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Tuesday News, August 7th


Four Fire Departments Respond To Machine Shed Fire

(Remsen) — A machine shed, north of Remsen, caught on fire last evening just before 5:00 p.m. Four fire departments responded to the blaze that was reported at 41685 county road C-16. Remsen, Oyens, Alton, and Granville firefighters battled the blaze. Mark Gaskill serves as the Assistant Chief
for the Remsen Fire Department. Gaskill says as soon as they left Remsen, they could see black smoke on the horizon. The Remsen fire official describes the action.

Gaskill says a semi truck that was parked inside the machine shed was responsible for starting the fire.

Gaskill says firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and a half. He says the machine shed and the truck were a total loss, but he is uncertain about the estimate of dollar damage. Gaskill says the fire had burned the truck down to the frame.



Supervisors To Discuss All Terrain Vehicles On County Rural Roads

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will decide today during their weekly meeting held at the County Courthouse Board Room whether all terrain vehicles and Ultra terrain side-by-side vehicles should be allowed on rural roads. The issue was brought up before the county supervisors during their meeting two weeks ago, but was tabled until today’s
meeting. Chairman of the county supervisors, Don Kass, says the supervisors wanted additional information before making a decision on the issue.

Kass says he personally opposes having general usage of all terrain vehicles on county rural roads.



Le Mars City Council To Meet Today

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars City Council will hold a public hearing today during its scheduled noon meeting regarding the Industrial Road paving project. In action items for today’s city council meeting, the city leaders will review a tax exemption request for a proposed apartment complex. They are expected to
act on a handicapped parking stalls request for St. James Church. City staff and the Public Safety Committee are suggesting approval for three diagonal handicap stalls. The city council will also discuss a possible location for the Le Mars Senior Center. Two locations have been discussed, the existing location behind the Floyd Valley Apartments, and the space behind city hall which was most recently occupied by attorney Joe Flannery. The city received roughly $41,000 from insurance in damages from the fire that occurred at the Senior Center earlier this year. The money would be used to renovate the new space. The city council will also look at the request for new city staff positions at the public library, the water department, and the street



Le Mars Police Department To Host Open House

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department will be holding an open house at the police headquarters Tuesday evening, in observation of “National Night Out.” This is the 35th year for National Night Out, and it serves as an opportunity for the community to meet with the officers of the Le Mars Police
Department and build relations. Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says it began with neighborhoods forming “Block parties” to discuss potential crime issues.

Vande Vegte says he knows of at least six block parties scattered throughout Le Mars that are scheduled for Tuesday evening. The Le Mars Police chief highlights the events being planned as part of the National Night Out Open House to be located at the Le Mars Police Headquarters.

In addition to visiting with local police officers and seeing the equipment, visitors will have the opportunity for a free meal to be served.

The Le Mars Police Department has been distributing ice cream treats to the Le Mars youth during the past week. Vande Vegte says the program has been successful.

During the open house activities scheduled for Tuesday evening, will also be the drawing for the various prizes of the K-9 raffle program. Vande Vegte says each chance is only $5. He explains the various prizes that are part of the raffle.

The National Night Out open house will be at the Le Mars Police Department Headquarters located at 22 2nd Street Northeast, and will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. tickets.



Sioux City Council Agrees To Settlement From Bus Accident

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The city council has approved a $7.5 million settlement connected to a November 2016 crash involving a Sioux City municipal bus.
The¬† council voted Monday for the settlement with Chad and Rosanne Plante, of rural Hinton. The city’s legal department had recommended approval following mediation talks with the couple.
Chad Plante suffered two broken legs and a brain injury. Authorities say a turning Sioux City Transit bus failed to yield at an intersection and struck Plante’s sport utility vehicle. The bus driver was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.
Plante spent several weeks in a coma and then had months of rehabilitation. He and his wife didn’t file any litigation.