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Friday Afternoon News, May 25th

Accident on Business 75

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department is investigating an auto accident that occurred at about 1:10 this afternoon.  The accident, involving two cars, happened on Business Highway 75 in front of the Le Mars Truck Stop and Taco John's restaurant.  Initial reports indicate a car was leaving the Taco John's parking lot and turned in front of the northbound car when the collision occurred. Airbags had deployed in both vehicles.   Drivers of both vehicles were transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital with what was thought to be minor injuries.


Sioux City Police Searching for Sexual Assault Subject

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police received three separate reports of a male subject either entering or attempting to enter residences and attempting to sexually assault two juvenile females.  The report occured in the 1100 block of west 4th street.  The suspect was seen performing a lewd act on the front porch of a residence.  Shortly thereafter, a report came from the 2000 block of Wall Street.  The suspect entered an unlocked door and assaulted a juvenile female.  The third incident occured a short time later in the 2600 block of South Alice Street.  The suspect attempted to assault a juvenile female.  The victim screamed and the suspect fled the scene.  The suspect is described as a very tall and slender African-American male.  He is believed to be taller than 6 foot four inches.  He was dressed in all dark clothing with his face partially covered.  The Police is asking for the public's assistance with this case.

Northey Believes A Gas Tax Hike is Needed

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is in agreement with Governor Terry Branstad regarding now is the time for an increase in fuel taxes to help with road and bridge repairs.  Northey says "it would seem" its time for an increase.  Iowa's fuel tax has not witnessed an increase since 1989.  Northey says he is afraid that we're seeing our infrastructure go backwards right now, at least with the current rates.  Northey says folks, ten or twenty years from now are not going to thank us if we don't do our share.  Some Republicans says they're not interested in raising any taxes, including the gas tax. 

 

 

Hospital Stops Delivering Babies


IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa hospital says it's getting out of the baby business.
     Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove says it will close its obstetrical unit on June 1.  Patients expecting to deliver after that date are being given a list of nearby facilities.
     The hospital board of trustees says the number of births at the hospital has been declining. Only one doctor at the hospital has been delivering babies.
     Ida Grove is a city of about 2,100 residents in western Iowa's Ida County, which has around 7,100 residents.  Floyd Valley Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin says the Le Mars hospital O-B unit is in good shape, but he understands how it is a struggle for some rural hospitals to maintain all of its services.
 

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Donlin says the Floyd Valley Hospital has a goal to have at least 100 births each year.  Donlin says once a hospital makes the decision to abandon the service, it may be difficult to re-introduce that service.

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Local Campgrounds Ready for Holiday Weekend

(Le Mars) -- Camping over Memorial Day weekend is almost as American as baseball and apple pie. Plenty of people will be at the parks this weekend, as Le Mars Municipal Park manager Dan Peters reports that the Willow Creek Campground is full.  All 32 sites are taken, and at least 20 people have been turned away.  Campgrounds at Plymouth County's Hillview Recreational Area are spoken for as well.  However, Parks Director Dennis Sohl says that the spots aren't actually considered full until the campers show up.  He does expect that things will be busy at all the parks this weekend and recommends that people remember to respect their neighbors while taking it easy this Memorial Day weekend.
 

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If you didn't get a spot in Plymouth County, check out what's available in Woodbury.  Woodbury Conservation Board Director Rick Schneider released information earlier this week saying that all county park facilities are ready for visitors this weekend.  Recent storm damage at Little Sioux Park near Correctionville and Southwood Conservation Area near Smithland have been cleaned up and all campgrounds are ready for campers. Additional campgrounds are available at Snyder Bend Park and Brown's Lake Bigelow Park near Salix. 
Swimming beaches in Woodbury County are also opening Saturday, and will stay open daily from 11am to 8pm through Labor Day, weather permitting.No matter where you're enjoying your time outdoors this weekend, Plymouth County Parks director Dennis Sohl encourages you to have fun and be safe.

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