A one-year old boy has died after an accidental drowning occurred at a farm pond near Leighton on Sunday afternoon. According to a release issued yesterday morning, members of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office and Mahaska Health Partnership Ambulance were dispatched to 2292 Adams Avenue at approximately 3 p.m. for a call of a possible drowning victim. Family members had started CPR prior to emergency crews arriving. Deputies and EMTs continued those efforts en route to the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital, where the baby was declared deceased. An autopsy has been scheduled with the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.
Over 100 people enjoyed the beautiful weather Sunday as they gathered at Indian Hills Community College to help raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation. Nine teams participated in what would be the sixth year for the Southeast Iowa Kidney Walk – this year participants raised over $8,500 at the time of the event, with the Community 1st Credit Union team gathering almost $2,500 of that amount. Almost 96,000 Americans need a kidney transplant, but only about 17,000 patients a year will actually get one.