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November 27, 2021 - 8:34 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Private pesticide applicator continuing education meetings have been scheduled for December through early-April. These trainings will be held live and in-person.

Individuals who choose to renew their private pesticide certification through annual continuing education should plan to attend one of these sessions.

In Iowa, private pesticide applicators can receive their initial three-year certification by passing a test offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Once certified through testing, renewal can occur in two ways. Applicators can re-test every three years to renew or attend a training session every year during that three-year time period.

The 2021-22 Private Pesticide Applicator Training schedule for Northwest Iowa is as follows:

· Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. – Paullina Legion Hall, Paullina; Preregister to 712-957-5045.

· Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, Lower-Level Meeting Room, Orange City; Preregister to 712-737-4230.

· Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. – Le Mars Convention Center, Le Mars; Preregister to 712-546-7835.

· Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m. – St. John’s United Methodist Church, Mapleton; Preregister to 712-423-2175.

· Dec. 16, 7 p.m. – Cobblestone Inn & Suites Conference Center, Holstein; Preregister to 712-364-3003.

· Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m. – Presbyterian Church, Sibley; Preregister to 712-754-3648.

· Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m. – Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids; Preregister to 712-472-2576.

· Jan. 4, 10 a.m. – Crop Advantage Series, Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon. Preregister online at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/cas/. You must attend all day to qualify.

· Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m. – Westwood School Auditorium, Sloan; Preregister to 712-276-2157.

· Jan. 13, 7 p.m. – West Monona High School Auditorium, Onawa; Preregister to 712-423-2175.

· Jan. 19, 7 p.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, Lower-Level Meeting Room, Orange City; Preregister to 712-737-4230.

· Jan. 20, 7 p.m. – Moville Community Center, Moville; Preregister to 712-276-2157.

· Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – Crop Advantage Series, Le Mars Convention Center, Le Mars. Preregister online at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/cas/. You must attend all day to qualify.

· Jan. 31, 1:30 p.m. – Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids; Preregister to 712-472-2576.

· Feb. 1, 1:30 p.m. – Ida Grove Skate Palace, Ida Grove; Preregister to 712-364-3003.

· Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m. – Le Mars Convention Center, Le Mars; Preregister to 712-546-7835.

· Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m. – Cherokee Community Center, Cherokee; Preregister to 712-225-6196.

· Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, Lower-Level Meeting Room, Orange City; Preregister to 712-737-4230.

· March 1, 1:30 p.m. – Primghar Community Center, Primghar; Preregister to 712-957-5045.

· March 1, 7 p.m. – Aurelia Community Center, Aurelia; Preregister to 712-225-6196.

· March 7, 7 p.m. – Le Mars Convention Center, Le Mars; Preregister to 712-546-7835.

· March 10, 7 p.m. – Inwood Community Center, Inwood; Preregister to 712-472-2576.

· March 14, 7 p.m. – Presbyterian Church, Sibley; Preregister to 712-754-3648.

· April 7, 7 p.m. – Northwest Iowa Community College, Building C, Room 328, Sheldon; Preregister to 712-957-5045.

For additional information, contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach county office or Field Agronomist Joel DeJong at 712-546-7835.

November 27, 2021 - 8:22 pm - Posted in News

 

Statewide Iowa — More than 180 insurance companies are now headquartered in Iowa — and Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi  Durham says no other state gets a higher percentage of its Gross Domestic Product from the insurance and finance industry.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the insurance industry accounts for at least 16 percent of the jobs in metro Des Moines. Durham says manufacturing remains the dominant industry in the entire state of Iowa, however.

Sixty-four percent of Iowa’s exports come from Iowa manufacturing plants and 15 percent of Iowa’s entire workforce is employed by a manufacturer.

According to the Iowa Economic Development Authority, manufacturing jobs in Iowa pay 25 percent more than the average wage for a private sector job.

November 26, 2021 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A liquified carbon dioxide pipeline is planned to cut across our area, and there are meetings coming up at which people can learn more and comment on the proposal.

Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC wants to build a 1,300-mile pipeline in five states — Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota, en route to a sequestration site in Illinois. The majority of the pipeline is hoped to be built in Iowa and, like the Dakota Access Pipeline for petroleum, the carbon dioxide line would cross Iowa from the northwest to the southeast. There would be branches into South Dakota and Nebraska, with a small branch just into Minnesota, according to a map of the proposed pipeline. There would also be branch lines to other parts of Iowa.

According to a map of the proposed project, the pipeline is planned to enter Iowa near the tri-state marker northwest of Larchwood, travel southeast through Lyon County, and cross into O’Brien County near the four-county point, northwest of Sheldon. It then appears to travel east-southeast toward Hartley, where a roughly perpendicular branch joins the main line from both directions from points in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. The mainline is forecast to leave O’Brien County near Highway 18 and the Clay County line. The other lines are planned to enter the county near Moneta, and near the four-county point of O’Brien, Cherokee, Plymouth, and Sioux counties.

Under Iowa Code, the pipeline company is required to hold informational meetings in each county in which real property or property rights would be affected. In our area, the meetings will be

  • Lyon County: November 29, noon – Forster Community Center, 404 First Ave., Rock Rapids
  • O’Brien County: December 1, noon – Crossroads Pavilion Event Center (Great Hall), 301 34th Ave., Sheldon
  • Osceola County: December 1, 6 p.m. – 9th Street Center, 418 Ninth St., Sibley

Other meetings in the wider area include

  • Plymouth County: November 29, 6 p.m. – Le Mars Convention Center (lower level), 275 12th St. S.E., Le Mars
  • Cherokee County: November 30, noon – Aurelia Community Center, 235 Main St., Aurelia
  • Woodbury County: November 30, 6 p.m. – Sioux City Convention Center (Rooms A & B), 801 Fourth St., Sioux City
  • Dickinson County: December 2, noon – Dickinson County Community Center, 1602 15th St., Spirit Lake
  • Clay County: December 13, noon – Clay County Regional Events Center, 800 W. 18th St., Spencer
  • Buena Vista County: December 13, 6 p.m. – Alta Community Center, 28 N. Lake St., Alta

There are other meetings scheduled further away too, plus there is a virtual meeting scheduled as well, on January 19, 2022. For the full list of meetings and registration information for the virtual meeting, you can visit the Iowa Utilities Board’s hearing and meeting calendar.

The company says that by Iowa law, it is not allowed to talk to property owners about the route or easement compensation until after the public informational meetings.

Statewide Iowa — A coalition of agencies and organizations is preparing to help as many as 13-hundred Afghans resettle in central Iowa by the middle of next year.

Mak Suceska is head of the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services, the state agency that’s providing technical assistance to organizations sponsoring Afghans evacuated from their home country this summer.

Iowa officials working on the resettlement process get a couple of weeks notice that a group of Afghans will be flying into the Des Moines Airport.

Kerri True-Funk is the director of the U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants in Des Moines. She says the Afghans who were evacuated in August were fleeing persecution and violence, often because of their work with or support of the U.S. military over the past 20 years.

The tens of thousands of Afghans flown to airports overseas underwent initial screenings there to determine if they were eligible for resettlement, then once they arrived at eight different military installations in the United States, there were more extensive medical checks.

Once the Afghans arrive in Iowa, they’ll get financial support and assistance from government agencies and private organizations for three months.

A federal program to help Afghans enter the U.S. workforce lasts for eight months. Most of the Afghans who were flown out of their country in August were living in cities like Kabul, which has a population of more than four million and Kandahar, which is about the same size as Des Moines. True-Funk says there are no restriction on where the Afghan evacuees may live here and many are likely to choose to stay close to urban areas, but some may relocate to rural America.

A handful of Afghans had resettled in Cedar Rapids by the end of October. In mid-November, an agency leading the resettlement process in Cedar Rapids indicated about 115 more are likely to arrive by next fall.

 

Statewide Iowa — After disruption in the meat supply at the start of the pandemic, the federal government will spend half a billion dollars to expand meat and poultry processing and another 150 million specifically for small meat lockers.

In Iowa, officials are reviewing 72 applications for grants from a 750-thousand dollar state fund for expanding meat lockers. Iowa State University economist Chad Hart grew up in southwest Missouri where his parents ran a small meat locker for several decades and he says running a meat locker is hard work.

Finding people capable of doing the work in a meat locker will be difficult, according to Hart.

A side of beef is usually between four-hundred and five-hundred pounds. A whole pig routinely weighs between 150 and two-hundred pounds. The other conundrum for meat lockers is building a customer base willing to pay more for locally raised and processed meat — since meat from the four large corporate processors will cost less per pound.

Hart says securing repeat customers is key for meat lockers.

Hart made his comments during a recent appearance on Iowa Press on Iowa PBS.

November 26, 2021 - 11:06 am - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Iowa Farm Bureau economist, Sam Funk, doesn’t expect all the logistics and other issues to be sorted out and bring food prices down as we move into a new year.

Fertilizer prices have been rising and he says the cost of all other inputs used by farmers are unlikely to drop.

He says demand certainly won’t drop.

Higher energy prices also figure into the equation.

He says those issues will go along with the logistical problems the country is facing in getting the inputs in and the products out.

Statewide Iowa — All six members of Iowa’s congressional delegation are sponsoring legislation to give independent cattle producers more information about cattle prices, but they have just a limited number of  days to convince colleagues it should be included in a must-do bill.

The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act must be reauthorized by December 3rd and Senator Chuck Grassley is lead sponsor of a plan to also force disclosure of the prices paid in private sales of cattle being raised and sold under contracts with a meatpacker.

Grassley met with cattle producers in Ames on Monday. Brad Kooima a cattle feeder and commodity broker from Rock Valley says he may go weeks before one of the country’s four big meatpackers makes an offer to buy his cattle.

The plan Senators Grassley and Joni Ernst along with the one Iowans Cindy Axne, Randy Feenstra, Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks are co-sponsoring in the U.S. House would force meatpackers to disclose how many cattle they plan to slaughter each day for at least the next two weeks.

Statewide Iowa — Many thousands of Iowans will be traveling long distances this Thanksgiving week and a few of them likely won’t make it home. Brett Tjepkes, chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says too many motorists are giving in to the temptation to speed, and some are risking their own lives and those of everyone around them by -doubling- the speed limit, and worse.

More than 312 people have died on Iowa’s roads so far this year, which is at least 26 deaths more than at this time a year ago. Tjepkes says speeders are causing a significant number of deaths and injuries.

Iowa law enforcement had hoped to keep this year’s traffic deaths below 300, a figure that hasn’t been seen in decades.

In 2016, the state recorded more than 400 traffic deaths, while the worst year in recent history was 1995 with 527 traffic deaths. Seat belt use, Tjepkes says, can reduce the risk of injury or death in a crash by 45-percent.

November 23, 2021 - 4:28 pm - Posted in News

Spencer, Iowa — The Board of Directors of a behavioral health center serving our area has announced that they have named a new CEO.

The board of Seasons Center For Behavioral Health tells us that Dan Ries has been named the new President and CEO of Seasons Center, effective immediately. Ries has been serving as Interim CEO since September.

Ries has been with Seasons Center since June 2010, serving as the agency’s VP of Finance. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree for Business Administration from the University of Iowa and worked for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and the Iowa Department of Human Services before joining the Seasons Center team.

Board President Philip De Koster says that Ries has served admirably in the interim role. He says that the board believes Ries is best positioned to lead Seasons into the future and to work with the Board in guiding Seasons to be the provider of choice for mental health services in the communities it serves.

Ries says he’s excited for the next chapter of his career at Seasons Center. He says Seasons has a lot of great employees that just want to help people, and, “it is very fulfilling to be a part of this organization. I look forward to carrying out the organization’s vision of being the best behavioral health agency in the Midwest.”

Seasons Center’s main facility is in Spencer, but they have facilities in Sheldon and several other northwest Iowa communities.

November 23, 2021 - 1:46 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Despite high gasoline prices, Triple-A Iowa forecasts that one in five people will take to the road for the long Thanksgiving weekend. And with the high number of vehicles on the road, the Iowa State Patrol says it’s more important than ever to obey traffic laws as you travel for Thanksgiving.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kevin Krull says you should practice drive defensively.

Trooper Krull urges you to drive in such a way that you do not become a statistic.

He says the highway death toll doesn’t take into account the number of traffic-crash injuries each year.

Trooper Krull reminds us of what he calls the ABC’s of arriving alive, “Always. Be. Careful.”