Flood Warning

…The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South

Big Sioux River Near Brookings
Big Sioux River below Dell Rapids
Big Sioux River At Sioux Falls North Cliff
Big Sioux River above Hawarden
Big Sioux River At Akron
Little Sioux River near Milford
Little Sioux River at Spencer
Little Sioux River At Linn Grove
James River At Huron
James River Near Forestburg
James River At Mitchell
James River Near Scotland
James River Above Yankton
Missouri River At Niobrara
Missouri River At Springfield
Big Sioux River near Estelline
Big Sioux River Near Bruce
Big Sioux River near Flandreau
Big Sioux River near Egan
Big Sioux River near Trent
Big Sioux River near Dell Rapids
Big Sioux River At Sioux Falls I-90
Big Sioux River at Brandon
Big Sioux River near Canton
Big Sioux River at Fairview
Big Sioux River near Richland
Split Rock Creek Below Jasper
West Fork Des Moines River near Avoca
West Fork Des Moines River Near Windom

.The following river forecasts include forecast precipitation through
tonight. Any additional future rains could affect the crest
The Flood Warning continues for
The Big Sioux River near Canton.
* until further notice.
* At 09AM Monday the stage was 1238.12 feet.
* Flood stage is 1235.00 feet.
* At stages near 1238 feet…Nearly all crop and pasture land in the
1/2 mile wide flood plain will be inundated.

Safety message…Do not drive cars through flooded areas. the water
depth and road condition may be unsafe.

Additional information is available at


Hazel Thompson, 101, Formerly of Moline Illinois

Hazel Thompson, 101, formerly of Moline, Illinois, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Barthell Order of Eastern Star Nursing Home in Decorah, Iowa, where she had resided for the past three weeks.  A private family service will be held at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, Iowa.

Hazel was born March 5, 1914, in Oakland, NE to Harry and Emma Henry. She married Harold Thompson, August 23, 1941, in Lyons, NE, and often expressed how lucky she was to have him as her life partner for the past 73 years.

Hazel was an optimist who faced life’s challenges with determination and a smile.  She was a 50 plus year breast cancer survivor.   In later years, she suffered from macular degeneration and arthritis, but nothing dampened her spirit.   This stylish and beautiful lady liked to be busy and had many interests.   Throughout the years she was active in many organizations such as the United Methodist Church, Lydia’s Circle, Girl Scouts, Garden Club, RQ, and Home Extension.   She was an avid seamstress, knitter, crafter and oil painter.  In recent years, she spent much of her time knitting with her cat Minnie sitting on her lap.  She also enjoyed her part-time work at the Two Rivers YMCA as a childcare provider.

Hazel enjoyed being around people and hosting gatherings in her home.  She looked forward to the annual vacation Up North each summer and sharing time with family and friends.  She loved and was loved by her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Harold; children: Penny Thompson and Nancy (Rod) Smith of Moline, Illinois and Joe (Rhonda) Thompson of Decorah, Iowa; grandchildren:  Lindsey (Matt) Auliff, Anna Smith, Quinn (Megan) Thompson, Collin Thompson and Logan Thompson; sisters and spouses: Darlene (Jim) Strehle of West Point, NE and Maxine (Bob) Englehardt of Ft. Meyers, FL, and brother-in law, Arlin Feyerherm of Lenexa, KS and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, five brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, two nephews, and an infant son, Jimmy.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 am Lyons Cemetery


BURIAL: Lyons Cemetery

Two Rivers YMCA, 2040 53rd Street, Moline, IL   61265.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.


Insurance Premiums in Iowa and Nebraska Border Counties

Lyons, Nebraska – Today, the Center for Rural Affairs released a new report examining how Nebraska’s decision not to participate in the Medicaid expansion program as provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has contributed to higher health insurance premiums compared to Iowa.“Nebraska’s decision not to expand Medicaid as allowed under the ACA has changed its health insurance marketplace pool,” said Jon Bailey, Director of the Rural Public Policy Program at the Center for Rural Affairs and author of the report. “That changed pool has resulted in higher health insurance premiums for most Nebraskans.”

The decision has also left many lower-income Nebraskans in a “coverage gap” – making too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for tax credits in the new health care insurance marketplace. Because of the health insurance they buy in the individual market, lower- and middle-class Nebraskans may suffer some of the greatest consequences of this decision, Bailey explained.

According to Bailey, in three of the four health plan levels (all except the Platinum level), Nebraskans in border counties have higher health insurance premiums than Iowans just across the border. In general, premium cost differences between the two states increase as consumers get older, and premium cost variations are greater for the lower level (Bronze and Silver) health plans. When age and health plan level are combined, the annual cost difference can be significant. For example, a hypothetical 60 year old Nebraska couple would pay nearly $500 more annually for a Bronze plan.

Read or download a full copy of the report at: http://files.cfra.org/pdf/Tale-of-Two-States.pdf

The report examines the ten Nebraska counties and six Iowa counties along the Missouri River that form the border between the states. These bordering counties form the core of two major metropolitan areas – Omaha, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa. Outside of the metropolitan areas these counties are rural, made up of small towns and farms. These border counties share common backgrounds and history, have common economic environments, demographics, and have numerous other similarities.

“The cost variations for Bronze and Silver plans are important because those are the plans most people are purchasing on the health insurance marketplace, particularly lower- and middle-income consumers, continued Bailey. “The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that 83 percent select a Bronze or Silver plan in the federal-facilitated health insurance marketplace.”

“Most border county Nebraskans, therefore, are selecting plans with the greatest cost variations compared to Iowa border county residents,” Bailey concluded.

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