Lyon County Fair Runs Through Thursday

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Billed as the “best four days of summer,” the Greater Lyon County Fair continues in Rock Rapids through Thursday.
carnival fair ticket booth

Elaine Hinsch from the Fair Board Office fills us in on what’s going on at the fair. (This was recorded on Monday)

The Commercial Building is open to the public from Noon- 10 PM every day.

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O’Brien County Fair Continues Through Thursday

Primghar, Iowa — It’s county fair time in northwest Iowa.
obrien fair rock
The annual O’Brien County Fair continues through Thursday, according to Sarah Fiddelke at the Fair Office.

(The cut was recorded on Monday so when she says “tomorrow,” she means “Tuesday.”)

Fair Schedule:

6:00 pm — Bill Riley Talent Search Show
8:00 pm — Fair Queen & King Coronation

7:00 am – 10:00 am — O’Brien County 4-H Foundation Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am – Beef Show
9:00 am – 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
10:00 – noon — O’Brien County Naturalist
1:00 pm — “Cooking with Honey” – Marlene Boernsen — Admin Bldg
2:00 – 3:00 pm — Great Plains Mobile Zoo
4:00 pm -Bottle/Bucket Calf Show
4:00 – 8:00 pm — Kock’s Mini Train & Ferris Wheel Rides
5:00 – 9:00 pm — Special K’z the Clown & OhKEEDOEK’z Entertainment
6:00 pm – Pedal Tractor Pull
7:30 pm — Ventriloquist/Comedian – Greg Claassen

7:00 am — Breakfast for 4-H’ers, parents and volunteers by Ag Partners
7:30 am – Swine Show
9:00 am – Discovering 4-H Pet Show followed by 4-H Show
9:00 am – 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
9:00 am — Rooster Crowing Contest
10:30 am – Dog Show (or immediately following Pet Show)
1:00 pm – O’Brien Co. Country School Houses – Wesley Peters — Open Class Craft Building
2:00 pm — Learning about Birds with Lee Schoenewe
3:00 – 3:30 pm – Livestock Judging Registration
3:30 pm – Livestock Judging Contest
3:30 pm — Quilt Turning Program — Open Class Craft Bldg
5:00 pm — Share The Fun Entertainment and Evaluation and 4-H Style Show
5 – 7:00 pm – O’Brien Co. Farm Bureau Watermelon Feed
7:30 pm – Auto Races sponsored by Primghar Jaycees
8:00 pm – All 4-H Livestock may be released

8:30 am – Awards/Announcements and Livestock Sale
9 -12:00 – 4-H Non-livestock exhibits may be released. 4-H’ers & parents are EXPECTED & ASSIGNED places to help with cleanup.Lunch will be provided after cleanup.
9:00 pm – 12:00 am – Teen Dance

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Meeting To Address Agriculture Environmental Concerns

Maurice, Iowa — A special free seminar about the environment and how to stave off environmental regulation of the agriculture industry is scheduled for Tuedsay, July 21st near Maurice.
The name of the event is a mouthful. It’s the West Branch of the Floyd River Water Quality Initiative Field Day. But it’s for everyone, not just those who live in the West Branch Floyd watershed, says Becca Meerdink, who told us about the event.

She says this very important field day and the topics to be discussed affect all involved in agriculture throughout the Iowa. The core of this field day, she says is centered around the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, which is a coordinated effort by those involved in agriculture to reduce nutrient loads to our rivers, streams and to the Gulf of Mexico from sources such as agriculture. The Iowa Water Quality Initiative has been touted as “the last ditch effort to stave off environmental regulation of the agricultural industry” and a number of topics discussed will address these issues.

She says everyone is invited.

She says it will be a morning of discussion on conservation, changing consumer demands, and how the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and the EPA Waters of the US rule will impact farm operations.

She tells us about the speakers.

The meeting is at the Maasen Dairy Farm, two miles east of Maurice on B58. Again, it is free, and a free lunch is provided as well.

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8:30 am: Registration

9:00 am: Welcome

9:05 am: Keynote: Del Holzer (Elanco Animal Health)

“What our Consumers Expect of Us”

10:00 am: Breakout Session 1: Nitrogen

Demonstrations: Cover Crops, Root Pit, Hagie Y-Drop and more

10:40 am: Breakout Session 2: Phosphorous

Demonstrations: No-till, Root Pit and more

11:30 am: Dinner (provided)

11:45 am: Keynote: Kristine Tidgren (ISU Center of Ag Law & Taxation )

“Implications of the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit & EPA’s WOTUS Ruling

12:30 pm: Adjourn/Questions/Inspect Equipment

Man Receives Prison Time After Sioux Preme Discharge

Sioux City, Iowa — A Remsen man will serve prison time after he caused an improper discharge to a river as the maintenance manager at a Sioux Center packing plant.
Fish Kill
The United States’ Attorney’s office says that 58-year-old Michael J. Wolf of Remsen pled guilty in December to one count of knowingly discharging a pollutant into a waterway of the United States. The discharge resulted in a fish kill. At the plea and sentencing hearings, the US Attorney’s Office says they presented evidence that on October 23 and 24, 2012, Wolf, while he was the maintenance manager at Sioux-Preme Packing, intentionally discharged biological materials and agricultural wastes from one of Sioux-Preme’s waste lagoons into a tributary of the West Branch of the Floyd River. They say the pollutants likely included blood, fecal material, animal guts, cleaning chemicals, etc.

They say the discharge lasted more than 11 hours. It fouled over 11 miles of river, downstream from the lagoon. The US Attorney’s Office also says the discharge killed over 190,000 fish of various species, valued at over $20,000; and caused the State of Iowa to expend more than $5,000 in response costs. One witness to the fish kill described watching fish jumping out of the water and racing around to avoid the deadly plume. They also say Wolf lied to members of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Emergency Response team attempting to ameliorate the effects of the spill. According to the US Attorney’s Office, this delay likely worsened the effects of the spill.

Michael J. Wolf was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett for his violation of the Clean Water Act. He was sentenced to six weekends of imprisonment and a one-year term of probation. A special assessment of $100 was imposed.

Suspect Apprehended After Pursuit

Le Mars, Iowa — A South Sioux City man is behind bars after leading officers on a chase through Woodbury and Plymouth counties and just into Sioux County.
Police lightbar chase
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that they were notifies by the Woodbury County communications center about 2:35 on Saturday morning that the Sioux City Police were in a pursuit with a white pickup northbound on Floyd Boulevard and it appeared that it was headed into Plymouth County.

Before Plymouth County deputies could get into position, they were told the Sioux City Officers ended the pursuit since it entered into Plymouth County. The pickup had last been seen going northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 75 near Hinton.

Plymouth County Deputies checked the area of Hinton and the vehicle was located on the south edge of Hinton turning north onto Highway 75. Deputies followed the pickup and saw it traveling all over the road and speeding. Le Mars officers were called and requested to set up between Merrill and Le Mars on Highway 75 with stop sticks. Lights and sirens were activated in an attempt to stop the vehicle south of Merrill at which time the vehicle attempted to flee.

The Sheriff’s Office says the pickup continued northbound on Highway 75 and did run over the stop sticks that had been deployed on the roadway. By the time the pickup had reached C-38 and Highway 75 its tires had already began falling apart. It continued northbound on Highway 75 and then Highway 60 from Le Mars.

Deputies say that by that time the vehicle had lost three of its tires and was running on rims. The pickup had to slow down its speeds due to the condition of its tires but continued fleeing from officers. The pickup continued north on Highway 60 to K-64 at Carnes, where it turned back south.

According to the report, the driver continually threw items of clothing at the pursuing officers behind it. The driver also made numerous offensive hand gestures directed to the pursuing officers while being chased. The vehicle continued south on K-64 failing to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of K-64 and Highway 3. The pursuit continued south on K-64 with the suspect vehicle again going through the stop sign located at the intersection of K-64 and C-38.

By the time the pursuit reached the 2300 block of K-64, authorities say the suspect slowed down to a stop and bailed out of his pickup and ran east into a hog confinement area. Deputies were able to apprehend the suspect not far from where he had stopped.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Michael Ryan Derby of South Sioux City, Nebraska. He was charged with two counts of speeding, two stop sign violations, Felony Eluding, (class D Felony) and Operation while Intoxicated 3rd Offense, which is also a felony.

As of Monday morning, July 20th, he was still being held in the Plymouth County Jail on a $5000 bond.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department reports that the Le Mars Police, Iowa State Patrol, Orange City Police and the Kingsley Police Department assisted with the incident.

Thousands Descending On Sioux City For RAGBRAI

Sioux City, Iowa — If you’re headed to or through Sioux City today, we remind you that it’s RAGBRAI time and Sioux City is the starting city this year.
Thousands of bike riders will descend on Sioux City. The 43rd annual event will challenge bikers to one week of riding that averages 65 to 75 miles each day. Al Joens rides a tandem bike with his wife and says this will be his 32nd time on the ride. He has done the entire ride — roughly 500 miles — 17 times.

(as he says)”It’s the people that make it so fun, it’s just 20-thousand different interesting characters,” he says. “RAGBRAI is an equalizer. It doesn’t matter if you are millionaire or have no money at all. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor or a laborer. When you are out on a bike climbing a hill, none of that means anything, you’ve all got to get from point A to point B.”

Bikers will follow the tradition of dipping their tires in the Missouri River Sunday in Sioux City before starting the ride. The ones that finish will dip their tires in the Mississippi River Saturday at the conclusion of the ride.

Again, be aware of lots of extra traffic in the Sioux City area this weekend.

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