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Wednesday Afternoon News, October 30th


Car Hits Le Mars Dollar Tree Store

(Le Mars) — Le Mars firefighters and police officers responded to an accident this morning at about 10:27 a.m. when a car had hit the Dollar Tree Store building near 12th Street Southwest and Holton Avenue. No injuries were reported, however, the vehicle did sustain some front-end damage and the airbags did deploy. The store had a few windows that were broken.
Firefighters assisted with cleaning the broken glass.



School Bus Involved With Accident – Injures Students

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two students were injured when their school bus collided with another vehicle in northwest Iowa.
The collision occurred just before 4 p.m. Monday, about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) west of Orange City. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the southbound bus carrying 11 students from Orange City Unity Christian High School halted at a stop sign and drove into the intersection with Iowa Highway 10. It then collided with another vehicle driven by 67-year-old Derek Thompson, of Boone.
The sheriff’s office says the two students and Thompson were taken to an Orange City hospital for treatment.
The bus driver, 64-year-old Nyla Harskamp, of Orange City, was cited for failing to yield.



Hy Vee and Hormel Foods Donate Peanut Butter To Local Charities

(Le Mars) — Hy Vee and Hormel Foods have teamed up to donate peanut butter to two local charities. Randy Ritts is the store manager at the Le Mars Hy Vee supermarket, and he explains the purpose behind the donations given to the Rejoice Community Church and to Christian Needs Center.

(Photo contributed by Hy Vee)

Ritts says he was contacted by Hy Vee corporate officials inquiring about local food banks, which is how Rejoice Community Church and Christian Needs Center were selected to receive the donation of Skippy peanut butter.

The Hy Vee store manager says it is likely the local grocery store may team up with Hormel, or other food companies to make additional food contributions to area food banks.



Iowa State Bank Names Three Employees As Chamber’s “Employee of the Month”

(Le Mars) — The Iowa State Bank Staff has a special congratulations to extend to Julia Deiterman, Jennifer McDougall and Terri Schroeder, as they have been selected as the October 2019 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employees of the Month.

In 2016 Iowa State Bank was looking for a location in LeMars to start a new branch. They bought the former Great Southern Bank building on Plymouth Street and opened the doors in October of 2016.

In doing this, Iowa State Bank hired three exceptional women from the LeMars area — Julia Deiterman, Jennifer McDougall and Terri Schroeder, to be the “heart” of the LeMars location.

Julia, Jennifer, and Terri take great pride in providing top-notch service to the customers of Iowa State Bank. From the moment a customer walks in the lobby, goes through the drive-up, or calls on the phone, this team of three greet the customers with a smile, and a “how can we help you today” attitude.

“They are team-oriented, dedicated financial professionals, and working with these three ladies is a pleasure,” said Mike Dreckman, Manager of Iowa State Bank’s LeMars Branch. “They always bring a smile to your face.”

It’s with great pleasure that Julia, Jennifer and Terri are nominated for recognition as the October 2019 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employees of the Month.



Area Child Care Providers Eligible For Grants

(Remsen) — People interested in starting a child care service may have the opportunity to apply for grant money through Mid-Sioux Opportunity based in Remsen. Cassie Reuter, program specialist with Mid-Sioux says the agency recently received an $8,000 grant from United Way of Siouxland, which is to be used for child care services.

Reuter says the grant money is available for either new up-start child care, or pre-existing child care providers.

Reuter explains eligible child care providers may obtain up to $500, which can be used in any manner as determined by the child care provider. The Mid-Sioux representative says there is a deadline for area child care providers must comply in order to receive the funding.

The grant is available for only the home-based child care providers.

Reuter says interested child care providers can contact her for an
application, or for additional information.




Dog Breeder Charged With Animal Neglect Is Given Probation

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) – The owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation who was convicted of animal neglect has been given two years of probation.
Worth County court records say 66-year-old Barbara Kavars, of Manly, also was sentenced Tuesday to 420 days in jail, suspended, and fined $65 on each of 14 counts. She was found guilty Oct. 18.
Kavars is prohibited from owning and breeding any dogs and can only own one cat during her probation.
Prosecutors say Kavars was holding Samoyed dogs in inhumane
conditions when officials raided her operation on Nov. 12 and took about 150 dogs. Court records say 17 dogs had fur matted by feces, skin conditions leading to fur loss, painful wounds, intestinal parasites and other maladies. One dog had to be euthanized.
Kavars denied wrongdoing and testified she fed and gave water to the dogs every day.



Iowa Man Charged With Murder

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) – An Iowa man with ties to the Chicago area has been charged with murder in the shooting death of two people at a suburban shopping mall earlier this month.
Cook County prosecutors say 18-year-old Dajon Lewis of Grinnell is was charged in the death of 17-year-old Tyrell Wade and 18-year-old Christin Ross.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that Wade, Ross and three other people saw Lewis at River Oaks Center Mall in Calumet City on Oct. 10 and confronted him about robbing Ross’ sister. Assistant State’s Attorney Annalee McGlone says Ross and Wade were leaving the mall when they spotted Lewis brandishing
a gun. The victims were shot as they tried to re-enter the mall. They both died two days after the shooting.
Investigators said Lewis was arrested last week during a traffic
stop near Gary, Indiana, and a 9mm weapon was recovered.
Lewis was ordered held without bond on Tuesday.