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Tuesday News, April 5

City To Close Streets For Repairs

(Le Mars) -- City work crews will be closing 2nd Avenue Southwest, between 9th and 10th Streets beginning today (Tuesday).  The street will undergo some repairs, as well as fix a storm sewer intake.  City officials anticipate the street will remain closed for a week.
Meanwhile, beginning on Wednesday morning, the city will close the alley approach on the north side of Plymouth Street between Central Avenue and 1st Avenue Northwest in order for Frontier Communications to conduct work in the alley.  City officials are not certain as to how long the alley will remain closed, but they will notify the public when the alley is ready to be re-opened.

 

 

 

 

Three Out-Of-State Individuals Arrested On Drug Charges

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department, with assistance from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office and K-9 unit, have arrested three out-of-state individuals for possession of various drug charges.  The arrest was made Sunday afternoon at about 2:14 p.m. when a Le Mars Police officer noticed a car was speeding on the Highway 75 by-pass. He then proceeded with a traffic stop. As the officer was talking to the driver, he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The occupants admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.  As a result of a subsequent investigation, two pounds of methamphetamine and a pound of cocaine, along with a small amount of heroin, and a small amount of marijuana and two handguns were located inside the vehicle.  Arrested were 21 year old Terrell Armstrong of South St. Paul, Minnesota, and 23 year old male Semaj Wells and 19 year old female Jonete Buchanan, both from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Armstrong was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin and three counts of drug tax stamp violations.  Armstrong was also charged as a felon in possession of a fire arm.  Wells and Buchanan were each charged with the same drug offenses.  All three subjects were taken to the Plymouth County Jail and booked in on those charges.  Each are being held on a $50,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

County Supervisors To Hear Report Regarding Sexual Abuse

(Le Mars) -- April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awarenes Month, and the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hear from Courtnery McCrellias with the Council Against Sexual Assault offer a presentation regarding the statistics, both locally and statewide, during their weekly meeting to be held at the Plymouth County Courthouse board room.  The supervisors are expected to approve a proclamation designating April as Sexual Awareness Month for Plymouth County.  In other business, the county supervisors will hold a public hearing on a proposal to incur noncurrent debt as part of the ethanol urban renewal area.  Following the hearing, the supervisors will act on a resolution authorizing internal advance to fund the ethanol urban renewal project costs.  The county supervisors will also hear from Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe.

 

 

 

 

City Council Has Light Agenda For Today's Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council has a short agenda for today's meeting that will begin at 12:00 noon at the city council chambers.  The council will start by holding a public hearing regarding an amendment to the revitalization plan for Le Mars Revitalization area.  The council will also hear from Kirk Lehmann with SIMPCO as he discusses with the council the comprehensive plan.  Only one action item is on the city council's agenda, and that is dealing with airport hangar leases.

 

 

 

 

Le Mars FFA To Celebrate 75 Years Anniversary

(Le Mars) -- This coming weekend, the Le Mars F-F-A chapter will be celebrating 75 years of existence, and the local chapter will hold an open house and banquet.  The chapter has invited alumni of the F-F-A chapter to join in with the celebration. Brett Oetkin has been the chapter's advisor for one-third of the time of its existence.  He offers a brief description to the evening's highlights.

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Oetken says at present time, more than 275 former F-F-A members have responded indicating they will be attending the anniversary celebration. Oetken says during the course of the F-F-A's existence, many changes have occurred, including the name from Future Farmers of America to now just the letters, F-F-A.  He says another major change is that more women are now involved with the agriculture youth organization. However, Oetken says through out the history of the F-F-A organization, one thing hasn't changed, and that is its mission.

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Oetken, himself, is an alum of the Le Mars F-F-A chapter.  He reflects upon the changes he has witnessed both as a member, and now as an advisor.

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Oetken tells of how the organization has become more diversified with its programs, and no longer focusing exclusively on production agriculture, but it has expanded into other areas of agriculture.

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The Le Mars F-F-A advisor wants to remind all those former members intending to attend the 75th anniversary celebration to bring along your old blue corduroy jackets.

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During the next few days, KLEM news will visit with various alumni of the Le Mars F-F-A chapter and see how the agriculture organization played a role with their careers.




   

Monday Afternoon News, April 4

Three Out-of-state People Arrested For Drug Possession Charges

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department, with assistance from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office and K-9 unit, have arrested three out-of-state individuals for possession of various drug charges.  The arrest was made Sunday afternoon at about 2:14 p.m. when a Le Mars Police officer noticed a car was speeding on the Highway 75 by-pass. He then proceeded with a traffic stop. As the officer was talking to the driver, he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The occupants admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.  As a result of a subsequent investigation, two pounds of methamphetamine and a pound of cocaine, along with a small amount of heroin, and a small amount of marijuana and two hand guns were located inside the vehicle.  Arrested were 21 year old Terrell Armstrong of South St. Paul, Minnesota, and 23 year old male Semaj Wells and 19 year old female Jonete Buchanan, both from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Armstrong was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin and three counts of drug tax stamp violations.  Armstrong was also charged as a felon in possession of a fire arm.  Wells and Buchanan were each charged with the same drug possession offenses.  All three subjects were taken to the Plymouth County Jail and booked in on those charges.  Each are being held on a $50,000 bond.

Terrell Armstrong                                                       Semaj Wells

Jonete Buchanan

 

 

 

Crash Victims Identified From Friday's Fatal Interstate Highway Roll-over Accident

(Cherokee) -- The names of that fatal traffic accident that happened on Friday afternoon on Interstate 29 near the Salix exit have now been released by the Iowa State Patrol.  You may recall a S-U-V was traveling northbound on the interstate highway when it had lost a rear wheel.  Consequently, the vehicle crossed the median and flipped on its top in the southbound lanes of traffic.  Killed in that accident was a 27 year old female, Breanna Oliver of Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Oliver was partially ejected from the vehicle.  Two other people, 24 year old Steffen Oliver, the driver of the vehicle, and passenger 42 year old Sharon Hicks-Whetstine, both from Grand Forks, North Dakota, were seriously injured and transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.


 

 

 

 

Hinton School To Hold Public Forum On Proposed Wrestling/Weight/Activity Facility

(Hinton) -- Hinton Community School District will hold an open public forum this evening to gather comments regarding the new proposed community wellness center.  School superintendent Pete Stuerman describes the project.

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Bids have yet to be submitted, but costs estimates for the expansion project are at $1.3 million dollars. Unlike other schools, Stuerman says Hinton will not need to hold a bond issue.

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The Hinton school superintendent explains the timeline for the construction project involving wrestling facilities and a weight room.

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The new building will sit approximately 100 feet south of the present high school building.  Stuerman believes the people around Hinton are supportive of the proposed facility, and he says the building will be utilized by the entire Hinton community.

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Tonight's public meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Hinton High School library.


 

 

 

Sioux City Gospel Mission To Offer Housing For Homeless Single Dads With Children

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nondenominational Christian nonprofit agency is opening a shelter in Sioux City for homeless, single fathers and their children.
The Gospel Mission began construction on the $600,000 facility in the fall of 2015. The apartments are scheduled to open later this month.
Gospel Mission will give families food and resources to find daycare and work. The apartments include various kitchen appliances, a laundry machine, a living area with a TV and bunkbeds. Residents will be allowed to stay for six months, with the end goal of getting the family back on its feet.
Gospel mission already has a shelter for single women with children. A dedication and open house for the new shelter is scheduled for April 17.

 

 

 

Mason City To Hold Nursing Home Justice Task Force To Combat Neglect

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The northern half of Iowa has been selected as a site for one of 10 regional elder justice task forces to combat nursing home neglect.
The regional teams will include federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement and other agencies to coordinate efforts against nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care.
The Northern District of Iowa consists of 52 counties in the northern half of the state.

 

 

 

 


   

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