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Friday News, October 13th


Orange City Fire Department To Hold Open House On New Station

(Orange City) — What better time to show case a new fire station then to feature it to the general public during Fire Prevention Week?  The Orange City Fire Department was able to move into its new expanded facilities just this week, and today (Friday), they will host an open house.  Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Well talks about the open house ceremonies scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Construction on the new 15,000 square foot facility began on September 9th of last year.  Vander Well says as Orange City continues to grow, it is important the fire station is able to keep up with the growth of the community.

One of the more needed facility requirements was an area to store firefighters’ gear.  Vander Well says firefighters no longer need to store their gear and dress within a few feet of the trucks.

The Orange City Fire Chief believes the newly expanded fire station facilities will be functional for at least the next 40 years.  He says, if ever needed, the fire station can be easily converted to become a fire house, where firefighters can reside while serving on duty.  The new expanded fire station is equipped
with a large kitchen, board room, bathrooms with showers, and meeting training room.  Vander Well says firefighters wanted a facility that would be functional, spacious, safe and healthy.

The expansion of the fire station had a price tag of just over $3 million dollars.



Senator Ernst To Visit Plymouth County

(Washington) — Iowa Republican Senator, Joni Ernst has scheduled a town hall meeting in Plymouth County for Saturday, October 14th. The senator will complete her 99-county tour with a stop in Brunsville at the American Legion Hall. Ernst is scheduled to appear at 12:00 noon on Saturday.



Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community Marching Bands Score Well At State Competition

(Le Mars) — Both the marching bands of Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community did well at the Iowa High School Music Association’s State Marching Band competition that was held on Wednesday evening. The contest was originally
scheduled for last Saturday, but was post-poned due to the excessive rains and muddy conditions. Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community each received a “1” rating, which is the highest honor.



Federal Regulators Shut Down Pyle Trucking Firm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Federal safety regulators have shut down the troubled Iowa trucking company that owned the semitrailer involved in a human trafficking case in which 10 immigrants died in Texas. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration placed Pyle Transportation under an “out-of-service order” Monday after a review found the company’s safety rating was unsatisfactory. Dozens of immigrants were found packed inside a Pyle-branded semitrailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart in July. Eight people were found
dead inside, and two more died after being hospitalized. Pyle Transportation owner Brian Pyle has denied knowledge of the alleged human smuggling conspiracy. He has said that he sold the trailer and hired a contractor to drive it to Brownsville, Texas, to deliver it to the buyer.