Orris Named Chamber Employee of the Month
(LeMars) -- The honors for the November LeMars Chamber Employee of the Month go to Meloy Orris. Melody is the front desk receptionist at LeMars Physical Therapy. She joined the team in September of 2007. Sandy Norby, owner of the LeMars Physical Therapy nominated Melody Orris for the honor. She says "Melody is a very vital part of our office as she is the first person to greet everyone that enters our clinic. We have received many comments from our clients as to how pleasant and helpful Melody is. Melody wears many hats and is an exceptional multi-tasker. Some of the things she juggles each day is answering the phones, scheduling patients, completing insurance companies, sends reports and updates to referring physicans. Melody handles work comp case managers and lawyers, enters bills in Quick-Books and orders supplies in addition to assisting with laundry, watering plants and keeping the clinic looking tidy. When her co-workers cover her position, they quickly find out how difficult Melody's job is and appreciate her even more for the awesome job she does. Melody has grown in her position and has a vast knowledge of the payment and billing side of physical and occupational therapy. She earned her degree in Medical Office Management from Western Iowa Technical Community College in May of 2012, which was a life-long goals of hers. Our clinic is a better place because of her". Congratulations to Melody Orris for being named the Chamber's Employee of the Month.
(LeMars) -- Plans are being made for the second annual Floyd Valley Hospital Gala, scheduled for this coming Saturday, November 19th at the LeMars Convention Center. The theme for this year's gala is "A Night in Hollywood" and Hospital administrator Mike Donlin says support for the gala is quite impressive.
Donlin says the event is good for the entire community, not just for the hospital.
Tickets are $50 a piece, and for more information about the gala, you can contact the Floyd Valley Hospital.
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has closed 140th Street between Fir Avenue and Fawn Aveune. The roads department is replacing an aging wooden bridge with a culvert. The road is expected to remain closed until November 30th.
(LeMars) -- The good weather has allowed the county to continue with road construction projects well beyond what was originally planned. County engineer, Tom Rohe says the road crews have replaced some wooden bridges because of the extended good weather.
As we all know, the weather isn't likely to stay nice all winter long. In fact, snow could come about at anytime. Rohe says the county road department is prepared for snow.
Paved roads have first priority as to snow removal, followed by the gravel roads. Rohe says normally the truck plows run the paved roads and the graders will clear the gravel roads.
Rohe hopes that we don't have another winter like the last two winters. Due to the excessive amounts of snowfall, the county ran over budget during the past two winters with snow removal. This year's budget for snow removal is set at $290,000.
(LeMars) -- A first, took place at the Plymouth County Historical Museum on Friday. The Musuem hosted its first ever wedding. The ceremony involved Christine Stowers of Westfield and Aaron Moon of LeMars. The two shared their vows in the Religious Heritage Room on the second floor of the Museum at 3:00 p.m. on 11-11-11.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is defending his overhaul of Iowa Workforce Development services, saying his efforts have led to expanded access to employment services.
Branstad vetoed portions of a budget bill this year, forcing the closure of dozens of regional Workforce Development offices that help people find jobs and seek aid.
Speaking at his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad noted officials have added 370 access points, where people can use state computers to seek state services.
Workforce Development director Teresa Wahlert says more people used the services in September and October than during the same period last year.
Wahlert says the agency plans to expand the number of access points and hopes to have as many as 500 by the end of the year.