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Friday News, June 8th


Floyd Valley Gets Medical Equipment Donated By Local Doctor

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare and Clinics unveiled a new piece of medical equipment Thursday during a news conference that will make it easier, and possibly less painful, for patients with difficulty locating a vein for blood extraction analysis. Dr. Andrew Geha was told of the “Accurate Vein Locater” by his patient, Richard Miller of Le Mars. Geha then decided
to purchase the equipment and donate it to the clinics and hospital. Miller says he has a condition that makes it difficult for health officials to locate his vein.

Miller says many times his arm would have bruise marks due to the many attempts to locate his vein.

Miller says he first learned of the “Accurate Vein Locator” through connections with social media platforms.

Dr. Geha says he felt it was important to make the donation to the Floyd Valley Clinics and Healthcare, to give additional measures of comfort to patients.

Geha explains how the “Accurate Vein Locator” will better assist health care officials, when drawing blood.

The Floyd Valley Healthcare physician says he is glad to make the donation.

Wendy Prins, Floyd Valley Clinic Manager is appreciative of Dr. Geha’s donation, and says the vein locator will be shared between the clinic and the hospital.



State Auditor Finds Discrepancies At UNI 

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – A state audit has found nearly $7,000 in improper and unsupported payments and undeposited collections at the University of Northern Iowa’s Study Abroad Center.
The audit found the problems from July 2011 to June 2014, when the program was run by Yana Cornish. Cornish left UNI in 2014 to become the director of education abroad at the University of Georgia.
Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the audit shows $5,768 in payments that did not comply with UNI policies, including hospitality and catering costs and a visa for a trip to Russia for Cornish’s daughter. The audit also found $922 in undeposited collections related to air travel costs that Cornish had paid with university procurement card. UNI withheld that amount
from Cornish’s final salary payment.
The audit has been sent to various authorities, including the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and state and local prosecutors.
Cornish did not immediately return a message left Thursday at her office at the University of Georgia.



Republicans Attack Democrat Hubbel For Family Wealth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – For a Republican Party that celebrates capitalism and the American dream of building wealth, the GOP’s initial line of attack against the new Iowa Democratic nominee for governor appears a bit out of character.
Fred Hubbell, a former life insurance executive whose family wealth in Des Moines dates back to the mid-1800s, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday. Gov. Kim Reynolds and party leaders were quick to question how voters could trust a candidate born into a rich family.
Reynolds and Iowa GOP party leaders are big supporters of President Donald Trump, a rich businessman.
In the Iowa governor’s race between a woman of modest means and a man who donated nearly $3 million of his own money toward his primary, the GOP so far is zeroing in on personal wealth.



Reynolds Tells Pork Producers She Is Concerned About Trade Tariffs

(Des Moines) — Trade tariffs, and specifically the fall-out for agriculture was the topic of focus in Des Moines as pork producers from across the nation gathered for the World Pork Expo. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke Thursday during a luncheon. She bragged about Iowa’s national status with pork
production, as well with corn and soybean production.

However, she told pork producers, she, like them, knows and understands the importance of trade, especially as it applies for Iowa agricultural goods including hogs, and pork products.

Reynolds informed the gathering that pork producers have already suffered from actions relating to the tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum.



U-S Trade Ambassador Tells Pork Producers To Expect Economic Conditions To Worsen Due To Trade Disputes

(Des Moines) — The chief ag trade negotiator for the U.S. says collateral damage to agriculture from trade disputes could get worse before it gets better. Gregg Doud (dowd) spoke Thursday at the World Pork Expo.
If pork producers were hoping for good news from ag trade negotiator Gregg Doud, they likely left disappointed. Doud said there are no silver bullet solutions to the trade disputes—and he warned more retaliation against U.S. ag exports is likely.

Doud says the issues with China are “long-festering” and will take some time to resolve. On NAFTA, he sounded a bit more optimistic.

The U-S Trade Ambassador was a guest Thursday at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines.

*Thanks to Ken Anderson



West Des Moines Proposes New Sports Complex

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A $25 million complex proposed for West Des Moines would include indoor space for youth and adult hockey and soccer.
West Des Moines City Manager Tom Hadden told The Des Moines Register the number of indoor facilities to meet the demand is lacking. There are three ice rinks and two indoor soccer fields in the metropolitan area.
The Iowa Soccer Association and the Iowa Ice Sports Foundation are working with the city and an unnamed corporate sponsor to pay for and build the complex on 60 acres (24 hectares) of farmland.
Hadden says the city is expecting to pay about 60 percent of the
project’s $25 million price tag, with the rest coming from the unnamed corporate sponsor and other donors.