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Spencer Hunting Accident Injures Missouri Man

(Spencer) -- A hunting accident near Spencer, left a Missouri man injured after accidentially being shot.  Steve Nelson, 37, of Independence, Missouri, was hunting with two other people.  Nelson, and his hunting party were walking a fence line, hunting for pheasants when a 12 year old accidently discharged his shotgun.  Nelson was hit with shotgun pellets from a 12-gauge shot gun in the right hip, right wrist, and right arm.  He was transported to the Spencer Municpal Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Iowa Department of Natural Resources safety officer Marty Eby says the incident underscores the need for hunters to always be sure that their firearm is pointed in a safe direction.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - One person was injured in a house fire in Sioux City.
   Firefighters were called to the home Friday morning.
     Officials say three people were home. One resident suffered smoke inhalation but didn't go to the hospital. The homeowner's dog died as a result of the fire.
     Heat and smoke damage were reported throughout the home.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say no one was hurt after shots were fired outside a West Des Moines mall. Black Friday shoppers at Valley West Mall reported hearing three gunshots just before 4 a.m. The mall remained open and police say they've increased their presence around shopping areas.

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are facing a concern that is common for all county leaders.  Roads and bridges that need repairs, but there are not enough funds to finance every project that needs attention.  Craig Anderson, a supervisor from Merrill says the state has reduced the budget for road repairs and that places an added burden on county governments.  The county supervisors had to turn down a request by Eugene Plueger who was asking that a stretch of road measuring about a mile and a half be paved.  The road, is 150th Street and it goes by a cemetery.  Anderson says he understands the request for the road to be paved, and he agrees that if the road were paved, it would be nice, but it doesn't meet the critical priority needs. Anderson says Plymouth County is in perhaps a better financial position for road and bridge repairs than other counties.   Still, priorities need to be set.

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Anderson says the county was able to save some money with its own crew installing culverts in place of worn out bridges, and with a gravel project.

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Anderson says with the added heavier traffic on the county roads today, roads tend to be needing repairs on a more frequent basis.


(Des Moines) -- A special state committee is putting together specifications that will be followed for the sale or lease of Iowa's statewide fiber-optics network.  The committee was authorized by Governor Terry Branstad and the legislature to formulate the parameters that officials will use to solicit offers from private vendors who might be interested in leasing the Iowa Communications Network or buying it outright.
The network, which was built in the 1990's with federal money, is based in the Iowa National Guard headquarters.  It consists of more than 8,600 miles of fiber optic cable in public transportation right of ways.  Branstad has said he believes it can be transferred into private hands and that he is willing to entertain any viable offers.

(Undated) -- Yesterday was known as "Black Friday" but today is known as "Small Business Saturday".  It is a time when retailers want holiday shoppers to also think about buying their gifts from your local small business retailer, as opposed to a box store franchise outlet.  Kristin Kunert, Iowa's state director for the National Federation of Independent Business says "small business Saturday is about Main Street, not Wall Street.  She says small businesses constitute 97 percent of all of Iowa's employers, providing 51 percent of all private-sector jobs.  Kunert says Small Business Saturday is also about supporting the local economy.  She says the chain stores are owned by bigger companies that are probably based somewhere other than your hometownm but small businesses are usually owned by your neighbors.  Kunert says "when you shop at a small business, you're supporting your local economy and your local job base."



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