Wednesday Afternoon News, September 4
Le Mars Police Investigate Motorcycle and Automobile Accident
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police is investigating a motorcycle and automobile accident. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at about 3:50 p.m. Colan Borchers, 17, of Le Mars was driving his car westbound on 12th Street. Borchers says friends of his waved to him, causing him to look away for a moment. When he waved back to his friends, he failed to notice a motorcycle being driven by 38 year old Randall Klein of Le Mars had stopped and was waiting for traffic to clear so the motorcycle could make a left-hand turn. Borchers rear-ended the motorcycle causing both the motorcycle driver and female passenger to be thrown from the motorcycle. The passenger of the motorcycle, 18 year old Kenedy Klein of Le Mars was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital. Randall Klein was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. Both suffered only minor injuries. Borchers was not injured during the accident.
YMCA Prepares For Sprint Triathlon
(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday, the Le Mars YMCA will host its seventh annual sprint triathlon. Angela Loutsch says it is similar to the Labor Day Iron Man Contest held in Des Moines, only shorter. The event combines swimming, bicycling, and running.
More than 160 competitors are expected to participate in the event. Loutsch says the competitors come from across the nation, as well as locally.
The YMCA official says the transition area for the sprint triathlon will open at 7:00 a.m. with the first swimmer entering the pool at 9:00 a.m.
Loutsch says the YMCA is still in need of about 20 volunteers to assist with the coordination of the event.
If you would like to either volunteer or register as a participant, contact Angela Loutsch at the Le Mars YMCA. Their phone number is (712) 546-6655.
Hemmingson Wants To Be Re-elected To School Board
(Le Mars) -- Next Tuesday is election day for local public school board positions. At the Le Mars Community School District four positions are up for election. Mark Hemmingson is a five-year member of the Le Mars Community Board of Education. Due to re-districting, Hemmingson will face Chris Collins, both incumbants, and now both serving District 3.
Hemmingson says Le Mars community is a good school district, and he wants to see the school always strive to get the best teachers.
Hemmingson says school financing is many times a cumbersome, but a necessary chore for school board directors. He says it may take some time to fully understand how it works.
The attorney says it is important to understand the programs that can be offered through the school system. Hemmingson lives within District 3, which at times is referred to as the "Clark" district because of Clark Elementary falls within the district.
Hemmingson says he is proud of the completion of Phase 2 which added a new gymnasium, music rooms, art room, a computer lab, and activities room to the exisiting facility, making the Le Mars Community having the latest state of the art facilities for its students.
Branstad Appoints Findley To Be Chief Of Staff
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has named his legal counsel to serve as interim chief of staff.
Branstad says Wednesday that Brenna Findley will be interim chief of staff until a permanent replacement is found for Jeff Boeyink. Boeyink announced his resignation last week. His last day in the Branstad administration will be Sept. 6.
Findley previously worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. Steve King. She was the Republican candidate for state Attorney General in 2010. She has served in the Branstad administration since January 2011.
Branstad is leaving on a trade mission to India and Japan on Friday. He will not name a permanent chief of staff before he returns to Iowa on Sept. 18.
Branstad Accepts London's Resignation
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he accepted the resignation of Iowa's public safety commissioner because he wants to restore "stability and predictability" to the department after a year of turmoil.
Branstad says that K. Brian London had a phenomenal resume in law enforcement, but he
did not fully understand the culture of public safety in Iowa. Branstad also says that a
"there were a lot of people that just didn't really feel comfortable" with London's
Branstad said that London offered his resignation Tuesday evening, a move he called
On Wednesday, the governor reinstated Larry Noble as commissioner, a job Noble held
in 2011 and 2012.
Branstad told reporters in Coralville on Wednesday that Noble, a former trooper and
30-year department veteran, had earned the respect of employees.