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Thursday Afternoon News, December 2nd


Two-Vehicle Accident Involves County Dump Truck

(Le Mars) — Emergency rescue units responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a county-owned dump truck and a sedan car.  The accident was reported at about 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning and occurred at the intersection of County Road C-16 and Hickory Avenue, about 12 miles northwest of Le Mars.  The vehicles had collided at the intersection with the county dump  truck heading westbound, and the car was traveling south on Hickory Avenue.  Plymouth County Sheriff’s authorities say both victims sustained what would be determined as non-life threatening injuries.  Ireton Ambulance transported one victim, the driver of the dump truck, to Floyd Valley Healthcare of Le Mars.  The driver of the sedan car was needing to be extricated from her vehicle.  Le Mars Fire and Rescue personnel used the “Jaws of Life” in order to free the female driver from her vehicle.  Both the truck and the car ended up in the north ditch a few hundred feet from the point of impact at the collision.  The dump truck sustained some front-end damage, but the sedan car had front-end and side panel damage.  Airbags had deployed on the car.  Le Mars Fire and Rescue transported the driver of the car to Floyd Valley Healthcare for additional observation.  Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the accident investigation. Ireton Ambulance, Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department, and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene of the accident.




Premier Communications Has A Change In Leadership 

Sioux Center, IA. – The Board of Directors of Premier Communications, the leader in voice, video and data communications services for Northwest Iowa, is pleased to announce that Ryan Boone has been named the Chief Executive Officer of the company beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Transitioning from CEO, Doug Boone will continue to serve Premier as the Executive Vice President – Strategic Initiatives. Ryan Boone has been a part of Premier’s leadership team for eleven years, the last five as Chief Operating Officer.

Beginning in 2022, Ryan, as CEO, will assume the executive leadership responsibilities of Premier, including the development of Premier’s vision for the future and execution of long term business strategies. “Premier has a rich history of providing state-of-the-art communications services with superior customer service,” states Ryan. “As a company, we have been able to maintain those two tenants while experiencing significant growth and it has been a pleasure being a part of the team that contributed to that success under Doug’s leadership. As CEO, I hope to continue our trajectory of growth and I have confidence in the team we have in place to execute on the opportunities presented to us.” As CEO, Doug Boone led Premier to achieve substantial increases in revenue, profitability and number of customers served. As the transition approaches, Doug comments, “It has been an honor to serve as the CEO of Premier Communications. I am grateful to have played such a central role in Premier’s advancement and I am proud of the accomplishments that the company has made together. As we move into the new year, I look forward to serving Premier in a new position and I am confident that Ryan will be an excellent leader in his new role.”

Premier Communications Leadership Transition.  Ryan Boone, left, will assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer of Premier Communications beginning on January 1, 2022.  Doug Boone, right, will become Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.




Two Iowa Congressional Districts Have More Independents Than Major Party Voters

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Updated voter registration data show in two of Iowa’s new congressional districts, independent voters outnumber those who register as Democrats or Republicans.  The new 1st District in southeast and central Iowa has more than 200-thousand independents, 195-thoussand Democrats and 172-thousand Republicans.  G-O-P Congresswoman Marianette Miller-Meeks plans to run for re-election there.  Fellow Republican Representative Ashley Hinson is seeking re-election in the new 2nd District.  It has 197-thousand independent voters as of December 1st.  The tally of Democrats is about ten-thousand voters behind that and Republicans account for a little under a third of all voters in the northeast Iowa district.  National studies show up to three-quarters of voters who register as independents rarely split their ballots and routinely vote for candidates of one of the country’s two major political parties.




Carlisle Basketball Player Facing Felony For Alleged Postgame Punch

(Carlisle, IA)  —  A high school basketball player from central Iowa faces felony charges after allegedly decking a player from an opposing team.  The player from Carlisle is seen on social media punching the player from Nevada in the gut and on the chin during the post-game handshake line on Tuesday night.  It appears the player who was hit was knocked out — and it sparked more students to take swings at each other.  Seventeen-year-old Carter Prenosil (PREN’-ah-sil) of Carlisle is facing a felony willful injury charge.  Carlisle’s superintendent released a statement saying the “unfortunate incident…is not representative of the school culture” in Carlisle.




Trial Set For Cedar Rapids Teen Charged With Killing Parents

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  —  A Cedar Rapids teen will stand trial early next year for the October killing of his parents.  The trial for 17-year-old Ethan Orton is scheduled to begin February 8th in adult court.  He pleaded not guilty Monday to the first-degree murders of 42-year-old Casey Orton and 41-year-old Misty Slade.  Officers found Orton sitting outside the family home October 14th covered in blood and he admitted to police that he had killed his parents.




First Iowa Amazon Store to Open at Jordan Creek Town Center

(West Des Moines, IA)  —  The first-ever Amazon store in Iowa is coming to Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines.  Amazon says a four-star store will be built on the lower level of the mall.  The store will sell books, toys, electronics, and other home items.  Amazon says it’s expected to open in the spring.