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KLEM News for Monday, November 6


One person received minor injury in a three-vehicle accident Monday morning in Le Mars. Le Mars Police and Le Mars Fire Rescue were called to 6th Ave and 12th Street SW. A vehicle traveling east on 12th failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection, and struck a southbound pickup. A third vehicle at the intersection received minor damage. The driver of the eastbound vehicle, was taken to Floyd Valley Healthcare with minor injury.

A three vehicle car accident on Monday sent one to the hospital with injuries. Le Mars Fire Rescue was dispatched to the corner of 12th Street SW and 6th Ave SW around 10:45 AM. after an Apple iPhone triggered a crash detection notification 911 call. A white and black Ford Mustang had extensive damage to the front of the vehicle, along with a red Ford F-150 taking damage as well. A third vehicle, a black truck, also received minor damage. The details of the accident were unclear at this time. LeMars Police are investigating the accident.



Floyd Valley Healthcare is planning on an expansion of their Maternal Care section.   Tara Geddes, Chief Nursing officer, Floyd Valley Healthcare, Explains the scope of maternal care at Floyd Valley Healthcare.


Geddes says they will continue to offer their high standard of care for their patients.


That standard is not usual these days.


This will be a change of setting, with no changes in care.


The project will create larger rooms for maternity patients


It will create a new arrangement for care rooms


Geddes says they want to meet the expectations of patients



Important to families that they can get top quality maternal care close to home.


Construction starts in the spring.



Two rural fires broke out this weekend in Sioux County.

Rock Valley Fire Department was called yesterday (Sunday) afternoon to 350th Street and Dipper, a location 5 miles southwest of the city, around 4 p.m.  A stack of hay bales had caught fire.  20 minutes later, a call went out for tractors and discs to that location.  More were called for at 4:40 pm, and payloaders with gravel hooks were needed at 5-30 pm.  Authorities later urged people to avoid the area, as fire personnel had trouble responding to the fire with increased traffic in the area.  By 7:10 p.m., firefighters were able to get the fire under control.

The Sioux County Sheriffs Department says Hospers Fire Department was called to a fire Saturday afternoon, a mile east of Hospers, where an empty hog confinement was reportedly ablaze.  The building was completely destroyed.  No injuries were reported.  Hospers Ambulance, Granville Fire Department, and the Sheriffs Office assisted at the scene.


Plymouth County’s Road Department says a rail crossing just east of Iowa Highway 60 will be closed this week for repairs. Starting Tuesday, the rail crossing at 150th Street will be closed, as the Union Pacific Railroad will replace rail and crossing at that spot. This is the road that leads to the Plymouth County Landfill. The road, from Highway 60 east a half mile to Mesquite Ave will be closed from Tuesday through Thursday.



Tuesday is Election Day, and that means time is running out if you want to vote absentee.  Woodbury County elections commissioner, Pat Gill, says timing is more important this election.


Gill says there’s no leeway for late ballots.


He says the absentee numbers in already are down, and he says the law change has contributed to that drop.


This election is for city council and school boards.



Governor Kim Reynolds will endorse Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis this evening at a rally in Des Moines according to sources familiar with the governor’s plans. Reynolds has appeared with the Florida Governor often in Iowa, starting in March during DeSantis’ first visit to the state. Early this year, Reynolds said she intended to remain neutral, so all candidates would feel welcome to campaign in Iowa, but after she hosted most of the candidates at the Iowa State Fair, Reynolds indicated she was considering an endorsement. On Sunday, former President Trump called Reynolds disloyal. The Trump campaign calls her appearance at tonight’s DeSantis rally the beginning of the Reynolds retirement tour.



A jury has found the Chairman of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors guilty of misdemeanor assault last week, following an incident with another board member back in July. Seventy-six-year-old Roger Tjarks was convicted on the single count of assault, a simple misdemeanor, following a one-day trial on Tuesday. A criminal complaint filed on August 10th states that Tjarks pushed Supervisor Kyle Stecker, poked him in the chest and made verbal threats of wanting to physically harm the 26-year-old at the Kossuth County Courthouse around 9:30 a.m. on July 11th. The supervisors had a regular meeting that morning that started at 8 a.m. A video recording of the meeting shows that a closed session was requested around 9:20 a.m. and it was during this closed session that the alleged altercation took place. Jurors heard from witnesses for both the state and the defense, as well as an audio/video recording of the incident. The case was prosecuted by the Winnebago County Attorney’s Office due to a potential conflict of interest for the Kossuth County Attorney.



Farmers are nearly done with the harvest and those empty fields mean thousands of deer are losing their hiding places and they’re scampering onto roads — and into the paths of Iowa motorists. This is among the worst times of the year for car-deer collisions, and Iowa State Patrol Trooper Paul Gardner says they’ve already taken quite a toll this year, with more than 54-hundred animal-related crashes causing 23 serious injuries and five fatalities. Gardner says Iowans have likely heard the phrase, “Don’t veer for deer,” and he says it’s one they need to commit to memory — and take seriously. The incidence of car-deer crashes tends to rise around sunrise and sunset. Gardner suggests you use particular caution if you see a yellow “Deer Crossing” sign, as those are placed in areas the animals frequent.



The Iowa Superintendent of Banking has closed a Sac City bank — the first bank closing in Iowa since 2011. Citizens Bank in Sac City opened in 1929. According to a news release issued Friday night by the Iowa Banking Division, the bank was declared insolvent after bank examiners identified significant loan losses that previously had not been identified by the Sac City bank. The news release said the  bank had a concentration of out-of-state loans to one industry and there had been heavy losses on some of those loans. Iowa Trust and Savings Bank in Emmetsburg has purchased all deposits and is reopening the bank’s main office and drive through in Sac City today.