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Friday News, July 25

Bank Robbery At Holstein Bank

(Holstein) -- Ida County officials are investigating an armed bank robbery that happened Thursday afternoon.  Authorities say the United Bank of Iowa in Holstein was robbed at gunpoint about 4:05 p.m.  An African-American male entered the bank displaying a firearm and demanded money from the tellers.  The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of US currency.  Law enforcement officials say the male suspect is in his 20's  stands nearly six feet tall, and weighs approximately 180 pounds, and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt.  The Ida County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the scene by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Sac County Sheriff's office and the Storm Lake Police Department.  The investigation is ongoing and anyone that has information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Ida County Sheriff's office.

 

Thursday Fair Attendance At 19,000

(Le Mars) -- Today is the third day of the "Best Five Days of Summer" of the Plymouth County Fair.  The showers from yesterday didn't seem to keep people from attending the fair.  Fair Officials say yesterday's attendance was at 19,000.  A year ago, Thursday's attendance was marked at 17,100.  You may recall it had rained on that Thursday as well, having to postpone the grandstand event.  The 4-H and FFA Dog Show will begin today at 8:30, as does the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef and Market Beef Show.  As for tonight's entertainment, Impact Wrestling will make its debut at the Plymouth County Fair. That will happen in the covered arena, at Pioneer Village will be both the musical group Savanah Jack and the hypnotist Mr. Wunder, and the tractors will be billowing the smoke at the grandstand as the Tractor and mini-rod pull begins at 6:30.

 

Northey To Visit Plymouth County Fair

(Des Moines) -- The Plymouth County Fair will have a special visitor today.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced he will be visiting the fair between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Northey says he wants to tour the fairgrounds and to observe the "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" agricultural education exhibit located within the famous round barn.  This will be Northey's second visit to the fair that promotes itself as being the "best five days of summer", but it is his first time since being elected Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

 

Biofuels Mobile Education Center To Appear At Fair

(Le Mars) -- People attending the Plymouth County Fair on Sunday, July 27th, will have the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of ethanol as the Biofuels Mobile Education Center will make an appearance at the fair.  The unit will be next to the famous round barn, and will allow people to enter the trailer and observe how corn is processed into ethanol. 
 
Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture committee, says the ethanol trailer will showcase how the renewable fuel of corn-based ethanol is a clean burning fuel.  Jacobson says the biofuels mobile education center is an interactive display allowing people to learn more about ethanol, and it follows the goals of the "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" exhibit focussing on agricultural education.
 
The Biofuels Mobile Education Center is being sponsored by Plymouth Energy L.L.C. of Merrill, Iowa.

 

Conference To Address Livestock Odors

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The latest technology designed to reduce the odor from hog manure will be the focus of a conference next month at Iowa State University.
     The Biofilter Conference on Aug. 20 is aimed at producers and managers of animal feeding operations and others interested in learning about development of the latest equipment.
     ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Steve Hoff says biofilters can be an effective means to reduce odor and other gas emissions from ventilated animal and manure storage facilities. He says the conference will outline costs, effectiveness, management and other details, and provide sources of science-based information on biofilters.
     A demonstration of biofilter operation with an Iowa State biofilter mobile unit is planned.

 

Sioux City Bicyclist Dies On RAGBRAI Ride

 MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his tent in Mason City in the second death during the weeklong bicycling event.
     The Des Moines Register reports 74-year-old George "Frank" Brinkerhoff was found dead inside his tent Thursday morning at Parker's Woods Campground.
     Mason City police Sgt. Greg Scott ways Brinkerhoff was participating in the Register's Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa. Scott didn't know if Brinkerhoff was riding alone or with a group.
     Scott says Brinkerhoff appeared to die of natural causes, but a medical examiner who responded hasn't determined the cause of death.
     On Monday, 62-year-old Tom Teesdale, of West Branch, had a heart attack and died at a hospital in Emmetsburg.
     There have been 30 deaths during RAGBRAI's 42 years.

 

Branstad Wants Government To Notify State Of Illegal Immigrant Children Placed In Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad wants the federal government to notify state officials about any immigrant children placed in Iowa.
     A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said this week that 122 children who entered the country illegally and alone were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year. Branstad learned of the placements from a news reporter.
     In a letter sent Thursday to President Barack Obama, Branstad asked that the state be alerted to future placements. He also said immigrant children are getting the wrong message due to "a lack of a secure border and sound immigration policy."
     More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October.

 

Jury Convicts Man Of Murdering His Wife After Third Trial

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A jury has convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife after the third trial in the case.
     Jurors agreed Thursday that Seth Techel was guilty of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy. The 23-year-old who once hoped to become a police officer faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
     Prosecutors argued that Seth Techel killed 23-year-old Lisa Techel on May 26, 2012, in their trailer in Agency, Iowa. Lisa Techel, a county jail employee and reserve sheriff's deputy, was 17 weeks pregnant with their first child. Techel told police he was in the shower when an unknown intruder killed his wife.
     Jurors at two previous trials had been unable to agree on whether Techel was guilty.

 

Inmate Escapes Work Release Center

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped from a Des Moines work release center.
     The agency says 26-year-old Abel Joshua Aguilar failed to return from his job to the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility on Wednesday. He was transferred to the work release site in May.
     Aguilar was convicted of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, theft and assault on a correctional employee. He began his sentence in June 2006. The offenses were committed in Polk and Webster counties.
     Information about Aguilar should be reported to Des Moines police and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Thursday News, July 24

Neunaber Set To Have Hearing On August 4th

(Le Mars) -- A hearing has been set for the man being held as a material witness after the deaths of his parents.  Jon Neunaber of Akron will face a judge on August 4th.  Neunaber was picked up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and brought back to Plymouth County jail.  His parents, Donald and Esther Neunaber were found dead in their rural Akron home on July 10th.  So far, Neunaber has not had any charges brought up against him.  However, an official close to the case told KLEM news that there is no time limit as to when criminal charges must be submitted on a material witness.  The official says a material witness can be held indefinately, if a judge believes the individual could be a potential flight risk. 

 

Attendance Up For First Day Of Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) -- More than 18,500 people attended the first day of the 2014 Plymouth County Fair on Wednesday.  Fair officials say the ideal weather conditions with temperatures in the lower 80's, along with the new Figure 8 racing event at the grandstand were the main contributing factors for the higher opening day attendance.  Last year, the attendance for the first day of the fair was set at 17,800.  Fair officials couldn't recall if the 2014 opening day attendance established any first-day attendance records.

 

Westergard And Marienau Selected As Plymouth County Fair Royalty

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Fair Queen and King were selected last evening.  KLEM's Dave Grosenheider served as the emcee as he announced the 14 king candidates all hoping to win the crown. Lane Marienau was picked to represent the county fair as the new king. 
Next, was the selection of the queen candidates.
This year's queen is Cali Westergard of Akron.  Westergard had the weight of tradition on her shoulders as she is the youngest of four sisters to bear the crown.  Each of her older sisters were chosen as the Plymouth County Fair Queen.  Westergard believes her 4-H and FFA experience will help direct her career involving health and nutrition.

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The newly crowned queen explains why she wanted the honor.

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Lane Marienau of Brunsville was selected as the Fair King.  He explains why he chose to become a king candidate.

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Marienau says there is no doubt being selected as the county fair king will go down as being his most memorable moment for his 4-H and FFA career, but he says he will also remember his work in community service.

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The newly crowned king says he will pursue his agri-business goals starting with attending South Dakota State University.

 

Day Two Highlights Of The Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) -- Today, is the second day for the Plymouth County Fair, and the schedule has the 4-H and FFA horse check-in at the horse arena followed by the horse show at the outdoor arena.  At 8:30 a.m. this morning, will be the 4-H and FFA sheep show.  "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" agricultural exhibit will open at noon.  4-H Educational Presentations will be at 1:00 p.m. at Century Hall.  The Farm Olympics will be at the covered arena at 6:30 p.m.  As for the entertainment, the grandstand will feature the Tuff Truck Competition, and at the Pioneer Village Stage will be the musical group Vocal Trash with three different performances scheduled at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m.

 

Communications Projects The Focus For 4-H Members 

(Le Mars) -- As mentioned, the 4-H Educational Presentations will occur today.  Extension Program Coordinator, Janelle Johnson says educational presentations are one of four communications projects that will take place at the fair.

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Pride of Iowa is a popular event as people line up to taste the food samples that are prepared by the 4-H members and distributed to the public.  Johnson says the Pride of Iowa projects must contain ingredients that are grown or raised in Iowa.

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The event has become so popular through the years, that often times the food samples run out before everyone had a chance to taste the food.

 

Northey To Visit Plymouth County Fair

(Des Moines) -- The Plymouth County Fair will have a special visitor on Friday.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced he will be visiting the fair between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Northey says he wants to tour the fairgrounds and to observe the "a ROUND the farm in the BARN" agricultural education exhibit located within the famous round barn. This will be Northey's second visit to the fair that promotes itself as being the "best five days of summer", but it is his first time since being elected Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

 

Roads Department To Close Evergreen Avenue For Bridge Repairs

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced it plans to close Evergreen Avenue from county road C-38 to 200th Street beginning Monday, July 28th and continuing through the end of October.  The road will be closed so crews can replace a bridge.

 

Hay Bale Rolls On Westfield Man

(Akron) -- A Westfield man has died as a result of a large hay bale falling on him. 76 year old Barry Knapp of Westfield was struck by a hay bale that had fallen on him, Tuesday afternoon.  Family members were at the scene at the time of the accident. The Plymouth County Sheriff's office and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner have ruled the death to be accidental.  Knapp was stacking large round bales when one rolled off the pile and landed on him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Alta Man Injured When Car Rolls Over Him

(Storm Lake) -- A rural Alta man was seriously wounded Wednesday afternoon when a car he was working on, rolled off a ramp, and struck him.  44 year old Patrick Briner was transported by ambulance to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, and then airlifted by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The incident happened at about 3:00 p.m.  Buena Vista Sheriff's deputies, along with emergency personnel from the Aurelia Fire Department and Buena Vista Regional Medical Center responded to the scene at 149 510th Street. Briner's condition is unknown at this time.

 

Northey Predicts Propane Prices To Rise Again In Winter

 DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - State officials and propane suppliers are advising consumers to fill their tanks before cold weather arrives because prices could climb again this winter.
     Prices will largely depend on how cold it is this winter and how long the cold lasts.
     Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey is telling farmers and homeowners to buy ahead of time.
     Last winter dwindling Midwest supplies and rising demand pushed propane prices to more than three times normal to nearly $5 per gallon. Northey doesn't expect prices that high but he says it is important to think ahead.
     Iowa historically received about 20 percent of its propane from a 1,900-mile pipeline that no longer carries it.
     As a result, Iowans are increasingly reliant on propane from Kansas which costs more.
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Wetlands Are Shrinking 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Federal officials and conservationists say a recent report detailing annual wetland losses in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region highlights the need for increased protection for birds.
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Status and Trends of Prairie Wetlands report earlier this month. The report shows that the wetlands in the region declined by an average of 6,200 acres per year - and some conservationists say the trend isn't slowing down.
     Conservationists and wildlife officials say more emphasis needs to be put on conservation easements and incentive-based programs that protect wetlands on farmland while reimbursing farmers for lost income.
     Officials say Prairie Pothole Region provides breeding and nesting habitat for more than 60 percent of the nation's migratory waterfowl.

 

Branstad Taps Law Professor To Be Next Judge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A private practice lawyer in Iowa City who also works as an adjunct professor at University of Iowa has been appointed a district court judge by Gov. Terry Branstad.
     Branstad on Wednesday appointed Lars Anderson to the bench in the 6th Judicial District, which includes Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Tama counties in eastern Iowa.
     Anderson, of Iowa City, earned his law degree from the University of Iowa.
     He fills the vacancy left by Judge Marsha Beckelman who retired July 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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