Donlin Announces Plan To Retire From Floyd Valley Healthcare
(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees were notified during their monthly meeting held Tuesday morning that Administrator Mike Donlin has announced his retirement. In an announcement, Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees chairman, Bill Young says: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I
would like to announce the plans of our Administrator, Mike Donlin, to retire at the end of November. Mike has been instrumental in many advancements over his 20 plus years of service, including the Emergency Department and North
Addition, the new Remsen Clinic, many remodeling projects for the benefit of our patients, the acquisition of Medical Associates, growing of the Foundation and guiding the hospital to numerous national recognitions. We will certainly miss Mike and want to wish him and Patti all the best as they move on to
retirement. We will be moving forward over the next several months to begin the search process for the next Administrator to continue the great progress achieved with Mike Donlin.”
Fort Dodge City Council Approves Painting Of Mural On Silos
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Officials in central Iowa are moving forward with a large mural that will transform gray grain silos into scenes featuring local people.
The Messenger reports that the Fort Dodge City Council unanimously approved the first $130,000 payment for the project Monday. The project will be funded by grants and donations, not local property taxes.
Australian artist Guido van Helten will begin working on the mural in August or September. The Public Art Coalition selected van Helten’s design last year from a group of submissions.
Carissa Harvey is the senior city planner. She says images of five
local people will be painted on the silos.
Harvey says it will take the artist about a month to complete the
Waterloo City Council Approves Traffic Ticket Program
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – The City Council has given its final approval for a traffic ticket program in Waterloo.
The council voted 6-1 in favor at its meeting Monday.
The ordinance creates new municipal fines that police officers can impose instead of issuing state traffic tickets. For example: A motorist now will be fined $75 for speeding at 11 mph (18 kph) over the limit. The citation won’t go onto the violator’s record and the fine will go to the city. A state ticket for the same offense would cost $222 in fines and court costs and be
included on a person’s record.
Some residents had asked that the council votes be delayed so the Waterloo Human Rights Commission could review the proposal to ensure it wouldn’t encourage racial profiling. The council didn’t delay.
Man Charged With Animal Neglect With Birds
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa City man accused of neglecting more than 200 birds on his rural Solon property has been given a year of probation and fined $315.
Johnson County Court records say 71-year-old Francis Prohaska pleaded guilty last week to livestock neglect. The judge granted him a deferred judgment. That means the conviction can be cleared from Prohaska’s record if he abides by the terms of his probation.
The charge stemmed from a Dec. 9 search of the Solon area farmstead.
Deputies found a number of dead birds and counted about 200 others, including ducks, geese, chickens and pigeons.