Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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An Accident on Business Hwy 75 Spills Diesel Fuel

(Le Mars) -- Traffic was backed up for a short while Wednesday afternoon on Business Highway 75 as officials were cleaning up after an accident that occurred at about 1:30 p.m. near 18th Street South West.  A Dodge Durango SUV driven by 22 year old Adam Brown of Merrill collided with an older model Ford pickup truck driven by 68 year old Timothy Weidauer of Le Mars, causing damage to both vehicles.  Weidauer and Brown were both northbound and in the inside lane when Weidauer had slowed down indicating he was about to turn.  Brown was distracted and rear-ended the Weidauer vehicle.  The pickup truck was carrying an external fuel tank containing diesel fuel.  The impact made tank fall out of the pickup box and on to the highway.  No word as to how much fuel had spilled on to the highway.  Le Mars Fire Department officials assisted with the cleanup at the scene by placing absorbant on the spilled diesel fuel.  Brown's SUV remained on the highway, but the pickup truck owned by Weidauer, ended in the east ditch near the railroad tracks.  Wiedauer was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital with what is thought to be non-life threatening injuries.  The Le Mars Police Department is investigating that accident.


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Motorcycle Accident Leaves Le Mars Man is Serious Condition

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating an accident involving a motorcycle and a pick-up truck.  The accident happened at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on Industrial Road near the Prospect Intersection.    A preliminary investigation shows the motorcycle, driven by 25 year old Nicholas Weber of Le Mars, collided with the pick-up driven by 70 year old Larry Beckmann of Remsen.  Beckmann was crossing the road near the Quality Truck Wash when Weber collided with the pick-up truck.  Weber sustained serious injuries.  He was first transported to Floyd Valley Hospital, but was then airlifted by helicopter and flown to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Beckmann did not report any injuries. Assisting at the accident scene were the Le Mars Ambulance Service, Le Mars Fire Department, and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department.


Public Hearing Scheduled for Le Mars Historical Preservation

(Le Mars) -- A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Le Mars City Hall Chambers with the purpose to receive comments concerning the Le Mars Downtown Commercial Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.  Mainstreet Coordinator Mary Reynolds is scheduled to offer an update on structures of concern or endangered in Le Mars.  The hearing will hear and document comments on the application for the Le Mars Downtown Commercial Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.


American Legion Post Accepting Flags For Dedication

(Le Mars) -- The members of the Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion will conduct their Memorial Day Avenue of the Flags program in Le Mars on Monday, May 28th.  The 10:00 a.m. service will be held on the grounds of the Plymouth County Courthouse.  The first program was conducted on May 31st, 1965 with a start-up dedication of 91 flags. The annual program has since then have continued to add flags.  The American Legion will start the morning program by posting 1160 flags dedicated to honor deceased veterans.  Every year, the local American Legion continues the tradition and conducts a presentation of new flags.  To insure inclusion in this year's ceremony and to allow time for the new flags to be readied, the Legion is requesting that all flags for dedication be brought to the American Legion Club at 110 Plymouth Street SW in Le Mars by 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 25th. 


Road Construction Season Begins

(Le Mars) -- With the spring-like weather that we have been experiencing, it means that in addition to seeing flowers in bloom and trees developing leaves, it is also the start of road construction season.  Roadway barracades, and orange cones and barrels are often times a common sight for this time of year.  Plymouth County Engineer, Tom Rohe says there will be 12 different construction projects slated for Plymouth County this summer.  Already, under way is the new construction of two bridges located on county road C-38.

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The other major project involves the paving of five miles of highway on C-60.

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Rohe says the remaining projects mostly involve the placement of culverts.    


Onawa Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Her Son

(Onawa) -- A western Iowa woman charged with drowning her 15-month old son has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.  24-year old Ashley Cameron, of Onawa, entered the plea on Monday in Monona County District Court.  Her trial is set for July 31st.  Cameron is charged in the February 11th death of Markis Dahms.  Police say she held her son under a running faucet in the bathtub in their home until he drowned.  The boy was found after officers responded to an emergency call about a child who wasn't breathing.


Storm Lake Woman Sentenced for Theft of City Funds

 STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A 43-year-old woman has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for stealing money from the northwest Iowa city of Storm Lake.
     The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/JgqOHc ) that Lee Martin was sentenced Monday for felony theft. A second felony charge was dropped as part of Martin's plea deal.
     Martin pleaded guilty last month to taking more than $68,500 between December 2010 and November 2011. She worked for the city for 21 years and was office manager for Storm Lake Public Safety
     Buena Vista County Attorney Dave Patton says there is no minimum sentence, so Martin could be released on parole as soon as a few months from now.


Biodiesel Plant Explosion

 MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - No injuries are reported in an explosion at a biodiesel plant in Mason City.
     The Globe Gazette in Mason City reports the explosion happened late Tuesday afternoon at the Soy Energy plant on the city's southwest side.
     The newspaper says fire trucks and firefighters are on the west side of the plant, but no damage or smoke was visible.
     The explosion was reported about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The fire department had no immediate details on what happened.
     Soy Energy produces biodiesel from soybeans and corn stillage.






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