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Monday News, November 6th


Farm Related Accident Involving Skid Loader Sends Victim To Hospital

(Le Mars) — A farm related accident, involving a skid loader bucket that had fallen on the victim, occurred Saturday afternoon at about 2:45 p.m. The accident was reported on Iris Avenue, about three-quarters of a mile north of Highway 3, or about a mile west of Brunsville. When first responders arrived at
the scene, the victim was already out from underneath the bucket. The victim was initially transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare, then transferred to a Sioux City hospital. Responding the accident were the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities have identified the victim as 43-year old Stanley Kreinert Jr. of Sioux City. The driver of the skid loader was the victim’s father, Stanley Kreinert Sr. The victim is recovering at a local hospital and is in stable condition.



Country Grain Elevators Are Busy With Farmers Trying To Complete Corn Harvest

(Craig) — Farmers have been busy with the harvest, and the scene Saturday at the Farmer’s Cooperative Elevator at Craig, was perhaps no different than any other country grain elevator across the Midwest.  A continuous line of at least ten semi trucks pulling fully loaded grain trailers with corn were stacked end-
to-end waiting to cross the scales and dump their load of farmer’s gold.  When one semi truck would leave, another would arrive at the country grain elevator.
Doug Schurr, the general manager of the Craig cooperative grain elevator says despite the summer’s dry conditions, followed by the early autumn’s wet spell, the delivered corn has been of excellent quality.

Schurr says a majority of the corn brought to the elevator for storage or sale, has needed to be artificially dried.

The Craig Cooperative Elevator manager says area corn yields have been better than expected.

Schurr says the corn harvest, within his trade area, is showing signs of wrapping up for the season.

Schurr estimated that every ten minutes, ten thousand bushels of corn was delivered and dumped at the Craig elevator.  The manager at the Farmer’s Cooperative Elevator at Craig is concerned about adequate storage capacity,
having to set up an outdoor bunker to help store the grain.



Gehlen To Host Veteran’s Program This Morning

(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic will honor local military veterans with a special program scheduled for today, to be held at the Marvin Langel Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 8:45 a.m.
A lot of media attention has been directed to professional athletes, college students, and others who have chosen to kneel, instead of stand at attention, during the singing or playing of the National Anthem. Gehlen Catholic’s Development Director Lisa Niebuhr says this year’s Veteran’s Program will focus on the correct decorum for the national anthem, and the reasons why we give respect to the American flag and to anthem.



Election Day For City Positions Scheduled For Tuesday

(Le Mars) — Election day for city-based positions is scheduled for tomorrow.
Polls are scheduled to open at 12:00 noon and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.
In Le Mars, there is only one contested race, and that is for the At-large council position.  Rex Knapp is seeking re-election.  His challenger is Dan Dembinski. Dembinski says the city should be more fiscally conservative with its spending.

Another issue Dembinski would like to address is the proposed Plywood Trail from Le Mars to Sioux City.

Dembinski says he would like to see additional attention be focused on the city parks. The challenger says he would also prefer to see the city council hold its meetings during the evening.  Dembinski says more people would be able to attend
the meetings.

Rex Knapp says he wants to continue his service to the city, and he says he is able to bring a historical perspective to issues that face the city council.

Knapp says challenges before the city is to make certain the projects identified as the Community Betterment 2 will be implemented.  He says another challenge is the fact many of the city staff will be eligible for retirement in the coming

During Knapp’s nearly two and a half decades of being on the city council, Le Mars has witnessed a lot of growth and development.  He says he wants to see the development continue, and for the city of Le Mars to remain competitive for new and expanded businesses.

All three precincts for Le Mars residents will cast their votes at the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center.



Pleasant Hill Man Charged With Killing Girl Friend’s Father

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) – Police have charged a Pleasant Hill man with murder in the slaying of his girlfriend’s father.
Authorities say 26-year-old Ricky St. John was arrested early Sunday in Pleasant Hill after having a fight with 46-year-old Timothy Neal. Neal died at Iowa Lutheran Hospital after the confrontation.
Police have not said what started the fight. St. John remained in Polk County Jail on Monday. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him.



Charles City Group Wants People Who Rent Storage Facilities To Identify Themselves 

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Charles City group is proposing an ordinance that would require residents of rental properties to disclose their names to landlords.
The Globe Gazette newspaper reports the proposal is an effort to fight illegal drug activity and make Charles City neighborhoods safer.
City Administrator Steve Diers says officials are researching the proposal.
The anti-drug group SoFar proposed the plan. Group member Charley Thomson says the requirement would be part of the group’s effort to reduce drug use and encourage drug users to seek treatment.
Rita Bettis, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, says her group would need to research the proposals but that such ordinances often are “housing discrimination dressed up as a crime-fighting tool.”
Thompson says his group plans a public forum about the proposal.



Iowa Powerball Ticket Worth $1 Million

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold at a Council Bluffs convenience store.
The winning ticket was bought at the Casey’s at 701 32nd Ave. It matched the first five numbers drawn Saturday night but missed the Powerball number.
Lottery officials say no one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so it will climb to an estimated $75 million for Wednesday.
Saturday’s winning numbers were: 12-14-26-48-51 and Powerball 13.
The $1 million winner has not yet stepped forward.