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Area Fire Departments Kept Busy

(LeMars) -- Fire fighters from nearly every Plymouth County community have been busy fiighting fires over the last couple of days, and the windy conditions have made what would have been simple blazes into raging infernos.   Akron Fire Department was called to two separate fires on Wednesday, the first, a manure pit beneath a hog confinement started on fire when employees of the farm were welding repairs inside the facility.  The swine barn is owned by Iowa Select Farms.  There were no hogs in the facility at the time of the fire.

Akron had a second fire on Wednesday when a house located at 114 Brule Street was on fire.  The house, was a rental property, and fortunately no one was home during the blaze.  Fire chief Shane Coyle said the structure sustained "excessive damage" and he estimated the loss to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.  It was not known who owned the house.  Coyle says the fire started on the outside of the structure, but the origin of the fire is unknown.  The fire is under investigation.

Hinton Fire Department responded to a fire early Wednesday evening that destroyed a recreational vehicle.  The R-V was owned by Don Williams of Merrill.  Williams was attempting to move the vehicle from the Pipe Dream camping site and recreational park, north of Hinton.  The R-V was listed as a total loss.  Fire chief Chad Beck believes the fire was started as the result of faulty wiring within the recreational vehicle.

Both the Remsen and Kingsley Fire Departments responded to a combine and field fire that occurred on Thursday afternoon near the intersection of 260th Street and Polk Avenue.  At nearly the same time when Kingsley and Remsen fire departments were battling the winds from the combine fire, the LeMars Fire Department was called to a hay fire near Struble.  The strong winds fanned the flames and the fire started to spread across a livestock holding pen and threatened a nearby barn.  The LeMars fire department had to call upon the services of the Maurice fire department to assist with the containment of the fire.  The farm raises horses, but fortunately no horses were harmed.

Later in the afternoon, the Kingsley Fire Department was called upon to offer assistance to the Marcus Fire Department and the Washta Fire Departments for another grass fire.  The fire was located one mile south of 6302 D Avenue.

At about 3:50 p.m. this afternoon, the Remsen Fire Department was called to their second fire of the day when a soybean field had caught on fire.  The fire was located two miles northwest of Remsen.

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

Oyens Water Is OK Again

(Oyens) -- Oyens city officials are announcing the order to boil water is now lifted.  Residents can again use water from their tap without worry of e-coli bacteria.  Tests show the water is now free of the bacteria.


(Hinton)-- Hinton Fire Department was called late yesterday afternoon to the Pipe Dream camp grounds and recreational area north of Hinton, to fight a fire that destroyed a Recreational Vehicle.  Donald Williams of Merrill was the owner of the destroyed R-V. The R-V was being moved when fire broke out.  Witnesses say the R-V was engulfed in flames within a short few minutes. Hinton fire officials believe the fire started from some faulty electrical units.  The R-V was listed as a total loss.

 


(Akron) -- Akron's Fire Department was busy yesterday.  First, at around 11:00 a.m. they had a fire north of town at a hog confinement building that started beneath the structure in the manure pits. Then, later in the afternoon, they responded to a house fire located at 114 Brule Street. Additional details of both fires are not known at this time.  Both fires remain under investigation.

(LeMars) -- LeMars City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday to take advantage of low interest rates offered on municipal bonds that will come due in the year 2013.  City Administrator, Scott Langel says the bonds were for $4.9 million.  With the refinancing, the city will now be able to save money.  Langel says the old interest rate was above four percent, now, the new rate is just over one and a half percent.  Langel says the city will be able to save more than $300,000.


(LeMars) -- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of LeMars along with the LeMars HyVee store are hosting a "Tailgate With a Chef" classes on Saturday.  Celebrity chef, Robert Hesse of the television series, Hell's Kitchen will be on hand to offer instructions to the locals.  Classes are scheduled at 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  There will be a chili cook-off at 12:00 noon, and judging of the sweets catergory at 2:30 p.m.  Hesse will be signing books, doing autographs and answering questions between shows.


(Orange City) -- A call from a woman living in Houston, Texas to the Sioux County sheriff's office turned into an arrest for forgery and identity theft.  Arrested was 35 year old Teofilo Lopez-Morales of Worthington, Minnesota.  He was charged with forgery and identity theft, both are class D felonies.  The investigation was started when the Texas woman notified the Sioux County sheriff's office that someone employed at Premium Iowa Pork in Hospers was using her identity.  The discovery was made by a social service agency that makes periodic checks on the woman and her disabled child.  Upon further investigation, the sheriff's office found that a 15 year old female from Guatemala was using the identity of the 30 year old Houston woman to work at Premium Iowa Pork.  The investigation found that the father of the 15 year old, Lopez-Morales, was also employed at Premium Iowa Pork for the past year, using someone else's identity.  Lopez-Morales was arrested and booked into the Sioux County jail.  The 15 year old female was released to a member of her church in Worthington, Minnesota.  The case remains under investigation.

   

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