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Wednesday News, October 16th


City Council Hears Financial Report Of Floyd Valley Healthcare

(Le Mars) — During the Le Mars city council meeting held Tuesday, a representative from Denman and Company auditing firm from Des Moines appeared before the council to deliver a financial report regarding Floyd Valley Healthcare. He informed the city council that Floyd Valley Healthcare is sitting in a good financial position, and is in better financial position
than most hospitals.



STANDriving Program Scheduled For This Evening

(Le Mars) — Texting while driving is against the law, as it leads to distracted driving and many times it ends up with an accident. This evening, at the Wells Visitors Center and Ice Cream Parlor, a program entitled STANDriving wil be presented. Cliff Hageman has turned an unfortunate incident into a mission. Hageman was the victim of an accident involving a driver who was texting at the time.

Hageman says he is fortunate to still be living.

Hageman explains his injuries from that accident.

Now, the former real estate agent has taken on the mission to inform others, and especially our youth, of the dangers of texting and driving.

The program is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Le Mars Police Department through its D.A.R.E. program, along with Exit Reality are sponsoring the event.



Organizers Of RAGBRAI Leave The Des Moines Register

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Organizers of the popular summer bike ride across Iowa are cutting ties with its longtime sponsor, the Des Moines Register, amid backlash over the newspaper’s handling of a story involving Carson King.
The four staff members who work full-time running the Register’s
Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa resigned on Tuesday.
The group immediately launched a competing event, called Iowa’s Ride, that will be held next July during the same week that the Register’s ride had been scheduled.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the Register’s ride, known as
RAGBRAI, would continue. The week-long event draws thousands of cyclists from around the country and had been founded by Register employees in the 1970s.
A Gannett spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to inquiries.



Reynolds To Set Up Working Group To Address Racial Bias In Courts

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she is forming a working group chaired by the lieutenant governor to make recommendations for removing racial bias from the criminal justice system and to help offenders re-enter communities in a way that reduces repeat offenses.
Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg is a former state public defender.
Reynolds, a Republican, also says she plans to continue to push for a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights for felons after they complete their sentences. The measure passed the House with bipartisan support in April but died after members of her own party in the Senate refused to push for it.
Reynolds says she will continue to make redemption and second
changes a priority of her administration.
She announced the formation of the working group at an annual NAACP meeting focused on criminal justice reform.



Dog Breeder Trial Has Begun

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A trial has begun for the owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation who’s been charged with several counts of animal neglect.
Opening statements were made Tuesday regarding the case against 66-year-old Barbara Kavars, of Manly. Court records say Kavars was holding Samoyed dogs in inhumane conditions when officials raided her operation on Nov. 12 and visited at other times. The records also say the dogs’ kennels lacked food and had water containers that were filled with ice.
Kavars denied any wrongdoing and told officials she didn’t think the dogs needed additional care.
Station KIMT reports that a Worth County sheriff’s deputy testified Tuesday that he saw dogs with matted hair and feces on the snow-covered ground.
The testimony is scheduled to resume Wednesday.