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Monday Afternoon News, September 23rd


City Water Officials Warn Of Possible Discolored Water Following Water Main Flushing Action

(Le Mars) — City officials have announced that Well’s Enterprises will conduct fire pump testing on Thursday, September 26th. Wells will start with the North Ice Cream Plant at around 7:30 a.m. and then move to the South Ice Cream Plant at around 9:00 a.m. The city water department will
flush the water main around the North Ice Cream Plant after the flow test.
If residents around the North Ice Cream Plant should experience discolored water after 11:00 a.m., you are asked to notify the water department at 546-5555.



Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Two Separate Roll-over Accidents.

(Le Mars) — Two separate roll-over accidents happened this Monday morning. The first accident took place at about 8:00 a.m. on county road C-12, about four miles west of Highway 75. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident. It is not known whether there were any
injuries associated with the roll-over accident.

(photo contributed.)

The second accident was reported on County road C-44. Both the Akron Fire Department and the Akron Ambulance responded to the scene. That accident was reported at about 11:00 a.m. No word if there were any serious injuries associated with that
accident. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating that accident.



Hemmingson Inducted Into Iowa 4-H Hall Of Fame

(Des Moines) — The Iowa State 4-H Association has announced that Iris Hemmingson of Le Mars was inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Ninety-six Iowa counties participated this year and selected 135 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Hemmingson was nominated by Plymouth County 4-H program.
Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation President, Curt Lang, State 4-H Program Leader, Debbie Nistler, as they were introduced on stage.

Iris Hemmingson of Le Mars, center, holds a certificate indicating she was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.  The award was presented during a ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair.   (photo contributed.)

Iris Hemmingson got her 4-H roots started in Mitchell County. She was a member from age 10 through high school graduation. She then attended Iowa State University to study Home Economics because of her connection with the ISU Home Economist while in high school. She felt it was a valuable degree
any woman could attain for managing a family, household, and caring for a husband.

Following college she married Dr. Les Hemmingson. They would settle in Plymouth County in 1965 where she became active in the Le Mars community.
She helped start the first all-day kindergarten in which she was the classroom aid. She later became the Food Service Supervisor at Floyd Valley Hospital. She also worked for the state health department for area nursing homes. Iris is very active in preserving the history of Le Mars, where she serves on the Historical Preservation Committee. She also coached Little
League and served as a Girl Scout leader. She received the Chamber of Commerce’s “Citizen of the Year” award in 2012.

Iris’s contributions to 4-H began during her college years. She would help 4-H’ers during the summers with their fair exhibits and other 4-H activities in Appanoose and Washington counties. She then judged numerous county fairs throughout the state of Iowa. Iris help start a 4-H club in Plymouth County and would later be a leader of the Young Americans 4-H Club. She has volunteered on the Fair Communications Committee for many
years and served on the 4-H & Youth Committee. She currently still serves on the Record Keeping & Awards Committee, Fair Sub-Committee, and is a Plymouth County Fair volunteer. Iris states that 4-H is a valuable and worthwhile activity for youth. It stretches each person in ways that are suitable for them. It encourages organization and teaches skills they will
use forever.

As Plymouth County 4-H’s longest serving volunteer of 44 years, volunteers, staff and 4-H members have been blessed to have learned and worked alongside Iris as she has shaped the lives of so many young people in Plymouth County!



I-29 Closed Again Near Council Bluffs Due To Missouri River Flooding

(Omaha) –– The Missouri River is out of its banks, again, forcing the Iowa Department of Transportation to close a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 29 as well as a section of I-680. D-O-T engineer Austin Yates says about a mile of I-29 is underwater and the water is up to two feet deep.

Interstate 29 is closed from Council Bluffs to Loveland,
20 miles to the north, while I-680 is closed from the Missouri River to the I-29 interchange. Yates says they’re keeping a close watch on several sections of roadways in the region.

Yates says the D-O-T expects the highways to be closed all week, based on the forecasts for the Missouri River. Closures have been frequent in western Iowa due to persistent flooding since early spring.



Mississippi River Is Flooding Again

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Minor flooding is expected this week in Iowa communities along the Mississippi River.
The National Weather Service says the river is swelling with runoff from heavy rain in southern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa, plus the runoff from heavy rain this past weekend in eastern Iowa. Nearly 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) was reported at several spots.
The river is expected to crest about a half-foot (15.2 centimeters) over minor flood stage at Davenport on Wednesday morning. That could lead to flooding at LeClaire Park. In April floodwater rushed into downtown Davenport when a barrier failed.
The crest at Muscatine is expected to be a foot (30.4 centimeters) above minor flood stage on Thursday morning.
At Burlington, a crest about 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) above minor flood stage is expected overnight Thursday into Friday.



Ames Woman Attacked While Running

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a man stabbed a woman during her evening run in Ames.
The Des Moines Register reports police issued an alert after the
attack about 7:40 p.m. Sunday in a residential area near the city’s downtown.
Police say the man hit the woman in the head from behind and then stabbed her at least three times on her side.
The woman was able to escape and was later treated at a hospital before being released.
Police don’t know what kind of weapon was used.



University of Iowa To Re-open Investigation Involving Abuse Directed Towards Marching Band While At Iowa State 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa is reopening an inquiry into allegations that members of the university band were targets of abuse during a game at Iowa State University.
Members of the Hawkeye Marching Band alleged they were subjected to racial slurs, verbal and physical and sexual harassment and assault when the two teams met Sept. 14 at Iowa State.
Administrators at both schools announced earlier in the week that they looked into the allegations but decided to concentrate on procedures for future games. Some students reacted by posting details of the events on social media.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports Iowa spokeswoman Jeaneane Beck said Friday the school is continuing its investigation to ensure all students have the chance to share their experiences with appropriate authorities.