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Tuesday News, October 22

Akron Fire Department Responds To Baler Fire

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department responded to a baler that caught fire yesterday afternoon.  The call came in shortly after 4:00 p.m. Fire crews were dispatched to a corn field a half mile east of Fir Avenue north of highway 3.  The Akron Fire Department was on the scene for an hour.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees To Hold Special Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital's Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Wednesday morning to review, and possibly approve, a resolution accepting bids and setting a date to take further action on the hospital's north addition expansion.  Floyd Valley Hospital had three contractors that submitted bids for the expansion project.

 

City Water Crews To Flush Hydrants

(Le Mars) -- City water department crews will be flushing hydrants located in the southwest
portion of town beginning Tuesday morning and continuing through Thursday.  Officials say
discolored water may be  experienced in these areas as well as any part of the city because
of flow changes.  When discolored water is noticed, do not run hot water if you can help it.
Run the outside hose bib and when this water is clear then you should be ready to flush
inside the house or business to clear up the water.

 

Supervisors To Get Insurance Update

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a light agenda for its weekly
meeting.  The county governing board will meet with Rob Bixemann of Bixemann Insurance to
hear an update on the various insurance policies covering the county and its employees.  The
Supervisors will also hear a request from Adam Schmidt to approve a minor subdivision
located in Grant township.

 

Iowa State Bank Request For Merger of Charters

(Orange City) -- The Iowa State Bank of Hull is requesting a formal merger with the Iowa
State Bank of Remsen.  Although the Iowa State Bank of Hull acquired the financial services
of what used to be known as the Farmers Savings Bank of Remsen a few years ago, and now
known as and operating as the Iowa State Bank of Remsen, the two banks have been conducting
business under two different charters.  However, according to LeRoy Van Kekerix, president
and C.E.O of the Iowa State Bank, a formal request has been submitted to the State Banking
Commission to merge the two financial charters into one. 

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Iowa State Bank has seven other locations with Orange City serving as the hub.  Van Kekerix
says the other seven banks under the Iowa State Bank name are presently operating under one
charter.  He says it will make business operations go a lot smoother.

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The banking official says Remsen customers will be able to enjoy additional benefits, not presently being offered to them.

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The Iowa Banking Commission has accepted the application, and is now receiving public comments about the merger.  Van Kekerix believes the merger application will be approved, and the official merger will take place before December 31st.

 

Branstad Defends Public Health Department Certifying EMT With Criminal Record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is defending his administration's oversight of
Iowa's emergency medical system, which has certified an emergency medical technician who has
an extensive criminal record.
Branstad says that he doesn't want to micromanage the state Public Health Department. He says he respects the department managers' "decision to allocate their priorities in the way they think is appropriate."
The department's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services certified Patrick Birgess, who volunteers as a firefighter in Hawarden.
Between 1988 and 2004 Birgess was convicted of drug possession, forgery, receiving
stolen property, disorderly conduct and other crimes.
Public Health Department spokesman Ken Sharp says Birgess has had no criminal
convictions in nine years.
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First Of Many Discrimination Law Suits To Be Heard

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection is scheduled Tuesday for the first of what could be
several trials in claims brought by black employees and job applicants who allege racial
discrimination cost them jobs and promotions in Iowa's executive branch.
The cases stem from a class-action lawsuit in which up to 6,000 blacks passed over for
state jobs alleged a pattern of discrimination. A judge dismissed the lawsuit last year and
the Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to reinstate it.
Meanwhile, some individual cases will be tried after years of litigation.
The first trial features former Iowa Workforce Development clerk Dorothea Polk, who
contends that she was fired in 2006 after filing a discrimination complaint with the Iowa
Civil Rights Commission. Three other trials are scheduled in coming weeks.


Bullying Summitt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The registration for a Nov. 4 bullying prevention summit in Des Moines has been extended through Wednesday.
Gov. Terry Branstad says additional demand for tickets is driving the extension. The
original deadline for registration was Friday.
The Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit registration is online at: preventbullying.iowa.gov
This year's theme is "Mission Possible: Stepping Up the Response," and is a follow-up
to last year's summit which drew about 1,100 people.
The summit's keynote speaker is Emily Bazelon, author of the book "Sticks and Stones:
Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy."
The summit will include sessions on how students and adults can make a difference.
Participants will explore good legal policy and support schools may need to better deal with
bullying.


Farmers Making Progress On Harvest, Although Behind Normal Schedule

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says 70 percent of soybeans
and 35 percent of corn has been harvested in the state as favorable weather allowed farmers
to getting into their fields.
The state Agriculture Department says the corn harvest was 15 percentage points behind
normal and the soybean harvest was 11 percentage points behind normal.
Kevin Fischer of Hinton was wrapping up his soybean harvest a few days ago when I spoke with
him.  He says he was somewhat surprised at his yields, as they have been the best he has ever seen.  Fischer summarizes his soybean harvest.

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Pasture conditions also have improved, with 52 percent rated as fair, good or excellent.
Statewide, the weather allowed fieldwork on 5.4 days last week.
The state based its estimates off statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

Counterfeit Money Used To Buy Pumpkins

RUTHVEN, Iowa (AP) - Police say someone used counterfeit bills to buy pumpkins from an unmanned stand in northwest Iowa.
Someone took pumpkins from the Rohan's Firewood/Pumpkin Stand near Ruthven on Oct. 13 and left two fake $20 bills.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating and has notified the Secret Service.

 

Mountain Lion Seen In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a mountain lion
sighting in Madison County.
A farmer's game camera caught an image of the mountain lion Oct. 13, about 10 miles north of Winterset.
DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says the animal appears to be a 2- to 3-year-old male.
It's the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Iowa since last October, when Des Moines police killed one in a city neighborhood.
The DNR says there have been 16 confirmed mountain lion sightings since 1994.
Those sightings will likely become even less common in the future because South Dakota, where many mountain lions apparently originate, is issuing more hunting permits to reduce the population of the animals.
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Monday Afternoon News, October 21

Iowa State Bank Wants To Merge Financial Charters

(Orange City) -- The Iowa State Bank of Hull is requesting a formal merger with the Iowa
State Bank of Remsen.  Although the Iowa State Bank of Hull acquired the financial services
of what used to be known as the Farmers Savings Bank of Remsen a few years ago, known now,
and operating as the Iowa State Bank of Remsen, the two banks have been conducting business
under two different charters.  However, according to LeRoy Van Kekerix, president and C.E.O
of the Iowa State Bank, a formal request has been submitted to the State Banking Commission
to merge the two financial charters into one. 

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Iowa State Bank has seven other locations with Orange City serving as the hub.  Van Kekerix
says the other seven banks under the Iowa State Bank name are presently operating under one
charter.  He says it will make business operations go a lot smoother.

Listen to

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The banking official says Remsen customers will be able to enjoy additional benefits, not presently being offered to them.

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The Iowa Banking Commission has accepted the application, and is now receiving public
comments about the merger.  Van Kekerix believes the merger application will be approved,
and the official merger will take place before December 31st.

 

Iowa Saves $41 Million In Medicare Fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says an effort to reduce Medicaid claim errors
and fraud has saved Iowa $46 million in the last fiscal year.  Branstad says over three
years the total savings is $86 million. He says that helps the state provide better care for
400,000 residents without reducing services or cutting rates paid to providers.
The state has a contract with Optum, a Minnesota company, to prevent fraudulent charges
and mistakes that would overbill the state. The company also works to ensure that the type
of care and services offered is the most efficient.  Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds says most of
the savings came from catching errors and fraud in advance.

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Cases of Medicaid fraud are being turned over to investigators in the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

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In addition, the private company reviewing Iowa Medicaid claims has pushed for the purchase of medical equipment rather than long-term rental agreements which turn out to be more costly than buying the equipment in the first place. Jennifer Vermeer (ver-MEER) is the director of Iowa's Medicaid program.

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State officials say there are about 20-thousand Medicaid providers in Iowa.
The company is being paid $14 million for a three-year contract. It will continue through fiscal year 2014 under a one-year optional extension of the contract that was based on performance.


Branstad Says Federal Deficit, Govt. Shutdown Hurt Job Recruitment Efforts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says the federal government shutdown, health
care reform, and federal budget deficits make it harder to create jobs.
He says if the federal government would "get its act together and quit scaring people
and businesses" Iowa would be doing better at job creation.
When elected he promised to create 200,000 new jobs in five years. He sidestepped a
question Monday about whether he believes he's on track to fulfill that goal.
Branstad says the key to job creation is to convince more people to live in the state.
He told reporters in his weekly news conference he's planning on unveiling an ambitious
plan in the months ahead aimed at bringing more people to Iowa with the skills to fill new
jobs he's planning on creating.

 

EMT Has Criminal Record, But Public Health Department Say He Is Not A Risk To Public

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa emergency medical technician has been convicted 23
times of state and federal crimes, but the Iowa Department of Public Health says he's little
risk to the public.
The Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1gydbTJ ) Monday that the department's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services has certified Patrick Birgess as an emergency medical technician despite his extensive arrest record.
Between 1988 and 2004 he was convicted of crimes including drug possession, forgery, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct, identity theft and unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.
Public Health Department spokesman Ken Sharp says the agency believes "Birgess can practice with minimal risk to the public." He notes Birgess has no criminal convictions in nine years.
A telephone number for Birgess couldn't be located.
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