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Thursday News, April 2

Payloader Catches On Fire

(Oyens) -- The Le Mars, Oyens, and Remsen Fire Departments were called to a dairy farm Wednesday afternoon at about 1:45 p.m. for a payloader tractor that had caught on fire.  The address of the fire was 40671 110th street, about six miles north of Oyens.  A payloader was inside an open front dairy barn when apparently it had got too hot and started on fire.  Fire fighters extinguished the blaze, but were also concerned about the swirling winds inside the open front barn that created a wind tunnel effect spreading hot embers on dry corn stalks used as bedding for the dairy cattle.  Fire officials soaked the corn stalk bedding with water.  The payloader was a total loss estimated at over $100,000.  There was no damage to the barn itself, and all the dairy cattle were able to be moved away from the flames and were uninjured and unaffected by the fire.  Fire fighters were on the scene for about an hour.

 

 

Le Mars Fire Department Issues March Monthly Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department had a busy March according to its monthly report.  The Le Mars Fire Department responded to 31 calls in March, 15 of which were fire calls, with twice offering mutual aid to Merrill and Hinton for grass fires.  The local fire department performed eight rescues, and conducted five investigations or accident clean-ups, and had one request for services.  During March there were 65 new fire fighters from various surrounding communities that participated in training exercises in the simulated smoke semi-trailer at the Western Iowa Technical Community College fire school.  That trailer which has been modified inside to appear as a home with a staircase, bunk beds, desk, closets, and other features normally found in a home is owned by the Le Mars Fire Department.

 

Log Cabin Preservationists Say "Save The Cabin"

(Le Mars) -- The status of the Joy Hollow log cabin was discussed last evening during an informational meeting held at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The log cabin currently sits at the Plymouth County fairgrounds, and fair board officials would like to see the cabin either torn down, or moved off the fairgrounds.  Members of the "Friends of the Joy Hollow Log Cabin" have started a fund raising campaign in hopes to raise enough money to move the cabin to the museum grounds, and second, to begin restoration of the 115 year old cabin.  Two preservationists who have restored numerous log cabins spoke at last evening's meeting.  Mark Johnson of Artisan Restoration from Kasota, Minnesota believes efforts should be taken to save the cabin.

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Butch Bouvier of Council Bluffs is another log cabin preservationist, and he agrees with Johnson, the cabin should be saved.  Bouvier says he has looked at the cabin and believes it is in better condition that what many have been lead to believe.  Bouvier says "we should not throw away history" when referencing the log cabin.

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However, the museum board of directors are split over whether or not to take on the challenge to preserve the deteriorating cabin.  Wayne Marty, a longtime volunteer, and a past president of the museum board of directors, says he would like to see the cabin restored, but he doesn't believe the museum should take on the task.  Marty says he is concerned the museum may not have the long-term funding for such a project.  He also spoke of many unfinished projects already at the museum.  Marty says the volunteers at the museum are aging and can't take on the added project.

Cost estimates for moving the log cabin is set at $9,000, and officials indicated last night they have raised around $7200 within the past week in pledges.

 

 

Floyd Valley Hospital Honors Its Volunteers

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital and Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary thanked their many volunteers during a Wednesday morning brunch and program.  25 people were personally recognized for their many hours of contribution ranging from 250 hours to 2500 hours.  Three ladies: Pat French, JoAnn Rowenhorst, and LaDonna Stangby have donated more than 2500 volunteer hours with the hospital or auxiliary.


 

Walding Honored With Chamber's "Employee Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- The true character of a person is defined through times of testing, and Wesley Walding has "proven" himself to be nothing less than an exceptional employee, friend, and example. The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce  awarded the "Chamber Employee of the Month to Wesley Walding.  Duane McLay of Emily's Home Furnishings submitted the nomination for Wesley Walding. McLay says Wesley wears the same smile when unloading trucks in temperatures as low as  -65 below wind chill that he does on warm spring afternoons. When his two year old daughter battled cancer last year, he effectively wore the hats of fiance and dad, yet cared about the store and worked out a schedule. Even as his fiancee is diagnosed with MS, Wesley has kept his work ethic high and his attitude a joy and pleasure to be around. Wesley is made up of much more than snakes and snails and puppy dog tails.  He is the future of Le Mars, and the future looks very bright indeed. Congratulations to Wesley Walding, LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce April Employee of the Month.

 

Cruz Speaks At Morningside College

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Texas Senator Ted Cruz says concerns about religious freedom could unite Republicans and rally conservative Democrats to the GOP in 2016.

The Republican presidential candidate told an audience in Sioux City, Iowa, on Wednesday that a new Indiana law is awakening like-minded voters of various political stripes.

Speaking in Republican-heavy northwest Iowa's evangelical hub, Cruz says religious liberty "is not some fringe view" and that "courageous conservatives" need to stand up for it.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a law giving heightened protections to businesses that object on religious grounds to providing certain services. Critics say the law discriminates against gays, and it's drawing threats of boycotts and other economic actions.

Cruz entered the GOP nomination race last week.

 

 


 

 

   

Wednesday News, April 1

A Rash Of Grass Field Fires Reported In Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Fire fighters from several northwest Iowa communities were busy battling numerous grass and field fires on Tuesday.  Plymouth County fire fighters had a total of four field fires.  A grass fire that got out of control destroyed a home near Sioux City,  Authorities say the home contained an exotic bird store and was destroyed in an afternoon grass fire.

The Sioux City Fire Rescue department says five adults lived in the residence and that only the homeowner was there when the structure caught fire Tuesday. The homeowner escaped safely, and no other injuries were reported.  The fire started in Woodbury County but had spread into Plymouth County.  Besides the Sioux City grass fire, Woodbury County authorities reported five grass fires near Cushing, Hornick, and Lawton, and yet another grass fire near Jefferson, South Dakota. Sioux County authorities report there were nine grass fires on Tuesday, near Hospers, Hull, Alton, and Maurice.  In many instances, local farmers assisted fire fighters efforts by tilling the burning fields.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says rains are needed.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says field fires can spread quickly even on a calm day.

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Le Mars Police Arrest Man Following Warrant

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department executed an arrest warrant on Monday evening following a complaint into allegations of domestic assault occurring at 98 Broadview Drive in Le Mars.  Officers also had been informed there was convicted felon living at the address who was in possession of firearms. Several items were seized from the residence during the search warrant including a semi-automatic handgun, three rifles, assorted ammunition, small amounts of cocaine and marijuana, numerous bottles of inject-able steroids, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash.  Arrested was 38 year old Angel Arturo Matamoros of 98 Broadview Drive.  He was taken into custody without incident and jailed at the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center.  Matamoros is currently being held on a $25,000 bond. The possession of cocaine, marijuana, and steroid charges were all enhanced to felonies and aggravated misdemeanor due to Matamoros having previous drug convictions.

 

 

Log Cabin Information Meeting Tonight At Museum

(Le Mars) -- An informational meeting open to the public regarding the Joy Hollow log cabin is scheduled for this afternoon beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Central gym at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  Two cabin preservationists will address questions regarding the structural stability of the log cabin that is presently at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, but advocates hope to save the cabin from demolition.  Efforts are under way to raise enough funds to not only move the historical cabin to the Plymouth County Historical Museum, but to renovate the cabin.  The log cabin at one time served the Joy Hollow Girl Scouts camp before being moved to the fairgrounds.

 

 

Woman Sentenced To Prison For Posing As Nurse To Access Prescription Drugs

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A 30-year-old northwest Iowa woman who posed as a nurse so she could get prescription drugs has been sentenced to prison.

Kayleen Stallman, formerly Kayleen Leedahl, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison. She'd pleaded guilty to three counts of felony obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit. She also pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of the same charge.

Police and court documents state she posed as a nurse over nearly four months in 2013 and used a doctor's information to get the medications from a Storm lake pharmacy.

 

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Police Officer Testifies In Trial Of Sac City Man Accused Of Killing Roommate

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa police chief testified Tuesday that a man accused of killing his former roommate in 2009 admitted to the crime during an interview.

The  second trial of 55-year-old John Green began with opening statements from attorneys and testimony from Sac City Police Chief John Thompsen. Green is charged with first-degree murder in 58-year-old Mark Koster's death in Sac City.

Green's first trial was held in Webster County because his attorney argued that pretrial publicity would make it impossible for Green to receive a fair trial in Sac City. The same argument was used against holding the second trial in Fort Dodge. The first ended in a mistrial.

Koster was declared missing in 2010. His remains were found in the basement of his home in 2012.

 

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State Legislature May Be Stalled On Gun Legislation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation that would have made sweeping changes to Iowa's gun laws appears to be dead this session, after Senate lawmakers focused on a separate bill with more limited scope.

The Senate voted 46-4 Tuesday for a bill that would allow the use of suppressors to silence weapons. It now heads to the House, where lawmakers have a small window to advance it before a procedural deadline Friday.

The House passed a bill recently that would have made several changes to Iowa's gun laws. It included a proposal to allow children of any age to use a handgun under a parent's supervision.

Attempts to add changes to the bill on suppressors failed Tuesday. Senate Republicans criticized Democrats for not taking up the House bill. Democrats say they wanted to find compromise.

 

 

   

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