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Tuesday Afternoon News, July 21st


Rescuers Respond To Fatal Grain Bin Accident 

(Le Mars) — A grain bin accident turned deadly resulting in a fatality this (Tuesday) morning at 38557 180th Street, about five miles east of Le Mars. Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies confirmed the fatality of a 65 year old male that had been inside the grain bin loosening stuck corn. The individual had
safety measures in place, but was still pulled into the corn when the crust had broke. Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department along with Oyens and Remsen Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene that was reported at about 9:47 a.m. Joining in with the recovery efforts were the Le Mars Ambulance Services
and the Remsen Ambulance, as well as the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol. Upon arrival of the fire units, a rescue operation was started, but was ultimately unsuccessful. The body of the victim was recovered at 10:50 a.m. Rescuers needed to empty the corn that was being
stored in the grain bin to assist with the recovery efforts. Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department used its aerial truck with the recovery. Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident scene. The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending family notifications.



Le Mars Police Department Swears In New Officer

(Le Mars) — Prior to the start of the Le Mars City Council meeting, a new police officer was sworn into duty of the Le Mars Police Department. Jacob Bergman of Akron was given the oath of office by Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff.

Following the oath of office, Bergman’s father then pinned the badge to his uniform. Family members then gathered for photo opportunities. Bergman will begin his patrol duties today. Already, he was with Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale attending a YMCA day camp activity this morning, in which,
according to Daale, many students inquired as to why Bergman at that time was not wearing a badge. Several members of the Le Mars Police Department were on hand to witness the oath of office and badge pinning ceremony.



No Plymouth County Fair This Year, But 4-H And FFA Members Will Still Be Able To Have Projects Judged.

(Le Mars) — Although the Plymouth County Fair has been post-poned this year, local 4-H and FFA members will still have the opportunity to have their project exhibits judged. Janelle Johnson is the County Director for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County and says there
will be what is known as the “Clover and Gold Classic”. She says officials still wanted to offer local 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to showcase their projects.

Johnson says judging activities will begin on Monday, July 27th and be spread out throughout the entire week.


Johnson says because of the COVID-19 virus, other than the immediate family members, the general public is not allowed to attend the judging events, or be on the grounds. However, Johnson says officials are creating a “You-Tube” channel on social media, and the judging will be downloaded on-line for the
public’s viewing.

The county extension director says the week will kick off with the 4-H and FFA swine show on Monday.

On Tuesday the focus will be to judge only the static exhibits, and no livestock entries will be judged. Johnson says they will follow what is known as the “state fair” model when judging the static displays.

Johnson says the remaining week will have rabbits judged on Wednesday, as well as at noon Wednesday will be a virtual clothing style show featured on the extension office’s Facebook page. Thursday will be the horse show, as well as the sheep judging, meat goat show, and the Educational Presentations.

Friday morning will feature both the beef show and the dog show.

Friday afternoon will have the dairy judging contest. Friday afternoon will also be the working demonstration exhibits. Saturday, August 1st will be the poultry show, along with the Share-the-Fun exhibits, and the cat and pet show.

Johnnson says hand sanitizers will be available throughout the fairgrounds, and face coverings or masks are encouraged to be worn.