Monday Afternoon News, October 12
Floyd Valley Hospital Getting Prepared For The "Well Aware Health Fair"
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is getting set to host its 11th annual Well Aware Health Fair scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Again this year, the event will be held at the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center and Kari Daale, Education Coordinator for Floyd Valley Hospital says the health fair is free of charge and will offer something for everyone.
Daale says the exhibit booths at this year's health fair will feature a great variety.
Daale says there will also be plenty of activities happening outside the convention center, including hopefully, a landing of the Mercy Air Care helicopter.
The hours for the Well Aware Health Fair are from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Police Department To Collect Expired Medications During Health Fair
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department will be accepting expired prescription medications as part of their Safe Meds program during the Well Aware Health Fair. Sergeant Jay King says the program has been successful in past years. He urges all people with old, expired, or no longer used medications to bring those medications in a bag to the health fair for proper disposal. He says the police department collects the old medications to cut down on the potential for abuse.
King says the Le Mars Police Department accepts the discarded medications all year round, as opposed to just once, or twice a year.
The police officer says the police department will incinerate the discarded medications. King says abuse of prescription medications affects all people of all ages.
Republican Strategist Announces He Has Cancer
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A top Iowa Republican political consultant has been diagnosed with cancer and is in aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
David Kochel, currently a strategist for GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, was diagnosed on Saturday, according to a page his colleagues created on the caringbridge.org website. The website reports he is in good spirits.
Kochel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer that affects blood and bone marrow.
A veteran of Republican campaigns, Kochel previously worked for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential bid. He owns Redwave Communications, which is based in Des Moines.
Fort Dodge Police Still Searching For Murder Suspect
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Fort Dodge police are still trying to find out who fatally shot a 30-year-old man.
Officers found Wendel Clark in his car Wednesday morning, and he was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Fort Dodge Police Chief Kevin Doty said Monday that no one has been arrested in connection with the case.
State authorities have ruled the case a homicide, and Webster County Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information.
Long Time Lawmaker Jack Drake Passes
ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Veteran Iowa legislator Jack Drake has died in a hospital at the age of 81.
Marty Rieken (REE'-kuhn) of Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold says Drake died of natural causes on Sunday at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
Drake, a Republican, was elected in 1992 to the Iowa House in southwest Iowa's 21st District. His colleague Linda Upmeyer, who will be taking over in January as speaker of the House, says Drake's "expertise and guidance will be sorely missed."
Rieken says a funeral is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Griswold United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at Griswold Cemetery.