Wednesday Afternoon News, October 16
Floyd Valley Hospital To Host "Raise A Glass" Fundraiser
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital will be hosting a new type of fundraiser this Saturday
called "Raise a Glass". Chuck Jespersen, the hospital's foundation manager says it will be
a fun evening of beer and wine sampling.
Jespersen says the proceeds from the evening's activities will go toward cancer services
provided by Floyd Valley Hospital.
Jespersen says a portion of the evening will feature local cancer survivors sharing their stories. He says the evening will be both fun and meaningful.
Jespersen says tickets are selling for $35 a piece, and he urges people to contact the
hospital foundation office by the end of Wednesday to secure a spot for Saturday's
festivities. The "Raise a Glass" sampling will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center.
The hospital foundation manager says the "Raise a Glass" event is replacing the traditional
Conservation Leaders To Discuss Management Of Little Wall Lake
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials and conservation leaders have met to discuss management of Little Wall Lake in Hamilton County.
The state Department of Natural Resources met with Hamilton County Conservation Board
members Tuesday to work on a management plan for the 256-acre lake.
The two sides have disagreed on water level issues. DNR has been in favor of the
shallow lake experiencing natural drought cycles. Lake residents want to increase the water
level for recreation during drought years.
DNR was against pumping water from a source with high levels of phosphorus. Among the proposals by DNR on Tuesday was a cool weather low dose chemical treatment plan.
The working group will continue to search for an alternative outside water source.
Iowa State University Research Foundation Celebrates 75 Years
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University holds the patent for the process that led to making the world-famous Maytag blue cheese. The university's research foundation also holds patents for lead-free solder used in most of today's electronics, and the algorithm that made a faster fax machine.
The Iowa State University Research Foundation is observing its 75th anniversary as the
organization that receives, protects, and licenses inventions resulting university research.
The blue cheese patent awarded in 1938 was one of the first issued to the university.
Since then other ISU scientists have created a vaccination for kennel cough and
developed Allsweet hybrid watermelon varieties.
Over the last 10 years, the foundation has returned over $55 million to inventors,
colleges and research centers.
Iowa State Offers Stand-up Comedy Course
AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University course is teaching stand-up comedy to help students with their public speaking.
Students are learning to write and tell jokes during the Comedy College course being
taught at the Ames campus. They're also learning to improve their sense of humor.
Gavin Jerome, a professional entertainer who is helping to teach the course, says humor
has practical applications for any student in any major. He also says there are techniques
and formulas to being funnier.
The course's final test will have students performing a stand-up routine at a campus
nightclub in early December.
Suspicious Package Found At Iowa State
AMES, Iowa (AP) - A suspicious item found at Iowa State University has been determined to be non-explosive.
The Iowa State University Police Department says further investigation of the item found Wednesday will continue off the Ames campus.
Authorities earlier posted a picture of the item on its Twitter and Facebook pages in an effort to identify the item. The State Fire Marshall's Office was also called in.
The incident temporarily closed an area near a dining facility and library.
Grain Manager Admits He Accepted Bribes
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former manager at one of the nation's largest grain cooperatives has reached a plea agreement on charges that he accepted $480,000 in bribes from an Iowa farmer in exchange for deep discounts on crop seed.
Chad Hartzler, former sales manager at West Central Co-Op in Ralston, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Sioux City for a plea hearing Thursday.
He was charged last week with wire fraud. His attorney, Chris Cooklin, said Wednesday that his client has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the detail of which have been filed under seal.
A charging document says Hartzler accepted $480,000 in bribes from 2005 to 2011 from Lake View farmer Bill Wollesen.
Wollesen hasn't been charged and denies any wrongdoing, saying the payments weren't bribes.