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Eagle Grove Based Global Compassion Network Being Sued

05/23/2015 - After four years of providing disaster relief in Haiti and other countries, as well as responding to natural disasters domestically, the Christ-centered Global Compassion Network, based in Eagle Grove, has been notified that it's the target of a trademark infringement lawsuit by Compassion International, Incorporated.

In its suit, Compassion International claims that, by using the word "compassion" in its name, Global Compassion Network causes consumer confusion in the marketplace and impinges upon its ability to raise funds.

The Global Compassion Network strongly disagrees. G-C-N officials say they are actively working to prove their position in court, but the cost of defending against the lawsuit is mounting.

G-C-N is investigating the option of requesting a summary judgment, which would forego some of the costs incurred through a jury trial, and is considering additional steps which will help draw the suit to a favorable conclusion.



Sukup Manufacturing Sells Their Implement Line

05/23/2015 - Sheffield based Sukup Manufacturing has sold their implement line to Remlinger Manufacturing Company, Incorporated of Kalida, Ohio. The Sukup Implement Line includes grain drills, row crop cultivators, shredders, rotary cutters, food plot planters, seeders, grain carts and rippers.

The acquisition of the Sukup Implement Line by Remlinger Manufacturing is just the type of transition Sukup officials hoped for when looking to sell their implement line.

Remlinger will begin their support of Sukup Implement products, as well as Marliss Grain Drills, effective immediately. For more information contact Remlinger at 800-537-73-70.

Memorial Day Programs To Be Held In The Area Sunday

05/23/2015 - Tomorrow (Sun. May 24th) Memorial Day services will be held in Ackley at 12:30pm at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery followed by a burial at sea service at 1:30pm at Prairie Bridges Park.

Tomorrow (Sun.) a memorial service will be held at the First Reformed Church and Cemetery in Alexander. The service will proceed to the cemetery after the church service. A Memorial Day service is scheduled tomorrow (Sun.) at the Coulter Cemetery at 3pm. 

The Lindenwood Cemetery will be the site of a memorial day observance tomorrow (Sun.) at 1pm. The cemetery is located north of Geneva.

A Memorial Day service is also planned for tomorrow (Sun.) afternoon beginning at 2 o'clock at the Hazel Green Cemetery west of Cleves.

Driveway Pavement Scam Reported In Wright County

05/22/2015 - In recent days the Wright County Sheriff's Office has received two reports of a driveway paving scam. In both cases people identified themselves as being involved with a driveway refinishing business. Money was paid by the residents, in one case $380, and the driveways were sprayed with tar.

However, the work was not completed and the suspects never returned.

The reports were received from the 1-thousand block of Bingham Avenue and the 900 block of Broadway Street both in Rowan.

State Of Iowa Reminds Boaters Of Important Safety Rules

05/22/2015 - The Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning to the boating season, and is often the first trip out for many boat operators.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says before leaving the house, check the trailer lights, wheel bearings and the hitch. Make sure there is a current fire extinguisher and horn/whistle, a wearable life jacket for everyone and an approved throwable device onboard.

Wear a life jacket, it floats, you don't.

The top two safety violations in Iowa for boating are having inadequate life jackets and operating too fast and too close to other vessels.

Barn Destroyed By Fire In Alexander

05/22/2015 - This (Fri.) morning around 9:15 the Alexander, Meservey and Latimer Fire Departments were called out on the report of a barn on fire at 1780 Balsam Avenue in Alexander. No injuries reported.

Latimer Fire Chief Mike Keehn tells KLMJ News the barn is a total loss.

Keehn says the cause appears to be a nearby burn pile. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.

Assisting agencies at the scene were the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the West Franklin and F-G-H Ambulances.

Three Vehicle Accident In Hancock County Kills Garner Woman

05/22/2015 - A three vehicle crash in Hancock County yesterday (Thu.) afternoon claimed one life and injured several others. The accident happened just before 5 o'clock yesterday (Thu.) afternoon on Highway 18 on the east edge of Garner. A westbound Toyota Murano driven by 55-year-old Darla Asche of Garner for some unknown reason crossed the center line and struck a van driven by 62-year-old Norma Lovstad of Burt. After this Asche had struck a Chevy Impala driven by 26-year-old Megan Brood of Rockwell head on.

Lovstad's van ended up in the south ditch while the other two vehicles remained on the roadway.

Asche died from injuries sustained in the accident while Brood, Lovstad and a passenger in the Lovstad vehicle, 84-year-old Donna Geving of Algona, were all taken to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa for treatment of unknown injuries.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the accident. Assisting at the scene were Garner Police, Fire, and E-M-S Departments, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Iowa Falls City Council Accepts Proposal To Redevelop Former Hospital Property

05/22/2015 - This week the Iowa Falls City Council voted to accept the 4IF investment group's proposal to redevelop the former Ellsworth Municipal Hospital property into various forms of housing units. The Iowa Falls council directed city staff and the city attorney to draft a development agreement and to clean up the title and do the required survey work. They will also address the group's request for tax abatement as allowed by the Iowa Code and will address in the agreement a request for a 700-thousand dollar grant and the time of the said grant. The development agreement should have certain achievable bench marks that need to be met and certain claw backs if those conditions are not met.

In other business the Iowa Falls council approved a payment to Advantage Communications for $134,208 for the purchase of 380 new WatchDog pagers for all fire and E-M-S volunteers in Hardin County.

The Iowa Falls City Council also tabled any action on a professional services agreement with W-H-K-S for the Fitz Riverbend Park Enhancement Project.

Hansen Family Hospital Urges Early Back To School Appointments

05/22/2015 - Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls will soon make the transition to an electronic health record. This change impacts all hospital services and primary care clinics including the Ackley Medical Center, Ellsworth Family Medicine and the Iowa Falls Clinic.

This means that paper charts and files for patients are in the process of being turned into electronic records that can be pulled up on a computer. The new system is anticipated to be live on August 3rd of this year.

Hospital officials say the ideal time for back to school appointments will be in June or early July. This is especially relevant for students who would require physicals and/or immunizations.

Clinic appointments will be greatly limited during the last two weeks in July and the first two weeks of August due to training and the transition to the electronic health record system.

2015 Tree Town Music Festival Kicks Off In Forest City

05/21/2015 - The 2nd annual Tree Town Music Festival kicks off today (Thu.) in Forest City with a performance by the group .38 Special at 9:30pm.

Tomorrow (Fri.) the first full day of music will include performances by Lee Brice and Dierks Bentley. Saturday the Eli Young Band and Blake Shelton will perform. Sunday is the final day for this year's festival and will be headlined by Rascal Flatts.

The American Legion is the official charity of this year's Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City.

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