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Tuesday News, February 12

Authorities Investigate Sunday Accidents

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities are investigating a roll-over accident that occurred Sunday at 6:00 a.m.  23 year old Jonathon Laddusaw of Kingsley was driving east on county road C-60 when he lost control and entered the south ditch.  The vehicle traveled a distance of 198 feet and then rolled on to the passenger side.  Laddusaw told authorities he doesn't recall what happen. Laddusaw was uninjured in the mishap.

(Le Mars) -- Authorities are also investigating a hit and run accident that happened on Sunday.  The accident was reported at about 4:23 p.m.  Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies say 31 year old Aaron Moon of Akron was driving west on county road C-43 when he met another vehicle at the crest of a hill. Moon tried to swerve to avoid a collision, but the other vehicle was over the center line and contact was made on the driver's rear quarter panel.  Moon did not suffer any injuries.  The second vehicle is described as a dark colored older model Buick or other GM vehicle.  The second vehicle had only one occupant.


Northwestern College Acquires Additional Land

(ORANGE CITY) — Northwestern College has reached an agreement to purchase more than six acres that adjoin the southwest portion of the campus from Alceco. The property, just west of the Rowenhorst Student Center, currently houses Alceco’s Orange City operations and includes a grain elevator, former feed mill, offices, Cenex convenience store and storage sheds. Activities at the Orange City site, operated by Ag Partners—a joint venture between Alceco and Cargill—will be consolidated with Alceco’s Alton facilities, which include a two-million bushel grain storage expansion that was completed last summer. The contract calls for Northwestern to take possession of the property on April 1.

Pilot of December Plane Crash Dies

(Correctionville) -- The pilot of the plane crash that happened near Correctionville this past December has died.  70 year old Gaylen Knaack of Correctionville passed away on Monday at a Lincoln hospital.  Knaack was seriously injured as a result of that plane crash and had been in the hospital ever since the accident.  There was heavy fog the evening of the plane crash, and National Transportation Safety Board ruled the small plane had struck some trees about a half mile from the grass runway.  Two passengers died as a result of the plane crash.  They were Lee Schroeder of Anthon and James Smith of Correctionville.

School Board Discuss School Security

(Le Mars) -- School security was discussed during last evening's Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting.  School superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt presented a report to the school board from the District Learning and Instructional Impact team, including the comments of one member.
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Wendt informed the board the concerned member further indicated that a balance must be reached when implementing school security and attempting to educate children.
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Last month's board meeting, more than 20 concerned parents and some faculty members attended the meeting to share their concerns about school security following the tragic incident at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.  Only one person from the community was in attendance at last evening's meeting.  Most of the concern centered on Kluckhohn Elementary school.  Mr. Scott Parry, the principal at Kluckhohn elementary, informed the board of some procedure changes that have occurred to help with security concerns.  Parry says the doors between the gym and the classrooms are now locked at all times, and that someone is always at the front desk.  In other action last evening, the school board approved the 2013-2014 school calendar which has school starting on August 22 and concluding on May 22nd.



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