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Monday Afternoon News, March 25

Fire Officials Respond To Roll Over Accidents On Hwy 75

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department along with the Le Mars Ambulance responded to a scene of a roll-over accident located on Hwy 75 and 120th Street, or about five miles north of Le Mars.  A van had apparently lost control and entered the ditch and striking an utility pole.  There were five people inside the van, although only minor injuries occurred.  The vehicle involved was leaking gasoline as a result of the accident.  Fire crews were on the scene for nearly an hour.  The accident remains under investigation.  The names of the victims have not been released.
At about 7:50 a.m. this morning, the Hinton Fire and Hinton Ambulance responded to a one-vehicle roll-over accident.  The vehicle reportedly rolled over on Highway 75 near County Road C-80.  No report as to the names of those involved in that accident.

 

Longtime Banker and Community Leader Passes Away

(Milford) -- Longtime banker and community leader, Gordon Mennen has passed away.  Mennen, who was 96, is the former president of the Le Mars Savings Bank, later known as the Le Mars Savings and Trust and now known as Primebank.  Mennen served as the role of the local bank's president for 38 years.  He later retired from the president position to become the bank's CEO.  Beyond his professional role as a banker, Mennen devoted much of his time to community functions.  He was a member of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce, the Le Mars School Board, a 50-year member of the Le Mars Lions Club, Le Mars Development Corporation, and served as the president of the St. John's Lutheran Church for two terms.  Mennen, along with his wife, Teresa founded the Plymouth County Chapter for Mentally Handicapped Children.  Mennen was on the Westmar College Board of Directors for 21 years, and he served on the Siouxland Alzheimer's Association for six years.

 

Iowa Gaming and Racing Commission To Visit Proposed Casino Sites

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Candidates to operate a land-based casino in Sioux City have been getting ready for visits by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
The five-member commission is scheduled to tour Sioux City sites on Tuesday.
A land-based casino will replace the Argosy riverboat casino. The three developers are seeking a state license to develop the new casino.
Among them is Penn National, which runs the Argosy. The others are developers behind the proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Warrior Casino & Hotel.
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Congressman King Doubts Whether U-S Senate Will Pass A Budget

(Le Mars) -- Budget talks are the topic of discussion in our nation's capital.  The House of Representatives recently passed its version of the federal budget, and now it is up to the U-S Senate.  However, Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King isn't certain the Senate will pass a budget bill, since they have failed to adopt a budget proposal for the last four years.
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King says the president again delayed submitting his budget proposal and it was not given any support, even from the president's own party members.

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King says the so-called Ryan budget, proposed by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, balances the federal budget within ten years.  The federal government has not had a balanced budget since the 9/11 terror attacks.  The Republican Congressman says it would have been easier to balance the budget after those terror attacks than it is today.  King says allowing the federal government to turn its back on balancing the budget allowed for ever increasing deficit spending. 

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