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Floyd Valley Hospital Updates Electronic Records

(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is updating its computer software programs that will enable patients and health officials to have better access to medical records.  Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin says the hospital is progressing towards an all electronic medical record system.

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The Family Clinic will be the first to incorporate the new system, then followed by the hospital.
 

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In other action during last evening's meeting, the Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees approved the new medical staff officers.  Donlin says in 2012 a new era will begin with the medical staff officers.

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(Sioux City) -- A Pocahontas county farmer has been sentenced to three years probation after he had converted property that he had pledged as collateral for USDA government loans.  Andrew Frerk, age 34, of rural Havelock received the prison term after entering a guilty plea to one count of converting to his own use nearly $60,000 worth of property, which were mortgaged or pledged to, or held by the Commodity Credit Corporation through the Farm Service Agency and the U-S Department of Agriculture.  Frerk made false statements to secure FSA loans, used the proceeds from the sale of FSA mortgaged property for his own use, and concealed his acts of conversation from loan managers.  Frerk was sentenced in Sioux City by U-S District Court Judge Mark Bennett.  Frerk paid $58,339 in restitution costs.

 

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Chamber of Commerce has named a second person as "Employee of the Month".  Today, the honor is awarded to Noelle Kneip.  When Noelle graduated from Iowa State University a few years ago, her first priority was to relocate back to her hometown of LeMars.  In addition, to being in love with her future husband, Troy, and having great family support, she needed a job and was looking for a career in banking. Upon expressing her interest in First National Bank, she accepted the bank's employment offer as a customer service representative.  Soon after, she was promoted to a personal banker, spent some time in one of the bank's Sioux City locations and today is a very successful mortgage lender, located at the South Bank location in LeMars.  Now married, and mother of two sons, Noelle Kneip continues to be a tremendous asset to First Naional Bank.  She is an outstanding employee who makes great impressions each and every day with her co-workers and with her many valued, repeat customers.  With her professional and ever-caring service, customers know they are in good hands when it comes to their mortgage needs, consumer loans, or any deposit services.  In addition to being a very knowledgeable personal banker, Noelle demonstrates a high degree of honesty and dedication in everything she does.  She is especially good at finding satisfying solutions and putting her customer's needs first.  Congratulations to Noelle Kneip for being the recognized as the Chamber's Employee of the Month.

 

(Ames) -- State and city road crews are saving a lot of money due to the lack of snow this December.  Annette Dunn is the Iowa Department of Transportation's winter operations director.  She says she is relieved with this week's rainy weather.
 
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At this time last year, Department of Transportation plows had already spent around 400 hours clearing snow and ice covered highways.  So far this year, crews have only spent 57 hours clearing roads.

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MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - Deere & Co. spent $374,000 to lobby Congress and federal regulators during the third quarter to protect the signal for GPS systems and express concerns about farming
regulations.
     The Moline, Ill., company is the world's largest maker of agricultural equipment. The amount Deere spent on lobbying is more than the $350,000 it spent in last year's third quarter and more than the $340,000 it spent in this year's second quarter.
     Deere said in a report filed Oct. 20 that it lobbied Congress and the Federal Communications Commission about the use of spectrum rights for communication because it is worried that LightSquared's proposed new nationwide Internet network could threaten the GPS signals many Deere tractors use.
     Deere also said it lobbied on financial reforms, crop insurance and efficient water use standards.
    

 

 

   

Supervisors Hear About Economic Development

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors heard from Neil Adler of the LeMars Business and Industry Corporation.  Adler emphasized the importance of the county's participation with the Northwest Iowa Development. 

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Adler says if Plymouth County is not part of a regional economic development group, there is a strong possibility of missing opportunities.

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Adler says the cost for Plymouth County to participate in the Northwest Iowa Development will be between fify cents per capita; and one dollar per capita.


(Sheldon) -- Iowa's Economic Development Authority Director, Debi Durham, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Northwest Iowa Development partners meeting scheduled for January 12th.  The event will be held at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. 

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities have arrested two people for a reported domestic related incident.  Beverly Hinken, age 42, of Sanborn was arrested for a violation of a No Contact Order.  Upon further investigation the sheriff's office located firearms in the residence, which were seized.  On Friday, Lloyd Webb, age 54, of Sheldon, turned himself in on the pending charge of Unathorized Possession of Weapons, a Class D Felony, for possessing firearms while a valid No Contact Order was in effect.  Sioux County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the incident.

 

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Chamber of Commerce has announced its December Employee of the Month.  Dianne Huls has been selected for the honor.  Forty years ago, on December 27, 1971, Dianne Huls walked into work for her first day of employment with LeMars Mutual Insurance Company.  Dianne started her employment as a Policy Entry Clerk.  The Company's office was then located on Central Avenue where now the Dialysis Center is located.  Dianne's current job title is Supervisor of Methods and Procedures in which she is responsible for reviewing the insurance products offered by the company.  This includes work with starting the initial set-up, policy rating, print, and final billings that are sent out of the office every day.  Dianne is a dependable and very positive employee.  It is her optimistic attitude and willingness to embrace change that has helped this organization and fellow employees reach our objectives.  Dianne lives in LeMars with her husband Dale.  It is our understanding that Chamber officials will name another employee of the month later today.

 


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has been awarded more than $40 million in federal disaster funds to repair power lines damaged during storms and flooding in 2008.
     The funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were announced Tuesday. The grants will help repair hundreds of miles of power lines damaged by tornadoes, severe storms and heavy rains.  Some of the funds also will help demolish homes in flood-prone areas of Des Moines.
     The Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative received the largest grant at $11 million to repair 165 miles of electrical lines. The East Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative received $8.4 million
to repair 246 miles of lines.
     Other organizations receiving grants include the Western Iowa Power Cooperative, the Heartland Power cooperatives, the TIP Rural Electric Cooperative and the Guthrie County Rural Electric
Cooperative.
    

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Malfunctioning equipment at a pumping station in Des Moines caused about 378,000 gallons of untreated wastewater to be emptied into the Des Moines River.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the spill happened early Monday morning. The city discovered the problem and equipment that failed was repaired by late morning.
     The discharge occurred downstream of the city's drinking water intake but water samples were being collected both upstream and downstream of the spill site.
     Both the Des Moines and Ottumwa Water Works have been notified of the incident.
    

(Omaha) -- In the past few days, two very valuable gold coins were anonymously plunked into red Salvation Army kettles in Waterloo and in the Omaha-Council Bluffs region.  Susan Eustice, a spokeswoman for the charity in Omaha, says it was a very pleasant surprise.  A gold Krugerrand, an African gold coin worth about $800 was found deposited in one of the kettles.  In Waterloo, over the weekend, someone donated a Lady Liberty Double Eagle coin wrapped in several single dollar bills.  The one-ounce coin is thought to be worth at least $2000.  Both coins will be sold through an auction with the proceeds going to the Salvation Army.  The Red Kettle Drive continues through December 24th.

 

 

 

   

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