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Monday Afternoon News, February 10th


Northwest Bank To Close Branch Offices

(Le Mars) — Northwest Bank officials have made the decision to close their branch bank offices located at 1321 Hawkeye Avenue or Business Highway 75 in Le Mars. The branch office last day of operation will be Saturday, May 9th.
After that date, all financial transactions will be conducted at the
Northwest main bank located in downtown Le Mars at 111 Central Avenue N.W.
Kevin Eekhoff, the bank president for Northwest Bank in Le Mars says “the decision to close the facility will allow us to improve our efficiencies and enhance the overall services provided to our customers.

Following the closure of the drive through branch bank, all financial business will occur at the downtown bank.

Eekhoff says the downtown bank will have a major renovation and upgrades.

He says those employees located at the branch bank office will be transferred to the downtown bank.

Eekhoff says letters were sent to bank customers about the change on Wednesday, February 5th. He talks about what led to the decision to close the branch bank offices.

An additional change for the main bank located within downtown will be the installation of a drive-up ATM machine.
This will allow for easier, more convenient access and allow our
customers the ability to complete their ATM transactions from their vehicle.
The new ATM will provide enhancements such as the ability to accept cash deposits. Also, beginning May 11th, the bank hours at the downtown location will be extended to include Saturday drive-up hours from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Northwest Bank is a $1.6 billion community bank that offers a full line of business, agricultural, mortgage, consumer deposit and lending services, as well as wealth management services.



Le Mars Police Investigate Saturday Afternoon Accident At Highway 75 and County Road C-38.

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Police are investigating an auto accident that happened Saturday afternoon at the intersection of county road C-38 and Highway 75. The accident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. According to the traffic accident report, a semi truck and trailer was in the process of turning left from Hwy 75 onto county road C-38 heading west. Ronald Krembeck was driving a Ford Escape SUV heading east on C-38 when he thought it was safe to proceed through the intersection and failed to see the Toyota Rav4 being driven by Kathryn Miller of Schaller. Miller was heading northbound on Highway 75 when she struck the Krembeck vehicle as it was proceeding through the intersection. Both vehicles were disabled with severe damage. Krembeck and his passengers were treated and released at the scene. Meanwhile, Miller was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars by the Le Mars Ambulance. Krembeck had a child in a booster seat in the back seat. Krembeck was given a citation for failing to yield at an intersection.



Former Governor Vilsack Wins Powerball Lottery Prize

(Des Moines) — Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack claimed a 150-thousand dollar Powerball prize today (Monday) at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. Vilsack won his prize in the Powerball drawing on January 22nd when the game’s jackpot had grown to an estimated 347 million dollars. Vilsack told Lottery Officials he will play when the jackpots get big.

Former Iowa Governor and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, receives his Powerball check from Iowa Lottery Director, Mat Strawn.  Vilsack had matched five of the six lottery balls.

He says he plays for fun.

Vilsack was just one number away from winning that night’s jackpot, matching four of the five white balls and the Powerball. He had purchased the multiplier that multiplies they prize by the Powerplay number — which was three — and upped the prize to 150-thousand dollars. Vilsack says he didn’t immediately know he had won.

He checked the numbers and found out he’d won something.

Vilsack has plans for the money.

Vilsack is a Democrat who also served as U-S Ag Secretary for eight years under President Obama. Vilsack is now the president of the U-S Dairy Export Council.



John Deere To Make Additional Layoffs

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Deere & Co. plans to lay off 105 more workers in Dubuque. The company told workers Friday at the John Deere Dubuque Works that the layoffs will take effect April 6. It would be the third round of layoffs at the plant in the past few months. In October the company said more than 110 workers would be laid off by Nov. 18. In December the company announced that nearly 60 workers would be laid off effective Jan. 6. A company spokesman didn’t immediately return messages Monday from The Associated Press.



County Supervisor Charged For Being Drunk And Carrying Gun To County Supervisor Meeting

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former professional football player has been sentenced for being drunk and armed with a handgun at a county supervisors meeting in Iowa. Sixty-three-year-old Mike Stensrud was sentenced Friday to two years’ probation and 90 days of jail time, but 88 days were suspended. Stensrud is a Winnebago County supervisor. He drank alcohol from a cup during a May 21 meeting in Forest City. Court records say a breath test showed his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving. An officer found a pistol in one of Stensrud’s pockets. Stensrud played at Iowa State before going pro. He retired from the NFL in 1989.