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KLEM News for Saturday, December 23


The Plymouth County Sheriffs Office responded to an injury accident at Remsen Friday afternoon.  They report a semi and an SUV collided at the intersection of Iowa Highway 3 and Iowa Highway 140.  Both drivers were transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare with serious but not life-threatening injuries.  The semi pulling an empty grain trailer, was driven by 69 year old Charles Herman of Remsen.  The SUV was driven by 38 year old Lorena Hurtado of Remsen.  Hurtado failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the semi in the front drivers side tire.  Both vehicles are believed to be a total loss, the semi and trailer 140-thousand dollars, and the SUV 27-thousand.  The Iowa State Patrol, Remsen Fire and Ambulance, the Iowa DOT and Stockton Towing responded to the accident.



A Rock Valley woman died last night as the result of an accident near Ireton.  The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred on Eagle Ave at 460th Street around 6-15 p.m.  An SUV was traveling south on Eagle, and a semi tractor was travelling north.  For unknown reasons, the SUV crossed the center line into the northbound lane.  The truck driver tried to evade a collision, but the SUV struck on the drivers side fuel tank.  The truck spun into the southbound lane, while the SUV came to a stop on the shoulder of the northbound lane.  The driver of the SUV, 59 year old Diane O’Regan of Rock Valley, was injured.  She was transported to Hawarden Hospital, where she died of her injuries.  O’Regan was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.



The Plymouth County Historical Museum features two exhibits this weekend.  The Museum is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  The display of nativities, started by Ron and Delores Burkard in the year 2010, bill be open on the Museum’s fourth floor.  A second exhibit is the “Furry Friends” display, featuring 60 photos by retiring administrator Judy Bowman.  It’s housed in the main hall of the Museum.  The topic of the display is her collection of people and pets through her 25 years at the Museum.  The Museum will be open from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, and 1 to 5 pm Monday.  Admission to the Plymouth County Historical Museum is free, but freewill donations will be received.



A new concept in senior living is now being marketed in Orange City.  Kanaal Huis is an independent living for people 55 and older.  It is built by Orange City Health Systems. Steve Warnke Director of Ancillary Services, says Kanaal Huis is designed for the those 55 and over, and is a pivotal time for a homeowner.


Kanaal Huis is designed for uncomplicated living


Kanaal Huis also includes a canal and a bridge.


An open house was held at Kanaal Huis this week.



The development of housing and businesses has exploded in the last decade in many of the state’s metro areas, but a farmland expert says all the building hasn’t put much of a dent in agriculture. Peoples Company president Steve Bruere says 27 million acres in Iowa is cropland — and three-thousand new homes built in the Des Moines metro in a year cover only a thousand or so acres. Bruere’s company produces an annual report about Iowa cropland that reviews all types of sales information and other factors. The latest survey found farmland prices have held their own along with the rest of the country, despite issues with the national economy.