Saturday News, November 7
Fire Fighters Respond To Corn Oil Plant Fire
(Merrill) -- The Merrill and Le Mars Fire Departments, along with the Hinton Fire Department are on the scene at this hour for a second fire located at the Prairie Sun Foods corn oil processing facility. Both Merrill and Le Mars were originally called last evening at about 12:25 a.m. Prairie Sun Foods corn oil processing company, is located on county road K-42 just north of Merrill. The facility was previously known as Plymouth Oil. Fire fighters were on the scene last evening for nearly an hour. However, fire fighters were called back to the corn oil plant this morning at about 6:25 a.m. for a second fire that rekindled. The Prairie Sun Foods corn oil processing plant sits next to the ethanol plant, Plymouth Energy.
Law Enforcement Officers Involved In High Speed Chase
(Le Mars) -- Multiple law enforcement agencies were in pursuit of a green Dodge pick up truck that eluded officers. The chase began yesterday from Sioux City at about 11:30 a.m. A Woodbury County deputy attempted a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle fled, driving north through Sioux City into Plymouth County heading northbound on county road K-22. Sioux City Police, Woodbury County Sheriff's office, Plymouth County sheriff's deputies and the Merrill Police department, along with the Iowa State Patrol joined in on the chase. The high speed pursuit ended at the junction of county road K-22 and Highway 3 when the suspect's vehicle struck a culvert in a ditch. At one time the suspect, was reported driving on the left-side of the highway. The suspects had thrown items from the vehicle during the pursuit. Law enforcement agencies re-traced the pursuit route and found narcotics that had been thrown from the suspect vehicle. There were two people in the green pick up truck. Both are believed to be teenagers. Both the Le Mars Ambulance and the Akron Ambulance were called to respond to the accident scene. The male driver was taken into custody and was not injured, but the 16 year old female passenger was injured. Mercy Air Care helicopter was also been dispatched to the scene. Authorities tried on several occasions to use "stop sticks" but were unsuccessful on their attempts. It is not known at this time, as to what lead to the pursuit of the suspect. Authorities have not released the names of the suspects at this time. Woodbury County Sheriff's office says additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Akron Man Pleads Not Guilty To Sending Sexually Related Texts Messages To Minor Girl
(Le Mars) -- An Akron man has pleaded not guilty to sending sexually related text messages to a 14 year old girl. 42 year old Kevin Essington entered his written plea Wednesday in Plymouth County District Court to one count of enticing a minor. He was arrested last month after a one of the girl's parents complained to authorities that Essington had sent the girl messages asking her to engage in sexual acts. According to a complaint filed in court, Essington attempted to solicit the acts by test message on July 14th.
Chamber Holiday Dollars Go On Sale Today
(Le Mars) -- Chamber Holiday Dollars go on sale this morning at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce office located at 50 Central Avenue, southeast, across the street from the movie cinema theater. A total of $125,000 worth of Chamber Holiday Dollars will be sold in five different categories: Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Wal-mart, along with Retail and Restaurant. People can purchase a maximum of $300 worth of holiday dollars from each category. The grocery chamber holiday dollars will offer a ten percent discount, where as the retail and restaurant categories offer buyers a 20 percent discount. Doors at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce office will open at 7:45 a.m. with the Chamber Holiday Dollars going on sale beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 10:30 a.m.
LCHS Issues "Community Report Card"
(Le Mars) -- Residents within the Le Mars Community School District should have received inside their mailbox the brochure "Report Card to the Community". Inside is a brief account of the accomplishments and achievements from the Le Mars Community School District. Dr. Todd Wendt serves as the school superintendent. He says Le Mars should be proud of the achievements of the Le Mars Community students.
The report card also shows the academic accomplishments of the Le Mars Community School District as students were able to score higher on their assessment tests than their peers from other northwest Iowa schools, and across the state of Iowa.
A goal for the Le Mars Community school district is to get computers, lap-tops, and electronic tablets into the hands of every student. Wendt says the school district is closing in on that goal.
The school superintendent thanked his staff for their work in completing the report card brochure.
Gehlen Catholic Prepares For Veteran's Program
(Le Mars) -- Veteran's Day will be celebrated one day early at Gehlen Catholic schools. The reason for the program being pushed ahead is because the Gehlen Catholic High School Volleyball team has qualified for the state volleyball tournament and are scheduled to leave on Wednesday. The Veteran's Day program will begin at 8:45 a.m. from the Ronald Fox Memorial gymnasium. Alissa Schipper serves as the Director of Campus Ministries for Gehlen. She says this year's featured speaker is a Colonel with the United State Marine Corps and has a Gehlen connection.
Schipper says Colonel Hagen is a highly decorated marine.
The Gehlen Veteran's program is open to the public, but Schipper says a special invitation is extended to the area veterans.
Gehlen also displays a "Wall of Honor" which features pictures of both active and retired local service men and women with connections to Gehlen and/or the Le Mars area.
A reminder that the Gehlen Veteran's Day program has been re-scheduled to be on Tuesday, November 10th beginning at 8:45 a.m.