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Saturday News, August 24

Semi Truck and Trailer Overturns On Hwy 60

(Orange City) -- Northbound traffic on Hwy. 60 near Carnes, about four miles south of Orange City, was limited to one lane after a semi truck and trailer overturned on Friday afternoon. The accident occurred at about 1:00 p.m.  The trailer was carrying 30 head of market cattle.  Sioux County Deputy Ryan McCrory describes the scene.

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The trailer landed on its side.  Dean Greseth, age 32, of Kenyon, MN was driving the Peterbuilt truck.  He did not sustain any injuries.  However, two head of cattle did parish as a result of the accident.  Sioux county authorities and Alton Fire Department responded to the accident scene.  Several head of cattle wandered to a nearby cornfield, where officials and other volunteers attempted to corral the cattle and wait for another truck to transport them to market.  The semi trailer was listed as a total loss with damages estimated at $85,000  Authorities are still investigating the accident.

 

Husband and Wife Caught Stealing Metal For Scrap Iron

(Sioux City) -- Woodbury County authorities report a husband and wife have been arrested
for theft after it was reported that they had stolen pieces of metal to be sold as scrap
iron.  42 year old Robert Irey and his 24 year old wife Kelsey Irey of Sloan were stopped
during a traffic stop while they were traveling northbound on Interstate 29.  Stolen items
were located in their vehicle during the traffic stop. The subsequent investigation
revealed that the husband and wife team had committed similar thefts in the Sioux City
area.  As a result of the investigation and arrest, additional cases may be cleared in the
future.

 

Contractors Delayed On Bridge Repair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The company working to rebuild a small but much-used bridge linking
Des Moines and West Des Moines has delayed the expected completion date.
The city of Des Moines announced Friday that Jenco Construction Inc. plans to have three
lanes over the bridge open by Nov. 29. That's more than two months later than the September
27th date established in the city's contract with the company.
The company will be charged a fee for each day it misses the original planned completion
date.
Workers are replacing a bridge originally built in 1914 and widened in 1935. It carries
about 18,000 vehicles daily on Grand Avenue over Walnut Creek, linking the two cities.
Jenco was awarded a $3.3 million contract for the project.

 

Company Requests Old Shoes To Be Recycled

EARLHAM, Iowa (AP) — Participants of a national mud race being held in central Iowa can donate their shoes for recycling.
USAgain, a textile recycling company, will collect used shoes at the Warrior Dash event
Saturday in Earlham.
Participants of the average 5-kilometer obstacle race are encouraged to bring surplus shoes
to the event or give up their muddy post-race shoes.
Organizers say the shoes can be reused and diverted from landfills.
USAgain has collected thousands of pairs of shoes at multiple Warrior Dash races around the
country this year.

 

Des Moines To Conduct Tree Census

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort is underway to count all the trees in Des Moines, a costly move but one supporters say is necessary as city leaders deal with issues like invasive species.
Tree Des Moines wants to raise $400,000 to help get the tedious job done. The nonprofit
group is aiming to start the inventory next spring.
CJ Stephens, founder and president of Tree Des Moines, says the group wanted to help offset
dwindling city budgets that have made it difficult for officials to handle tree management.
The state Department of Natural Resources supports the private effort, since the agency
can't fund such a task.
Forestry officials say a tree inventory has numerous benefits, including helping officials
decide whether a tree planting program is needed because of dead and diseased trees.

 

Three Finalists For Appeals Court Position

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A district judge from Des Moines, an assistant attorney general
from West Des Moines and a Marshalltown lawyer are the three finalists for a seat on the
Iowa Court of Appeals.
The names of Judge Christopher McDonald, Assistant Attorney General Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt,
and attorney Sharon Greer were forwarded to Gov. Terry Branstad Thursday by the state's
judicial nominating committee. The three were selected from 22 applicants.
The Iowa Constitution gives Branstad 30 days to make an appointment to the court from the
three finalists.
The appointee will fill the vacancy on the court that will occur when Chief Judge Larry
Eisenhauer retires on Sept. 30.

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