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Monday Afternoon News, September 25th


Fire Department Responds To Early Morning Truck Fire

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a truck that had caught on fire this morning. The call came in at about 6:00 a.m. That fire was reported on county road K-22. Fire officials were able to quickly extinguish the fire and were back in quarters within the hour. The truck was a
new 2017 Peterbuilt truck. Fire chief Dave Schipper says the fire started from a faulty electrical connection within the dash board.



Floyd Valley Schedules Health Fair

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare will sponsor the “WELL AWARE” Community Health Fair on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The Health Fair will be
held at the Le Mars Convention Center- upper level. The fair is free of charge for participants. The public is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about health-related services available within the Le Mars community and surrounding area. There will be over 50 exhibitors.

Various medical providers will be offering many health-related services and information. Other points of interest include flu shots being offered for $25 by the Community Health Department. The location of the flu shots will be in the
upper level, board room. Mercy Air Care helicopter, from Sioux City will be on display, weather permitting. The Le Mars Police Department and D.A.R.E. Le Mars are proud to sponsor “Project Safe Meds” a program to help households safely dispose of prescription drugs. Le Mars Police Department will be accepting
prescription drugs at the health fair. Drugs should be left in the package the medicines were dispensed. Sharp objects, thermometers, home based care or durable medical equipment supplies are not accepted.

Attendees can take advantage of learning opportunities including a wide array of educational information on nutrition, cancer, blood and organ donation, exercise, assisted living facilities, mental health and a lot more. Light refreshments and door prizes available!

Floyd Valley Healthcare is committed to improving the quality of lives of Le Mars citizens by promoting health and well-being. For more information regarding the “WELL AWARE” Health Fair contact Kari Daale, Health and Wellness Coordinator Floyd Valley Healthcare at 546-3401 or kari.daale@floydvalley.org.



Iowa National Guard To Send Troops To Puerto Rico

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa National Guard is sending 24 security troops to help civilian law enforcement in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from the blows of Hurricane Maria.

Col. Greg Hapgood says 16 members of the 132nd Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard will join eight members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing on a KC-135R Stratotanker being flown Monday from Sioux City to Des Moines before heading to Puerto Rico.

Hapgood says the Air Guardsmen will be in Puerto Rico for an indeterminate period and says their deployment is a result of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The compact is an agreement between all 50 states, two territories and the District of Columbia to aid one another in times of crisis.



Grocers Want To Change The Bottle Deposit Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa grocers are pushing to change the state’s bottle deposit law in hopes of shifting the recycling effort out of their businesses.
The law requires consumers to pay a five-cent deposit when purchasing beverage containers. Consumers are refunded the deposit when they return the container to a store or redemption center.
The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Grocery Industry Association is working to replace the law with an expanded statewide recycling and litter control program.
Association President Michelle Hurd says grocers no longer want to handle unsanitary cans and bottles.
Opponents of the law repeal fear that litter would increase. Hurd says repeal legislation would still address litter and recycling.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the state recycles about 86 percent of its beverage containers.



Details Leading Up to University of Iowa President’s Hiring Now Revealed

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A majority of University of Iowa governing board members have described under oath how they recruited Bruce Harreld before hiring the businessman as president while circumventing the Iowa Open Meetings Law.
Five of nine members of the Board of Regents met Harreld in back-to-back-to-back meetings July 30, 2015 during a push by then-Board President Bruce Rastetter to convince Harreld to apply.
In depositions made public Monday, regents acknowledged that they set up the meetings using private email accounts, held multiple gatherings to avoid having a board majority present at once, and never told members of the search committee that the meetings took place. Rastetter testified that the meetings at
his private business weren’t “an official Board of Regents’ matter.”
Harreld applied the next day. The regents hired him weeks later.



Iowa Political Parties Set Dates For Primaries and Conventions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s two major parties have announced key meeting dates in 2018.
The Iowa Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Iowa said Monday its “Caucus to Convention” dates will run from February through June of next year.
Both Democrats and Republicans will have precinct caucuses on Feb. 5. Republicans will have their county convention on March 10; Democrats will have the same convention on March 24. Both parties will have district conventions on April 28 and state conventions on June 16.
Separately, the state will have a gubernatorial election in 2018.