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Saturday News, February 22nd


Two Vehicle Accident Send Two People To Hospital With Injuries

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle accident that happened late Friday afternoon at about 4:53 p.m. A 9-1-1 call came in to the County Communications Center indicating the accident occurred approximately three miles north of Remsen at the intersection of County Roads C-16 and L-14. The caller indicated there were
at least two people injured. The investigation showed that a 2004 Hummer H-2 driven by 39-year old Michelle Rose of rural Hinton was eastbound on C-16 when she failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the northbound 2017 Nissan Rogue driven by 45-year old Anne Bandstra of Pella. Bandstra was driving on L-14. As Rose went through the intersection, she was struck
by Bandstra. Both vehicles went into the northeast ditch where they came to a rest on their wheels. Injured in the accident were Bandsta and a passenger in the Bandstra vehicle, a 15-year old female passenger. The Remsen Ambulance transported the injured parties to the Orange City hospital. They were later transferred to Sanford Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with non-life threatening injuries. The Remsen Fire
Department also responded assisted with the call, as did the Remsen Police Department, and the Iowa State Patrol. The accident continues to be investigated.



Museum To Host “Mexican Fiesta” On Sunday

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Historical Museum will host “Mexican Fiesta” on Sunday afternoon as part of its continuing series of “Culture and Cuisine.” A group of women living in Le Mars, but originally from Mexico will share their heritage through food and fun. Yvette Cardenas is organizing the program, which is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. The program is to help the public become more acquainted with the Mexican community of Plymouth County and with their heritage. Rosa Cortez, Eva
Granillo, Ana Hernandez, Arianna Salais, and Brenda Zamore will share samples of their favorite Mexican foods. Mexican music and possibly dancing will fill “Old Central Gymnasium.” The program is free. The Plymouth County Historical Museum began the 2020 international program with the “Chinese New Year.” Next will be a program focusing on Luxemborg, scheduled for March 22nd. The Plymouth County Historical Museum is located at 335 First Avenue Southwest in Le Mars.



Jeneary And Carlin To Hold Legislative Town Hall Meetings

(Le Mars) — State Representative Dr. Tom Jeneary and State Senator Jim Carlin have scheduled three town hall meetings for this morning. The Iowa lawmakers will discuss legislative issues now facing the legislature, as well as gather input from their constituents. Those town hall meetings will be at the Kingsley Community Center starting at 8:30 a.m. The duel will then hold a town hall meeting at the Pierson City Hall at 10:00 a.m. and
finally they will be at the Remsen city council chamber room beginning at 11:15 a.m. The meetings are open to the public.



Klemme Publicly Endorses Steve King For Congress

(Le Mars) — Former State Representative Ralph Klemme of Le Mars officially announced on Friday that he is supporting Congressman Steve King and is endorsing King for his candidacy seeking re-election to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. King is facing competition from his own Republican
party as State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull, Former Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, and former Irwin mayor Bret Richards are all trying to unseat the long-term Congressman. Klemme told the gathering of nearly 40 people at the American Bank that the upcoming primary election is important, not only for northwest Iowa, but the entire state, and the entire
nation. Klemme says primary elections can be nasty.

The former state representative then listed the qualities he sees in Steve King.




Le Mars Community FFA Members Promote FFA Week By Driving Tractors To School

(Le Mars) — National FFA Week is next week, but several members of the Le Mars Community High School FFA chapter are getting an early start with promoting FFA by driving their tractors to school today. Several John Deere, tractors are lined up together and parked among the other vehicles at the high school parking lot. Kaleb Koerselman is the president of the Le
Mars Community FFA chapter.

He says FFA has evolved to be more than an organization for students living on the farm.

Koerselman says the local FFA chapter has two projects within their classrooms that have appealed to students, regardless whether they are members of the FFA.

In addition to the animal learning center, Koerselman says the Le Mars FFA chapter has also been growing vegetables without any soil through their hydroponic project.

In April, FFA members across the state will convene for the state FFA convention. Koerselman says he has been a participant at both the state and national FFA conventions. He says it was an awesome experience.

Next week FFA members in northwest Iowa will compete in various public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and leadership contests at the sub-district FFA contest scheduled to be held at Marcus.



Bankers Survey Shows Some Strength In Midwest Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests they’re optimistic about the economy over the next few months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the Rural Mainstreet Survey, and he says the signings of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and the China trade agreement have boosted economic confidence across the region. The overall February survey index declined, however, to 51.6 Organizers say scores above 50 suggest a growing economy, while scores below 50 indicate a shrinking economy. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.



U-S Opens Beef Imports From Brazil

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Raw beef will soon be arriving on U.S. shores from Brazil again, a move by the Trump administration that has roiled U.S. beef and food safety groups. A U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service spokeswoman confirms a 2017 ban on Brazilian imports was lifted Friday. The agency says Brazil’s inspection system is now equivalent to the U.S. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says it has continued quality concerns. Food safety group Food & Water Watch Action says there’s no way for consumers to know if hamburgers contain meat from a country with a checkered food safety history.



Frozen Body Found

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – West Des Moines police say the death of a man whose body was found frozen in ice doesn’t appear to be a criminal act.
Investigators identified the man Friday as 42-year-old Yohanes Gebrehiwot, of Des Moines. He was reported missing on Feb. 13. His body was found Tuesday in a ditch along a road that runs parallel to Interstate 80. Police are working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause
of death.



Man Arrested After Shooting At Landlord And Police Officer

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) – A man who authorities say shot at his landlord and a police officer has been arrested in eastern Iowa’s Delaware County. Court records say Kenneth Noble is charged with attempted murder. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press. Police say a landlord in Manchester had asked for an officer to stand by while the landlord entered an apartment Thursday to make repairs. Police say Noble was inside, and he shot at the landlord. Police say he missed but then shot at and missed the officer, who fired back and also missed. Noble soon was taken into custody.