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Friday News, October 5th


Firefighters To Host Breakfast For Fire Prevention Week

(Le Mars) — Sunday is the start of National Fire Prevention Week, and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will kick off National Fire Prevention with their annual pancake and sausage breakfast to be held at Fire Station #1.

This year’s theme for fire prevention is “Look…Listen…and Learn: Be Aware – Fire Can Happen Anywhere.” Schipper talks about the top three causes for home fires include unattended cooking, candles, and improperly discarded smoking material or cigarettes.

Schipper offers tips as to how to keep your home safe from common fires.

The Le Mars Fire Chief says candles should be extinguished before going to sleep at night. With autumn fast approaching, bringing on cooler temperatures, Schipper says the use of space heaters will be common. He warns against the dangers often seen with space heaters.

The firefighters breakfast will be held this Sunday at Fire Station #1 located at 45 1st Avenue Southwest, directly across from the Eagles Club, and diagonally across from the Le Mars Public Library. The firefighters will be serving pancakes and sausage between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.



Donlin Listed As Top Healthcare Administrator To Know

(Le Mars) — A local hospital administrator has been recognized as being one of the top healthcare administrators to know within the United States. Mike Donlin with Floyd Valley Healthcare of Le Mars was recently named to the Becker’s Healthcare Top 71 C-E-O’s, presidents, and administrators of critical access hospitals. The list includes men and women who lead organizations that are regularly recognized for patient safety and quality.
Several have overseen hospital expansions, mergers, and Electronic Health Records implementations, as well as the construction of satellite clinics and strategic partnerships with local healthcare organizations. Becker’s Healthcare compiled the list based on nominations and editorial research.
Mike Donlin began his career in healthcare as an orderly at an Onamia, Minnesota based hospital before he joined the Navy and was assigned to the National Naval Medical Center, now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in 1975. After serving in administration for military hospitals across the country, Donlin became administrator for Floyd Valley Hospital in
1998, which is now known as Floyd Valley Healthcare. Donlin is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on the board for the Le Mars Area Dialysis Services, and is the chairman of the Le Mars Area Betterment Foundation.



Denny Sanford Listed On Forbe’s Billionaires

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota billionaire known for making significant charitable contributions to health care, education and other causes is continuing to accrue wealth.
T. Denny Sanford’s net worth jumped $400 million in a matter of months, according a Forbes ranking of billionaires.
The Argus Leader reports the credit card magnate’s net worth is listed at $2.6 billion, landing him at number 316 on the list. He is the only South Dakotan on the list.
Sanford’s lifetime giving total is $1.6 billion, which equals 38
percent of his net worth.
Sanford owns First Premier Bank and First Premier Bankcard. His
contributions to a Sioux Falls-based hospital system in 2007 prompted the system to change its name in his honor. Sanford Health has benefited from about $1 billion in donations from the philanthropist.



Northeast Iowa Man Convicted Of Killing Stepfather

WAUKON, Iowa (AP) – A northeast Iowa man convicted of fatally shooting his stepfather at the home they shared has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.
The Courier reports that 32-year-old John Quanrude was sentenced Monday in Allamakee County District Court. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the April death of 60-year-old Dean Russell.
Quanrude will spend at least 35 years behind bars before he is
eligible for parole.
Police say Quanrude had called for help at his mobile home in Waukon on April 16, saying there’d been an accidental shooting. Officers found Russell lying face down on the home’s floor.
Police say Quanrude later told officers he’d fired a warning shot
with a shotgun because Russell had been messing him, and then shot Russell in the chest.



Judge Rules AAU Basketball Coach Computer Flash Drive Can Be Used As Evidence 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A federal judge has dealt a blow to the defense for an Iowa youth basketball coach charged with secretly recording his teenage players undressing.
Judge C.J. Williams ruled Thursday that the seizure of a USB device from former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen didn’t violate his privacy rights.
The ruling means prosecutors can use videos found on the device
against Stephen, who is charged with transporting and possessing child pornography and sexually exploiting minors. Stephen allegedly recorded players disrobing during trips to tournaments.
Stephen’s former brother-in-law, Vaughn Ellison, discovered the
device in a bathroom when he was remodeling Stephen’s Monticello home. He later gave it to police.
Stephen’s attorneys argued Ellison was acting a government agent when he took the device, and that police violated Stephen’s rights by holding it for two days before obtaining a warrant.
Williams rejected those arguments. Both sides are discussing a
possible plea agreement.