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Wednesday Afternoon News, November 8th


November Chamber Employees Of The Month

(Le Mars) — Three employees of the Hotopp Jewelry and Gifts were honored Wednesday morning during the Le Mars Chamber Coffee. The three include: Jane Grosenheider, Pam Brownmiller, and Jessica Pottebaum. When you have three wonderful employees with almost 50 years combined service, who do you nominate for employee of the month? The answer for Hotopp’s would be – all three. The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce November Employees of the Month are Jane Grosenheider, Pam Brownmiller, and Jessica Pottebaum, all employed at Hotopp
Jewelry and Gifts. Jane, Pam and Jessica are responsible for the beautiful displays in the store and in Hotopp’s windows. They have a great knowledge of the products they sell and their customers. In fact, they are known for making the perfect suggestions for gifts and jewelry for special occasions like
birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and Christmas. According to owner Robin Grosenheider, “The greatest asset of the business would have to be these three loyal and dedicated employees. Hotopp’s has been in Le Mars for more than six decades and as Dave and Robin are about to celebrate owning the store for 40
years in January, they would like to thank Jane, Pam, and Jessica by naming them as the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Employees of the Month.  Congratulations.

November Employees of the Month: From left, Pam Brownmiller, Owner-Robin Grosenheider, Jane Grosenheider, and Jessica Pottebaum.



Northwestern College To Hold Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Orange City area residents are invited to join Northwestern College students, faculty and staff in inaugurating a new Christmas tradition.

The President’s Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for Monday evening, Nov. 27, at 6:30 in front of Zwemer Hall. The worship service will include music by a brass ensemble and vocal octet, remarks by President Greg Christy, Scripture reading by theatre students, and Christmas carols sung by the audience as they light candles. It will culminate in the lighting of a newly planted Christmas tree, followed by the lighting of additional Christmas decorations around the campus green.

After the service, attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments in the Vogel Community Room of the DeWitt Learning Commons.



Iowa Agency Delaying Plans For Third Medicaid Insurance Company

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa agency is delaying plans to add a third company back into the state’s privatized Medicaid program. Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven says the agency will hire another company to offer Medicaid coverage in 2019. The agency originally said such a company would start next July. Foxhoven says the agency will begin its search for a company soon, but the 2019 delay ensures adequate time. Foxhoven provided the information Tuesday to a health care council. It comes one week after AmeriHealth Caritas announced it will drop Medicaid coverage in Iowa at the end of the month after failed contract negotiations with the state. Two other private insurance companies, Amerigroup and
UnitedHealthcare, will continue Medicaid coverage. Foxhoven says UnitedHealthcare will take over coverage beginning Dec. 1
from AmeriHealth for about 215,000 patients. They also can transfer to Amerigroup.



Harrison County Supervisor Dies From Farm Accident

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a western Iowa county supervisor has died in a grain bin accident. Harrison County Sheriff Pat Sears says 63-year-old Russ Kurth, of Logan,
died in the bizarre Tuesday morning accident outside a grain bin just north of Missouri Valley. Sears say Kurth and another person were checking out a door from which corn was leaking on the new bin that had been recently filled. Officials say the
door burst open as Kurth and the other man approached, burying Kurth in corn.
The other man was able to escape. Officials say Kurth was pulled from the corn more than an hour after the accident was reported. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Kurth was elected to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors in 2014.



Greenfield Man Dies From Farm Accident

(Greenfield) — A western Iowa man died in a grain wagon accident Tuesday.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office received a cellular 911 call around 8:20 AM with regard to a wagon full of corn that had rolled over and came to rest on top of a man in the 2400 block of 270th Street or approximately 4.5 miles southeast
of Greenfield in Adair County.

The Adair County Ambulance, Greenfield Fire Department, Adair County Sheriff, Iowa State Patrol, and the assistant Adair County Medical Examiner were dispatched to the scene.

Upon their arrival, the victim, 57-year-old Edward Charles Carl of Greenfield, was found underneath the wagon. Carl’s body was removed from underneath the wagon and was declared deceased by the assistant Adair County Medical Examiner.

It was determined that Carl and two others were off-loading a wagon of corn onto a grain cart via a grain vacuum. The process was taking place on a hillside. It is believed that the weight transfer of the grain during the off-loading process
coupled with the unstable ground contributed to the wagon rolling onto its side.

The body was transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny where an autopsy will be performed.



Man Sentenced For Distributing Pain Pills That Caused Death

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute a powerful painkiller that led to the 2015 death of
a Council Bluffs man.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Charles Jesse Beuterbaugh, of Carter Lake, was sentenced Tuesday in Council Bluffs’ federal court.
Prosecutors say Beuterbaugh was part of a drug-trafficking organization that sold fentanyl in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
The investigation into the group began in June 2015, when police were called to Beuterbaugh’s Carter Lake home and found the body of 20-year-old Diego Lemus. Police learned a second man had been taken to a local hospital for a fentanyl overdose.
Three of Beuterbaugh’s co-defendants were earlier sentenced to terms ranging from 10 to nearly 14 years. Two others await sentencing.