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Thursday Afternoon News, September 11

Wayne Schipper Remembers Visiting 9/11 Ground Zero

(Le Mars) -- Today is often referred to as "Patriot Day" when the nation remembers those people that lost their lives as a result of terrorists hi-jacking jet planes and deliberately crashing them into the Twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon building, and at a field in Pennslyvania. 
Wayne Schipper was fire chief for Le Mars at the time 9-11 occured.  A year following the tragedy, Schipper and several other fire fighters from northwest Iowa, visited Ground Zero in New York, as well as with several of the New York fire stations.  Schipper says he was overwhelmed as he recalls his visit to New York following the tragedy.

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A total of 343 fire, rescue, and police personnel died when the World Trade Center towers collapsed.  Schipper says the nation now has a greater sense of appreciation for local emergency officials as a result of the 9/11 attack.

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The former fire chief remembers visiting with one New York Fire Fighter who was the lone survivor of his fire fighting unit following that memorable day.  Schipper says the visit was inspirational for himself and the New York fire fighter.

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The elder Schipper hopes, as the years past, the nation will continue to honor those who died during 9-11.  He says its important to pass on to new generations the reasons why we must always remember.


Le Mars Community Schools Celebrate Homecoming Week 

(Le Mars) -- This week is Homecoming week for Le Mars Community School District, with the theme "Welcome to the Jungle".  Coronation and the community pep rally are scheduled to happen on Friday afternon at 1:00 p.m. with the Homecoming parade scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m.  All of the afternoon events will be featured live on KLEM radio.  This year's king candidates include: Tyler Borchers, Tyler Paulson, Caleb Cline, Matt Ellefson, Hunter Fedders, and Beau Ohm.  The queen candidates include: Holly Schneider, Paige Tracey, Angel Lamoreux, Allie Theisen, Emily Ahlers, and Kassidy Rieken.  Kickoff for the football game against the Storm Lake Tornadoes is at 7:00 p.m.


Floyd Valley Hospital's Family Medical Clinics Honored

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Floyd Valley Hospital’s Family Medicine Clinics (Le Mars, Marcus, and Remsen) have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long term, participative relationships. Mike Donlin, Administrator for Floyd Valley Hospital and the Family Medicine Clinics says “We have been working to accomplish this goal since the transition to the Patient Care Team Model several years ago.”  Donlin continued to say,   “We are excited to earn this highest level of recognition. It raises the bar even higher to continue providing high quality health care.” 
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.


Woman And Child Charged With Sioux City Arson Cases

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 32-year-old woman and a 14-year-old have been arrested on arson charges in Sioux City.
     Daisy Castillo and the youth are suspected of setting five house fires over 2 1/2 weeks in August and September, police said. Castillo also is charged with burglary. No injuries have been reported.
     Castillo remained in custody on Thursday, according to Woodbury County Jail records. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call. 
     The Associated Press generally doesn't identify juveniles accused of crimes.
     More arrests were expected in the case, Sioux City fire marshal Mark Aesoph said.


Shooter At Supervisor Meeting Committed Suicide

   MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) - The 71-year-old man who fired at the county assessor after a meeting at the Jackson County Courthouse committed suicide, authorities said.
     The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner said in a news release that Francis "Gus" Glaser died from a gunshot wound to his neck and head and that he'd killed himself. Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said investigators found evidence that suggested Glaser was going to commit suicide.
     Glaser pulled a handgun from a briefcase Tuesday as a group prepared to leave a recently adjourned county supervisors meeting at the courthouse in Maquoketa. Glaser demanded the meeting resume so officials could discuss his rising property taxes, said county Supervisor Jack Willey.
     Despite pleas to put down the gun, Glaser took a shot at county assessor Deb Lane and missed, several witnesses said. Larry Koos, another county supervisor, tackled Glaser to the floor. The gun went off again. Glaser was pronounced dead at the scene.


U Of I Hopes To Use Grass As A Bio Fuel

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa hopes it will be able to use grass as a biofuel to help power the campus
     About 70 people, including University of Iowa officials, on Wednesday toured Dan Black's farm where he is growing giant miscanthus, a tropical tallgrass native to east Asia.   The University of Iowa is aiming to use less energy in 2020 than it did in 2010, even as its campus expands. By 2020, the college wants to have 40 percent of its energy derived from renewable sources, according to Ben Anderson, the university's power plant manager. 
     The school has been increasing its use of burning oat hulls in an attempt to draw down how much coal it burns at its power plant. The university plans to test the grass by burning it in its boilers next week.
     Black approached the university to offer a portion of his property for its pilot project, with the college renting the 15 acres for five years and paying for the planting, maintenance and harvest of the grass. The school is also working with a farm near Muscatine to grow the grass. 
     "It just seems to make sense, if we can grow energy," Black said. "It's a renewable energy source - it just seems like it's worth a try, worth the effort and worth the experimentation to see if this will work for us." 
    The University of Iowa has said it hopes to plant an extra 2,500 acres of the plant by 2016.












Thursday News, September 11

Le Mars United Way Kicks Off Campaign With Golf Tournament

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars United Way kicked off its 2014 campaign year with a successful golf tournament held last Thursday.  Jeff Stanley serves as this year's United Way chairman.  He says last week's golf tournament was able to raise $4,000.  This year's campaign goal is to raise $340,000 which is an increase of $5,000 over last year.  Stanley says the campaign is off to a good start having already raised $230,000 in pledges from local companies and individuals who have contributed early.  The winning four-some from last week's golf tournament included Rick Kneip, Brian Schultz, Michael Murphy and Ron Kneip.  The Le Mars United Way campaign will run from now until the end of the year. For more information, or to make a donation, you can call (712) 255-3551 or visit the website at


New Speed Limits Now In Effect For Business Highway 75

(Le Mars) -- Beginning yesterday, the Le Mars Police Department wants everyone to know the new lower speed limits on Business Highway 75 are in effect.  City work crews installed new signs indicating the lower speed limits on Wednesday.  Le Mars Police Captain Tim Hopp says the police will park their speeding trailer near Business Highway 75 to remind motorists to adhere to the new speed limits.  In general, the new speed limits are 10 miles per hour slower than what was originally posted.  City officials are hoping the slower speed limits will help reduce the number of accidents on Business Highway 75.  According to police records there have been 72 accidents with 29 personal injuries on Business Highway 75 over the past three and a half years.


Flags Placed Around Gray's Lake Honoring "Patriot's Day"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers have placed 3,213 American flags in the ground at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines in preparation for Patriot Day on Thursday.
     The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department said the flags are the key part of the Tribute Trail at the park.
     Patriot Day honors the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.


Regents To Ask For $543 Million From Legislature

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday to ask the Iowa Legislature for nearly $523 million in funding next year for the state's three public universities.
     The amount includes $12.9 million to prevent cuts to the University of Iowa's budget as the state's three public universities transition to a new funding model based on in-state enrollment.
     The board wants an additional $6.6 million for the University of Northern Iowa and $6.3 million more for Iowa State University when lawmakers convene in January.
     The budget plan approved unanimously at the board meeting in Ames would prevent the $12.9 million from being shifted away from the University of Iowa next year to the other two schools, as previously called for under a new funding model. It's unclear what would happen to UI's funding if lawmakers don't approve the $12.9 million.


Iowa State University Has Set Record Enrollment

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University has set an enrollment record for the sixth consecutive year at 34,732 students, university President Steven Leath said Wednesday.
     Presidents of the three state-run universities updated the Iowa Board of Regents on enrollment figures. The numbers are compiled after students have been on campus for at least 10 days.
     Enrollment at Iowa State University surpassed last year's 33,250 students, Leath said.
     The increasing number of students has led to crowded housing, with hundreds of students living in makeshift dorm rooms set up in common spaces at residence halls. The university also leased space in several apartment buildings to house more than 1,000 students.


University Of Iowa Announces Three Year Bachelor's Degree Program

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa announced Wednesday plans to create a program that would allow some students to earn their undergraduate degree in three years.
     University President Sally Mason told the Iowa Board of Regents that the program will be implemented by the end of this academic year. For a limited number of majors, students will be promised a degree in three years if they take summer classes and meet certain academic milestones.
     "We're still working on the details. We know it won't be easy and it won't be for everyone," she said. "It will be a flexible affordable option designed to meet the needs of well-prepared and motivated students." 
     The idea is designed to save students money on tuition and housing expenses and move them more quickly to a job or graduate studies, Mason said.
     Three-year degrees would require the same number of credits as degrees earned in four years, but the new program offers advising and plans of study that help students fulfill requirements more quickly. 
     The three-year program recognizes that some students come to the university with specific goals, existing college credit, and the preparedness and discipline to pursue a heavier course load, a university statement said.
     This fall, the university expects to identify the first group of academic programs suitable for three-year plans, making the new option available to students who enroll for fall 2015.


First Lady Michelle Obama To Travel To Iowa To Help Braley Campaign

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Iowa next month for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, his campaign said Wednesday.
     Obama will appear at an event in October, but the Braley campaign said details on the date and location have not been worked out.
     Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race with 44-year-old Republican Joni Ernst. They are vying for retiring Senator Tom Harkin's seat. Harkin, a Democrat, has held the office for 30 years.




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