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Tuesday News, July 30th


ATV Accident Becomes A Fatality

(Rock Rapids) — A Rock Valley man has died as a result of an ATV accident.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol investigated a single-vehicle ATV crash at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Main Street in Doon, that occurred Saturday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation showed at approximately 3:29pm a 4-wheel ATV was being operated by Joseph Thomas Keegan, age 27 of Rock Rapids. A passenger identified as Jacob Daniel Soodsma, age 25 of Rock Valley was riding on the back of the ATV.

The ATV entered the intersection of 6th Avenue and Main Street from a private residence when Soodsma fell off the back of the ATV. Soodsma sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by the Lyon County Ambulance. Soodsma was later airlifted to Sanford in Sioux Falls. Sanford Health has now confirmed that
Soodsma has died as a result of injuries sustained from the ATV accident.

This crash remains under investigation by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol. A technical collision investigation is being completed by the Iowa State Patrol.

Other agencies assisting at the scene were the Lyon County Ambulance and Doon Fire and Rescue.



Democratic Senate Candidate To Visit Le Mars

(Le Mars) — Democratic Senate candidate, Eddie Mauro, will make an appearance in Le Mars on Tuesday. Mauro will be at Lally’s Eastside restaurant between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mauro is running against Republican Senator Joni Ernst. Mauro will be available to meet and greet people and to answer their questions.



No County Supervisor Meeting Scheduled For Today

(Le Mars) — Due to a lack of agenda items, there will not be a Plymouth County Board of Supervisors meeting today. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 6th.



King Responds To Comments Directed Toward Senator Ernst

(Le Mars) — Republican Congressman Steve King is known for being outspoken, and recently, he shared a tweet that might have been interpreted by some as an insult to U-S Republican Senator Joni Ernst when Ernst thought that President Trump’s comments against four Democratic minority Congresswomen
were out of line. During his visit to the Plymouth County Fair, King explained his position with KLEM news about the controversial comments.



Third Flooding Taking Toll On Businesses

PERCIVAL, Iowa (AP) – A third flooding and cleanup are taking a toll on people who operate some small businesses along Iowa Highway 2 in southwestern Iowa.
They heavily rely on Interstate 29 traffic and on travelers being
able to make across a Missouri Bridge over to Nebraska. But the Iowa roadways leading to their mercantile community were covered with water and the businesses were inundated in mid-March after levees gave way. They were flooded again in late May, after heavy rains and the upstream water releases
by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Most of the businesses had been operating when floods occurred 2011.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Alicia Chrastil doesn’t see
herself returning to her Finders Keepers Antique Mall along the highway south of Percival. She’s come through two floods but says, “The third time, I’m out.”



Farmer Killed By Bull

HARPERS FERRY, Iowa (AP) – A northeast Iowa farmer has died after being attacked by a bull.
Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick says someone called
authorities Sunday to report the attack at a farm pasture northwest of Harpers Ferry.
First responders found the body of 59-year-old John Francis Conway in a wooded pasture area. Deputies determined a bull had attacked him Saturday night.
Deputies killed the bull because of its aggressive behavior.



Authorities Investigate Iowa City Shooting

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating a shooting in Iowa City that injured an officer and a suspect.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the incident
started about 3:30 p.m. Monday when Iowa City police were called to an alleged shoplifting at a business.
Officers found a suspect in an area nearby and as the matter was
unfolding, an officer was struck multiple times, including in the face. The weapon was later determined to be a BB gun.
The officer also fired his gun and hit the suspect.
Both were taken to a hospital, where they were reported to be in
stable condition.