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.
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.
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.