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Tuesday News, November 23rd


County Board Of Supervisors Taking The Week Off

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will not be meeting today.  Their next meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, November 30th at 9:30 a.m. at the Plymouth County Courthouse Boardroom.




Orange City Tulip Festival Selects Its Queen For 2022

(Orange City) — The Orange City Tulip Festival selected its queen during a crowning pageant ceremony held Monday evening.  Naomi Mellema was crowned the 2022 Tulip Festival Queen.  Naomi will reign over the 81st annual Tulip Festival, set for May 19, 20, and 21, 2022. A senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Naomi Mellema is the daughter of Matt and Kristin Mellema. Naomi is joined on the 2022 Tulip Court by court members Maren Beaty, daughter of Craig and Shannon Beaty, Chloe Bilby, daughter of Joe & Becky Bilby, Catharine Hummel, daughter of Patrick & Julia Hummel, and Kate Van Der Werff, daughter of Jeff and Kara Van Der Werff. A Queen’s Tea with the court members and three pageant judges was held on Monday, November 22. A special crowning ceremony took place on that evening where the Tulip Court participated in introductions, question segments and presentations, in order to select the 2022 Tulip Festival Queen. A livestream was made available on the Tulip Festival website for the crowning event. Naomi and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.

Pictured from left to right: Maren Beaty, Chloe Bilby, Queen Naomi Mellema, Catharine Hummel, and Kate Van Der Werff



Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary To Have “Bakeless Bake Sale”

(Le Mars) — At this time of year, our thoughts generally turn toward the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years Day.  Along with the holidays, we often consume many goodies and treats, consisting of bars, cookies and candies.  The Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary usually provided an outlet for those tasty holiday treats.  However, this year, due to continued concerns with the COVID-19 virus, the hospital volunteer auxiliary is holding what is known as a “Bakeless bake sale.”  Ruth Farley with the Floyd Valley Auxiliary explains…

Farley says any amount of money donated is certainly appreciated, but she offers a suggestion as to how much people may want to consider donating.

Farley says Floyd Valley Healthcare will submit its “wish list” and the volunteer auxiliary will select an item and help with the financing of the item.

Even though the hospital auxiliary won’t have their usual Goodies Sale this year, Farley says people can still order Christmas cut-off cookie dough.

When choosing a Christmas gift this year, Farley says people will want to visit the auxiliary gift shop located at the hospital.

Farley says another added bonus to shopping at the auxiliary gift shop is that there are no taxes that are figured as part of the purchase.




North West Rural Electric Cooperative To Distribute $1.2 Million Dollars Back to Members

(Orange City) — At a time when it seems as though everything is increasing in price, there is good news for rural residents and members of the North West Rural Electric Cooperative.  It has been announced that North West REC will be refunding over a million dollars back to its membership.  Lyle Korver serves as the Executive Director for the utility power cooperative.

Korver says the power cooperative is able to give back a refund to its membership due to their power suppliers have had a few good financial years.

Korver says North West REC serves over seven thousand members, of which all should see an average of two percent dividend.  Korver says the credit program has already started.  He says it looks good for the future.

North West REC serves primarily rural members residing in Ida, O’Brien, Sioux and Plymouth Counties.




Judge Rules State Ban On Medicaid Coverage Unconstitutional

(Des Moines, IA)  —  A Polk County District Court judge has ruled the state’s ban on Medicaid coverage for transition-related surgery for transgender Iowans is unconstitutional.  Republican lawmakers changed the Iowa Civil Rights Act in 2019 to block transgender Iowans from having certain surgeries covered by publicly funded health insurance. The judge’s ruling says that law and a related Medicaid rule violate the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. Governor Kim Reynolds’ office says the governor is considering the next steps, which could include an appeal.




UIHC Chief Medical Officer Warns Don’t Be Complacent About Getting Flu Shot

(Iowa City, IA)  —  The chief medical officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is warning everyone to not be complacent about getting a flu shot.  Theresa Brennan says the U-I-H-C diagnosed more than 150 cases of the flu last week.  “In general we wouldn’t start to see these numbers until into December,” Brennan says. “So it is early. And when we see the early spread, we worry that it’s going to be higher spread.”  Brennan says she worries that people won’t get a flu shot this year because the flu season last year didn’t see many cases, and they think it’s not necessary.




State DCI Handling Fatal Shooting Involving Law Enforcement In Appanoose County

(Centerville, IA)  —  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is handling a fatal shooting case involving law enforcement officers.  Two Centerville police officers and an Appanoose County deputy were following up on a domestic assault report Sunday when they were engaged in a shootout.  One person was killed, but the officers weren’t hurt.  No names have been released.  The officers have been placed on critical incident leave.




Traffic Safety Chief Warning About Speeding

(Des Moines, IA). —  Many thousands of Iowans will be traveling long distances this Thanksgiving week and a few of them likely won’t make it home. Brett Tjepkes (jep-KEES), chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says too many motorists are giving in to the temptation to speed, and some are risking their own lives and those of everyone around them by doubling the speed limit, and worse.  “One-hundred-ten, 120, we’ve seen speeds even in the 130s and 140s on some of those,” Tjepkes says. More than 312 people have died on Iowa’s roads so far this year, which is at least 26 deaths more than at this time a year ago.