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Wednesday News, June 25

Semi Truck And Trailer Plunges Into Floyd River

(Le Mars) --  A semi truck and trailer plunged into the Floyd River on Highway 75 near Merrill early this morning.  The semi truck crashed through the barricades and eventually ended up partially on the riverbank and with the truck in the Floyd River.  The Le Mars and Merrill Fire Departments responded to that accident that occurred at about 2:00 a.m.  The truck is owned by the B-T Inc of LeMars.  The trailer was hauling beef trimmings to be used to make sausage.  Officials with the trucking firm said the beef trimmings would need to be disposed at a landfill.  Michael R Wichner, age 55 of Sioux Falls, SD, was operating a 2012 Peterbilt belonging to B-T Inc of LeMars. Wichner was traveling northbound on Hwy 75 just on the north edge of Merrill when he lost control of the semi, struck a bridge rail belonging to Iowa Dept of Transportation, entered the east ditch and rolled into a waterway under the bridge. Wichner had to be extricated from the cab by emergency personnel.  Wichner was transported to Mercy Medical by Merrill ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Officials associated with the trucking firm said he has since been released.  The right lane of travel on Highway 75 just outside of Merrill is closed as officials attempt to remove the semi truck and trailer from the river.   The accident remains under investigation.

 

Remsen Fire Department Responds To Structure Fire

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department was called to a structure fire last evening at about 10:00 p.m.  The fire was located at a business at 2nd street and Washington.  Todd Tentinger, Remsen Fire Chief says thanks to the carnival personnel who were in town for the Remsen Kids Days, for calling in the fire.

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Tentinger says there were no flames visible upon arrival at the scene, and the Remsen Fire Department was on the scene for about a half an hour.

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The investigation of the fire has been turned over to the Remsen Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff's office. 

 

Le Mars Fire Department and Dean's Foods to Hold Tornado Drill

(Le Mars) -- Tornadoes have ripped through several communities in recent years with Pilger, Nebraska being the latest town to be wiped off the map because of a strong tornado.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department wants to be prepared if a tornado should strike our community and severly damages one of our industries.  For that reason, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department in cooperation with Dean's Foods will jointly conduct a training session Wednesday evening on tornado safety.  Dave Schipper, fire chief for the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department explains what will occur during the training.

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Schipper says they will not be conducting a mock injury scenerio with Wednesday evening's training.  He says it is more of a plant tour to know where people would most likely be located if in the event a tornado should hit the Dean's Foods facility.

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Hedge Avenue Closed Due To Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Division has announced they will close Hedge Avenue between 250th to 270th Streets starting Wednesday and continuing through late August.  The road is being closed due to the replacement of a bridge.

 

Graves Construction To Replace Bridge That Washed Away From Floods

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors accepted a bid submitted by Graves Construction of Spencer, Iowa for a bridge replacement project.  The bridge in question was was washed away from the flooding of a year ago during the Memorial Day weekend.  Graves Construction was one of three bids submitted for the 120 feet long by 30 feet wide bridge, located on 110th Street in Fredonia Township.  Graves' bid was listed at $412,471 with 85 percent of the cost to replace the bridge will be financed through FEMA. 

 

Supervisors Proclaim Fair Week As "Agriculture Awareness Week"

(Le Mars) -- In other action taken by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, they approved a resolution proclaiming the week of Monday, July 21st through Sunday, July 27th as "Plymouth County Agriculture Awareness Week".  The week happens to be the same week as the Plymouth County Fair.  Five members of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee were on hand for the proclamation.  Paul Jacobson, the chairman of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee informed the supervisors of the economic and social importance agriculture has upon the county.  Jacobson told the supervisors that more than $600 million dollars is generated through the sale of grains, livestock, and agricultural products, making Plymouth County third in the state of Iowa and 66th in the nation for total value of agricultural products sold.

 

Disabled Veterans Eligible For Tax Benefits

(Le Mars) -- Thanks to bills passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, disabled veterans and their spouses will be able to receive some tax benefits.  Plymouth County Veterans Affairs Director Wayne Thieman explains who is eligible for those benefits.

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Thieman says it does not change anything with those veterans who have signed up for a regular homestead tax credit.  Thieman says the program is for the veterans residence up to forty acres where the home is actually located. Thieman explains what veterans will need to do in order to participate in the program.

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Owner Of Former YMCA Building Indicted

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The owner of the former YMCA building in Sioux City has been indicted, accused of several asbestos removal violations.
     Larry Wolf is charged with nine counts of work practice standards violations and one count each of failing to notify state and federal agencies of his intent to do renovation work and making false statements to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 
     Wolf told the newspaper on Tuesday that he didn't renovate the building but declined to comment further.
     The indictment says Wolf had insulation containing asbestos removed from pipes inside the building and didn't follow proper removal and disposal procedures. A court document says Wolf denied removing any asbestos and told investigators he removed only metal pipes that had no insulation attached.
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Lake View Nursing Facility Fined $500,000

LAKE VIEW, Iowa (AP) - A skilled nursing facility in northwest Iowa has agreed to pay $500,000 to resolve civil allegations against the center involving payment claims made to the government.
     The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa announced Tuesday that Blackhawk Lifecare Center in Lake View agreed to make the payment following allegations that the business submitted improper therapy services claims for payments. Blackhawk didn't admit to any liability or wrongdoing, and the government didn't allege the business harmed any patients.
     The government had alleged that between January 2007 and December 2009, the company submitted claims to Medicare for therapy services that weren't justified by the patients' conditions.
     The allegations were prompted by an investigation led by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, June 24

Updated Information Regarding Moped Accident

(Le Mars) -- A moped and a car collided at the Wal-mart parking lot  Monday afternoon at about 5:30 p.m causing injuries to the moped driver.  The car was driven by 62 year old Jean King of Le Mars who was traveling mostly in a west direction properly through the Wal-mart parking lot.  14 year old Chandler Grossenheider of Le Mars was driving the moped cutting across the parking lot.  Grossenheider did not see the King vehicle and as a result, struck the right front of the King vehicle. The 14 year old girl was ejected from her moped and onto the hood of the vehicle and into the windshield.  Grossenheider was treated at the scene and transported to Floyd Valley Hospital.  She is reported to be in good condition.

 

Fatal Auto Accident Victim Now Identified

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista county authorities have now identified the person involved with the fatal accident that occurred Monday morning.  63 year old James Hoffman of Weston, Missouri was killed  when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 3 and County road M-54.  Hoffman's car struck a semi truck and trailer hauling gravel and was lodged underneath the semi trailer.  Rescue workers had to use the jaws of life to extricate Hoffman from the car.  Buena Vista County Medical Examiner declared the Hoffman to be dead at the scene.  Hoffman was the only person in the car.  The driver of the truck and trailer was 37 year old Aaron Keene of Storm Lake, and did not suffer any injuries.   Assisting at the scene were the Albert City Fire Department, Iowa Highway Patrol, Sioux Rapids Police Department, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's office, and the Buena Vista County Regional Medical Center.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

Graves Construction Wins Bid For Repairing Washed Out Bridge

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors accepted a bid submitted by Graves Construction of Spencer, Iowa for a bridge replacement project.  The bridge in question was was washed away from the flooding of a year ago during the Memorial Day weekend.  Graves Construction was one of three bids submitted for the 120 feet long by 30 feet wide bridge, located on 110th Street in Fredonia Township.  Graves' bid was listed at $412,471 with 85 percent of the cost to replace the bridge will be financed through FEMA. 

 

Supervisors Proclaim Fair Week As "Plymouth County Agriculture Awareness Week"

(Le Mars) -- In other action taken by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, they approved a resolution proclaiming the week of Monday, July 21st through Sunday, July 27th as "Plymouth County Agriculture Awareness Week".  The week happens to be the same week as the Plymouth County Fair.  Five members of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee were on hand for the proclamation.  Paul Jacobson, the chairman of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee informed the supervisors of the economic and social importance agriculture has upon the county.  Jacobson told the supervisors that more than $600 million dollars is generated through the sale of grains, livestock, and agricultural products, making Plymouth County third in the state of Iowa and 66th in the nation for total value of agricultural products sold.

 

Fire Department And Dean's Foods To Train For Tornado

(Le Mars) -- Tornadoes have ripped through several communities in recent years with Pilger, Nebraska being the latest town to be wiped off the map because of a strong tornado.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department wants to be prepared if a tornado should strike our community and severly damages one of our industries.  For that reason, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department in cooperation with Dean's Foods will jointly conduct a training session Wednesday evening on tornado safety.  Dave Schipper, fire chief for the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department explains what will occur during the training.

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Hard Rock Casino To Install Trademark Guitar Sign

  SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 50-foot electric guitar is about to join the Sioux City skyline.
     Workers on Monday began to assemble the guitar-shaped sign that will be placed atop the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The operation is expected to open Aug. 1.
     Hard Rock General Manager Todd Moyer says the guitar body will be connected with the Hard Rock logo and guitar neck as the sign is mounted on the roof of the four-story Battery Building. A crane will be used to lift the sign into place Thursday.
    The sign will be visible for miles and will be easily spotted by motorists on Interstate 29.
    The $128.5 million downtown casino and hotel will employ about 500 people.


   

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