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Monday News, March 29th


Early Morning Accident Leaves Pickup Truck On Its Side

(Le Mars) — Shortly before 8:00 a.m. this Monday morning, emergency rescue units were sent to the intersection of 1st Avenue Northwest and Second Street Northwest near the St. John’s Lutheran Church for a two-vehicle accident.  As a result of the collision, a Dodge pickup truck was on its side.  Firefighters from the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department used their “Jaws of Life” to extricate the driver of the pickup truck.  Officials with the Le Mars Police Department indicate all the victims from both vehicles suffered only minor injuries.  The contents from the pickup truck’s cargo box were scattered as a result of the accident. The early rising morning sun, with its glaring light, may have been a contributing factor in the accident. Responding to the early morning accident were the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance Services, Le Mars Police Department, and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.



Museum To Hold Pilgrimage For Good Friday

(Le Mars) — After a year’s absence due to COVID-19, the “Good Friday Pilgrimage” will return to the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars from 11 a.m. to noon on Good Friday, April 2.

It was the sudden passing of Pastor Larry Fett of Grace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Le Mars that sparked the first pilgrimage to the Museum’s Religious Heritage Room April 10, 2009. The Museum dedicated that first pilgrimage to Pastor Fett.

Through the years, Pastor Fett’s widow, Margaret Fett, and her family have donated rack cards for the Religious Heritage Room.

This year, with Museum personnel encouraging masks and social distancing, the special event will complete its 12th year.

The public is invited to visit the room between 11 a.m. and noon and view“The Morning of the Crucifixion,” a 129-year-old painting of mural proportions.



Pheasants Forever Banquet Raises $27,000

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Pheasants Forever held its 36th annual banquet Saturday evening at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. The local chapter awarded its prestigious “Service to Wildlife Award” to Joe Cain. Cain serves on the board of directors for the Plymouth County chapter of Pheasants
Forever, and oversees the habitat program. Cain is also the manager of the “Hole in the Wall” pheasant hunting preserve located near Akron. Marty Pippett and Jeff Mackey were presented the “Service to Youth” Award for their
participation of assisting local youth on different hunting excursions.
According to Bob Peutz, the local chapter president, $27,000 was raised Saturday evening during the auction and raffles. Both State Senator Jim Carlin of Sioux City and State Representative Dr. Tom Jeneary spoke at Saturday evening’s event calling attention to gun rights legislation that passed the Iowa Legislature.

Joe Cain, (center) accepts the Pheasants Forever “Service To Wildlife” Award from President Bob Puetz (left) and Eric Mitchell, co-chair of the Pheasants Forever banquet.

Marty Pippett, (center) received the “Service to Youth Award” from the Plymouth County Pheasants Forever chapter.  Not pictured, but also a recipient of the award was Jeff Mackey.  Bob Puetz (left) and Eric Mitchell (right) presented the award to Pippett.



North West Rural Electric Cooperative To Hold Annual Meeting

(Orange City) — Members of the North West Rural Electric Cooperative are invited to attend the utility cooperative’s annual meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 30th. Lyle Korver is the Executive Director and C-E-O of the power cooperative and says this year’s meeting will take place at Sioux Center.

Korver says there will not be a banquet meal at this meeting, and this year there are no district meetings within the counties that make up North West REC. He says there will be a panel of officials on hand to answer questions from the membership.

The North West REC executive says members will have the opportunity to elect directors in Sioux, Ida, and Plymouth Counties.

Korver says despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 was generally considered a good year for the membership power utility cooperative.

The annual meeting of the North West Rural Electric Cooperative will be held at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.




Iowa House To Address Ethanol Issues

(Des Moines) — House Speaker Pat Grassley says a House committee is likely to debate a bill this week that’s designed to boost the use of ethanol in Iowa. Grassley says both Democratic and Republican presidential administrations have not always been the best friends of the ethanol industry.

Grassley describes the core of the bill as providing
incentives to retailers to install new gas pumps that can dispense ethanol-blended fuels.

Earlier this year, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds suggested a proposed renewable fuels standard for Iowa to require all retailers to offer at least a 10 percent ethanol blend — and require any new pumps installed be designed
to dispense fuel that includes ethanol. Iowa’s convenience stores and gas stations have lobbied against that mandate.




One Dead One Missing After I-S-U Crew Club Boat Capsizes

(Hamilton County, IA) — One member of the Iowa State Crew Club is dead and one is missing after their boat capsized while they were practicing at Little Wall Lake in Hamilton County. A statement from I-S-U says three students were rescued from the water Sunday and treated and released from Mary Greeley
Medical Center. A dive team recovered the body of one student and the search continues for the other missing student. The names of the students involved are not being released at this time.




Mother And Son Plead Not Guilty To Capitol Break-In Charges

(Des Moines, IA) — The mother and son who face 13 federal charges related to the break-in at the U-S Capitol in January have both pleaded not guilty.
Salvador and Deborah Sandoval are accused of unlawfully entering the Capitol and obstructing Congress, Salvador is also charged with violent acts on Capitol grounds after allegedly pushing Metropolitan Police officers and trying to take a riot shield. Both are being held until their next hearing on
May 13th. Deborah Sandoval lives in Des Moines and her son lives in Ankeny.




Coralville Man Sentenced To Prison For Bank Robbery

(Coralville, IA) — A 60-year-old Coralville man has been sentenced to more than six and a half years in prison for robbing an eastern Iowa bank. Aquinas Lenell Jackson, Senior pleaded guilty to robbing the U-S Bank in Coralville last March. Prosecutors say Jackson passed a threatening note to a
bank teller — and then ran from the scene with 43-hundred dollars. He was later caught by police.




U-I Search Committee Narrows Its Search To 12

(Iowa City, IA) — The University of Iowa Presidential Search Committee has cut its list of candidates to 12. The committee will meet virtually on April 1st through the 3rd to interview and evaluate the semifinalist candidates.
The interviews will be all be conducted in closed session and candidate identities will not be revealed. The committee is looking for a replacement for Bruce Harreld, who is retiring.