Ebola: Precautionary measures taken to assure Iowans’ health, safety

Posted November 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is updating the numbers of travelers who are currently being monitored for Ebola.

As of Nov. 6, 13 travelers, who were in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea in the last 21 days, are now in Iowa.

Twelve had low risk of having been exposed to Ebola in those countries, so they are being allowed to resume normal activities; however, IDPH has ordered them to self-monitor, meaning they are required to take their temperature twice a day and report their health status to public health.

One person had some risk of being exposed to Ebola, and has been quarantined, meaning they have been directed to stay at home and take their

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    Emerald Ash Borer is coming

    Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Iowa.

    The most recent infestation was documented in August 2014 in Story County. Story County is the 13th confirmed infestation in the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is expected to keep spreading through-out the State of Iowa.

    Are communities prepared for this disease or any other potential diseases of the future?

    “The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is perhaps one of the most destructive tree

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    And the walls come tumbling down

    On Nov. 6 Akron city crews, with the help of Jim Abbott, tore down the burnt house at 500 S. Eighth St., which is owned by Bobie Themm. Akron city officials had used their newly-enacted ordinance on dangerous buildings to demolish the home as well as remove trees and outbuildings. A suspicious fire had destroyed this vacant house in the early morning hours of July 10, just three days after city officials had red-tagged it.

    Information sought on hit and run

    The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information on a hit and run accident from Oct. 15.

    Anyone who might have been in the area of County Roads C-38 and K-64 around 7:30 a.m. that morning and saw Mr. Benjamin Schroeder operating his red Farmall tractor is asked to call the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office at 712-546-8191.

    It was initially believed that the vehicle that struck Schroeder may have been red. However, it is very possible that the

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    Fumigation Course scheduled for Nov. 18

    Plymouth County will host a Fumigation Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

    The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program.

    The local site for the Nov. 18 CIC is 251 12th St SE, Le Mars – lower level Convention Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is

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    New Webpage provides information on occasional wildlife visitors to Iowa

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources created a webpage focusing on wolves, bears, mountain lions and moose once native to Iowa. The page is available at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Education/IowasWildlife/OccasionalWildlifeVisitors.aspx

    “While we no longer have breeding populations of these animals in Iowa, expanding populations in nearby states increases the potential to receive visits from wandering animals. Many of these large animals can move a great distance in a relatively short amount of time and in many cases, they only visit our state for a short time before passing through,” said

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    Five decades of Iowa aerial photography are now available on IDNR Website

    Editor’s Note: The decades available are the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s through this project. From 1990 to present were already available. The 1940s were not done due to World War II — few photographs were available in this decade.

    Iowans have a way to look into Iowa’s past and view changes of their entire state, from decade to decade, thanks in part to REAP funding of the Iowa Historic Digital Aerial Photo Project.

    The public can now see

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    FCS purchases Alcester Grain Company

    Farmers Coop Society (FCS) of Sioux Center has purchased Alcester Grain Company in Alcester, S.D.

    This is Farmers Coop Society’s 11th grain location. The Alcester location has a million bushels of grain capacity which FCS hopes to expand in the future.

    “Alcester is a great addition to our expanding territory, and we are pleased to be working with the producers from that area,” said Ken Ehrp, General Manager.

    The employees from Alcester

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    A-W student enrollment declines slightly

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield Community School District’s certified student enrollment figures show a loss of 7.48 students when compared to the 2013-2014 school year.

    The certified enrollment number is a total 560.52 students, which includes student residents, students living out-of-state, open enrolled students, tuitioned in/out students and preschool students, according to Shared Superintendent Randy Collins. In October 2013, the certified enrollment was 568.0 students.

    “That puts us down 7.48 from last year

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    Westfield drainage work hoped for this fall

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Oct. 14 regular meeting, Plymouth County supervisors met as the Plymouth County Drainage District to discuss work needed after this summer’s flooding.

    Drainage district members agreed to spend approximately $20,000 the Westfield Drainage District has on flood mitigation efforts at a channel that expanded due to the June flood.

    Board Member Jim Henrich explained exact funding is waiting on how much state and federal reimbursement will be coming

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