The city of Postville has reached agreement with Agri-Processors over the building of a new wastewater facility. The new mechanical treatment plant will better be able to meet strict new D.N.R. rules. Both sides will drop lawsuits over who should pay for a new treatment facility. Agri-Processors and another company, Iowa Turkey products, will share the facility for now, and the old one will be purchased by the turkey processor once the new one is done. The city will build the new water treatment plant and pay about two-and-a-half million of its cost. Agri-Processors will pay the remaining million dollars.
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Some of us may have to wait for July 4, but the Greeley Betterment Committee celebrates its Fun Days today. Organizer Penny Engels says much of the town’s annual celebration will be familiar.This year’s Fun Days will include a tribute to a special citizen, an organizer of past town celebrations.Marie Boggenstad will be honored with dedication of “Marie’s Garden,” and any funds raised will go to future costs of the celebration. The weekend will include kids’ activities, a dance, and a salute to a local family’s years of service on the railroad.
New rules adopted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthCare Organizations will require hospitals to tell patients if they’ve been injured by medical mistakes. Hospitals in Iowa are already doing most of those things. Iowa Hospital Association V-P Greg Boattenhamer says hospitals are free to develop their own ways to reach the joint commission goals for good care. Boattenhamer says computers help, but only with some things. Drugs can be dispensed more accurately and there isn’t a problem deciphering handwriting. But he says you can get away from human evaluation of treatment. Boattenhamer doesn’t think the rule requiring reporting of medical mistakes will put doctors and hospitals at odds.Society’s used to seeing lawsuits, and wants people held accountable. But he says healthcare naturally involves some risks, and there isn’t basically a conflict between doctors and hospitals. Boattenhamer says the reason for the new rules is to ensure hospitals follow standard procedures, and clarify what it takes for them to be accredited.
You feed them, take them to the vet…but do you know how to give emergency first aid to your pet? Red Cross and Animal rescue League of Iowa are teaming up to offer classes to animal owners. Similar to CPR, if your pet chokes or quits breathing,you could save its life by acting quickly instead of waiting to take it to the vet. Rescue League spokeswoman Heather Starr says pet animals suffer from the heat just like people do.She says in a hot car, they could suffer stroke or brain damage, or even die. The Red Cross and Animal Rescue League will team up this weekend at a capital city festival to get their message across.Though the Arts Festival discourages pets, some people bring them, and the dogs can become stressed and overheated. The booth will have shade, water, and volunteer vets. Starr says the Red Cross is starting pet first-aid classes in Des Moines, and can arrange them in other cities if a number of people want to attend.
A national shortage of the tetanus-diphtheria (TD) vaccine has caused health officials to limit the number of shots given. Cerro Gordo County Disease Prevention Manager Kathy Hoopman says it comes from a production shortage as one of the manufacturers of the vaccine has decided to quite production, creating the shortage. Hoopman says you probably won’t be getting those booster shots for tetanus or diphtheria when you go to the doctor.Hoopman says tetanus can be a serious disease. It’s a bacteria that lives in soil. Its spores are killed by oxygen, so a dirty or puncture wound can be the worst for tetanus.Hoopman says strict government standards sometimes makes producers drop a certain vaccine from their lines.Aventis Pasteur, the only company manufacturing T-D vaccine, says they’ll hopefully be caught up with the shortage sometime in early 2002.
Perry’s Chief of police says it will be at least another week before local prosecutors decide whether to file charges in the death of an infant there this past Tuesday.Prosecutors say state law gives county attorneys the power to decide whether to file charges, depending on many factors like intent, circumstances, evidence, and medical examiners’ reports. Chief Brickner says there’s little question the death of baby Clare Engholm was a tragic accident. He says in a typical case they would file charges when they collected enough evidence. He says in this case, they’re collecting the information and then sending it to the county attorney for a decision on charges.Brickner says the facts of the case have been sorted out, but officers continue to log witness statements and tie up loose ends. The Dallas County prosecutor is on vacation but has been told about the case. Prosecutors could decide to consult with a grand jury before filing any charges. He says it’s not a situation where they need to immediately file a charge.In an emotional press conference this past week, Dennis Engholm told reporters his wife Kari was working a busy day as administrator of the local hospital and their routine had changed the day she left baby Clare in a carseat in a van. The child died of the heat exposure before she was discovered.
Iowans are packing up their picnics, suitcases and S-U-Vs and heading for the hills. The summer vacation season is in full swing and for those who can take Monday and Tuesday off, this is the first day of a five-day weekend. The experts say gasoline prices are -not- a big problem.Daron Van Helden, spokesman for Triple-A Motor Club of Iowa, predicts 36-point-six million Americans will be on the road this weekend. That’s up slightly from last year’s 36-point-three million travelers. Van Helden says most of them will be in four-wheeled vehicles.Here in the Midwest, Triple-A estimates six-point-two million of us will be out and about at least 50 miles from home this weekend. Van Helden says patience is the most important thing a person can pack on a long trip.Gasoline prices are averaging a dollar-40 a gallon in Iowa. That’s down almost 35-cents a gallon from both last month and one year ago.
With Independence Day just around the corner, Cedar Rapids is holding its red-white-and-blue Freedom Festival this weekend. The schedule of events include 186 items at more than 50 venues, including dozens of new events, according to fest executive director Nancy Wendler.One highlight is a high wire act, featuring Tino Wallenda, who Wendler says it part of a long-time legacy of performers.There are several concerts with many types of music, including the Pointer Sisters tonight. There’s also symphony music, jazz, rock and a Ray Charles tribute. Wendler says there’ll also be the Freedom Challenge Bike Race with seven different categories.For more information on the festivities in Cedar Rapids, surf to “www.freedomfestival.com” or call (319) 365-8313.
In high school baseball action tonight South Iowa Cedar League rivals matchup as fourth ranked Lynnville-Sully plays a North Mahaska team that has won nine straight games. North Mahaska coach Kevin Kelderman says Lynnville-Sully won the first matchup earlier this month five-to-four and that should provide motivation for tonight’s game.Lynnville-Sully coach Mike Anderson says they got behind early in the first matchup, but were able to come back. He says it will be a good tourney test for his team.
Long-time Western Dubuque High School softball coach Don Till has been named the new head coach at the University of Dubuque. Till has coached at Western Dubuque since 1987 and posted more than totaled more than 400-victories while winning 69-percent of his games.University of Dubuque athletic director Michael Elbe says they went with Till over a person with coaching experience at the collegiate level because they felt comfortable with Till and what he could offer.Elbe says the fact that the Iowa Conference is so strong in softball gives them reason to believe a solid program can also be built at Dubuque.