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Thursday News August 23

Train Collides With Semi Truck and Trailer

(Le Mars) -- A semi truck and trailer collided with a north bound Union Pacific Train Wednesday afternoon at Le Mars.  The accident happened at 18th Street Southwest and Highway 75. There were no injuries involved with the collision as the back of the trailer came into contact with the train.  The truck, owned by Westside Transport of Cedar Rapids and driven by 28 year old Randy Brown Jr. of Euclid, Ohio, was hauling bales of cardboard waste.  The train consisted of grain cars.  The truck was attempting to cross the railroad tracks, when it appears to have yielded to north bound traffic on Highway 75, leaving the trailer exposed, and remaining on the tracks when the train hit it, spilling the contents of the truck into a ditch.  The Le Mars Police Department and Union Pacific rail officials are investigating the accident.

 

Field and Hay Bale Fires Create Problems For Area Fire Departments

(Le Mars) -- Field fires and haybale fires continue to be a problem for area fire departments.  Hinton Fire Department was called to a fire located near the intersection of County Road C-60 and K-22, about three miles west of Hinton.  Several haybales had caught fire.  Hinton had to ask for mutual aid from Merrill, Le Mars, Lawton, and even Sioux City. Fire officials were on the scene for more than four hours.  The Kingsley Fire Department responded to a field fire at 43637 County Road C-60.  Officials were at that fire for about an hour.  As a result of the many fires, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department had to cancel their planned disaster drill that was supposed to have happen at Dean Foods.


With School Starting, Iowa State Patrol Reminds Motorists of "Kadyn's Law"

(Le Mars) -- Today is the first day of school for Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic. Many other schools have already started their session.  The Iowa State Patrol wants to remind people there is no better time to think about the safety of our children.  The Iowa State Patrol will hold a media news conference this morning in Sioux City to emphasize the importance of the Kadyn's law.  Trooper Vince Kurtz says previously Iowa had laws against passing a stopped school bus, but now the penalties and fines are stiffer if you violate the law.

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Kurtz says if there is an injury or death involved, the fines now can be up to $1800 plus jail time, as well as the loss of driving privileges for six months.


Third "Cash Mob" Scheduled for Tonight

(Le Mars) -- Tonight will be the third "Cash Mob" sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  This time around a food business located within the downtown district will be selected.  Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff will select the name in front of the Chamber office at 5:15 p.m. this evening.  The five eligible businesses include the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, Fareway, Hugo's, Pizza Ranch, and the Habitue Coffee House.

 

Sioux City Man Found at Lake Okoboji

OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the body of a Sioux City man has been found in West Lake Okoboji (OH'-kih-BOH'-jee) in northwest Iowa.
Dickinson County sheriff's divers found the body of 39-year-old Juan Gonzales Wednesday morning.
Gonzales was reported missing on Sunday after he jumped off a boat into the water and never resurfaced.
The dive team found the body in an area south of where Gonzales went in.

 

Sioux City Councilman Wants Pit Bull Ban To Continue

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A city councilman says a pit bull rescue group hasn't changed his mind about Sioux City's ban on the dog breed.
Councilman John Fitch met with Sioux Empire Pit Bull Rescue members on Wednesday, and they pressed for his support in lifting the city ban. The ban was adopted in 2008. Pit bulls and pit bull
mixes already in the city were allowed to remain.
The group says a blanket ban on the breed is unfair and that prosecuting and punishing the owners of problem animals would be more appropriate.
Fitch says the council isn't likely to revisit the issue.
The group plans to bring up the ban at the next Coffee with Council community meeting, which is scheduled for Sept. 13.


   

Wednesday afternoon news, August 22

Train Collides With Semi Truck and Trailer

(Le Mars) -- A semi truck and trailer collided with a north bound Union Pacific Train Wednesday afternoon at Le Mars.  The accident happened at 18th Street Southwest and Highway 75.  It doesn't appear there were any injuries involved with the collision as the back of the trailer came into contact with the train.  The truck, owned by Westside Transport of Cedar Rapids was hauling bales of cardboard waste.  The train consisted of grain cars.  The truck ws attempting to cross the railroad tracks, when it appears to have yielded to north bound traffic on Highway 75, leaving the trailer to remain on the tracks when the train hit it.  The Le Mars Police Department and Union Pacific rail officials are investigating the accident.


Le Mars City Council Discusses Madison Avenue Water Line

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council has approved the date of September 4th at 12:00 noon as the date and time for a public hearing regarding the extension of a water main on Madison Avenue.  The area that will be served by the city as a result of the water main extension are the properties north of the interchange of Highway 60 and Highway 75.  Currently, Fedders Marine and RV has indicated an interest in moving its business to that location. City officials anticipate other businesses may also show an interest in the area.  Until the construction is completed, Fedders Marine and RV and other businesses will get their water from the Southern Sioux Water Association, of which the city of Le Mars will temporary purchase that water.  Southern Sioux Water Association already offers water services to residents living along Highway 75, north of Le Mars.  The city council hopes to have construction start in October with the timetable for completion on the Madison Avenue water line to be finished in November.

 

Le Mars City Council Sets Date For Bids On Former IDOT Property

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council also approved the date of September 4th for a public hearing regarding city owned property located on North Highway 75.  The property was formerly owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation and was used as a storage facility.  The city council established the date of August 28th at 1:30 p.m. as the time and date for bids for the property to be submitted to the city.


Le Mars Chamber Ready For Food "Cash Mob"

(Le Mars) -- After work Thursday evening, you may want to stop by the Le Mars Chamber office  located on Central Avenue to learn which food related business will be chosen for the third "Cash Mob".  Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Chamber says one of five downtown Chamber members that serve food are eligible.

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If you are perhaps worried about consuming $20 worth of food at one time, Reynolds suggests you consider gift cards.

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Reynolds says the Chamber will sponsor one more cash mob in September that again will feature a food related business, but located outside the downtown district.


Viet Nam Veteran Gets His Medals

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Army veteran has received new Vietnam War medals to replace ones that were stolen from his home in the late 1990s.
U.S. Rep.Steve King presented Dennis Roberts Tuesday with 11 new medals. The medals given to Roberts include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Medal. He's waiting for one more, the Good Conduct Medal.
Roberts received the medals from King during a ceremony in Sioux City.
Roberts says the medals will occupy a blank spot on his wall, as a reminder of the days when he served his country. Roberts served in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970.


Rastetter Amends Financial Disclosure For Ethics Commission

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Board of Regents member Bruce Rastetter has filed an amended financial disclosure statement with a state ethics board just days before the board considers whether
he violated state ethics rules.
The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board meets Thursday to review a complaint filed by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a government watchdog group.
The complaint alleges Rastetter misrepresented himself on financial disclosure forms as a farmer when in fact he owns numerous investments and gets significant income from executive
positions at corporations he oversees.
The new disclosure filed Monday adds his position as CEO at two companies in addition to multiple investments and real estate holdings.
Rastetter's lawyer says the new disclosures are intended to resolve ethics questions.
Iowa CCI declared victory saying it's an admission of guilt.

 

Restaurants Complain of Odor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines city officials say residents are complaining about a putrid smell that forced patio diners at one restaurant to move indoors.
The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/NEVTq4 ) the stench was traced to an animal rendering plant less than a mile southeast of the downtown. City officials say they received 14
calls Monday night, enough to trigger the city's first odor inspection in 10 years.
Bruce Gerleman, who owns a downtown seafood restaurant, describes the odor as a "putrid, dead animal smell."
He says dignitaries dining at his restaurant after a World Food Prize ceremony complained about the smell Monday night. He says patio diners at Jethro's BBQ, another restaurant he owns, were so
offended that they moved indoors.
Inspectors traced the smell to Darling International, which processes animal byproducts.


Company Wants To Convert Waste Into Ethanol

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A company that converts organic material into ethanol is requesting access to Iowa City's trash.
KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids says (http://bit.ly/Owqray ) Fiberight Industries is planning to build a $60 million refinery in Blairstown. The Maryland company is expanding into Iowa, and a top executive asked Tuesday to lease three acres of Iowa City's landfill.
Fiberight vice president Steve Gerber says more than 50 percent of the materials that go into landfills is organic and can be turned into ethanol.
Gerber says the company also sifts out recyclables and methane gas, both of which can go back to the community for other purposes.  The company estimates the project would reduce trash coming into the landfill by about 80 percent.

 

 

 

 

   

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