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Thursday News, October 24

Floyd Valley Hospital Creates "Harvest For Your Hospital" Campaign

(Le Mars) -- Farmers are of course busy with this year's harvest, and now the Floyd Valley
Hospital has created an opportunity where farmers can donate some of their grain to the hospital.  Its referred to as "harvest for the hospital" and Floyd Valley hospital Foundation Manager, Chuck Jespersen says the program allows farmers to donate to the expansion project campaign.

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Jespersen says the hospital is coordinating the donations through 17 area grain elevators and ethanol processors.  He says when a farmer donates grain for the hospital, it can be classified as a tax deduction.

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Although the program is relatively new, Jespersen says there has been a great amount of interest from farmers.

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The hospital foundation manager says any size of grain donation is welcomed, and there is no minimum requirements.

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For more information regarding the "Harvest For Our Hospital" campaign, you can contact the Floyd Valley Hospital Foundation Department, or contact your local grain elevator.

 

Two Hinton Men Arrested For Possession Of Controlled Substance

(Le Mars) -- Last Friday evening, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office performed a traffic stop on Southridge Road near County Road K-22.  As a result of that stop, Steven Kramer, age 22, of Hinton was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Dylan Ohl, age 22 of Hinton was also placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and interference with official acts.  Both were transported to the Plymouth County Jail.

 

Newell Man Arrested And Charged For Stealing Hogs

(Storm Lake) -- A Newell, Iowa man has been arrested and charged with stealing hogs.  43 year old Monte Grote has been arrested and charged with two counts of theft in the first degree, a class C felony, and one count of theft in the second degree, a class D felony. 
Grote had been contracted to raise feeder pigs for a Minnesota company.  A complaint was
received on October 15th by the Buena Vista Sheriff's office of several head of hogs missing, and Grote claiming they had died.  After an investigation, it was determined that Grote had sold several head of hogs from May through October claiming the hogs were his. 
Total value of the livestock was over $25,000.  Grote is in the Buena Vista County jail and is being held on a $10,000 bond.


The Aslyum To Host Bowl-A-Thon

(Le Mars) -- An asylum is a place to seek refuge and protection.  The Asylum in Le Mars is offering that type of care and compassion to kids who otherwise may not receive the guidance they need.
Roxie Rahn says the Asylum, which is a ministry of the Youth for Christ organization, often works with kids who aren't involved with extra-curricular activities and don't have someone to come home to after school.

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They also offer a tutoring program, a weekly family meal for the kids as well as special programming and speakers to teach life skills.

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There are 350-400 kids ages 11-19 that come through the Asylum each year, averaging 75-150 attendees per week.

To keep that number of kids supported, it takes funds to make that happen. Youth for Christ will be having a Bowl-a-thon at Sweet 16 Lanes in Le Mars this Sunday to raise funds for the  organization.  There are 16 teams, with team and lane sponsors, with room for more.

Rahn explains how the funds will be used.

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Youth for Christ hopes to raise between 6 and 8 thousand dollars through this event, which in it's 14th year.  Rahn says that the support of the community is integral in the success of the Asylum and other Youth for Christ programs.

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If you're interested in supporting The Asylum through Sunday's Bowl-a-thon or by other means feel free to call them at 546-8833.

 

Regents To Consider Freezing Tuition

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents will consider a plan to freeze tuition rates for undergraduates from Iowa for the second straight year.
The board that governs Iowa's public universities meets Thursday at the University of Iowa.
Up for discussion is a plan to maintain current tuition rates for in-state undergraduates next year as long as lawmakers give the universities a 4 percent funding
increase. The regents adopted a similar strategy last year, which has proven popular and was
successful in the Legislature.
The regents will also discuss a plan to reduce tuition for out-of-state students to improve sagging enrollment at the University of Iowa law school.
The regents aren't expected to give final approval to either plan until December.
Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to speak at the meeting.

 

Online Seminars To Help Farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A series of online seminars aimed at helping farmers learn about such topics as how to insure an apple orchard, marketing and distributing local food, and the profit potential of grass-based livestock will be held through December.
Practical Farmers of Iowa has set a schedule for a series of seminars this fall.
The interactive webinars are Tuesday evenings from Nov. 5 through Dec. 10, except for Thanksgiving week
Anyone is invited to listen in by signing in as a guest at
www.practicalfarmers.org/farminar .
Funds for the webinars have come from more than 200 individual donors and corporate sponsors including John Deere and Farm Credit Services of America.
Most presenters are farmers and the events are set up for participants to ask questions in real time.

 

Iowa Public Employee Pension Fund In Trouble

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's public employee pension funds face billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities and it's likely lawmakers will try to address the problem in next year's legislative session.
A 10-member legislative pension committee heard experts talk Wednesday about the impact of maintaining a police and firefighters pension fund used by 49 larger Iowa cities.
Gretchen Tegeler, executive director of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, says Des Moines has seen reduced library hours and higher property taxes and Urbandale has had tax increases for three consecutive years.
Democratic Sen. Tom Courtney, the pension committee chairman, says he expects a bill to be introduced next year to make pension funding changes but details aren't yet decided.
Republican Rep. Dawn Pettingill says lawmakers should avoid knee-jerk reactions.
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Wednesday Afternoon News, October 23

Hospital Trustees Review Contractor Bids For Expansion Project

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees met this morning for a special meeting to review the three bids submitted for the construction of the north addition expansion project.  The trustees did not award a contract to any of the bidders, as of yet, that will happen on November 19th.  The three contractors included Wiltgen Construction Company from Le Mars with a bid of $15,766,000; L and L Builders from Sioux City submitted the lowest bid at $15,101,000; and Donlar Construction Company, a Minnesota based contractor, submitted a bid of $16,072,600.  Daryl Friedenbach, Director of Financial Services for Floyd Valley Hospital explains what course of action was taken by the hospital trustees.

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A question was raised during the meeting if the contract stipulates any provisions to have local workers perform the construction project?  Friedenbach says since the hospital is getting a loan from the U.S.D.A. the mandate is to accept the lowest bid.

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As mentioned, L and L Builders submitted the lowest bid, and Friedenbach says the hospital is comfortable with the contractors, since L and L Builders is working on the new loading dock for the hospital.

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Several building projects within the area, including a new fertilizer plant, a new Sioux City downtown casino, and the construction of an elementary school in Sioux City, plus many smaller projects had hospital officials wondering if they would have had enough submitted competitive bids for the hospital expansion.

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DCI Agent Found Having An Affair

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was disciplined for violating department policies by having a personal relationship with a subordinate employee, but moved to a high-profile job months later.
A disciplinary notice shows David Jobes was given a last-chance warning in February after superiors learned of the relationship. It says Jobes discredited the department by having a relationship with an employee within his chain of command and failing to tell his supervisor.
The document was obtained by The Associated Press through the public records law. The subordinate employee was not identified in the notice.
In May, Jobes was transferred to gaming operations, assuming responsibility for overseeing the integrity of Iowa's casinos and other forms of gambling.
Jobes declined comment.

 

Bomb Threat at Indianola High School

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - Students at a high school in Indianola are returning to class after a bomb threat temporarily evacuated the campus.
Students at Indianola High School were given the clear Wednesday morning.
Indianola Community Schools briefly evacuated students to nearby buses after a bomb threat written on a note was found in a campus bathroom. Authorities say they did a thorough sweep of the building before allowing students to return.
The district said in an email it was taking the bomb threat seriously although it questioned its credibility.
Parents were allowed to dismiss students early.
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Iowa Companies Sign Agreements With China

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa companies and organizations have signed 20 cooperative trade
agreements with their counterparts from the Chinese province of Hebei solidifying a 30-year
sister city relationship between Iowa and the province.
The value of business investment involved in each cooperative agreement was not disclosed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, but the agency's officials estimated the total at $1 billion.
Executives from Iowa-based companies including Principal Financial Group and grain bin
manufacturer Sukup Manufacturing say the trade deals will mean jobs and significant business investment for Iowa and the Chinese province.
China is one of Iowa's largest trading partners. The state exported $751 million worth of products to the growing nation last year including machinery, vehicles, processed meat, cereal, and animal feed.
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Former Mingo City Clerk Cannot Sue According To Appeals Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals says the former city clerk of Mingo cannot sue city and Jasper County officials for malicious prosecution, false arrest or defamation.
Amy Berkey was charged with theft and misconduct in November 2008 after officials investigated allegations missing deposits based on a state audit that found several problems including poor record-keeping. A state prosecutor, citing insufficient evidence, dropped the charges in 2009.
Berkey sued the city, Jasper County and officials but a district court judge dismissed the lawsuit. Berkey appealed.
The appeals court justices on Wednesday upheld dismissal saying there was probable cause for Berkey's arrest, foreclosing the malicious prosecution and false arrest claims. The justices also say the officials did not defame her because statements were made in good faith as part of the investigation.

 

U of I Teaching Assistant Sends Inappropriate E-mails

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says that a teaching assistant sent an email with files depicting inappropriate sexual content to her students by accident.
University spokesman Tom Moore said the teaching assistant "regrets her actions" and the school is asking those who received the message to delete it and not share the files with anyone.
Moore said the incident was inappropriate, and university officials are investigating. He said the school would "take appropriate actions under our policies and procedures."
No other details were immediately released.

 

 

   

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