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September 21, 2019 - 8:36 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The Iowa Board of Regents is seeking 18 million more dollars from the state for next year and the amount of tuition students pay at the three state universities will be tied to what they receive.

Board president Mike Richards says they plan to stick with the tuition model the used last year.

Total state funding would be a little more than 642 million if they get the additional dollars. The Regents asked for the same 18 million dollar increase last year and got only 12 million dollars more.

If the 18 million dollars is approved this year, the University of Iowa and Iowa State University would each receive an additional seven million dollars and UNI four million. Richard says they hope to also find other money.

The same tuition formula was used last year and tuition rates were frozen at UNI last year after the school received the full four million more dollars it requested. The rates at ISU and Iowa went up three-point-nine percent. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld told the Regents one of the things the school is looking at to raise more money is a public-private partnership for its utility system.

Harreld says there are benefits for a partner, such as tax breaks that the school cannot take as a non-profit entity. Harreld says the partner would pay the school.

The Regents met late last week in Council Bluffs.

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September 21, 2019 - 8:03 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 630,000 head on September 1st, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This was unchanged from August 1st, but down 7 percent from September 1st last year.

Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 480,000 head on feed, down 6 percent from last month and down 8 percent from last year. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in all Iowa feedlots totaled 1,110,000 head, down 3 percent from last month and down 7 percent from last year.

Marketings of fed cattle from Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during August totaled 69,000 head, down 10 percent from July and down 31 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head marketed 77,000 head, down 17 percent from July but up 5 percent from last year. Marketings for all feedlots in Iowa were 146,000 head, down 14 percent from July and down 16 percent from last year. Other disappearance from all feedlots in Iowa totaled 6,000 head.

To view the complete USDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service Cattle on Feed Report, CLICK HERE.

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled five meetings across the state, including one here in northwest Iowa in October to present its proposed waterfowl season and zone structure for the 2021-2025 waterfowl hunting seasons.

Staff will present information including the results from the statewide hunter survey, the federal rules and guidelines that govern waterfowl hunting and the proposed season and zone structure.

The meeting here in our area will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Alta Community Center at Alta, in Buena Vista County. Other meetings are: October 14th at Three Mile Lake Lodge near Afton; October 15th at Washintgon County Education Center  near Ainsworth; October 16th at Oelwein Community Plaza in Oelwein; and October 22nd at Story County Conservation Center, McFarland Park near Ames.

Feedback collected at these meetings will be reviewed before an official proposal is submitted to the Natural Resource Commission for consideration. If approved, the rule would have an open comment period before going in front of the commission again for a final vote.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows states to make changes to their waterfowl zones and boundaries once every five years. Any changes will be reflected in the 2021-2025 waterfowl seasons.

Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov, and advise of specific needs.

Photo courtesy Iowa Department of Natural Resources

September 21, 2019 - 7:23 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Economist Ernie Goss says he’s concerned when economic pressure, like tariffs, are used to reach non-economic goals, like trying to get China to stop stealing intellectual property.

Goss says it appears to him both President Trump and China’s president are “blinking” and a resolution to the trade dispute may be near,  particularly since China’s own pork supply is decimated by African Swine Fever and the country needs U.S. pork imports. Iowa State University economist Chad Hart says the U.S.M.C.A. is the most important trade pact that must be resolved.

Goss says “it’s unforgiveable” for U.S.M.C.A. to be languishing in congress.

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September 21, 2019 - 7:04 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Workforce Development reports the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at two-point-five percent for August. The state has seen very little change in the rate in the last 14 months. It held at two-point-four percent for 12 straight months until moving up to the current two-point-five percent in July.

Iowa Workforce Development deputy director Ryan West says the number of unemployed did increase by one-thousand in August, but those who had a job increased by 58-hundred.

He says more people are looking for a job now with more opportunities.

He says businesses are still struggling to find workers that have the skills they need.

West says there was one event they thought might make an impacted on employment, but that did not happen.

West says August and September don’t usually see a lot of fluctuations as companies are trying to get a lot of work done before things turn cold — especially in construction. He says you have a lot of options as an employee.

Iowa is tied with New Hampshire for the third lowest unemployment in the country. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at three-point-seven percent in August.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — National Democratic Party leader have given conditional approval to a new plan by Iowa Democrats to hold satellite caucuses in addition to traditional precinct caucuses on February 3rd, 2020.

That’s IOWA Democratic Party chairman Troy Price. Two weeks ago, the Democratic National Committee cited security concerns and rejected the state party’s plan to let people to use their smart phones to participate in a series of “virtual” caucuses BEFORE February 3rd. New national party rules require caucus states to allow absentee participation in 2020. Price says Iowans can submit applications for satellite locations by November 18.

Party leaders do not want satellite caucuses to “cannibalize” traditional caucuses, according to Price, but a series of “mini-caucuses” in addition to the traditional precinct meetings might help with overcrowding at some caucus locations. The “satellite” caucuses will be held at the same time, with the same rules and the same reporting system as traditional caucuses.

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Statewide Iowa — (RI) — After national party leaders raised security concerns and rejected the Iowa Democratic Party’s plan for “virtual” caucuses, Iowa Democrats have come up with a plan for “satellite” caucuses.

Satellite voting is a familiar term for Iowans who have cast General Election ballots at “satellite” locations like churches, schools and even grocery stores before Election Day. For the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, though, the Iowa Democratic Party approved four “satellite” precincts on Caucus Night.

Earlier this week, the Iowa Democratic Party’s governing board unanimously approved a plan to significantly expand “satellite” caucus locations on February 3rd. Iowa Democrats may apply to establish a satellite site at places like factories, group homes or community gathering spots. A group of “neutral” party leaders who have NOT endorsed a presidential candidate will review the applications and decide which to approve.

Each satellite location will be like a “mini-caucus” — following the same rules and using the same reporting system as all the precinct meetings elsewhere.

This new plan to expand participation in the Iowa Caucus will be reviewed by the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee.

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September 19, 2019 - 2:52 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is in Washington, D.C. for meetings of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.

At an event earlier this week, she asked Vice President Mike Pence whether there has been progress on a deal to boost the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline.

Reynolds attended a meeting in the White House last Thursday and she says President Trump verbally signed off on the top two priorities for ethanol industry advocates.

President Trump met with senators from oil-producing states Tuesday and Iowa Senator Grassley has confirmed Trump is “tired of dealing” with the issue. Governor Reynolds has invited President Trump to Iowa to unveil the agreement, if it turns out to be in ethanol’s favor.

The governor is praising the biofuels industry for offering a “unified message” to the president on how they’d like to see the Renewable Fuels Standard maintained.

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September 19, 2019 - 10:05 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Owners of residential, agricultural and business real estate in Iowa have less than two weeks to pay their fall property taxes without penalty.

Property taxes were actually due September 1st, but the State of Iowa allows until the end of September for taxes to be paid without penalty.

You can choose one of three ways to pay your property taxes: You can take your payment to your County Treasurer’s Office, mail it to the Treasurer’s Office, or pay them online at iowatreasurers.org. If you choose to take or mail your payment to the Treasurer’s Office, please remember to include the proper payment stub. County Treasurer’s Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Remember, if you mail your tax payment it MUST be postmarked on or before September 30th to avoid late payment tax penalties.

September 18, 2019 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Lyon County, Iowa — A Sioux Falls resident faces a litany of charges after leading Lyon County deputies on a high-speed chase Tuesday evening.

According to a report from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 8:00 Tuesday evening, a Lyon County Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a speeding violation in the 3900 block of Highway 9. Authorities say the vehicle failed to stop and accelerated, leading Lyon County deputies on a pursuit.

Authorities say a Lyon County Deputy was able to successfully deploy stop sticks near the intersection of Highway 9 and County Road K52 on the east edge of Rock Rapids before the pursuit was terminated. Several hours later, the suspect and vehicle were located. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Deputies say 20-year-old Shaye Horacek, of Sioux Falls was arrested and charged with Eluding, Trespassing, Reckless Driving, two counts of driving 100 mph in a 55 zone, two counts of driving 100 mph in a 45 zone, two counts of driving 100 mpg in a 35 zone, driving 100 mph in a 25 zone, Dark Window or Windshield, and Defective or Unauthorized Muffler System.

Horacek was reportedly transported to the Lyon County Jail on the charges and was later released on a $2,600 cash bond.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Trackside Towing.

September 18, 2019 - 1:52 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Sanford Health is once again providing a couple of medical services in George.

In May of this year, the medical clinic in George changed hands. Sanford Health had been providing services at the clinic through the former Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital. But the Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Association’s board decided to turn services over to Avera Health when Sanford’s lease was up. A new hospital and clinic was built in Rock Rapids, and is now operated by Avera Health. Meanwhile, Sanford Health wasn’t going to give up the Rock Rapids market and built a clinic in northwest Rock Rapids.

But the George clinic, which continues to be owned by the Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Association, switched to Avera. So while Avera providers continue to be available in George, Sanford’s services were no longer available.

But, beginning this month, Sanford Health Rock Rapids Clinic is providing a couple of services in George — at the George Good Samaritan Center. Jill Funke with Sanford Health tells us that lab draws are available once each week for people that need to provide a blood sample for various health tests. She says foot and nail care services will also be available once each month at the Good Samaritan Society in George.

Funke says this arrangement was made possible by the affiliation established in 2018 between Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society.

According to clinic director Laurie Jensen, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to offer lab draws and foot care services closer to home for our patients in the George area. This is just one of the positive benefits we have seen from the newly created relationship between Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society.”

Patients are encouraged to call Sanford Health Rock Rapids at 712-472-3333 to schedule appointments for foot care and lab draw services.