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Friday Afternoon News, February 22

Simpson College Softball Team Involved In Accident

COLFAX, Iowa (AP) - A charter bus carrying members of an Iowa college softball team has been involved in a multi-vehicle crash that closed part of Interstate 80.
The bus carrying students and coaches from Simpson College was headed east Friday morning on Interstate 80 near Colfax when a semi-trailer truck jack-knifed in front of it.  School officials say
bus passengers were not seriously injured.
Iowa State Patrol says several semi-trailer trucks were involved in the crash. It is unclear if there are additional injuries. Eastbound lanes near the crash remain closed.
The crash is one of several after a major snowstorm dumped several inches of snow across the state.
Another bus later picked the team up for a tournament in Marquette, Mich.


Car Rolls Backward Striking Woman and Killing Her

PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - A 61-year-old woman has died under her car on her ice- and snow-slickened driveway in western Iowa.
Mills County Sheriff's Sgt. Kim Clark says the accident occurred a little before 1:45 p.m. Thursday.
Clark says Barbara Glaser was in her car when it got stuck on her steep driveway. Clark says Glaser put the vehicle in park, shut it off and got out. But the car started to slide down the driveway and struck Glaser. It knocked her down, hit an embankment and then rolled over on her.
Glaser was pronounced dead at the scene, which is north of Pacific Junction.


Iowa Medicaid To Expand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's Medicaid program will use a $1.3 million grant to start developing a statewide plan to reduce the cost of treating chronically ill patients.
The program said Thursday the six-month grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will enable it to coordinate with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and other insurers to develop
the plan.
In a statement, Medicaid Director Jennifer Vermeer said one strategy will be to create a group of health care providers to better coordinate care for the chronically ill, who consume a
disproportionate share of costs.
Vermeer says the current reimbursement system rewards providers for the volume and not the value of services they provide. She says care can be improved while slowing the growth of costs by
preventing redundant services and medical errors.


Memorial To Be Constructed For Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers say they expect work to begin this spring on a permanent memorial for two Iowa cousins who disappeared during a bike ride last summer.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports work on a permanent memorial for Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins may begin in a few weeks at Meyers Lake. Contractors are waiting on a vote Saturday
from the Evansdale Park Board that will allow them to start some work before the regular construction season.
The board voted earlier this month to name the park at the lake Angels Park. An adjacent lakeside trial will be called Trail of Angels.
The girls were last seen in July riding their bikes by the lake. Their bodies were found in December in a wooded area.

State Supreme Court Rules Woman To Be Buried In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a woman must be buried in Iowa even though she clearly wanted her final resting place to be in Montana.
The court says in a ruling Friday that Mary Florence Whalen's husband, Michael, has the final say even though she left specific instructions for burial in Billings, Mont.
Her husband plans to bury her in Anamosa. Her body has been at a funeral home there since her death in June.
The court says a 2008 Iowa law creates a process for people to spell out in specific documents who they want to handle burial arrangements. Since Whalen didn't do that, the court in a 5-to-2
decision says her husband decides.
Chief Justice Mark Cady says the majority of justices are misinterpreting the law.





Friday News, February 22

Snow Hits Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Despite the heavy snow that dumped on Le Mars and all of northwest Iowa, very there were very few reports of vehicles having accidents or sliding into the ditch as a result of the snow.  According to the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, they had received only five reports of accidents or vehicles in the ditch.  There was a personal injury accident located on Highway 3 that occurred at about 5:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.  The Le Mars Fire And Rescue responded to that accident. The Hinton Fire Department responded to an auto accident that occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m. this morning on the north bound lane of Highway 75.  It is not believed any injuries were reported.  No further details are know at this time on either accident.

Roads Are Slow To Clear

(Le Mars) -- All roads in northwest Iowa are 100 percent snow and ice packed.  There is a winter storm warning issued for Plymouth, Woodbury, Cherokee, Buena Vista, and Ida Counties. Interstate 29 has slow moving traffic this morning. Highways 75 and 60 are totally snow covered.  Many area schools are either cancelled or starting late.  Meteorologist Brad Adams of the National Weather Services from Sioux Falls.  He says the brunt of the storm did pass over northwest Iowa.
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Some people were perhaps surprised at the amount of snow received when in fact humidity levels were low.
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Adams says Thursday was the first wave, with the second coming on Sunday evening into Monday.  But he says that storm may be more to the south.
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Snow plows are starting to clear the roadways, according to Iowa State Patrol trooper Vince Kurtz.

Local Artist Donates Painting To Museum

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars artist Marjorie Dornink and her painting, "Black Elk's Dream," will be featured at a 3 p.m. coffee this Saturday at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars.

Marjorie donated  the painting to the Museum this week. Her daughter, Twilla Caudron, explained that the art work is about the story and legend of Wounded Knee and the native Americans.

Marjorie, a lifetime resident of the Le Mars area, has been painting for many years.  Hosting the coffee for the artist will be the children of Marjorie and the late Wally Dornink: Kathy and Don Budd of Florence, Colo., Dick and Roberta Doornink of Cameron, Mo., and Twilla Caudron of Sarteneja, Belize.

The Museum, located at 335 First Avenue Southwest, will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A special open house for the new Main Street Exhibit is set for Sunday afternoon.


Snow Storm Has Homeless Seeking Shelter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of Iowa's largest homeless shelter says the center will be packed because of a snowstorm moving through the state.
Tony Timm, executive director of Central Iowa Shelter in Des Moines, says 150 emergency beds already were full at the shelter on the edge of downtown by midday Thursday.
He expects there will be about 40 people who will sleep in chairs at the shelter. Many of them have been living in homeless camps along the Des Moines River.
Timm says, "It's going to be miserably cold and the snow adds an extra hurdle."


Despite Snow, Airports Remain Open

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Despite the heavy snow, Iowa's major airports are still open.
Des Moines International Airport shows four morning flights from Chicago have been canceled, but another is scheduled to land on time at 9:14 a.m.
Early departures to Atlanta and Dallas have been delayed, but early flights to Newark, N.J.; Houston; and Denver are listed as on time. Flights to Memphis, Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C.,
have been canceled.
At the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, a departure list shows several cancellations. Those include flights to Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and Denver. But flights to Detroit and Orlando,
Fla., are listed as on time.
The Quad City International Airport says early flights to Chicago and Atlanta are canceled, but early flights to Dallas, Detroit and Minneapolis are listed as on time.


Kossuth County Farmers Produced Most Corn and Soybeans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers in north-central Iowa's Kossuth County beat out all others in corn and soybean production last year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report issued Thursday that Kossuth County led with 52.8 million bushels of corn and 10.3 million bushels of soybeans. It makes sense that Kossuth
would stand out, it's the state's largest county by land size and has the most harvested acres of corn and soybeans.
The extreme heat and drought last year reduced yields significantly across much of Iowa. Only Palo Alto and Clay counties in northwest Iowa produced corn yields above 170 bushels per acre.
Southern Iowa counties suffered most. Appanoose County reported the lowest yields with corn at 44.5 bushels per acre and soybeans at 24.3 bushels per acre.









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