(STRUBLE)–Damage from a fire Friday at a dairy eight miles north of Le Mars is estimated at more than one-half million dollars.
Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper says the large, metal-covered building at Dykstra Dairy housed manure pumps and was known as the flush building. The dairy is at 34450 C-12.
The cause of the fire reported around 9:30 Friday morning is still undetermined due to the amount of damage that occurred . Schipper reports there is a possibility that there was an electrical issue in the building, but due to the degree of damage, that possibility has not yet been proven. No one was injured as a result of the fire.
Fire fighters, who were out on the call for about three hours, had assistance from the Oyens Fire Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.
The roof and south wall of the building collapsed as fire fighters arrived Friday morning. Winds gusting more than 20 miles an hour hampered the fire fighting efforts. Four lines and more than eight-thousand gallons of water were used to bring the fire under control.
SIOUXLAND—THE ANNUAL SEASONAL FLU SHOT NOW INCLUDES THE H1N1 VACCINE. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND THE CDC SAY H1N1 WAS SO WIDESPREAD LAST YEAR, THAT THEY INCLUDED THE VACCINE IN THE ANNUAL FLU SHOT. SIOUXLAND DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT NURSING DIRECTOR LINDA DREY SAYS IT’S HARD TO PREDICT WHETHER ANOTHER NEW STRAIN WILL SURFACE.
DREY SAYS VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE NOW.
(Josie Cooper, KSCJ News/Powell Broadcasting)
Floyd Valley Community Health Service will provide flu vaccine throughout Plymouth County. The public immunizations begin Friday, October 15th at the Le Mars Senior Center. The Well Aware Health Fair is the second flu clinic on October 20th from 2-6:30 p-m. The last clinic is November 10th from 2-4 p.m. at the Floyd Valley Conference Center. Family Medicine Clinic wil offer flu shots at the Le Mars Clinic Tuesday, September 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, October 12th from 9 a-m to 7 p.m. Family Medicine Clinic in Remsen will offer the flu vaccine Wednesday, October 9th from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Family Medicine will accept walk-ins for the flu shots; appointments are appreciated.
(SIBLEY)–An apparent drowning of a Larchwood man is being investigated by the Osceola County Sheriff’s office. Eighty-three-year-old John Flier was fishing at Iowa Lake near Harris Tuesday morning.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s office reports Flier apparently fell off a dock while fishing and drowned.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by a local farmer, Sibley Ambulance, Ocheyedan Ambulance, and Harris Rescue.
Floyd Valley Hospital Recoginition
(LE MARS)–Quality health care at Floyd Valley Hospital is being recognized in two new ways.
The hospital received awards during the Avera Quality Congress. Avera McKennan is the hospital’s management partner.
The “Caring with Excellence” award recognized revisions in outpatient paperwork by Liz Kurth and Tammy Sudtelgte. The project is a result of efforts to improve the efficiency, clarity and completeness of documents so more personalized care may be provided.
The second award is “Caring with Safety” which recognizes Emergency Room Workspace changes. The improvements were coordinated by Sudtelgte and Mary Jo Clark. The goal of the project was to eliminate congestion, increase privacy, reduce noise and organize the supply room to provide safer care for Emergency Room patients.
DEA prescription meds
(UNDATED)–A nationwide effort to collect unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications is underway today (Saturday).
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is partnering with local law enforcement to collect the prescription medication.
According to a recent national survey on drug use and health, the non-medical use of prescription drugs ranked second only to marijuana as the most common category of drug abuse. The same survey showed the majority of teens using prescription drugs got them from family and friends, including their home medicine cabinets.
Le Mars D.A.R.E. and the Le Mars Police Department offer “Project Meds” as an ongoing effort. Le Mars residents may bring unused prescription drugs to the police department at any time. The medication should be in its original container with the prescription labels on the containers.
Sioux City Police are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect the medications at the downtown Walgreens and the Southern Hills Mall Hy-Vee store.
Sioux City Recognition
SIOUX CITY—SIOUX CITY WILL BE RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY THIS WEEKEND DURING AN “INSIDE BUSINESS” SEGMENT ON FOX BUSINESS NETWORK. SIOUX CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST ANN WESTRA SAYS THE PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON THE CITY’S OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF LIFE ALONG WITH SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL FOOD PROCESSING COMPANIES.
SHE SAYS THE FIVE MINUTE SEGMENT DEDICATED TO SIOUX CITY FEATURES LEADING DEVELOPMENTS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE “DOING BUSINESS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY SERIES”. CITY MANAGER PAUL ECKERT SAYS SIOUX CITY HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL AWARDS FROM REPUTABLE ORGANIZATIONS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.
SIOUX CITY’S “INSIDE BUSINESS” SEGMENT WILL AIR SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 3 O’CLOCK ON DISH CHANNEL 206, DIRECTV CHANNEL 359 AND CABLE CHANNEL 6.
(HINTON)–A railroad crossing south of Hinton on a Plymouth County road will be closed for two days next week.
According to Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe, the surface on the Burlington Northern Railroad crossing on county road C-70 will be replaced.
Rohe says the crossing replacement work will begin Tuesday morning at eight (September 28th). The county road between Highway 75 and Imperial Road is slated to reopen on Thursday afternoon (September 30th) at four.