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Conservation Board Elk Auction Scheduled for Saturday

The auction will take place adjacent to the elk sorting facility near the south entrance to Hillview Recreation Area, which is located approximately one mile west of Hinton.  Dennis Sohl, Executive Director for the Plymouth County Conservation Board says this year's auction will include two elk.

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Sohl says the Plymouth County Conservation Board has held an elk auction every year for the last ten years.  He says the revenue generated from the auction helps with veterinarian bills, as well as to finance some supplemental feed.  He says elk meat is lean and tender, and is thought as a delicacy.

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Sohl says the elk have served as an interesting tourist attraction, and conservation education and he explains how the Plymouth County Conservation Board first got into the elk business.
 

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(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County Sheriff's office is investigating a motorcycle accident that occurred Friday evening leaving two people injured.  Robert Schramm, age 50, of Laurens, Iowa, sustained multiple injuries, and his passenger, Theresa Benjamin, age 50, also of Laurens, received injuries from the accident.  Schramm was heading southbound on Highway 71 when he attempted to pass vehicles that were ahead of him.  As Schramm entered the northbound lane of traffic, there was an oncoming vehicle.  Schramm attempted to avoid a collision when he lost control of his motorcycle.  The motorcycle went down in the northbound lane, then traveled back across the highway into the south bound lane and rolled several times, throwing the driver and passenger from the motorcycle.  Schramm and Benjamin were both transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.  Schramm was then transported by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where he is listed in critical condition.  Benjamin was treated and released.

(Dakota Dunes, SD) -- Siouxland Surgery Center, based in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, is being recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in America for patient experience based on female patient satisfaction.  The rating was conducted by Women Certified, a part of women-based magazines Working Mother and Working Women. 

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa regents say a willingness of
candidates to stay at the helm of Iowa State University for upward
of 10 years is an important consideration for the next president.
     The two finalists are University of Kentucky Provost Kumble
Subbaswamy) and University of North Carolina Vice President for Research Steven Leath. The regents are expected to announce their choice Tuesday.
     Regents say a decade of leadership would allow the president to
implement a vision, among other things.
     Regents President Craig Lang says "longevity is good."
     The 60-year-old Subbaswamy says he'd like to stay at ISU for at
least eight years.
     The 54-year-old Leath says 10 years is realistic. He says he's
relatively young and would like to finish his career at ISU.
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 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says
the number of boating accidents in Iowa has dropped to a five-year
low, but a higher percentage resulted in deaths.
     There were 36 boating accidents this year as of last week, the
fewest since at least 2007.
     Five people have died in boating accidents, which is double the
average. That doesn't include a boating death on a private lake in
Black Hawk County.
     Susan Stocker, who oversees boating law issues for the DNR,
notes that the state imposed a law on July 1 that reduced the blood
alcohol level at which a boater is considered drunk from 0.10 to
0.08.
     The DNR has also increased lake patrols at popular spots.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state of Iowa says nearly 394,000
Iowans received food assistance of some sort in August. Officials
say that's another record in a string of records set monthly for
more than five years.
     The number grows throughout the state. For example, Linn
Community Food Bank in Cedar Rapids says it has served nearly 29
percent more families this year than it had by this time in 2010.
     About one in eight Iowans receive food assistance, compared with
one in seven nationally.
     Some of the increase in Iowa assistance is due to an easing of
income thresholds for aid.
     The economy also is being blamed.
     Department of Human Services spokesman Roger Munns says "there
is a deeper issue than the change in eligibility."

 


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