Tuesday News, March 24
Early Morning Vehicle Accident
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department along with the Le Mars Ambulance responded to a two vehicle accident this morning shortly after 6:30 a.m. The accident happened near the Wells Enterprises corporate offices. Two ambulances were called to the scene and Fire and Rescue officials had to use the jaws of life to extricate the victims. A car and a utility truck collided sending at least two victims to the Floyd Valley Hospital.
County Supervisors Scheduled To Meet This Morning
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet at the county courthouse. The supervisors are expected to set a public hearing date on proposed issuance of indebtedness to be incurred in the next fiscal year. The supervisors will also review a suspension of taxes for Wayne and Margaret Rassel for March of 2015. County engineer Tom Rohe will discuss with the county board two bridge contract projects, as well as discuss a general update relating to construction projects.
Western Iowa Tech President Tells How Community Colleges Are Assisting Communities
(Le Mars) -- At Monday's Lunch and Learn session, Dr. Terry Murrell, the president of Western Iowa Technical Community College informed the gathering how community colleges are evolving to better assist the needs of communities. Murrell talked about the recent involvement that Western Iowa Tech has taken to help the Le Mars Business community.
Murrell informed the gathering that Western Iowa Tech created a job training center in Le Mars.
Murrell says Wells Enterprises, Bo-Deans Bakery, Dean's Foods, and IML Containers were among the businesses that approached Western Iowa Tech for assistance in employee job training.
Wall Lake Couple Charged With Distributing Marijuana And Child Endangerment
WALL LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Two Wall Lake residents are accused of distributing marijuana in a home with several children.
The Sac County Sheriff's Office announced Monday the arrests of 37-year-old Laura Lawler and 37-year-old Jason Ransom.
Lawler is charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and child endangerment. Ransom is charged with child endangerment.
Four children were removed from the home, and the Department of Human Services was contacted.
Lawler and Ransom are being held in Sac County Jail. Bond for Lawler is set at $14,000 and bond for Ransom is set at $8,000.
It wasn't immediately known if they have attorneys.
Legislators Pass Sledding Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks.
The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate Monday. It passed in the House last week. Current law protects cities from liability when people are injured skateboarding or biking, but it doesn't include a sledding protection. This bill would change the language to provide protection from injuries sustained during "recreational activities," which means sledding would be covered.
Some Iowa cities have banned sledding in public parks over concern about liability if people get hurt.
When asked whether Branstad will sign the bill, spokesman Jimmy Centers said the governor will carefully review it before making a decision.
Legislature Questions Regents Appointees
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three people appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to join the Iowa Board of Regents say their political affiliations will not be a factor in their decisions.
Mary Andringa, Patricia Cownie and Rachael Johnson told the Senate Education Committee on Monday that they can be independent thinkers in how they approach education issues.
Their remarks came after Sen. Robert Dvorsky, a Coralville Democrat, criticized Branstad for placing five Republicans, one Democrat and three Independents on the board. Dvorsky says Branstad is not reflecting equal representation on the board.
Branstad's appointments are legal. Current law doesn't allow more than five members of the same political party to serve on the board.
Andringa and Cownie are registered Republicans; Johnson is a registered Independent. The Senate must confirm their appointments.
Wells Fargo Donates House To Charity Organization
HAWARDEN, Iowa (AP) - Wells Fargo has donated a home to the Center for Financial Education, a nonprofit ministry that provides counseling services free of charge in northwest Iowa.
Wells Fargo donated the house mortgage-free in October. Through its Community and Urban Stabilization Program, which was started last year, Wells Fargo has donated more than 450 properties to nonprofit and faith-based organizations.
Center director Jan Henryson says that she and the center's board of directors are exploring the home's potential. They may convert the building into a bed and breakfast, a safe house for teenage mothers or an assisted living facility. Flipping the house for a profit or demolishing the structure and selling the lot are also options.