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Friday News, September 12

Le Mars Community School Celebrates Homecoming

(Le Mars) -- This week is Homecoming week for Le Mars Community School District, with the theme "Welcome to the Jungle".  Coronation and the community pep rally are scheduled to happen on Friday afternon at 1:00 p.m. with the Homecoming parade scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m.  All of the afternoon events will be featured live on KLEM radio.  This year's king candidates include: Tyler Borchers, Tyler Paulson, Caleb Cline, Matt Ellefson, Hunter Fedders, and Beau Ohm.  The queen candidates include: Holly Schneider, Paige Tracey, Angel Lamoreux, Allie Theisen, Emily Ahlers, and Kassidy Rieken.  Kickoff for the football game against the Storm Lake Tornadoes is at 7:00 p.m.

 

Family Medical Clinics Honored

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Floyd Valley Hospital’s Family Medicine Clinics (Le Mars, Marcus, and Remsen) have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long term, participative relationships. Mike Donlin, Administrator for Floyd Valley Hospital and the Family Medicine Clinics says “We have been working to accomplish this goal since the transition to the Patient Care Team Model several years ago.”  Donlin continued to say,   “We are excited to earn this highest level of recognition. It raises the bar even higher to continue providing high quality health care.” 
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

 

Plymouth County Government Security Questioned 

(Le Mars) -- On Tuesday of this week a man attended the Jackson County Board of Supervisors meeting at the Jackson County courthouse at Maquoketa and fired a shot at a county official.  County supervisors then rushed the shooter and tackled him.  During the struggle, a second shot was fired killing the shooter.   Earlier this year, an incident  occurred in Madison County when an individual brought a gun to the county courthouse. The question has been asked if our Plymouth County government officials are safe?  KLEM news questioned Plymouth county supervisors about their thoughts about whether added security measures are needed.  Chairman Jim Henrich says he has never felt threaten, and says recently, the county has implemented a security plan.  Henrich doesn't believe added security in terms of a positioned sheriff's deputy is needed to attend supervisor meetings.

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Supervisor Craig Anderson says he is concerned for the safety of Plymouth County employees and for his fellow supervisors, but, like Henrichs, Anderson has never felt threaten.  Prior to serving as a county supervisor, Anderson was on the county planning and zoning commission.  He says there were a few occasions when Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo was called to be in attendance of those meetings.

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Woodbury County Courthouse recently implemented a security program involving a metal detector placed at entrances.  At the Plymouth County courthouse, there is one metal detector, but it is located on the third floor, outside the door of the courtroom. Supervisor Mark Loutsch offers his comments on the situation.

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Mapleton To Hire New Police Chief

 MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) - The western Iowa community of Mapleton is accepting applications for a new police chief, despite pleas from residents to reinstate the former chief.
     Residents shared their disapproval of a new hiring during a city council meeting Wednesday night.  The council voted to put an advertisement out for the position.
     John Holton, who had been chief for years, was terminated at a special city council meeting during the summer. Officials have declined to discuss the matter.
     But residents have voiced opposition to the firing since then.
     Officer Kirk Kinnaman is serving as interim police chief in the meantime.

 

Farmers Expected To Harvest Record Crop

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The nation's corn and soybean farmers will harvest by far the largest crops ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report.
     Bigger crops have been expected this year as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions, but the new estimates far surpass previous records.
     Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion bushel record. The 171.7 bushels per acre yield is significantly higher than the previous record set in 2009 of 164.7 bushels per acre. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said.
     Despite the strong forecast, concerns have grown in recent days that early cold weather is creeping into the upper Midwest and some crops are maturing later this year. Temperatures below freezing could slow or stop crops from reaching full maturity and affect the harvest. That possibility was not reflected in Thursday's report. Ten states including Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska have the highest number of ears per corn stalk ever, the USDA says.

 

Biden To Make Iowa Campaign Appearance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is returning to the key presidential state of Iowa next week, reminding voters not to count him out of the next presidential campaign.
     The White House says Biden will be in Des Moines on Wednesday. He'll speak at an event for a Catholic social justice group called Nuns on the Bus.
     Biden's visit will come days after former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton comes to Iowa to headline retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser, attended by thousands of Iowa political activists. Last year Biden was the headliner for that event, which frequently attracts potential White House contenders.
     Both Clinton and Biden are considering running again for president in 2016. Iowa traditionally holds the first presidential primary contest.

 

Carole King To Help Braley On Campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley has a friend in Carole King.
     Braley's campaign announced Thursday that the singer-songwriter would meet with supporters at four locations around the state on Friday. The four-term congressman from Waterloo is locked in a tight Senate race with Republican Joni Ernst. Both are vying to win the Senate seat vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
     King, whose 1971 album Tapestry won four Grammy awards, will appear in Council Bluffs, Creston, Newton and Iowa City to thank volunteers.
     She is the second musical star from the 1970s to back Braley. Last month Joe Walsh of the Eagles promoted a fundraising effort that gave contributors a chance to win tickets to an Eagles concert.

 

Railroad Company Fined

 FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A railway company will pay $2,000 for disciplining an Iowa employee seeking doctor-ordered time off, federal officials announced Thursday.
     Canadian National Railway, doing business as Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad, violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act when it denied the request, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
     The $2,000 will cover compensatory damages for the employee, who sought time off in October for an illness. The employee at the company's Fort Dodge Yard complex was instead given a letter of reprimand for violating the company's attendance policy.
     The company will also remove disciplinary information from the employee's record and provide whistleblower rights information to workers.
     Canadian National Railway can file an appeal with the department's Office of Administrative Law Judges. A spokesman for the company declined to comment.



 
 

 


   

Thursday Afternoon News, September 11

Wayne Schipper Remembers Visiting 9/11 Ground Zero

(Le Mars) -- Today is often referred to as "Patriot Day" when the nation remembers those people that lost their lives as a result of terrorists hi-jacking jet planes and deliberately crashing them into the Twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon building, and at a field in Pennslyvania. 
Wayne Schipper was fire chief for Le Mars at the time 9-11 occured.  A year following the tragedy, Schipper and several other fire fighters from northwest Iowa, visited Ground Zero in New York, as well as with several of the New York fire stations.  Schipper says he was overwhelmed as he recalls his visit to New York following the tragedy.

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A total of 343 fire, rescue, and police personnel died when the World Trade Center towers collapsed.  Schipper says the nation now has a greater sense of appreciation for local emergency officials as a result of the 9/11 attack.

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The former fire chief remembers visiting with one New York Fire Fighter who was the lone survivor of his fire fighting unit following that memorable day.  Schipper says the visit was inspirational for himself and the New York fire fighter.

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The elder Schipper hopes, as the years past, the nation will continue to honor those who died during 9-11.  He says its important to pass on to new generations the reasons why we must always remember.

 

Le Mars Community Schools Celebrate Homecoming Week 

(Le Mars) -- This week is Homecoming week for Le Mars Community School District, with the theme "Welcome to the Jungle".  Coronation and the community pep rally are scheduled to happen on Friday afternon at 1:00 p.m. with the Homecoming parade scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m.  All of the afternoon events will be featured live on KLEM radio.  This year's king candidates include: Tyler Borchers, Tyler Paulson, Caleb Cline, Matt Ellefson, Hunter Fedders, and Beau Ohm.  The queen candidates include: Holly Schneider, Paige Tracey, Angel Lamoreux, Allie Theisen, Emily Ahlers, and Kassidy Rieken.  Kickoff for the football game against the Storm Lake Tornadoes is at 7:00 p.m.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital's Family Medical Clinics Honored

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Floyd Valley Hospital’s Family Medicine Clinics (Le Mars, Marcus, and Remsen) have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long term, participative relationships. Mike Donlin, Administrator for Floyd Valley Hospital and the Family Medicine Clinics says “We have been working to accomplish this goal since the transition to the Patient Care Team Model several years ago.”  Donlin continued to say,   “We are excited to earn this highest level of recognition. It raises the bar even higher to continue providing high quality health care.” 
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

 

Woman And Child Charged With Sioux City Arson Cases

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 32-year-old woman and a 14-year-old have been arrested on arson charges in Sioux City.
     Daisy Castillo and the youth are suspected of setting five house fires over 2 1/2 weeks in August and September, police said. Castillo also is charged with burglary. No injuries have been reported.
     Castillo remained in custody on Thursday, according to Woodbury County Jail records. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call. 
     The Associated Press generally doesn't identify juveniles accused of crimes.
     More arrests were expected in the case, Sioux City fire marshal Mark Aesoph said.

 

Shooter At Supervisor Meeting Committed Suicide

   MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) - The 71-year-old man who fired at the county assessor after a meeting at the Jackson County Courthouse committed suicide, authorities said.
 
     The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner said in a news release that Francis "Gus" Glaser died from a gunshot wound to his neck and head and that he'd killed himself. Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said investigators found evidence that suggested Glaser was going to commit suicide.
 
     Glaser pulled a handgun from a briefcase Tuesday as a group prepared to leave a recently adjourned county supervisors meeting at the courthouse in Maquoketa. Glaser demanded the meeting resume so officials could discuss his rising property taxes, said county Supervisor Jack Willey.
 
     Despite pleas to put down the gun, Glaser took a shot at county assessor Deb Lane and missed, several witnesses said. Larry Koos, another county supervisor, tackled Glaser to the floor. The gun went off again. Glaser was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

U Of I Hopes To Use Grass As A Bio Fuel

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa hopes it will be able to use grass as a biofuel to help power the campus
     About 70 people, including University of Iowa officials, on Wednesday toured Dan Black's farm where he is growing giant miscanthus, a tropical tallgrass native to east Asia.   The University of Iowa is aiming to use less energy in 2020 than it did in 2010, even as its campus expands. By 2020, the college wants to have 40 percent of its energy derived from renewable sources, according to Ben Anderson, the university's power plant manager. 
     The school has been increasing its use of burning oat hulls in an attempt to draw down how much coal it burns at its power plant. The university plans to test the grass by burning it in its boilers next week.
     Black approached the university to offer a portion of his property for its pilot project, with the college renting the 15 acres for five years and paying for the planting, maintenance and harvest of the grass. The school is also working with a farm near Muscatine to grow the grass. 
     "It just seems to make sense, if we can grow energy," Black said. "It's a renewable energy source - it just seems like it's worth a try, worth the effort and worth the experimentation to see if this will work for us." 
    The University of Iowa has said it hopes to plant an extra 2,500 acres of the plant by 2016.
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