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Wednesday Afternoon News Oct. 17

Floyd Valley Hospital Gets Good Marks On Audit

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has been given a "fresh bill of health" by the accounting firm Denman and Company of Des Moines. Denman and Company recently completed its audit of Floyd Valley's Financial Statement.  Hospital administrator Mike Donlin says the audit shows that although Floyd Valley did make a profit from last fiscal year, its expenses were also on the increase.
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The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees took the action on Tuesday to hire a consulting firm to look at the feasibility of raising money for the proposed north addition.
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Donlin says the assessment study will begin next Wednesday with the hopes that the conclusions will be ready in February of 2013.


Police Update the Information On Bike - Car Accident

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police have released the details of that bicycle and car accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m.  The accident happened near the Country Store convenience store located on Plymouth Street S.W.  Nine year old Uriah Groetken was riding his bike and entered the lane of traffic from an alleyway, when he was struck by a car driven by 75 year old Naomi Kappler of Remsen.   Groetken was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital for observation since he had hit his head during the collision, but has since been released.  Kappler was traveling at about 10 -15 mph when the accident occurred.  The car received only minor damage.  Responding to the accident were the Le Mars Police Department, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, and the Le Mars Ambulance.

 

City Sells Mock Library Building

(Le Mars) -- What was at one time the Charles Mock library as part of the Westmar College, may soon be a new restaurant.  The Le Mars City Council approved the sale of the building for $5000 to John and Sharon Sailer of Le Mars.  City administrator, Scott Langel says the city received two offers for the building.
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City Officials Hope Tree Disposal Site To Open Again Next Week

(Le Mars) -- Many people are wondering whether the city's tree, leaf and grass disposal site will open again this autumn after Friday's fire forced the closure of the disposal site.  City Administrator Scott Langel says city officials hope to have the area cleaned and opened again after October 24th.  His says fire fighters and public works officials have been working together to clean up the site.

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DCI Investigating Shooting By Deputy

KEOSAUQUA, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting death of an armed man by a Van Buren County sheriff's deputy in southeast Iowa.
The agency says the deputy shot and killed the man on Iowa Highway 2 near Cantril on Tuesday. Deputies were investigating reports of a man wearing a military uniform and armed with a rifle
walking along the highway and making obscene gestures at passing motorists.
Officials say when deputies arrived, the man was ordered to drop the rifle. A deputy shot the man when he pointed the rifle at the officers.
The sheriff's office says Wednesday that no other information, including the man's name, has been released. A telephone call to the DCI was not returned.

 

ACLU Asking Iowa Officials About Driver's Licenses For Immigrants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is asking Iowa officials whether the state will grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants granted "deferred action" status by the federal government.
The ACLU says it sent a letter to Iowa Transportation Director Paul Trombino, asking him what the state will do.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said each state can determine whether to issue licenses or extend other benefits to young immigrants who qualify for the deferred status. The
immigrants were brought to the country illegally when they were children.
Some states say they will grant driving privileges to the eligible immigrants. Others states, including Nebraska, have vowed to deny them.
Iowa Transportation Department spokeswoman Dena Gray-Fisher says the department hasn't yet had time to review the letter or respond.

 



   

Wednesday News, October 17

Plymouth County Supervisors Approve Regional Mental Health Program

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have given their approval for a regional mental health services program.  The supervisors took that action during their weekly meeting held Tuesday.  Due to budget cuts, and an increase number of cases, many counties simply cannot afford to provide all the mental health services that are required.  The state suggested counties form their alliance with other counties.  Plymouth county has proposed a region that would consist of Woodbury, Plymouth, Sioux and Cherokee counties.  Woodbury County Supervisors have also adopted the proposed region.  With the new regional mental health program, will it mean a lost of local control for mental health services?  Sharon
Nieman, Plymouth County CPC director offers this explanation.
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There is shared concern that some mental health services may be dropped as a result of the regional system.  Nieman says that may fall upon the state legislature as to how much funding they wish to provide.
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Police Investigating Bike-Car Accident

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating an accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon at
about 5:00 p.m. involving a bicycle and a car.  The accident happened near the Country Store
convenience store located on Plymouth Street S.W. The injured victim was a juvenile female
and was apparently struck by a car when the bike tried to cross the street.  The victim was
transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Responding to the accident were the Le Mars
Police Department, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, and the Le Mars Ambulance.  No
word yet on the names of those involved, or the condition of the juvenile victim.

 

Oyens Lifts Boil Order

(Oyens) -- Oyens residents once again have clean fresh water that is free of bacteria.  Oyens mayor, Cheryl Christman has announced that as of October 16th the water system has been shock chlorinated and the bacteria samples were satisfactory.  Christman says it is no longer necessary for the residents of Oyens to boil water before use.


Authorities Look For Escaped Inmate

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they're looking for a 28-year-old Iowa inmate who's been listed as escaped from a work release facility in Sioux City.
The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Miller didn't return to the facility as scheduled on Friday.
Miller was transferred to work release last month. He originally was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years following assault convictions in Woodbury County.
Miller began his prison term in April 2009.

 

Sioux City Gas Station Robbed

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are searching for the man that they say robbed a gas station at gun point.  Pronto Express located at 1800 N. Lewis Blvd. was robbed on Tuesday at about 4:40 p.m.  The suspect is identified as a thin five foot - nine inch African-American wearing a ski mask.  The man demanded money from the gas station and then fled.  Police are not saying how much money was stolen. Two customers were in the station at the time.  No one was injured.

 

Grassley Visits Le Mars High School Students

(Le Mars) -- Iowa Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley met with the Le Mars High School government class students during a question and answer session held this morning.  Grassley was asked everything from how did he enter politics to questions relating to the recent U-S ambassador's shooting death, to would there be a Social Security program when the students of today reach retirement age?  He was also asked by a student whether the U-S government should implement a drug-testing program for welfare recipients.  Grassley visited with the students about the Constitution, saying "our form of government is different from any other government in the world." He informed the students that the constitution was set up on the principle of limited government.  He also encouraged the students to consider applying for an internship with his office.  What was the Senator's opinion of the students and of their questions?
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Speaker Boehner To Visit Iowa

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner plans to meet with Republican volunteers in Iowa as they campaign to oust President Barack Obama from office.
The Ohio Republican who has often sparred with Obama is scheduled to appear at a Republican Party office in Coralville on Wednesday afternoon.
Boehner's visit will come just hours after Obama is expected to speak about 25 miles away, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. It also comes as all four of Iowa's congressional races remain up for
grabs.
Organizers say Boehner will deliver remarks on the national debt and deficit. He and Obama negotiated but failed last year to reach agreement on a package of spending cuts and revenue increases to combat the problem, with each blaming the other for the failure.


Occupy Des Moines Say They Will Disrupt World Food Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than 1,000 scientists and agribusiness leaders are expected in Des Moines this week for the World Food Prize Foundation's annual discussion of efforts to reduce world hunger.
The event also is attracting protesters who hope to disrupt an award ceremony to be attended by dignitaries including the United Nations secretary-general.
Members of Occupy Des Moines plan to be arrested as they obstruct participants at the foundation's headquarters on Wednesday and at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday before the $250,000 prize is given to Israeli scientist Daniel Hillel.
Organizer Frank Cordaro says the group opposes corporate agriculture motivated more by profit than food safety or protection of natural resources.
Foundation President Kenneth Quinn says he's disappointed the prize dedicated to ending world hunger would be the target of civil disobedience.


Iowa National Guard To Celebrate Homecoming

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A homecoming celebration is planned for 30 members of the Iowa Air National Guard returning home from a tour of duty in Southeast Asia.
The guard says the airmen from the 132nd Fighter Wing in De Moines are scheduled to return to Des Moines Wednesday morning.
The airmen have been in Southeast Asia for the past six months.

 



   

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