Today is Veteran’s Day and KLEM talked with a number of Veteran’s yesterday at Le Mars Hy-Vee. Wayne Thieman, who served in the Marine Corp from 1962 till 1972 is Plymouth County Veterans Service Director. Thieman is a member of the American Legion Riders-
The American Legion Riders hold fundraisers throughout the year for their donations-
Wayne Schipper who served 30 years in the Navy and Naval Reserve talked to KLEM about the Veteran’s Memorial Park on the former Westmar campus-
Bob Gengler, a member of the Legion Color Guard, attends many funerals of Veterans. The group presents flags to family members at the gravesite-
A Rock Valley man was injured in a one-vehicle accident late Thursday evening near Ireton. The Sioux County Sheriff’s office investigated the motor vehicle accident that occurred on Eagle Avenue, two miles north of Ireton, IA. 21-year-old Carter Penning of Rock Valley, IA was driving north on Eagle Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle and entered the west ditch.
Penning was transported by the Ireton Ambulance to Sioux Center Health for treatment of minor injuries. Penning was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Ireton Fire and Ambulance assisted at the scene.
SIEZURE OF DEADLY DRUG ON THE RISE IN IOWA
Authorities in central Iowa are seeing an upturn in the number of seizures of a drug so dangerous, even touching the tablets could be lethal. Captain Nick Lennie, chief deputy of the Story County Sheriff’s Office, says the so-called M-30 pills are stamped with an “M” on one side and a “30” on the other. It’s very difficult to tell whether they’re counterfeit or real prescription medications, and he says swallowing one could quickly result in an overdose if they’re laced with fentanyl or methamphetamine. They’re often blue, but he says they come in a rainbow of colors to appeal to a younger audience. Lennie’s office has seen a six-percent increase in seizures of M-30 this year, or about three-thousand pills, along with five overdoses. Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin, so Lennie says even handling the pills could be very risky. A deadly dose of fentanyl is about the size of a few grains of salt.
NEW SULLIVAN BROTHERS MEMORIAL
A monument honoring the five Sullivan brothers was unveiled in their hometown of Waterloo on Thursday. The sailors were killed in action during World War Two while serving aboard the same ship. The new monument sits outside the Waterloo Convention Center and their granddaughter Kelly Sullivan, a Navy veteran herself, pulled back the curtain on the four sculptures. Sullivan says it’s a way to keep the memories of Waterloo’s veterans alive for everyone, beyond days of special recognition. With Veterans Day on Saturday, Sullivan reflected that the Sullivan brothers’ story is a reminder that families are just as much a part of veterans’ continuing sacrifices. The sculptures tell the story of the brothers’ service and are part of a larger plaza also named for the family.