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Monday Afternoon News, January 10th


Legislators Are Back To Work At The State Capitol

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Iowa lawmakers return to Des Moines today (Monday) to open the 2022 legislative session. Republicans control the House and Senate for the sixth year in a row and that means they will control the agenda. Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars is the state house representative for District 5 and tells of the issues likely to be discussed during this session.

COVID cases have been on the increase again, especially with the omicrom variant.  Jeneary was asked whether the mask mandate issue is likely to be discussed again during this new session.

Democrats say addressing the workforce shortage through child care, education and affordable housing improvements is their top priority.



Arens Announced as Floyd Valley Community Health Manager

(Le Mars)Floyd Valley Healthcare CNO Tara Geddes announced that Reba Arens, RN, BSN, MHA has accepted the position of Floyd Valley Community Health Manager.  In this position, Arens will manage the daily operations of community health, home health and the public health functions of emergency preparedness, immunizations, communicable disease surveillance.  She will begin her new duties on January 24, 2022.


Arens received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degrees from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. She has nearly ten years of experience in the nursing field including a human service center, dialysis center and most recently a diabetes educator with Floyd Valley Diabetes Education.  Arens states, “I am thrilled to join the Floyd Valley Community Health team.  My goal is to continue to partner with the community to improve overall wellness.”

“We are excited to have Reba leading the Floyd Valley Community Health team,” states Geddes.  “She has an excellent mix of education and work experiences that we feel will be a great fit in this position.  As we transition Reba into her new role, we look forward to her drive to keep all of our community partners educated on the current pandemic as well as other issues affecting Plymouth County and neighboring counties.”

Arens, her husband Mitch and two sons live in rural Plymouth County.  She enjoys spending time with her family helping at the farm, gardening and walking.




New Storybook Walk Featured At Cleveland Park

(Le Mars) — Girl Scout Kiera Laskie and library staff member Shannon Jensen took advantage of the nice weekend weather and put a new story in the StoryWalk® at Cleveland Park.  The new story, The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, features the tale of a plucky little snowplow.  As readers walk around the StoryWalk they will be able to read the story and learn more about the City of Le Mars snowplows and crews.  This special feature was added by the library staff after visiting with city crews that operate snowplows that clear the city streets and trails.




Governor To Deliver “Condition Of The State” Address Tuesday

(Des Moines, IA)  ––  Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says her top priority for the new legislative session is tax cuts. But Reynolds won’t reveal her policy proposals until tomorrow (Tuesday) night during the annual “Condition of the State” address. Reynolds says she will put forth a “bold and historic agenda” that includes another round of tax cuts, a comprehensive workforce package, and continued education reform.






Convenience Store Shooting In Waterloo Leaves 1 Person Dead

(Waterloo, IA)  —  A second shooting at the same Waterloo convenience store has left one person dead.  Police say they found a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds Saturday at about 10:00 p-m.  Emergency responders arrived to perform life-saving measures but the person died before they could be taken to a hospital.  No names have been released.  Two people were wounded during a shooting at the same store in November.




Iowa Man Accused Of Taking Inappropriate Photo Of Girl He Was Babysitting

(Bloomfield, IA)  —  A babysitter gets caught by a nanny-cam in Davis County.  Investigators say the camera captured the man taking an inappropriate picture of a three-year-old girl while he was babysitting the victim.  Christopher Thaxton of Bloomfield is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor for taking a photo of the child while she was naked.  Thaxton has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.




Iowa Labor Commissioner:  State Won’t Enforce National Vaccine Mandate

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Iowa’s labor commissioner says the state won’t enforce the national vaccine mandate.  The U-S Supreme Court is currently hearing oral arguments over the mandate from the Biden administration for businesses with more than 100 employees.  Commissioner Rod Roberts says his office has concluded Iowa’s existing standards are at least as effective as the change backs by the federal government.  Governor Kim Reynolds has released a statement supporting Roberts’ decision.