Saturday news, July 4th
Le Mars To Celebrate Independence Day With Parade
(Le Mars) -- Celebrating the fourth in Le Mars will begin with the Independence Day parade at 11:00 a.m. The parade will start from the 8th Street Blvd. and make its way north to downtown on Central Avenue, and end at Second Street north near Bike Central. The parade will be led by the Le Mars American Legion Wasmer Post 241. American Bank is sponsoring a contest for children showing their most patriotic entries. Age divisions will be below five years of age, 6-12, and 13 through 18. $50 will be awarded to first place, $25 for the second place winner, and $15 to the third place winner. There is no pre-registration needed, and no charge for parade entries. Following the parade, the Plymouth County Historical Museum will host a luncheon in "Old Central" gym, catered by Timmy's. A free will offering will be taken, with proceeds going to the museum. All five floors of the museum will be open immediately following the meal. At 3:00 p.m. on the east lawn of the museum will be the watermelon feed. Later in the evening, at 8:00 p.m. the Le Mars Municipal Band will perform patriotic music at Foster Park. The fireworks sky show will be held Sunday evening at 10:00 p.m. from the Plymouth County Fair grounds.
Oyens To Hold Independence Day Tractor Parade
(Oyens) -- If you enjoy seeing old antique tractors, you will want to make your way to Oyens as the Mark Loutsch family will hold its annual July 4th tractor parade. Over 100 antique tractors will be on display. If you miss the parade, the Loutsch family will have the tractors on display through Sunday at their farm located at 15424 Pioneer Avenue.
Feed Truck Rolls Over In Accident
(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are investigating an accident from early Friday morning in which a feed truck rolled on its side. The accident happened at about 3:30 a.m. one mile north of Sioux Center on Harrison Avenue. 28 year old Irving Ruiz of Sioux Center was driving a Freightliner feed truck southbound on Harrison Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle and entered the ditch causing the truck to roll on to its side. The Sioux Center ambulance transported Ruiz to the Sioux Center hospital.
Soderberg Responds To Branstad's Education Funding Veto
(Le Mars) -- Governor Terry Branstad vetoed the K-12 one time funding of 55 million dollars that was reached through a compromise between House republicans and Senate Democrats. Le Mars state representative Chuck Soderberg says he was disappointed with the veto, especially since the two sides worked hard at arriving the education funding compromise.
Soderberg says he wasn't necessarily surprised by Governor Branstad's veto action.
Soderberg was asked if school districts will have to amend their budgets, and more importantly, will some reductions of staff and faculty need to occur because of the Governor's veto?
Barnes To Be Grand Marshal At Ames Independence Day Parade
AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Ames native and member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is serving as grand marshal for his hometown's Fourth of July parade.
Former Ames High School star Harrison Barnes will be the parade's grand marshal on Saturday and plans to show off the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.
Barnes is the first Iowa high school graduate to win an NBA championship since West Des Moines Valley's Matt Bullard played for the Houston Rockets in 1994.
Barnes helped Ames win state titles in 2009 and 2010. He was picked seventh overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Kayakers Need To Be Rescued
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Two kayakers were rescued from the steep sides and swift water of Black Hawk Creek in Waterloo.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Larry and Barb Lamfers put their kayaks into the creek Thursday afternoon but soon floated into a tree.
Larry Lamfers was pushed against the tree, and the current pulled away his kayak. He reached the shore but couldn't climb up a steep bank. His wife stayed upright but became trapped by the current.
After an hour, the couple called 911 and officials triangulated their approximate position.
Firefighters launched a boat in the Cedar River but couldn't travel up the creek. Another crew managed to paddle downstream.
Firefighters pulled Larry Lamfers up the bank and used a rope to pull Barb Lamfers' kayak to the opposite shore.