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Plymouth County Pheasants Forever To Hold Annual Banquet On Saturday

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Pheasants Forever chapter is getting set for its annual banquet scheduled for Saturday evening at the Le Mars Convention Center. Bob Puetz is the president of the local chapter of Pheasants Forever. He says Saturday’s event marks the 34th time Plymouth County
Pheasants Forever has held a banquet.

Puetz says the event will feature several different games, raffles, and a silent and live auction featuring several prints of wildlife, along with some unique and distinctive shotguns and rifles.

The Plymouth County Pheasants Forever president says the annual banquet proves to be a lot of fun for everyone in the family. He says they pay particular attention to the youth, and offer several games to capture their attention.

As is characteristic with the Pheasants Forever banquet are several hunting and fishing trip excursions to be auctioned. Puetz says this year’s banquet will feature several interesting vacations at resorts from Canada to the Carribean.

Plymouth County Pheasants Forever organization is among one of the top chapters across the nation. Puetz says the local chapter recently purchased some ground to be used as a public hunting preserve.

Puetz says during the past few years, there have been an increase of pheasant numbers in Plymouth County and throughout northwest Iowa. However, Puetz admits this year’s harsh winter with the snow and extreme cold temperatures may be hurt the pheasant count.

Doors will open beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the banquet meal to be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 for the banquet along with a membership fee and $20 for the spouse.

Semi Truck and Trailer Collides With Pickup Truck

(Le Mars) — A collision occurred late Friday afternoon between a semi truck pulling an empty livestock trailer and a pickup truck. The accident happened at about 5:13 p.m. at the intersection of county road K-42 and 170th street near Brunsville. The collision caused the cargo box and topper
of the pickup to be severed from the vehicle scattering debris on the roadway and into the nearby ditch. The collision also caused a wheel to be separated from the pickup truck. Three people were reported to be injured, however two sustained minor injuries, while the third person, a passenger in the pickup was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars with what
was believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Responding to the accident were the Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. The names of the accident victims have not yet been released.  The accident is being investigated by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Fire and Rescue Department Releases February Report

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department released its monthly report for February. The fire department reports a total of 39 calls were acted upon during February. The breakdown shows they had ten fire calls and ten rescues, and ten requests for services. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department conducted six investigations or accident clean ups. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department offered mutual aid on three separate occasions, each with the Merrill Fire Department. Fire Chief Dave Schipper reports firefighters cleared snow away from 81 fire hydrants. Nine members of the fire department had staffed the fire station for five hours during the
blizzard warning. Battalion Chief Steve Schwarz has become certified as a national fire instructor.

 

 

Secretary of State Pompeo To Visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to attend events in the Des Moines area next week.
The State Department announced Friday that Pompeo would be in the Des Moines area on Sunday and Monday to discuss agriculture issue and about how the agency serves U.S. interests by promoting American exports.
Pompeo plans to speak at a Future Farmers of America event, tour an agriculture research center and attend an event at the World Food Prize headquarters in Des Moines. He also will meet with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The State Department says former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, now the ambassador to China, will accompany Pompeo.
The department is expected to provide more details about the visit later.