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Wednesday News, October 10th


Early Morning Accidents Results In Multiple Injuries

(Le Mars) — Rescue units tending to an accident involving a semi truck and a car that happened on Business Highway 75 near 24th Street at the bridge near the south end of the Le Mars Municipal Airport. The initial accident happened at about 6:15 a.m. this morning.
While officials were assisting with the initial accident, a second collision occurred at the scene injuring two more people. Debris has been scattered on the highway. Officials say there are multiple injuries as a result of the two collisions. The Le Mars Ambulance transferred the victims to the Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars. Business Highway 75 has been shut down
and traffic is being diverted away from the scene. Traffic is being
detoured from 18th street to Lincoln Drive and around Lambert’s Lumber back across the bridge then on to Highway 75. The Le Mars Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office are investigating both collisions.



Fire Alarm At School The Result Of A Leak In The Roof

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to an alarm at the Le Mars Community High School late Tuesday afternoon. The alarm came in at about 5:15 p.m. Fire officials investigated as to why the alarm sounded, and concluded it was due to a leak in the roof at the band room that got inside the sensor and shorted out.



Wells Enterprises and Le Mars Fire and Rescue To Hold Joint Haz-Mat Training

(Le Mars) — Wells Enterprises and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will hold a joint Hazardous Materials training session scheduled for this evening (Wednesday). The training will take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the North Ice Cream Plant located at 1st Avenue Southeast and 2nd Street Southeast. According to a release by Wells Enterprises, nearly 50 people will be involved with the training session.
The public will not be in danger during the drills. There will not be any evacuation of the neighborhood during the training drills.



Plymouth County 4-H Celebrates National 4-H Week

(Le Mars) — “I pledge my head to clearer thinking…my heart to greater loyalty…my hands for better service…and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” That is the pledge that thousands of youth recite as a member of the youth organization, 4-H. This week, October 7th through October 13th is National 4-H Week. Ann Schoenrock
serves as the Co-coordinator and 4-H and Youth Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County. She says Plymouth County ranks among the top five counties in Iowa for 4-H membership.

Schoenrock says the time most people think about 4-H is when they see the youth and their exhibits at their local county fair, or at the Iowa State Fair. Schoenrock says its the many volunteers that helps Plymouth County 4-H be so special and successful.

The local 4-H and Youth Director explains how area members will recognize National 4-H Week, and specifically the Plymouth County 4-H program.

Schoenrock says “good kids join 4-H, and 4-H makes good kids.”

Schoenrock says 4-H helps members develop leadership skills, communications skills, record-keeping skills, organizational skills, and it helps build character and self-confidence. All factors, she says, that members will be needing during their adult career life.



President Trump Makes Appearance At Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – For years the target of the chant “Lock her up!” at Trump rallies has been Hillary Clinton. Now it’s the senior senator from California, Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
In Iowa for a rally Tuesday night, the chant came as President
Donald Trump repeated his unsupported assertion that Feinstein leaked a letter written by the woman who accuses Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers.
Feinstein has denied that she leaked the letter that eventually
helped to stall Kavanaugh’s confirmation and a firestorm over additional allegations of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh denied all such allegations.
Besides boosting Republican candidates in Iowa and neighboring
Nebraska, Trump rolled out new fuel standards that will be a boon for farm states that have pushed for greater ethanol sales.



Social Worker Leaves Agency After Giving False Testimony

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A social worker has left the Iowa Department of Human Services months after a judge found she repeatedly gave false testimony against a mother and father who were unfairly stripped of their parental rights.
Department spokesman Matt Highland says Chelsie Gray left the agency Sept. 23, two weeks after The Associated Press inquired about her status.
Highland said that Gray wasn’t fired or forced to resign, and the
agency cannot disclose any information about her departure under Iowa law.
The agency refused to release the findings from a review conducted of Gray’s cases after her false testimony came to light last spring.
A judge ruled in June that Gray delivered fabricated reports and
trial testimony that helped convince a court to terminate the legal rights of a mother and father of four children in northern Iowa.
Gray declined comment Tuesday.



Appanoose County Files Suit Against Conservation Foundation

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Southern Iowa’s Appanoose County is suing a conservation foundation, seeking nearly $72,000 and the return of land deeded by the county to the foundation.
The Daily Iowegian reports the county filed two lawsuits earlier this month against fired Appanoose County Conservation Department director Mark Hoffman, his daughter and the department’s foundation, still run by Hoffman.
The department is responsible for oversight of the county’s natural resources, such as parks and campgrounds. Its foundation was created in 1994 to solicit gifts for the department’s conservation projects.
The lawsuits were filed about three months after a state audit found unchecked nepotism within the foundation and about $74,000 in improper payments and undeposited collections, including rent of county properties to members of Hoffman’s family.
The audit also questioned the transfer in 2013 of several parcels of county land to the foundation, free of charge, which were then sold by the foundation for $280,000.
The foundation and Hoffman have adamantly denied the county’s claims and the state auditor’s findings.