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Wednesday News, May 29

Police Investigate Motorcycle Accident

(Le Mars) -- Authorities were dispatched to a motorcycle accident that occurred Tuesday evening at about 9:09 p.m.  The accident happened at the intersection of 3rd Street and 9th Avenue Southwest.  Preliminary indications show that 20 year old Linden Sitzmann of Le Mars was a passenger riding on the back of a motorcycle being driven by Jonathon Ruden, age 21 also from Le Mars.  The motorcycle was eastbound on 3rd street southwest when Linden fell off the back of the motorcycle and sustained incapacitating injuries.  She was first transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars Ambulance, but later transported to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Air Care.  The accident remains under investigation, and the Le Mars Police was assisted at the scene by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Le Mars Ambulance and the Le Mars Fire Department.


Floyd Valley Hospital To Hold Public Hearing

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are holding a public hearing this morning on the proposed new construction project involving the relocation of the loading dock facility.  The construction project is estimated to cost about $750,000.  Although hospital trustees have not officially given the green light for the new proposed north addition, the moving of the loading dock facility, could be considered as phase one of the much larger scale capital improvement project.  That public hearing is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. at the hospital.


Plymouth County Proclaimed Disaster Area By Governor Branstad

(Des Moines) -- Plymouth County and 12 other counties, including Cherokee, Buena Vista, Sioux, and Ida located in northwest Iowa are now eligible for state resources as a result of the flooding.  Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation due to the recent storms and flooding.  Assistance will include help with removing debris and wreckage.  Low-income households in these counties can apply for grants to help cover the cost of home repairs or other expenses.  The other eligible counties are in central Iowa and include: Butler, Floyd, Iowa, Jasper, Mahaska, Marshall, Tama and Wright.

Officials Inspect Streets, Roads, and Bridges For Flood Related Damage

(Le Mars) -- Since the flood waters of the Floyd River and Willow Creek have started to recede, city and county officials are beginning to inspect the condition of the streets, roads, and bridges.  Officials have had the opportunity to evaluate the damage left behind as a result of the floods.  Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe says despite the rising waters, in general, Plymouth County roads and bridges fared well following the floods.  Rohe says there a few exceptions.

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Marble Avenue near 160th Street was one roadway that was closed due to flood waters spilling over the top of the road.  But Rohe believes the stretch of paved road may have suffered only minimal damage.

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Mud Run Is Postponed Until September

(Le Mars) -- Due to the recent flooding of the Floyd River, organizers of the Red, White, and Blue Mud Run have decided to postpone the endurance run until September 21st.  The original date was scheduled for this coming Saturday, June 1st.  Those people currently registered for the Mud Run will remain registered for the September 21st event.  Officials say the obstacles that were in place have been damaged or destroyed by the recent flood waters.


Cherokee City Officials Ask Residents To Register All Flood Damage

(Cherokee) -- The city of Cherokee is asking all residents impacted by the flood event to register damages at the Cherokee City Hall.  Officials ask residents to do so regardless of whether ou are able to complete the clean up process yourself.  Flood clean up kits are again available at the Cherokee Fire Station.  Supplies had earlier ran out, but additional kits have now been supplied.  The kits are being provided by the American Red Cross and are free to residents.


Volunteers To Help Repair Stone State Park Equestrian Trail

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says volunteers have begun making repairs to a popular equestrian trail near Sioux City.
The DNR says 16 AmeriCorps volunteers have begun a three-week project to repair trail damage at Stone State Park.
Among their work will be fixing a 200 feet section of the equestrian trail on Ruth's Ridge that was damaged by severe erosion. As part of their work, crews will add features to the
trail to limit future water damage.
The trail will be closed during the work.
The trail crew is made up primarily of college students from across the country. They next will head to Lake Macbride State Park, north of Iowa City.


Cedar Falls Becomes "Gigabit" City

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Falls has become one of the nation's first "gigabit cities."
The city utility service announced Tuesday that it can provide Internet service of up to 1 gigabit a second for downloads. That's a boon for businesses that wish to hold video conferences and for city residents who want blazing speeds for their Internet games.
The service will cost businesses $950 a month. Residents will pay $275.
Broadband expansion advocate Connect Iowa says 10 other U.S. cities have 1 gigabit service.
Amy Kuhlers of Connect Iowa says that with the new service, Cedar Falls has opened itself "to a whole new market as far as the capability to attract businesses. Those businesses attract new






Tuesday Afternoon News, May 28

Le Mars Residents With Sump Pumps Asked To Direct Discharge Away From Sewer

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars is urging residents with sump pumps to discharge water outside and not directly into the sewer.  The Le Mars Waste Water treatment plant is experiencing high water flow.


Fiber Optic Cable Washed Away

(Le Mars) -- Frontier Communications is currently experiencing phone and internet outages in the Craig, Struble, Seney and the Orange City areas.  The recent flooding has washed out a fiber optic cable which provides services to the affected communities.  Repair crews are en route, but no estimated time for restoral has been determined.  Customers are advised to use cell phones to contact emergency personnel if needed in these communities until further notice.


Le Mars School Board To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening at the Education Service Center.  The school board will hold a hearing on the amended budget.  Middle School Math teachers will present a report to the Board of Education on the textbook selection process completed and will make a recommendation for adoption to be considered by the school board.  The school board will also be considering a beverage agreement between Chesterman Bottling of Sioux City, makers of Coca-Cola, and Pepsi-Cola of Siouxland, makers of Pepsi products.  The board will also negotiate lease agreements with Western Iowa Technical Community College, Buena Vista University and with Northwest Area Education Agency.

Woodbury County Communities To Decide Upon Police Protection From Sheriff's Office

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Policing agreements with five towns face votes by the Woodbury County Board.
The Sioux City Journal says (http://bit.ly/115vva1) that once the contracts are signed, deputies can begin to enforce the town ordinances.
The contracts going to the board on Tuesday cover agreements with the towns of Bronson, Danbury, Hornick, Lawton and Pierson. Each town's mayor has already signed an accord.
The towns will pay $35 an hour for the expanded coverage. Deputies will continue their routine patrols through the small towns to provide a police presence and respond to emergencies.
Sheriff Dave Drew said last month that he didn't expect he'd have to hire more deputies to handle the additional assignments. Drew says he'll monitor the situation, however, to see whether his
expectation holds up.

Police Chief Discusses Strategy To Find Missing 15 Year Old Girl

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa police chief says investigators searching for a 15-year-old girl are focusing on the movements of the man suspected of kidnapping her and a friend in the hours after
they were taken last week.
Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar said investigators from several agencies met Tuesday to compare notes on the search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard and to discuss how to proceed. He says searchers are planning to recheck some areas that have already been searched,
and are also going out to new areas in the region.
Dunbar says analysts are trying to "come up with a definitive path" traveled by Michael Klunder, who authorities say committed suicide hours after kidnapping Shepard and a 12-year-old friend.
The 12-year-old escaped at a hog confinement where the girls were taken.




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