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Floyd Valley Hospital Says Thank You To Area Emergency Rescue Personnel

(Le Mars) -- This is National Emergency Medical Technican (EMT) Recognition week, a week to salute all those people who perform resuces and save lives.  Last evening, Floyd Valley Hospital hosted a banquet as a way to say thank you to those involved with responding to emergencies.  Mary Jo Clark, the trauma ER coordinator talks about the importance of recognizing those people that respond to medical emergencies.

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Several smaller towns throughout the state, including Plymouth County, are finding it difficult to maintain an ambulance service due in part to the low number of volunteers available, and the additional required training and regulations.  Clark says communities can always use more volunteers

for medical emergencies, and she encourages people to consider volunteering to be an emergency medical technican.

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Representatives from the Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Hinton Fire and Ambulance, Remsen Ambulance, Oyens Ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Plymouth County Communications, and several members of the Floyd Valley Hospital staff attended the event.  the group had a little fun with playing a medical version of "password" with a team of two men versus two women.  Contestants were asked to guess the word while their teammate offered clues about the medical term.  The Plymouth County E-M-T Association acknowledged the work and efforts of the Plymouth County Communications Department and presented the group with a plaque as a token of appreciation.  Also at last evening's event, the Hinton Ambulance Association showed their new ambulance that was recently purchased.


Supervisors To Again Discuss Joint Urban Renewal Development Agreement

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet today and on their agenda will be discussion focused on an amendment to the budget.  June 10th has been established as the date for a public hearing.  Once again, the county supervisors have scheduled to discuss the Joint Urban Renewal Area with the city of Le Mars.  Tom Bacan, Remsen Economic Development Director is scheduled to meet with the supervisors to discuss property held on the county tax certificate.  The county supervisors will also hear a report from Conservation Director, Nick Beeck.


City Council To Discuss Funding For Le Mars Arts Council 

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will begin its meeting with two public hearings.  The council will hear comments regarding the 2013-2014 budget amendment.  The other public hearing deals with Well's Enterprises request for billboards to be placed along Highway 75 to help tourists locate the ice cream parlor.  Following the hearings, the city council is expected to act upon salary requests for city workers. The council will also address a funding request by the Le Mars Arts Council.  The Arts Council is requesting $25,000 to make improvements to the facility.  The city council is expected to address the Joint Urban Renewal Area and the agreement it has with Plymouth County.  The council will also discuss the Iowa 3 west recreation trail.


Hinton High School Senior Receives Iowa Student Loan Scholarship

(Des Moines) -- A Hinton high school senior is one of 20 seniors statewide to have been awarded a $1500 college scholarship through participation in the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge.  The program is administered by the Iowa Student Loan program.  Cole Johnston received congratulations from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.  The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship was created to provide an additional funding source for college-bound seniors, as well as educate them on ways to minimize their borrowing for college and reach the financial potential of a college degree, said Christine Hensley, Iowa Student Loan board chair.  Between December 2013 and February 2014, registered high school seniors were asked to complete two online financial literacy tutorials — Student Loan Game Plan and the ROCI Reality Check — which Iowa Student Loan developed to help students understand the consequences of college borrowing and discover how to maximize their return on college investment, or ROCI. In addition, scholarship contenders were required to take an online financial literacy assessment test created by Ednalysis, an Iowa educational research company. Scholarship winners were determined from those who earned top scores on the assessment test.


More Charges Filed Against Woodbury County Supervisor

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Woodbury County supervisor faces more charges in connection to alleged domestic abuse at his home in December.
     44-year-old David Tripp now faces felony going armed with intent and misdemeanor first-degree harassment.
     Tripp has pleaded not guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor of domestic abuse assault in connection to a Dec. 14 incident involving his wife at their Sioux City home. He is accused of firing a gun into the air. No one was injured.
     Assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister filed a motion to add the charges. District Associate Judge Julie Schumacher approved it Monday. Tripp's attorney, Robert Tiefenthaler, declined to comment. Tiefenthaler plans to do a second deposition with Tripp's wife.
     Tripp's trial is scheduled to start in August.


Farmers Catch Up On Planting But Still Behind 5 Year Average

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers have planted a higher percentage of the corn crop than last year but remain behind the five-year average.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 84 percent of the corn crop had been planted as of Sunday. That's more than the 63 percent of the crop planted at this time last year but a little behind the five-year average of 88 percent.
     The USDA says 40 percent of the soybean crop has been planted.  That's 10 percentage points behind average.
     The report showed that 78 percent of topsoil moisture was adequate and 12 percent had surplus water. Of the remaining, 9 percent was short of moisture and 1 percent was very short. The USDA says 62 percent of subsoil moisture was adequate.


Governor Candidate Stopped For Speeding

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Democrat who'd criticized Gov. Terry Branstad for a speeding incident has reported being ticketed by a state trooper.
     Gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch said Monday that he'd been pulled over on Interstate 80 in Altoona and cited for going 65 in a 55 mph zone. Hatch acknowledged his car was going 68 mph in the construction zone. A State Patrol spokesman, Sgt. Scott Bright, says that because road workers were behind concrete barriers at the time, the trooper didn't include the enhanced charge for speeding in a construction zone.
     A year ago the governor's state vehicle carrying him and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was clocked traveling 84 mph in a 65-mph highway zone. But the vehicle was not stopped after responding officers learned it was the governor's state vehicle.






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