Burn Victim Dies From Fire
(Le Mars) — The man who got burnt from spilled gasoline while pouring the fuel into a power-washer while it was operating, has succumbed to his injuries. 38-year old Jorge Orozoco died from his burn injuries on November 9th at the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. The incident happened on the afternoon of September 30th when the Le Mars Fire and Rescue
Department responded to a report of a fire at 28279 130th Street, north of Le Mars. Upon arrival, fire fighters found a trailer fully engulfed next to a hog confinement building. A male subject was burned in the fire and was transported by private vehicle to Floyd Valley Heathcare. The subject was then airlifted to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska with burn
injuries. Orozoco had burns covering most of his body. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.
Rosacker Honored At State EMS Conference
(Le Mars) — Le Mars Ambulance Director, Bill Rosacker was recently recognized during the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association Annual Conference as the “2019 Career Individual EMS Provider of the Year.”
Rosacker has been associated with the Le Mars Ambulance Services for the past 35 years. Bill began his career in Le Mars as a volunteer EMT on the service while working in the banking industry. Bill later went and completed his paramedic training that allowed the Le Mars Ambulance Service to become a
paramedic service provider in the state of Iowa for the city of Le Mars. in 2008 bill was hired by the city of Le Mars as the first ever Full Time EMS director for the Le Mars Ambulance Service.
During Rosacker’s career he made sure, day in and day out, that Le Mars is provided the best care possible. Bill always has the patient and his employees on the top of his priorities everyday. During his career he was instrumental in the development of many programs on top of the day-to-day operations of the service.
In 2015 Bill implemented a program in Le Mars called sentimental journey.
This program offers last wish transportation and medical care during that wish to hospice patients of Le Mars and surrounding communities.
He was also instrumental and getting Le Mars Ambulance Service to obtain the necessary equipment and medications to follow the mission lifeline guidelines and bypassing the local hospital and transporting directly to a PCI facility. In October 2018 the LeMars Ambulance Service bypassed the local facility going direct to UnityPoint St Luke’s in Sioux City Iowa cath lab with its first STEMI patient since implementation of the new guidelines.
Bill Rosacker helped transport a 74 year old male with an inferior MI. In 64 minutes from dispatch that patient had 100% of his right coronary artery opened and blood flow returned.
In 2019 Bill worked with Western Iowa tech community college, Le Mars community high School, & City of Le Mars to offer an EMT course to Juniors and Seniors of the Le Mars School district in which bill is an instructor for no cost to school allowing the course to be offered at a reduced rate. In the initial course we had seven students enrolled and passed the course. He will again be offering this course in August and there is have 12 students
enrolled. This is allowing younger members of the community to become EMTs and provide the area volunteer services certified staffing to assist with the shortage Nationwide.
Bill Rosacker is also very active in the idph 3B region meetings, Plymouth county EMS, Le Mars Public safety committee, and Sioux City regional STEMI task force and making sure that our area continues to have EMS response far into the future.
Schipper Elected As President Of Iowa Association Of Fire Chiefs
(Le Mars) — Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper was elected president this past weekend to the Iowa Association of Fire Chiefs. The conference was held at Sigourney, Iowa. Schipper follows the footsteps of his father, Wayne Schipper, who at one-time served as president of the state fire chiefs association.
County Supervisors To Canvass Election Results
(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning at the Plymouth County Courthouse Board Room. The county governing board will initially canvass the 2019 city and school election results. The supervisors will hear from Kelly Beitelspacher seeking approval of JBD Pork Addition in Johnson township. Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo is scheduled to appear before the county supervisors to offer a jail update. Tom Rohe, the county engineer, will also appear before county supervisors.
School Board Approves New Members To Foundation Board
(Le Mars) — During last evening’s Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, the school board accepted the bid by School Bus Sales for a 2021 Bluebird 77-passenger school bus for the amount of $111,955 with a trade-in for another bus at $1,200 making the final bid at $110,755. The school board also heard from Graham Forbes with Williams and Company as he shared
the audit report for the local school district. Forbes informed the school board that they had a clean financial record, and the school was able to extend from 69 days to 75 days the time the school district would have when all expenses would be paid, until the need for additional income would be available. The school board approved five new members for the Le Mars
Community School District Foundation Board. They include: Steve Albert, Janelle Bixenman, Michelle Connor, Kristen Koerselman and Josh Kovarna.
Retiring board members include: Dennis Bixenman, Tom Bjorge, Kelsey Langel and Larry Peterson.
Madisyn Mulder Crowned As Tulip Festival Queen
ORANGE CITY, IA. –Madisyn Mulder was crowned the 2020 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday, Nov. 11. Madisyn will reign over the 80th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 14, 15, and 16, 2020.
A senior at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, Madisyn Mulder, is the daughter of Scott and Jill Mulder.
Madisyn is joined on the 2020 Tulip Court by court members Julia Howe, daughter of Sean and Kristyn Howe, Sophie Swart, daughter of John and Mary Swart, BreElle Van Zee, daughter of Tim and Sara Van Zee, and Aubyn Zwart, daughter of Brad and Shawn Zwart.
Madisyn and her court members spent Monday afternoon interviewing with judges Bridget Bennett, Bill Kalsbeek, Lisa (Oolman) Laird.
A pageant was held for the public in the evening. Each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave an individual presentation.
Madisyn was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.
OSHA Fines Iowa Psych Hospital For Safety Violations
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Regulators have found serious safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Iowa where several combative patients have assaulted employees.
An inspection found that employees at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent outbursts due to inadequate emergency plans, low staffing, poor communication and ineffective safety shields that staffers haven’t been trained to use.
The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation in June after a series of attacks against staff members. A union representing employees said the hospital faced an urgent safety crisis.
Inspectors found seven serious and three minor safety violations.
They proposed a $72,770 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services, which operates the facility, and ordered it to fix the problems.
The hospital treats patients with severe and complex psychiatric
Authorities Identify Man Who Fell From Iowa State Stadium
AMES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a man who was
injured in a fall from the upper level of Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium
onto fans below.
A university police report says 31-year-old Eric Ely hit three women
on the lower level during the Oct. 26 game against Oklahoma State. None of
them suffered serious injuries, and Ely reported that he briefly lost
consciousness and suffered a concussion. He was taken to an Ames hospital
before being flown to a Des Moines hospital.
The report says Ely “jumped up during a big play and just went over
the rail in one movement; like the momentum carried him over.” Witnesses
told investigators that Ely didn’t appear to be intoxicated.
Ely has declined to comment publicly. Police say no charges have