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Friday News, March 22

Le Mars Community To Announce Teacher of The Year

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District will announce its winner of the Chrystal Bell Award, for the teacher of the year.  The announcement will occur at the Kluckholn Elementary School just before 9:00 a.m.  The official presentation will happen during the Le Mars Community School Annual Banquet scheduled for April 9th.

 

Steel Pipe Goes Through Windshield - Narrowly Misses Hitting Driver

HULL, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old driver received minor injuries when a steel pipe impaled her pickup's windshield in northwest Iowa.
The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 6 a.m. Tuesday, a mile north of Hull.
Rebekah Jasmer, of Hull, says the 8-foot-long pipe just missed her. Jasmer says she'd been behind another pickup as she drove to work. She told deputies that the other pickup's tailgate was down,
so it lost several pieces of its scrap metal load when it drifted right and swerved back left.
Jasmer says she ducked to the left as the pipe came through her windshield, grazing her cheek. She was treated at Sioux Center Community Hospital.
Deputies have been looking for the driver of the other pickup.


Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary To Host Volunteer Appreciation  Luncheon

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital and the Hospital Auxiliary are hosting their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon entitled “Our Volunteers are Souper!”  The appreciation will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level Conference Center at Floyd Valley Hospital.  Those that will honored with an hours of service award have received an individual invitation to be our honored guest.  Anyone who volunteers at the hospital, Park Place Estates, Family Medicine Clinics, with the hospital Auxiliary or Foundation and their events are invited and encouraged to attend.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd.  The day will begin with coffee at 9:30 a.m.  In addition to the presentation of hours of service recognitions, there will be entertainment of our volunteers.  The keynote speaker will be Tonya Huenink, RD, LD, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian and Certified in Adult Weight Management.  She will begin her presentation at 10:00 a.m.  Anthony Peyton, PT will provide an educational session about ergonomics following.  The volunteer group will enjoy a “souper” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The Auxiliary business meeting will follow the luncheon.

 

Siouxland Garden Show Scheduled For This Weekend

(Sioux City) -- Although the weather doesn't feel like spring, inside the Sioux City Convention Center this weekend you will find plenty of reminders of spring as the 7th Annual Siouxland Garden Show takes place.  Sherry McGill, Extension Director for Iowa State University Region 5 says the garden show is in a new location and has been expanded.

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McGill says again this year the garden show will feature several exhibitors, as well as well known speakers that will address many gardening topics.

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In addition, popular gardening columnist Jan Riggenbach will also appear at the Siouxland Garden Show.  Riggenbach is the first speaker scheduled to kick off the program on Friday at 12:30 p.m.  In addition to an extra day and a new location, McGill says the garden show is offering a new "Make and Take" session where attendees can purchase a kit to create at the show.

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The Siouxland Garden Show will be held at the Sioux City Convention Center, and it  begins today and continues through Sunday.  Tickets are $5 admission for one day, $9 for two days, and $12 for a three-day pass.  The hours are today, 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 

Senate Subcommittee Wants To Offer Tax Credits For People Who Donate To Food Banks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Senate panel wants to give farmers a tax break for donating produce to food banks.
A Senate Ways and Means subcommittee approved the measure Thursday. It now moves to the full committee for review.
The bill would give an incentive for small farmers to donate produce by providing a 15 percent state income tax break on the market value of donations worth under $5,000. The measure also would create a $2 million budget for the Iowa Food Bank Association to purchase and transport commodities to its agencies in Iowa's 99 counties.
Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed a similar budget request last year.
Cory Berkenes, state director of the IFBA, says the federal government used to purchase commodities but their organization now incurs more of the cost.


Powerball Jackpot Expected To Pass $500 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No Powerball winner? It just means a bigger jackpot for the rest of us.
Lottery officials say no ticket matched all the numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, meaning the current $320 million jackpot could swell before the next drawing on Saturday.
Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says the current jackpot is the sixth highest in history, but that it could grow depending on sales at the end of each day.
No one has won the Powerball jackpot since early February.
The holders of two winning tickets - one purchased in Arizona and the other in Missouri - shared $587.5 million in November, the largest Powerball jackpot in history.


   

Thursday Afternoon News, March 21

NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson was in Le Mars Thursday afternoon at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor to show off the "Helmet of Hope" as part of his foundation.  The race car driver's foundation has selected the Iowa Make A Wish Campaign to raise money for terminally ill children achieve their dream.  Wells Blue Bunny is a participating sponsor of the Helmet for Hope program.  The NASCAR driver explains the program.
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Johnson, who drives the Lowe's number 48 car says he is pleased to be associated with the Make A Wish charity.  He says several thousand children benefit from the organization.
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A $10,000 check was presented to the Iowa Make A Wish organization.  This year's Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign will run during six NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekends beginning on April 13th at the Texas Motor Speedway and culminating at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26th.  Johnson will draw two charities each week to be included on the helmet.  To date, the program has contributed more than $430,000 to 61 different charities.

 

Schneider Awarded Outstanding Service To Agriculture

(Le Mars) -- The 2013 Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award was presented to Plymouth County Extension Coordinator Carol Schneider.  Schneider is an exemplary leader and dedicated employee to the local extension program, and has been affiliated with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program for more than 25 years.  Carol moved to Plymouth County in 1980 and began working as a 4-H and Youth Coordinator.  She later served as the ISU Extension Home Economist for Plymouth and Cherokee Counties.  She has organized and presented hundreds of quality programs for the residents of Plymouth County as well as for northwest Iowa.  Her service extends beyond the Plymouth County Extension.  She has served as the President of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce, been involved in her church, a member of the Plymouth County Fair Board, and a former member of the Plymouth County Pork Producers Board of Directors, and she has served on many Iowa State University committees.  Congratulations to Carol Schneider for being honored for the 2013 Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award.

 

Floyd Valley Among Top 100 Rural Hospitals

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital was recently ranked among the top 100 rural hospitals by ivantage.  Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin says the ranking is certainly good news, and he credits the hospital staff for the achievements.
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The national rankings actually features nine Iowa rural hospitals within their top 100 hospitals from a survey that covered more than 1200 hospitals nationwide.  Donlin says, besides Floyd Valley, other northwest Iowa hospitals were highly ranked.
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The hospital administrator says it is nice to be nationally recognized, but the hospital needs to keep focus on its primary duties.
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Trial Delayed For Early Man Accused Of Shooting Mother

EARLY, Iowa (AP) - A trial has been delayed for a 21-year-old northwest Iowa man who's accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman.
Kirk Levin's trial is now scheduled to begin on June 3. It had been scheduled to begin April 10.
Levin's attorney asked for the delay so he could complete depositions and file pretrial motions.
Levin is charged with first-degree murder and third-degree kidnapping. Prosecutors say Levin repeatedly stabbed his mother,Marilyn Schmitt, at her farmhouse in Early on Jan. 3. They say he then kidnapped a 21-year-old woman who he tied up and put in the trunk of a car. The woman escaped after Levin drove into a ditch.
Levin had been released from prison days earlier after serving time for burglary.
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Prison Staff Employee Smuggles Contraband

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Prison officials say a staffer smuggled contraband into the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, prompting a lockdown.
Fred Scaletta, executive officer for the Iowa Department of Corrections, says in a statement Thursday that the security breech is under investigation and the staffer is on administrative leave.
The penitentiary's maximum security unit has been on lockdown since March 12. The unit holds about 560 prisoners, many serving life sentences for rape and murder.
Union president Danny Homan says Thursday the prison is understaffed and dangerous. Homan represents correctional officers in Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees.
Prison officials responded by saying they have worked to reduce the prison population and improve the ratio of guards to inmates.

 

 

   

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