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Thursday Afternoon News, March 25th


Floyd Valley Healthcare Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

(Le Mars) — As directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Floyd Valley Healthcare has moved through all of the required tiers for vaccination. We will now open up clinics to anyone 18 years of age or older that would like to be vaccinated for COVID-19 regardless of county of residence. Appointments are required and can be made by clicking the scheduling link on FloydValley.org. If you do not have internet access, you may call 712.546.3646. Please bring a form of ID such as a driver’s license and your insurance information as there will be an administration fee, which is covered by most insurance providers.

Those vaccinated will be required to remain for 15 minutes of observation after receiving the vaccine, with 30 minutes of observation being recommended for patients who have experienced a severe allergic reaction in the past, such as to oral medications, foods, bees, etc. Due to social distancing concerns and potential adverse reactions with this new vaccine, we are discouraging all staff from one entity or facility to receive the vaccine at once, but spreading vaccinations for your staff through the various clinic times.

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is not currently recommended in:

· Individuals under 18

· Individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (see Full EUA Prescribing Information at https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/ ).

· Individuals with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic, etc.) to any prior vaccine or other SC/IM/IV injection. However, if individuals experienced a less severe reaction vaccine is recommended.




Former Sioux Center Grain Cooperative GM Sentenced to Federal Prison

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — The former general manager of a Sioux Center grain co-op will spend three months in federal prison for his role in a grain-blending scheme. The U-S Attorney’s Office says 76-year-old Kenneth Ehrp of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota was Wednesday sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit a prohibited grain practice. Prosecutors say Ehrp
admitted that he and former manager Calvin Diehl and others added lower value oats to thousands of bushels of soybeans and sold the mixture as soybeans.
Ehrp’s sentence includes a 50-thousand-dollar fine. Diehl also received a three-month prison sentence last month.




Prison Inmates Charged With The Death Of Corrections Staff Were Arrested On Various Charges In Woodbury County

(Sioux City) — The two prisoners charged in the murders of the nurse and corrections guard at the Anamosa State Prison this week were both formerly jailed in Woodbury County.  Chief Deputy Tony Wingert of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says what happen in Anamosa this week is a grim reminder to jail staff that deal with dangerous inmates every day.

The two prisoners, 28-year old Michael Dutcher of Sioux City, and 39-year old Thomas Woodard of Union, Nebraska; both served some time in the Woodbury County Jail for various theft and robbery charges.  Wingert remembers Dutcher was not easy to deal with while he was in the Woodbury County jail.

Dutcher and Woodard are being accused of striking both prison guard Robert McFarland, and nurse Lorena Schultze in the head with a hammer in the escape attempt from the Anamosa prison.  Wingert says Dutcher was sometimes armed in his criminal activities northwest Iowa.

The two prisoners now face two counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and second-degree kidnapping.




Iowa House Unanimously Approves Proposed Felon Voting Rights Amendment

(Des Moines, IA) — A proposed amendment that would permanently restore voting rights to felons who complete their sentences is headed to the Iowa Senate. The measure passed unanimously Wednesday in the Iowa House. It is a priority for Governor Kim Reynolds, but has failed the past two sessions in
the Senate. The governor signed an executive order last summer restoring voting rights to thousands of felons in the state. The proposed constitutional amendment must pass both chambers this year and next year before it can be placed on an election ballot.




Davenport Police Investigating Death of Woman

(Davenport, IA) — Police in Davenport are investigating the death of a woman. Officers responding to a medical call found the 34-year-old woman dead in a home Wednesday afternoon. Investigators haven’t released her name or cause of death. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to
call the Davenport Police Department or submit an anonymous tip online at qccrimestppers-dot-com.