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Hancock County Health System Welcomes New Provider

Hancock County Health System Welcomes New Provider

Hancock County Health System (HCHS) welcomes new Family Medicine provider Lacy Halsrud, ARNP-FNP, MSN, BSN, to its medical staff. Halsrud received her Advanced Registered Nursing Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa; her Associates degree in Nursing


Bison Student Council Hosting a Senior Citizen’s Meal

The North Iowa High School Student Council is hosting a Senior Citizen’s Meal on December 2nd, 2014 at the Heritage Center in Buffalo Center.  Doors will open at 10:45 AM.  The entertainment will start at 11AM with meal service starting at 11:15 AM. The menu will include chicken fettuccini, breadstick, salad, and dessert. The entertainment

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ELECTION 2014: Part 2 of 2 Grussing Talks Collegiate Support, Veterans, and Minimum Wage

Our Election 2014  series continues with man from Armstrong who wants to be the State Representative to the Iowa House in District 7, That district includes Algona, Armstrong, Buffalo Center, Estherville, Forest City, Lake Mills, Ringsted, Swea City, and Thompson. Grussing is a retired police officer and Army Veteran. Growing up in Northern Iowa, he is


Two New Members Join RSVP Advisory Council

Two additional members have joined the Advisory Council of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa, completing the 16-member Council. Marilyn Kral of Garner was a registered nurse for 58 years, including work in hospitals, public health and nursing homes. She continues to work one day a month but is otherwise

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Train and Truck Collide in Osage

Authorities say they’re investigating the cause of a train collision in Osage involving a grain truck. Lt. Jeremiah Johnson of the Osage Police Department says the Canadian National Railway train hit the vehicle Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. Johnson says the truck was carrying corn to the Osage Co-Op Elevator when the collision occurred.

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Hancock County’s ASAP Creates Substance Abuse Awareness

The Hancock County Wellness Coalition and its affiliate organization Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention are working intensely to create awareness about substance abuse and decrease the use of alcohol and drugs among teenagers in Hancock County. Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Project Coordinator, Karie Terhark tells what her job entails. According to the National

New Stink Bug Species Increasing in Minnesota

Experts say the brown marmorated stink bug appears to be increasing in Minnesota, but hasn’t caused any crop damage yet. The invasive pest was first detected in Minnesota in 2010. It’s been found throughout the Twin Cities area, as well as Duluth in the northeast and La Crescent in southeastern Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension

Commercial Air Flights Returning to Iowa Airport

Commercial air flights are resuming at many regional airports. Mason City now has service to Chicago and now Fort Dodge has service with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots. It’s not yet

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Piano Flipper Gets Deferred Judgement

A 22-year-old Des Moines man has been sentenced for flipping over a public piano in Mason City. Coltin Schupbach on Monday was given a deferred judgment, two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $1,400 in restitution. Under the deferred judgment, the conviction will be removed from Schupbach’s record if he successfully completes probation.