Sanborn, Iowa — A Sanborn long-term care facility is one of three statewide that have been selected to receive a 2014 Prairie View CampusGovernor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities.

Prairie View in Sanborn received three nominations, according to Governor Branstad’s office, all of which were received from family members of current or former residents.  The nominations credited the Prairie View staff with enhancing the highest quality of life for the residents by genuinely caring for them, even describing Prairie View as being like “an extended family”, praising the facility’s administration and staff for their commitment to providing services that insure the best individual care for the resident, while maintaining open and informed communication with family members or representatives.

Prairie View Administrator Wendy Nelson said that being nominated by the residents families is truly humbling, and she thanked all those who nominated Prairie View for the award.

Governor Branstad is scheduled to present the award to Prairie View at 2 pm on Thursday, August 21st at the Prairie View facility in Sanborn.  Nelson says the public is cordially invited to this event.

In addition to Prairie View, Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge and Woodland Terrace in Waverly will also be receiving 2014 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities, according to the Governor’s Office.

Primghar, Iowa — The O’Brien County Fair continues to inform, entertain, and educate through Thursday of this week. (July, 24, 2014).Fair Logo

We talked with Darwin Gaudian with the Fair Board and he tells us what’s going on at the fair this week.

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If you missed any of that or need some more information, click here for the full schedule.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The non-profit license-holder of the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood is reaching out to help Lyon County flood victims.

Lyon County Riverboat Foundation board president Jeff Gallagher says that in response to the devastating flood that stuck Lyon County in early June, the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation is partnering with Justice For All and making a $30,000 grant to them to assist Lyon County residents with immediate needs. The grants will be made by JFA through the Rock Rapids office and any county resident can apply.

From left: LCRF's Russ Hopp and Jeff Gallagher, JFA's Joe Vander Zee, and LCRF's Margo Pedersen

From left: LCRF’s Russ Hopp and Jeff Gallagher, JFA’s Joe Vander Zee, and LCRF’s Margo Pedersen

Gallager says that the Riverboat Foundation board felt this was an urgent need in the county and made a special grant to meet these needs. Future emergency grants may also be necessary to assist county residents.

He says this will reduce the funds available for the fall cycle of competitive grants, but the board felt that this was an urgent need.

The presentation of the check will take place Monday afternoon at 5:30 PM at the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation Office in the Frontier Bank building in downtown Rock Rapids.

The Riverboat Foundation’s funds come from their partnership with the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort.

Ames, Iowa — One of Iowa’s beef producer groups is encouraging farmers to watch their cattle in this heat.

High temperatures, high humidity, solar radiation, and low-speed winds create the perfect environment for heat stress in cattle. Based on the forecast outlook for Monday afternoon and Tuesday, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging the state’s cattle producers to be prepared to make some changes that can make cattle more comfortable, especially in the southwest corner today, and the whole state on Tuesday.cattle feed feeding isu extension

Matt Deppe, the CEO for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association says that it’s best that producers plan ahead so they can take quick action if those four factors put parts of Iowa in a high risk zone. He says that compared to other animals, cattle rely on respiration more than sweating to cool down. Wind and cool nights can help, but when temperatures and humidity are high, producers must also consider other ways to keep their livestock comfortable, he says.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging cattle producers to take advice from Iowa State University’s Extension Beef Veterinarian, Dr. Grant Dewell, DVM. Dr. Dewell recommends these protective measures:

  • Clean fresh water – consumption of water can double during extreme heat. Cattle need at least 2 gal./100 lbs/day during heat events. Additionally, make sure there is adequate room for cattle to drink, and that supply lines can provide cool water fast enough.
  • Shift to feeding a higher percentage of feed in the afternoon and consider lowering the energy content by 5%.
  • Provide shade if possible. UV radiation is many times the critical factor for livestock losses due to heat stress.
  • Ensure that there are no restrictions to air movement around cattle, such as hay storage.
  • If necessary, begin sprinkling cattle with water if signs of heat stress are evident.

Deppe says producers who start using fans or providing water sprinklers on their cattle should be prepared to use that process until more moderate temperatures return.

Cattle producers can monitor the forecasted heat stress index and find tips for cooling cattle by clicking here. More information on preventing heat stress in cattle is available at http://vetmed.iastate.edu/, and type “heat stress cattle” in the search box on the upper right.

Luverne, MN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Rock County, Minnesota as a primary natural disaster area due to heavy precipitation, flooding and hail that occurred from June 11 through June 18.Flooded Soybean

Farmers and ranchers in Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties in Minnesota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Lyon County, Iowa and Minnehaha and Moody counties in South Dakota also qualify.

In Minnesota, damage from last month’s flooding has surpassed $50 million and is still rising, according to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. State and local officials are waiting for the federal government to declare a disaster. Dayton said he expects that declaration to be issued soon — securing federal funding to help state and local communities repair damaged roads, bridges and other public property.

All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low-interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. 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. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity. Farmers can apply for up to $500,000 in low interest loans.

Larchwood, Iowa — The Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood is one of two casinos in the whole state at which revenues were up in the past year.

The report for the end of the latest fiscal year shows a drop in the revenue generated by the 18 state casinos. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission report shows a drop of almost 78 million dollars — marking the second year in a row that revenue was off — for a total of just under one-point-four (1.388) billion dollars. Iowa Gaming Grand Falls Casino signAssociation president, Wes Ehrecke, says weather was one factor for the drop off.

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(as he says)”The brutal winter that we had, especially January and February — subzero temperatures, the whole Polar Vortex — kept a lot of people at home and kept people from doing a lot of things in the whole entertainment world,” Ehrecke says. “You don’t get those months back, you just can’t recover from that, and I think that contributed a lot.”

He says competition from outside the state also had an impact.

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(as he says)”Illinois with their video gaming terminals that are located in bars and restaurants has certainly impacted some of the casinos on our eastern border,” he says. “Plus, I think there’s still a little bit of economic uncertainty.” He says the uncertainty has people spending less of their discretionary income on entertainment as they spend more on food, clothing, shelter and other priorities.

Ehrecke says he is not concerned about the drop, as he says there are new facilities in the works that should give the industry a boost.

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(as he says)”There will be a new casino up in Sioux City, the Hard Rock Casino. Davenport as well as Bettendorf are both looking to go with land-based casinos. When you have additional amenities and an improved property, we believe that that will certainly help with the revenues of those respective areas,” Ehrecke says.

He says the socioeconomic report conducted for the Racing and Gaming Commission and released earlier this year had positive news for the industry.

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(as he says) “That whole socioeconomic report I think was very promising in the fact that a very large percentage of people think that going to a casino is an acceptable form of entertainment, certainly many people do,” Ehrecke says. “Not only for the gaming portion, but for non-gaming type things, concerts, a comedy club, certainly fine dining,” Ehrecke says.

Ehrecke says the casinos will still continue to be an important part of the state’s economy.

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(as he says)”I think overall still we are a very strong and stable industry — about a billion dollar annual economic impact. I believe the trends look favorable going forward,” Ehrecke says.

The other casino at which revenues were up in the past year was Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino.

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Des Moines, Iowa – The first extreme heat wave of the summer is forecast for Iowa this week, with highs in the 90s and the heat indexes in the 100s. With the National Weather service issuing a Heat Advisory, The Iowa thermometer - 102 degreesDepartment of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather.

IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says that sometimes the body’s temperature control system just isn’t enough.  She says that in such cases, a person’s temperature rises rapidly.  Especially when humidity is high, as it is today, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, Dr. Quinlisk says the people who are at greatest risk include:

  • People age 65 or older
  • Infants and young children
  • Overweight individuals
  • People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors
  • People who have a chronic illness, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

She says that to protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.
  • If experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts such as sports drinks, and special rehydration fluids.
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.
  • Wear hats that shade your face such as sun hats, visors, etc.
  • Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
  • Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says that after what has been a relatively cool summer so far, we’re heading into a short stretch of more typical July conditions to begin the week.

A heat advisory is in effect until 9 PM this evening.

The Weather Service says temperatures will climb near 90 degrees in areas east of Interstate 29. In areas west of the Interstate 29 corridor, readings may top out in the low to middle 90s, with areas of central South Dakota reaching 100 degrees. These temperatures are expected to slowly fall during the evening hours. The heat, combined with increasing humidity, will produce heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Check up on relatives and neighbors, and do not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

The dangerous heat and humidity will be short-lived, however, as high temperatures mainly in the 80s spread back into the region for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sibley, Iowa — A northwest Iowa attorney has become the 128th president of The Iowa State Bar Association.

Joe Feller of Sibley, a sole practitioner in the firm of Koopman Kennedy & Feller is the justice scales balancesecond president in 56 years from Sibley to lead the statewide association of more than 8,000 Iowa-licensed attorneys. He is also the first ISBA president in almost a decade to come from a rural county-seat town.

In his inaugural speech at the association’s annual meeting, the 36-year-veteran attorney summarized his goals for his presidential year, which runs until next June.

“Back to basics” is the theme for his year. He plans to ask the bar to rededicate its mission to serving the members, supporting the legal community and the justice system, and serving the community at large.

The State Bar Association says Feller is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to justice. The legal challenges facing undocumented workers and victims of human trafficking are two groups in particular that he wants to address. He says that as a bar association, they cannot ignore these types of issues that affect our society.

Orange City, Iowa — A Parker, South Dakota man has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison after he admitted to stealing an ATV.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle reports that 37-year-old Thomas Charles Dykshorn of Parker, SD, was sentenced this past week in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Theft in the Second Degree by a Habitual Offender, a Class D Felony. gavel_sxc

According to court records, on September 7, 2009, a rural Sioux County business reported that an Arctic Cat four-wheeler had been stolen sometime between September 6 and 8, 2009. On the same date, a McCook County, South Dakota, deputy serving an arrest warrant on a subject in rural Salem, South Dakota, noticed a four-wheeler that appeared out of place. The deputy ran a search for the vehicle identification number, and found it to be stolen out of Sioux County. Dykshorn, when interviewed by law enforcement officers while incarcerated in South Dakota in 2010, admitted that he and a friend saw the four-wheeler parked along the highway, loaded it up, and took it back to South Dakota.

Dykshorn was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The sentence will run concurrently with the sentence he was already serving in the South Dakota prison system.