Friday News, October 30
Semi Truck And Trailer Overturns Near Merrill - Killing 10 Hogs
(Merrill) -- A semi truck and livestock trailer hauling a load of market hogs rolled over on its side on Highway 75 just on the north edge of Merrill. The accident happened at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday evening. According to the Merrill Police Department, the driver of the semi truck was heading southbound on Highway 75 when he lost control of his rig as he was entering Merrill. Police say the driver was cited for speeding and failure to maintain control. The livestock trailer was carrying approximately 150 head of hogs weighing about 260 pounds each. Officials say at least 10 head of hogs perished as a result of the accident. Those hogs were from a farm near Remsen.
A second semi truck and livestock trailer was called to help unload the hogs, and to transport them to market. Merrill Police have not released the name of the driver, but did say he was from Fort Dodge. The driver escaped the accident without any injuries. However, a worker who was helping transfer the hogs from the first truck on to the second truck did sustain a head injury while he was inside the tipped over trailer. A metal platform or gate fell striking the victim's head. The male victim was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars by the Merrill Ambulance.
Responding to the accident were the Merrill Fire Department, Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Merrill Police, Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Merrill Ambulance, and the Iowa Department of Transportation. Fire officials and other authorities were on the scene for nearly four hours. The accident remains under investigation by the Merrill Police Department.
Fire Department Called To Clean Up Diesel Spill
(Merrill) -- While the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was at the scene of the overturned semi truck, near Merrill, a second call came in at about 9:15 p.m. indicating spilled diesel fuel on Highway 75 about three miles south of Le Mars. Apparently, a piece of metal debris about two feet in length was on the roadway when a semi truck hit the scrap metal, causing it to rupture the truck's saddle fuel tank. About 40 gallons of diesel fuel had spilled on the highway. Fire officials were called to help clean up the spill by using absorbent on the spill.
Presidential Candidates Visiting Northwest Iowa
(Le Mars) -- Just days following the Republican debate held in Colorado Wednesday evening, many presidential candidates will be appearing in northwest Iowa this weekend. Tonight, Sioux County Republicans are holding the Northwest Iowa GOP Rally to be held at Bultman Center at Northwestern College in Orange City. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with the program to begin at 7:00 p.m. Scheduled to appear at the rally are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard Executive Carly Fiorina, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Over the weekend, Republican Congressman Steve King is holding his annual pheasant hunt at the "Hole in the Wall" near Akron, with Senator Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz all scheduled to appear.
Santorum Schedules Visit In Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Speaking of Republican presidential candidates, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is scheduled to be at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream parlor this Friday afternoon. Santorum, will appear in Le Mars beginning at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to visit with people for 45 minutes.
Museum Holds "Great Garage Sale" This Weekend
(Le Mars) -- The "Great Garage Sale" is now happening at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Julie Leverton serves as the organizer for the three-day sale event. Leverton says the "Old Central gymnasium is filled with various types of artifacts and knick-knacks that anybody would want, or need, in terms of antiques, including a couple of unusual items.
Leverton says people from around the community have donated the items with the proceeds to help the museum with its expenses.
The museum volunteer says in past years, the great garage sale would raise about $3500, and she is hoping for similar results this year. The sale hours for Friday are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and for Saturday, the sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and will continue through 1:00 p.m. Fresh home-made bakery items are also on sale during the great garage sale at the museum.
Remsen Is Ready For Oktoberfest
(Remsen) -- An autumn tradition is the 42nd annual Oktoberfest celebration held in Remsen. The festival will kick off its activities on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Oktoberfest chairperson Mike Matgen tells of the highlights to this year's celebration.
Two contestants are vying for the Oktoberfest Queen title. They include Danielle Rolfes, the daughter of Jason Rolfes and Angel Anderson. Haley Delperdang, daughter of Rick and Judy Delperdang is the other queen contestant. The tapping of the Golden Keg will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Remsen St. Mary's gymnasium. Matgen says this year's beer is special.
Matgen says Oktoberfest honors the local German-Bavarian-Luxemburg heritage.
The set-down family style meal, served by Remsen residents dressed in traditional Luxemburg attire, consists of Luxemburg Treipen, Bratwurst, Headcheese, German Potato Salad and German Sour Kraut. The American menu consists of roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, and coleslaw.
Matgen says serving of the meal begins at 3:00 p.m. from the Remsen St. Mary's cafeteria.
Nebraska Man Convicted For Hacking Computers
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors say a Nebraska man who didn't get the promotion he wanted at an Iowa college has been convicted of hacking without authorization into several of the university's computers and email accounts.
David Boyer pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City to unauthorized access to a protected computer. In a plea agreement, the 46-year-old Boyer admitted that from October 2009 through June 4, 2010, he accessed protected computers at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.
Prosecutors say Boyer took the unauthorized actions because he was angry that he hadn't been promoted to become head of the information technology department, losing the job to another person.
In the plea agreement, Boyer agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution. His sentencing date has not been set.