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Local News 1.26.2018

Dr. Todd Peterson with the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics has performed the first NAVIO robotic-assisted total knee replacement surgery in Iowa.  Dr. Peterson was also the first surgeon in central Iowa to perform NAVIO robotics-assisted partial knee replacement surgeries, beginning in late 2016.  The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon-controlled robot that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a higher degree of accuracy.  The total knee NAVIO system is now an option for patients who are suffering from advanced arthritis of the knee who are not candidates for partial knee replacement.

The Pella City Council continued discussion about how to extend a trail to Vermeer Corporation at a special meeting Tuesday.  City Administrator Mike Nardini says the council narrowed their selection to two choices that don’t include road reconstruction, but do call for a path either along Vermeer Road or 240th Avenue; a decision about the extension should be made in the next 2 months.

A former bookkeeper from Ottumwa Christian School has pleaded guilty to a  felony first-degree theft conviction in order to avoid prison time; the deal Joni Stinson made with prosecutors requires her to make restitution for the money stolen, which equals about $160k. Stinson’s home is being sold to help make restitution; she would have faced up to 10 years in prison without the suspended sentence.  



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