City Council and County Supervisors Will Not Meet This Week
(Le Mars) — Both the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and the Le Mars City Council will not be meeting this morning as they acknowledge the nation’s holiday. Likewise, the Plymouth County Courthouse and the Le Mars City Hall will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Independence Day
Two Vehicles Collide At C-38 and K-22 Intersection
(Le Mars) — A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of County Road C-38 and K-22 yesterday afternoon at about 4:35 p.m. One person suffered some injuries and was transported to the Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Le Mars Ambulance. Also responding to the scene were the Le Mars Fire
and Rescue Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.
Fire Department Issues June Monthly Report
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its June monthly report. The local fire department responded to a total of 34 calls during June. There were ten fire calls, nine rescues, eleven calls involving investigations and accident clean-ups. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department did not have any mutual aid calls during the month of June, but
they did have four requests of services. During June, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department took possession of their new tanker/pumper combination truck.
“Move Over” Law Is Now In Effect
(Le Mars) — Several new laws began as of Sunday, July 1st. One of those laws is the the “Move Over” law that applies to motorists. Iowa State Patrol Trooper John Farley says the law used to include only emergency vehicles, but now it has been extended to cover all emergency, utility, road department, or
even stranded motorists.
Farley says most people would move over to the other lane as a means of courtesy, but now, legislators have included it as the law.
The Iowa Highway Patrol trooper reminds motorist to not only to move over into the other lane, but to also slow down when entering a construction zone, or an emergency zone.
Heavy Traffic Expected For Independence Day Holiday
(Le Mars) — The Independence Day holiday, has over the years, proven to be a deadly holiday in terms of fatal traffic accidents. Trooper John Farley with the Iowa State Patrol believes this year’s holiday, even though it is during the middle of the week, will still have heavy traffic on Iowa’s roads and highways.
Farley says many of the accidents that happen during the Independence Day holiday are attributed to impaired driving through intoxication of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, and higher speeds. Farley says the Iowa State Patrol, along with other law enforcement agencies, will be out in force
watching the holiday highway traffic beginning on Tuesday evening. Farley says the fatalities reported during the July 4th holiday has remained consistent through the years.
Farley says the Iowa State Patrol wants people to celebrate the nation’s holiday, but to celebrate responsibly.
CO-OP Gas and Oil To Construct Travel Plaza Near Sheldon
(Sheldon) — CO-OP Gas and Oil of Sheldon has announced plans to construct a Travel Plaza in Sheldon, Iowa. The Travel Plaza will be located in the brand-new Sheldon Crossroads North Business Park, which sits at the intersection of Highway 60 & Highway 18, located on Sheldon’s east side.
The Travel Plaza will be built on 6 acres of ground and will offer a wide variety of amenities to customers including a 5,000+ square foot convenience store which will include a branded food option, an 8,000+ square foot service center, a gas fueling area for vehicles, and a large diesel fueling area which will cater to truck traffic and parking.
Midwest Business Climate Showing Signs Of Retreat
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Business remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states, but a new monthly survey suggests that growth is slowing as concerns about trade and tariffs increase.
The region’s overall economic index decreased to 61.8 in June from May’s 67.3, but any score above 50 indicates growth.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the trade concerns and more interest rate increases are likely to slow the region’s economy.
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Tribal Members Plead Guilty To Misusing Federal Funds
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Two former members of the Winnebago Tribe’s governing council have pleaded guilty to misusing federal money to pay themselves bonuses.
The Sioux City Journal reports that Tillie Aldrich and Jessica
Webster pleaded guilty Friday.
As part of agreements that both signed with prosecutors, Aldrich and Webster are both expected to be sentenced to five years of probation on Sept. 21. Webster must repay $89,000 and Aldrich must repay $13,404.
The two are part of a group of nine former council members charged with giving themselves bonuses out of $388,972 in federal money intended to provide health care to tribal members.
Des Moines Continues To Clean Up After Weekend Flooding
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Residents in the Des Moines area are cleaning up after deadly floods destroyed homes and submerged cars, and more damage could be revealed as the floodwaters recede.
Heavy rains over the weekend forced the evacuation of numerous homes and businesses in Des Moines and surrounding suburbs. Drake University broadcaster 66-year-old Larry Cotlar was killed when he was swept away by floods on Saturday.
Areas near Fourmile Creek in Des Moines and Walnut Creek in Clive were especially hard hit.
Water rushed into ground-floor apartments in parts of Des Moines ruining belongings. Fifty-eight-year-old Ellen James says she lost everything and had to stay in a shelter Sunday night.
In Clive, dozens of businesses and homes were also ravaged by
Bicyclist Dies From Vehicle Accident
WASHBURN, Iowa (AP) – The Black Hawk County sheriff’s office says a bicyclist has died after being hit by a car.
The sheriff’s office says 54-year-old Connie Inks, of Waterloo, was riding Monday morning along Highway 218 just north of the community of Washburn when she was hit.
Emergency crews performed CPR on Inks, who was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
The car was driven by 39-year-old Joshua Summerhays, of Waterloo.
The sheriff’s office says the crash is under investigation.
Investigation Of Police Shooting At Panora
PANORA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say an officer shot and killed a man who had been threatening people with a knife in the central Iowa city of Panora.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says officers were called Sunday evening to an apartment complex, where residents reported the man armed with a knife.
Officers found the man in a hallway and ordered him to drop the
knife. After he refused to do so, an officer shot him.
The man was given medical aid but died.
An autopsy is planned.
Authorities didn’t release the name of the man killed or the officers