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Thursday Afternoon News, August 26th


“Bus-eum” To Be At Plymouth County Historical Museum On Saturday

(Le Mars) — This coming Saturday afternoon at the Plymouth County Historical Museum will be what is referred to as a “Bus-eum”.  It is a school bus that has been converted to feature a historical exhibit.  Michael Luick-thrams is the organizer of the “Buseum” and says this is the third bus to be modified to show an exhibit.

This year’s exhibit is entitled: “Cow Wars: The story of farmer’s protests during the Great Depression.”

Local residents may recall the so-called “Farmers Holiday” when a group of farmers had ran the judge out of town due to the many foreclosures he had signed.

Luick-thrams says in the 1920’s half the U-S population was still residing on farms, so the actions at the time has a great impact on many people.  The bus museum is free for all visitors, and will be at the Plymouth County Historical Museum between 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The bus-eum is sponsored locally by Agri-Vision farm equipment company.  On the same day, the Plymouth County Historical Museum will be featuring paintings from John E. Greenen.  There is a reception scheduled inside the Study Hall between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.




Health Officials Say Some People May Need Third COVID Shot

(Le Mars, IA)  There has been a lot of information being released on COVID-19 regarding a 3rd dose and booster vaccinations.  Floyd Valley Community Health would like to help clear up questions that you may have.

Currently, CDC is recommending moderately to severely immuno-compromised people receive a 3rd dose in their COVID-19 vaccine series effective immediately.  Appointments should be made with your primary healthcare provider and includes people who have:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies.
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day),

alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer

chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

For those that do not have one of the underlying medical conditions listed above and have completed either a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination series, boosters of the same vaccine will be available beginning September 20.  There are no plans for mass clinics at this time, please contact your healthcare provider directly or other local resource such as a pharmacy, place of employment, etc. that is authorized to provide COVID vaccines.  Booster vaccines should be given at least 8 months from your 2nd vaccine, please bring your vaccination card to your appointment.  The Johnson and Johnson vaccine booster is currently waiting for FDA approval, but we anticipate that guidance soon.





Grassley Defends Position On Voting For Infrastructure Bill

(Washington) — U-S Senator Chuck Grassley has come under some pressure by other fellow Republicans for his support of President Biden’s controversial and costly infrastructure bill that was passed by the Senate last week.  Most Republicans had voted against the measure.  During his weekly news conference with reporters, Grassley explained why he decided to support the measure.  Grassley says there was a lot of misunderstandings and misrepresentations with the bill.




COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Cases Rising in Iowa

(Des Moines, IA)  —  The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa is up 20 percent over the last week.  Nearly 500 patients were hospitalized Monday night.  For the first time since January, an average of more than one-thousand Iowans tested positive for COVID each day this past week.  The Iowa Department of Public Health is now only updating the state’s coronavirus website once a week.  The latest data indicates 113 COVID patients were in intensive care units and 86 percent of them were unvaccinated.  The pace of vaccinations in Iowa has declined a bit in the past week.  Forty-eight-point-six percent of Iowa residents are fully vaccinated.  State health officials report 42 Iowans have died of COVID complications in the past four weeks.




2nd Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Lake Park Woman

(Spirit Lake, IA)  —  A second suspect accused in the death of a Lake Park woman last December is pleading not guilty.  Twenty-six-year-old Allison Decker entered not guilty pleas to first-degree murder, theft and conspiracy in the killing of 25-year-old Angel Bastman.  Twenty-four-year-old Justice Bernston pleaded not guilty on Monday in Dickinson County.  Bastman’s body was found in her Lake Park on December 22nd, 2020.  Authorities have not said how Bastman was killed.  Trials for Decker and Bernston are scheduled to begin on September 21st in Spirit Lake.




Sioux City Man Convicted of Fatal Stabbing

(Sioux City, IA)  —  A jury is convicting a Sioux City man in a deadly stabbing last September over a stolen cellphone.  Fifty-four-year-old Michael Landrum was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and willful injury Wednesday.  Prosecutors say Landrum stabbed Natasha Drappeaux several times on September 11th of last year and killed Salahadin Adem when he tried to help her.  The criminal complaint says Landrum accused Drappeaux and Adem of stealing his phone at a party and later returned with a knife.  His sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled.




Davenport Man Found Guilty in Strangulation Death of 74-Year-Old Victim

(Davenport, IA)  —  A Davenport man faces a life prison sentence for the strangulation death of a 74-year-old victim.  A Scott County jury found 20-year-old Charlie Gary III guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and abuse of a corpse in the killing of Robert Long.  Police said Gary admitted to entering Long’s home to steal his steal car and strangling him before leaving.  Gary was later arrested in Long’s vehicle.  Court records say Gary knew Long and used to mow his lawn and shovel for him.  He will be sentenced to life without parole on October 5th.