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Monday News, May 16th

National E-M-T Week

(Le Mars) -- This week is recognized as EMT week, a time when we honor those men and women who respond to our medical needs, and if needed transport us to a local healthcare facility.  

The Le Mars Ambulance Service is fortunate to have 20 volunteers that offer their time and assist during emergencies.  However, Rosacker says the Le Mars Ambulance Service is always looking for additional volunteers.

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He says becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician requires several hours of training.  In many communities, Rosacker says, there simply are not enough volunteers to maintain a local ambulance service.

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For the last several years, Rosacker says the Le Mars Ambulance Service has seen an increase in the number of calls.

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The Le Mars Ambulance Service operates what is known as a provisional paramedic service, which according to Rosacker, means I-V's and other medication can be administered.

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Bike Fair To Be Held At Olson Cultural Events Center

(Le Mars) -- Elementary students are invited to participate in today's Bike Fair to be held at the Olson Cultural Events Center in downtown Le Mars.  The event is being sponsored by the Plymouth County Cyclists, along with the Le Mars Rotary organization and Floyd Valley Healthcare, and it will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

Hy-Vee Food Stores Recall

Hy-Vee Food Stores has issued a voluntary recall of its frozen Hy-Vee Vegetable Fried Rice and frozen Hy-Vee Chicken Fried Rice products across its eight-state region.

The recall is because of possible contamination with Listeria, an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with this product.

Customers who purchased this product should discard it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

These products were sold at Hy-Vee stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin between July 24, 2014, and May 12, 2016.

Out of an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee is recalling these two products from all of its stores.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

 

 

Program Aims To Improve Water Quality For Farms In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A voluntary state program that aims to improve water quality practices at farms around Iowa is entering its fourth year amid growing differences about the best ways to clean up the state's waterways.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has announced the sign-up period is open for its cost-share program that allows farmers to offset the expense of implementing some water quality practices. The money will be available in July.

The agriculture department says the program is among several water quality initiatives. Some agriculture experts say it's not enough for long-term benefits.

The Iowa Legislature failed this session to figure out a sustainable funding source for water quality initiatives. There is also tension over whether cleanup efforts should include regulation or expanded voluntary efforts like the cost-share program.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Saturday Afternoon News, May 14th

Bike Fair To Be Held At Olson Cultural Events Center

(Le Mars) -- Elementary students are invited to participate in Monday's Bike Fair to be held at the Olson Cultural Events Center in downtown Le Mars.  The event is being sponsored by the Plymouth County Cyclists, along with the Le Mars Rotary organization and Floyd Valley Healthcare, and it will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Mark Strub (Stroob) with the Plymouth County Cyclists says the bike fair will offer individuals an opportunity to have their bicycle inspected.

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Strub says the Le Mars Police Department will also be registering area bikes. He says part of the bike fair will include having participants ride their bicycles through an obstacle course.

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Jim Gerkeni (Ger-ken-ee) of the Le Mars Rotary club says local Rotarians have an interest in sharing bicycle safety with the area youth.

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Refreshments consisting of hotdogs, chips, and soda pop will be served all free of charge. The program is free, and their will be prizes and other give-a-ways distributed at the Le Mars Bike Fair.

 

 

 

City Wastewater Hearing Delayed

Sioux City, IA - State environmental regulators have delayed a decision about whether to refer Sioux City to the Iowa Attorney General for consideration of penalties for emitting improperly treated sewage with high levels of harmful bacteria into the Missouri River.

The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission was scheduled to consider the referral at its meeting Tuesday but a spokesman says it’s been postponed to June at the request of city officials.

Sioux City could face heavy environmental penalties for discharging sewage between March 2012 and June 2015 in violation of state law and 12 federal permit regulations.

In July 2015 two plant supervisors admitted they manipulated water test results to make it appear city water had lower bacteria levels.

The attorney general has authority to levy higher environmental penalties against serious violators.

 

 

Vape Shops Could Vanish Over New FDA Rules

The F-D-A now classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products and the liquid that goes into the devices will be regulated. Some fear it'll mean the end of the small, privately-owned vape shops that have cropped up around Iowa. Sam Salaymeh (sal-ah-MAY) runs vape shops in Sioux City and Omaha and says he and other store owners are still attempting to grasp the new regulations.

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While the feds claim there are no complete studies on the dangers of vaping, Salaymeh says there's a large report out from the Royal College of Physicians in London which touts the many benefits.

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Salaymeh says vaping has helped thousands of people kick the cigarette habit. He says the difference between vaping and smoking is like comparing bicycles to the space shuttle.

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The new rules take effect in 90 days. They prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in vending machines and prevent owners from offering free samples to customers. The sale of e-cigs will also be banned to anyone under 18, while the makers of the devices will be required to register with the F-D-A, provide a list of ingredients and apply for permission to sell them. Salaymeh says the new rules will eliminate all small vape shops and hand the industry over to big tobacco companies.

 

 

 

 

   

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