City, County, And State Offices Closed Today (Monday)
(Le Mars) — Both the Plymouth County Courthouse, as well as Le Mars city hall will be closed today to observe the Independence Day holiday. Many entities, including the postal service, and several banks will be closed today. State
offices are also closed today (Monday) in observance of the holiday.
Wet-Nose Animal Rescue To Hold Garden Party Fund Raiser
(Le Mars) — Wet-Nose Animal Rescue will hold a Garden Party and will celebrate the second year of Wet-Nose Rescue from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 15, in the gardens of Jim and Roxie Anderson, 45 12th Ave. SW, Le Mars.
Wet-Nose Rescue took shape July 15, 2019, to save homeless cats and dogs of Plymouth County.
Admission to the Garden Party from 6 to 8 p.m. will be a freewill donation to Wet-Nose Rescue.
Entrance to the gardens will be from 11th Street Southwest through the Andersons’ back garden gate.
Refreshments of canine cookies and other treats will be offered. Mary Valentine, who hosted the first Wet-Nose Garden Party last year, will have plants for sale from her garden.
During the evening, Wet-Nose president Angel Anderson will announce the second annual “Friend of Wet-Nose” recipient. Last year’s honored friend was Le Mars veterinarian Dr. John Conley,
In case of inclement weather, the garden party will be Friday, July 16.
The cat and dog group has its license for fostering animals but has not yet acquired a shelter.
Wet-Nose also will be at the Plymouth County Fair under a tent near the Round Barn.
Circuit Court Puts The Brakes On Expanding E-15 Sales
(Des Moines) — The Washington D-C Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down the E-P-A rule granting year-round use of E-15. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says this ruling — if it stands up — is devastating for the ethanol industry.
He says it’s ironic the E-15 court decision came one week after the ethanol industry lost at the U-S Supreme Court over the small refinery waiver issue.
Shaw says they are considering their next step.
Shaw says there is no scientific or environmentally sound reason to erect arbitrary barriers to the sale of E-15 in the summer months.
Some Gas Stations May Run Out Of Gas During Holiday Weekend
(Des Moines) — Some gas stations are having trouble getting their normal supply of fuel going into the holiday weekend. FUEL IOWA spokesman John Maynes says there is enough gas — it’s a matter of getting it delivered.
He says some outages happen as the demand picks up from holiday travel.
He says those partial loads of gas can be enough in some cases and in others they aren’t.
Maynes says the gas shortage will most likely be the most visible during times of higher demand, but the actual shortage of truck drivers could be ongoing for some time as the industry looks to get younger workers learning the skill.
Donation Made To Prairie Heritage Center
(Primghar) — A donor is giving 300-thousand dollars to finance improvements at the Prairie Heritage Center in northwest Iowa. The center showcases Iowa’s tall grass prairie and features live buffalo. It’s located just off Highway 10, between Sutherland and Peterson. Gregg Struve says his donation is in honor of his parents Dan and Jean Struve.
Two-hundred thousand dollars of Struve’s donation to the center is creating an endowment and the other 100-thousand is going into a fund named after his parents. There are nine miles of walking trails around the center, canoe access to the Little Sioux River and a building that houses educational displays about Iowa’s tall grass prairie. Abbie Parker, a naturalist with
O’Brien County Conservation, says they are currently working on the design process for new exhibits.
Parker says they hope to start these projects in the spring of 2023. The center is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4.
One Person Is Dead From An Accident Following A Parade
(Slater, IA) — The Iowa State Patrol has released the name of the woman hit and killed at the end of the July 4th parade in Slater Saturday. The Patrol accident report says 75-year-old Karen Wheeler of Cambridge was backing out to leave after the parade and struck 59-year-old Mary Nienow of Albert Lea,
Minnesota. Nienow died at the scene. Three other people, including a six-year-old were injured in the accident. The Patrol says no charges have been filed pending the completion of its investigation.
One Dead In Accident At Adventureland
(Altoona, Iowa) – One of four people critically hurt when the raft they were in on a water ride at the Adventureland amusement park in Altoona tipped over has died. The raft on the Raging River ride tipped over around 7:30 Saturday evening. Two others riders are in the hospital in critical condition, and the
other was less seriously injured. The park operators say there will be an investigation into the cause or the accident and it will be shut down until more details are known.