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KLEM News for Tuesday, June 18

BRIDGE REPAIR

The Le Mars Street Department says the bridge repair that has started on 4th Ave N.E. Monday is going to require the contractor to close the bike/walk path that crosses that bridge . Street Supervisor Scott Kneip says the contractor will have to remove a section of the walk trail on both the north and south side of the bridge that is tied to the repair that they are working on.

 

FLOYD VALLEY FOUNDATION BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 27th Annual Helping Children Benefit Golf Tournament was held at The Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars, IA. The event was once again sponsored by the Floyd Valley Foundation and chaired by Shane and Peggy Sitzmann of Le Mars.

The Golf benefit grossed over 30-thousand dollars. Many area businesses donated hole and door prizes to the tournament. Business donations and in-kind sponsorships, raffle donations and team contributions, were all part of the benefit total.

Floyd Valley Health CEO Dustin Wright says the dollars raised this year will be used for the purchase of equipment for the new OB/Maternal Health Department project. It will be completed in the fall of this year.

First Place Winners of the 18-hole championship flight were: Kroese and Kroese (Pat Visser); Primebank (Gary Sitzmann) and Al Pottebaum teams. The winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Marilyn Wendt.

 

STATE APPROVES NEW 5 YEAR ROAD PLAN

The State Transportation Commission has approved the five-year transportation improvement plan. D-O-T systems planner Stuart Anderson says the plan is updated every year, and last year was a difficult one due to inflation.

 

That meant they had to delay 12 projects in the plan last year. Anderson says the outlook was much different as they updated the plan this year.

 

There is approximately four-point-five billion dollars of state and federal funding forecast to be available over the next five years for road and bridge improvements in the plan. Anderson says bridges and interchanges get alot of focus.

 

The program includes I-80 Middle Road Interchange reconstruction in Bettendorf, I-80 Mississippi River bridge replacement, I-35/80/235 Southwest Mixmaster modernization in Polk County, I-35 bridge replacement and widening at the U-S 30 interchange in Ames, I-35 widening between Ankeny and Iowa 210, I-29 interchange construction in Woodbury County, and adding more than 50 truck parking spots. You can find the complete five-year plan on the D-O-Ts website. https://www.news.iowadot.gov

 

SUMMER HASN’T STARTED AND ALREADY 12 STATE PARK LAKES ADVISE ‘NO SWIMMING’

The state says swimming is not advised at twopublic beaches at Storm Lake in Buena Vista County due to high E-coli levels. Pine Lake State Park in Hardin County is also closed because waters exceed the state’s advisory threshold for the bacteria. That makes a total of 12 state park beach advisories issued so far this year. Daniel Kendall, the Iowa D-N-R’s lake and beach monitoring coordinator, says people should enjoy Iowa’s lakes and rivers, but he strongly recommends wearing life jackets and that you wash off well after playing in the water. Kendall says people most at risk of getting sick are children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with underlying medical conditions, like cancer and diabetes.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN SIOUX COUNTY

Two South Dakota residents were arrested after a disturbance at the Hawarden Hospital.
The Sioux County SheriffsOffice arrested Saye Paye, 25, of Sioux Falls and Katie Saldana, 20 of Alcester, South Dakota.
When deputies arrived, they discovered Paye and Saldana were fighting over their child’s car seat in the parking lot. Further investigation revealed Saldana was holding a three month-old child in her arms when the fight began. A nurse was able to safely remove the child from Saldana’s arms during the disturbance.

No injuries were reported.

The two were transported to the Sioux County Jail where they were d charged with child endangerment and disorderly conduct. They were booked into the Sioux County Jail. They were booked into the Sioux County Jail, and were later released after posting bond.

 

PLYMOUTH COUNTY ARREST

A SIoux City man was arrested after a prolonged pursuit in rural Plymouth County. The incident took place on June 11. At approximately 3:30 p.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle near K22 and S. Ridge Road. The vehicle, a pickup, was driven by Johnathan Lawrence Wingert, age 33 of rural Sioux City, Iowa. Wingert had just violated a protection order issued out of Plymouth County. When Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, Wingert failed to stop and obey emergency lights and sirens. The vehicle pursuit nearly lasted an hour on dirt/gravel roads throughout rural Plymouth County. With the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol, Hinton Police Department and the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Wingert was apprehended without incident. Wingert was booked and held on bond for violation of protective order and eluding, a class D felony. He remains in the county jail.

 

ANOTHER DAIRY HERD HIT BY HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA

State and federal officials have detected a case of bird flu in another herd of dairy cattle in Sioux County. Seven dairy herds in Iowa have now been impacted by bird flu — five in Sioux County, one in Plymouth County and one in O’Brien County. A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture says the latest herd identified — in Sioux County — has 10-thousand milk cows. There are 39 state licensed dairy operations in Sioux County.

 

WASTEWATER DISCHARGE IN THE IOWA LAKES AREA

Heavy rainfall and power outages in northwest Iowa led to multiple wastewater discharges in the Iowa Great Lakes area Monday morning.

The D-N-R field office in Spencer was notified early Monday morning of a wastewater bypass occurring at a lift station south of Manhattan Point on the west side of West Lake Okoboji.

Officials estimated that about 10 gallons per minute of untreated wastewater flowed into the lake.

All drinking water systems and a nearby resort were notified, as well as residents in the vicinity of the bypass.

Area officials report the discharge ended around noon.

At 9:30 a.m. another bypass occurred at a lift station near Francis Sites on East Lake Okoboji.

That bypass also ended around noon.

The city of Spirit Lake is also bypassing their wastewater collection system to storm sewers and discharging to East Lake Okoboji.

Pumps are running at two locations on the west side of Upper East Okoboji to try and keep wastewater out of basements.

Residents are being notified.

D-N-R staff continue to monitor these situations and will provide assistance to impacted communities.

 

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS ENFORCEMENT OF IOWA’S IMMIGRATION LAW

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Iowa’s immigration law to make illegal reentry a state crime. The law is designed to give state officials authority to arrest and deport immigrants who’d previously been deported or denied legal entry into the U.S. In his ruling, U-S District Court Judge Stephen Locher (LOH-ker) said as a matter of politics, the new legislation might be defensible, but he said as a matter of constitutional law, it is not. Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird will appeal the ruling. Governor Kim Reynolds says the state must act because President Biden has failed to secure the southern border.

 

SIOUX CITY CELEBRATES NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

Sioux City Parks and Recreation dedicated its new Cone Park mountain bike trails this weekend. Spokesman John Byrnes says the trails are designed for riders of any age.

 

He says the Cone Park bike trails set Sioux City apart from anything else that’s available.

 

The city held a Trails Fest this weekend to introduce the new park.

 

Cone park already had splash pads for kids and walking trails. It also has winter tubing and the mountain bike trails are expected to bring in many more people to the area.

Sioux City Parks and Recreation dedicated its new Cone Park mountain bike trails this weekend. Spokesman John Byrnes says the trails are designed for riders of any age, and if you can pedal a bike you can try mountain biking. He says the Cone Park bike trails set Sioux City apart from anything else that’s available in Iowa and in the Midwest region. They are open every day throughout the entire summer, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a-m to 6:30p-m. You can rent bikes there as well

 

IOWA DEMOCRATS PASS RESOLUTION CALLING FOR CEASE FIRE IN ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

Delegates at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention adopted a resolution calling for a cease fire in the Israel-Hamas war. The statement calls for the immediate and safe return of all Israeli hostages being held by Hamas and the release of over nine-thousand Palestinians who’ve been jailed under Israeli martial law. The Iowa Democratic Party resolution calls for delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza as well as an immediate, permanent and bilateral ceasefire in Israel and Palestine. The decision from delegates was not unanimous. Some objected to the last part of the statement which calls for a halt to the sale or transfer of arms to Israel that may be used in contravention of international law.