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MOTHER TELLS OF YOUNG SON’S HEART FAILURE DURING FLOYD VALLEY LUNCHEON

(Le Mars) — A Mom shared the story of her son’s “Broken Heart” during the Floyd Valley Healthcare Mother’s Day luncheon held Friday at noon. Andrea Crew of Spencer was the featured speaker.

She informed the gathering at the Willow Creek Golf Club that her son, Austin, suffered from heart failure following a Spencer Tiger vs. Storm Lake Tornado football game at Storm Lake.

Young Austin Crew was quickly transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake where medical personnel were able to stabilize his condition. He, then was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Crew says her son still wasn’t doing well, so doctors decided to airlift him again, but this time to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at Iowa City.

Crew says her son has to take medication daily, and medical personnel are constantly monitoring his progress and condition, but the teenager has returned to live an active lifestyle.

Crew has now become an advocate of C-P-R training, and encourages all to learn C-P-R. She spoke of a message of retaining hope and faith during the luncheon.

The mother of the now 18-year old, says both she and her son, have grown as a result of the heart failure incident.

The mother of four, says her eldest son refers to his condition as having a “broken heart,” and often wonders why the heart disease had to happen to him.

185 AKRON-WESTFIELD ELEMENTARY STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE DANGERS AND HAZARDS OF FARMING 

(Akron) — Members of the Akron-Westfield FFA informed nearly 185 elementary students about the dangers and hazards of farming during a farm safety course held on Thursday.

Allyson Ten Napel serves as an officer with the Akron-Westfield FFA program. She says students rotated among eight different stations learning about how to be safe on the farm.

The FFA chapter officer says the farm safety session is taught to the elementary students on an every other year basis.

In addition to offering the farm safety course, the Akron-Westfield FFA chapter also held a Food for America program.

Laken Mullinix, is the past president of the Akron-Westfield FFA chapter, but now has recently been elected as a state officer. Mullinix says Food for America is a program to help younger students understand where their food originates.

Ten Napel estimated that at least half of the elementary students currently reside on a farm.

Mullinix says many younger students are surprised to know the origins of their food, and they don’t realize how commodities are processed into common foods.

Ten Napel says many of the students were surprised that wheat and oats eventually becomes breakfast cereal.

Mullinix says she instructed the young elementary students about the many consumer dairy products made from milk.

Each of the elementary students were given a t-shirt commemorating the event.

DES MOINES WOMAN SENTENCED FOR LEAVING KIDS IN FILTHY HOME

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines woman who pleaded guilty to leaving her children alone in a filthy, feces-covered home has been sentenced to probation.

A judge Friday sentenced 26-year-old Destinee K. Miller to three years of probation, which she will serve in a women’s residential facility. She must complete substance abuse and mental health treatment, and she must maintain a job or pursue an education.

Miller pleaded guilty in February to neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.

Police arrested Miller in October after her three children ages 4, 2 and 1 were found outside their home. One child was covered in feces and another had a full diaper.

Defense lawyer Nicholas Dial says Miller takes responsibility but noted she was overwhelmed and in a bad relationship.

WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTION IN THE DAKOTAS FORECAST TO JUMP DRAMATICALLY 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Winter wheat production in the Dakotas is expected to be up dramatically this year from 2017.

The crop that’s planted in the fall and harvested the next summer is subject to big swings, especially in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department’s latest forecast is for an increase in South Dakota of 97 percent, to 40.9 million bushels, and an increase in North Dakota of 138 percent, to 3.1 million bushels.

Acres for harvest and average yield are forecast to be up in both states.