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Monday Afternoon News, December 21st


Plymouth County Farm Bureau Receives Items For Collection Drive

(Le Mars) — During the last few weeks the Plymouth County Farm Bureau along with Tyler Meekma with Farm Bureau Financial Services collected food, toys, and children’s clothing as part of a holiday drive. On Monday, Farm Bureau representatives gathered the donations and delivered them to Mid-Sioux Opportunity in Remsen that will be distributed to deserving families. Tyler Meeksma says this was the first year for the collection drive. He says 2020 has been a challenging year for many community people.

Meekma says the Farm Bureau were able to collect approximately $1,500 dollars worth of various items and cash donations. Meekma says his office and the Farm Bureau Federation will match the dollar value of the donations, making the total contribution around $4,500. Ben Johnson serves as the president of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau says several Farm Bureau members contributed to the cause.

Pictured from left are: Betty Neisius, her granddaughter Grace, Ben Johnson, Tyler Meekma, Leah Johnson and Mark Bohner

Both Meekma and Johnson calls the initial collection drive a success, and both are anxious to conduct the collection donation drive again next year.

The Farm Bureau insurance agent tells of some of the specific items that were donated this year for the drive.

Johnson says there was wide support from the county farm bureau board of directors of the cause.

Johnson also serves on the board of directors with the Plymouth County Pork Producers Association. The Iowa Pork Producers Association has been involved with pork donations, including a “ham challenge” in which a pork producer will donate a ham and challenge another pork producer to donate a ham. Johnson says the local county farm commodity organization has recently made donations of pork products to local entities.




Semi Truck Filled With Ground Corn Feed Rolls Over On Highway 60

(Le Mars) — A semi truck and trailer filled with ground corn feed rolled over on its side at the intersection of Highway 60 and county road C-12, or about seven miles northeast of Le Mars. The accident was reported at about 1:40 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Apparently, the Freightliner truck, owned by Ag Partners of Sheldon was heading southbound on Highway 60 when he wanted to make a right-hand turn heading westbound on to county road C-12. Authorities at the scene believe the strong northwest winds of more than 40 mph may have contributed to the roll-over accident. The semi truck and trailer was hauling about 12 tons of ground corn. A portion of the feed had spilled out of the trailer on to the county road C-12.

Both the Oyens Fire Department and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, along with the Le Mars Ambulance Services and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of the accident. Officials say the driver of the semi truck suffered some injuries in the mishap and was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare with what is described as major, but non-life threatening injuries. The name of the driver has not been released as of yet. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident scene.




Two Vehicles Side-swipe Each Other At City Intersection

(Le Mars) — About about 3:48 p.m.  Monday afternoon, first responders were summoned to the intersection of 5th Avenue Northwest (Business Highway 75) and 4th Street Norhtwest for a two-vehicle collision accident. The accident was the result of a car heading northbound on Business Highway 75 being sideswiped by a car from 4th Street northwest. One person was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars by the Le Mars Ambulance Service. Responding to the scene were the Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, along with the ambulance service.





Ireton Fire Department Responds To Grass Fire 

(Ireton) — At the time first responders were tending to the semi truck rollover accident, only a few miles away, the Ireton Fire Department was called to Fir Avenue and 500th Street in Sioux County for a ditch fire. Fire had burnt the north ditch of 500th Street for nearly a half a mile.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. The fire was confined to only the ditch and no buildings were in
danger because of the fire, but firefighters had to contend with the Monday afternoon strong winds that helped push the flames.





Firefighters Pay Their Respects For Fellow Fallen Firefighter 

(Le Mars) — Firefighters and their fire trucks from several communities were on hand to pay their respects for Steve Bolton during his funeral held Monday morning. Bolton had passed away last week. He was a member of the Oyens Fire Department for many years. The fire trucks stretched from the Rexwinkel Funeral Home heading east on 12th Street Southeast. Bolton was buried at the Kingsley Cemetery, and many of the fire trucks were part of the processional from Le Mars to Kingsley. Those communities with firefighters that attended the funeral included: Oyens, Le Mars, Akron, Remsen, Kinglsey, Marcus, Granville, and Oto.

(funeral photo contributed by Brian Nitzschke)