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Friday Afternoon News, August 10th


Dr. Steven Meis Honored As “Chamber’s Boss of the Quarter”

(Le Mars) — A local physician that has been practicing medicine for more than 25 years was honored as the latest Le Mars Chamber of Commerce’s “Boss of the Quarter.” Dr. Steven Meis was presented the honor Friday afternoon.
Meis was nominated by the Floyd Valley Healthcare staff. The nomination reads: “Not a boss in the traditional sense, but our senior physician has proven leadership skills and is our nominee for Boss of the Quarter. Dr. Meis first started as a member of the medical staff at Medical Associates in 1993 and remains on the staff of Floyd Valley Clinics. Looking back, as we celebrate his 25 years of healthcare in Le Mars, Dr. Meis has held several
positions, including: Medical staff president for two terms, Pediatrics director since 2002, served on the medical ethics committee from 2002 through 2008, Physical Medicine Medical Director since 2005, a member of the Plymouth County Board of Health since 2008, serving as its chairman. He has also been
the Cardiac Rehabilitation Medical Director since 2013. Since 1993, Dr. Meis has delivered and welcomed 509 babies into the world. Taken care of 6,689 inpatients, and treated 2,165 patients through the Emergency Department. In addition to working with multiple hospital staff members, Dr. Meis leads his care team including his Patiet Service Coordinator and nurses every day for
family medicine. Our congratulations go to Dr. Steven Meis for being awarded the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 3rd Quarter – Boss of the Quarter.



Argosy Casino and MHRD Lawsuits Now Completed

(Sioux City) — The long legal battle between Missouri River Historical Development, the Belle of Sioux City, which operated the Argosy riverboat casino, and its parent company, Penn National Gaming is over.  The opposing sides have filed a joint dismissal of a lawsuit and counter lawsuit in Des Moines.    MRHD President Dakin Schultz says his group, the former non-profit license holder of the Belle, is ready to put the dispute behind them:

Each side will pay for their own legal expenses.

The lawsuits had been scheduled to go to trial next month, but Schultz says a May ruling found two issues with the Belle’s lawsuit and MRHD’s counter lawsuit.

Belle had sued MRHD for breach of contract in 2012, alleging that MRHD sought to replace the Argosy with another operator before their 20-year contract expired.

MRHD now partners with Sioux City Entertainment, which operates the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.



Report Indicates Flooding Waters Contributed To Derailment Of Train

DOON, Iowa (AP) – BNSF Railway has acknowledged flooding played a role in a derailment that loosed thousands of gallons of oil into northwest Iowa floodwaters.
BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said Friday that the derailment was “flood related” but declined to say whether the train engineer knew or should have known about washed-out tracks mentioned in a preliminary federal report released Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board report cited heavy rainfall in the area 48 hours before the June 22 derailment just south of Doon, Iowa.
The report says the rain and runoff washed out track and flooded a tributary of the nearby Little Rock River. The report stopped short of saying the flooding caused the 32-car derailment.
The federal report also says the train was moving at 48 mph (77 kph) – just below the authorized speed for that stretch.



Storm Lake Police Investigate Attempted Abduction

(Storm Lake) — Storm Lake Police are searching for a suspect and a vehicle involved in a reported attempted abduction in that city during the noon hour today (Friday).

Police say the suspect attempted to order a 14 year old female into his truck on Sunrise Park Road.

The victim screamed and fled on foot without being harmed

Authorities are looking for a greenish blue older model two door pickup truck with flared rear wheel wells.

The vehicle was being driven by a white male, age 40-60, wearing a green colored shirt.

He has short dark hair on the sides with lighter, longer hair on the top of his head, possibly a hair piece.

Anyone spotting the vehicle or suspect should call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.



Boehner Visits Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner says his party has an uphill climb in its goal to hold the majority.
Boehner spoke during an impromptu press conference at the Iowa State Fair Friday. Boehner, who left office in 2015, says he would “do this a little differently,” when asked about the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese goods, as well as on steel and aluminum from allies.
Boehner says “I always thought you caught more bees with honey than vinegar.”
Boehner batted down questions of a presidential campaign while touring the fair, known for attracting White House prospects in the early presidential caucus state.
The former Ohio representative says he was in Des Moines visiting former Rep. Tom Latham, an Iowa Republican and close friend, and “had a few extra hours.”