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Tuesday News, March 13th


Le Mars Police Department Arrests More Than 20 Individuals During Drug Bust

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department recently arrested more than 20 individuals during a drug bust. Since late summer of 2017, the Le Mars Drug Task Force, as part of the Le Mars Police Department, have been investigating several individuals, both adults and juveniles for their involvement in selling
illegal drugs. Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says the charges for most of the individuals include the possession and delivery of marijuana, plus possession and delivery of methamphetamine for two of the individuals.

Those charged include: 24 year old Andrew Storlie, 30 year old Jeffrey Sands, 22 year old Cody Angerman, 20 year old Tyler Uden, 19 year old Jayden Harms, 24 year old Scott Acres, 19 year old Alejandro Gomez, 19 year old Tanner Gesink,
22 year old Wyatt Learing of Remsen, 45 year old John Collins, and 19 year old Weston Marsh. In addition three arrest warrants have been issued for three subjects for their involvement in delivery of controlled substances as well.
They include: a 20 year old male, and 18 year old male and an 18 year old female.
Unless noted, all of the mentioned names are from Le Mars.
Vande Vegte says the investigation involved several law enforcement agencies.

The community may be surprised at the number of individuals involved and consequently arrested, for drug possession, mainly consisting of marijuana.
However, Vande Vegte says the police realize there is a drug presence in Le Mars.

On March 6th a search warrant was conducted at 1209 Central Avenue S.W. As a result of that search warrant, the following individuals were arrested: 19 year old Tanner Gesink and 22 year old Derek Gesink. On February 25th the police
executed a search warrant was executed at 211 Plymouth Street N.E. They included: 18 year old Dawson Poekers, 18 year old Riley Augustine, and 18 year old Brendon Sitzmann, again all from Le Mars.



County Supervisors To Meet Today

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a short agenda for their meeting scheduled for today at the County Courthouse Board Room. The county board of supervisors intend to write a letter of funding commitment support to
the Akron City Council advocating the need for a new swimming and aquatic center for the Akron community. The supervisors will hear a report from County Engineer Tom Rohe, as he presents a plan to purchase a new flat-bed truck, and also presents a plan for a weight limit embargo for Marble Avenue, and discuss
road construction program including the Deep Creek Watershed project and signing. The supervisors will also convene as a Drainage Board to discuss the Hinton Drainage District.



United Way of Le Mars To Distribute Funds To Area Agencies

(Le Mars) — The United Way of Le Mars recently finished its collection of donated funds to be distributed to several area agencies and organizations.
Justin Freking serves as the chairman for the local United Way. He says more than $330,000 dollars has been collected since this past September. Freking offers an overview of how the United Way works.

Freking says on Wednesday United Way officials will meet with the various agencies and organization seeking funding assistance from the United Way campaign.

The United Way chair says more than 30 agencies have requested United Way funding. He offers some examples of the organizations that have been helped during past years.

Freking says 100 percent of the collected funds in and around Le Mars remains in Plymouth County. He says the agencies do have to follow some criteria in order to qualify for the funding assistance.

Freking says the area agencies have benefited from the generosity from those individuals and companies that have contributed to the United Way of Le Mars.
He says the donations have gone from around $100,000 to now more than $330,000 in just seven years.



Primebank Names Kovarna As President-Le Mars

Le Mars, IA — Primebank recently announced the promotion of Joshua R. Kovarna to President of the bank’s Le Mars market. In making the announcement, Primebank CEO, Matthew J. Ahlers noted Kovarna’s prior experience and training as excellent background for his new role as President—Le Mars.

Prior to joining Primebank, Kovarna was already an experienced agricultural and commercial lender, as well as a commercial bank branch manager. Since joining Primebank in 2015, Kovarna has been assigned to Primebank’s Sioux City— Sunnybrook location where he has served as a Vice President continuing his
focus on agricultural and commercial lending, as well as deposit services. As President—Le Mars, Kovarna’s duties will continue to include agricultural and commercial lending, as well as responsibility for oversight of the Le Mars Deposit and Loan Division.

A graduate of Hinton Community Schools, Kovarna also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.
A member of the Iowa Bankers’ Association’s Agricultural Committee since 2015, and a former committee member of the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show, Kovarna also serves as a member of the Life Skills Foundation Board of
Directors and as a volunteer YMCA basketball coach.



Waste Water Treatment Facility To Begin Cleaning Sewer Lines

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Waste Water Treatment facility is announcing that several of the city’s sewer lines will be cleaned during the next few weeks.
Ron Kayser, the waste water superintendent says beginning today, the area south of 1st Street southwest to 20th Street Southwest and Southeast and from 4th Avenue southwest to 7th Avenue southeast will be cleaned. Kayser says the process could take up to six weeks to complete. Residents and businesses may
encounter some minor sewer problems and traffic congestion in the mentioned areas. Kayser suggests residents follow a few simple steps to help alleviate any problems within your home. They include: pour water down your floor drains, have your sewer vent checked for blockages, such as birds nests,
leaves, twigs, and other debris, and close your toilet lid. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the city Waste Water Treatment Facility at 546-5003 during normal office hours.



16 Year Old Sioux City Boy Dies As A Result Of Apartment Fire

(Sioux City) — Sioux City officials have announced the 16 year old boy that was severely burned during an apartment fire that happened early Monday morning has died as a result of injuries sustained from a fire. The 16 year old was identified as Misael Gonzalez Velasquez. Sioux City Fire and Rescue and Sioux
City Police were dispatched to 2008 Ingleside for a structure fire. Upon arrival, fire and police personnel found an upstairs apartment of the multiplex fully engulfed with fire. The entire structure was evacuated.



State Senator Bill Dix Resigns From Senate After Video Shows Him Kissing Female Lobbyist

(Des Moines) — The top Republican in the Iowa Senate abruptly resigned Monday afternoon — shortly after a video surfaced online showing the married lawmaker
kissing a lobbyist.