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Judy Lubben Selected as School Employee of the Month

 Lubben is the kitchen manager for the high school.  Gale Horan submitted the nomination and had this to say about Judy Lubben: "Judy has done a  great job of overseeing a quality staff and planning an amazing food program for us.  She works very hard to make sure all of the nutritional guidelines are met regardless of what the national level throws at her.  She has alternatives for us to give us a variety, and besides the salad bar for the high school and middle school, she now offers a fruit bar.  She works with a great staff that is always ready with a smile and a kind word for the staff and students.  She does a great job of dealing with varying the meals and including things from all cultures (Mexican, Italian, Oriental).  With open lunch at the high school it would probably surprise people at how many choose to eat here because of the flavorful, nutritional lunches that are served.  She is able to accomodate late starts, snow days and early outs for weather.  Many times I will bring a lunch from home and not be able to turn down what they have prepared.  If she has not been nominated before, please consider her for this recognition".

Lubben continues to be involved on the Board of Directors for the School Nutrition Association of Iowa.  Lubben oversees a staff of 23 employees and serves approximately 1500 meals a day.  Karen Harrington echoes Horan's sentiment.  She says of Lubben, "It takes an organized boss to have all supplies, groceries, and staff on board to accomplish this task daily.  Judy fulfills this position and the LeMars Community School District is getting more than their money's worth with Judy.  She is very conscientious and strives to provide a meal according to the government guide lines daily."

Our congratulations to Judy Lubben for being selected as the October Employee of the Month with the LeMars Community School District.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. farmers are celebrating the approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, saying the pacts will increase demand for their products
without drastically increasing prices for American consumers.
     Congress approved the agreements Wednesday night, calling for the elimination of tariffs on U.S. products exported to those countries.
     The agreements are expected to lead to a $2.3 billion increase in farm exports. They're expected to create 20,000 agriculture-related jobs.
     Livestock farmers and others say the effect on U.S. consumer prices could be negligible. That's because many of the animal parts sought by other countries, such as heads, feet and tongue, are not
popular in the U.S. By increasing demand for those, producers would not need to make as much on meat cuts popular in the U.S.
Bill Tentinger is a pork producer from LeMars, as well as the president-elect for the Iowa Pork Producers Association.  Tentinger recites an economic study conducted by Dermott Hayes and funded by the pork producers.  

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Tentinger says the trade agreement with South Korea will mean an additional $10 per head on hogs, and another 10,000 jobs in the swine industry.

(Sioux City) -- Two suspects are in custody facing several charges for allegedly vandalizing a local mink farm.  Sioux City police arrested 24 year old Victor Van Orden and 21 year old Kellie Marshall, both of Austin, Texas, after the mink farm owner reported suspicious activity around 1:45 a.m. Monday morning.  The suspects are charged with 2nd degree criminal mischief, carrying a weapon, possession of burglar tools and 2nd degree attempted burglary.  Authorities say some property damage was sustained and some animals were set free.  The suspects are being held on $5000 bond in Woodbury County Jail. 

(Sioux City) -- Democratic 4th District Congressional candidate Christie Vilsack will be in Sioux City Friday.  Vilsack will appear at the American Legion Hall at 15th and Geneva Streets at 1:00 p.m.  She unveiled a proposal to give a tax break to those who sell their farmland to a beginning farmer or military veteran.  Vilsack's tax break would be $50 an acre for the first 160 acres sold to a veteran or beginning farmer.





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