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Thursday Afternoon News, August 15th


Eagles Club Contributes Funds To Fire And Rescue Department

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Eagles Club made a contribution of $500 today to the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department. Tim Britt is the president of the local Eagles organization. He says this isn’t the first donation to the fire department, but the amount donated was higher than in previous years.

Presenting a $500 check is Eagles Club president, Tim Britt (center third from left).  Accepting the donation is Le Mars Fire and Rescue Chief Dave Schipper.  Firefighters Mike Hargens (far left) and Lt. Ethan Mitchell, (second from left), and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Wise (far right) look on.

Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the local fire department is grateful for the donation by the Eagles Club. He says the contribution will go to help with equipment and additional training expenses.

The Eagles president says the local organization holds several fund raising activities through the year in order to help support area charities.



Police Department Investigate Possible Theft At Bomgaars

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department is investigating a possible theft that happened on Sunday at the Le Mars Bomgaars store. Bomgaars employees notified the police and advised them of a four-foot drag, two red kayaks and a log splitter were missing from their storage lot. Metal clips were cut
from the fence posts, and it appeared the suspect had dragged the items under the fence. All of the missing items were located behind the store, hidden in the woods.



Police Arrest Macy, Nebraska Woman For Woodbury County Warrant

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department was summoned to 10 Orchard St. on Saturday because of a dispute. While at the scene conducting an investigation, 26 year old, Rhea Tyndall of Macy, Nebraska was present at the location. Police learned that Tyndall had an active warrant from Woodbury County for theft as a first offense, and for child endangerment.
Tyndall was arrested, and taken to the Plymouth County Jail for the warrant.



Dordt University Welcomes 15 New Faculty Members

(Sioux Center) — Dordt University of Sioux Center is welcoming 15 new faculty staff members.

The new faculty members consist of: Dr. Shaun Stiemsma an associate professor of English.  Dr. David Westfall will serve as a faculty member in the Theology
Department.  David Platter will serve as an assistant professor of art.  Dr. Onsby Rose will serve as an associate professor of music.  Dr. Carrie Groenewold will serve as an associate professor of music.  Dr. Derek Chitwood will serve as an assistant professor of engineering.  Mindy De Jager will serve as an instructor of nursing.  Dale Vos will serve as an instructor of agriculture operations.  Taylor Hoekstra will serve as an instructor of physics and engineering, and Laurel Koerner will serve as an associate professor of theatre arts.  Dordt University will begin its fall semester of classes on Tuesday, August



Woman’s Body Recovered From Cedar River

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have recovered a woman’s body from the Cedar River in northeast Iowa.
The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office says someone called 911 a
little before 6:40 p.m. Tuesday to report a person in the water at Howard’s Woods Recreation Area northwest of Nashua. The office says the body has been identified as that of 23-year-old Mikala Titus. She lived in Charles City.
The investigation is awaiting a report from the state medical
examiner’s office.



Inmate Dies From Mysterious Illness

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa prison officials say an inmate has died from complications of a chronic illness.
The Iowa Department of Corrections says in a news release that 54-year-old David Gene Lewis Jr. died Tuesday afternoon in a hospice room of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, where he had been housed due to the unnamed illness.
Lewis had been serving a five-year sentence for third-degree
burglary from Linn County. His incarceration began January.



Two People Die From House Fire In Eastern Iowa

FRUITLAND, Iowa (AP) – Officials in eastern Iowa say two people have died in a house fire.
Television station KWQC reports the fire broke out Wednesday morning in a home in Fruitland, which is about 7 miles (11.26 kilometers) southwest of Muscatine.
Arriving firefighters found flames coming from the north side of the home. Officials say two people died in the fire. The victims’ identities had not been released by Wednesday evening.
Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control within half an hour. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.



Exotic Animals Being Horded At Ames Residence

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Officials in central Iowa say they have seized more than three dozen exotic pets and found another 60-plus dead in an Ames apartment.
Ames Animal Control and Shelter officials tell the Des Moines
Register that it’s one of the worst animal-hoarding cases they’ve seen.
Among the animals found Tuesday were fish, various lizards, chinchillas, parakeets, cockatiels, small rodents, frogs and snakes.
Animal control supervisor Ron Edwards says the smell of animal waste and decaying carcasses in the apartment was overwhelming. Workers found 41 live animals and more than 60 dead. Edwards says many of the animals had no access to food or water, and some of the live animals were sharing containers with dead ones.
It was unclear whether any charges are pending.
The shelter is closed until Thursday while staff process and care
for the animals.