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Accident Injures Three People

(Kingsley) -- An accident that occured at the intersection of C-60 and Quest Avenue left three people injured yesterday.  The accident happened at about 3:00 p.m.  Stephen Embry, 23, of LeMars was driving a pickup truck, and failed to stop at a stop sign.  His vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a car driven by 77 year old Rodney Nelson of Quimby.  Also injured was 22 year old, Daniel Rolling of Hinton, who was a passenger with Embry.  The collision left the pickup truck on its top and the Nelson vehicle listed as a total loss.  Airbags had deployed in both vehicles.  All three victims were transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by the Pierson Ambulance and the Kingsley ambulance.  Kingsley and Pierson Fire and Rescue, along with the Plymouth County Sheriff's office and the Iowa Highway Patrol responded to the accident. 

 

(LeMars) -- Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann has announced plans to visit northwest Iowa, including a stop in LeMars.  Bachmann is scheduled to make an appearance at the Family Table Restaurant on Monday, November 14th. at 2:00 p.m.  Bachmann will conduct a LeMars Town Hall meeting at the restaurant.  Following her visit at LeMars, Bachmann will then make a stop at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Sheldon at 5:30 p.m.  Her other northwest Iowa appearances include a stop at Storm Lake and Webster City on Wednesday, November 16th.

 

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Extension Services was recently honored at the Iowa State University Extension Annual Conference.  Brad Harvey of Akron was named as a Friend of Extension.  Harvey has served on the Plymouth County Extension Council for a decade and has served as chair for five years.  Harvey leads the extension council as they address local priorities and staffing needs and is an advocate for ISU Extension education programs.  Harvey was credited for his prominent role in establishing a relationship with the City of LeMars, which ultimately led to the Plymouth County Extension Office moving to a state of the art office space and meeting facility at the LeMars Convention Center.  Also honored at the ceremonies were Janelle Johnson and Joel DeJong.  Johnson received the Pride of Extension Award and DeJong was given the R.K. Bliss award.

(LeMars) -- Dry conditions continue to exist through out northwest Iowa, and both subsoil and topsoil conditions are also dry.  Iowa State University Crops Specialist, Joel DeJong says this fall, moisture levels are at their lowest point in quite some time.

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DeJong says snowfall doesn't typically contribute much moisture to the subsoils since the ratio of snow to rain is nearly 10 inches of snow to make the equivilant of one inch of rain.  He says in order to fully charge the soils with moisture, rains will be needed, either during the fall or next spring.

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Does this dry year remind DeJong of any other similar years?

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The Iowa State University Crops Specialist says this next crop year could be short on moisture, or we could be fine.  It all depends upon the weather patterns from now to planting time.

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(Spencer) -- The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation presented its strategic plan for 2013 throuh 2016 to its investors and partners and launched the campaign to fund the plan in its entirety.  The Connect Collaborate Compete Campaign - called C-3 - is an aggressive four-year $3.55 million plan that emphasizes the importance of dynamic connections and collaboration for our region to compete in today's changing economy.  C-3 has four goals:  -to assure employers have access to an adequate, well-trained, workforce.  To provide an infrastructure conducive to business development.  To create and maintain an environment for business development and job growth.  And finally, to enhance entrepreneurial activity and new business starts. 
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation consists of Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.

 

(Washington) -- The U-S Department of Agriculture issued its November estimates for crop production on Wednesday and it had a few surprises. Corn production is forecast at 12.3 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the October forecast and down 1 percent from 2010.  Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 146.7 bushels per acre, down 1.4 bushels from the October forecast and down 6.1 bushels from 2010. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 2003.  In Iowa, the USDA increased its estimate for corn production.  Last year's average yield was 165 bushels per acre.  This year, the USDA is expecting Iowa farmers to average 171 bushels per acre, or two bushels per acre better than their October estimate, for a total production of 2.334 billion bushels of corn.  That number may be a bit surprising for western Iowa corn farmers as many have stated this year's crop production was down.  Iowa State University Extension Grain Marketing Specialist, Chad Hart offers an explaination of the USDA's numbers.

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Hart says when you look at the entire state's average, Iowa is doing better.

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The ISU Grain Marketing Specialist believes the crop will continue to shrink as farmers finish with this year's harvest, and he thinks the USDA will again lower its estimate in January.

 

POMEROY, Iowa (AP) - The state of Iowa has fined a Pomeroy nursing home where an 8-year-old girl reported seeing an elderly resident being sexually assaulted by a registered sex offender who lives there.   The 83-year-old sex offender hasn't been charged but that a Calhoun County prosecutor says charges are expected.  State records say an Iowa judge had ordered the man placed in the Pomeroy Care Center.  The girl had been visiting a relative on Aug. 21. She told officials she saw the man in the room of a resident in her upper 90s who has dementia.  The state fined the center $10,000 last week for failing to protect its residents. The center's administrator declined to comment on the state allegations.

 

 

 

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