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Tuesday News, October 3rd


Supervisors To Hear From Iowa Department of Transportation Official

(Le Mars) — The Iowa Department of Transportation Superintendent for northwest Iowa, Dakin Schultz, is scheduled to appear before the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors this morning to discuss the Highway 75 road construction project.
The Iowa D-O-T is planning to place new pavement on the northbound lanes.
Construction is projected to continue through 2019. Following Dakin Schultz, the county supervisors will hold a public hearing to vacate a plat. Simpco’s Amanda Harper will address the county governing board about a housing trust fund. Cathy Van Mannen with the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence will inform the supervisors about October being designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and County Engineer Tom Rohe is scheduled to submit construction permits to the supervisor’s attention.



City Council To Hold Public Hearings On Animal Control and Dog License

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars City Council is scheduled to hold public hearings on the revisions regarding animal control and protection. In addition, the city council will hold a public hearing at 12:00 noon to discuss owners of dogs within the city limits will be required to have a license. The city council
will also hold a public hearing on the proposed airport zoning ordinances. As for action items, the Le Mars city council will vote on the 2017 municipal campground improvements and expansion project. Mike Donlin, the chairman of the Le Mars Area Betterment Foundation is expected to appear before the city council to give another update on the Community Betterment Project.



Sheriff’s Office Make Weekend Arrests

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office made several arrests over the weekend, including the arrest of 28 year old Eduardo Roman of Sioux City. Roman was stopped for a traffic stop in Merrill on Saturday at about 4:15 a.m. He was
charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, speeding, having no insurance, and fraudulent use of registration. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s office also arrested 36 year old Justin Bushey of Hankinson,
North Dakota. Bushey had an outstanding warrant from Sioux County for failure to appear. The original charge was driving without a driver’s license. A 17 year old juvenile was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
the juvenile is a student at Sioux City North High School. He was arrested in the southwest portion of Plymouth County on West Loop Road. The juvenile was issued a summons to appear.



Authorities Investigate Payloader Tractor Roll-Over Accident

(Remsen) — Plymouth County authorities are investigating an accident involving a payloader tractor that had rolled over on its top. The accident happened Monday morning at about 9:28 a.m. at 47746 180th Street, about three miles east of Remsen and a half mile west of county road L-22. A male victim was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Remsen Ambulance, and subsequently, transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City via the Mercy Air Care helicopter. Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies believed the injuries were non-life threatening. The Remsen Fire Department also responded to the
scene to assist the victim from the over-turned payloader tractor. The victim was not pinned, but could not escape from the cab of the payloader tractor.
Apparently, the driver of the tractor got too close to the shoulder of the roadway, and with the recent weekend rains, the gravel road shoulder was soft, which gave way, causing the payloader tractor to roll into the north ditch. The front-end loader bucket was empty at the time of the accident. Authorities have
still not yet identified the accident victim.



Fire and Rescue Department Issues September Monthly Report

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its September monthly report. During the month of September, the local fire and rescue department responded to eleven fire calls, four rescues, seven investigations,
and had 17 requests for services, for a total of 39 calls. Fire Chief Dave Schipper reports that 22 firefighters attended an all-day Hazardous Materials Identification class on Saturday, September 23rd. The fire and rescue department trained for two days with members of Wells Enterprises on a rope rescue and closed confinement spaces rescue. During the month of September, nine firefighters attended the annual firefighter’s convention held in Forest City, Iowa.



Fire Department Teaches Students About Fire Safety

(Le Mars) — October brings to mind fire prevention month, and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has already been busy visiting pre-schools and elementary classrooms to teach youngsters the importance of fire safety.  By the time all
the classes are conducted, more than 500 students will know to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency, and they will know to leave a burning structure and don’t return to a burning or smoke-filled building once they are safely outside.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper says this year’s theme for fire prevention is “Every Second
counts…know two ways out.”

The Le Mars Fire Department has already started teaching students about fire safety.

Perhaps the greatest message local fire officials share with children is to be safe around fire, and not to play with matches, lighters, or candles.

The Le Mars Fire Chief encourages parents to visit with their children about the dangers of fire, and to rehearse a home fire drill.



Iowa State University President Finalists To Visit Campus

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Campus visits have been scheduled for the four finalists in the search for the next president of Iowa State University.
The Des Moines Register reports that the first person is set to be in Ames on Monday, the fourth on Oct. 12. Their identities are being kept secret until a day before their visits.
Officials say 64 people applied to the job, which was left vacant when Steven Leath left to take the top job at Auburn University in Alabama. Benjamin Allen, a former Iowa State provost and past president of the University of Northern Iowa, has been interim president in Ames.
The finalists are scheduled to answer questions from students, staff, alumni and others during one-hour public forums. Live video of each forum will be available at www.presidentsearch.iastate.edu .