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City Council Refinances Bonds

City Administrator, Scott Langel says the bonds were for $4.9 million.  With the refinancing, the city will now be able to save money.  Langel says the old interest rate was above four percent, now, the new rate is just over one and a half percent.

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(Akron) -- Akron fire fighters responded to a call today at a hog confinement farm, north of town.  When they arrived at the scene it was noted the methane gas within the manure pits beneath the structure was on fire.  Officials had to use a fire retardant to smother the fire.

(Oyens) -- Oyens city officials are announcing the order to boil water is now lifted.  Residents can again use water from their tap without worry of e-coli bacteria.  Tests show the water is now free of the bacteria.

(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital and Wells Blue Bunny will sponsor the "Well Aware" Community Health Fair scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th.  The Health Fair will be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the LeMars Convention Center on the upper level.  The fair is free of charge for participants.  More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand from various health related services. Kari Daale serves as the Wellness Coordinator.  She says the trade show will be an opportunity for people to learn more about what's available in the health care industry within the LeMars community.

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Various medical providers will be offering many health-related services and information including blood pressure checks and diabetes screening.  Attendees can take advantage of learning opportunities including a wide array of educational information on nutrition, cancer, blood and organ donation, exercise, dental health, mental health, and more.

 

(Kingsley) -- This year's fall harvest is now underway, and local grain elevator officials are reporting corn yields that are all across the board.  Chris Pedersen is the manager of the Farmers Elevator Co-op at Kingsley.  He says the crops are maturing fast, but the moisture levels for corn are a little higher than desired. He says farmers have had anything from poor yields to excellent yields.
 

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As for soybeans, Pedersen says soybeans have just started to come to the local elevator, and yields so far are performing better than expected.
 

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Pedersen says both the test weights and the quality of the corn and soybeans have been good.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Adjustment approved a request from Richard Hall of Onawa, Iowa to start a new business involving the grooming and boarding of dogs and cats.  The new business will be located in Hungerford township, southeast of Hinton.  Hall requested a 1100 foot variance for separation distance from an existing residence, as well as a conditional use permit for the new business.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers says flooding
along the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri
should end a few days sooner than predicted.
     The Corps has been gradually reducing the amount of water being
released from the six dams upstream since Aug. 19. Throughout the
summer, roughly 160,000 cubic feet of water per second was being
released from the dam near Yankton S.D. creating flooding all along
the lower Missouri River.
     The Corps said Wednesday that recent dry weather that reduced
the amount of water flowing into the Missouri should allow it to
his its fall target of releasing 40,000 cubic feet per second on
Sunday. That's four days sooner than previously expected.
     Releases of 40,000 cubic feet per second are only slightly above
the normal fall rate.

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