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Monday Afternoon News, October 30th


Plymouth County Roads Department To Close 240th Street For Installation of Culvert

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced the closing of 240th Street between Shamrock Avenue and Sunset Avenue. The road was shut down on Monday, October 30th and it is expected to remain closed until Friday, November 10th at 3:00 p.m. Work crews are replacing a wooden bridge with a culvert pipe.




Le Mars Police Remind People To Be Safe This Halloween

(Le Mars) — Halloween is a time for children dressed in costumes and going around house to house trick and treating for candy.  But, as Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte suggests, it is also a time to be thinking about safety.
Vande Vegte says the hours for Halloween trick or treating in Le Mars have never been officially established, but he recommends between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The Police Chief has some safety advice for those ghosts and goblins that will be participating in the annual ritual of asking for candy.

Vande Vegte says there are some precautions that trick or treaters should follow in order to be seen.

When driving in the neighborhoods on Halloween evening, Vande Vegte says be sure to slow down.

Vande Vegte says residential homes should illuminate the area so children know you are participating in the annual Halloween festivities, as well as, to make it safer for them as they walk on the sidewalks.

Following the gathering of candy, Vande Vegte suggests parents inspect the collection to see if there are any irregularities.

The Le Mars Police Chief wants everyone to enjoy themselves, have fun, but use caution and be safe for this Halloween.



Iowa Has First Flu Related Death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State officials say Iowa’s first confirmed flu-related death of the 2017-18 flu season was that of an elderly man who lived in central Iowa.
The Iowa Public Health Department says the man died this month and was 81 or older.
Department medical director Patricia Quinlisk says the man’s death “is an unfortunate reminder the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old or those who have underlying health conditions.”
Health officials recommend that essentially everyone over 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. The illness typically lasts two to seven days.
Go online at http://idph.iowa.gov/influenza to learn more about the flu.



Des Moines Woman Accused Of Child Endangerment Now Faces Assault Charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A woman accused of leaving her children home alone, including one child covered in feces, is facing a new assault charge. Police say 25-year-old Destinee Miller stabbed her former boyfriend early Saturday morning at the home they had shared in Des Moines. He was treated
at a hospital for an arm wound. Miller was arrested and charged with domestic abuse assault and display or use of a deadly weapon. Online court records don’t list the name of an
attorney who can comment for Miller. Earlier this month she was charged with child endangerment after officers found her three young children outside their filthy home. One child was
covered with feces, another had a full diaper. Police say she left her 4-year-old boy in charge of his 2- and 1-year-old siblings.



Native American Activist Dennis Banks Dies

American Indian activist Dennis Banks dies at age 80.     The family of American Indian activist Dennis Banks says he has died. He was 80. Banks, who lived on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, was a co-founder, along with Russell Means, of the American Indian Movement and a leader of the Wounded Knee occupation in 1973. Banks’ family wrote on his Facebook page that he died Sunday night. He had developed pneumonia following heart surgery this month. His family says he did not want to be put on life support. The family says that as Banks took his last breaths, one son sang him four songs for his journey. Family members also sang him the American Indian Movement song as his final send-off. Daughter Arrow Banks told The Associated Press the family would have more to say after a family meeting Monday.