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King to Testify on Missouri River Flooding

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is scheduled to testify today before the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about this year's Missouri River flooding.  The subcommittee will receive testimony from Members of Congress, the U-S Army Corps of Engineers...and Missouri River basin stakeholders.  The hearing is entitled "The Missouri River Flood: An Assessment of the River Management in 2011 and Operational Plans for the Future."

 

(Des Moines) -- Plymouth County Attorney, Darin Raymond has recently been elected as the 1st Vice President for the Iowa State Association of Counties or ISAC.  The Iowa State Association of Counties is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are county officials from the 99 counties in Iowa.  ISAC's mission is to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa.  The board consist of 22 county officials and their primary responsibility includes developing and monitoring the ISAC strategic plan, setting legislative priorities and recommending ISAC's budget.  Winneshiek County Treasurer, Wayne Walter was elected to serve as president for the ISAC organization.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department is finishing its work involving a culvert replacement on  140th Street between Fir Avenue and Fawn Avenue.  The roads department has announced the work will be completed by tomorrow and the road will re-open.


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Diabetic Support Group will meet at Floyd Valley Hospital on Monday, December 5th.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the lower lever conference room.  "Being a Savvy Consumer with Diabetes" will be presented by Rosanne Osterbuhr, Floyd Valley Hospital's Diabetes Educator.  The Floyd Valley Hospital Diabetes Support Group provides support and education for adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and their families.  Everyone with diabetes experiences daily challenges, frustrations and triumphs in living with the disease.  Talking to others, sharing your personal journey and learning all you can to keep yourself healthy are all part of successful coping with diabetes.  The group can assist you, your family, and or friends in managing diabetes for a healthier life.  Spouses and friends are welcome to attend.

 

(Undated) -- The Good Samaritan Society-Home Care is seeking participants for research that is evaluating how technology can help seniors live longer and more independently in their homes.  Mary Brevik is the Home Care Director for the Good Samaritan Care Facilities.  She says the "Living Well at Home" research hopes to attract at least 1200 participants from the five midwestern states that have Good Samaritan Care Centers.  Brevik says there are three primary areas for criteria in order to participate.

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The purpose of the study, according to Brevik is to determine how well seniors can manage living by themselves, once they have been dismissed from a health care facility.  It also will look at their level of mobility while at home.  Brevik says the research is possible through an $8.1 million grant.

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Brevik says the monitors will also be able to determine if the patient has fallen and remains motionless.  The research study will go on for a year.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of a U.S. Marine from Iowa who was killed in Afghanistan.
     Twenty-two-year-old Cpl. Zachary Reiff (rife), of Preston, was injured in a roadside bombing on Nov. 18. He died three days later at a hospital in Germany.
     Branstad issued the order Tuesday to fly flags in the state at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, the day of Reiff's funeral in Preston.
     Reiff. a 2007 graduate of Preston High School, was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
    


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A weather expert says some of the  conditions that brought drought to parts of Iowa may have been a factor in an early exit to the prime time for tornadoes in the
state.
 A report by the National Weather Service shows the last tornado in what started as a strong 2011 season was July 11.
     It's the earliest end of tornado activity in Iowa since reliable records started in 1980. There were 50 tornadoes in Iowa this year.
No one was killed, but 16 people were injured, including 14 when a tornado hit Mapleton on April 9.
     State climatologist Harry Hillaker says conditions in July that brought drought lessened the chances for frequent tornadoes, but he says it's hard to say why it quit.
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