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Wednesday News, August 9th


County Employee Honored For Saving A Life

(Le Mars) — A county road employee was honored yesterday by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors for saving the life of a Cedar Valley Contractor employee.
Plymouth County Supervisor chairman Don Kass presented a certificate of appreciation to Mark Marienau for his quick thinking action of life-saving by using chest compressions on the Cedar Valley contractor employee after the victim was electrocuted.  Marienau describes what happened the morning of July

Marienau says it felt like forever as he continued with the first aid chest compressions that lasted for at least twelve to fifteen minutes before the Kingsley Ambulance and other emergency rescue people had arrived on the scene.
Marienau credits the life-saving technique as part of the training he had taken, with other county employees.

When the county employee noticed the victim did not have any vital signs, he instinctively knew to begin chest compressions.

Cedar Valley Project Manager Jason Hankins, was in attendance for today’s supervisor meeting to witness the honoring of Marienau.  Hankins reported that the Cedar Valley employee is doing well, and making progress to a full recovery.

Hankins says he and corporate executives with Cedar Valley are thankful for Marienau and others that acted quickly and knew what to do after the electrical shock incident.

Hankins says it is the company’s hope that the employee will be able to return to work sometime in the near future.



County Road C-60 Now Open To Traffic After Paving Is Completed

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe offered the county board of supervisors an update regarding road construction projects during this morning’s meeting.  Following the meeting, Rohe visited with KLEM news and says county
road C-60 paving project is now completed and open to traffic.

Rohe reported the Burlington-Northern railroad will be working on the rail crossing located on county road C-12 near Struble on Friday.  He anticipates the road to be closed for just one day.

Rohe says between the installation of culverts and bridge replacements, work crews from the county and those under contract, are nearly half way completed with this year’s road construction projects.



Rescue Crews Respond To Four-Wheeler Rollover Accident

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Ambulance and Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, along with other Plymouth county authorities responded to a report of a four-wheeler accident yesterday. The accident happened at about 7:19 p.m. near the
intersection of county road K-42 and 130th street, about seven miles northwest of Le Mars. The accident caused one injury. The victim was transported to the Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars. At this time, we do not know the extent of the injuries, or the name of the victim.



Remsen Ambulance and Fire Department Respond To Auto Accident

(Remsen) — Remsen emergency crews were at the scene of an auto accident that happened at about 4:15 p.m.. The accident is reported to have occurred on county road L-12. What we understand is that three people were transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Remsen Ambulance. The Remsen Fire and Rescue Department was also called to the scene.



Hauser Awarded Steven Musson Scholarship

(Le Mars) — Elizabeth Hauser has been awarded the 2017 Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship. The Musson family established the Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Education Endowment in 2003
to recognize and honor Steve for his passion for emergency care. This year, the committee was able to award a $500 scholarship.
Hauser has completed both the Emergency Medical Technician course and Advanced Medical Technician Class. She is currently a member of the Le Mars Ambulance Service.
She stated in her application, “My roll on the Le Mars Ambulance
Service has helped me learn that this is my true passion. I am motivated by fellow squad members and have learned a lot from those around me. Not only is the job rewarding, it has helped me learn much about myself. I want to continue to work with the ambulance service and venture deeper into the medical field.”
The Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education
Scholarship application outline is available annually through Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars, IA. Scholarship funds may be used for either the fall or spring semester to cover direct expenses related to pursuing an education in emergency care including tuition, book, transportation costs, etc. All
applicants must reside in Plymouth County and actively engage in or pursue emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include persons interested in paramedic, first responder, or emergency medical technician (EMT) training.
For more information about the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship or to make a tax-deductible donation to the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Education Endowment, please contact Amy
Harnack, Foundation Manager, Floyd Valley Healthcare at (712)546-3348.



Primebank To Have Second Sioux City Location

(Le Mars) — Primebank recently announced its intention to open a second office in Sioux City. The new branch bank is to be located at 2700 Hamilton Boulevard, the new office is slated for opening in the spring of 2018.

Chief Executive Officer, Matt Ahlers, says, “We are excited to announce Primebank’s plan to open a second office in Sioux City. Our customers rely on us to meet their financial needs with competitively-priced products delivered with exceptional service. We will be able to continue to meet and build on this expectation in our Sioux City offices. We look forward to forming new
relationships, as well as providing expanded convenience for our current customers.”

Established in 1891, Primebank currently has offices in Le Mars, Sioux Center and at 5680 Sunnybrook Drive in Sioux City.

Primebank employs a staff of over 80 professionals dedicated to helping our customers enjoy financial success. Primebank provides cutting-edge services and continues to lead the way in deposit products, consumer and home mortgage loan
services and commercial and agricultural business relationships.



2600 Iowa Farmers Participate In Cost-share Conservation Program To Help Reduce Nitrate Run-off To Improve Water Quality

(Des Moines) — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced on Tuesday that 2600 farmers from across the state have participated in a cost-share conservation program devoted to reduce the level of nitrate run-off and improve the state’s water quality.  As mentioned, 2600 farmers from 98 of Iowa’s 99 counties are now utilizing cost-share conservation methods to prevent nitrate run-off.  Some of those farmers are using the methods for the first time.  Most notably,
farmers are planting cover crops to help protect the state’s water quality.  All total, more than $8.7 million dollars is being invested. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says it all means good news for Iowa.

Northey says the numbers show an increase in interest for water quality initiatives.  Turning our attention to China, Secretary Northey joined Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and a delegation of agricultural leaders from various farm and commodity organizations on a trade team mission to China.  The delegation
of nearly 40 people just recently returned home after visiting with former Iowa governor and now U-S Ambassador Terry Branstad.  Northey says Branstad seemed
relaxed and comfortable in his new position.  Secretary Northey says the agriculture trade team was able to celebrate the export of U-S beef to China for the first time in 13 years.

The Iowa Agriculture Secretary says the trip was also beneficial as ground work was established to export additional U-S poultry products to China.  Northey says the Chinese haven’t accepted U-S poultry since the outbreak of the Avian Bird Flu from two years ago.  The Iowa State Fair begins it eleven-day run tomorrow. Secretary Northey says the Iowa State Fair is a great opportunity for Iowa agriculture to tell its story.  He says our fairs often are the only times for many people to get an
up-close look at agriculture, and able to ask questions.