Plymouth County Board Of Supervisors To Vote On Lyon County Joining Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health Organization
(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning, and on their agenda will be an action item to formally vote on accepting Lyon county into the Sioux Rivers Mental Health Region. At the same time, the supervisors are expected to vote against having Plymouth County accept
an invitation to join the Northwest Iowa Care Connections Regional Mental Health organization. County engineer, Tom Rohe is scheduled to appear before the county governing board. He will submit two separate permits, one with Southern Sioux Water Association for Sioux township, and the other is for Westel Systems in Union township. The supervisors will also hold a
drainage board meeting for bid letting for the Hinton Drainage District.
Floyd Valley Healthcare Announces First “Hot Shot”
(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare has announced its first “Hot Shot.”
The “hot shot” program recognizes pediatric patients that require special healthcare needs provided by Floyd Valley. The “hot shot” and their family will be given a limousine ride to the Sioux City Musketeers hockey game, where the “hot shot” will be given recognition, and help drop the ceremonial puck. Rylan King has been selected as the first Floyd Valley Healthcare
“hot shot.” He will view the November 3rd hockey game. Rylan is a happy, fun-loving 6 year old that receives both feeding clinic and occupational therapy through Floyd Valley Healthcare. Rylan is the son of Michael and Katherine King of Ashton. He loves cars and people! He and his family make the trip from Ashton to Floyd Valley Healthcare every other week for therapy. His mom says he just loves coming to visit Jess and Linda, his speech and occupational therapists.
Due to pregnancy complications beginning at 9 weeks, Rylan was born on September 17, 2012 at just over 24 ½ weeks (his due date was January 3, 2013!) weighing in at 1 pound 8 ounces. Among other medical support, he needed a tracheostomy to assist with his breathing. Rylan has a condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). BPD is a form of a chronic lung disease that affects newborns and infants during the neonatal period. Due to immature air sacs (alveoli) in the lung, the infant requires external breathing support including oxygen and a ventilator. These treatments can cause damage to the existing alveoli and those that develop in the future.
Because of the low number of working alveoli, the affected children breathe much faster and harder than healthy infants. Working harder for this basic task may slow early growth because they do not have the energy or the time
to feed properly. This leaves fewer calories for them to be nourished and grow. This “failure to thrive” may cause problems to other organs of the body also.
Floyd Valley Healthcare “Hot Shots”
In general, infants with BPD tend to get better as they grow older. This is because most of the lung growth takes place after birth and throughout childhood. Though kids with BPD do not necessarily get sick more often than other infants, they tend to develop more severe symptoms than infants who have the same infections. Their recovery lasts longer and illnesses may set
them back in their progress.
Le Mars Man Charged With OWI and Child Endangerment
(Le Mars) — A Le Mars man has been charged with child endangerment with a second offense of Operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The incident happened Monday afternoon at around 5:00 p.m. 36 year old Shaun Brangwin of was seen driving and the arresting officer knew Brangwin didn’t have a valid
driver’s license. As a result of a traffic stop, Brangwin was found to be intoxicated. He was taken to Plymouth County Jail and charged with an OWI- second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. At the time of the stop, he had
three children in the vehicle, and since he was intoxicated, he did put the children at extreme risk and danger, which is why he also had the child endangerment charges, which is an aggravated misdemeanor.
Orange City Library Officials Deciding What To Do About Burned Books
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – Library officials in Orange City are deciding how to respond after a religious activist burned four LGBTQ children’s books.
Orange City library director Amanda Vazquez tells The Sioux City
Journal that officials aren’t sure if they’ll replace the destroyed books, which include David Levithan’s “Two Boys Kissing.”
Paul Dorr is the director of religious group Rescue the Perishing.
He released a nearly 30 minute video on Facebook Live where he denounced the library for having the LGBTQ books and threw them in a burning barrel. The video was made on Oct. 19, the first day of the city’s gay pride festival.
Vazquez says the library will follow official policy regarding
stolen or lost books.
Dorr could be charged with misdemeanor fifth-degree theft if he
doesn’t respond to the library’s fine.
One Precinct In Each County Will Hand Count Votes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa election officials in each of the state’s 99 counties will hand count votes in one randomly selected precinct for the general election as an added security measure.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the manual vote count process was added to Iowa’s election security process in a 2017 law and will be used for the first time in Iowa this year.
Pate says his office will select a precinct in each county and
officials will hand count votes to be sure the totals match the electronic counter that scanned and counted ballots.
Iowa uses paper ballots counted by machines.
Pate said Monday personnel from homeland security, public safety, Iowa National Guard, and the Iowa chief information office will oversee an election day security operations center to respond if any problems develop.
Naig Updates Harvest Progress Report
(Sioux City) — Farmers are making tracks across the fields trying to get this year’s harvest done before winter weather may set in. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is visiting northwest Iowa, both yesterday and this
morning. KLEM news asked Naig about the latest crop progress report.
Naig says he isn’t certain about the average yields across the state, since the U-S Department of Agriculture isn’t scheduled to release the latest crop report until November 9th. However, Naig believes farmers will report a good harvest, but probably not a record harvest.