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Wednesday News, June 26


Motorcycle and Vehicle Collide At Le Mars 

(Le Mars) — A motorcycle and a vehicle collided yesterday afternoon at about 5:50 p.m. at the 8th Street Blvd. and 3rd Avenue Southeast. The motorcycle driver was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare, and then airlifted and transported to Mercy One of Sioux City. The Le Mars Police Department is
still investigating the accident. The names of the accident victims have not yet been released.  Responding to the accident scene were the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance Services, and the Le Mars Police Department.



Secondary Roads Department To Close Omega Avenue To Install New Culvert

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced it will close Omega Avenue beginning on Wednesday, June 26th until July 10th
from county road C-44 heading south one mile. Construction workers will replace an old wooden bridge with a culvert pipe during the road’s closure.



Primebank and Noteables Donate Money To Music Boosters

(Le Mars) — Primebank of Le Mars, along with members of the Noteables, a group of Le Mars Community alumni of instrumental band members recently made a contribution of $500 for the music boosters at Le Mars Community School, and
a $500 donation to the Gehlen Catholic Fine Arts Booster program. Annually, Primebank hosts an Ice Cream Social as part of the Le Mars Ice Cream Days celebration. As part of the Ice Cream Social, entertainment is booked with money budgeted for the event. This year, “The Noteables” – the Le Mars Community Alumni Jazz Band directed by Joe Brice – performed.

Members of the band volunteered to come together to see old friends and play for Joe Brice, the ninth such time since first reuniting at the All School Reunion in 2000. As a result of the band’s generosity, Primebank made the budgeted money available to benefit a local cause at the direction of “The
Noteables”. The band decided that the funds would be evenly split between the Music Boosters at Le Mars Community and the Fine Arts Boosters at Gehlen Catholic with $500 going to each booster organization.

From left to right in the picture are:  Lisa Niebuhr, Gehlen Catholic Development Director, Josh Kovarna, Primebank President – Le Mars, Steve Collins representing The Noteables, Kelley Johnson representing Le Mars Community Music Boosters and Dr. Steve Webner from Le Mars Community Schools.

Steve Collins, representing “The Noteables”, said, “Nearly 60 years after Joe Brice started the band, the Noteables still enjoy getting together to make music and entertain an audience. Because our love for music and fundamental musical skills were developed during our school years in Le Mars, we are very
grateful to Primebank for giving us this opportunity to support the music programs at both Le Mars schools.”

Brad Pick, Marketing Officer at Primebank says, “Primebank was thrilled to have “The Noteables” perform this year. We had a huge crowd at our Ice Cream Social this year, thanks to all of the activities associated with Ice Cream Days,” Pick commented, “We are happy to be able to make these gifts on behalf of the band in support of future musicians.”



Anthony P & L Files Lawsuit Against Big Ox Company

(Le Mars) — Anthony P and L Company of Le Mars is suing the Big Ox Company of South Sioux City, Nebraska. Court documents say that Anthony Pit and Lagoon, also known as Anthony P and L entered into a contract with the Big Ox
Company to haul and transport material, during the months of February and March of 2019, but the South Sioux City company has failed, or refused, to pay Anthony’s for its services, and as a result, the Le Mars trucking firm has sustained damages in the amount of $30,860. Anthony’s say despite repeated invoices that have been sent to Big Ox company, no payment has yet
been made. The lawsuit has been filed in Dakota County Nebraska District Court.



Predicted High Temperatures May Cause Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

(Le Mars) — The weather forecast for the coming days in Iowa is calling for both the temperature and the humidity levels to go higher, and health officials caution people to be prepared for the heat. Mary Jo Clark, is the Emergency Room Manager at Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars. She says people may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, this week,
especially since, our bodies have not yet adjusted to the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels.

Clark says in order to beat the heat, and avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke, you will need to consume a lot of fluids. She says sports drinks are fine, but water is best.

The nursing supervisor says to take frequent breaks and to try to stay out of the direct sunlight during the peak afternoon hours. She says the type of clothing you wear can also help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The forecast is calling for temperatures to reach the 90’s, and the heat index to be of triple-digits by the weekend.



Three Former Pork Processing Employees File Lawsuit Against Employer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Three workers say an Iowa pork processor fired them in retaliation for filing complaints about working conditions.
Luis Aceves, Jose Moreno and Jose Magana filed three separate lawsuits last week against Northwest Iowa Pork in Sioux City. They seek back pay and future wages, lost and future benefits,
compensatory damages and punitive damages.
A company representative hasn’t returned a call seeking comment by The Associated Press.
The three say they were not provided with protective eyewear and had other workplace complaints. State health workers visited the plant and found no violations. The three were subsequently fired Sept. 13.
They say a manager told them they were fired for violating policy and damaging company property.



Estimates Show Mississippi River Flooding May Cost More Than $2 Billion Dollars Damage

ST. LOUIS (AP) – An advocacy group for Mississippi River communities says this year’s prolonged flooding has created more than $2 billion in damage.
Heavier than normal snow melt in March and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding that approached record levels at several towns and cities along the Mississippi and its tributaries. The Mississippi remains well above flood stage throughout much of the corridor.
Mayors from river communities who spoke in a conference call Tuesday agreed that this year’s flood has been particularly damaging both because of how high the water rose, and for how long it has stuck around.
Colin Wellenkamp of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says the river has been above flood stage at some southern towns for more than 200 days.



Audit Shows Henry County Employee Collected More Than $219,000

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) – A state audit says a Henry County employee who faked having an intern collected nearly $219,000 in improper payments.
The Des Moines Register reports that the audit report says 43-year-old Jodi Sutter was fired in February 2018 as Henry County’s environmental specialist after she was unable to produce documentation for expenses and admitted lying about having an intern for whom she sought reimbursements.
Sutter has sued the county for wrongful termination and unpaid wages.
Sutter said Tuesday in a statement released by her attorney that
she’d “discovered substantial gaps in the (audit) report, which call into question its findings.”
The audit report says the county’s board of health didn’t review
Sutter’s claims for reimbursement and wages, erroneously believing that county supervisors were handling the oversight.



Eastern Iowa Trying To Fight Gypsy Moth Invasion

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) – Officials say low-flying planes will release a substance Wednesday in an effort to stop the spread of invasive gypsy moths in eastern Iowa’s Jackson County.
The planes will release what agricultural officials say is a “mating
disruptor” that’s made of food-grade materials and is not harmful to people, animals, birds, plants or other insects. The spraying is scheduled for more than 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) on Wednesday, west and northwest of Bellevue.
The gypsy moth has spread slowly west from Massachusetts since the 1870s. It’s an invasive species that can cause extensive deforestation as its larvae eat leaves, particularly oak leaves.
More information is available online or from the Iowa Gypsy Moth
Hotline at 855-497-7966.