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Text Message Saves Family From Fire

 CUSHING, Iowa (AP) - A text message that awakened a Cushing girl may have also saved her family's life.  Fire destroyed the home of Scott and Caroline Slater early Monday morning, but family members made it out of the burning home safely.
     Slater's daughter, Katrina, spotted the fire after receiving a late night text. The girl said she rolled over in her bed and "saw an orange glow out my window."  The girl managed to wake everyone up, and all got outside safely.  Investigators believe electrical wiring on the porch started the fire which spread to the rest of the home.

(Sioux City) -- The Woodbury County Coroner's Office has released the name of the victim from Saturday's construction accident.  He is Jorge Ramon Morales, 35, of North Sioux City.  Morales died as a result of injuries suffered in a construction accident at Briar Cliff College.  Morales was working on a masonry project when material fell on him causing severe injury.  He was transported to Mercy Medical Center but was pronounced dead.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hold its weekly meeting today at the courthouse.  Among the topics scheduled for discussion will be an appearance by Plymouth County Conservation Executive Director, Dennis Sohl who will review the Conservation Board's annual report.  County engineer, Tom Rohe will also appear before the supervisors to update them on the intended paving project on County Highway C-60 scheduled to begin in 2012 and which will receive some federal assistance.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department will be closing 320th Street from South Ridge Road to Forest Road in order to replace a wooden bridge with a culvert pipe.  The closure will begin today and it is expected to be closed until Friday, October 28th.

(Sioux Center) -- Dordt College is getting set to ring the chimes from its new clock tower for the first time.  Dedication ceremonies are scheduled to occur following the Fall Music Festival at approximately 9:30 p.m. on the evening of October 21st.  Dordt College administration, students, faculty, alumni, and friends will gather to hear the first chimes of the new 54 foot clock tower that stands just outside the Campus Center Building.  During the dedication, the clock tower will serenade the audience with six hymns.  The tower holds hundreds of songs including many familiar hymns and songs in its repertoire.  Following the dedication, the clock tower will begin its regular chiming schedule.  The clock will sound every quarter hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.  It will chime every hour throughout the night at a low volume.  Music will play for 10 minutes at noon each day and prior to 11 a.m. Wednesday chapel service.  Special holiday selections have also been chosen for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.  On Saturday, October 22, the clock tower will play for 30 minutes beginning at noon to commemorate Parents Weekend.  The tower has been part of Dordt's master plan for several years and is one of a series of capital improvements made possible through the ongoing Vision 2020 capital campaign.  The clock tower was funded entirely by the generous financial donations of friends of Dordt.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative has named a new CEO and general manager.   Fifty-year-old Andrew Serri will fill the roles when Ron Harper retires at the end of the year. Serri has been with St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. the past 11 years, serving as president and CEO of
Ameren Energy Marketing since 2005.
Bismarck-based Basin supplies electricity to 135 rural electric systems including NIPCO and North West Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative. Serri will become the fourth person to lead the co-op since it was formed in 1961.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The fall harvest in Iowa progressing at a pace ahead of the five-year average and state officials say rain in the past week has helped reduce the risk of field fires across
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey released his weekly crop report Monday, saying farmers have been able to make good progress in the past week.
While the corn and soybean harvest is ahead of the five-year average, Northey says it lags behind 2010.  About 45 percent of Iowa's corn crop has been harvested while about 87 percent of the soybeans have been harvested.  Northey says the state also is seeing heavy grain movement from
farms to elevators.


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