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Wednesday Afternoon News, September 5th


Truck Breaks Utility Pole

(Le Mars) — A semi truck pulling a trailer cut a corner too short, and consequently hit an electrical utility pole, breaking off the pole. The incident happened this morning at about 10:20 a.m. at the corner of Prospect Street and 6th Avenue Southwest. The Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene, and have blocked
traffic on Prospect Street. MidAmerican Energy has been notified, and will be needing to install a new pole. Meanwhile, the truck and trailer remain in place, and the broken pole is dangling. So far, there has not been any interruption of power to the neighborhood. Firefighters were on the scene for more than three hours.



Knights of Columbus Phone-a-thon On Good Pace

(Le Mars) — The 39th annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon is under way, and so far, the donations have been coming in on pace to last year’s donated funds. Justin Freking is the phone-a-thon chairman and has this update.

If you are not able to drop off your donation at the KC Hall or at any of the Plymouth County community sites, Freking says donations can also be made at local banks.

The annual phone-a-thon will continue until 9:00 p.m. this evening.


Supreme Court Justice Says He Will Continue Despite Having Skin Cancer Treatments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht says he will resume hearing cases and participating in decisions as he continues treatment for skin cancer.
The high court announced Hecht’s decision Wednesday in a news release.
Hecht revealed in April that had been diagnosed with melanoma, considered the most serious type of skin cancer. Hecht has been treated in Sioux City and Rochester, Minnesota.
The 66-year-old Hecht has not participated in hearing oral argument since March and participated in only a few cases during the remainder of the court term that ended June 30.
Hecht says he expects improvement resulting from a new treatment regimen will allow him to resume a more active role. The new court term began Tuesday.
Hecht was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2006.



Governor Reynolds Declares Bremer and Iowa Counties As Disaster Areas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The governor has issued a disaster proclamation for two counties struck by storms and flooding.
They are Bremer County in northeast Iowa and Iowa County in eastern Iowa.
The proclamation from Gov. Kim Reynolds allows use of state resources to recover from severe storms and flooding that began Sunday. Grants for people who qualify are available for home or vehicle repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses.
Information on the Disaster Case Management Program is available online.