Monday News, July 23
Motorcycle Accident On Highway 3
(Le Mars) -- A motocycle accident occurred on Saturday evening at the 2400 block of Highway 3, approximately nine miles west of Le Mars. The accident happened at about 8:25 p.m. 55 year old Russell Proctor of Mosinee, Wisconsin was the driver of a 1984 Harley Davidson motorcycle. He had been riding in a group of six motorcycles traveling west on Highway 3. Proctor left the roadway and went onto the north shoulder at which time he lost control and entered the north ditch. Proctor was thrown from the motorcycle coming to rest in the north ditch. Proctor was first transported to Floyd Valley Hospital and then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Aircare with life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. Responding to the scene were the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Akron Police, Iowa State Patrol, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Le Mars Ambulance, and the Le Mars Police Department.
Hinton Fire Department Called to a Barn Fire
(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department responded to an assistance call from the Lawton Fire Department to help fight a major barn fire. That fire was located at 1614 120th Street near Sioux City. Hinton was called at about 9:40 a.m. and was on the scene until 3:20 p.m. Other fire departments included Lawton, Sergeant Bluff, Moville, Bronson, and a unit from the Sioux City airport also responded. No word as of yet as to what may have been the cause of that fire, or the extent of damage.
Northey To Visit Northwest Iowa
(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that he will be visiting Ida, Cherokee, Sioux and Plymouth Counties on Monday, July 23rd as part of his efforts to visit each of Iowa's 99 counties again in 2012. Northey will visit the Ida County Fair in Ida Grove at 10:30 a.m., then he will tour Little Sioux Corn Processing in Marcus at 12:30 p.m. Northey is scheduled to tour Van Beek Natural Science in Orange City at 2:00 p.m. and then he will visit the Remsen Processing in Remsen at 3:30 p.m.
Fair Board Showcases New Livestock Facility
(Le Mars) -- Wednesday is the start of the Plymouth County Fair, but on Friday evening, the fair board welcomed the public as they held an open house showcasing the new livestock housing facility. Fair board President Tony Schroeder welcomed the crowd and said the decision was made by the fair board to construct a new livestock housing facility since the original barns were no longer safe structures. Schroeder says pedestrian safety was a major consideration for locating the new barn north of the show arena. The fair board president explained to the gathering the new facility will be used to house all the beef, dairy, sheep, and goat exhibits. The new barn measures 150 feet by 100 feet. It is an E-P-S building that was constructed by Sitzmann Construction of Le Mars.
Today Is Cleanup Day At Fairgrounds
(Le Mars) -- Today at the fair grounds is fairground clean up day that begins at 9:00 a.m. 4-H and FFA reduced price passes will be sold between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and again from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Those passes can be obtained at the fair office. Livestock Stall assignments will be posted at 1:00 p.m. today. This evening at 7:00 p.m. is the 4-H and FFA Horse Show (timed events) at the Horse Arena.
Heat Wave To Continue
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The National Weather Service says heat relief will not be soon in coming for Iowa and Nebraska.
A weather service warning about excessive heat remains in effect until Wednesday afternoon or night in west-central and southwest Iowa and in southeast Nebraska.
The warnings are issued when the service experts believe dangerously high temperatures will occur in which "heat and humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely."
The century mark was breached in both states on Sunday. The air temperature hit 104 in Des Moines and 105 in Omaha, for examples. Humidity made it seem hotter.
Director For National Missing and Exploited Children Remains Optimistic About Missing Cousins
(Des Moines) -- A director at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says there is some reason to be optimistic about the search for two missing Iowa girls.
Robert Lowery says there have been cases where missing children were found long after they disappeared, so there's no reason to give up on the search for 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.
Lowery pointed out the famous cases of Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard as reasons to remain hopeful. Both were found alive months or years after their abductions.
Lowery also says the public shouldn't assume that Iowa officials are focused only on the lake where the girls' bicycles were found. He says investigators are following multiple leads.
Investigators spent much of last week searching Meyers Lake and the surrounding area, which is about 120 miles northeast of Des Moines.
Michigan Wins Solar Car Race -- Iowa State Placed Second
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan has made it four wins in a row at the 2012 American Solar Challenge vehicle competition.
The university says its car the Quantum is the winner in the eight-day solar vehicle competition. The 1,650-mile event started July 14 in Rochester, New York, and ended Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The university says its car crossed the finish line about 2:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time, with Iowa State University and Principia College coming in second and third. There were 18 teams in all.
Michigan has won the event seven times since it began in 1990. The racers faced some bad weather conditions, including rain on the second and last days.