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Buena Vista Sheriff Selected as Iowa Hero

(Lincoln,NE) -- Tomorrow, the Iowa Hawkeyes will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in what many are calling the start of a new rivalry between the two college teams.  The American Red Cross, along with Hy-Vee supermarkets are promoting the game to be referred to as the "Heroes Game", and will honor two citizen heroes.  Representing Iowa will be Gary Launderville, the Buena Vista County sheriff.  Launderville was chosen as the hero from the state of Iowa for his concern for children and for putting community safety ahead of personal safety.  Launderville and his wife, Sandy have fostered 125 children, seven of which they eventually adopted and joined their family of six.  Last January, Launderville was hit by an SUV and thrown 20 feet into the air when he was rescuing a mother and child stranded in a raging snowstorm.  At halftime, Launderville will be introduced to the crowd of 80,000 plus fans.  Prior to kick-off HyVee will present a check to the American Red Cross recognizing the important work of the American Red Cross in Iowa and Nebraska.

 

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County sheriff's authorities responded to a boat accident Wednesday afternoon at Storm Lake.  A boat had capsized off Bel Air Beach.  Upon arrival, deputies located three men, Jared Brashear, Ben Smith and James Wilson approximately 250 yards off shore clinging to their boat.  The three boaters were rescued and their boat was removed from the lake.  Assisting the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office were the Storm Lake Fire Department, Storm Lake Police, the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Paramedics and the Lakeside Marina.

 

(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has once again been recognized by a survey agency as being one of the top hospitals. The Press-Gainey and Associates have given the Summit Award to Floyd Valley as being one of the top five percent hospitals in the nation. Floyd Valley Hospital administrator Mike Donlin says it is a great honor for the local community hospital. Donlin says the criteria looks at a hospital's performance and patient rating over a course of several years. This marks the seventh time in a row that Floyd Valley has received such recognition.

(Sioux City) -- Officials with the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City are excited over the possibility they may have their sixth sell-out performance for the year.  The country superstar trio, Lady Antebellum will perform at the Tyson Events Center on Decemeber 9th, and the show is on pace to sell out.  If the event does sell out, it would set a record for the most sold-out shows in one year since the building first opened its doors in December of 2003.  Sioux City Events and Facilities Executive Director Aran Rush says this shows the marketplace's strength.  Rush says when Sioux City can show a growing number of sold out events to promoters, our ability to attract big concerts continues to improve.  He says Sioux City is able to show the entertainment industry that Sioux City and the area has great fans.  In 2011, the sold-out events included Jeff Dunham, Nelly, Sugarland, Elton John, and Tim McGraw.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo police say thieves armed with a package of frozen pork chops busted through a glass door at a production company and stole video equipment.  The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the burglary happened sometime Sunday night at Ron Knapp Video Production. The break-in was discovered Monday morning.  Police say the intruders gained entry by smashing the frozen chops through the glass door. They also used something to pry at the door.  The company reported two cameras valued at nearly $8,000 missing. The thieves, however, failed to take supporting equipment needed to operate the cameras.

 



 

 

   

Floyd Valley Hospital Gets Summit Award

(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has once again been recognized by a survey agency as being one of the top hospitals.  The Press-Gainey and Associates have given the Summit Award to Floyd Valley as being one of the top five percent hospitals in the nation.    Floyd Valley Hospital administrator Mike Donlin says it is a great honor for the local community hospital.

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Donlin says the criteria looks at a hospital's performance and patient rating over a course of several years.

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(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is looking at the possibility of expanding its facilities.  Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin says the idea is in its preliminary stage right now.  Referred to as the "north addition" Donlin says the project could cost at least $25 million.  

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Donlin says as the hospital continues to expand its services, and with the changing of health care programs is the reason why the hospital is looking at expanding its facilities.  He says before any work can begin, the plan first needs approval of the Floyd Valley Board of Trustees.

(Akron) -- Last week, the Akron-Westfield school board and the West Sioux school board held a joint meeting to discuss the feasibility of sharing a superintendent for both districts.  On Monday, both school boards acted on the measure.  Akron-Westfield's interim superintendent, Larry Williams explains the decision of both school boards.

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Williams says the school boards have appointed a sub-committee consisting of two people from each district to begin the search for a superintendent that will serve both the Akron-Westfield and the West Sioux school district.  Williams says the agreement to share a superintendent does not mean the districts are considering any type of merger or consolidation.


(LeMars) -- Imagine having to cook a Thanksgiving meal, complete with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the trimmings,including pumpkin pie for more than 600 people.  That's just what will happen tomorrow as the Rejoice Community Church hosts the Community Thanksgiving meal.  This marks the seventh year for the event.  Organizer Donna Britcher says it takes a lot of volunteers to cook meals for 600 people.

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The event will feature 27 turkeys that will consist of about 400 pounds of turkey meat, plus more than 120 pounds of mashed potatoes.  Of course, no Thanksgiving meal can be complete without pie.

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The meal is free of charge and open to everyone. 

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Britcher says they will welcome additional volunteers and if you have an interest in volunteering, you are asked to contact the Rejoice Community Church. Seating will begin at 10:30 a.m. 

 


(LeMars) -- LeMars city officials have been notified by officials with Governor Branstad's "Healthiest State Inititative" that LeMars has been invited to apply to be one of ten selected communities as a "Blue Zone" communitiy.  A "Blue Zone community" is one recognized by the Governor and the health insurance company Blue Cross-Blue Shield Wellmark as a healthiest community within the state.  The ten selected communities will receive $2.5 million dollars.  The city must now submit an application to be considered before an early January deadline.


(Merrill) -- Merrill City Council is calling for a special meeting scheduled for Monday November 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Merrill City Hall to discuss and revisit the appointment of an engineer for the 5th street project.  The following day, the Iowa Department of Transportation will address their proposed plans for improvement on Highway 75 through Merrill.  That meeting is also scheduled to be held at the Merrill City Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

   

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