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LeMars to Clean City Sewers


 The city has hired an outside contractor to do the annual sewer cleaning starting Monday, October 3.  Ron Kayser, city wastewater superintendent says the process could take up to six weeks to complete.  LeMars' residents may experience some minor sewer problems during the time of the cleaning.  Kayser says the area north of Plymouth Street will be done first, followed by the area north of 3rd street Southeast going east from Central Avenue to 14th Avenue Southeast.

(LeMars) -- Members of the Joint Urban Renewal Board committee approved plans for the development of Dogwood Property, owned by Steve Schuster and located along 12th St. and 6th Avenue in LeMars.  17 plots have been platted for light industrial development.  The committee also approved a five-year partial tax rebate for property owned and developed by Anthony Trucking along C-38.

(Remsen) -- Remsen fire officials were called to a garage fire last evening at about 7:30 p.m.  Smoke was detected at 523 Jackson Street in Remsen.   Doug Owens, Remsen fire chief says the fire was small and did only minimal damage.  It was undetermined as to the origin of that fire.

(Sioux Center, IA) --Farmers Coop Society of Sioux Center has been named one of Iowa's Top Workplaces in the Des Moines Register's Top Workplaces survey.  Farmers Coop Society was recognized by their employees for the honor, after their employees conducted a survey ranking  the company in categories of career opportunities, management, and pay and benefits. 
 Farmers Coop Society's employees completed a survey earlier this summer to be considered for the award.  FCS was the only cooperative in the state of Iowa named with the honor.   
 117 companies participated in the program and 70 companies were selected for the Top Workplaces award.  Farmers Coop Society was ranked 17th among the mid-sized companies that were selected. 

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The corn harvest in Iowa is under way with farmers focusing on getting storm damaged crops out of the fields first.
     Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released his weekly crop report Monday, saying this week's sunshine will help dry the corn and let the harvest move forward.
     He says some scattered soybean fields have been harvested but the harvest is a week away for most soybean farmers.
     Sixty percent of the corn crop is mature, about one week behind last year but four days ahead of normal. Fifty-five percent of the corn crop is in good or excellent condition with just 16 percent
being poor or very poor.
     Sixty-two percent of the soybean crop is in good or excellent condition with just 12 percent being poor or very poor.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State environmental officials say a manure spill in a small creek near Peterson in northwest Iowa was traced to a hog lot operation.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was notified of the spill on Monday. Officials traced the manure to a 4,000-head operation owned by Bruce Click of Peterson. The agency says Click says he pumped liquid manure from pits under the buildings to a nearby field after a water line broke, flooding the pits. Click says he didn't realize the manure was running off the field.
     The DNR says field tests showed elevated ammonia levels in the unnamed creek, which flows for about 2 miles before entering the Little Sioux River.
     Officials are checking to see if the manure killed fish and other aquatic life.



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