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Tuesday Afternoon News, August 31st


New Orthopedic Surgeon To Join Floyd Valley Healthcare

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare, in partnership with the Tri-State Specialists, announces Dr. Bill Samuelson will begin providing an Orthopedic and Spine Surgery Clinic at Floyd Valley Healthcare beginning on September 14.  His clinic will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month.  To make an appointment with Dr. Samuelson, please call 712-546-3332.  Referrals are not necessary unless required by the individual’s insurance carrier.

Dr. Samuelson practices in orthopedics and spine surgery including treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions.  He has expertise in degenerative spine conditions, spinal deformities and cervical disc replacements while utilizing minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Samuelson completed medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.  He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and a spine surgery Fellowship at Twin Cities Spine Center.

Dr. Samuelson comments, “I am honored to partner with Floyd Valley Healthcare to provide spine and general orthopedic services to the community.”

Dustin Wright, Floyd Valley Healthcare’s CEO states, “We are excited that Dr. Samuelson will be providing orthopedic outreach at Floyd Valley Healthcare.  Dr. Samuelson’s practice in partnership with our very talented therapy team will provide great local service to our patients.” 




Two Shootings in Des Moines Leave 2 Dead, 2 Injured

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Police in Des Moines are investigating  two separate shootings Monday night that left two people dead.  Officers called to the banks of the Des Moines River around 6 p-m found a man shot to death.  Investigators say it was a homicide.  About two hours later, three people were shot on the capitol city’s east side and one of them died, a 40-year-old man from Des Moines.  Two other men, ages 27 and 32, suffered non-life threatening wounds.  The victims haven’t been identified and there’s no word on any arrests.  These are fifth and sixth homicides of the year in Des Moines.




Grassley Pushes For Improved Oversite of State Veterans Homes

(Washington, DC)  – – Senator Chuck Grassley is questioning the head of the U-S Department of Veterans Affairs about reports of inconsistent inspection practices and a lack of quality controls at veterans homes nationwide.  The Iowa Republican says those concerns include the pandemic and reports that show more than 14-hundred residents and staff of V-A homes nationwide have died of COVID-19.  The V-A spends about one-billion dollars a year on state-run homes for veterans.  The homes are only required to do one annual safety inspection.  Grassley says it appears the standard of care at many state veterans homes “falls well short” of those required by other government-supported nursing homes.  He says “Americans deserve answers and our veterans deserve better.”




Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Northeast Iowa and Other Rivers

(Elkader, IA)  —  Heavy rains from last week are causing some flooding in northeast Iowa and rivers in other areas continue to rise.  The Turkey River near Elkader has crested already at nearly three feet above major flood stage.  Brian Bruening Boudouani owns a restaurant right beside the river and says it will be closed for ten days due to his basement flooding with about three feet of water.  The Turkey River’s crest in Elkader was the fourth-highest on record.  On Friday and Saturday, nearly a foot of rain fell in some areas of northern Iowa.  The Wapsipinicon River hit a near record high in Tripoli.  The Cedar River has risen, but was at low levels and isn’t expected to cause much flood damage.




Collins Aerospace Acquiring Digital Aviation Company FlightAware

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  – – Collins Aerospace is acquiring digital aviation company FlightAware.  The Houston-based company provides real-time global flight tracking, predictive technology and analytics.  Collins Aerospace said in a statement that “FlightAware’s flight tracking and data platform, the largest in the world, has the potential to deliver new capabilities and innovations across our entire business.”  FlightAware has about 130 employees.  Terms of the agreement haven’t been released and the deal is pending regulatory approval.