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Thursday News, July 4th


Moped – Vehicle Accident Occurs On Business Highway 75

(Le Mars) — An accident took place last evening involving a moped cycle and a vehicle. The accident happened on Business Highway 75 near the Subway restaurant at around 10:10 p.m. One victim was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars by the Le Mars Ambulance. It is not known the extent of the injuries, or the identities of the victims. Responding to the accident were the Le Mars Police Department, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, and the Le Mars Ambulance.



Le Mars Woman Involved With Theft And Assault Is Arrested

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County authorities have arrested a Le Mars woman who had been wanted for her role in a September robbery and assault. Ashley Scarlett, age 28, was wanted on charges of second degree robbery, second degree burglary, third degree criminal mischief and false imprisonment. She
is being held at the Plymouth County jail on a $5,000 bond. According to court documents, Scarlett and Chase Kounkel called the victim on September 29th to tell him ther were coming to his Le Mars home. Upon arrival, court documents say Kounkel punched the victim and he and Scarlett took several
items from the house. They then forced the victim to get in his car and drive Kounkel to another residence while Scarlett followed in her vehicle with the stolen items. At the second location, Kounkel again assaulted the victim and Scarlett broke three windows out of the victim’s vehicle before the two had fled. An on-line search did not show any charges filed against
Kounkel in connection with the incident.



7 Year Old Girl Dies From Tree Branch Falling On Her

SIOUX CENTER— Sioux Center police chief Mike Halma has confirmeda 7-year-old girl died Tuesday, after a broken tree branch struck her. The seven year old has been identified as Mya Sneller.

The little girl had been swinging on a swing attached to a tree branch at a Sioux Center residence when it broke and landed on her.

The call came in at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The girl was transported by ambulance to Sioux Center Health, where she had

The chief called the situation unfortunate and noted how unlikely it seems.

Halma says, “It was a good sized branch. “You look at and you don’t think this is one that would break. But you can’t see the inside of it, and apparently, there were some weakened spots in there that broke. Again, very unfortunate.”



Friends Of 4th Plan Activities For Independence Day

(Le Mars) — Le Mars is getting set for its 4th of July celebration, and many of the daytime events involve the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The Friends of the 4th are organizing the events to take place on this Independence Day. Judy Bowman of the Plymouth County Historical Museum runs through the day’s schedule of events.

(Photos are from 2018 event)



Wetlands Grant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the federal government will give Iowa a $1.5 million grant to install wetlands in targeted locations to improve water quality.
The Environmental Protection Agency grant will help install up to six wetlands in the Middle Cedar River watershed. The project is designed to reduce the nitrogen content in the river.
Naig says his department will work with Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and agriculture groups to design and implement the wetland areas.
The areas will be seeded with pollinator-friendly plants to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinator species in addition to providing a filtering mechanism for nitrogen that comes from fertilizer placed on cornfields.
Naig says his staff, city officials and industry associations are
identifying potential project locations and are visiting with interested landowners. The first wetlands are expected to break ground next year.



Iowa DNR Imposes Speed Limits On Monona County Lake

Monona County, Iowa — Boaters on Blue Lake, in Onawa, will be restricted to operating their boat at no wake speed, which equates to roughly 5 mph, while the lake level is above flood stage.

The Blue Lake no wake restriction is effective immediately and will remain in place until the water level falls and allows the lake level to return to normal.

Due to the recent heavy rains, the water level on Blue Lake is 18 inches above normal levels and the potential exists for shoreline erosion and damage to docks as well as boater safety issues associated with flood related debris floating just under the water surface.

The DNR reminds boaters to use caution while on the waters this Fourth of July holiday and weekend due to the heavy boat traffic. Keep safety the number one priority and obey all posted rules as well as all boating laws.



Injured Firefighter Returns To Work

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa firefighter who was seriously injured in a fiery explosion that killed one of his colleagues early this year has returned to work.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 23-year-old Adam Cain returned to full duty just six months after the fire that injured him and killed 33-year-old fire Lt. Eric Hosette.
The fire at the ADM grain facility left Cain with two broken bones in his back, a dislocated elbow, bruised brain, two broken bones in his right arm and most of his ribs broken.
Cain says he just kept working steadily to get better.
Fire Chief Frederick Roling says he is grateful to have Cain back at work, and it’s fortunate that he was found during the fire because he was in bad shape.