9-1 NEWS

A U.S. congressional committee is seeking more information about decades of mismanagement at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa. Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House natural resources committee, sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell seeking a briefing by Sept. 9. The Republican from Utah says it’s troubling that mismanagement went on for two decades at the monument with “little to no oversight” by the National Park Service. Bishop’s letter comes in response to a National Park Service report that said the agency itself was “astonished” by what happened. One superintendent oversaw an illegal $3.4 million building spree that erected a boardwalk system through sensitive American Indian burial sites. Another stole the monument’s collection of ancient human remains and hid them in his garage for decades.

The board that oversees Iowa’s three public universities says it wants to use a new two-year budget system that would include some tuition increases. The Iowa Board of Regents announced Tuesday it wants the Legislature to support a plan that would increase state funding to the universities by two percent each year for the budget years that end in 2018 and 2019. Additional money would go to the University of Northern Iowa in the first year. The plan would also increase tuition rates by two percent each year for in-state undergraduate students. The board will vote in September on a $12.7 million request in new dollars for the first year. That includes $4.6 million for the University of Iowa, $3.7 million for Iowa State University and $4.4 million for UNI.

A flood relief effort has started. Decorah area chamber of commerce director Nikki Brevig.

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Brevig says donations can be made at area chamber of commerce or economic development offices.

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The Decorah area chamber of commerce, Allamakee county economic development, Fayette county economic development, Howard county economic development and the Oelwein chamber of commerce are all sponsoring the effort.

A new report shows tourist attractions and tourism-related businesses were busier than ever last year. Jessica O’Riley is spokesperson for the Iowa Tourism Office.
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Low gas prices are getting much of the credit. The annual study is conducted by the U.S. Travel Association

8-31 NEWS

Clayton County supervisors have unanimously rezoned land for a proposed sand mining expansion after months of study and debate. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the supervisors voted 3-0 on Monday to rezone the 746 acres from agriculture to heavy industrial. The approval is a key step for Pattison Sand Co.’s plan to expand its sand mining operation. The supervisors added restrictions requiring that mining be done underground, that Pattison implement a well-monitoring program and that the company be responsible for any well damage from the mining. The company also must file an emergency plan with county officials and set back any ventilated shafts at least 500 feet from adjoining property lines. Pattison still needs a conditional use permit from the county’s Board of Adjustment

Iowa’s health insurance regulator has approved premium rate increases for four companies ranging from 43 percent to 19 percent. Documents released Monday by Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart say more than 75,200 Iowans will pay more beginning Jan. 1. The biggest increase of 42.6 percent affects 22,000 customers of Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield. About 7,700 policyholders of Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa will see an increase of 37.8 percent if they joined after the federal Affordable Care Act was passed. Another group of 2,300 enrolled prior to the law will see a 42.6 percent increase. The commissioner also approved a 23 percent increase for 42,000 Aetna Health of Iowa policyholders. Increases of 19 percent for Medica Insurance Co. and 19.8 percent for Gunderson Health Plan also were approved.

Iowa’s corn and soybean crops, on average, are ahead of their normal stages of growth. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports.

Gas prices in Iowa have gone up 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week to roughly $2.27 a gallon, according to GasBuddy’s latest report. The national average increased 3.4 cents a gallon in the last week to $2.21 per gallon. GasBuddy says Iowa prices Sunday were 29.9 cents a gallon lower than the same day one year ago, and 13.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average now stands 28 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Decorah’s Trout Run Trail was damaged by last week’s flooding. Erika Randall with the Decorah Parks and Recreation department says they’re beginning to assess how much damage was done.

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Randall says they have re-opened some parts of the Trout Run Trail

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Randall says persons should not go beyond and barricades or trail closed signs.

A Mabel man was killed in a two vehicle accident on Winneshiek county road W-40 last evening. The Iowa State Patrol says 29 year old Coty Vickerman died of injuries in the accident. Authorities say around seven-30, Vickerman lost control of his vehicle, entered the southbound lane and collided with a vehicle driven by 20 year old Joseph Wathier of Mabel. Wathier was taken to Winneshiek Medical Center by private vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.

8-30 NEWS

AREA RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY LAST WEEK’S FLOODING ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE IOWA INDIVIDUAL ASSITANCE PROGRAM TO COVER LOSSES. STATE OFFICIALS SAY HOUSEHOLDS MUST HAVE AN INCOME AT OR BELOW TWO HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINE. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES UP TO FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER HOUSEHOLDS TO COVER REPAIRS, DEBRIS REMOVAL, FURNACE AND WATER HEATER WORK, REPLACEMENT OF LOST OR SPOILED FOOD AND OTHER HOUSEHOLDS LOSSES. THE PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED THROUGH NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH OCTOBER SEVENTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO CHECK THEIR VACCINATION RECORDS. PUBLIC HEALTH IS OFFICIALS SAY IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE OR BOOSTER OF TENTANUS IF YOU HAVE BEEN VACCINATED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS. IF YOU NEED A BOOSTER, PUBLIC HEALTH DOES OFFER THE T-D AND T-DAP VACCINATIONS FOR A FREE. PERSONS WHO DO CAN SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT BY CONTACTING WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER SAYS THE WATER IN THE COUNTY HAS RECEEDED TO THE POINT WHERE DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS CAN BEGIN TAKING PLACE.

SNYDER-STATE TEAMS COMING IN

SNYDER SAYS WINNESHIEK COUNTY RESIDENTS STILL NEED TO REPORT THEIR FLOOD DAMAGE

SNYDER-REPORT YOUR DAMAGES

WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE, HOWARD, FAYETTE AND CLAYTON COUNTIES WERE DECLARED STATE DISASTER AREAS LAST WEEK.

NUMEROUS ROADS IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY REMAIN CLOSED AS A RESULT OF LAST WEEK’S FLOODING. WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX SAYS THOSE ROADS ARE CLOSED MAINLY FOR SAFETY REASONS.

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MARX SAYS MOTORISTS THAT IGNORE ROAD CLOSED SIGNS CAN BE CHARGED WITH A TRAFFIC OFFENSE AND COULD BE HELD CIVILY LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE THEIR TRAVEL COULD CAUSE.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THOSE NEEDING TO DISPOSE OF FLOOD DAMAGED GOODS. WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW.

BUENZOW-WE’RE STILL OPEN

BUENZOW SAYS THE AMOUNT OF DEBRIS AT HIS FACILITY IS OVERWHELMING.

BUENZOW- A LOT OF STUFF

COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY CONTAMINATED SANDBAGS CAN BE TAKEN TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY LANDFILL

8-29 NEWS

THOSE STILL NEEDING TO DISPOSE OF FLOOD DAMAGED MATERIALS CAN DO SO AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER IN FREEPORT. COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW SAYS THE DISPOSAL SITE WILL REMAIN OPEN THROUGH AT LEAST WEDNESDAY. BUENZOW SAYS ANY DESTROYED APPLIANCES CAN ALSO BE BROUGHT TO THE RECYCLING CENTER IN FREEPORT. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS A DUMPSTER WILL BE LOCATED IN THE LOWER ONEOTA CO-OP PARKING LOT UNTIL THIS MORNING FOR CITY RESIDENTS TO DISPOSE OF DAMAGED GOODS.
SO-CALLED 50 AND 100 YEAR FLOODS ARE SEEMINGLY HAPPENING ON A MORE REGULAR BASIS. IOWA LT. GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS SAYS GOVERNMENTS NEED TO LEARN FROM THAT FACT.

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REYNOLDS, GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD AND HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR MARK SCHOUTEN TOURED FLOOD DAMAGE IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY FRIDAY.
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS LAST WEEK’S FLOODING AT ITS MEETING TODAY. THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER ACTION TO APPROVE A DISASTER DECLARATION. THE BOARD WILL ALSO MEET WITH STEVE LUSE AND DISCUSS ROAD AND RECYCLING MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

CITY OF DECORAH OFFICIALS SAY THE DECORAH WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLAN IS KEEPING UP WITH FLOW DEMANDS. THEY ARE ASKING RESIDENTS TO REDUCE OUTPUT SO THE PLANT CAN RUN AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THAT APPLIANCES THAT USE THE SEWER SYSTEM CAN BE OPERATED BUT THEY ASK RESIDENTS TO BE CONSERVATIVE IN THE AMOUNT OF WATER DISCHARGED TO THE SYSTEM. THEY EMPHASIZE THE DECORAH AND FREEPORT WATER SUPPLIES ARE SAFE TO DRINK.

8-28 NEWS

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS HAS BEEN IN THE AREA THIS WEEK HELPING THOSE DEALING WITH FLOODING. JENNIFER CARPENTER WITH THE RED CROSS SAYS THE CAN ALWAYS USE ASSISTANCE IN A VARIETY OF WAYS.

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CARPENTER SAYS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT RED-CROSS-DOT-ORG.

GOVERNOR BRANSTAD DECLARED WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE, HOWARD, FAYETTE AND CHICKASAW COUNTIES A STATE DISASTER AREA LAST WEEK DUE TO FLOODING. BRANSTAD SAYS A VARIETY OF ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE.

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BRANSTAD ALONG WITH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLS AND MARK SCHOUTEN (SCHOW-TEN), DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND HOMELAND SECURITY TOURED WINNESHIEK COUNTY FLOOD DAMAGE FRIDAY.

THE FLOODING IN NORTHEAST IOWA LAST WEEK AFFECTED A FEW CITIES WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS. TOM MCCARTHY IS WITH THE D-N-R’S MANCHESTER.

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MCCARTHY SAYS IN MOST CASES THE WATER ROSE SO QUICKLY THAT CITIES WEREN’T ABLE TO SANDBAG TO PREVENT ISSUES.

A felon who says he mistakenly voted in the 2012 presidential election has been ordered to pay a $750 fine.
Glen Tank of Waterloo said Friday that he’s “not happy” with how the criminal justice system handled his case. He says he pleaded guilty to election misconduct Tuesday under a plea deal in order to avoid possible prison time. Tank will end up owing more than $1,500 when surcharges, court costs and parole supervision fees are included. The auto body shop employee says he doesn’t “have that money laying around.”
Tank lost his right to vote when he was convicted of operating while intoxicated-third offense. He says he believed his voting rights had been restored when he registered and voted at a precinct at the Waterloo police station in 2012.

8-27 NEWS

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR MARK SCHOUTEN (SCHOW-TEN) SAYS FEMA OFFICIALS ARE ON THE GROUND IN THE AREA ASSESSING THE DAMAGE FOR A POTENTIAL PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION.

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IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD HEARD SOME HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM WINNESHIEK COUNTY RESIDENTS (FRIDAY) MORNING.

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IOWA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS SAYS THE WORST OF TIMES BRING OUT THE BEST IN IOWANS.

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THE THREE STATE OFFICIALS TOURED DAMAGE IN FREEPORT, SPILLVILLE AND FORT ATKINSON FRIDAY MORNING.
WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER SAYS COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE WAITING FOR THE RIVERS TO GO DOWN SO THEY CAN BETTER DETERMINE HOW MUCH DAMAGE THIS WEEK’S FLOOD DID.

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SNYDER SAYS WITH THE WATER TABLES WHERE THEY ARE, THE COUNTY CAN’T TAKE MUCH MORE.

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SNYDER SAYS THERE’S AT LEAST A CHANCE OF RAIN FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

AS FOLKS CLEAN-UP FROM THIS WEEK’S FLOODING AND DETERMINE HOW MUCH DAMAGE OCCURRED ON THEIR PROPERTY, THEY ARE REMINDED TO REPORT THE DAME TO WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. SPOKESPERSON NANCY SACQUITNE.

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SACQUITNE SAYS THE MORE DAMAGE THAT GETS REPORTED, THE POTENTIAL BENEFIT IS GREATER TO ALL IN THE COUNTY THAT SUFFERED DAMAGE.

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SACQUITNE SAYS TO FOLLOW THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION RELATED TO THE FLOODING SITUATION.

8-26 NEWS

AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF THE MAN WHO DIED AFTER HIS VEHICLE WAS SWEPT AWAY BY RUNNING WATER WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE CHICKASAW COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE VICTIM WAS 77 YEAR OLD ALBERT GOTT OF SUMNER. AUTHORITIES FOUND GOTT’S VEHICLE NEAR LAWLER LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND THEY FOUND HIS BODY BETWEEN LAWLER AND PROTIVIN WEDNESAY AFTERNOON. GOTT HAD REPORTED TO AUTHORITIES HE WAS STRANDED ON THE ROOF OF HIS PICKUP AROUND FOUR-30 A.M.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS HAS SET UP STOP AT THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY TO ASSIST THOSE DEALING WITH FLOOD DAMAGE. JENNIFER CARPENTER IS A RED CROSS SPOKESPERSON.

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CARPENTER SAYS RED CROSS REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE AT THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY THROUGH AT LEAST (FRIDAY) THEN THEY WILL RE-ASSES THE NEED.

DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THIS WEEK’S FLOODING WAS IN SOME WAYS WORSE THAN 2008.

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BIRD SAYS NO ONE WAS EXPECTING THE CITY TO RECEIVE OVER EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN IN EIGHT HOURS.

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BIRD OFFERS THIS REMINDER AS CITY RESIDENTS BEGIN THEIR FLOOD CLEAN-UP

BIRD-KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS

WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS ESTABLISHED AN EMAIL-
2016FLOOD@CO.WINNESHIEK.IA.US. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY PICTURES AND DAMAGE ESTIMATES SHOULD BE SENT TO THIS EMAIL. THEY ADD THE INFORMATION WILL BE HELPFUL IN ASSESSING THE DAMAGE IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY AND ALSO FOR GRANTS.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING IS READY TO ASSIST RESIDENTS WITH THEIR FLOOD DAMAGED MATERIALS. COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW. (BEN-ZOW)

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BUENZOW SAYS THE DROP-OFF UNIT WILL BE MOVED SATURDAY MORNING DURING SATURDAY MORNING’S FARMERS MARKET. BUENZOW SAYS ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS CAN CONTACT THE RECYCLING CENTER IN FREEPORT.
THIS NOTE IN FROM THE CITY OF DECORAH. DUE TO THE FLOOD THE TROUT RUN TRAIL AND THE FREEPORT TRAIL HAVE BEEN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

8-25 NEWS

 

WE’RE STILL AWAITING WORD ON THE NAME OF A MAN KILLED YESTERDAY IN CHICKASAW COUNTY. AUTHORITIES SAY A MAN REPORTED HE WAS STRANDED ON THE ROOF OF HIS PICKUP AROUND FOUR-30 A.M. A VEHICLE WAS FOUND LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING NEAR LAWLER. THE MAN’S BODY WAS FOUND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN LAWLER AND PROTIVIN. AUTHORITIES ARE WAITING TO NOTIFY RELATIVES BEFORE THE NAME IS RELEASED.

A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT THIS MORNING FOR WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE, HOWARD AND CHICKASAW COUNTIES BUT THE SITUATION IS SEEMINGLY IMPROVING. SOME MINOR FLOODING IS STILL BEING REPORTED ON THE UPPER IOWA RIVER BUT THE RIVER HAS CRESTED AT ALL AREA GAUGES. THE TURKEY RIVER HAS CRESTED AT SPILLVILLE. RECORD CRESTS WERE SET YESTERDAY FOR THE TURKEY RIVER AT SPILLVILLE AND THE UPPER IOWA RIVER AT DORCHESTER.

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, YESTERDAY WAS THE RAINEST DAY IN DECORAH WEATHER HISTORY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE SAYS DECORAH RECEIVED EIGHT-POINT-ZERO-SIX INCHES OF RAIN OFFICIALLY YESTERDAY. THAT IS THE MOST RAIN DECORAH HAS EVER RECEIVED IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE PREVIOUS SINGLE DAY RECORD FOR DECORAH WAS SIX-POINT-SIX INCHES ON RAIN ON JUNE EIGHTH, 2008. THE PREVIOUS RAINFALL RECORD FOR AUGUST 24TH WAS TWO-POINT-NINE-THREE INCHES SET BACK IN 1975.

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENDED FROM A WEATHER-SYSTEM STANDPOINT TO CAUSE THE AREA TO GET DRENCHED TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. DAN BAUMGARDT IS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE.

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THE TURKEY RIVER AT ELDORADO, CLERMONT AND ELKADER IS RISING THIS MORNING AND MODERATE TO SEVERE FLOODING IS EXPECTED.

DECORAH RESIDENTS STILL IN NEED OF A SHELTER FROM THE FLOOD CAN GO TO THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY THIS MORNING BEGINNING AT EIGHT A.M. WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING WILL BE ACCEPTING FLOOD DAMAGED MATERIALS TODAY. COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW SAYS “WHITE” GOODS INCLUDING REFRIGERATORS, WASHING MACHINES, MICROWAVERS, FREEZERS, DEHUMIDIFIERS, WATER HEATERS, ETC, SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE RECYCLING CENTER IN FREEPORT. BUENZOW SAYS SOFT ITEMS INCLUDING CARPET, FURNITURE, RUGS, ETC, CAN BE TAKEN TO THE LOWER ONEOTA COMMUNITY CO-OP PARKING LOT OR THE RECYCLING CENTER BEGINNING THIS MORNING FROM TEN A.M. THROUGH SUNDAY. IF ANYONE HAS A QUESTION ABOUT A CERTAIN ITEM THEY CAN CALL BUENZOW AT 379-6239

 

 

8-24 NEWS

The Clayton County supervisors have given initial approval to the expansion of a sand mining operation. The board unanimously voted Monday to rezone 746 acres near Clayton from agricultural to heavy industrial use. The rezoning requires at least one more reading and affirmative board vote to take effect. The board imposed five restrictions on Pattison Sand Co., including that the company would be responsible for any water well damage that could be attributed to the mining. Silica sand is used by oil and gas drillers for hydraulic fracturing.

The Fayette county sheriff’s department is releasing details of the capture of a resident from the West Union Residential facility after he escaped last weekend. Authorities say 23 year old Ryan James Smith had escaped from the facility last Friday night. He was found at a residence in Elgin Saturday night and was taken into custody without incident. Sheriff’s officials say he was charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and escape from a correctional facility, a class D felony.

Governor Terry Branstad says the reports aren’t ready yet, but his decision to have the state pay three private companies to manage care for Iowa’s 560-thousand Medicaid patients is saving the state “significant” money.
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The switch to managed care for Iowa’s Medicaid program happened April 1st. Branstad today confirmed an Associated Press report that during April and May, the three for-profit companies now managing Iowa’s Medicaid program were not fined for making late payments to Iowa health care providers. Some Democratic legislators have questioned that decision, but the governor says it made sense to waive those fines during the transition.

Vaccination rates among Iowa school children are dropping. More than four-and-a-half percent of Iowa students had not been immunized against major diseases like polio by last fall. Don Callaghan (KAL-uh-han) is the immunizations bureau chief for the Iowa Department of Public Health.
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Iowa law requires students enrolled in school to be vaccinated against polio, measles and other diseases, like hepatitis B. Iowa law allows parents to get an exemption for their children because of their religion or for medical reasons.

8-23 NEWS

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD HAS RECOMMENDED A LIMITED PUBLIC DEER HUNT NEXT MONTH. THE PARKS AND REC BOARD TOOK THE ACTION IN A SPECIAL MEETING LAST NIGHT. THE IDEA PRESENTED WAS TO ALLOW THE HUNT FROM SEPTEMBER 16TH THROUGH 30TH. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS THE PLAN NEEDS TO BE APPROVED BY THE D-N-R. PARKS AND REC BOARD MEMBER RICH GAARD SAID IF THE D-N-R APPROVES THE PLAN THE CITY COUNCIL CAN DECIDE THE SPECIFIC PARAMETERS OF THE HUNT. THE PARKS AND REC BOARD APPROVED THE RECOMMENDATION ON A 3-1 VOTE WITH RICH GAARD, CINDY ALBERS AND JEFF O’GARA APPROVING IT AND SHIRLEY VERMACE VOTING AGAINST IT. VERMACE SAID THERE ISN’T ENOUGH DATA TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE HUNT WOULD BE EFFECTIVE. PARKS AND REC BOARD MEMBER KATHY BAKKEN WAS ABSENT FROM THE MEETING.

ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN (TUESDAY). THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WHICH WILL FOCUS ON IMPAIRED DRIVING. THE EFFORT WILL RUN THROUGH LABOR DAY.

Gas prices in Iowa now average roughly $2.22 a gallon, according to GasBuddy’s latest report. Prices in Iowa have risen 5.2 cents a gallon in the past week, and the national average has increased 3.7 cents. Prices Sunday were 46 cents per gallon lower the same day one year ago, and 6.2 cents per gallon higher than one month ago. The national average has decreased 0.5 cents a gallon during the last month.

Iowa is being recognized as one of the nation’s top states for volunteerism by the country’s national service program. Bill Basl (BAY-zil), director of AmeriCorps, says the Hawkeye State is among the best of the best when it comes to people donating their time to worthy causes in areas including education, the environment and in emergencies.
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There are about 12-hundred Iowans in AmeriCorps now, and since it started in 1994, Iowa has seen more than 10-thousand enlist in the program.

The U-S-D-A says one-quarter of the calories eaten by kids come from snacks, but in this new school year, more of the snacks eaten at school won’t be junk food. Iowa’s ahead of many other states for making sure sweets, sodas and foods of questionable nutritional value are being replaced with healthier options in school vending machines and at snack counters. When the U-S-D-A first proposed its “Smart Snack” regulations four years ago, the state was already working on similar guidelines. Carrie Scheidel with the Iowa Department of Education says that helped make sure Iowa’s in line with the now-final federal rules.

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The U-S-D-A says healthier snacks – specifically those under 200 calories and low in sodium, fat and sugar – lead to better academic performance.
THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB WILL BE OFFERING TOURS OF THE TROUT RUN TRAIL (TUESDAY). FRANCIS PETERSON IS WITH THE ROTARY CLUB.

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THE TOURS WILL DEPART FROM THE TROUT HATCHERY AT EIGHT-30, TEN A.M, ELEVEN-30, ONE P.M. AND TWO-30 P.M. A COMMUNITY LUNCH PICNIC WILL BE HELD AT THE TROUT HATCHERY PAVILION FROM ELEVEN UNTIL ONE P.M.