Monday News, November 30
Le Mars Can Expect Another Heavy Snow Storm
(Le Mars) -- Once again, heavy snow is in the forecast for Plymouth County with a winter storm warning issued for the area until Wednesday at midnight. So, how does this predicted storm compare to the snow storm that dumped at least ten inches of snow on Le Mars, a week before Thanksgiving? National Weather Services meteorologist Todd Heitkamp of Sioux Falls says this storm may not produce quite as much snow.
Stay tuned to KLEM for all the cancellations and postponements as a result of the storm. We can tell you that Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic are running two hours late start, Remsen Union and Remsen St. Mary's is also two hour late, as is Marcus-Merriden-Cleghorn. There is no school today for Kingsley-Pierson school district.
Two Vehicles Collide On Sunday Morning
(Le Mars) -- A two-vehicle accident occurred Sunday morning at about 11:00 a.m. at the intersection of Plymouth Street (Highway 3) and 5th Avenue (Business Highway 75), near Bob's Drive In. The vehicles had a "t-bone" collision with impact at the side of the driver's door for one vehicle. The accident caused air bags in both cars to be deployed. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to the accident scene and had to use the "Jaws of Life" to help extricate the driver from one of the cars. The driver of the other vehicle was able to free herself from the accident. The Le Mars Ambulance Service also responded to the scene and transported one of the accident victims to the Floyd Valley Hospital. The Le Mars Police is investigating the accident.
Sheriffs Get Ready For Wave Of Gun Permit Renewals
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Nearly five years after Iowa residents flocked to sheriff's offices in a rush to obtain firearm permits, sheriffs are bracing for a wave of renewals.
The initial spike in 2011 came after the Iowa Legislature changed the state's permitting law from "may issue" to "shall issue," giving law enforcement less discretion over who can receive a permit.
The number of permits issued in Iowa skyrocketed after the change was made, from roughly 39,000 non-professional permits issued in 2010 to more than 101,000 in 2011. The number of permits issued has remained high ever since, but nowhere near the number issued in 2011.
Gun store owners say the law change helped improve sales.
Heroin Use On The Rise In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's crackdown on prescription painkillers is pushing more abusers to heroin, spurring a deadly new wave of addictions that experts say has reached epidemic proportions.
Although heroin still lags far behind marijuana, methamphetamine and painkillers as Iowa's drug of choice, its use is climbing quickly - with deadly results.
Experts say the heroin epidemic, which is a growing problem nationwide, is largely spurred by people who first become addicted to prescribed opiate pain medication. As the pills become more expensive and harder to obtain, people move on to heroin, which is cheaper and provides a more potent high.
Mike Polich of United Community Services in Des Moines says heroin is coming to the city from places like Chicago, Omaha and Texas.
Area Education Agency Executive To Oversee School Dissolvent
FARRAGUT, Iowa (AP) - A southwest Iowa school district that was dissolved now has to close its books, settle its liabilities and dispose of property such as desks and buildings.
Lane Plugge, a former Iowa City schools superintendent, is overseeing the process.
Plugge is charged with oversight as part of his role as the chief administrator of the Green Hills Area Education Agency. State law gives him the authority to approve financial and personnel decisions, taking the power away from the local school board.
The Iowa Board of Education voted to close the Farragut School District earlier this month after officials said it was operating with a negative financial balance and sub-minimal education standards.
Iowa Cookie Crumbs Makes Cookies For U-S Troops
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Nearly 31,000 cookies packed in nearly 2,100 boxes have already been packed, sent and, in some cases, eaten.
The volunteer group since 2007 has been sending home-baked cookies to U.S. troops overseas.
On Nov. 10 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, more than 60 volunteers helped pack the boxes. Since its founding in 2007, Iowa Cookie Crumbs more than 928,000 cookies have been sent to the troops.
Along with cookies, the organization also sends comfort items such as games, blank holiday cards, 2016 calendars, personal hygiene products and an assortment of snacks, drink mixes and candy.
The Iowa Cookie Crumbs is part of the national Treat the Troops organization and is funded by donations.