Wednesday Afternoon News, November 11
(Le Mars) -- During the Wednesday lunch hour, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department along with the Le Mars Ambulance were called to the Floyd Valley Hospital to perform a rescue after a construction worker had fallen. The injured victim was an electrician and was working at the Floyd Valley Hospital new addition when the incident occurred. Fire Chief Dave Schipper talks about what happened.
A construction supervisor says the worker fell inside a man hole as part of the new addition. The victim fell a distance of about six feet. Fire fighters used their aerial truck with the basket to retrieve the injured construction worker.
The supervisor believes the injured worker was not seriously injured suffering what is believed to be a separated shoulder. No word on the name of the injured worker.
City Rail Road Crossings Closed Due To Repairs
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have announced various street closings to occur during the next week due to railroad crossings being repaired. Public Works Department Superintendent Scott Kneip says 1st Avenue southwest and 4th Street southwest are closed for the next few days. On Friday, 2nd Avenue southwest will close for three days. On Tuesday, November 17th 6th Street southwest will be closed for two days, and 18th Street southwest railroad crossing will close on November 18th for a period of two days. Kneip says the railroad company are replacing panels, surfacing, and installing new pads.
MMCRU Is The New Name Of Shared School Program
(Remsen) -- It's official. The name of the combined schools consisting of Remsen-Union and Marcus-Merriden-Cleghorn will be known as M-M-C-R-U. The name was announced during a joint school board meeting Monday evening at Remsen. Jan Brandhorst is the superintendent for both school districts. He says people had the opportunity to vote on the new name and mascot.
Brandhorst says the new name may be implemented yet this spring.
As for the chosen name of the mascot, students, parents, school officials, and community people selected the name Royals. He says the colors will be blue and white. Brandhorst says a specific mascot character has not been discussed, but he believes the communities may have been influenced somewhat by the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.
New Type Of Stronger Bridge Installed In Iowa
FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) - A bridge made with a new ultra-high performance concrete from Korea has been christened in Buchanan County.
The 52-foot-long Hawkeye UHPC Bridge near Fairbank was christened Tuesday.
Brent Phares, director of the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University, says the ultra-high performance concrete used for the bridge is fairly new to the engineering scene. Engineers say the concrete has short strands of steel and is up to eight times stronger than a traditional mix.
David Lee a professor at the University of Iowa, which brought in the material, says the steel is a waste byproduct from the tire manufacturing industry.
Byung-Suk Kim, an engineer with the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, said structures like the new bridge may endure for 200 years, and is almost maintenance-free.
University of Iowa President Says School Must Be Willing To Change
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The new University of Iowa president says the school must be willing to change what are viewed as its strengths in order to remain successful and competitive.
President Bruce Harreld talked during a television interview Tuesday of respecting the university's institutional culture but also said it must adapt to future challenges and opportunities. He made his remarks for Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program.
Critics have said the former IBM executive is unqualified for the position, given his lack of university administrative experience.
Harreld spoke Tuesday of changes he thought necessary during his years with IBM and said, "You actually need to shift all of the practices, policies, procedures and culture . to be in support of the future, not the past."