Monday News, May 30th
5000 Hogs Die From Hog Confinement Fire
(Hawarden) -- Thick, black smoke could be seen for miles as a result of a hog confinement facility catching on fire. The fire was located at 1825 470th Street, southwest of Hawarden in Sioux County. Nine different fire departments consisting of Hawarden, Ireton, Maurice, Sioux Center, Orange City, Alcester, South Dakota, Hudson, South Dakota, Akron, and Rock Valley were called to help battle the blaze. Fire officials indicate the alarm was sounded at about 8:46 a.m. Saturday morning. Hawarden Fire Chief John Strong believes the fire was started when one of the pigs dislodged a heat lamp causing it to fall onto the straw bedding. Fire investigators from the State Fire Marshal office will be contacted to help determine the cause of the fire.
Two large confinement barns are a total loss. It is thought that approximately 5,000 head of hogs had perished in the fire. Fire officials had some difficulty maneuvering in the farmstead due to the muddy conditions from last night's rain. Fire officials were on the scene for more than five hours.
Wasmer Post #241 American Legion To Host Avenue Of Flags Program
(Le Mars) -- Today is Memorial Day, and the Wasmer post #241 American Legion will again host its annual Avenue of Flags program to be held at the Plymouth County Courthouse grounds. Wayne Schipper serves as the Commander of the local American Legion post. He says the program, which is to begin at 10:00 a.m., will focus on dedicating flags in the memory of veterans who have passed.
Schipper says the earliest veterans that are remembered with the Avenue of Flags go back to World War I. The American Legion post commander says the 1200 plus flags that will be displayed on the courthouse lawn and surrounding area all represent someone with either having a Le Mars or Plymouth County connection.
Again, this year, all 1260 names will be honored with a roll call performed by Legionnaire Pat Murphy.
Schipper says members of the American Legion Auxiliary will display wreaths to remember all veterans of the wars dating back to the Civil war.
Prior to the program being held at the Plymouth County courthouse lawn, the American Legion will hold a parade.
Veterans Freedom Rock Is Vandalized
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A Freedom Rock completed last fall in Cedar Falls has been vandalized days before Memorial Day.
The vandalism occurred Saturday night at the Freedom Rock in Cedar Falls Veterans Park.
Spray paint was used to damage the rock, along with a fence and utility box.
Tom Hagarty, commander of the Cedar Falls American Legion No. 237, says a Memorial Day ceremony planned for Sunday night was going ahead.
Greenfield artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II painted the rock, which includes images of the Five Sullivan Brothers killed in World War II and Taylor Morris, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert who lost portions of all four limbs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Sorensen wants to paint Freedom Rocks in all of Iowa's 99 counties.
Granville Woman Arrested For Controlled Substance
(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities have arrested an 18 year old Granville woman following an investigation of a report of a disturbance at a Granville residence. The arrest was made Friday evening, and upon further investigation, deputies discovered that Jenna Meines was in possession of a controlled substance. When Meines was arrested and brought to the jail, an additional amount of a controlled substance was found in her possession. Meines was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of contraband in a correctional institute.
Inmate Doesn't Return To Work Release Facility
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A 29-year-old inmate has been listed as escaped from the work release facility in Marshalltown. The Iowa Corrections Department says Michael Compston didn't return as required Sunday from a furlough. He'd been at the Marshalltown facility since Feb. 5.
Bow Hunting Of Deer In Des Moines Termed As A Success
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Polk County's urban bowhunting program has become the most successful in the state. The estimated deer population has dropped dramatically since its beginning in 1996. The Des Moines Register reports that the latest estimate, from 2014, showed 12 deer per square mile in Des Moines' Water Works Park, compared with 53 in 1998.