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Friday News, September 7th


Floyd Valley Sets Timeline For Administrator Interviews

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare is searching for a new administrator, since current administrator Mike Donlin announced his intentions to retire at the end of November. This coming Tuesday evening, during the Floyd Valley Healthcare
Board of Trustee meeting, hospital trustees will be given an update on the selection process. Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls is assisting with the selection of the next administrator. Hospital officials report there were 40 applicants that have an interest in the Floyd Valley administrator position.
Of the 40 received applicants, Avera is looking at conducting a phone interview with the top 18 identified candidates. From the 18, Avera will choose six semi-finalists. The top three candidates will then be listed as finalists for the Floyd Valley position. The intended time table is to have the three finalists candidates interviewed in Le Mars sometime during mid-October, with the idea that hopefully a new Floyd Valley Healthcare
administrator will be named and ready to begin the new career by the end of November.



Car Crashes Through Garage

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department and the Le Mars Police Department responded to a property damage accident last evening. The accident happened at about 7:30 p.m. at 1001 Central Avenue Southwest, when apparently a car drove through a garage. Le Mars Police reported the woman
driver did not suffer any injuries, but extensive damage was done to the garage and vehicle.



Real Estate and Property Taxes Now Due

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the first-half real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail. Taxes are due September 1 but may be paid the entire month of September.

The last day to pay is Monday, October 1, 2018 since the last day of the month falls on Sunday. After October 1st, it is considered delinquent.
Online payments may be made until midnight October 1st.
Mail must be postmarked on or before October 1st to avoid being late.
Mailing your payment on October 1 does not guarantee the same day postmark, so mail your payment before the last day to avoid being late.
Delinquent interest of 1.5% per month, rounded to the nearest dollar, is added to all unpaid taxes on October 2, 2018, and an additional 1.5% penalty is added on the first of each month thereafter. There is a minimum $1.00 penalty on all taxes.



Dordt College Ranked First By The Wall Street Journal

(Sioux Center) — For the third year in a row, Dordt College, in Sioux Center, has been named the number one college in the nation in student engagement, according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education’s 2019 college rankings.

These rankings affirm that Dordt excels in:

• Students’ engagement in learning and critical thinking
• The likelihood that students will recommend the college to others
• The number of subjects and accredited programs available
• The level of interaction that students have with faculty and other
students while on campus.

Dordt College president Erik Hoekstra was in New York City for the ratings release party last evening, alongside representatives from University of South Florida, NYU, and Washington University in St. Louis.



Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Fired After Shooting A Dog

(Cherokee) — A sheriff’s deputy in Cherokee County has been fired over the fatal shooting of a dog.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Alec Wolf was fired this week after video of the incident surfaced on social media. The shooting happened in early August after a report in Cleghorn that a dog had attacked two other dogs, killing one of them. Deputy Wolf had claimed he shot the animal outside of city limits. He was placed on leave days later, after a Cleghorn resident reported
the dog was actually shot in his yard. He took photos and said the deputy shot the dog 10 times before trying to clean up the scene.



Body Found At Cedar Creek Believed To Be Missing Kayaker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a body found in a rain-swollen Cedar Rapids stream may be that of a missing kayaker.
The man’s body was pulled from Indian Creek on Thursday afternoon.
Officials on the scene couldn’t verify that it was that of 34-year-old John Conley.
His wife, 30-year-old Samantha Conley was rescued Monday from the stream after their kayak overturned. The body was found less than a mile downstream.  Tests will be conducted to confirm the victim’s identity.



Mother Charged With Drowning of 11-month Old Son

BAGLEY, Iowa (AP) – A 24-year-old Guthrie County mother has been charged in the bathtub drowning of her 11-month-old son.
The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that Seaira Briceno has been charged with child endangerment resulting in death. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says Briceno’s baby drowned Aug. 10 when she left him and his 2-year-old brother in the tub at their Bagley home.
Briceno told investigators she left the boys for about five minutes, but deputies believe the children were left alone longer.
Briceno was already facing a child endangerment charge from April when the drowning occurred. In that case, officials say she was driving under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana while her older son was in the vehicle.
Briceno remained jailed Thursday on $25,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 13.



Immigration Officials Investigate Dairy Farm

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – Immigration enforcement agents have visited the Iowa dairy farm that employed and housed the man charged with killing college student Mollie Tibbetts.
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the county sheriff’s office spent two hours at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa on Thursday morning.
Yarrabee Farms said in a statement that federal authorities had asked to visit the farm Thursday. The company says agents met with employees and owners. The company says it’s cooperating with investigators. It says it can’t provide additional details because the investigation is ongoing.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt said that his agency’s officers were on the scene assisting investigators from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, who took the lead.