by high winds and heavy rains as storms swept through the state.
Thousands of people lost power during the storms.
Branstad will be accompanied by Mark Schouten, director of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


New Hydroelectricity Plant To Be Built Near Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A new hydroelectricity plant to be built at Red Rock Reservoir is expected to provide enough power for 18,000 homes.
Officials say construction is scheduled to begin early next year on the $260 million project. The reservoir sits about four miles north of Knoxville in south-central Iowa.
The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/11XFwFy) Missouri River Energy Services will develop the plant by installing turbines at the current dam on the Des Moines River. Missouri River Energy Services is a consortium, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., that includes municipal utilities from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
The new plant is expected to be ready for operation in late 2016.
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Branstad Defends His Vetoes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is defending his decision to veto some funding for public safety pensions and mental health services.
Branstad spoke Monday during his weekly press conference. He says he vetoed a provision backed by the General Assembly to put about $91 million into the public safety retirement fund because he
wants to see changes to the system. He had no specific suggestions, but said a "thoughtful review" was needed.
The fund has about 61 percent of the dollars needed to pay projected pension obligations. The measure would have increased that to 80 percent.
Branstad also vetoed a plan to provide $13 million to counties for mental health services as they transition to a new regional system. He says the state has provided ample funding over the past
two years.

 

Recession Continues To Affect Children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report indicates the recession several years ago continues to impact the well-being of Iowa children.
The Kids Count report released Monday shows 17 percent of Iowa children lived below the poverty line in 2011 despite the recession ending in 2009. Nearly a third of them lived in single-parent families and a quarter of them had parents without secure employment.
The Des Moines Register says there are also improvements, like fewer cases of child deaths, teen drug use and low birth-weight babies.
Michael Crawford, director of Iowa Kids Count, says the trends are due to factors like more kids being covered by health insurance.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore compiles the report annually with help from the Des Moines-based Child & Family Policy Center.


   

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