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Wednesday Afternoon News, January 2nd


Kass Re-elected As Supervisors Chairman

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have re-elected Don Kass of rural Remsen as the chairman for the county governing board. Kass was elected by his fellow supervisors on Wednesday. The vice chair position was given to Craig Anderson of Merrill. The county supervisors approved committee assignments for 2019. All of the re-appointments were approved.



Fire Department Issues December Monthly Report

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has released its December monthly report, showing they had responded to a total of 32 calls during December. The breakdown of calls indicates the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 11 fire calls, and 11 rescues. They had
three investigations or accident clean-ups, four requests for services, and responded to three mutual aid calls, twice with Merrill and once with Akron.
Fire Chief Dave Schipper says on Christmas Eve the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to four separate calls within an hour.



Quimby Woman Killed After Hitting Deer With SUV

QUIMBY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a woman died after her sport utility vehicle struck a deer in northwest Iowa.
The accident occurred around 6:10 p.m. Sunday, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of Quimby on Iowa Highway 31. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says investigators think the driver was injured when the deer penetrated the SUV windshield. Her vehicle then ran into a roadside ditch.
The sheriff’s office says the driver died after being flown to a Sioux City hospital. She’s been identified as 21-year-old Christina Martin. She lived in Quimby.



10 People Injured During New Year’s Collision

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say at least 10 people were taken to hospitals after a collision on a rural road in northern Iowa.
The crash occurred just after 3 a.m. Tuesday, about 5 miles (8
kilometers) northwest of Forest City. Authorities say a southbound vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a northbound vehicle.
Iowa State Patrol investigators think alcohol consumption may have been a factor. The 10 injured ranged from 18 to 22 years of age.



Iowa’s New Auditor Takes Oath Of Office

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa has a new state auditor, and for just the second time in more than 100 years a Democrat is serving in the job.
Rob Sand, a former assistant state attorney general who specialized in prosecuting financial crimes, took the oath of office Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol.
Sand, who defeated Republican Mary Mosiman in November, says his priority is holding those who work in government accountable and doing it in a nonpartisan way.
He emphasized that there a Democrat, Republican and independent are among three of his top hires, including chief of staff and two deputy auditors.
He says he intends to include efficiency recommendations that detail ways to save taxpayer money in every audit and will develop a plan for reviewing the state’s privatized Medicaid program.
Records show the last Democrat to serve as state auditor was Charles Storms, who was elected in 1932. Democrats also were elected as auditors in 1846 and 1850.
Also sworn in Wednesday were Attorney General Tom Miller and Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald. Secretary of State Paul Pate and Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig also will be sworn in.
Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds will take the oath of office on Jan. 18.