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Saturday News, November 13th


Children Can Now Be Vaccinated Against COVID At Floyd Valley Healthcare

(Le Mars) — Within the past couple of weeks, Pfizer pharmaceutical company has introduced a COVID vaccine that can be administered to children.  Plymouth County Community Health Director, Tara Geddes, says area parents have begun bringing their children to Floyd Valley Healthcare to obtain the vaccination.

Geddes says Plymouth County has seen some improvement with the number of reported COVID cases.

Geddes says that so far, only Pfizer has been given approval for a COVID vaccine for children and adolescents.

Some vaccine companies have suggested that certain demographics of people may require a COVID vaccine booster shot.  Geddes explains as to who should consider getting a booster vaccination.

Geddes says Plymouth County is closing in on having half our population now completed with a COVID vaccine.

Geddes suggest people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 that they consider doing so in the near future.




Floyd Valley Healthcare Issues Annual Report

(Le Mars) — People living within the Floyd Valley Healthcare market area will notice the hospital has issued its annual report, and it will soon appear in resident’s mailbox.  Dustin Wright serves as the C.E.O. of Floyd Valley Healthcare.  Inside the front cover is a message from trustee chairman, Ralph Klemme along with statistics showing the number of people that are employed by Floyd Valley.

Unlike some hospitals across the state, Floyd Valley has maintained a healthy financial balance, even when COVID prevented some elective surgeries to occur.

One of Floyd Valley’s goals is to expand its specialty and therapy clinics.  Wright reviews the timeline for that construction expansion project.

Wright says the second floor of the facility will house the therapy unit, which will nearly double the current size.  The Floyd Valley executive says construction will get started yet this spring.

This evening, (Saturday) is the annual Floyd Valley Healthcare Foundation fund raising event, “Celebrating Our Heroes” with wine and craft beer tasting.  Wright says the hospital’s fund raiser plays an important role for the survival and growth of the hospital.

That fund raiser event is scheduled to be held at P’s Pizza House in Le Mars, beginning at 6:00 p.m.




Museum To Offer Ethnic Food Fair On Sunday

(Le Mars) — Anyone wishing to sample flavors of the world will be in luck at the Ethnic Food Fair offered by the Plymouth County Historical Museum on Sunday, November 14th.  The event is scheduled to begin at the “Old Central Gym” starting at 2:00 p.m.  Judy Stokesberry, a museum board member from Remsen, will open the afternoon program in the museum’s Music Room with a sequel to her first program in March: “Where in the world is Luxembourg?”  Stokesberry traveled to Luxembourg in September, and will present the program, “Reconnecting: Now I Know Where Luxembourg Is.”  Following the program, participants may attend the Ethnic Food Fair in the gym from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  This year’s confirmed ethnic food fair offerings include:

Two Dutch booths featuring Deb Krienert and Eva Mouw.

Two German booths with Angel Anderson and Judy Bowman.

Marge Dull will feature Italian food.

There will be three offerings from Luxembourg with Ethel Heidisch, Jean Nilles, and Judy Stokesberry.

Elizabeth Gorcznski will serve a Polish dish, and Elizabeth Makuei will feature a Sudanese food item.

More ethnic dishes are expected by the event scheduled for November 14th.

The Ethnic Food Fair is the continuation of the Museum’s 2020 program year, “Cultures and Cuisine” which was interrupted by the pandemic.  Food from only two countries was shared in 2020 before the pandemic closed the Museum.  In January, the focus was on Chinese foods, and February featured Mexican foods.




Community Theater Re-schedules “Till Beth Do Us Part” Play

(Le Mars) — Officials with the Le Mars Community Theater and Postal Playhouse have re-scheduled the upcoming comedy play production of “Til Beth Do Us Part”.  The curtain will rise for the new dates on Friday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 9th.  Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The performances will take place at the Le Mars Postal Playhouse.  Reservations will open to the public on November 19th.  The box office will be closed on November 25th (Thanksgiving) and November 26th (Black Friday).  For reservations, contact the Postal Playhouse at (712) 546-5788, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Online reservations available at www.lemarslive.org

In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby.  Lately, nurturing his marriage of 27 years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been.  Enter Beth Bailey, Suzannah’s newly hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South.  Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more aspects of their lives.  When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo, a wise-cracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank, who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis.  Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner.  Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy.




Congresswoman Axne Will Run For Re-Election in Iowa’s New 3rd District

(West Des Moines, IA)  —  Congresswoman Cindy Axne will seek re-election for a third term in the U-S House in Iowa’s new 3rd District.  The Democrat from West Des Moines had been considering a run for governor.  Axne says she took some time to make the decision because she wanted to assess where she could make the most impact for Iowa.  The new redistricting plan placed Axne and Republican Congresswoman Marianette Miller-Meeks in the 3rd District, but Miller-Meeks has decided to run in Iowa’s new 1st District.  Axne defeated former Republican Congressman David Young in 2018 and 2020.




State Trooper Benda Swerved to Avoid Deer in Deadly Northeast Iowa Crash

(Postville, IA)  —  The Iowa State Patrol says Trooper Ted Benda was swerving to avoid a deer when he crashed his squad car October 14th in Clayton County.  Trooper Benda died six days later in the hospital.  Investigators say Benda was driving on Highway 51 near Postville a high speed to assist deputies with a wanted suspect.  The State Patrol said “due to this evasive action, the Dodge Charger lost traction, entered into the east ditch, and struck an embankment on the driver’s side.  The vehicle then rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side.”  There was a funeral for Benda last month at Waukon High School.  A memorial fund for Benda’s wife and their four children has been set up FreedomBank in Waukon.




Fort Dodge Man Gets 15 Years For Hitting Wright County Deputy With Squad Car

(Eagle Grove, IA)  —  The sentence is 15 years in prison for a Fort Dodge man who tried to run over a Wright County Sheriff’s deputy last September.  Thirty-two-year-old Sean McMillan pleaded guilty to assault on a peace officer and second-degree robbery in a deal with prosecutors.  The deputy stopped a car driven by McMillan following a disturbance in Goldfield and arrested him for being a felon in possession of a handgun.  McMillan was handcuffed and placed in a squad car.  The complaint says while the deputy was dealing with another passenger, McMillan took control of the squad car, hit the deputy and drove off.  The patrol car was found abandoned and McMillan was later arrested in Eagle Grove.




Floyd of Rosedale Sculpture Dedicated Ahead of Football Trophy Game

(Fort Dodge, IA)  —  The winner of Iowa versus Minnesota football game at Kinnick Stadium Saturday will take home the bronze Floyd of Rosedale Trophy.  A larger-than-life iron sculpture of Floyd the Pig was dedicated in Fort Dodge this week.  City Councilman Dave Flattery says that hog was raised on the Rosedale family farm in Fort Dodge decades ago.   He says there is a donor wall, but the statue doesn’t have a story plate yet to tell the story about Floyd and all the characters involved in 1935.   The trophy stemmed from a bet between the governors of the two states who agreed to wager an actual pig over the game’s outcome.   The giant metal pig was crafted by Dale Merrill and Liberty Iron Works in Mount Vernon.   Flattery says they plan to install lighting and security cameras at the sculpture site.