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Monday Afternoon News, July 12th


Her Health Women’s Center Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

(Le Mars) — Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Monday morning for Her Health Women’s Center located at 25 Plymouth Street Northwest. The clinic, according to Kathy Wentz, nursing supervisor is to address women’s health issues, primarily unexpected pregnancies.

Wentz says the clinic also offers classes for men called: “Daddy duty.” Although the clinic held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, the downtown clinic has been operational for nearly a year. Wentz says the word of the clinic’s services is starting to get out and become better known.

Wentz says a physician does oversee and supervises the clinic’s women’s examinations.

The Her Health Women’s Center official says teen-age girls is a common demographic that visits the health center.

Wentz says this week, the women’s health center is involved in a campaign entitled: “Diapers for Donuts.”

Wentz says the Le Mars clinic is open two days a week on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Thursdays between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m.




Floyd Valley Healthcare Has Not Considered Requiring Staff To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

(Le Mars) — Last week, Trinity Healthcare through its affiliation with MercyOne hospitals announced that all employees, staff, contractors, and vendors would need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by late September. Area hospitals affected by the decision would include the MercyOne hospitals in Sioux City and Primghar. Dustin Wright serves as the C-E-O with Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars. Floyd Valley has an affiliation with Avera Medical Center of Sioux Falls. Wright says there has not been any mention of a required vaccination program for Floyd Valley.

Wright says close to 80 percent of Floyd Valley’s staff is already fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Currently, visitors to Floyd Valley Healthcare must still wear a mask or other facecovering. Wright says that requirement may stick around for a while longer.

Many people have wondered if they are vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, if that also protects them against the many variant viruses that have emerged?

The Floyd Valley C-E-O says the COVID-19 vaccination is still free of charge.




Nelson Says He Will Step Away From City Council

(Le Mars) — Le Mars City Councilman, Ken Nelson, issued a news release on Monday indicating he plans to step away from serving as a city council member.  The absence is due to the fact Nelson will move away from the 3rd Ward.  However, in his news release, Nelson says he intends to run for the city council seat for the 1st Ward.  Following is the news announcement: “This is to acknowledge that I, Ken Nelson am resigning my 3rd Ward seat as of July 16th.  I have enjoyed my 24 years on the (city) council.  As most people know by now, the Flower House has been sold.  Had we been able to find a single level residence with zero entry, this resignation would not have been necessary.  Karen and I found such a house in the first ward.  I plan to run for that seat in the November election.  I wish to thank the voters in Ward 3 for their support and encouragement.  I have enjoyed working with the administration, department heads, and city employees.  I have had the opportunity to work with three mayors and many council people.  I hope the voters in the First Ward will appreciate the experience I have gained, and will support me in the November election.”  Thank you, Ken Nelson.




Woman Says She “Made A Mistake” When She Tried To Bust Her Boyfriend Out Of Jail

(Waterloo, IA) — An Ohio woman tells the judge she “made a mistake” when she tried to bust her boyfriend out of an Iowa jail. Twenty-three-year-old Donsque Rashawn Donston was sentenced to probation as part of a deferred judgment. She can serve the probation in Ohio. Investigators say Donston used the jail’s video visitation system to plan an escape with 28-year-old
Tyrone Lamar Copeland. If she completes the probation, the case will come off her record. She had been charged with conspiracy to assist a jail inmate escape from the Black Hawk County Jail.




Harden County Woman Accused Of Threatening Teen With Gun

(Alden, IA) — An Alden woman is accused of threatening a teenager with a gun. The incident happened last month when Carrie Aldrich started arguing with the victim who was mowing a ditch near her home. Aldrich was holding a handgun and a rifle when she allegedly pointed the handgun at the teen. She
is charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. She has a preliminary hearing set for July 28th in Hardin County Court.




Dry Conditions Could Impact Iowa Sweet Corn Crop

(Indianola, IA) — This summer’s dry conditions could impact the Iowa sweet corn crop. Mike Penick says growing the vegetable has been a challenge this year during drought conditions. He says the lack of rainfall has caused inconsistent growth. The rain is needed to activate the chemicals farmers use
and that has resulted in a lot of weeds. The owner of Penick’s Sweet Corn Stand in Warren County says, however, the dry weather won’t affect the taste of sweet corn.




Anamosa State Penitentiary: Another Correctional Officer Assaulted By Prisoner

(Anamosa, IA) — The Iowa Department of Corrections reports another officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary has been assaulted by an inmate. The officer was supervising a group of inmates when the attack happened. The victim was examined by prison medical staff, then sent to a nearby hospital as
a precaution. That officer is now back on duty and the inmate wasn’t injured.
No names have been released. The Department of Corrections is investigating the attack.