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Wednesday Afternoon News, Dec. 4

Flatbed Truck Involved With Roll-over Accident

(Le Mars) -- A flatbed truck hauling stacks of drywall sheetrock, insulation, and other building supplies was involved in a one-vehicle roll-over accident Wednesday afternoon.  The accident occured at about 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 60 and 120th Street, north of Le Mars.  The truck is owned by the Jarco Builders Company from Sioux City.  It was northbound on Highway 60 when apparently the driver lost control, and the truck left the highway entering the east ditch and rolled. The driver sustained injuries.  He was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, then to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Responding to the accident were the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department,     Le Mars Ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Iowa Highway Patrol and the Iowa Department of Transportation.  The identity of the driver has not been released.


Fatal Accident Near Sgt. Bluff

   SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in western Iowa say a vehicle collision with a semitrailer has killed one man and injured three others.
      Maj. Greg Stallman with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says the three adults and a boy were in a northbound vehicle Wednesday on Interstate 29 near Sergeant Bluff. The vehicle crossed the center line and hit a southbound semitrailer.
      The crash temporarily closed some traffic in the area, but all lanes on the highway have been reopened.
     The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash. The identities of the victims have not been released.


Soderberg Announces Plans For Re-election

(Le Mars) -- Republican State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars formally announced his intention to seek a sixth term in the state house.  Soderberg, made the announcement in front of a crowd of community leaders attending the Chamber sponsored legislative luncheon. Soderberg says it is an honor to serve the people of Iowa's 5th state house district, and he looks forward to focusing on maintaining fiscal accountability of the state government, reducing the tax and regulatory burdens placed on Iowans.  Soderberg says he wants to expand economic opportunities for northwest Iowa, and to enhance our high quality education system.  Soderberg currently serves as chairman of the State House Appropriations Committee.  He is employed as the Vice President of Planning and Legislative Services for Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative. 


Soderberg And Anderson Speak At Chamber Legislative Luncheon

(Le Mars) -- Community leaders representing the Le Mars business and industries, Le Mars Community School District, the city of Le Mars, and Plymouth County, listened to State Representative Chuck Soderberg and State Senator Bill Anderson list the priorities for the upcoming legislative session during the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce sponsored Legislative Luncheon.  The luncheon was held Wednesday.  Both government elected officials briefly mentioned the accomplishments from last year's session including property tax credits, and school funding.  For the upcoming session, Soderberg says much of the time during this session may be spent on the budget, and funding the programs.


Ruhland Selected As "Employee Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- The December Employee of the Month honors from the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce was presented this morning to an employee of Northwest Bank.  Alice Ruhland has been an employee of Northwest Bank/First National Bank of Le Mars for 34 years.  According to the nomination, Alice offers quality customer service and every day looks forward to serving each and every one of the customers that walk through the door or call on the phone.  Alice achieves the highest quality of work and maintains excellent performance.  Everyone that comes into contact with Alice enjoys her enthusiasm and her friendly smile.  From being a part of our community, donating countless hours for many worthy causes to being the first person to welcome customers, we are particularly proud to congratulate Alice Ruhland as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce December Employee of the Month.


Floyd Valley Hospital Invites Community People To Enjoy Christmas Dinner At Hospital

(Le Mars) -- In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, the staff of Floyd Valley Hospital would like to invite those, who would otherwise be alone on Christmas, to share Christmas dinner with the hospital staff in the Hospital cafeteria.  Christmas dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
          Kathy Massey, Dietary Manager, said, "In a tradition that started over 15 years ago,  we would like to invite those who would otherwise be alone to share dinner with the Hospital staff.  If you are going to be alone and would like to join the Hospital staff, we ask you to notify the Hospital's Dietary Department at 546-3395 or 1-800-642-6074 ext. 395 by December 23rd."


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