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Saturday News, September 15th

(Le Mars) -- A new face can be seen at Floyd Valley Hospital.  Hospital administrator Mike

Donlin has announced that Emily Garcia has accepted the position of Patient Relations

Manager.  This position is responsible for working with patients in areas of concern,

safety, risk management and corporate compliance.  Garcia has a variety of professional

experience including most recently serving as Quality Support Manager at the Siouxland Community

Health Center in Sioux City.


Akron Scarecrow Festival Today

(Akron) -- For twelve years, the folks at Akron have held a fall festival celebrating the

scarecrow.  Co-president Angie Price says this year's event, scheduled for today (Saturday) will

provide great family fun, and is expected to feature at least 60 scarecrows.

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Price says on occassion, contestants submit scarecrows that follow a theme.

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Besides the scarecrows on display, the Akron park will have several vendors consisting of

crafts, food, and games.  Price says the proceeds that are raised from the Scarecrow

festival go back into the Akron community.

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The Scarecrow Festival is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. 

Afterwards, the Akron Fire Department will host their steak fry at the fire house beginning

at 5:00 p.m.


 Hudreds Expected to Attend Octobers Health Fair

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has announced the date for the next "Well Aware" Health

Fair.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 from 2:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. and it will be

held on the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  Kari Daale, Education Assistant

and Health and Wellness Coordinator for Floyd Valley Hospital says there will be over 50

exhibitors at this year's health fair.

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 Daale says the local health fair is a good time to get your annual flu shot.
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The Floyd Valley official says this will be the tenth year for the "Well Aware Health Fair".

 She says in the past up to 800 people have attended the health fair.  Weather permitting, the Mercy

Air Care helicopter is scheduled to make an appearance.  The Well Aware Health Fair is sponsored by

 Floyd Valley Hospital and Wells Blue Bunny.


Elk for Dinner Tonight, Anyone?

 (Hinton) -- The Plymouth County Conservation Board will be holding its annual elk auction on

today (Saturday).  Molly Wilmes, the Community Outreach Coordinator, says this year's auction will

involve not one, but three elk.

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Wilmes says the elk is usually sold for meat, but because of the older bull elk with the

larger antlers, she anticipates many bidders will want the elk to mount on a wall.

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Wilmes says the annual elk auction attracts people from Plymouth and Woodbury counties, but

she believes there will also be bidders from other states.  That elk auction will begin at

1:00 p.m. at the Hillview Recreation Park just west of Hinton.


 Judge blocks Iowa plan challenging voters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A district court judge says Iowa

Secretary of State Matt Schultz cannot move forward with new rules

that would challenge voters appearing on databases as noncitizens.

Judge Mary Pat Gunderson issued a ruling Friday blocking Schultz

from implementing voting rules he established without holding a

public hearing.

Schultz created the new rules in July, using an administrative

emergency rulemaking process. He says he needed to act quickly

before the November election because noncitizens might be

registered to vote.


Biden plans stops next week in Ottumwa, Grinnell

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The campaign for President Barack Obama

has released more details about Vice President Joe Biden's trip to

Iowa next week, noting he will hold events in Ottumwa and Grinnell.

Biden will arrive in Iowa on Monday and hold an event at the

Port of Burlington.

On Tuesday, he will speak at The Bridge View Center in Ottumwa,

then later in the day will speak at Grinnell College.

The events are free and open to the public, but tickets are


Biden's stops continue a string of visits to Iowa by the

president and vice president, as well as Republican nominee Mitt

Romney and his running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

Iowa is one of about six battleground states that likely will

decide the winner of the presidential election.


Feds mull appeal of CEO's release in fraud case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors continue to consider whether

to appeal a judge's order that would free disgraced Iowa

businessman Russ Wasendorf Sr. from jail before sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan disclosed in a filing

Friday that prosecutors ordered a transcript of Wasendorf's

detention hearing on an expedited basis as they consider appealing

U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles' order.

Scoles ruled that the founder of Peregrine Financial Group in

Cedar Falls can leave the Linn County jail after he pleads guilty

Monday to mail fraud, embezzling customer funds and lying to


Scoles says Wasendorf will be confined to his pastor's Marion

home under GPS monitoring. Joining him will be Nancy Paladino, who

Wasendorf secretly married days before the fraud was uncovered.

Freedom would be short-lived for Wasendorf, who's facing a

lengthy prison term.



ISU president looks to make higher ed affordable


AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University President Steven Leath

has set a goal of raising $150 million in private gifts for student

financial aid during the next five years.

Leath announced the fundraising goal Friday during a ceremony in

which he was installed as Iowa State's 15th president. He's been

working at Iowa State since January.

In his address, Leath called for universities to do more to help

students pay for their education, noting this was a key to making a

higher education accessible. Leath says "being accessible means

being affordable."

Leath also proposed a plan addressing student debt issues that

includes limiting university cost increases and providing better

financial counseling to students.



Iowa inmate serving life for murder dies in prison


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man sentenced to life in prison for

first-degree murder in Black Hawk County 35 years ago has died at

the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The corrections department says 59-year-old James Henderson was

found dead in his cell Friday morning. Officials say it appears he

died of natural causes. There was no sign of foul play. An autopsy

is pending.

Henderson began serving his sentence in January 1977.



Iowa mom pleads guilty to child neglect



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines woman has pleaded guilty to

three child neglect charges as her husband awaits trial on charges

that he sexually abused three of their nine children.

The Des Moines Register reports the woman pleaded guilty on

Thursday. She faces up to 30 years in prison when she's sentenced

on October 25th in Polk County District Court.

Her husband is to stand trial in January on nine counts of

first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of child endangerment.

The investigation began last fall with a runaway case. The

parents were arrested in April.

The Associated Press is not using the couple's names to protect

the privacy of the children.



Mammoth skeletons found in Iowa are of 2 species


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Researchers say the two mammoth skeletons

discovered in southern Iowa are different species of extinct beasts

that once roamed North America.

A University of Iowa-led research team announced Friday that

skull fragments and teeth found last month at the site in Oskaloosa

are those of a woolly mammoth. The team had already identified a

four-foot femur found in April as belonging to a Columbian mammoth.

Sarah Horgen of the university's natural history museum says

that finding two species in one spot is a first in Iowa and raises

many questions, such as whether they lived together and were

present at the same time.

Researchers say Columbian mammoths were larger than woolly

mammoths and had long spiraled tusks. Both died out when the Ice

Age ended about 11,000 years ago.



Friday News, September 14

Legal Experts Claim B-P-I Will Have Up Hill Climb On Lawsuit

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Legal experts say a South Dakota beef processor that is suing ABC News for defamation faces a steep climb for a victory in court.
Beef Products Inc. is suing ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product, Finely Lean Textured Beef.  The company alleges that the network created an inaccurate impression that the product is unsafe.
The lawsuit seeks damages under South Dakota's defamation law, as well as a 1994 state law that allows businesses to sue anyone who knowingly spreads false information about a food product. A
company lawyer says BPI will seek $1.2 billion in damages.
Drake University law professor Neil Hamilton says BPI may struggle to convince a jury that the news stories were defamatory or that harm was intended.


Le Mars Ambulance Responds To More Calls

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Ambulance Service has been busy.  In their quarterly report, the Le Mars Ambulance is reporting from June 1 to August 31st they responded to 222 calls compared to 203 calls for the same period last year, an increase of 9.4 percent of calls.  For the year to date figures, the Le Mars Ambulance has responded to 625 calls from January 1 to August 31st of 2012.  For the same period in 2011, there were 528 calls for an increase of 18.4 percent.  The Le Mars Ambulance Service will soon be getting a new Life-Line ambulance.  A new unit is to be delivered sometime in September.

Voters Can Obtain Absentee Ballots

(Le Mars) -- Absentee ballots for the November 6 general election are available as of September 27th in the Plymouth County Auditor's office located at the courthouse.  Absentee ballots to be mailed to voters must be requested in writing.  Forms are available at the Plymouth County Auditor's office.  Absentee ballot request forms can be mailed to the Auditor's office at 215 4th Ave South East, Le Mars, Iowa 51031.  Voters wanting an absentee ballot to be mailed to them must submit the request form to the Auditor's office no later than Friday, November 2nd, as that is the last day absentee ballots can be mailed to voters.   You can vote in person at the Auditor's office using an absentee ballot.  Voting must be done between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Absentee ballots may be cast in the Auditor's office until Monday, November 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Chalk Art Festival Scheduled For This Weekend

(Le Mars) -- Get ready for the Chalk Art Festival for this weekend. The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the chalk art festival.  The chalk art festival will take place at the Olson Cultural Event Center on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 pm. and on Sunday, between 12:00 noon and 5 p.m.  To acquire boxes of chalk, and to participate, contact the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices.

Well Aware Health Fair Scheduled For October 10

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has announced the date for the next "Well Aware" Health Fair.  Wednesday, October 10 from 2:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.  The Well Aware Health Fair will be held on the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  There will be over 50 exhibitors at the health fair.  Various medical providers will be offering many health-related services and information including blood pressure checks.  Flu shots will be offered for a fee of $25.  Mercy Air Care helicopter from Sioux City will be on display, weather permitting.  The Le Mars Police Department and D.A.R.E. Le Mars will sponsor "Project Safe Meds" a program to help households safely dispose of expired prescription medications.


FedEx Helps Stop A Computer Theft

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police are crediting package delivery company FedEx with thwarting an attempt by someone posing as the state's largest school district to order $30,000 worth of computers.
An unidentified person ordered the equipment using the name Des Moines Public Schools.
Police say the shipment of 20 computers was on its way when FedEx employees noted the shipment was bound for a house in Des Moines and a not a school. The company called the school district to verify the purchase, and stopped the delivery when it learned the district had not ordered the computers.
Police say the person, who was not a district employee, falsified a purchase order using the school district's logo and some basic information.


Vice President Biden To Campaign In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The campaign for President Barack Obama says Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Iowa next week includes a visit to Burlington.
Biden will speak at an event at the Port of Burlington on Monday. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
The campaign announced earlier this week that Biden will be in Iowa on Monday and Tuesday. Details on other campaign stops haven't been released.
Biden's events come 10 days after he last visited Iowa on September 7th. He and his wife joined Barack and Michelle Obama at the University of Iowa, the day after the Democratic National
Both Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are competing hard in Iowa, which is one of about six battleground states.

Iowa Electoral College Appointee Resigns

AMES, Iowa (AP) - One of the Republican appointees to the Electoral College has resigned abruptly from her post after publicly questioning whether she would support the GOP's presidential ticket when casting official votes after the November election.
Melinda Wadsley of Ames tells The Associated Press that she could not in good conscience vote for party nominee Mitt Romney.
Wadsley was among three electors who had told the AP for a story published Thursday that they were exploring alternatives should Romney win their states. Wadsley had backed candidate Ron Paul.
Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker says the process will begin for selecting a new presidential elector from the Fourth District, which would allow the GOP to confirm a die-hard Romney supporter.


Judge Says Richter Can See Children

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor is expressing outrage about a decision ordering a father to take his two children cross-country to visit their mother while she's in prison for killing a man in
their rural Iowa home in 2001.
Judge Nancy Whittenburg has ordered Michael Roberts to take his children from California to visit their mother, Tracey Richter, at Polk County's Mitchellville prison while she appeals.
Whittenburg says the kids have a bond with their mother and the visits will "bring closure to the sudden and traumatic events of the past year."
Sac County Atorney Ben Smith said Thursday he respected the decision, but couldn't disagree more. He says it's "mind-boggling" Richter still has parental rights since she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde while the kids were one room away. Richter claims self-defense.

Des Moines Doctor Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to eight patients who fatally overdosed is seeking a delay in his preliminary hearing.
Doctor Daniel Baldi (BALD'-ee) was charged earlier this month.  One of the eight patients identified in court papers was Paul Gray, a founder of the heavy metal band Slipknot. He died of an overdose
in 2010 at an Urbandale hotel.
Defense attorney Guy Cook on Wednesday filed a motion in Polk County District Court seeking a delay in Baldi's preliminary hearing that's set for Friday. In the motion, Cook seeks a delay, citing among other reasons, time to gather evidence that may be presented during a preliminary hearing.




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