Friday News, February 28
Plymouth County Pheasants Forever Plan Banquet
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet Saturday evening, and Pheasants Forever president Chris Anderson says it should again prove to be a fun evening.
The Pheasants Forever banquet will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center. The Plymouth County Pheasants Forever chapter has had an active year.
The Plymouth County Pheasants Forever was also recognized and honored by Governor Branstad and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for its work helping Remsen maintain a clean water supply.
The Plymouth County chapter of Pheasants Forever has also been recognized on a national level for its large number of members, activities, and sponsors. Anderson says he believes people take an interest in the organization and because they care about the local environment.
Anderson says tickets for Saturday's banquet are selling for $50 which also go towards a membership to the Plymouth County Pheasants Forever Chapter.
Mercy Hospitals Combine Governing Boards
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Four large medical centers in Iowa's Mercy Health Network have formed a new regional governing board.
Mercy Medical Centers in Sioux City, Mason City, Dubuque and Clinton have formed one board to provide governance and oversight to the medical centers.
The organization's officials say it will allow greater unity in developing strategies and pursuing better care, lower costs and healthier communities.
Dave Vellinga, President and CEO of Mercy Health Network, says modern health care requires regional partnerships and contracting and the new board will allow the hospitals to leverage greater size and scale to improve efficiencies.
The new regional board does not replace the local board in each medical center's home community. Each site continues to have a board, to ensure community input and control over local health care delivery.
Man Arrested For Murdering An Estherville Woman
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Police have charged an Estherville man with murder in the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old woman.
The police on Thursday charged 35-year-old Scott Anthony Sudbeck with first-degree murder in the killing of Michaela Lynne Jordan, of Estherville.
Estherville police say Jordan's body was found in an Estherville home Wednesday night.
Police arrested Sudbeck early Thursday. He was held in the Emmet County Jail with his bond set at $2 million.
Two Clay County Communities Struggling To Keep Ambulance Service
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - It's getting harder for small Iowa cities to find and keep enough volunteers willing to staff their ambulances.
In cities with just a few hundred residents like Fostoria and Peterson located in Clay County in northwest Iowa it's difficult to find people willing to attend the 100 hours of required training. As we know from news reports earlier this month, Oyens, located in Plymouth County has already dropped its ambulance service due to the lack of enough volunteers.
Small town ambulance services offer no pay. In addition, many people work outside their small communities making them unavailable for calls during work hours.
Fostoria, a town of 230 people has 20 volunteers but Assistant Fire Chief Dewey Stouffer says only seven or eight are always active.
Peterson's ambulance service has nine medical technicians but just two who work in town during the day. They cover every 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift Monday through Friday. Oyens had only six volunteers.
Public Information Board Votes Against Opening Juvenile Home
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Public Information Board has voted against the release of a video that officials say shows a former state worker physically abusing a 17-year-old girl at the now-closed Iowa Juvenile Home.
The board decided that the video constitutes a medical record and must be kept confidential.
The employee has since been fired and criminally charged.
Officials have denied the Des Moines Register's public records request for the video for six months, saying state law allows it to be kept confidential because it involves information about treatment of a specific individual. The Register wanted a copy of the video with the image of the girl's face blurred.
An attorney for the state says releasing the video could jeopardize millions of dollars in federal funding for Iowa.
Mason Speaks About Personal Experience Of Sexual Assault
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa President Sally Mason is facing criticism after saying that ending sexual assault "probably not a realistic goal, just given human nature."
Mason has apologized for the comment she made earlier this month.
On Thursday, she opened a public forum on sexual assault issues. She told a group of about 200 about her experience of being assaulted by a stranger when she was a college student in 1970.
Mason said a man in a trench coat groped her as she walked to class in Lexington, Ky., before she was able to get away.
Growing emotional, she said she wants young women on campus "to know where to go if something like that happens to them."
The Iowa Board of Regents scheduled a meeting Friday to hear from Mason.
Iowa City Wants To Issue Municipal ID Cards
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Supporters are meeting to discuss a plan in Iowa City to provide municipal identification cards to residents who are in the country illegally and others who lack documentation.
The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa is holding a public forum Friday evening to discuss the proposal, which has been recommended a diversity committee and the city's human rights commission.
The group says community IDs would help immigrants, the elderly, homeless and low-income residents who lack documentation necessary to obtain city services or complete tasks such as opening bank accounts and renting apartments.
The city is reviewing similar ordinances that have been established in a handful of cities nationwide, including New Haven, Conn., and San Francisco. Iowa City would be the first municipality in Iowa to adopt such a program.