Thursday News, October 17
Floyd Valley Hospital Hosts "Raise A Glass" Fundraiser
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital will be hosting a new type of fundraiser this Saturday
called "Raise a Glass". Chuck Jespersen, the hospital's foundation manager says it will be
a fun evening of beer and wine sampling.
Jespersen says the proceeds from the evening's activities will go toward cancer services provided by Floyd Valley Hospital.
Jespersen says a portion of the evening will feature local cancer survivors sharing their stories. He says the evening will be both fun and meaningful.
Jespersen says tickets are selling for $35 a piece, and he urges people to contact the hospital foundation office by the end of Wednesday to secure a spot for Saturday's
festivities. The "Raise a Glass" sampling will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the upper level of the
Le Mars Convention Center.
The hospital foundation manager says the "Raise a Glass" event is replacing the traditional hospital gala.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity Accepts Applications For Heating Assistance
(Remsen) -- As the temperature begins to drop when we transition into autumn and later into
winter, Mid-Sioux Opportunity is offering low income families assistance with heating costs.
Residents living in Ida, Cherokee, Sioux, Lyon and Plymouth counties can submit an
application to Mid-Sioux Opportunity. The program is open to renters and homeowners.
Applicants need to show a recent heating and electric bill, proof of income and other
paperwork. Applications will be accepted through April 30th. Additional information can be
obtained by calling the toll free number (800) 859-2025.
Model Railroad Show Coming To Museum On Saturday
(Le Mars) -- People who enjoy model railroads will want to visit the Plymouth County Historical Museum on Saturday. A model railroad train show sponsored by the Prairie Lakes Division of the NMRA will be featured at the old gymnasium. John Scheider fills us in on what the show will feature.
Schneider says the model railroad show will also feature two clinics.
Schneider says he got interested in model railroads after having grown up near a railroad.
The Plymouth County farmer says model railroads appeal to many people for a wide range of
Schneider says the model railroad show will feature at least a couple of displays of a
working model railroad.
Grassley Votes Against Measure To Open Government
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley was among 18 senators who voted
against a measure that reopened the federal government and avoided a financial default.
Grassley, a Republican, says he voted Wednesday night against the measure worked out by
Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell because it did nothing to
address the nation's debt.
In a statement, Grassley says President Barack Obama "refuses to lead for fiscal
responsibility, both short and long term, even with a government shutdown."
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, voted in favor of the measure.
The measure was approved 81 to 18 and now moves to the House.
World Food Prize Winners Support Bio-technology While Others Protest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The winners of this year's World Food Prize continue to press their
case that biotechnology research and innovation is necessary to keep food production in step
with a growing world population.
Biotechnology researchers Robert Fraley, Marc Van Montagu, and Mary-Dell Chilton, share
the $250,000 food prize award which they'll receive in a ceremony at the Iowa Capitol on
Fraley says biotechnology combined with information technology is helping farmers
globally improve crop production.
While the laureates spoke, environmental and citizen activist organizations that oppose
genetically modified seeds were offering opposing viewpoints by holding their own press
Cherie Mortice, a member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, says the prize "is
the grand promenade of corporate control over food production that undermines the
independent family farms..."
Suspicious Item Turns Out To Be Sock
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Officials have determined a suspicious item that prompted the closure of
some areas at Iowa State University was actually a sock containing a piece of Styrofoam.
The Iowa State University Police Department closed an area near a dining facility and
library Wednesday morning after someone spotted the sock, which was deemed suspicious.
People were allowed to return after the item was determined to be non-explosive.
Authorities posted a picture of the item on its Twitter and Facebook pages in an effort
to identify the item. The State Fire Marshall's Office was also called in.
A student told police the item had been used the previous night by the Tir Asleen Medieval Combat Society, which practices combat sports using foam-padded versions of medieval and dark ages weapons.
Record Number Of Students Attending Universities
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Due to a surge in enrollment at Iowa State University, a record
number of students are attending Iowa's public universities this fall.
An Iowa Board of Regents report released this week shows that 76,465 students are
enrolled at ISU, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.
The number is the seventh straight annual increase at the three schools and amounts to
9,000 more than were enrolled just 15 years ago.
This year's increase was driven by an enrollment count of 33,241 at ISU, more than
2,000 additional students and a 7 percent increase compared to last year. The University of
Iowa's enrollment of 31,065 was a decline of 433 students, while UNI's 12,159 enrollment was
a decrease of 114.
Wartburg Receives Million Dollar Gift
WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - An Arizona couple has given $1 million to Wartburg College in Waverly
to create an endowed professorship in engineering science.
Gary and Donna Hoover, of Scottsdale, Ariz., gave the money to Wartburg, a northeast Iowa college with about 1,700 students.
The Gary and Donna Hoover Distinguished Professorship in Engineering Science will be held by Daniel Black, a professor of physical and engineering sciences.
The Hoovers became involved in Wartburg through Gary Hoover's uncle, Waverly businessman Marv Walston. The couple has previously contributed to Wartburg, and Gary Hoover is a member of Wartburg's Board of Regents.
Hoover is a retired engineer and co-founder of Tenaska, which develops, owns and operates non-utility power plants. He's an Iowa State University graduate.
The Hoovers previously lived in Ames.