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Friday Afternoon News, June 28th


Remsen Ambulance Service To Celebrate 40 Years With A Fundraiser Dance

(Remsen) — The Remsen Ambulance Services will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dance and fund raiser. Kevin Rollins serves as the Director of the Remsen Ambulance Services and explains the scheduled events for Saturday

Rollins says tickets are $20 for the evening’s dance with the sounds from the band “Lock and Loaded”. Rollins says the proceeds from the dance are to help purchase defibrillators.

The Remsen Ambulance Services Director says the staff now consists of 15 volunteers.

On average, Rollins says the Remsen Ambulance Services responds to around 250 calls each year.

Rollins was one of the original charter volunteers when the Remsen Ambulance Service began in 1979.

Rollins says the Remsen Ambulance Services is now its own entity, and no longer is a part of the Remsen Fire Department. Rollins expresses his gratitude for the Remsen community for the past 40 years of support. The dance scheduled for Saturday will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will continue until midnight, and will be held outdoors in the street in front of Beer City.



Sanford Health And Unity Point Health Proposes To Merge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota-based Sanford Health and Iowa’s UnityPoint Health have announced plans to merge in an agreement that would create a sprawling health system in the Upper Great Plains and Midwest.
The two providers announced their plans Friday. The Argus Leader reports if the merger is approved by regulators, it could be finalized by year’s end.
The providers said the merger would place the company among the top 15 largest nonprofit health systems nationwide. The new organization would employ more than 83,000 staff, 2,600 physicians and have more than $11 billion in revenue.
UnityPoint operates 32 hospitals and has relationships with 280
physician clinics throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
Sanford Heath’s organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries.



Air Is Leaking From An Inflatable Dam

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Officials say air is leaking from the inflatable dam used by Waterloo to raise the Cedar River level for summer boaters.
Waterloo city engineer Jamie Knutson says the leak was detected
Thursday during normal maintenance, but it’s uncertain exactly where on the dam it is and how much air is rushing out.
Knutson told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that the city won’t
know how soon the leak can be repaired and at what cost until a contractor can start working on it.
The city has inflated the bladder dam since 2009, raising the Cedar River level by about 4 feet (1.2 meters). It’s usually inflated in June and deflated in October.
Knutson says boaters would be wise to be extra cautious on the river this year, given the loss of the liquid safety margin.



Police Break Up Murder For Hire Scheme In Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A July trial has been scheduled for a Davenport man accused of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife’s boyfriend.
Scott County District Court records say 43-year-old John Cooper has pleaded not guilty to solicitation to commit murder. His trial is set to begin July 22.
The Quad-City Times reports that Cooper had violated terms of a drug crime probation and been ordered in September to complete probation programming at the Residential Correctional Facility in Davenport. The court records say a cellphone confiscated from him there in November contained a message asking a former resident at the facility to kill another former resident who was in a relationship with Cooper’s ex-wife.