Tuesday News, September 1
Pickup Truck Hits Care Center Killing One Resident
(Hull) -- One person is dead after a pick up truck hit a nursing care center in Hull. Sioux County authorities are investigating the accident that happened at the Pleasant Acres Care Center, Monday afternoon at about 2:12 p.m. Kathleen Sohl, age 72, of Hull was driving a minivan westbound on Railroad Street. Her husband, Lawrence Sohl, age 77, also from Hull, was driving a pick up truck westbound on Railroad Street following her. For an unknown reason, Lawrence struck the rear of the minivan approximately one half block east of the intersection. He then continued westbound on Railroad Street through the intersection and across a grass lawn, owned by the care center. Lawrence’s vehicle struck the care center and travelled through the rooms of two residents; it came to rest completely inside the building. The collision killed Anna Dykstra, age 88, a resident of the care center, who was in her room at the time. No one was in the second room.
Dykstra was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries. Lawrence Sohl was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of his injuries.
Supervisors To Discuss Approval For Subdivision
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene today at the Courthouse board room for their weekly meeting. The supervisors will discuss and possibly act on suspending taxes for Diane and Gene Stabe. The county governing board will also discuss reimbursement of epenses from a recent lawsuit filed against the county. Kelsey Bauerly Langel will appear before the supervisors seeking an extension to file a minor subdivision. County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the supervisors to give an update on county road construction projects.
Road Closures Scheduled To Begin Today
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will be closing two roads beginning today for bridge and culvert repairs. Dogwood Avenue from county road C-38 to 200th Street will be closed for three days so that work crews can repair a bridge. Quest Avenue from Highway 140 to 330th Street will also close today for the replacement of a bridge with a box culvert. Work on that stretch of roadway is expected to continue for nearly three weeks.
City Council To Hold Hearing On Sidewalk Improvement Project
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council have a short agenda for today's scheduled meeting. Only one action item is scheduled. The council will discuss an offer to purchase city real estate. The council will also hold a public hearing during today's meeting. The hearing will focus on 12th Street Southwest sidewalk improvement project. The city council will start their meeting at 12:00 noon from the council chambers.
Rural Areas Will Have Better Access To Broadband
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says people living and working in rural Iowa will benefit from plans to expand broadband Internet service.
Branstad discussed the expansion plans Monday. Four companies will expand Internet services to nearly 90,000 Iowa locations using grant funding provided by the Federal Communication Commission's Connect America Fund.
Providing high-speed internet throughout the state has been a top priority for Branstad. The four companies receiving over $53 million in grants are CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier and Consolidated Communications.
Company officials said the dollars would help provide service in some areas, as well as improve speeds in others.
Branstad says broadband access is a "great equalizer" for rural communities.
University of Iowa Renovates President's Office And Residence
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Renovation and maintenance work are in the beginning stages of the University of Iowa's president's office and home while the school looks to find its next president.
Four finalists are up for the job to replace Sally Mason, who's retiring. The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to choose a successor Thursday.
School officials say the $500,000 renovation of the president's office is long overdue. They say it'll cost an estimated $1.5 million to address deferred maintenance at the president's residence, which is more than a century old.
A university official says work on two projects will reach a point by the end of the fall semester when the spaces should be useable. Both projects are expected to finish before spring semester ends.
Perry Campaign Continues Despite Setbacks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rick Perry's cash-strapped presidential campaign is set to keep going in Iowa with just one paid staffer and some volunteers.
The former Texas governor's senior Iowa strategist, Robert Haus, says the Republican campaign will have one paid operative for now. Haus will stay on in an unpaid capacity.
Perry's campaign has struggled with sluggish fundraising. Last week, Perry's state chairman, Sam Clovis, left to work for Donald Trump.
Haus says Karen Fesler, who served as Iowa co-chair of the campaign, is leaving to work for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's 2016 bid. Despite the setbacks, Haus claims confidence that Perry can finish in the top tier in the Iowa caucuses.
Economic Business Study Shows Decline
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An August survey suggests there will be little or no economic growth over the next three months in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains.
A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 49.6, compared with 50.6 in July.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota companies reported growth last month, but businesses in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma reported less economic activity,
The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Crop Conditions Continue To Improve
(Des Moines) -- Near ideal weather conditions with ample amounts of rain this past week is making for favorable crop conditions. In the weekly crop condition report issued Monday afternoon, 95 percent of the state's corn crop has reached the dough stage or beyond, with 57 percent dented or beyond, which is three days ahead of last year, but three days behind the five-year average. Three percent of the corn crop was reported as being mature. Corn condition rated 81 percent good to excellent. The state's soybean crops are showing signs of making a big crop. 95 percent of the soybeans were setting pods or beyond, while 11 percent of the soybeans are starting to turn color, two days ahead of 2014, but two days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated as 76 percent good to excellent.