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Wednesday Afternoon News, September 4th


Dorhout Promoted To The Rank Of Sergeant

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo has announced the promotion of Deputy Scott Dorhout to the new rank of Sergeant. Dorhout has been a deputy with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s office for the past 22 years. The promotion will take effect on September 15th.



Northwestern College Reports Record Student Enrollment

(Orange City) — Northwestern College of Orange City is announcing its largest enrollment is school history. This year, 1,414 students are enrolled in the fall semester, which is up 107 students from last year. The college’s previous record was at 1,342 set in 2006. Northwestern’s enrollment includes the largest freshman class since 2014.



Dordt University To Offer Farm Field Day

(Sioux Center) — Dordt University of Sioux Center is teaming up with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to offer a farm field day, scheduled for this (Wednesday) afternoon at 5:30 p.m. According to Gary De Vries, Department Head for Dordt’s Agriculture Division, the research to be highlighted is particularly relevant to protecting soil and water resources and identifying
a new, serious soybean pest. Topics for today’s field day include: soybean gall midge detection and characteristics, the effects of cover crop interseeding on corn yield, and a look at how bioreactors and saturated buffers have been decreasing nitrate run-off in the West Branch of the Floyd River Watershed Project. The field day will take place at the Dordt University Agriculture Stewardship Center located north of Sioux Center on Highway 75.



Woman Dies From Accident After Evading Police Chase

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a woman died after her minivan crashed during a police chase in south-central Iowa.
Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said in a news release Tuesday
that one of his officers tried to pull over the woman for speeding Tuesday afternoon in front of Knoxville Middle School. Losada says she accelerated away and eventually turned north on Iowa Highway 14.
The chief says the chase speeds exceeded 90 mph (144.8 kph) before her minivan ran into a roadside ditch north of Knoxville, hit an obstacle and then went airborne before crashing and catching fire. He says officers used extinguishers to put out the blaze.
The 40-year-old Marshalltown woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her name hasn’t been released.



BP To Pay Fine For Diesel Fuel Spill

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says BP North America must pay a fine of more than $71,000 for a diesel spill last year in northeast Iowa.
The EPA on Tuesday announced the fine for violations of the Clean Water Act.
BP owns a 2.5 million gallon fuel storage tank at Peosta that leaked about 60,000 gallons of fuel onto the ground and into the South Fork of Catfish Creek in August 2018.
The EPA says it is requiring BP to upgrade the secondary containment system at the site to prevent future environmental contamination. EPA says it coordinated the investigation and plans for upgrades with the Department of Transportation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
EPA anticipates the upgrade to be completed within six months.



Doctors Ordered To Pay Woman For Botched Surgery

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The state of Iowa and a group of doctors at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City will pay a Fairfield woman $2.5 million after she lost both legs to amputation and became paralyzed after what she claimed was a misdiagnosed spinal problem.
The State Appeal Board on Tuesday approved a settlement with Isabeau Norwood.
Under the settlement, University of Iowa hospitals doctors will pay more than $833,000 and the state general fund will pay $1.67 million. Both say the settlement doesn’t mean they admitted wrongdoing.
Norwood, who is 55, began complaining of back pain in May 2014. She was seen by several doctors in Fairfield, at University of Iowa hospitals and the state-run Cherokee Mental Health Institute.
She finally collapsed, prompting doctors to order a magnetic scan of her spine. They discovered a spinal abscess and other problems.
The settlement resolves her dispute with the state but the Jefferson County Hospital in Fairfield and four of its doctors go to trial next week.
They claim they’re not at fault.



Father Responsible For Baby Son’s Brain Injury Sentenced To Prison

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa man who caused his baby son’s brain injury has been given five years in prison.
Linn County District Court records say 20-year-old Matthew Judd, of Marion, was sentenced Tuesday in Cedar Rapids. He’d pleaded guilty to child endangerment causing injury after prosecutors lowered the charge.
The Gazette reports that prosecutors say Judd squeezed and bruised one of the 2-month-old’s legs in July last year and, on the same day, set the boy on the floor too fast, causing the baby’s head to hit the floor.
The child’s mother says he’s partially recovered but still is
undergoing therapy for the brain injury.