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Wednesday Afternoon News, October 2nd


Two Vehicle Accident Happens At Highway 3 and 6th Avenue Intersection

(Le Mars) — A two-vehicle collision happened this morning at about 11:40 a.m. at Highway 3 and 6th Avenue Southwest. Responding to the accident scene were the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department and the Le Mars Ambulance and Le Mars Police Department. Both vehicles sustained damage from the
collision. According to the Le Mars Police Department one car was traveling east bound when the second car heading northbound on 6th Avenue made a right-hand turn onto Highway 3 and t-boned into the side of the first vehicle, creating damage to the side on the first car, and front end damage to the second vehicle. All of the victims from the accident suffered only minor injuries, and refused any medical treatment.



City Council Approves Wiltgen Brothers, Incorporated As Construction Manager For Community Wellness Center Remodeling

(Le Mars) — In action taken by the city council on Tuesday, the council approved Wiltgen Brothers, Incorporated as the Construction Manager to supervise the expansion and renovation building project for the Community Wellness Center, or also known as the Le Mars YMCA. The council has established October 15th as the date for a public hearing to further discuss a five-year lease agreement with Iowa State University Extension
and Outreach – Plymouth County to rent office space in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center.



New Skate Park To Hold Grand Opening Event On Sunday

(Le Mars) — This coming Sunday, the new Le Mars Skate Board Park located at O’Tool Park at the north end of Central Avenue will hold its grand opening, and showcase an exhibition of professional skate boarders performing a variety of jumps and tricks. Mike Wells is helping coordinate the featured event that is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. He says professionals from all across the Midwest will come to Le Mars to show off
their skills.

Wells, himself, is a skateboard enthusiast and says the new skateboard park in Le Mars is one of the better skate parks he has seen.

Wells says the new skate park has attracted the attention of younger people, and it has quickly become a teenage destination.

In the future, Wells hopes the new skate board park will attract skate board and BMX competitions and tournaments.

As for the event scheduled for Sunday, it is free to the public. Wells says bleachers will be brought in surrounding the skate board park, allowing people the opportunity to view the exhibition of extreme sports.
He says several vendors will also be at the grand opening event selling food and beverages.



Reynolds Still Hopeful An Announcement On Ethanol Will Come Soon

(Des Moines) — Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has not yet seen a document outlining how the Trump Administration may address farmers’ fury over ethanol waivers granted to oil refineries.
[RIkayKRoutside1] :07 :details on it.”
Bloomberg and Reuters are reporting President Trump is expected to sign-off on the deal Friday and make the details public next week. Reynolds was in the Oval Office a month ago, arguing for a policy that will increase federal biofuel production and blending requirements. The oil industry has been pressing for concessions that would alter what Reynolds and others discussed with Trump.
[RIkayKRoutside2] :12 :we came to.”
If that greement is what materializes, Reynolds has invited Trump to Iowa to make the announcement. Reynolds suggests the president’s chief economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, is leading the biofuels negotiations.
[RIkayKRoutside3] :11 :move into this.”
Earlier this week, Reuters reported the impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House was diverting White House attention from negotiations over biofuels. Reynolds told reporters she’s not ready to weigh in on impeachment.
[RIkayKRoutside4] :15 :accusing him of.”
Reynolds says it is possible to do two things at once and she’s urging Democrats in the U.S. House to ratify the U-S-Mexico-Canada Agreement as they conduct the impeachment inquiry.



Deere and Company To Layoff Employees At Davenport and Moline Plants

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Deere & Co. plans to lay off more than 110 workers at its plant in Davenport by Nov. 18.
The company also said Tuesday that it would lay off about 50 workers later this month from its Harvester Works plant in East Moline, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from Davenport.
Deere public relations director Ken Golden says Deere has lowered its expectations for sales and net income because of decreased customer demand. He says the layoffs are a result of the market conditions.
He says no other Deere plant is included in the layoffs.
The company makes equipment for construction, agriculture and landscaping.



Des Moines Police Shoot Wandering Cow

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A wandering cow that had gotten loose in Des Moines has been shot by police officers. Police officers had tried to round up the cow as it rambled across downtown Des Moines.
Police Sgt. Paul Parizek (puh-REE’-zihk) said Wednesday that the cow first seen Monday night was found Tuesday night near a hospital along a busy street. He says officers feared the animal would cause an accident as it moved in and out of traffic hampered by rain and poor visibility. They decided they couldn’t wait for a containment crew, so they shot it.
Officers tried to catch it Monday night before it vanished into a forested area along the Des Moines River, north of downtown.
A police Facebook post says: “We’re cops, not cowboys; it got away.”
Parizek says it’s unclear who owned the animal and how it got loose downtown.