Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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EPA Finishes Testing LeMars Soil

(LeMars) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it has completed the initial passive soil gas sampling in support of a preliminary assessment in LeMars.  The EPA will analyise the recent soil tests conducted around the downtown region of LeMars to assess the potential contamination in soil and ground water which may have originated from a subsurface source.  Initial tests found the chemical tetrachloroethene or PCE.  PCE is a chorinated hydrocarbon solvent commonly used in dry-cleaning fluid, spot removers, and degreasers.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening, and they will hear a report from Williams and Company concerning the school's audit.  The financial highlights show the school district had an increase of revenue during this last year over the previous year, while expenditures had decreased last year from the previous year.  In addition to the audit report, the school board will hear a report about the pre-school program at Clark Elementary.

(South Sioux) -- South Sioux City Police are investigating a homicide of a woman.  Police were notified that the owner of the residence at 300 East 23rd street had not been seen for several days.  When the Police had gone to the residence, they noticed several days worth of newspapers had piled up at the door.  The police entered the home and found the body of a woman.  An autopsy revealed that the resident did not die of natural causes and an arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of John P. Baker for second degree murder.  Reports indicate that Baker was last seen in the Norfolk area.  The investigation is still ongoing.

(LeMars) -- Today is the last day to make reservations for the Floyd Valley Hospital's "Pink Ribbon Night".  The Breast Cancer Awareness program will feature two speakers, LeMars' own Dr. Aquino who will talk about how breast cancer does not discriminate, as it can strike anyone, females and even males.  The keynote address will be delivered by author and image consultant, Jill Swanson of Rochester, Minnesota.  Tickets are $20 and for more information contact Kari Daale of the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Pink Ribbon Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at the LeMars Convention Center.

(Des Moines) -- Pork producers, through the efforts of the national pork check-off program, have been working with several fast food restaurants getting them to offer more pork-related sandwiches.  With few exceptions, it seems as though the fast food restaurants choose not to offer the pork sandwich entrees as a full-time menu item.  Rather it is offered as a special promotional item for a limited time.  The best example is McDonald's McRib sandwich.  McDonald's have announced the popular boneless barbecue pork sandwich that is not always available in stores will be sold at all U.S. locations, starting today, but only until November 14th.  Joyce Hoppes is the consumer information director with the Iowa Pork Producers Association and offers an explaination as to why restaurants may not offer pork on a full-time basis.

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Hoppes says several restaurants have introduced a pork item recently, including McDonald's with its sausage burito wraps, Burger King with rib bits,  Hardee's/Carl Jr with the Ham and Swiss cheese sandwich along with the Bacon cheeseburger, Subway with its shredded pulled pork sandwich, and most recently KFC.  The restaurant best known for serving chicken is using bacon bits as a sprinkeled topping for its all in one meal.  Hoppes says bacon is the one pork item that seems to appeal to everyone.


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The pork official says the pork industry continues to work with restaurants introducing new types of pork products.


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