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Thursday Afternoon News, Sept 20

Floyd Valley Hospital Adds Two Physical Therapists

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has added two physical therapists to its staff.  Nick Adams and Tarah Colt, both doctors of physical therapy, began their duties this summer.  Adams received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Northwestern College in Orange City.  He received his doctorate degree from Des Moines University.  Adams has special interests in balance rehabilitation and sports injury rehabilitation.  Colt received her bachelors degree in Biology from Briar Cliff.  She, also received her doctorate degree from Des Moines University. Colt has clinical training in orthopedics, traumatic brain injuries including strokes, and sports medicine.  She has special interests in outpatient orthopedics
and sports rehabilitation.

 

Grassley Says Farm Bill Needs To Pass Before September 30th

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Senator says some type of a farm legislation needs to pass Congress before September 30th, otherwise, he fears American agricultural policy will revert back to the 1940's.
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Grassley says Congress needs to perform atleast one of three options as it relates to the farm legislation.

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Grassley says the lack of a farm bill may not hurt farmers economically, but it does disrupt their long-term planning.  He says farming involves a lot of long-term planning, and farmers need to know what types of crops can be planted.

 

Rural Electric Cooperatives Receive Federal Loans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rural electric cooperatives operating in Iowa, Nebraska and seven other states are getting federal loan guarantees to improve portions of their power lines and generating
systems.
The funding includes a $6.7 million loan guarantee for Nobles Electric Cooperative, which serves customers in northwest Iowa and Minnesota.
Associated Electric Cooperative will get $24.6 million for improvements serving Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma customers.
The Gundy Electric Cooperative, operating in portions of Iowa and Missouri, has been selected for a $5 million loan guarantee.
In Nebraska, the Midwest Electric Corp. gets a loan guarantee of $6.5 million.
Other states served by funded projects include Georgia, Kansas, Texas, and Virginia.
Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Dallas Tonsagera announced the $168 million loan program Thursday in Minneapolis at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


Dubuque County Changes Policy On Missing Children

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Dubuque County is changing its process for handling missing children.
The county is now using an alert system called, "A Child is Missing."
Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos decided to make the change in his county's policy after the two missing cousins in Black Hawk County weren't found.
Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins are still missing after two
months.
Vrotsos says the new system will allow him to send out an automated telephone message to about 1,000 individuals per minute in the immediate area of the missing person.
It can be used when any child, mentally ill, or elderly person disappears.
The current Amber Alert system is only used when a child is in immediate danger and there's specific description of a vehicle or suspect.

 

Woman Attempts To Kill Baby

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An Ohio woman has been arrested on Iowa charges that she tried to kill her baby.
The Centerville (Iowa) Police Department says 23-year-old Kristina Kennedy-Maroney, of Hicksville, Ohio, was arrested on Wednesday. Kennedy-Maroney is in the Appanoose County jail, facing two counts of attempted murder and two counts of child endangerment.
Police say Kennedy-Maroney tried to kill her 5- to 6-month-old child twice in September 2009 when she was living in Centerville.
The Centerville police say Kennedy-Maroney told a Hicksville detective that she held the child's face under water in an apartment bathtub for about three seconds. She says that on a separate occasion she held a pillow over the child's face for about 10 seconds.
Court records don't list the name of her attorney.

 

   

Thursday News, September 20

Le Mars Fire Department Conducts Vehicle and Train Rescue Training

(Le Mars) -- A car hits a train causing alarm to the community.  Does the scenario sound somewhat familiar?  With so many vehicle and train accidents within the community during the past few weeks and with the latest occurring in Hinton on Monday evening, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department conducted a training session held at the Well's Enterprises sugar receiving facility on Wednesday evening.  Le Mars Fire chief, David Schipper says it was a good training exercise.  In addition to the fire department, Wells' Enterprises and their employees, Union Pacific, Plymouth County Emergency Management, and the Le Mars Police Department all participated in the training session.  Schipper says because of the recent train and vehicle accidents, the training session was relevant.  Schipper offers an account of the drill.

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Union Pacific Rail Company was participating in the drill and had a flat bed trailer equipped with various valves to indicate to the fire officials what type of valves and levers would be found on a rail tanker car, depending upon what the tanker was hauling.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the training session was productive, but they did notice areas for improvement, especially with communications.

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Hinton Fire Department Respond To Truck Fire

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department responded to a semi truck that caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.  The call was received at about 4:00 p.m.  The truck was located about two miles south of Hinton on U-S Highway 75. Traffic on Highway 75 was backed up.  Fire officials were on the scene for a little more than an hour.

 

City Officials Encourage Commercial Businesses To Recycle

(Le Mars) -- The City of Le Mars is doing a good job of recycling.  Assistant city Administrator, Bill Cole told the city council on Tuesday that Le Mars residents have recycled more than a million pounds of plastics, glass, and paper so far this year.
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Cole says the city is now ready to encourage commercial recycling.

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Cole says the commercial recycling program will follow the same schedule as the residential recycling.  Van's Sanitation will collect the commercial recycling material.  Cole says if the business uses another solid waste collector other than Van's, that business must show to the city they are recycling.


Bomgaars Buys Shopper's Supply Stores

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Bomgaars has bought all five Shoppers Supply stores in Iowa.
The deal takes effect Oct. 1. Terms were not disclosed. The locations are in Fort Dodge, Webster City, Eagle Grove, Humboldt and Des Moines.
Sioux City-based Bomgaars sells home and farm merchandise and now will have 66 stores in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming.
Bomgaars senior vice president Dave Meyer says the five stores will keep the Shoppers Supply name through the holiday season.
Shoppers Supply President Jim Schmidt says Bomgaars will retain most of the store workers.
Schmidt says  Shoppers Supply's corporate future is in Arizona, where it has a store in Apache
Junction and an opportunity to expand.

 

Tulip Festival Queen Court Selected

(Orange City) -- The 2013 Tulip Festival is still several months away, but five women were selected yesterday to represent the dutch heritage on the Queen's Court.  The five vying for the title of Tulip Festival Queen include: Larkin De Haan, daughter of Derrick and Pam De Hann; Jessica Giannantonio, the daughter of Patrick and Susan Giannantonio; McKenzie Mulder, who is the daughter of Scott and Jill Mulder; Autumn Pluim, the daughter of Dale and Jill Pluim; and Samantha Wielenga, the daughter of Brad and Julie Wielenga.  The five high school girls will participate in a Queen's Tea and Pageant on November 19th to select the new Tulip Queen.  The Queen and her court will serve as representatives of Orange City's Tulip Festival scheduled for May 16, 17, and 18, 2013.


Farmers In All Iowa Counties Now Qualify For Drought Assistance

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers in 22 additional Iowa counties now may qualify for low interest emergency loans from the federal government as a result of this summer's drought. With the latest
designation announced Wednesday, farmers in all Iowa counties now could qualify for drought-related emergency assistance.
Six counties added by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as primary natural disaster areas include Clarke, Emmet, Madison, Taylor, Union, and Warren. In addition farmers in 16 contiguous
counties may qualify for the loans and other assistance.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
The emergency loan interest rate had earlier been reduced to 2.25 percent from 3.75 percent by the Department of Agriculture.


MidAmerican Warns Customers Of Phone Scam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - MidAmerican Energy Company is warning its customers of a phone scam that seem to be aimed at Hispanics in Iowa.
The utility company says in a news release that customers with Hispanic names have received calls from someone posing as a MidAmerican customer service employee who says the person's account
is past due. The caller says that unless the customer immediately provides credit card information, the utility service will be disconnected.
MidAmerican says customers shouldn't provide credit card numbers or personal information to an unsolicited caller.
Those who receive such calls should hang up and call MidAmerican's customer service line at 888-427-5632. They also can call police.
Des Moines-based MidAmerican provides electricity and natural gas to more than 700,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota.


Wind Energy Policies Affecting Career Choices

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Uncertain wind energy policy not only is costing workers jobs but could affect the career choices of students who have been encouraged to pursue work in the industry.
Just this week Siemens Energy announced it would lay off more than 600 workers in three states including Iowa. The company says one reason is expiration of wind energy tax credits, which Congress
has failed to renew.
Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids has seen a significant increase in students seeking wind energy job training in recent years.
Instructor David Bennett says some are laid off from other jobs and others are returning soldiers.
For now, service technicians are still needed with about 3,500 jobs open with starting ranging from $26 to $36 dollars an hour.

 

 

   

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