Saturday News, September 12
One Vehicle Accident Near K-64 Saturday Morning
(Remsen) -- A one vehicle accident happened this morning at about 6:50 a.m. on 190th Street, just past county road K-64, or about five miles east of Le Mars. A late model white sedan car had lost control on the gravel road and ended up rolling approximately 200 feet into a nearby pasture. The male driver has been identified as 20 year old Chase Tullis of Sioux City. but he was transported to Floyd Valley hospital and then airlifted by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital. Responding to the scene were the Oyens Fire Department, Remsen Fire Department, Remsen Ambulance, Iowa Highway Patrol, and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office. The accident remains under investigation.
Sprint Triathlon Scheduled For Today
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars YMCA is hosting the ninth annual Sprint Triathlon this morning. 115 people have registered to compete in the event. Angela Loutsch of the Le Mars YMCA explains what's involved with the sprint triathon.
Northwestern College Enrollment Rises
ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Northwestern College’s fall 2015 enrollment is 1,210, an increase of five students from last fall.
A record rate of freshman-to-sophomore retention has contributed to the increase, with 82 percent returning. Mark Bloemendaal, dean of enrollment and marketing, says “This unprecedented retention rate tells us we’re providing the high-quality Christian education students expect when they enroll at Northwestern.”
Northwestern has also set a record in the number of online students. Strong enrollment in the college’s new Master of Education programs has contributed to the record, along with good numbers in the RN-to-BSN program. Bloemendaal says, “We’re pleased that Northwestern’s Graduate School and Adult Learning is enabling more students to benefit from the distinctives of a Northwestern education, regardless of their age, location and life stage.”
The average ACT score of Northwestern’s freshman class also set a record, with a 24.8 composite, well above the Iowa average of 22.0 and the national average of 21.0.
University Of Iowa Sorority Placed On Suspension
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials at the University of Iowa say a sorority has been temporarily suspended after an online video showed members performing a song that references binge drinking.
The university says the Delta Epsilon chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority received a notice Friday informing the group of an interim suspension. The chapter will not be able to hold organized events until a judicial board reviews the case.
A video posted on YouTube this month shows sorority members singing and dancing on the steps of its house on campus. Part of the song includes references to excessive drinking.
University spokeswoman Jeneane Beck says the video does not represent the school's fraternity and sorority community.
Alpha Phi chapter president Anna Kozak says the sorority is not commenting.
Civil War Steamboat Artifacts On Display
MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa will offer a chance to learn more about the Civil War-era steamboat that sank nearby in the Missouri River.
On Sunday morning at 11, artifacts recovered from the Bertrand will be on display, and an expert will discuss them. The ship's cargo included an assortment of items that settlers would have needed to survive on the frontier. The Bertrand sank on April 1, 1865.
A park ranger will lead a visit to the Bertrand discovery site to discuss how the westward expansion brought big changes to wildlife in the Missouri River valley.
The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is situated north of Omaha, between Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Blair, Nebraska. Anyone visiting the refuge must have a $3 entrance permit.
Crop Production May Set Records
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest estimates show Iowa is on track for record soybean production and will tie the largest corn crop ever.
The monthly crop production report released Friday says Iowa farmers are growing an estimated 2.41 billion bushels of corn, which ties the 2009 crop for the highest on record.
The average yield is expected at 181 bushels per acre which ties 2004 and 2009 as highest on record.
Iowa farmers are expected to bring in 526 million bushels of soybeans, exceeding the 2005 record by 1 million bushels.
Soybean yield is estimated at 53 bushels per acre, a half-bushel per acre higher than the 2005 record.
Iowa farmers are expected to harvest 13.3 million acres of corn for grain and 9.92 million acres of soybeans.
DNR Following Federal Enforcement Of Manure Management Program
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it's meeting the goals established with the federal government two years ago to improve enforcement of livestock farm manure management.
An environmental activist group, however, says water pollution is worse than ever because the DNR refuses to issue any Clean Water Act permits for hog farms even though there have been 99 manure spills the past two years.
The DNR's annual report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on progress toward complying with an agreement negotiated with the EPA in 2015 indicates significant progress has been made.
Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement says the DNR's inspections and enforcement remain inadequate.
Iowa has an increasing number of lakes affected by toxic algae and bacteria and some rivers recently posted their highest-ever nitrate levels.