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Wednesday Afternoon News, Nov. 21

Floyd Valley Hospital Swaps Land

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital officials have made a deal with the city in the transfer of a small parcel of land which hopefully will clear the way for an addition to the hospital.  When land surveys were recently conducted it was learned that a portion of Floyd Valley's property was located within a flood plain, as well as a wetland. Mike Donlin, administrator for Floyd Valley Hospital explains the situation.
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Donlin says meetings have been scheduled for this week with USDA officials to address the flood plain issue.  Donlin says he is hoping Rural Development officials will set aside the necessary funds that Floyd Valley is seeking for a loan, with the hopes that they will be notified in either December or January.  Floyd Valley officials are finalizing the process for the loan application.  The hospital administrator says a consulting firm has been hired to help raise local capital for the expansion project.
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New Doctor Joins Staff At Floyd Valley Hospital

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital officials have announced a new doctor will be joining the staff next July.  Dr. Andrew Geha will provide all facets of family healthcare services from pre-conception to end of life services.  Dr. Geha earned his undergraduate degree at Creighton University.  He received his Masters Degree and Doctor of Osteopathy from Des Moines University.  He is currently in the Family Practice Residency Program with the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation.

 

Volunteers Prepare Community Thanksgiving Meal

(Le Mars) -- Thanksgiving is a time to offer our blessings.  Tradition dictates that we celebrate by feasting on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, side dishes, and a variety of desserts, that often includes pumpkin pie.  Several volunteers from local churches are busy preparing for the Community Thanksgiving meal which will be served from the Rejoice Church Thursday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Donna Britcher coordinates the project.
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Britcher says it takes about one hundred volunteers in order to feed the expected 700 plus people.  The Community Thanksgiving started seven years ago, with the idea to offer a Thanksgiving meal to those that have no family, or to shut-ins, but Britcher says it has expanded.
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The meal is free of charge.  If you would like a Thanksgiving meal delivered to your home, simply call the Rejoice Church at 548-4430.


Thanksgiving Holiday Means More Traffic and More Accidents

(Le Mars) -- Thanksgiving weekend ranks as one of the most heavily traveled times with estimates of up to 44 million extra people on the nation's highways.  Because of that extra amount of traffic, it also ranks as one of the deadliest for vehicle accidents.
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Iowa State Patrol trooper Vince Kurtz reminds motorists that Iowa roads will have extra patrol units watching traffic.  His first suggestion to holiday motorists is not to speed and allow for extra time for your destination.
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Kurtz says avoid the distractions.  He says statistics show that up to 80 percent of today's accidents are due to distractions. So, put away the cell phone and don't text messages while driving.  The other major consideration is alcohol.

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The state patrol trooper says generally Iowans rank high for seat belt usage, but he reminds motorists to always "buckle up".

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Kurtz says we can all be thankful for when we make a safe journey.


Jurors Find University of Iowa Denied A Law Professor A Promotion Based On Politics

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Jurors say they believed the University of Iowa law school denied a promotion to a conservative because of her politics, but were split on whether the former dean could be held responsible.
Jury forewoman Carol Tracy of Davenport tells the Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/10teffS ) that "everyone in that jury room believed that" Teresa Wagner was discriminated against when
she was passed over for teaching jobs.
But jurors say they believed the school itself - not former dean Carolyn Jones - should've been named as the defendant. Wagner's lawsuit named Jones because federal law does not recognize
political discrimination by institutions.
Jurors returned a verdict finding Jones didn't violate Wagner's free speech rights, but deadlocked over whether Wagner's equal-protection rights were violated. A judge declared a mistrial
on the second count.
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