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Monday News, June 29

Plymouth County C-16 Road To Be Resurfaced

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that county road C-16 from Highway 12 to county road K-22 will be closed, beginning today and continuing through August 28th.  C-16 is scheduled to be resurfaced.  A detour has been established.  Motorists will be advised to follow highway 12 north to county road C-12, then follow C-12 east to county road K-22 and then south on K-22 to the east end of the project.

 

 

 

Museum Utilizes Grant For Historic Art

(Le Mars) -- Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, historic art can now be viewed in the Study Hall at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The grant announced last November was for $3,900.  Included in the grant are two categories: (1) $900 for art hanging supplies in order to display the Museum’s historic art; and (2) $3,000 for quilt stands and supplies.
Handling the grant supplies were Mary Holub, Museum registrar, and Margaret Henrich, a volunteer and former Museum registrar.
Judy Bowman, Museum administrator, explains how the grant developed: “One day last summer a visitor from Salisbury, North Carolina, toured the Plymouth County Historical Museum for the first time. When Linda and her husband reached the Study Hall, she began sharing her vision for the expansive room. By the time our visit had ended, she had planted the seed for a hanging of art in the grand 1905 room.”
Bowman continued, “We applied to the Community Foundation, and that very generous grant made it possible to develop the idea of historic art.”

 

 

 

 

King Comments On The Latest Of The Bird Flu

(Pierson) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King was in Pierson on Friday evening attending a political rally for Texas Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz.  KLEM news visited with King about the latest developments regarding the bird flu.  King says as of yet, the House Agriculture Committee has not held any public hearings regarding the devastating Avian bird flu.

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King recaps the progression of the deadly poultry disease.

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The Republican Congressman says the disease then came to Iowa and spread like a wildfire.

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King tells of a personal account how the deadly disease, along with other factors, have hurt one Iowa poultry producer.

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King continues to share the sad story.

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King says he is pleased the USDA has shifted funds from other accounts and directed to the efforts of finding a vaccine for the bird flu.

 

 

 

 

Northey Attends Linn County Fair And Talks About Bird Flu

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The ongoing bird flu outbreak has forced competitors at the Linn County Fair and other poultry events in the state to prepare educational displays and leave their birds at home.
But the 79 participants in this weekend's Linn County competition got to meet Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.
Northey visited the fair Saturday to speak about poultry health and the bird flu. He encouraged the young people who developed 4-H projects and told them he was glad they were interested in agriculture.
Iowa, Nebraska and many other states where bird flu has been found decided to prohibit poultry events this year to help limit the spread of the disease.

 

 

 

Regents Dismiss Attorney

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The governing board for Iowa's three public universities is cutting ties with the man who has served as its top lawyer since 2004.
A June 16th memo obtained by The Associated Press shows general counsel Tom Evans will soon no longer be employed by the Iowa Board of Regents and his legal duties have been transferred to others.
Evans has been the board's chief negotiator for contracts with labor unions and advises the regents and schools they govern on legal and human resources matters.
News of his departure has surprised some colleagues but the board has refused to explain the move.
The move comes amid other personnel changes at the board's Urbandale office, where three long-time staff members recently took advantage of an early retirement program aimed at cutting costs.

 

 

 

 

Family Wanting Changes With Mental Health Patients That Are In Jail

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa family that lost a son to suicide in jail earlier this year is pushing for changes in the way people with mental illnesses are treated by authorities.
Jim Cornick tells the Des Moines Register that sick people shouldn't be sent to jail when they clearly need treatment. Since his son's death in January, Cornick has been meeting with officials and urging improvements to the system.
Family members say the events that led to Jeff Cornick's suicide began in 2011 when he was arrested on suspicion of arson after threatening to set fire to gas cans in his Des Moines home.
Jim Cornick doesn't make excuses for his son, Jeff Cornick, but he believes the system can be improved to better help people with mental illnesses.

 

 

 

Home Sells For A Million Dollars

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - A suburban Des Moines home complete with its own drawbridge and dance floor drew a price over $1 million at a weekend auction.
The 9,000-square-foot home in Urbandale was sold Saturday to a local doctor.
The final price of the home won't be disclosed until the deal closes, but David Enriquez with Platinum Luxury Auctions says the seller had a reserve price of $1 million.
The four-bedroom home that sits on 3.6 acres has a six-car garage and room for 24 in the dining room. It was built in 1981.
Architect Ken Kendall, who designed the Ruan Center in Des Moines, designed the home.

 

 

 

 

Ohio Governor To Announce He Is Running For President

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ohio Governor John Kasich will formally announce his plans for the 2016 presidential race on July 21st.
He is expected to formally join the crowded Republican primary field at an announcement set for Ohio State University.
That's according to senior advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the announcement.
There are more than a dozen Republicans already in the race.
Kasich isn't as well-known as some of his likely Republican competitors, but he has been involved in national politics for more than three decades. The 63-year-old two-term governor previously served in Congress for 18 years.
He supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and often talks about the need to care for the mentally ill and drug addicts.


 

 

   

Saturday News, June 27

Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Visits Pierson

(Pierson) -- Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz made a stop in Pierson, Iowa, Friday evening, and spoke to about 200 fellow republicans.  The Texas Senator told the gathering the U-S Supreme Court is wrong with its two most recent rulings dealing with the Affordable Care Act and with the same-sex marriage.

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He says he has introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow the people the chance to elect judges to the Supreme Court, and determine the length of service.

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Cruz says people need to "re-ignite the promise of America".

 

 

 

State Senator Anderson Endorses Cruz

(Pierson) -- Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson hosted Texas Senator, Ted Cruz at a B-B-Q picnic that featured grilled pork loin sandwiches. About 200 people attended the political rally that was held at the Pierson city park and ball field.  While introducing the presidential candidate to the crowd, Anderson made an announcement that many had wondered if it would happen.  Anderson proudly proclaimed his support of the Texas Senator, and in front of his supporters, publicly gave his endorsement to Cruz.  Anderson says he likes what Cruz stands for on the issues.

 

 

Cruz Says U-S Should Trade With Cuba

(Pierson) -- Senator Cruz is the son of a Cuban immigrant who was a political prisoner who fled Cuba and settled in the United States.  KLEM radio asked the Texas Senator his thoughts about the U-S establishing diplomatic ties with the Caribbean Communist nation.  Cruz says the U-S should establish trade relations with Cuba, because he believes it would provide great potential for the U-S.  However, he says President Obama is going about it the wrong way.

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Cruz says oppression is still a common place in Cuba.

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The republican presidential candidate says the U-S should instead show strength against Cuba and reform the nation.  He says he is fortunate to have a father who escaped from Cuba.

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Cruz recently reversed his position on Trade Promotion Authority now being negotiated by the Obama administration.  Once a supporter, now, he is a dissenter of the proposed trade programs.  Cruz explains why he changed his mind and his position.

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Cruz says the second reason for his reversal of position is because the deal got away from trade, and instead was a "mesh of Washington back-room deal making".

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King Disappointed In Supreme Court Rulings

(Pierson) -- Also attending the picnic was Iowa's 4th District Congressman Steve King.  King says the Supreme Court's decision allowing for same-sex marriages to occur in every state, ranks as one of the worst decisions in the top court's history.  King says it rivals the Wade vs. Roe decision that allowed for abortions to be legal.  The Iowa Congressman believes two of the justices should have excused themselves from the case.

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King says the people should not respect the ruling, and nor should they accept the ruling.

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When the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state's constitution's description of a marriage consisting of only one-man and one-woman was deemed unconstitutional six years ago, many voters took out their frustration at election time and did not renew three of the state' supreme court's justices terms.  However, justices that serve on the U-S Supreme Court are appointed for life.  So, what can people do who oppose the ruling?

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King says he is considering another option, which would be to eliminate any language of marriage from the federal government.

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Hibbit Sports Coming To Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- A sporting goods store is coming to Le Mars.  The Hibbit Sports store is scheduled to open in late July at 1319 Holton Drive, near the Walmart Supercenter.  Hibbitt Sports and its subsidiaries operate more than 1,000 premium athletic retail stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the South, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.  The company's primary retail format is a 5,000 square foot store in strip center and enclosed malls.  Founded in 1945, Hibbett offers a large selection of athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel, with an expansive selection of brand name merchandise.

 

 

 

 

Vander Platts Comments On Supreme Court's Same-sex Marriage Ruling

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Christian conservative Bob Vander Plaats, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, says the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion creates a constitutional crisis.
Vander Plaats says the Constitution "was trampled on by activist judges who went way outside of their scope of jurisdiction and defied the laws of nature and nature's God and it's going to have severe ripple effects throughout this country."
He says he's more optimistic about the institution of marriage today than ever before because he believes the court's decision will serve as a wakeup call for the church. He says the country knows right from wrong and "what this court did today was exceptionally wrong and they know that marriage simply means the institution of one man and one woman."
He says it's a matter of time before "we right the ship."

 

 

 

 

Drake Law Professor Comments On Supreme Court Ruling On Same-sex Marriage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drake University constitutional law professor Mark Kende says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision is broad in finding same-sex marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause and due process rights of citizens.
Kende says Friday the majority ruling of the court in the 5-4 decision "emphasizes the strength with which the majority wants to send the signal that this is to be taken very seriously and has some historic significance."
Kende says the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, similar to the national high court's, was a catalyst for the nation "and opened the door to the idea that this could be mainstream America."
He says the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion vindicates the Iowa court's foresight. The unanimous ruling by the seven-member Iowa court in 2009 made Iowa the third state to legalize same-sex marriage.

 

 

 

 

Iowa Still Ranks Number 1 In Hog Production

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The latest report on the status of the Iowa hog industry shows the state with 21 million hogs on Iowa farms as of June 1. 
That's the second highest number ever since records began in 1870. The highest figure was December 2014 when the state had 21.3 million hogs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released the report Friday, says the latest figure is a 10 percent increase over the inventory of a year ago.
Iowa is the nation's leading pork producer by far. The figures show Minnesota is second with just over 8 million hogs and North Carolina is right at 8 million. Illinois had 4.6 million, Nebraska 3.2 million and Missouri 2.9 million.
The national inventory is 66.9 million head.




 




   

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