Friday News, October 2
Woof Stock Scheduled For Saturday
(Le Mars) -- The seventh annual Woof-Stock event is scheduled for Saturday and will be held at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The dog-themed program is normally held in the spring, but due to the dog flu outbreak earlier this year, organizers decided to move the event to the fall. Museum administrator Judy Bowman says this year's Woof-Stock will focus attention on area service dogs.
Bowman talks more about this year's honored guest: Jim Mason and his dog Skeeter.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Poochi Parade. Bowman says owners can have their dogs be blessed by Pastor Jan Christiansen of the Le Mars Presbyterian Church of Christ. Woof-Stock will also feature dogs that are needing a loving home through Noah's Hope.
Bowman says in addition to Noah's Hope being at Woof-Stock, the Sioux City Humane Society will also be at the event. Bowman says the event has attracted up to 100 dogs and their owners.
ICON Ag And Turf Joins Fight Against Breast Cancer
(Le Mars) -- During October, ICON Ag & Turf farm equipment dealership, is again
joining the fight against cancer and asking its employees to wear breast cancer T-
shirts on Fridays. This is the fourth year the company and staff have participated
in the fund raising event, and they hope to support breast cancer prevention
awareness and research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All funds raised
will be donated to The Siouxland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help
increase awareness of the disease, raise funds for research, offer helpful
information to support those affected by breast cancer, and remind women of the
importance of early detection.
In 2014 ICON Ag & Turf was able to raise $6,300 from the employees with the company
donating an additional and the cost of the T-shirts. ICON Ag & Turf has already
received a donation amount of $2,585 directly from employees in 2015, which will be
donated to The Siouxland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Funds will be
kept local; impacting Sioux, Lyon, Plymouth and Woodbury Counties in Iowa as well
as Union County in South Dakota and Dakota and Thurston Counties in Nebraska.
P's Pizza House Holds Groundbreaking Ceremonies In Orange City
(Orange City) -- A Le Mars based restaurant is expanding into Orange City. P's Pizza House, formerly known as "Mr. P's Sports Bar and Grill" held ground breaking ceremonies yesterday. The new restaurant is expected to be completed by April. P's Pizza House expects to hire at least 30 people with 10 being full-time.
Fire Department Prepares For Fire Prevention Month
(Le Mars) -- Sunday marks the start of fire prevention week, and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast at Fire Station #1 located downtown, across from the Eagles Club, and diagonally across from the city public library. The breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until 12:00 noon. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the annual breakfast has proven to be a nice event, and a nice fund raiser.
This year's theme for fire prevention week "Hear the beep where you sleep" focuses on having a working smoke detector in each bedroom.
Chief Schipper says in recent years, with the assistance of a grant, and local contributions, the local fire department was able to install 300 smoke detectors in Le Mars homes.
Through out the entire month of October, the fire department attends many daycare centers and schools educating students about fire safety, and distributing up to 1500 stickers, coloring books, and other fire safety literature. Schipper says the educational program has worked, simply by reviewing the community's fire statistics compared to other communities of similar size of Le Mars.
Schipper says this year's fire safety education program will also feature a video showing children singing and dancing as a way to emphasize Stop! Drop! and Roll, and the beeping sound from a smoke detector.
School Bus Accident
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say 32 students were on a school bus when it was struck by an SUV and rolled over in Delaware County.
Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said the driver of the SUV failed to yield Thursday afternoon and struck the West Delaware School District bus near Manchester. Authorities say the bus rolled once before coming to a stop on its wheels.
According to Ludwig, all 32 students and the drivers of the bus and SUV were transported to the hospital for medical attention. Police say most students, who are in kindergarten through 12th grade, suffered minor injuries and none had life-threatening injuries.
Authorities say charges are pending an investigation.
Mumps Detected In Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The bulk of Iowa's jump in mumps cases has been reported at the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.
The state Public Health Department says 50 cases of mumps have been reported in Iowa this year - 30 of them on the University of Iowa campus.
The state usually has 10 to 20 reported cases a year, but there have been outbreaks, including hundreds of cases in 2006. Doctors say most of the current cases involve students who had met the university's vaccination requirements.
The viral infections symptoms include swollen salivary glands, fever and muscle aches. It spreads easily in confined spaces.