Wednesday Afternoon News, September 10
Semi Truck And Fuel Tanker Hits Telehandler In Accident
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's officals are investigating an accident that occured this morning at about 6:45 a.m. on County road C-12 near Dyskra Dairy, or about six miles north of Le Mars. The accident involved a semi truck and fuel tanker trailer and a construction/farm equipment. According to the accident report, the truck, was driven by 68 year old Roger Droog of Alton, and is owned by Sioux Tank Line and the trailer was filled with 7,500 gallons of fuel. Apparently, Droog failed to allow enough distance between his truck and the telehandler farm equipment, hitting it from behind. The semi truck and fuel tanker trailer that had overturned in the ditch. Apparently, there was no spillage of any fuel from the tanker as a result of the accident. The driver of the construction/farm vehicle was 38 year old Jose Ruiz of Sioux Center. Ruiz suffered some non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by private vehicle. Total damages from that accident were estimated at $80,000. The sheriff's office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire Department.
Floyd Valley Hospital To Host "Well Aware" Health Fair
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley hospital has announced the "Well Aware" community health fair will be held on Wednesdayk, October 8 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper level. The fair is free of charge for participants. The public is invited to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about health-related services available within the Le Mars community and surrounding area. More than 50 exhibitors are expected for the event.
Sioux City Police Arrest Suspect In Morningside Shooting
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a Morningside man at his home Tuesday morning. 40 year old Eric Riley is charged with attempted murder and 1st degree burglary in the shooting of 66 year old Ben Steffe. Investigators say Steffe was shot twice in the chest at his home at 4625 Applewood, shortly before 7:00 a.m. The victim was home with his wife at the time of the shooting. Police say Riley is a relative of the victim and the two were also business associates. The handgun used in the incident was recovered. Steffe is hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center. His condition has not been released. Riley is in custody at the Woodbury County jail.
Chamber Set To Present "The Ted Sullivan Show"
(Le Mars) -- Thursday evening at the Le Mars Convention Center, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual fundraiser dinner along with, this year, a variety show is being planned. Danna Schuster is the director of the "Ted Sullivan Show"
Schuster says the show features about 40 people from around the community. KLEM's own Dave Grossenheider serves as the variety show's emcee.
Schuster has directed several plays held at the Le Mars Postal Playhouse Community Theater, but she says directing this variety show is a bit different.
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour and the dinner to start at 7:00 p.m. with the variety show to follow.
Late Season Diseases Affect Area Crops
(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before many farmers will begin thinking of harvesting this year's crops. However, as Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension crops specialists says, there are some late-season diseases that are affecting this year's crop.
DeJong says another concern for farmers is the fact the corn is slow to mature.
Some farmers have reported having Goss's Wilt, a corn disease that strikes corn in the late season and robs yields. DeJong says there are several similarities between Goss's Wilt and Northern Corn Leaf Blight.
As for the soybean crop, De Jong says some of the earlier soybean varieties have begun turning color. He says for the most part northwest Iowa soybean fields have not been affected by diseases.
The crops specialist says it is still uncertain what type of yields will be produced with this year's soybean crop.
ACT College Entrance Computer Exams
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Thousands of students took the ACT on computers in April, marking the first time the college entrance exam was administered without a pencil and paper, according to the Iowa City-based company that provides the test.
"ACT is really committed to an approach of continuous improvement," said Paul Weeks, the nonprofit company's vice president of client relations. "What we've learned is, number one, there's great promise in computer-based testing."
The company field-tested the exam on computers on April 12, inviting a group of juniors from 80 high schools across 23 states that included Iowa, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. Nearly 4,000 students took the test that's scored from 1 to 36.
The content of the exam was the same as the bubble-sheet version, and the results are considered official and can still be reported to colleges.
Weeks estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 more students will take the test on computers next spring.
Students can take the electronic ACT version on desktop computers, laptops and tablets. But the paper test will continue to be offered in schools that don't have the technology necessary to administer the computerized exam.
"We field test very carefully to make sure any new test other than paper and a pencil will be fair and would be workable in a digital format," ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said last month. "So the technology advances our team is moving forward with is something we have to be proud of."