Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds visited northwest Iowa on Wednesday.

She started the trip in Le Mars, where she attended the Grand Reopening and Expansion Celebration for the Wells Dairy Ice Cream Parlor & Visitor Center. After that, she signed a proclamation that June is Dairy Month in Iowa at a Dairy Open House event at J&S Dairy near Maurice. The governor gives us her impressions of the dairy operation.


Governor Reynolds was also impressed by the new hospital and clinic in Rock Rapids.


After the tour of the new Merrill Pioneer Hospital-Avera, Reynolds visited with officials from the Avera Health System, the Merrill Pioneer Hospital Board, and the Forster Trust, who all helped to make the facility possible. Reynolds shared that one of her priorities is rural broadband, which helps to make facilities like the new hospital and clinic more viable through telemedicine. They also briefly discussed physician recruitment and priorities for the future of Rock Rapids.

Photo caption: Governor Reynolds (left) speaks with Dr. David Springer and Hospital Administrator Craig Hohn

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