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Thursday Afternoon News, October 12th


“Well Aware Health Fair” Attracts Hundreds of People

(Le Mars) — An estimated 600 people is said to have visited the Floyd Valley Healthcare “Well Aware Health Fair” held Wednesday afternoon at the Le Mars Convention Center. Attendees checked out the more than 50 vendors with
information about healthy living. Kari Daale, Floyd Valley Education Coordinator says nearly 300 people rolled up their sleeve to receive their flu vaccine shot. Visitors to the Health Fair had the opportunity to inspect the new ambulance for the Le Mars Ambulance Services, while Mercy Medical Center was
able to bring the Mercy Air Care helicopter for visitors to examine.



Le Mars Rotary To Host District Convention

(Le Mars) — Several members of the civic organization of Rotary International will be in Le Mars for the weekend, as the Le Mars Rotary chapter hosts the District Rotary Convention.  Le Mars Rotarian John Schneider says Le Mars could see up to around 125 members of Rotary from northwest Iowa, northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota and the entire state of South Dakota.

Schneider talks about the popular civic organization and its service to communities.

The District Rotary convention will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center.

Schneider says the conference will feature several Rotary leaders who will address the convention, including Le Mars Rotarian Steve Harrington who is currently serving as the District Governor for the District Rotary.  He is scheduled to speak at the convention about his travels, including a trip to Haiti.

Schneider says the Le Mars Rotarians plan to offer tours for the visiting group to showcase several of Le Mars’ highlights.

Schneider says the District Rotary convention delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor.



Orange City Fire Department To Hold Open House  To Showcase New Fire Station

(Orange City) — What better time to show case a new fire station then to feature it to the general public during Fire Prevention Week?  The Orange City Fire Department was able to move into its new expanded facilities just this week, and on Friday, October 13th, they will host an open house.  Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Well talks about the open house ceremonies scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Construction on the new 15,000 square foot facility began on September 9th of last year.  Vander Well says as Orange City continues to grow, it is important the fire station is able to keep up with the growth of the community.

One of the more needed facility requirements was an area to store firefighters’ gear.  Vander Well says firefighters no longer need to store their gear and dress within a few feet of the trucks.

The Orange City Fire Chief believes the newly expanded fire station facilities will be functional for at least the next 40 years.  He says, if ever needed, the fire station can be easily converted to become a fire house, where firefighters can reside while serving on duty.  The new expanded fire station is equipped
with a large kitchen, board room, bathrooms with showers, and meeting training room.  Vander Well says firefighters wanted a facility that would be functional, spacious, safe and healthy.

The expansion of the fire station had a price tag of just over $3 million dollars.