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Tuesday News, March 24

Early Morning Vehicle Accident

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department along with the Le Mars Ambulance responded to a two vehicle accident this morning shortly after 6:30 a.m.   The accident happened near the Wells Enterprises corporate offices.  Two ambulances were called to the scene and Fire and Rescue officials had to use the jaws of life to extricate the victims.  A car and a utility truck collided sending at least two victims to the Floyd Valley Hospital.

 

County Supervisors Scheduled To Meet This Morning

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet at the county courthouse.  The supervisors are expected to set a public hearing date on proposed issuance of indebtedness to be incurred in the next fiscal year.  The supervisors will also review a suspension of taxes for Wayne and Margaret Rassel for March of 2015. County engineer Tom Rohe will discuss with the county board two bridge contract projects, as well as discuss a general update relating to construction projects.

 

Western Iowa Tech President Tells How Community Colleges Are Assisting Communities

(Le Mars) -- At Monday's Lunch and Learn session, Dr. Terry Murrell, the president of Western Iowa Technical Community College informed the gathering how community colleges are evolving to better assist the needs of communities. Murrell talked about the recent involvement that Western Iowa Tech has taken to help the Le Mars Business community.

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Murrell informed the gathering that Western Iowa Tech created a job training center in Le Mars.

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Murrell says Wells Enterprises, Bo-Deans Bakery, Dean's Foods, and IML Containers were among the businesses that approached Western Iowa Tech for assistance in employee job training.

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Wall Lake Couple Charged With Distributing Marijuana And Child Endangerment

WALL LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Two Wall Lake residents are accused of distributing marijuana in a home with several children. 
     The Sac County Sheriff's Office announced Monday the arrests of 37-year-old Laura Lawler and 37-year-old Jason Ransom.
     Lawler is charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and child endangerment. Ransom is charged with child endangerment. 
     Four children were removed from the home, and the Department of Human Services was contacted.
     Lawler and Ransom are being held in Sac County Jail. Bond for Lawler is set at $14,000 and bond for Ransom is set at $8,000.
     It wasn't immediately known if they have attorneys.
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Legislators Pass Sledding Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks.
     The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate Monday. It passed in the House last week. Current law protects cities from liability when people are injured skateboarding or biking, but it doesn't include a sledding protection. This bill would change the language to provide protection from injuries sustained during "recreational activities," which means sledding would be covered. 
     Some Iowa cities have banned sledding in public parks over concern about liability if people get hurt.
     When asked whether Branstad will sign the bill, spokesman Jimmy Centers said the governor will carefully review it before making a decision.

 

Legislature Questions Regents Appointees

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three people appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to join the Iowa Board of Regents say their political affiliations will not be a factor in their decisions.
     Mary Andringa, Patricia Cownie and Rachael Johnson told the Senate Education Committee on Monday that they can be independent thinkers in how they approach education issues.
     Their remarks came after Sen. Robert Dvorsky, a Coralville Democrat, criticized Branstad for placing five Republicans, one Democrat and three Independents on the board. Dvorsky says Branstad is not reflecting equal representation on the board.
     Branstad's appointments are legal. Current law doesn't allow more than five members of the same political party to serve on the board.
     Andringa and Cownie are registered Republicans; Johnson is a registered Independent. The Senate must confirm their appointments.

 

Wells Fargo Donates House To Charity Organization

 HAWARDEN, Iowa (AP) - Wells Fargo has donated a home to the Center for Financial Education, a nonprofit ministry that provides counseling services free of charge in northwest Iowa.
     Wells Fargo donated the house mortgage-free in October. Through its Community and Urban Stabilization Program, which was started last year, Wells Fargo has donated more than 450 properties to nonprofit and faith-based organizations.
     Center director Jan Henryson says that she and the center's board of directors are exploring the home's potential. They may convert the building into a bed and breakfast, a safe house for teenage mothers or an assisted living facility. Flipping the house for a profit or demolishing the structure and selling the lot are also options.
 


 

 


   

Monday Afternoon News, March 23

Le Mars Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Woman was arrested by Plymouth County Authorities on Saturday for a charge of domestic assault.  27 year old Morgan Stille was charged with assault after deputies investigated a complaint. The incident occurred near Titan Machine, just north of Le Mars.

 

Deputies Execute Arrest Warrant For Le Mars Man

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man was placed under arrest on Friday by Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies for a warrant on possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdeameanor.  29 year old Robert Call of Le Mars was taken into custody and faces a 1,000 dollar bond.

 

Orange City House Burns Saturday Evening

(Orange City) -- The Orange City Fire Department, Alton Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance responded to a report of a structure fire that occurred Saturday evening at about 10:30 p.m. at 303 Kentucky Avenue Northwest in Orange City, IA.
When emergency responders arrived they found a ranch style house on fire with flames showing on the back of the residence burning up to the attic area.
The fire was extinguished and considered under control at 11:39 p.m. The residence sustained extensive heat and smoke damage. Orange City Fire units remained until 1:48 a.m. No injuries were reported.
The property sustained an estimated $100,000 in damages.

 

City Twig, Branch, Leaf, and Grass Disposal Site To Open Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have announced the twig, branch, and grass drop-off site behind the Riverview Ball Complex will open starting this Wednesday, March 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through November, with weather permitting.

 

Man Injured By Forklift Released From Hospital

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Iowa man injured after being run over by a forklift at a Storm Lake business has been released from the hospital.
     The Storm Lake Police Department says 54-year-old Douglas Knoke was airlifted Friday to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City after being struck by the forklift in the Meridian Manufacturing parking lot. Knoke, of Storm lake, was released from the hospital on Monday.
     Police say Knoke was walking near the large forklift when it hit him and knocked him to the ground. They say the vehicle then ran over him. Information on the extent of Knoke's injuries has not been released.
     No charges were filed following police investigation.
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Late Snow Fall Delays City Spring Cleaning

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - An overnight snowstorm along northern Iowa has dampened Mason City's efforts to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning.
     City officials had rescheduled the town's first yard waste collection day of the year for Monday because of a recent bout of pleasant weather. A snowstorm that moved across the upper Midwest Sunday night into early Monday morning and dumped about two inches of heavy snow in Mason City, however, left officials questioning their decision to switch their original April 6 start date.
     The National Weather Service says about 15 inches of snow accumulated in parts of southwestern Wisconsin, and about 11 1/2 inches fell in Decorah, Iowa.
     Despite the weather, City Administrator Brent Trout says the city did anticipate some yard waste to be picked up.

 

Ames Fire Leaves Fatality

   AMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say one man was killed and two others were hurt after a house fire ravaged an Ames home late Sunday night.
     Ames firefighters responded to reports of the house fire just after 11 p.m. The man killed in the fire is being withheld pending identification by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. 
     Two men, 27-year-old Carl Boese and 26-year-old Lin Yang, escaped the flames by jumping from second-floor windows. They were transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center for treatment. Information on their conditions hasn't been released.
     Authorities say it took several hours to contain the flames that engulfed the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

Legislature Hears From Gun Control Proponents Regarding Allowing Children To Use Handguns

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gun control advocates are reiterating their opposition to legislation that would allow a child of any age in Iowa to use a handgun with a parent's supervision.
     The Rev. Cheryl Thomas with Iowans for Gun Safety said Monday at a press conference that the legislation, which passed recently in the House, would increase gun violence in Iowa. The Senate is considering a similar bill but leaders have indicated it would require some changes to advance.
     The bill would allow children under 14 to use a handgun with a parent's supervision. It would also remove mandatory background checks on some handgun purchases, removing a de facto three-day waiting period, among other things.
     Supporters say the legislation will create uniformity across the state for people seeking gun permits and renewing them.

 

 

 

 



   

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