Monday News, June 30
Le Mars Fire Department Responds To Boat Fire
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to a boat that caught on fire Sunday afternoon. The call came at about 3:45 p.m. The owners of the boat had been working on its motor when fire broke out. The boat, originally was located in a quanset building on Lincoln Drive, south of the 18th Street intersection. The boat owners were able to pull the boat out of the building into the parking area giving fire officials better access, and preventing anything within the building of catching fire. Fire officials were on the scene for nearly a half an hour.
Grant Helps Museum Install A Needed Restroom
(Le Mars) -- Summer crowds at the Plymouth County Historical Museum do not have to wonder about where to find the nearest restroom. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, the Museum added a restroom on the fourth floor.
The grant, totaling $2,900, provides for a small unisex restroom in the Loess Hills Hall, adjacent to the restored 1905 Study Hall. Personnel at the Museum say because this is a high-traffic area, the restroom is very welcome.
Judy Bowman, Museum administrator says, “We have been hosting programs in the Study Hall, but with a little trepidation due to our limited restroom facilities,” Bowman says, “We are very grateful to the Foundation for helping us out with this need.”
Other restrooms are located on the main floor near the entrance, in the Gym lobby area, and on the lower level near the tractor display.
Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For New Floral Shop
(Le Mars) -- Ribbon cutting ceremonies for a new floral store located on Central Avenue is scheduled for this morning at 10:00 a.m. Le Bloom is occupuying the store that used to house Binnebose Shoes.
Plymouth County Fair Announces Entertainment
(Le Mars) -- Check your mailbox, as you may find a flier about the upcoming Plymouth County Fair, scheduled for July 23rd through the 27th. Known as the "Best Five Days of Summer" the Plymouth County Fair is promoting big name entertainment, as well as the traditional favorites. The country western group, Locash Cowboys make a return to Le Mars. They are scheduled to perform Saturday evening for one performance scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, will hold the crowning of the the Plymouth County Fair Queen and King, along with family band, Mama's Wranglers, Thursday, will feature a group entitled "Vocal Trash" that will perform at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m. from the Pioneer Village stage. Friday evening will feature both a hypnotist "Mr. Wunder" and a band called Savannah Jack. Aside from Locash Cowboys, Saturday will also feature 7 Bridges, a tribute to the Eagles. Sunday, the local family group, "The Browns" are scheduled to sing as well as The Mullet River Boys, a vaudeville and jug band that plays bluegrass music.
At the grandstand, Wednesday evening will feature Figure 8 racing, Thursday is the Tuff Truck contest, Friday is the Tractor Pull, Saturday is the Demolition Derby and Sunday evening will feature the Great Frontier Bull Riding.
New this year is an agricultural education exhibit to be featured at the famous Round Barn, entitled: "a ROUND the farm in the BARN". The exhibit will feature photos, videos, and interactive displays.
Storms Hit Iowa Sunday Evening
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Several tornadoes have been reported as heavy rain and hail fell on many parts of Iowa.
At least six tornadoes were reported by spotters Sunday afternoon and evening, along with funnel clouds. Reports of deaths or serious injuries have not surfaced.
Wind gusts of 60 mph were recorded in Madison County, and wind ripped off the roof of one building and damaged trees and a home on a farmstead near Otho in Webster County.
Baseball-size hail was reported near Magnolia in Harrison County.
Firefighters in Morley evacuated residents because of flash flooding, and several motorists were stranded by street flooding in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. Gauges say the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids rose more than 2 feet in a little more than three hours. Fortunately, no damage reports have been noted for Plymouth County after last evening's storms.
Area Farmers Dealing With Aftermath Of Heavy Rains And Flooding
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Area farmers are dealing with damage to their crops and fences after all the rain that fell in June.
Farmers in northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska face significant work ahead because of the flooding on the Big Sioux, Rock and other rivers.
The flooding and heavy rains could also have a lasting effect on their crops because fertilizer may have been washed away and standing water in fields could have killed some plants.
Janna Whitlock says her pasture in Union County, South Dakota, was underwater, and three lawn mowers, a snow blower and some other equipment in a shed was damaged.
Farmer Jack Kruse says he knows he faces weeks of fence repair ahead.
Secretary Of State Candidates Don't Want To Pursue Voter Fraud
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The loud cry for voter ID and voter fraud investigations is fading to a whimper as Iowa's top election official prepares to leave and those seeking to replace him downplay the politically charged issues.
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz leaves in January after pursuing high profile voter fraud investigations costing $250,000, proposing a voter purge rule for those lacking citizenship proof, and lobbying for voter ID.
Brad Anderson, the Democrat seeking the office opposes voter ID and says he would immediately end criminal fraud investigations. He says Iowa's 99 should use the same computerized poll book program.
Republican former Secretary of State Paul Pate also supports statewide electronic poll books, which he says if designed right can accomplish the same ends as voter ID without alienating or disenfranchising people.
Ottumwa Holds Funeral For Killed Marine
OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old Marine from Iowa who was killed in Afghanistan is being remembered as a kind and strong young man.
A large crowd attended Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff's funeral Sunday afternoon.
Pastor Mark Hornback says he knows Wolff's family appreciated the support. Volunteers helped set up hundreds of American flags along the funeral procession route this weekend.
Adam's twin brother, Aaron Wolff, thanked everyone for acknowledging his brother's life. Aaron Wolff says his brother was his hero and the most important person in his life.
Adam Wolff died along with two other Marines on June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. All three were assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina