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NEWS 10.4.22

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A former South Sioux City coach had been sentenced to 15 years for two counts of sexual assault.

Siouxland News CBS 14 – FOX 44 reports 27-year-old Nathan Rogers did face two separate cases after being arrested twice for charges that followed an investigation into a reported sexual assault. The second arrest and set of charges came after investigators looked through his cell phone and found videos and pictures of another teen.

He was sentenced in September in federal court to 15 years in prison both sentences will be served concurrently.

Officials say progress has been made in containing a large Nebraska Sandhills wildfire where one firefighter died while fighting the flames. Favorable weather conditions are helping fire crews contain the grasslands blaze that was sparked Sunday afternoon and ballooned to 15,000 acres within six hours. The fire destroyed the main lodge and cabins of the Nebraska State 4-H Camp and an observation tower. Officials said Purdum Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Moody died Sunday after suffering an apparent heart attack while battling the fire.

There was almost no rainfall in Iowa this past week, and the risk of fires associated with harvest is elevated in the western part of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

There now are “very high” risks of cropland fires in areas of northwest Iowa.

So far, there have been at least three fires in northwest and northeast Iowa associated with this year’s harvest.

About 11% of the state’s corn crop had been harvested as of Sunday, and 26% of soybeans were harvested, according to a Monday report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Both remaining crops in the field were rated 61% good to excellent, a slight drop from last week. Dry conditions have worsened statewide, with “extreme” drought spreading across northwest Iowa. In that region, less than a fifth of farmland has adequate moisture for growing crops.

Some farmers in the northwest and north-central Iowa are finding their crops damaged from last week’s cold snap, according to the Iowa Capital Dispatch.

The Creighton survey of Midwest purchasing managers for September shows the overall measure dropped again.

The survey measures the status of the states on a zero to 100 scale, with 50 representing growth neutral. September’s rate was 52.7. That’s down from 55.5 in August 55.5. It’s the fifth decline in the last six months.

Iowa’s individual state index was 50.9 in September — down from 55.7 in August. Economist Ernie Goss tells Radio Iowa the same issues continue to be a drag on the economy, including supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, higher input costs, and the global recession.

Goss says gasoline prices are probably going to move a bit higher as the federal government gets out of the oil-selling business from the emergency reserve.

The Sioux City school board is looking for input from the community on who should be the next person to lead the district. A survey, available in six different languages, is available on the school district’s website, where people can choose what traits they want in a superintendent. The salary range for the position is $240,000 to $260,000 and does not include benefits.

The Siouxland Big Give is underway. It’s a 24-hour online charity event for 100 nonprofits in the area. The goal for the 5th annual event hosted by the Siouxland Community Foundation is more than $150,000.

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium says the state is seeing progress in rebuilding habitat for monarch butterflies.

A new report shows that the state established over 430 thousand acres of monarch butterfly habitat from 2015 to 2020.

It’s all an effort to fight a more than 80 percent decline in the species’ population over the last two decades.

News release from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds:

Gov. Reynolds appoints Jessica Noll as District Associate Judge

DES MOINES– Governor Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Jessica Noll as a district associate judge in Judicial Election District 3B.

Noll, of Akron, Iowa, currently serves as a magistrate in Woodbury County and practices law with Deck Law, P.L.C. in Sioux City. Noll received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Dakota.

Noll fills a vacancy created by the addition of four new district associate judge positions authorized by the legislature in this year’s session. Judicial Election District 3B includes Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.