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Monday News, September 17

Akron Fire Department Responds To Two Calls

(Akron) -- Akron's Fire Department had to respond to two calls over the weekend.  The first fire was a ditch grass fire that happened at about 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning.  The fire was located at 23908 Highway 12.  The second fire was called in at about 1:45 a.m. this morning.  Akron assisted the Ireton Fire Department with a grain bin fire.  Fire officials were on the scene for about an hour.


Successful Chalk Art Festival

(Le Mars) -- Several hundred chalk drawings can be seen at the Olson Cultural Events Center as numerous people participated in the weekend's successful Chalk Art Festival, sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  There are drawings depicting comic book heroes, cartoon characters, exotic animals, as well as one drawing that depicts Harry Carey, the once famous Chicago Cubs baseball announcer.


Americorps Assisting Plymouth County Conservation Board

(Hinton) -- An Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is working with the Plymouth County Conservation Board from now to November 1st.  The NCCC team is helping to conserve and provide an educational environment to the public.  The NCCC team is treating 450 acres of land with prescribed burns to enhance prairie remnants and repairing and replacing a bison fence to enclose 2500 acres.  They are also cleaning and removing invasive species on park land as well as helping construct a warming hut for winter sledding and tubing.  The Plymouth County Conservation Board manages more than 2200 acres of recreational and natural lands including native and restored prairies, upland forests and river bottom woodland.  The conservation board provides to the public areas for picnics, camping, fishing, hunting, winter sports, bird watching, hiking, and equestrian trails.


More Fruits and Vegetables Required For School Lunches

(Le Mars) -- In an effort to fight child obesity, the U-S Department of Agriculture has stipulated more fruits and vegetables need to be included as part of a student's school lunch plan.  Judy Lubben, the Food Service Director for the Le Mars Community School District says the new rules have made a difference in how she prepares meals.
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Lubben says the calorie target for Kindergarten through 5th grade is between 550 to 650 calories, 6th through 8th grades is 600 to 700 calories, and the high school is 750 to 850 calories.  She says students are offered more fruits and vegetables than in past years.
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Is the food that is offered enough to satisfy a growing student's apetite?  Lubben believes it is enough food, if the student chooses to consume all the food that is offered.

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The Le Mars Community School District serves approximately 1400 meals each day. Lubben says since the students are given a choice, there isn't as much food that is wasted.

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The food service director offers a fruit bar every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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Lubben says she sees different schools have different tastes for favorite fruits.  She says the price for lunch meals has increased due to the requirement for fresh fruits and vegetables. Each lunch meal costs $1.80.


Maryland Governor Attends Harkin's Steak Fry


INDIANOLA
, Iowa (AP) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is walking an early - and tricky path - into presidential proving ground Iowa on Sunday, less than 60 days before the 2012 election.
The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association says he is focused on helping Iowans elect a Democratic governor in 2014, not sowing seeds for his own presidential ambition.
O'Mally tells reporters before speaking to hundreds of Iowa Democratic activists that he's attending the fundraiser because his friend, Senator Tom Harkin, who asked him come to Harkin's annual
fall fundraiser.
The steak fry has been a common stop for early White House aspirants in Iowa, where the presidential caucuses are scheduled to begin the 2016 Democratic nominating process.


ISU Veterinary Technician Steals Painkillers

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State veterinary technician has been accused of stealing painkilling drugs from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames.
Iowa State police say 35-year-old Kari Boyer, of Boone, stole the medication several times, starting in December.
Story County jail records say Boyer isn't in custody. A public phone listing for her can't be found. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.
The felony charge against her carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.


New Veteran Patients Denied Medicare and Medicaid

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - The federal government says it won't pay Medicare or Medicaid bills for new admissions to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
The home has been fined $7,500 for violations of care standards and other deficiencies in two recent inspections.
The federal moratorium begins Saturday on new admissions for residents whose care is billed to Medicare or Medicaid.
The home's commandant, David Worley, doesn't dispute the inspection reports and says he and his staff "need to keep working hard and getting better at what we do."
The Iowa Veterans Home is run by the state.
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Saturday News, September 15th

(Le Mars) -- A new face can be seen at Floyd Valley Hospital.  Hospital administrator Mike

Donlin has announced that Emily Garcia has accepted the position of Patient Relations

Manager.  This position is responsible for working with patients in areas of concern,

safety, risk management and corporate compliance.  Garcia has a variety of professional

experience including most recently serving as Quality Support Manager at the Siouxland Community

Health Center in Sioux City.

 

Akron Scarecrow Festival Today

(Akron) -- For twelve years, the folks at Akron have held a fall festival celebrating the

scarecrow.  Co-president Angie Price says this year's event, scheduled for today (Saturday) will

provide great family fun, and is expected to feature at least 60 scarecrows.

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Price says on occassion, contestants submit scarecrows that follow a theme.

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Besides the scarecrows on display, the Akron park will have several vendors consisting of

crafts, food, and games.  Price says the proceeds that are raised from the Scarecrow

festival go back into the Akron community.

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The Scarecrow Festival is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. 

Afterwards, the Akron Fire Department will host their steak fry at the fire house beginning

at 5:00 p.m.

 

 Hudreds Expected to Attend Octobers Health Fair

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has announced the date for the next "Well Aware" Health

Fair.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 from 2:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. and it will be

held on the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  Kari Daale, Education Assistant

and Health and Wellness Coordinator for Floyd Valley Hospital says there will be over 50

exhibitors at this year's health fair.

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 Daale says the local health fair is a good time to get your annual flu shot.
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The Floyd Valley official says this will be the tenth year for the "Well Aware Health Fair".

 She says in the past up to 800 people have attended the health fair.  Weather permitting, the Mercy

Air Care helicopter is scheduled to make an appearance.  The Well Aware Health Fair is sponsored by

 Floyd Valley Hospital and Wells Blue Bunny.

 

Elk for Dinner Tonight, Anyone?

 (Hinton) -- The Plymouth County Conservation Board will be holding its annual elk auction on

today (Saturday).  Molly Wilmes, the Community Outreach Coordinator, says this year's auction will

involve not one, but three elk.

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Wilmes says the elk is usually sold for meat, but because of the older bull elk with the

larger antlers, she anticipates many bidders will want the elk to mount on a wall.

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Wilmes says the annual elk auction attracts people from Plymouth and Woodbury counties, but

she believes there will also be bidders from other states.  That elk auction will begin at

1:00 p.m. at the Hillview Recreation Park just west of Hinton.

 

 Judge blocks Iowa plan challenging voters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A district court judge says Iowa

Secretary of State Matt Schultz cannot move forward with new rules

that would challenge voters appearing on databases as noncitizens.

Judge Mary Pat Gunderson issued a ruling Friday blocking Schultz

from implementing voting rules he established without holding a

public hearing.

Schultz created the new rules in July, using an administrative

emergency rulemaking process. He says he needed to act quickly

before the November election because noncitizens might be

registered to vote.

 

Biden plans stops next week in Ottumwa, Grinnell

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The campaign for President Barack Obama

has released more details about Vice President Joe Biden's trip to

Iowa next week, noting he will hold events in Ottumwa and Grinnell.

Biden will arrive in Iowa on Monday and hold an event at the

Port of Burlington.

On Tuesday, he will speak at The Bridge View Center in Ottumwa,

then later in the day will speak at Grinnell College.

The events are free and open to the public, but tickets are

required.

Biden's stops continue a string of visits to Iowa by the

president and vice president, as well as Republican nominee Mitt

Romney and his running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

Iowa is one of about six battleground states that likely will

decide the winner of the presidential election.

 

Feds mull appeal of CEO's release in fraud case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors continue to consider whether

to appeal a judge's order that would free disgraced Iowa

businessman Russ Wasendorf Sr. from jail before sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan disclosed in a filing

Friday that prosecutors ordered a transcript of Wasendorf's

detention hearing on an expedited basis as they consider appealing

U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles' order.

Scoles ruled that the founder of Peregrine Financial Group in

Cedar Falls can leave the Linn County jail after he pleads guilty

Monday to mail fraud, embezzling customer funds and lying to

regulators.

Scoles says Wasendorf will be confined to his pastor's Marion

home under GPS monitoring. Joining him will be Nancy Paladino, who

Wasendorf secretly married days before the fraud was uncovered.

Freedom would be short-lived for Wasendorf, who's facing a

lengthy prison term.

 

 

ISU president looks to make higher ed affordable

 

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University President Steven Leath

has set a goal of raising $150 million in private gifts for student

financial aid during the next five years.

Leath announced the fundraising goal Friday during a ceremony in

which he was installed as Iowa State's 15th president. He's been

working at Iowa State since January.

In his address, Leath called for universities to do more to help

students pay for their education, noting this was a key to making a

higher education accessible. Leath says "being accessible means

being affordable."

Leath also proposed a plan addressing student debt issues that

includes limiting university cost increases and providing better

financial counseling to students.

 

 

Iowa inmate serving life for murder dies in prison

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man sentenced to life in prison for

first-degree murder in Black Hawk County 35 years ago has died at

the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The corrections department says 59-year-old James Henderson was

found dead in his cell Friday morning. Officials say it appears he

died of natural causes. There was no sign of foul play. An autopsy

is pending.

Henderson began serving his sentence in January 1977.

 

 

Iowa mom pleads guilty to child neglect

 

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines woman has pleaded guilty to

three child neglect charges as her husband awaits trial on charges

that he sexually abused three of their nine children.

The Des Moines Register reports the woman pleaded guilty on

Thursday. She faces up to 30 years in prison when she's sentenced

on October 25th in Polk County District Court.

Her husband is to stand trial in January on nine counts of

first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of child endangerment.

The investigation began last fall with a runaway case. The

parents were arrested in April.

The Associated Press is not using the couple's names to protect

the privacy of the children.

 

 

Mammoth skeletons found in Iowa are of 2 species

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Researchers say the two mammoth skeletons

discovered in southern Iowa are different species of extinct beasts

that once roamed North America.

A University of Iowa-led research team announced Friday that

skull fragments and teeth found last month at the site in Oskaloosa

are those of a woolly mammoth. The team had already identified a

four-foot femur found in April as belonging to a Columbian mammoth.

Sarah Horgen of the university's natural history museum says

that finding two species in one spot is a first in Iowa and raises

many questions, such as whether they lived together and were

present at the same time.

Researchers say Columbian mammoths were larger than woolly

mammoths and had long spiraled tusks. Both died out when the Ice

Age ended about 11,000 years ago.

 

   

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