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Local News 11.8.2017

Students from North Mahaska’s fifth an sixth grade classes toured the historic office of Secretary of State Paul Pate at the Iowa State Capitol last week.  The students were provided an informational tour of the office by Secretary Paul Pate’s staff, which included examining the original handwritten Iowa Constitution, exploring the Capitol’s three-story vault and learning about the rich architectural history of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Capitol Office.

If you live in Ottumwa and want to help give someone in need a Merry Christmas, this Saturday the Northgate Alliance Church invites you to join a shoebox packing party.  The church began collecting donations back in August for Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child – after a flood of donations they’re ready to start packing special Christmas shoe boxes that will bless families and children in over 100 nations.  The shoebox packing event starts at 6pm this Saturday; Roger and Marilynn Russ are members of the church and excited to help pack the boxes and hope others will be excited to help as well.

Pella Regional Health Center provided nearly $4.4 million in community benefits last year, according to a recently completed assessment by the Iowa Hospital Association.  That amount, based on 2016 figures, includes nearly $3.5 million in uncompensated care such as charity care, bad debt and unpaid costs of Medicaid.  Pella Regional’s community benefit activities were estimated to serve nearly 30,000 people in the region.

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