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Thursday News, November 1st


Police Investigating ATV Accident That Left Victim Seriously Injured

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department is investigating an ATV accident that happened Wednesday afternoon on the east side of town at the 1100 block of 2nd Street southeast. The accident was reported at about 2:45 p.m. The victim was an adult male. He was initially transported to the Floyd Valley
Healthcare with what was thought to be serious injuries, and then airlifted by Mercy Air Care helicopter to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. The name of the victim has not been released as of yet.



City To Start Odd-Even Parking Today

(Le Mars) — Today is the start of odd/even parking for Le Mars. Regardless of the presence of snow or ice, residents of Le Mars are asked to follow the city code ordinance by parking your vehicle on the odd side numbered street during odd calendar days, and on the even side of the street on even calendar days. Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte explains the city’s

Vande Vegte says you should park your vehicle after 6:00 p.m. for the next day.

The Le Mars Police Chief says officers will enforce the odd-even parking ordinance.



Extension Service To Offer Farm Management Seminar For Women

(Le Mars) — Farm women are encouraged to sign up for a marketing seminar called “Annie’s Project” which is being sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Plymouth County. The class will meet on Monday evenings for six weeks beginning on November 12th, and will be held at the
Plymouth County Extension offices at the Le Mars Convention Center. Janelle Johnson with Plymouth County Extension says the program is for farm women and is taught by women.

Johnson offers an explanation as to what is Annie’s Project.

The cost for Annie’s Project course is $75, and Johnson says that covers all materials. The Extension official says Annie’s Project started in Illinois when a woman’s husband had passed away leaving her with a stack of financial information that she had no first-hand information.

Registration deadline is November 5th, and Johnson says women can register three different ways.

For additional information, you can contact the Plymouth County Extension Office at (712) 546-7835.



Sioux City Diocese Deals With Priest With Sexual Abuse History

(Sioux City) — The current bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City has issued a statement regarding the admission in 1986 that former Diocese Priest Jerry Coyle victimized 50 youngsters over a 20-year period.

Bishop R. Walker Nickless says he had no prior knowledge of Coyle’s actions:

Coyle was sent to New Mexico for evaluation and treatment.  He spent the last 32 years there:

Bishop Nickless says Coyle befriended a couple with children in New Mexico and they asked him to move in with them after he was in a serious car accident.

The Diocese felt that was a bad idea and attempted to dissuade
Coyle and the couple from going forward, disclosing the extent of Coyle’s past transgressions to them.

The Diocese moved Coyle to Ft. Dodge, where Nickless discussed the situation at a public meeting Tuesday night.

He says while police were not contacted in 1986 when the church
became aware of Coyle’s abuse, but that would not be the case today:

The Diocese is providing an independent victim’s care provide to
offer confidential, compassionate assistance to anyone who was a victim of Coyle.

Angie Mack, Victim Assistance Coordinator may be contacted at 866 -435-4397 or 712-279-5610.

She is not employed by the Diocese and helps both victims who are minors and those who are adults and were victimized in their childhood by a member of the clergy.



Primebank’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest

(Le Mars) — On Wednesday afternoon, Primebank of Le Mars named its winners from the employee pumpkin decorating contest.  Customers of the bank had the opportunity to cast their vote for the pumpkin they thought was the best decorated.  Winning the pumpkin decorating contest was Angela Penne with a blue colored pumpkin that resembled a camper, Vanessa Gonzalez-Corya had painted a pumpkin with an evil looking clown, Jill Holtgrew tied with Gonzalez-Corya with a black painted pumpkin with several eyes attached.  Taking third place honors was Kim Becker with a pumpkin made to look like a witch.  Not pictured was Erica Kellen who had tied with Kim Becker for third place.

Other employee entries included a pumpkin that looked like Kermit the Frog, a box of small pumpkins decorated to look like a box of donuts inside a Hy-Vee donut box, Mike the Monster from the Pixar-Disney movie “Monsters,Inc”, a pumpkin that resembled a bumble bee, four smaller pumpkins in a pizza box to appear as the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, and a gold painted pumpkin that appeared like a princess.


Former Employee Buys Elanco Animal Vaccine To Save Jobs

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A former employee has bought out the owners of an animal vaccine plant in northwest Iowa.
The Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Argus Leader reports that Eric
Schuler completed the deal in mid-August for Elanco’s operations in Larchwood, where he once was head of engineering. Financial information has not been released.
He’s formed Vos BioTech and intends to retain as many of the plant’s employees as possible. When Elanco announced in September last year that it planned to close the Larchwood plant and move its work to Fort Dodge, the plant had more than 130 employees.
Schuler says Elanco will run the Larchwood operations until the end of 2019, giving Vos BioTech time to sets its path and products.



Steve King Defends His Comments

HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King is keeping a low profile in the closing days of a re-election campaign that has suddenly turned competitive.
King has been engulfed in controversy for his past support of white supremacist groups and leaders in light of Saturday’s massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

King has announced no public campaign events and is sticking to a light schedule.
Still, Democrat J.D. Scholten’s attempt at defeating the eight-term incumbent is an uphill climb. President Donald Trump carried the district by 27 percentage points in 2016.
Republicans outnumber Democrats in the district, though the gap has narrowed this year. And early vote tallies so far show Republicans thousands ahead.



Farm Accident Victim Identified

DORCHESTER, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man killed when a farm machine ran over him in northeast Iowa’s Allamakee County was a Minnesota man.
The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office says first responders were called Tuesday morning to a farm field northwest of Dorchester and found 64-year- old Gerald Oren Myrhe, of Caledonia, Minnesota. The sheriff’s office says a combine had backed up over Myrhe when it was being maneuvered to unload
Myrhe was pronounced dead at the scene.



Girlfriend Jumps From Boyfriend’s Car And Dies

WEST POINT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have ruled the death of a woman who jumped out her boyfriend’s car in southeast Iowa was accidental.
The Des Moines Register reports that authorities don’t expect to file more charges against the man driving the car, 29-year-old Damian Hamann.
He’s pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
The body of 20-year-old Sadie Alvarado was found Aug. 5 in a ditch on a gravel road, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) southwest of West Point. Hamann told authorities that he and Alvarado were arguing when she leaped out. He drove home to Morning Sun but went back to look for her.
Lee County Attorney Ross Braden says an autopsy showed Alvarado’s injuries jibed with Hamann’s explanation. Braden also says it doesn’t appear that had Hamann gone back sooner or remained that he “likely would have been able to do anything to save her.”