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Tuesday Afternoon News, September 15th


Two Semi Trucks And Trailers Collide At Unmarked Rural Intersection

(Le Mars) — Two semi trucks and trailers collided this afternoon at the rural intersection of 190th Street and Iris Avenue, about five miles southwest of Le Mars. The accident happened at about 1:20 p.m. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo describes what had happened.

Officials were still at the scene as of 2:30 p.m. conducting their investigation. The driver of the semi truck with the side dump hauling dirt was extricated from his cab by the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Merrill Fire Department, and the Le Mars Ambulance staff. That individual did suffer some severe injuries and was taken by helicopter to Mercy One Care in Sioux City.  Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department set up barricades to close the roads leading to the intersection.




Young To Retire From Floyd Valley Health Care Board Of Trustees

(Le Mars,) — At the September 8th Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees meeting, Dustin Wright, CEO, notified those in attendance that fellow Trustee, Bill Young, would be stepping down from his role on the Board effective December 31, 2020. Bill states, “It has been a cherished honor to have been on this Board for almost 13 years.”

Bill Young joined the FVH Board of Trustees in April of 2008, replacing Margie Moir. Since that time, Bill has held many roles including Treasurer, Vice Chairman and most recently Chairman from Jan 2016-Dec 2019. Bill, has seen many changes at Floyd Valley Healthcare including the North Addition Expansion Project, In-patient Remodeling Project and the recent hiring of Dustin Wright as CEO, just to name a few.

Mr. Young’s official membership on the board expires December 31, 2021.
Dustin states, “It has been a pleasure working with Bill. On behalf of everyone at Floyd Valley Healthcare, I would like to thank Bill for his leadership. He will be greatly missed and we look forward to staying in close contact.”

At Tuesday’s Le Mars City Council meeting, the Council chose to fill the vacancy by appointment until the next election (November 2021). Notification as to the appointment process will be made available to the public by the end of the week.

(photo courtesy of Floyd Valley Healthcare)




Iowa City Extends Face Covering Order Until November

(Iowa City, IA) — People in Iowa City will be required to wear a face covering in public until November 13th to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Bruce Teague extended the city’s face mask ordinance which was set to expire today (9/15). The order that went into effect July 21st says masks must cover the nose and mouth. The minimum fine for a first violation of the face mask order was increased to 105 dollars. Mayor Teague says a “citation shall be a last resort to obtain compliance.” The Iowa City area saw a big spike in cases when students returned to the U-I campus. Governor Kim Reynolds and Attorney General Tom Miller have advised local government officials they may require face masks in city and county facilities, but lack the authority to enforce mask mandates on a city-wide or county-wide basis.




North Iowa Farmer Sentenced to 2 Years For Defrauding FSA, Bank

(Sioux City, IA) — A farmer from northern Iowa will spend two years in federal prison for defrauding the Farm Service Agency and a southern Minnesota bank. The U-S Attorney’s Office says 61-year-old Michael Throne from Scarville was sentenced after pleading guilty to making a false statement to a financial institution. Court records show Thrown began stealing from and lying to his banks before he obtained his 2018 operating loans. Prosecutors say he converted property pledged to banks as collateral and overstated the value of the remaining collateral to get additional funds. Throne was ordered to pay one-point-four-million dollars to the First State Bank of Kiester, Minnesota and 625-thousand to the F-S-A.




Estherville Police Investigate Theft of Political Campaign Signs

(Estherville, IA) — The Estherville Police Department in northwest Iowa is investigating the thefts of numerous political campaign signs. Police Chief Brent Shatto says they have received 16 reports of “Biden for President” signs being taken from residential yards. Officers say these thefts are a criminal offense that could result in a substantial fine or up to a year in jail. Anyone with information about campaign sign thefts should contact police. Campaign signs have been stolen in several Iowa communities, including Cedar Falls and the Sioux City area and here at Le Mars.