Thursday Afternoon News, May 14
Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary Donates $1000 To Hospital Education Department
(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary has donated $1,000 to the Floyd Valley Hospital Education Department to be used for hospital staff training. Floyd Valley Hospital Education Coordinator, Marlys Van Otterloo, explains.
Van Otterloo talks about some of the items that have been purchased in past years, and how it has benefitted Floyd Valley Hospital and its staff.
Le Mars Community And Gehlen Catholic Seniors Awarded Scholarships
(Le Mars) -- Last evening, the Le Mars Community School Foundation awarded 110 scholarships to 65 students. The total amount awarded was $60,900. 90 students had applied for the scholarships, with 65 receiving at least one scholarship. Earlier this morning, Gehlen Catholic High School had their awards program.
Body Found In Sioux City Marina Now Identified
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have identified the dead man's body found in the marina on Wednesday. An autopsy was performed by the Woodbury County Medical Examiner's department. The man is identified as Christopher J. Maciel. Pathologists have ruled out any indications of foul play as being a part of Maciel's death.
Orange City Tulip Festival Celebrates 75 Years
(Orange City) -- Its tulip time again in Orange City as the Sioux County town celebrates 75 years of its Dutch heritage. The annual Tulip Festival begins today and continues through Saturday. Juliana Pennings serves as the Tulip Festival Coordinator and she says the community is excited to celebrate the milestone.
Speaking of those wooden shoes, that is one of the major attractions during the festival. Visitors have the opportunity to see how a wooden block is shaped and carved into a shoe. Pennings says this year the festival has created a new place to view the carving of the wooden shoes.
Pennings says one of the highlights to the annual festival are the twice daily parades.
State Report Shows More Water Is Polluted
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new state report says the number of lakes, rivers and streams in Iowa impaired due to some level of pollution has climbed 15 percent in two years, prompting environmental groups to say Iowa's voluntary farm nutrient reduction strategy isn't working.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 725 impaired water bodies will be included in a report it must submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 2014 number is up from 630 reported in 2012.
Bacteria and fish kills, largely from manure spills or waste storage leaks from large hog or cattle operations, are the leading river problems.
Gov. Terry Branstad says he's budgeted $57 million over two years for water quality programs.
New Pork Processing Facility To Locate In Sioux City
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two pork processing companies have announced their plans to build a $264 million plant in Sioux City that is set to hire up to 1,100 people.
Officials with Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods said Thursday that construction of the pork processing plant is slated to begin in late fall north of Sioux Gateway Airport, with an anticipated mid-2017 opening.
The project would be among the largest private investments in Sioux City history.
Triumph Foods has only one other processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, where millions of hogs are slaughtered and processed each year. The meat produced is then marketed by Seaboard Foods.
The new Sioux City plant will be built on a 250-acre site in the Bridgeport industrial area.