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Monday News, August 30th


Man Dies After Pickup Truck Goes Into Missouri River

(Sioux City) — One man has died after his truck plunged into the Missouri River during heavy rainfall in Sioux City Saturday night.  Police and rescue units were dispatched to the riverfront around 10:30 p.m. where the driver of a southbound pickup truck apparently lost control on Interstate 29 Highway and went off the road and into the river.  The vehicle was fully submerged, and efforts by rescuers to retrieve the truck from the water were unsuccessful during the overnight hours due to the river and weather conditions.  Divers were successful in recovering the truck at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday and the body of the driver was inside the vehicle.  A positive identification has been made and the victim’s name will be released sometime on Monday.  It appears weather was a contributing factor in that accident.




COVID-19 And The Delta Variant Are Making A Comeback

(Le Mars) — A resurgence of the COVID-19 virus and its Delta variant has been in the news lately with cases going up across the nation.  Tara Geddes, the Plymouth County Community Health Director says Floyd Valley Healthcare has seen a rise in cases within the past few weeks. Geddes says although everyone is susceptible to contracting COVID-19 virus, it primarily is affecting those individuals that have not been vaccinated.

Geddes says health officials are making some recommendations to better protect yourself against the virus.

Geddes tells of when Plymouth County again started to see the resurgence with the COVID cases.

Geddes says with the resurgence, more people who had not previously been vaccinated against the virus are now stepping up and becoming vaccinated.




More Than 120 People Participate On Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Memory Walk And Fund Raiser

(Le Mars) — More than 120 people participated in the annual Memory Walk fund raiser held Saturday morning at the Le Mars Municipal Park for the Iowa Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association.  SIDS is the number one killer of babies under a year of age. Organizer and Board Director Pam Jeneary welcomed the participants and explained the mission of the SIDS Association.

Jeneary then read the 48 names of those local infants that had died as a result of SIDS.

The participants released pink and blue colored helium-filled balloon in memory of those SIDS victims, then proceeded on a three-mile walk.  The event held a silent auction as well as a drawing for several gift items.  Following the memory walk, the participants were treated to lunch provided by the Plymouth County Pork Producers and Hy Vee.  Statewide, the organization hopes to raise $50,000 for research.




Man Convicted Of Killing Mollie Tibbetts To Be Sentenced Today

(Des Moines, IA)  —  The man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts will be sentenced today (Monday).  Cristhian (Christen) Bahena Rivera was found guilty by a jury on May 28th of abducting Mollie Tibbetts in her hometown of Brooklyn and then killing her. His sentencing was delayed in July as the judge heard testimony that tried to pin the murder on another man. The judge ruled that information was speculative and contradicted Bahena-Rivera’s confession to police that he killed Tibbetts and hide her body in a cornfield. He is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison at 1:30 p-m today.  Tibbetts’ family will have a chance to speak — and Bahena-Rivera will also be given the opportunity to make a statement.




Iowa Native Among 13 Military Victims Of Kabul Bombing

(Des Moines, IA)  —  A Marine from Iowa was among the 13 military victims of last week’s suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Twenty-three-year-old Marine Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page was a former student at Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska.  He joined the U-S Marines in 2019.  The first bomb was set off in a crowd waiting to enter the airport and the second hit a nearby hotel.  Military officials say Corporal Page was a part of the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines.




Backers Take Another Step Toward First-Ever Carbon Dioxide Pipeline

(Des Moines, IA)  —  The process is underway that could lead to the construction of the first-ever carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa. Iowa Utilities Board spokesman, Don Tormey says Summit Carbon Solutions is considering the pipeline known as the “Midwest Carbon Express.”  It is proposed to run through several Midwest states, including 30 counties in Iowa. Summit Carbon Solutions is an affiliate of the Summit Agricultural Group owned by Bruce Rastetter of Alden. Tormey says the project would be classified as a hazardous liquid pipeline — and that is why it falls under the I-U-B’s jurisdiction.  The project would partner with a number of ethanol plants in five states to capture carbon dioxide emissions and transport the liquified carbon dioxide to North Dakota, where it will be stored in deep underground geologic storage locations.