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Wednesday Afternoon News, May 13th


M-OC Floyd Valley To Build New Elementary School 

(Orange City) — M-OC Floyd Valley school district of Orange City held ground breaking ceremonies this morning for a new elementary school. M-OC Floyd Valley school superintendent Russ Adams says the new elementary building will be located between Alton and Orange City.

Adams says the need for a new elementary school building came about as a result of a consultant’s survey study.

Although the official ground breaking ceremony was this morning at 11:00 a.m.  Adams says earth-moving construction has already begun on the project.

The MOC-Floyd Valley school superintendent says the plan is to combine the two existing elementary schools at Orange City and Hospers into the new facility.

Adams says the new elementary facility will be equipped with the latest in technology advancements allowing students to utilize the internet as part of their studies.




Floyd Valley Auxiliary Names Scholarship Recipients

(Le Mars)— Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary has awarded two one-thousand dollar scholarships for area students who will pursue a health-related career. Emily Russell is a senior at Remsen St. Mary’s High School and the daughter of Tim and Ibbi Russell. She will be attending University of Iowa in the fall and pursing a degree as a Radiation Therapist.

Zachary Kraft is a senior at Gehlen High School and is the other scholarship recipient. Zachary is the son of Loi and Rita Kraft. He will be attending Iowa State University in the fall and pursing a degree as a Physical Therapist .

The Auxiliary will also contribute $1,000 to the Floyd Valley Education Department to be used for staff and community training, including basic and advanced cardiac life support, neonatal resuscitation and trauma nursing courses.

Each Spring Floyd Valley Auxiliary awards scholarships to students in the Floyd Valley Healthcare service area who are pursuing a health related career.




Voters in Armstrong Choose New Mayor in Special Election

(Armstrong, IA) — The city of Armstrong in northwest Iowa is welcoming a new mayor. North Union-North Kossuth Schools superintendent Travis Schueller won a special election Tuesday to replace ex-Mayor Greg Buum (Boom), who was arrested in February after an investigation into alleged misconduct and
embezzlement. Buum, former Armstrong police chief Craig Merrill and three city clerks are accused of ongoing criminal conduct, fraudulent practices, theft while in office and falsifying public documents. Schueller says he plans to sit down with the city council to figure out their finances and listen to the community.




DNR Expects Black Bear Population to Expand Into Iowa

(Clear Lake, IA) — An expert at the Iowa D-N-R says the strong populations of black bears in neighboring states will likely lead to the animal reestablishing in Iowa. Wildlife research biologist Vince Evelsizer says bears have been strictly tourists dropping in for a visit from Minnesota and Wisconsin — but conditions are right for bears to settle down here. He says
some of eastern Iowa, northeast Iowa, parts of southern Iowa may have suitable enough habitat to support a small breeding population, but that’s not happening at this time. Evelsizer thinks there’s a chance that they will perhaps have a few cubs and get a small breeding population in the not to distant future. There have been 43 confirmed black bears in Iowa since 2002, and two to five per year since 2014. Evelsizer says they start showing
up in late spring and into July when they are mating, and those sightings are likely to increase.




Motorcyclist Dies Crashing Into Sioux City Mobile Home

(Sioux City, IA) — Police in Sioux City say a motorcyclist is dead after crashing into a mobile home Tuesday night. Officers say a fire broke out after the collision and burned the motorcycle and rear portion of the mobile home. The 28-year-old driver died from injuries suffered in the crash. One person was injured trying to help the motorcyclist. The mobile home was
parked on the side of a road awaiting to be placed in a lot. The victim hasn’t been identified.




Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Oelwein Parking Lot

(Oelwein, IA) — A deadly pedestrian accident is under investigation at the American Legion Post in Oelwein. The Iowa State Patrol says an S-U-V struck and killed someone in the parking lot Tuesday night. Investigators say the victim was crouched down in front of the vehicle and was hit when the driver attempted to pull out of the parking spot. The victim’s name hasn’t been released.