Wednesday Afternoon News, May 8
Ohrlund Honored With School District's "Employee of the Month"
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has honored high school English teacher, Erin Ohrlund as its "Employee of the Month". Ohrlund has taught at the Le Mars Community School District for nine years. According to the nomination form, submitted by LeAnn Hobson, Ohrlund, is constantly giving of herself. If she is not at school very early prepping for three classes of junior English, two classes of Enhanced Reading, and a class of World Literature, she stays into the evening. Not to mention, she produces two school plays, one in the fall, and one in the spring and with every other year being a musical. At Christmas time, she directs a Children's Theater that is shown to Elementary, Middle
School, and to High School students. After the performances, she is the lucky one to mend any costume that happens to get torn or dirty. Then come the speech contests. There are large group, small group, and the lot. After her exhausting school schedule, she is still smiling and willing to help anyone if they need help. I have never heard her be anything but encouraging to students and faculty. I feel Erin Ohrlund is truly an asset to Le Mars Community Schools, and she deserves to be recognized for it. Our congratulations go to Erin Ohrlund for being named the Le Mars Community School District's "Employee of the Month".
New Medical Couple To Start At Floyd Valley Hospital
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is welcoming a medical couple to the hospital. Deann Otto and her husband Dr. Andrew Gehja will both soon start work at Floyd Valley. Otto, was raised at Paullina, Iowa and is scheduled to begin her work this week. She is a nurse practitioner that focuses on pain management.
Dr. Andrew Gehja (Gee-haw) will start his practice at the Floyd Valley Hospital in mid-July. Originally, from Cleveland, Ohio; Gehja says he has been living at various parts of the country, including Michigan and Arizona, but he especially enjoys the rural lifestyle which led him to Le Mars and Floyd Valley Hospital.
Gehja is especially complimentary of the local hospital and the town of Le Mars.
Otto echoed her husband's sentiments about the community.
The medical doctor says he will be continue with family practice medicine.
4th Of July Picnics May Be Without Sweet Corn
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some traditional July Fourth picnics may be missing a favorite menu item this year: sweet corn.
Iowa's relatively cold, wet spring has delayed the plants' development.
Farmer Ray Christenson, of Grimes, says that he might have a few ears ready a day or two before Independence Day, but he says he's betting that most of his corn won't be ready until days later.
Ron Deardorff, of Adel, says he planted on his normal schedule, but the low temperatures soon stopped the corn from sprouting as quickly as it would in warmer weather.
He estimated his corn is "quite a ways behind, maybe a week or two."
Branstad To Announce Economic Development Project
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is scheduled to announce an economic development project that he is touting as the largest in state history.
A news conference is set for Wednesday afternoon in the Iowa Capitol.
A press release says that Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will announce the "largest-ever economic development investment in Iowa."
To be the largest economic development project, the new proposal would need to top the construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa's Lee County. That plant is being built by
Orascom, a company based in Egypt.
Branstad has made job creation and business attraction a key focus of his administration.