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Monday Afternoon News, December 2nd


Fire Destroys Machine Shed West Of Rock Valley (Updated)

(Rock Valley) — Firefighters from Rock Valley, Sioux Center, Hull, Doon, Inwood, and Hudson, South Dakota, responded to a machine shed fire Sunday evening at a dairy farm located 1760 300th Street in the the northwest portion of Sioux County, and about eight miles west of Rock Valley.
According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was reported at about 7:42 p.m. Sunday evening. The building contained hay bales, dairy equipment, and there were no animals affected by the blaze, and there were no injuries. The machine shed was fully engulfed with flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. Flames could be seen shooting through
the roof. Damages are estimated at $750,000. The fire scene is being investigated by the Rock Valley Fire Department.

(photo courtesy of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office)



Wells Visitors Center And Ice Cream Parlor To Feature Monday Holiday Movies With Holiday Specialty Ice Cream Desserts

Le Mars, Iowa — The holiday season is bigger and tastier than ever at the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor. Following the completion of an extensive remodel in June, visitors will enjoy holiday events and special menu items in the newly renovated space.

Our December Monday Movie series features free admission to Elf (December 2), Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (December 9), and The Polar Express (December 16).
Each Monday movie night will feature a custom, movie-related dessert available for purchase. Exciting seasonal menu items are sure to bring out the sweet tooth in everyone, with desserts like the Maple Donut Delight, Peppermint Cookie Crunch, Dutch Apple Pie Shake, and Hot Cocoa Float. The gift shop has something for everyone on a list with tons of new items and
ice cream-themed and branded stocking stuffers.

The December Monday Movie Series showings will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Wells Family Theater. Reservations must be made through the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor Facebook page (facebook.com/WellsVisitorCenter)

The Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor is also a collection site for Toys for Tots, so bring along a new, unwrapped toy and help make a child’s holiday brighter this season.




Reynolds Appoints District Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Roger Sailer as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 3B.

Sailer, of Schleswig, Iowa, currently serves as the Crawford County Attorney. He previously served as an assistant county attorney in Crawford County and practiced law with the Mundt, Franck & Schumacher Law Firm in Denison, Iowa. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Colorado Boulder and his law degree from the Creighton University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Sailer served in the U.S. Army and worked in the broadcast media industry.

Sailer fills the vacancy created by Governor Reynolds’s appointment of Judge Julie Schumacher to the Iowa Court of Appeals. Judicial Election District 3B includes Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties.



November Was Below Normal For Temperature And Precipitation

(Des Moines) — State Climatologist Justin Glissan says
November was below normal in a couple of areas.

Snowfall was the one area that was above normal for November.

We entered the winter season on Sunday and Glissan says the outlook calls for more precipitation than normal in the coming months.

He says there isn’t a clear read on what the temperatures will be like.

Glissan says December is normally the third driest month of the year.



Fire Destroys Firefighter’s Home

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – A fire in the Des Moines suburb of Clive has destroyed the home of a firefighter who was at work when the blaze broke out.
The fire was reported early Saturday while Lt. Gerrit Foreman was at work at the Windsor Heights Fire Department. Foreman, a firefighter and paramedic, splits his time between Clive and Windsor Heights.
Foreman’s wife and two of their children escaped the fire but the blaze destroyed their home, leaving only the chimney standing. A third child was away when the fire started.
Foreman told The Des Moines Register “I’ve spent a majority of my time protecting other people, and I couldn’t protect my family.”
Clive Fire Chief Rick Roe says a GoFundMe account to aid in the
family’s recovery has already raised more than $20,000.



Inmate Assaults Prison Guard

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – The Corrections Department says an officer was injured after being attacked by an inmate.
The department says in a news release Monday that an inmate assaulted the officer about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.
The officer had gone to a cell where inmates had started a fire. After the officer opened the cell door, the inmate began beating and kicking the officer.
Another officer used a chemical spray to subdue the inmate and staffers used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
The officer was treated at the prison. The inmate didn’t appear to be injured.
The department says the incident is under investigation.
The facility is a medium-security prison designed to hold 1,400



Peosta City Council To Hold Special Election For New Mayor

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – The City Council in the small eastern Iowa city of Peosta has set a special election to choose the community’s mayor.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the council last week set the election for Jan. 14.
The council initially opted to appoint a new mayor but changed course after over 130 residents signed a petition demanding an election.
Former mayor Larry Mescher quit in an email he sent Oct. 13 to council members after a contentious meeting. Two days later he asked the council to rescind his resignation but the members declined.
Peosta is a city of about 1,400, located just southwest of Dubuque.