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Pork Industry Plays Important Role in Plymouth County

According to the latest agricultural census conducted in 2007, of the top 100 pork producing counties in the nation, Plymouth ranks seventh, and Sioux County ranks fourth.  Pork officials say that one of every four hogs raised, is marketed for export.  Bill Tentinger of LeMars is the president-elect to the Iowa Pork Producers Association.  He has had the opportunity to travel around the world on behalf of the pork industry, and he says the U-S pork export market continues to grow, especially in the Pacific Rim region.

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Tentinger says he has tried to inform local businesses and community leaders about how important the local swine industry is to the local economy.  Tentinger says the pork industry provides for several area jobs that we often don't associate with the pork industry.

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(Sioux City) -- The Woodbury County Sheriff's office arrested 39 year-old Jodee Lyn Jacobson of Hinton for Burglary 2nd degree after deputies responded to a reported break-in at the 6600 block of Correctionville Road in Sioux City.  The break-in occured Friday morning at about 6:50 a.m.  Sheriff's deputies are looking for Mark Jacobson, 41, also of Hinton in regards to the matter.  Anyone seeing Mark Jacobson is asked to contact the Woodbury County sheriff's office.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Water Department will be flushing the Northwest part of town starting Tuesday, at 8:00 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.  The water department will continue the same on Wednesday and Thursday.  They ask that residents within the area refrain from washing clothes during these times in your area.  If you have questions, please call the city water office at 546-5555 or you can contact city hall.

(LeMars) -- Lisa Boehm has been selected as the LeMars Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.  As Vice President of the Credit Review area of Primebank's Lending Division, Lisa Boehm exemplifies the results of hard work and perserverance.  Beginning her career with Primebank as a teller, Lisa soon transferred to a secretarial/receptionist position that allowed her the flexibility to return to college on a part-time basis and earn her degree.  Upon graduation, Lisa transferred to a newly created Credit Analyst position.  From this position, Lisa has risen to become a Vice President of Primebank and supervisor of a staff of three Credit Analysts.

A very loyal and dedicated employee, Lisa cares deeply about her work.  Primebank's lending and management staff have come to rely  on Lisa to provide them with sound and reliable information necessary to assist them in making the critical judgments required in today's world of finance.

A graduate of LeMars Community School, Western Iowa Technical Community College, and Morningside College, Lisa has been with Primebank for 19 years.

(Mason City) -- Antique tractors with steel wheels...should they be allowed to drive on Iowa's county paved highways?  That's the argument before the Iowa Supreme Court as they heard oral testimony Thursday evening at Mason City before a standing room only crowd.  A Mennonite community is appealing an ordinance from Mitchell County Board of Supervisors forbidding the steel wheeled tractors.  The Mennonites contend it is their right to use the steel wheeled tractors, and rubber tires would go against their religion.  While the county supervisors who banned the steel wheels two years ago, say a new process being used for paving can't handle the steel wheels.  The Mennonite community is contesting the ordinance after a citation was issued to 13 year old Matthew Zimmerman for driving an antique tractor equipped with steel wheels on the county paved roads.


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