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Thursday News, March 9th


Floyd Valley To Open New Emergency Department

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare is ready to open its newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department. Floyd Valley Healthcare administrator Mike Donlin discusses the reasons for the renovation project that began last fall.


Donlin says the new Emergency Department now has three examination rooms, where as there were only two prior to the renovation.


The total renovation came with a price tag of nearly $500,000.

Donlin says Floyd Valley is now well equipped and staffed to handle most trauma cases.


Donlin says with all the remodeling upgrades and expansion to the health care facilities that include the new clinic, the new surgery unit, and now a new emergency department, he believes recruitment of medical staff to Floyd Valley may be a bit easier.



Floyd Valley Foundation Accepting Applications For Musson Scholarship

(Le Mars) — The Floyd Valley Foundation, along with the Musson family, have announced that they will once again be accepting applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant until May 31, 2017 with awards to be
given in June. To be eligible, the applicant(s) must reside and actively engage in emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include: paramedic, first responder, or emergency care technician (EMT). The $500 grant must be used for direct expenses related to pursuing an emergency care training including books tuition, classes, transportation, squad trainings and certifications.

Amber Krause was most recently awarded the 2016 Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship. Amber is with the Kingsley Ambulance Service and Rescue Squad.

Interested applicants (individuals or a squad) may obtain an application by calling Amy Harnack at 712-546-3328 or stopping in the Floyd Valley Foundation office.


Le Mars Nationally Recognized For Economic Development

(Le Mars) — Recently, Le Mars was honored for its economic development growth. Neil Adler is the Executive Director with the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce and the LBIC. He says this is the second year in a row that the region has received such recognition from Site Selection Magazine.

Economic Development Award

Pictured Left to right: Neil Adler, Siouxland Initiative Board Member Charese Yanney, Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff, and Adam Bruns, Managing Editor of Site Selection Magazine.

Adler says Site Selection magazine looks at actual expansion and new construction projects for its requirements. Adler says Plymouth County only recently joined the Siouxland M-S-A. He believes the award is a strong testimony of those companies showing an interest in this area, and especially for those that have chosen not only to have located here, but have since decided to expand their operations. Adler says statistics show that nearly 85 percent of economic development is from existing companies that have expanded.

The LBIC official says he believes the top ranking for the economic development may assist in the efforts of recruiting additional businesses as well as the labor work force to the area.



Remsen Blending Well Water Sources

(Remsen) — The city of Remsen has implemented its pilot water project. On February 28th, Remsen’s Water Treatment Plant shifted its source water. The facility has previously used water blended from several shallow and deep wells.
Elevated nitrate in the shallow wells has prompted Remsen city officials to consider utilizing only the deep well water. This change will be evaluated over the next 90 days by Remsen Municipal Utility’s staff and engineers from Bolton
and Menk, Inc. in close contact with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Remsen city officials say all water sent to Remsen’s residents has met, and will continue to meet the drinking water standards for safe consumption. If any
Remsen residents have questions, they are encouraged to contact the Remsen Municipal Utilities at (712) 305-1675.


Lake View Man Dies From Home Fire

LAKE VIEW, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 47-year-old Lake View man who initially escaped a house fire with his wife later died after running back into the home.
The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that first
responders were called to the house Tuesday afternoon for a fire. Firefighters found the body of Jerry Wayne Brauckman just outside the home.
Investigators say Brauckman and his wife were upstairs when they smelled smoke and fled, but that Brauckman re-entered the home to find the source of the fire. He apparently became disoriented in the smoke and eventually broke out a
window on an enclosed porch to escape, but died once outside.
An autopsy has been ordered. Investigators say the fire started around a space heater.


Legislature Moving Closer To Passing Voter ID Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – As Iowa lawmakers debate a voter identification bill, county auditors are questioning whether the plan would have adequate funding.
The House was moving to vote on Secretary of State Paul Pate’s bill Wednesday amid criticism by Democrats that the proposal would suppress voting.
Pate and Republican backers say they want to prevent fraudulent voting and enhance elections technology.
For county auditors, another concern is whether there’s adequate funding for the plan.
The bill now has no funding attached to it. The non-partisan Legislative Services Agency, using details provided by Pate’s office, estimates the measure
has a one-time fiscal impact of roughly $200,000, including $85,000 for state- issued IDs to people without Iowa driver’s licenses and $50,000 for education and outreach.
Supporters are seeking a revolving loan fund of at least $550,000 for elections software.