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Landfill Recycles Shingles for Asphalt

(LeMars) A new type of recycling program is taking place at the Plymouth County Landfill.  Old roofing shingles are being ground up in a powder to be later used in asphalt for roadways.  Mark Kunkel serves as the manager for the Plymouth County Solid Waster Agency.  He says between 1200 and 1500 tons of roofing tar shingles from Plymouth County will be purchased by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

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Kunkel says the recycling process not only prolongs the life of the old tar roofing shingles, but it also prolongs the life of the landfill.

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The solid waste manager says Plymouth County is the first to implement the recycling of roofing shingles.  He offers an explaination as to why shingles are requested for asphalt projects.

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The grinder is scheduled to be at the landfill for only a couple of days. Kunkel says a paving company from Des Moines will be hauling away the recycled shingles.  Kunkel hopes the landfill can grind shingles at least once a year.

(Sioux City) -- Congressman Steve King toured the flood damaged area along the Missouri River earlier this week.  The tour took place hours after King's help in the effort to establish FEMA individual assistance was realized for Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties.  After touring the devasated area by airplane, King commented that he is even more convinced that his sponsored bill, H.R. 2942 needs to be passed.  H.R. 2942 would give flood control more of a priority with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers.  The Iowa Republican says his bill would assure families, farms and infrastructure would never again be devastated by another flood along the Missouri River.

(Sioux City) -- St. Luke's Hospital has announced they have assumed the sponsorship of Siouxland PACE to its health system.  Siouxland PACE is a Medicare/Medicaid program that provides healthcare and support services to enable elderly individuals to remain at home.  Siouxland PACE was previously operated by Health Inc.  Dr. Richard Hildebrand, St. Luke's Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer says the health system recognizes the valuable role Siouxland PACE plays within the community.  "We believe Siouxland PACE is vital in helping to reduce readmissions and promotes the importance of continuum of care.  As a full-service hospital, St. Luke's can utilize our services to support the program's mission to enable the elderly to remain living in our community.  The program offers peace of mind to participants and their families," said Hildebrand.  Siouxland PACE operates an adult day center in the old HyVee building along with the Center for Active Generations at the corner of Hamilton and Cook in Sioux City.  Currently, the program serves 120 participants in six Iowa counties.

 

   

Preparations Underway For "Pink Ribbon Night"

(LeMars) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many people show their support for breast cancer research by wearing something pink colored, or by wearing a pink ribbon. Floyd Valley Hospital is making preparations for their 11th annual "Pink Ribbon Night" scheduled for next Thursday, October 27th at the LeMars Convention Center. Kari Daale with Floyd Valley Hospital says new at this year's event will be vendors marketing their products and services.
 

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Daale says this year's program will feature two speakers.
 

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The keynote address speaker is author and image consultant, Jill Swanson of Rochester, Minnesota.
 

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Tickets for the "Pink Ribbon night" are on sale for $20 and reservations need to be made prior to October 24th.

  
(LeMars) -- After serving on the Northwest Area Education Agency Board of Directors for 17 years, Larry Petersen of LeMars has decided that it was time for someone else to help guide educational efforts.  Northwest AEA is on of nine Iowa state agencies that provide special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development, and leadership to promote school improvement.  Petersen says he enjoyed seeing students grow through education.

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During Petersen's tenure, the agency had hired three different administrators.  He says another challenge was when Western Hills Area 12 merged with Area 4 to form today's Northwest Area Education Agency.
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Northwest AEA consists of 12 counties that include: Monona...Crawford...Ida...Woodbury...Plymouth...Cherokee...O'Brien...Sioux...Lyon and Osceola.  Dr. Tom Bjorge, a retired dentist from LeMars has taken over for Petersen's position on the Northwest Iowa AEA board.

 

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) - State workplace safety officials say Casey's General Stores Inc. will not be fined in connection with a fire that killed an employee at a store in La Porte City.
     The Iowa Division of Labor Services OSHA bureau had issued a citation fining the company $4,500 but later withdrew it.  Agency officials confirmed the action Thursday but referred further questions to the Iowa OSHA administrator, who was not immediately available.
     Colleen Paradine died in the July 6 fire. Authorities say the 53-year-old worker went to the store early to make doughnuts when the fire broke out. The store was closed at the time.
     Firefighters found her unconscious inside. She was pronounced dead at a Waterloo hospital.
     A telephone message left Thursday for a company spokesman was not immediately returned.

    

   

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