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Friday News, July 4

Le Mars To Host Several 4th Of July Festivities

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars will again hold several festivities to celebrate the Independence Day beginning with a parade scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m.  Judy Bowman is a member of the Friends of the Fourth and explains the scheduled events.

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Bowman says anyone can be in the parade, and the Friends of the Fourth are encouraging children of all ages to dress in a patriotic themed costume and participate.  Bowman says children will be judged with the top winners awarded prizes.  Parade entries should be lined up on the 8th Street Blvd at 10:30 a.m. Following the parade, people are invited to the Plymouth county historical museum to enjoy a free-will donation picnic lunch catered by Timmy's.
 
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At 3:00 p.m., the museum will share free watermelon with everyone in the front yard.  Bowman says while people are visiting the museum they may want to look at some of the new exhibits, including the new township and county fair display.

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The museum administrator invites people to stop at the Miller's lunch room and enjoy a cool root beer float.  She says during the parade several coupons for a free root beer float will be distributed to the parade viewers.

 

Remain Safe When Igniting Fireworks

(Le Mars) -- Although the use of fireworks is illegal in Iowa, they will never-the-less be used, and emergency officials want to make certain your holiday is safe.  Each year, fireworks are responsible for numerous burns and structures catching fire.  The advice is to be in an open area away from crowds and buildings before igniting any fireworks.  Dave Schipper, the Le Mars Fire Chief, says even those fireworks that are legal in Iowa can still be dangerous.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says advises to have a bucket of water, fire extinguisher, or a garden hose handy for your 4th of July fireworks celebrations.

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Although we have had an abundance of rain in June, Schipper has noticed some grass drying, which could create potential fires from the fallout of roman candles and bottle rockets.

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Schipper encourages people to watch and enjoy the fireworks featured at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Friday evening that are conducted by professional pyrotechicans.  

 

Remsen Celebrates DayTwo Of Quasquicentennial Celebration

(Remsen) -- Its day two for the Remsen Quasquicentennial Celebration. Karen Harnack serves as a co-chair for the German-Luxemborg heritage town and explains the list of events scheduled for today.

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Harnack says there are several people who are "brothers of the brush" and when the judging takes place later this afternoon, there will be several categories.

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The Quasquicentennial chair says for many of the Remsen men, it has been somewhat difficult to recognize who they are because of the beards.

 

Sioux City Man Charged With Leaving The Scene Of Fatal Accident

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man accused of leaving the scene of a fatal car crash faces a felony charge in the case.
      22-year-old Mark Beltran was charged Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court in connection with the death of 70-year-old Robert Ibsgaard.
     Beltran is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Authorities say Ibsgaard, also of Sioux City, was on a crosswalk in late May when he was struck by a car driven by Beltran. Ibsgaard died several days later.
     Beltran is accused of driving to a parking lot after the crash and running off. He was arrested a short time later.
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