Optimists Tell Kids to "Just Say No To Drugs"
(LeMars) -- The LeMars Optimists' will again be featuring their message of "Just Say No To Drugs" to the elementary school students of the LeMars community and Gehlen schools. The event is scheduled for Tuesday at the LeMars Middle School Auditorium. During that time the winner of the T-shirt contest will be announced. Dr. Jeremy Bolin serves as the civic organization's president. He says this year members of the Sioux City Musketeers will address the students.
Bolin says the students seem to accept the message, and with the various events that the Optimists sponsor through out the year, the message of "Just Say No To Drugs" stays with the students.
(LeMars) -- The LeMars Fire Department was dispatched to a truck fire yesterday afternoon on Highway 60. The truck was fully engulfed when fire officials arrived on the scene. Fire chief Dave Schipper says the truck was owned by Quality Striping, Incorporated of Des Moines. The truck was used for road construction projects to grind up the pavement. Schipper says the truck was listed as a total loss, and the fire also did damage to the highway pavement. Schipper says the fire department used 2700 gallons of water, plus a foam fire protectant. It is believed that the fire was the result of an electrical problem. The fire halted traffic on south bound Highway 60 for about a half an hour.
(Orange City) -- The annual Tulip Festival in Orange City has announced the candidates for the Tulip Court. Samantha Droog - daughter of Rick and Sue Droog; Jennifer Guthmiller - daughter of Jeff and Renee Guthmiller; Jacquelyn Jacobsma - daughter of Michael and Jill Jacobsma; Lauren McDonald - daughter of Todd and Kris McDonald; and Caitlyn Van Es - daughter of Galen and Cathy Van Es.
The five high school girls will participate in a Queen's Tea and Pageant on Monday, November 21 to select the 2012 Tulip Queen. The Queen and her court will serve as representatives of Orange City's Tulip Festival held May 17, 18, and 19th.
(Ames) -- Agriculture ranks as one of the most dangerous occupations, and during the start of harvest, along with the acknowledgment of National Farm Safety Week, and Chuck Schwab, an Iowa State University Extension Safety Specialist reminds farmers to take frequent breaks and to let your family and friends know where you are at all times during the busy harvest season.
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced that two construction projects are now completed. Both projects involved the replacement of bridges and culverts. The first project is located on Fir Avenue between 180th St. and Highway 3. The second bridge repair construction project is located on 150th Street between L-22 and Sunset Avenue.
(Des Moines) -- A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives Iowa high marks in emergency prepardness. The 2011 State-by-State Update on Laboratory Capabilities and Response Readiness Planning report focused on states' abilities to find and identify health threats, and to provide the medicine and supplies to fight them. Iowa laboratories increased the number of ways used to detect and measure chemical or biological threats, and also increased how quickly tests were submitted to the CDC. Iowa received an overall score of 95 for its ability to receive, distribute and dispense emergency medications and supplies; a score of 79 or higher was deemed acceptable.