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Friday Afternoon News, December 13th


Floyd Valley Healthcare Announces Two New Staff Members

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare announces the addition of two new employees to the staff. Kelly Wiese, RD, LD, CDE  began her duties as dietitian on December 2nd. In addition to helping with patient their nutritional needs and education, she will also be working as a Diabetes Education team member.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics degree from Minnesota State University. She comes to Floyd Valley with six years of experience, most recently at Cherokee Regional Medical Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, biking and traveling.
Dustin Wright, CEO, states, “We are excited to welcome Kelly to Floyd Valley Healthcare. We are pleased to be able to offer our patients full-time access to an experienced dietitian. In addition, Kelly is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) which fits in nicely with our Diabetes Self-Management program. That program is now fully staffed with two CDEs bringing both the nutrition and nursing disciplines together.”

Kelly Wiese                              Susan George

Susan George has joined the staff at Floyd Valley Healthcare,
and was recently named as their new Director of Human Resources. In her position, Susan George will be responsible for recruitment and retention of staff, benefit administration and leadership development.
Susan received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University. She comes to Floyd Valley with 25 years of experience, most recently serving as
Human Resource Director at the Sioux land Community Health Center. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling and traveling. Her family also serves as a foster parent for dogs through Noah’s Hope.
Dustin Wright, CEO, states, “We are very fortunate to have Susan join our Floyd Valley Healthcare family. She brings with her a wealth of human resource knowledge including experience within a healthcare facility. She has already hit the ground running and we look forward to the new ideas she brings to the system.”


American Legion To Participate In “Wreaths Across America” Program

(Le Mars) — The Wasmer Post #241 American Legion of Le Mars will join hundreds of other American Legion posts on Saturday with the placement of “Wreaths Across America.” A short ceremony is scheduled to occur at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park, located on the former Westmar
College campus at 1001 3rd Avenue southeast, just north of the YMCA, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The wreaths originate from Maine and have been sent to more than 1400 locations nationwide, with the idea the wreaths will be
placed at veterans graves, and national military cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery.

The Le Mars American Legion will place seven wreaths at the local veterans memorial park. One wreath will represent the
various different military branches including: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the other two are in honor of those who lost their lives serving the Merchant Marines, and a wreath for the POW’s and MIA’s.
Past Post Commander Wayne Schipper says the wreaths are placed during ceremonies in the military tradition. This reverent gesture marks sacred ground. A suspended wreath eternally embodies this ritual of remembrance.
Schipper explains the purpose of the program, “Wreaths Across America.”

What follows are the comments by Past Post Commander Schipper from last year’s program.

Schipper says the “Wreaths Across America” are dedicated to remember the sacrifices of veterans from wars dating back to the American Revolution.



Spencer Livestock Auction Sales Burns Down

(Spencer) — Firefighters from Spencer, Everly, and Fostoria were battling a fire at the the Spencer Livestock Auction Sales for five hours. The fire was reported at around 2:00 a.m. by a passer-by. The facility has suffered heavy damage as a result of the fire. Spencer’s Deputy Fire Chief says the sales barn portion of the livestock auction is a total loss. Fire officials
have not given an estimate as to the damage suffered at the auction barn.
There were no injuries with the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Sioux City Man Sentenced To 25 years For Attempting To Kill Police Informant

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has been given 25 years in prison for trying to kill a police informant. The Sioux City Journal reports that Isaac McDonald was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.
He’d pleaded guilty to conspiracy to tamper with a witness by attempting to kill a person and guilty to other crimes. Authorities say McDonald shot John Mercure in the head on Aug. 1 as he passed the car Mercure was driving in Sioux City. Mercure, who was believed to be speaking to police about drug trafficking and firearms, survived after crashing his car into a tree.



State Revenue Is Running Ahead Of Estimates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State budget experts say revenue projections for the current fiscal year and next year are running ahead of their October predictions. The three-member Revenue Estimating Conference says Thursday that state income is up about 2 percent from the previous year. The group
projects a 2.9 percent increase for next year, or about $234 million higher than the current year. That would bring tax collections to nearly $8.25 billion. The estimate for next year is important because Gov. Kim Reynolds must base her 2021 budget on the figures released Thursday. The higher estimate could give the governor some additional money as she prepares her budget for next year.



Governor Reynolds Request Resignation Of D-O-T Director

(Des Moines) — Governor Kim Reynolds has asked for the Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation to resign. Mark Lowe is being asked to step down from his position. D-O-T officials says Lowe submitted his resignation as director effective January 10th, 2020. KCCI television station in Des Moines is reporting in his resignation letter, Lowe stated, “It’s been a
terrific privilege to serve in this position and Governor Reynolds has my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to do so. I have great faith in, and regard for, the people of the Iowa Department of Transportation and have every confidence they will continue to serve the State of Iowa well as they continue under new leadership.”



Atheist Leader Protests Against Nativity Scene At County Courthouse

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – An atheist leader says his organization will fight to add displays of its own if a Nativity scene is returned to a courthouse lawn in southern Iowa. The Daily Iowegian reports that the Nativity scene was moved Monday from the Appanoose County Courthouse lawn in Centerville.
Some residents had complained that a religious display should not be placed on government property. Justin Scott is state director for the American Atheists organization. He says the group will demand equal access if officials return the scene to the courthouse. The Centerville City Council is scheduled to discuss the issue Monday.