Wednesday News, Aug. 8
Masers Hope To Develop Visitors' Information Center
(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars couple is hoping to renovate the old First National Bank drive-through to become a visitor's information center. Al and Delores Maser presented their idea to the Le Mars City Council on Tuesday. Delores Maser says a lot of economic development has occurred on the north end of downtown, which has benefitted the community. But now she believes the south end deserves some attention.
Once the construction is completed, the Masers intend to give the property to the city. Delores Maser says since the property sits next to the railroad, and since Le Mars was founded because of a railroad, she wants to have the project resemble a train depot.
The property will may also showcase some of Al Maser's antique car collection. The Maser's plan to fund the project, which they anticipate will take a year to complete. The city council gave their approval for the proposed project during their meeting.
Le Mars Neighborhoods Celebrate "National Night Out"
(Le Mars) -- Last evening, neighborhoods throughout Le Mars and across the nation acknowledged the 29th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. "National Night Out" is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and locally sponsored by the Le Mars Police Department. Le Mars Police Chief, Stewart Dekkinga says National Night out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, as well as generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships, and finally to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Residents, like Luke and Stephanie Cargin of Le Mars took the time to to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and the police. Stephanie Cargins says she and her husband, Luke, chose to host a block party as a way to meet their neighbors.
The Cargins say they hope to make the event an annual event.
Newell Accident Results In Fatality
(Storm Lake) -- A two vehicle accident on Tuesday morning resulted in a fatality on Highway 7 near Newell. Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville says the accident happened about 9:20 when a car collided head on with semi truck and trailer. The driver of the car has yet to be identified. Launderville will only say that it was a 24 year old Newell man that was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi truck is 32 year old Robert Bainbridge of Albert City who received only minor injuries.
Car and Pick up Truck Collide in Rural Plymouth County
(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department responded to an accident at the intersection of 280th
Street and Key Avenue. That accident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The accident involved a pick up truck and a car. Three victims were injured as a result of that accident and they were transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Plymouth County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident. The names have yet to be released.
Akron Fire Department Responds To Ammonia Leak
(Akron) -- Akron Fire Department was called to the Farmers Cooperative in Akron for an Ammonia leak. Little is known about the incident at this time, other than the call came in at about 6:20 p.m. last evening.
Global Stream To Add Employees
(Sergeant Bluff) -- Good news for the Sioux City area as Global Stream Services intend to
hire up to 350 people at its service center in Sergeant Bluff. The company, headquartered
in Bloomington, Minnesota, operates about 50 call centers around the world and has over
31,000 employees. Global Stream also has a location at Vermillion, South Dakota.
West Monona Teacher Arrested For Drugs
ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in western Iowa faces misdemeanor charges, accused of possessing marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
43-year-old Karen Bartelson, of Blencoe, is due back in a Monona County courtroom on Aug. 20. Bartelson has pleaded not guilty.
The West Monona Community School District website lists Bartelson as a teacher at Central Elementary School. District Superintendent Lyle Schwartz said Tuesday that Bartelson is on
administrative leave. He would not comment further.
Obama and Romney To Campaign In Iowa
(Des Moines) -- Campaign aides say President Barack Obama plans to campaign across Iowa next week, visiting at least seven cities over three days. It will be the Democratic president's fifth campaign visit to Iowa this year. It's Obama's longest Iowa stay since taking office in 2009 and his longest visit in one state during this presidential election campaign. Obama is scheduled to visit Council Bluffs and Boone on Monday; Marshalltown, Oskaloosa and Waterloo on Tuesday, and Dubuque and Davenport Wednesday. First lady Michele Obama will join the president for Wednesday's stops.
Republican Mitt Romney was scheduled to campaign in Iowa later Tuesday and Wednesday morning, making his fourth visit to the state since clinching the GOP nomination. Iowa is among about a half dozen states where polls show the race very close.
Whirlpool - Retiree Lawsuit
(Newton) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a decision by Whirlpool Corp. to slash the medical benefits for more than 3,000 Maytag Corp. retirees. Whirlpool purchased Newton, Iowa based Maytag before closing its plant in 2007 and laying off hundreds of workers. In 2008, Whirlpool announced that Maytag retirees would no longer receive the free health care they believed they were owed under previous union contracts. Whirlpool's plan started charging retirees in 2009 monthly premiums with deductibles, and required them to pay a portion of their expenses. The United Auto Workers challenged the cuts, saying they believed the benefits were vested and could not be eliminated. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Whirlpool on Tuesday, upholding a judge's ruling from last year that found the benefits were not vested.