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LeMars United Way Sets New Goal

 

 A year ago, the local charity was able to raise $238,000 to help finance 24 different organizations, all within the Plymouth County and Siouxland area.  United Way chairperson, Robin Grossenheider says although the official start of the new campaign begins with the September 1st golf tournament, some fund raising efforts have already begun.  She says the community has responded well to the needs of LeMars in the past, and she believes this year won't be any different.

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Grossenheider says its important to realize the funds raised, stay within the immediate area.  She says it may surprise some people to learn how many people and groups within Plymouth County depend upon the United Way contributions.

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For more information about the LeMars United Way organization, you can visit their website at: www.lemarsunitedway.org.


(LeMars) -- Today will be the second, and perhaps the final time, people will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed voting precincts and new supervisor districts.  The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hear public comments on the proposal during their weekly meeting scheduled for this morning.

(Spencer) -- The Iowa Lakes Cooridor Development Corporation has released its findings from the latest Existing Industry Cell program.  The E-I-C program consists of in-depth interviews with existing employers in the four-county region serving Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.  Of the 26 companies interviewed this year, half of them plan to expand their facilities in the next three years which would create an estimated 103 jobs and invest approximately $47.1 million.  Another true indicator of a healthy business climate is the growth in product and service offerings by existing industries.  Eighty-five percent of the 26 companies have introduced new products, services or capabilities in the last five years, and 85 percent anticipate new products or services in the next two years.  The 26 companies that were interviewed employ over 3,500 people.


(Des Moines) -- It looks as though the Iowa State Fair has once again exceeded the one million mark with its fair attendance.  Fair officials report that one million, eighty thousand nine hundred fifty nine people passed through the gates during the eleven-day event.  Last year, the fair had just over 967,000 visitors. This year's attendance was 113,000 better than last year, and the second highest attendance on record.  Good weather and mild temperatures were a major contributing factor for the increased attendance.  Dave Hoffman of LeMars just completed his first year as a state fair board director.  Hoffman, a former Plymouth County Fairboard director, and past president of the Iowa Assocciation of County Fairs says the state fair is a lot like the Plymouth County Fair --only bigger.  Hoffman says much like the Plymouth County Fair, the success of the state fair depends a lot on the contributions of volunteers.


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 DES MOINES (AP) - The conditions of corn and soybeans across
Iowa have dropped slightly. State Secretary of Agriculture Bill
Northey says 12 percent of soybeans and 12 percent of corn was in
poor or very poor condition. Northey says southwest Iowa was the
exception because of the heavy rains in received this past week.
    

(Sioux City) -- This is the time of year that people like to try their hand at canning, and other types of food preservation, but Rene Swears, I-S-U Extension Nutrionist says when canning you need to determine whether you are preserving an acid food or a non-acid food.  Tomatoes are a popular food item that is often preserved, but Swears says many people are not using proper and correct procedures when canning tomatoes.

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More people enjoy creating their own version of salza with tomatoes, onions, and various peppers. Swears says it may be trendy to create your own salza, but it is important you rely only on tested recipes.

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The Iowa State nutritionist says food should last at least a year when canned properly. When making jams or jellies, Swears says you should use fruit at its peak of ripeness.  Under ripe or even over riped fruit will not preserve well, and it will lose its quality. And there is another consideration to remember when preserving jams and jellies.

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She reminds people to leave the appropriate head space between the food item and the lid.  Swears also says pressure canners should be tested each year, and in many cases those pressure cookers can be tested at local county extension offices.  Swears is offering some canning workshops that are scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th at the Woodbury County Extension offices.  Those seminars will be held at 1:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. A second seminar will be held at Monona County on Thursday, August 25th, and at Ida County on September 8th.

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