Tuesday news, June 12
Supervisors To Canvass Primary Election Results
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to canvass the primary election during today's regular meeting. The supervisors will hear a report from SIMPCO representatives regarding a housing trust fund. They will also hear from county treasurer Linda Dobson and Driver's License Deputy Keri Borchers on an update on the commercial drivers license testing in Plymouth County.
Rock Valley Man Sentenced to 10 years For Sexual Abuse
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) - A Rock Valley man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing an eight-year-old Sioux Center boy.
Rogelio Zarate-Rios received his punishment yesterday after entering a guilty plea. Sioux County Prosecutors say the case came to light after a woman reported to police she discovered photographs of her son being fondled on a cellphone belonging to Zarate-Rios.
Hospital Trustees To Meet
(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees will meet this morning. The trustees will discuss the recent Press Ganey Quarterly update, as well as hear from Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin offer an update on the north addition.
Le Mars Has A Flea Market
(Le Mars) -- A new business is starting in downtown Le Mars. B & B Flea Market is located on Central Avenue between the Royal Theater and the Pizza Ranch restaurant. Owner Barry Brown explains why he believes Le Mars needs a Flea Market.
Brown says when the store is fully operational they will feature two floors of consignments featuring 25 different booths.
Brown says he has experience in the pawn industry, both buying and selling collectable items since he was 12 years old.
Ice Cream Days Takes a Year of Preparation
(Le Mars) -- Ice Cream Days gets started on Wednesday, but the planning and organization for the annual event began at the conclusion of last year's celebration. Brad Pick, serves as the Chamber of Commerce's Vice president of Events.
Pick says Ice Cream Days is the colaboration and cooperation of several organizations.
Pick says there are new events, as well as some favorites from years' past. Pick says attendees of this year's Ice Cream Days will have eight different opportunities throughout the four days of the celebration to taste America's favorite sweet treat.
Spencer Boy Dies
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - A 6-year-old boy who was unresponsive when pulled from a pool in northwest Iowa last week has died.
Police say Michael Rohan died Sunday. He was found floating in the water at the Spencer Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
Michael first was taken to Spencer Hospital and then flown for treatment in Sioux Falls, S.D.
His death has been ruled an accident. He'd lived in Spencer.
Weekly Crop Report Shows Dry Conditions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The continued hot and dry weather is taking a toll on Iowa's crops.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that while most of the corn and soybeans are in good shape, conditions have declined. More than half of the topsoil and subsoil
Sixty-seven percent of the corn is rated good to excellent. That's down from 75 percent a week ago. Sixty-two percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent condition, a drop from last
week's 71 percent.
The USDA says 66 percent of Iowa's topsoil and 59 percent of the subsoil is very short or short.
The statewide average precipitation for the week was 0.07 inch, below the average of nearly 1.2 inches. The report doesn't include thunderstorms that hit Sunday.
Iowa Teachers Honored
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa teachers are being recognized for their work with students in math and science.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says Karla Digmann, of Dubuque, and Jody Stone, of Cedar Falls, have been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Digmann received the award from math. Stone was recognized for her work as a science teacher.
The White House says the award is presented annually to outstanding K-12 science and math teachers across the country. Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington, D.C.