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Tuesday Afternoon News, February 2nd


Le Mars Police Department To Offer Youth Academy

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department is asking 8th grade through 12th grade school students interested in law enforcement to consider participating in the upcoming Youth Academy. Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale says the
program will introduce various aspects of a police officer duties to the participants. Daale says the program will consist of a six-hour course.

Daale says students from both Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic are welcome to participate in the Youth Academy. Students will need to fill out an application, as well as complete a short essay. He says the program is modeled after the Citizens Academy that has been offered twice to adults
within the community.

The Assistant Police Chief says a portion of the program will involve the students detecting when someone is under the influence.

Applications can be obtained at the Le Mars Police Department, with the deadline to enter set for February 19th. Daale says the course is free. He says the course will consist of “hands-on” projects, and Daale says the program will help students have a better understanding of what is involved with being a police officer. He says the Youth Academy will allow the
officers a better opportunity to get to know the students.




Konz Returns to Floyd Valley Therapies Staff

(Le Mars, IA) — Floyd Valley Therapies announces the addition of Christin Konz, OTD, OTR/L. She began her duties last fall. Her specialties include working with pediatric patients and work with the LSVT Big Therapy program for Parkinson’s patients.

Christin brings excellent education and clinical experience to Floyd Valley Healthcare. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Christin has received clinical internship experience with Immanuel Rehabilitation Center in Omaha, NE, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO and Young Adult Transition Services Program also in Omaha. She returns to Floyd Valley Therapies after working at Orange City Area Health System.

Alison Vlieger, Occupational Therapy Manager states, “Floyd Valley Therapies is excited to announce that Christin has rejoined our team. Her interests in working with the pediatric patients is a great fit for our practice as we continue to see growth in this area. She is also trained in working with Parkinson’s patients, which will continue the growth we have seen in that population as well.”

Christin and her family enjoys spending time at Lake Shetek.




Grassley Introduces Vilsack at Senate Ag Secretary Nomination Hearing

(Washington, DC) — U-S Senator Chuck Grassley introduced former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to the Senate Agriculture Committee in a hearing today (Tuesday) on Vilsack’s nomination as U-S ag secretary. Grassley says he’s “heard nothing negative” from fellow Republicans about Democrat Vilsack, who served as the head of the U-S-D-A during all eight years of the Obama
administration. But Grassley said, “some people that you’d call Democrats and liberals for some reason or other have raised some questions about Vilsack in regard to either his age or not being progressive enough or maybe something dealing with civil rights.” Grassley added, “I don’t know who would question Governor Vilsack’s or any Iowan’s knowledge of agriculture.”




UI Study Finds Farmers Have 46% Greater Chance of Dementia

(Iowa City, IA) — A University of Iowa study finds people who work long-term in the agricultural industry have 46-percent greater odds of developing dementia than those in other fields. Professor Kanika Arora in the U-I College of Public Health, says hearing impairment, depression and isolation can all be linked to dementia and to farm work, but it’s possible pesticide exposure is also a culprit. The U-I research mined 16 years of data from a study of 20-thousand people over the age of 50.
Professor Arora says “It is important to keep a lookout for early signs and symptoms which might include memory problems, subtle impairment in activities such as managing money, exercising financial judgment, handling medications, or just generally impaired reasoning or judgment.” Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.




Body Found at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

(Dubuque, IA) – – Police are investigating a suspicious death at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Officers say a body was found at the popular venue on Monday. Investigators are working to determine the circumstances and identify the body. More information is expected to be released later today (Tuesday).




Davenport Man Dies of Injuries Suffered in Domestic Incident

(Davenport, IA) — A man shot during a domestic disturbance in Davenport did not survive his injuries. Davenport police say 33-year-old Nicholas Brown was shot Saturday morning and died in the hospital Monday. No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with tips is asked to contact the Davenport Police Department.