Tuesday News, June 3
Collision Occurs On Hwy 75
(Le Mars) --- Two vehicles collided at the junction of Business Highway 75 and 24th Street Southwest which backed up traffic in both directions for several minutes. The accident occurred Monday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. The two vehicles involved was a van driven by 71 year old Arthur Krull of Le Mars, and a pickup truck owned by McCormick Distributing and driven by 20 year old Jacob Schneider of Le Mars. Apparently, the Schneider vehicle was wanting to make a left hand turn and was stopped on the highway, waiting for traffic to clear when Krull did not notice the pickup was stopped. The van hit the back of the pickup truck. Krull was injured in the collision, and was airlifted via helicopter to Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called upon to help remove Krull from the vehicle. Also responding to the accident were the Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Police Department, and Plymouth County Sheriff's Office. Rescue workers were on the scene for nearly an hour. The Le Mars Police Department is investigating the accident.
Primary Election Scheduled For Today
(Le Mars) -- Today is primary election day. Polls have opened at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 9:00 p.m. Precinct 1 will vote in the Akron Library, precinct 2 will vote at the American Bank Conference Room in Remsen, precinct 3 will cast their votes in the courthouse annex lower level, precinct 4 will vote at the Brunsville Legion Club, precinct 5 will vote at the Remsen Library, precinct 6 will vote at the Westfield Community Center, The Kissinger Community Center in Merrill is the location for precinct 7 voters, precinct 8 will cast votes at the Perry Township Hall, precinct 9 will vote at the Hinton Community center, and precinct 10 will vote at the Kingsley Community Center. Voters living in Le Mars that comprises of precincts 11, 12, and 13 will all vote at the Le Mars Convention Center lower level.
Clovis Speaks In Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Republican U-S Senate Candidate Sam Clovis came back home to Plymouth County last evening when he spoke before 65 supporters. Clovis made an appearance at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars and spoke confidently of his chances of winning the nomination. In order to win the candidacy and to go against Democratic contender Bruce Braley in the November general election, a candidate must win at least 35 percent of the vote. Clovis believes the election will be determined at the State Republican convention by the voting delegates. Clovis says, if that happens, he feels very good of his chances because the fourth district of Iowa, or the northwest portion of the state, has the most delegates, and Clovis believes those delegates will be voting for him. When asked if because the Democrats don't have a primary election, if he is concerned that some Democrats may cross-over and register Republican in an effort to block Clovis from becoming the candidate, Clovis said he hadn't heard much talk about it, and seemed that it would not be a much of a concern. Joking, Clovis says "I don't think it is in their (democrats) DNA to cross over and vote republican."
Primary Election Provides For Several Candidates In Big Races
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa primary voters are set to pick potential replacements for two prominent members of the state's U.S. House delegation. One is Republican who is retiring, the other a Democrat who is running for Senate.
Democrats are choosing from among five candidates in the 1st Congressional District, a northeastern Iowa seat that is open after Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley opted to run for U.S. Senate.
Republican voters are picking from six candidates in the 3rd Congressional District, a Des Moines-area seat they are trying to protect after the announced retirement of popular 10-term Rep. Tom Latham.
The stakes are high because Iowa's four congressional seats are equally divided among the two parties and rarely see two vacancies in the same year.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from, as the rarity of an open U.S. Senate seat and two open House seats has attracted a host of candidates in Iowa's primary election.
Formerly little-known state Sen. Joni Ernst has emerged as the GOP favorite for the U.S. Senate nominee, leading in polls and collecting support from disparate groups. Five Republicans are vying to run against unopposed Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the November general election.
Braley's decision to run for Senate has prompted five Democrats and three Republicans to seek his 1st District seat.
Six Republicans are competing for the GOP nomination in the 3rd District, where incumbent Rep. Tom Latham opted to retire.
Supervisors To Appoint Replacment On Zoning Board
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet today at the County Courthouse board room. The supervisors are expected to appoint Jeff Gebauer to the Zoning and Planning Board to replace Melvin Brown and fill the unexpired term. The supervisors will also accept bids for approval on nine different construction projects.
City Council To Convene At City Hall Chambers At Noon
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will convene at noon today at the city hall council chambers. The city council only has a couple of action items on the agenda.
Council Bluffs Man Arrested Following Stand-off
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A man has been arrested following a brief standoff in Council Bluffs.
The Council Bluffs Police Department says 29-year-old Kevin Bequette was taken into custody Monday morning.
A fugitive task force says it tracked Bequette to a residence and attempted to apprehend him on a warrant for a parole violation. He is accused of locking himself inside a detached garage behind the home.
Authorities communicated with Bequette for nearly an hour. He is accused of making threatening comments, which led officers to break into the garage to arrest him.
Police Capt. Todd Weddum says that Bequette is on parole for arson charges and was wanted on other warrants. It's unclear if charges have been filed in this case.
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