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Thursday Afternoon News, November 12

Floyd Valley Hospital To Change Name To Floyd Valley Healthcare

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital will soon be known as Floyd Valley Healthcare.  Recently, the hospital board of trustees approved the name change, after conducting some research into the subject. The Le Mars City Council will hold three readings of the proposed change, before it becomes official.  The city council has already approved the first reading during its latest city council meeting.  Administrator Mike Donlin says the name change is a result of the expanding health care services.

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He says when you look at other regional health care facilities within the area, they too, have  incorporated some version of the words "health care" as part of their formal names. Donlin says the name change coincides with the new addition. He says the timing was right since new signs will need to be posted once the addition is ready to be utilized.

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Along with the formal name change, Donlin says a new logo will be implemented. Hospital staff were asked to decide between two proposed logos that were created by a marketing agency.  However, as Donlin says, a third logo emerged.  Donlin says the logo was created by one of Floyd Valley's own nursing assistants.

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The new logo is a modified version of what is presently used, showing the mother holding the child, but incorporates the letters F-V-H with the letter "V" looking like a heart. Donlin says Floyd Valley will still utilize the teal or aqua colors as its official colors symbolizing the health care center.




Sioux Tools Building To Become New Home For American Natural Processors

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An old tool plant in Sioux City is being transformed for use in processing organic ingredients.
American Natural Processors Inc. wants to expand its contract manufacturing business at the former Sioux Tools plant. Company owner Mark Schuett says the century-old structure would be used to process specialty organic and nongenetically modified proteins as well as for packaging, warehousing and distribution. 
Schuett told the newspaper he didn't have an estimate on the total cost of the project, which is expected to be finished by next fall.
The project is expected to create 20 to 25 jobs.





People Debate Both Sides On Proposed Pipeline

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Months of tension over the potential construction of an oil pipeline across Iowa has come to a head at a public hearing in Boone, where people who both oppose and support the project are testifying about their opinions.
Dozens of people crammed into a building Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds to speak to the Iowa Utilities Board. Some expressed reservations about the project's environmental impact, while others spoke of the financial boost from creating thousands of temporary construction jobs.
Some individuals noted a large portion of people who support the project are from outside Iowa.
The utilities board is overseeing an application by Dakota Access LLC, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, to build a roughly 1,100-mile pipeline from North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.





University Of Iowa Settles With Dental Professor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa has agreed to pay $166,000 as part of a separation agreement with a dental professor who had filed a discrimination complaint against the school.
Under the agreement finalized last week, professor of orthodontics Andrew Lidral will go to part-time in January and resign his tenured faculty position July 31. The university will then pay Lidral $143,000 and send his attorney a check for $23,000.
Lidral filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission last year alleging discrimination. The complaint is confidential.
His attorney, Marc Mills, said they're "satisfied with the outcome of the resolution."
According to his faculty biography, Lidral's research focuses on identifying the genetic causes of craniofacial birth defects. He joined the college of dentistry in 2001.
The university doesn't admit any wrongdoing.



Thursday News, November 12

Fire Department Respond To Downed Power Lines As A Result Of Strong Winds

(Le Mars) -- Yesterday's strong winds were responsible for some downed power lines and tree limbs in  Le Mars and also in Kingsley.  The Le Mars Fire Department was called to 830 4th Avenue southeast last evening when a tree limb had fallen causing the electrical power lines to be disconnected from a house.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office did not have any other reports of damage as a result of the strong winds.




Tornado Damage Reported Near Avoca

AVOCA, Iowa (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that some farm damage near Avoca in western Iowa was caused by a tornado.
The service said Wednesday night that a survey team examined the damage and video recordings before rating the twister an EF-1, with winds ranging from 86 to 110 mph. 
The service says the tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon in a cornfield west-southwest of Avoca and moved northeast, toppling a semitrailer on Interstate 80 and damaging outbuildings on several farmsteads. No injuries have been reported.
The twister was spawned by a fast-moving storm system that dropped nearly a foot of snow on the Rockies before heading east. It dumped snow where it met cold enough air and loosed rain and even hail elsewhere. Winds gusting to 60 mph accompanied the system.




City Streets To Be Closed While Railroad Crews Work At Crossings

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have announced various street closings to occur during the next week due to railroad crossings being repaired.  Public Works Department Superintendent Scott Kneip says 1st Avenue southwest and 4th Street southwest are closed for the next few days.  On Friday, 2nd Avenue southwest will close for three days.  On Tuesday, November 17th 6th Street southwest will be closed for two days, and 18th Street southwest railroad crossing will close on November 18th for a period of two days.  Kneip says the railroad company are replacing panels, surfacing, and installing new pads.




Nora Springs Fined By Iowa DNR For Violating Waste Water Disposal

NORA SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Natural Resources Department has fined Nora Springs $6,000 for violating discharge limits set in its wastewater permit.
The department also has informed city officials that a new sewage plant must be built by October 2020.
City administrator Deb Gaul says the city has hired a contractor to improve the plant and that city officials are working with the state to see whether the fine can be reduced.
The Natural Resources Department says the violations go back to 2010, when sewage fungus was found below the plant's discharge pipe in the Shell Rock River. The department says the fungus is a sign of inadequately treated wastewater.


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