Thursday Afternoon News, October 24
Rescue Units Respond To Grain Bin Accident
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars and Merrill Fire and Rescue units were called to a harvest related accident at about 1:30 Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred nearly ten miles southwest of Le Mars at a farm just north of the County Road K-22 and C-38. The accident involved a 40 year old man from Merrill who had gotten his foot and lower extremity entangled in an auger inside a grain bin. Fire fighters had cut several holes in the grain bin to allow some of the grain to empty out, in order to have better access to the victim. Rescue units worked for two hours before they were able to extricate the subject from the grain bin. The male victim was alive and in good spirits as he was removed on a backboard from the grain bin. Mercy Air Care was called to the scene and transported him to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux city. Authorities are not releasing the name of the victim at this time. Assisting at the scene was the Le Mars Ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, and Northwest REC.
Wells Celebrates 100 Years
(Le Mars) -- 100 years ago today, a gentleman, by the name of Fred H. Wells, started up a
dairy operation in Le Mars, Iowa. He had a horse, a delivery wagon, a few cans and jars and
was distributing milk to local customers from a dairy farmer for the agreed upon price of
$250. Around 1925, that upstart company started to produce ice cream. Today, the company
is known by the name of Wells Enterprises with its signature product, Blue Bunny ice cream.
Wells is the nation's largest family owned and managed ice cream producer. The numbers,
according to the Wells website: the company employs more than 2500 people, and operates
three production facilities, (two in Le Mars and a third at St. George, Utah). The company
makes more than 70 flavors of ice cream with its products distributed nationwide. Wells
produces over 120 million gallons of ice cream annually. The name: "Blue Bunny" was created
by a Sioux City man in 1935 who had won a contest. He noticed how much his son enjoyed blue
bunnies in a department store window at Easter Time. Happy 100th Birthday, Wells Blue
Sioux City Workers Try To Save Historical Cemetery From Soil Erosion
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City workers are hauling in dirt to historic Floyd Cemetery to fill in a gully and make sure erosion doesn't expose any graves.
City officials say the ongoing project involves bringing in soil and extending drainage tubes. The work should eventually slow runoff and erosion.
Some gravestones near the gully in question have exposed concrete bases and tilted headstones. Kelly Bach, city parks maintenance field supervisor, says none of the gravestones were in immediate danger of being exposed or sliding away.
Just a handful of burials take place each year at Floyd Cemetery, which is considered the city's oldest graveyard. The land was donated to Sioux City in 1866.
Historians say concerns about erosion at the cemetery have been ongoing for years.
Skeletal Remains Is Wanted Criminal
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Skeletal remains found along an interstate bridge in western Iowa have been identified as a Nebraska man accused of fleeing arrest nearly two years.
The state Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday that remains discovered on Oct. 11 belong to 21-year-old Chance Fletcher, of Omaha. They were positively identified through dental records.
Fletcher was last seen alive during a police pursuit on Dec. 15, 2011. He is accused of leading a police chase in a stolen vehicle. Local police say Fletcher wrecked the car near the I-480 bridge and escaped on foot. Authorities were later unable to find him.
Omaha Police's missing persons unit coordinated the area search on Oct. 11. Fletcher's remains were discovered in a drainage ditch.
Business Owners Can Apply For Property Tax Credit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa business owners can begin applying for a new property tax credit that was part of a tax reform package approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year.
The property tax credit applies to certain commercial, industrial, and railroad properties.
The Legislative Services Agency has estimated that the maximum first year credit amount will be about $523.
Lawmakers set aside $50 million to pay for the first year of credits.
Applications for credit against 2013 property tax assessments must be received by the county or city assessor by Jan. 15.
Applications may be obtained from the Iowa Department of Revenue.