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Tuesday News, September 18

Train - Car Collision At Hinton

(Hinton) -- Another car and train collision occurred last evening.  This time it was at County Road C-60 and Highway 75 at the intersection in the middle of Hinton.  Little is known about the accident at this time, other than it happened at about 7:50 p.m. and injuries were involved.  The Hinton Fire and Rescue Department was at the scene for nearly an hour.


Plymouth County Supervisors To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet today.  The supervisors are expected to certify and canvass the results of the Akron-Westfield Physical Plant and Equipment Levy vote for the Akron-Westfield school district.  The supervisors will review a letter to the Northwest Iowa Development regarding Foreign Trade Zone.  The supervisors will also review and approve the resignation of Blaine Donaldson for various county committees. County engineer, Tom Rohe will update the supervisors on construction projects, as well as review a request from Southern Sioux Rural Water association.

City Council To Discuss Westmar Buildings During Council Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will again discuss the Madison Avenue water main extension and improvements during their regularly scheduled meeting for today.  In addition, the city council will review a purchase proposal for the former Westmar College Charles Mock Library, as well as take action on the Kime Science Center asbestos removal.


National Farm Safety Week

(Le Mars) -- This week marks National Farm Safety Week.  A week devoted to the awareness of the many dangers on the farm.  La Vonne Galles, local coordinator of Agri-Safe of Plymouth County, a part of Floyd Valley Hospital, reminds farmers to know at all times where  children are located.  She says the grain trucks and wagons, and grain bins can often times be a "playground for children".  Tractor roll-overs, according to Galles,  still ranks as the top cause for farm related fatalities.  Galles says farmers need to keep all shields in place and to stop the machine before working on it to prevent entanglements.  Galles reminds farmers that they should have their equipment properly marked with slow moving vehicle signs and amber flashing lights when traveling on the roadways.  Since we have another dry year, Galles suggests farmers equip their combines with a fire extinguisher.  She also asks farmers to take some breaks during the hectic harvest season.
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Because of the drought, there are many corn fields that are affected with aflatoxin.  Galles says this year, farmers should wear a mask or a breathing apparatus when entering grain bins.
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Each year, there are more than 300 deaths due to farm-related accidents.


Farmers Are Three Weeks Ahead of Normal Schedule With Harvest

(Des Moines) -- Farmers are about three weeks ahead of normal harvesting schedules, according to the latest weekly crop report, and many farmers are reporting this year has been the earliest that they have been in the fields.  Farmers have been able to harvest at least 22 percent of the corn crop, and six percent of the soybean crop.  Northwest Iowa is leading the way for the soybean harvest with 12 percent already harvested.


Voters Choose Early Voting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Early voting appears to be gaining in popularity, with requests for ballots in Polk County about 30 percent higher than they were at this time in 2008.
Polk County Jamie Fitzgerald says that there had been 21,995 requests as of Monday. That's far ahead of the total in 2008 at this point, with about seven weeks before the election.
The secretary of state's office says more than 128,000 Iowans had requested ballots as of Friday. Nearly 70 percent were by Democrats and 12 percent Republicans.
David Kochel, with the Romney campaign, says the difference in the parties' early voting numbers is because Republicans focus on supporters who are less likely to vote, while Democrats encourage
early voters by anyone in the party.

Biden and Ryan Campaign in Iowa

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told voters in Iowa that the nation needs Mitt Romney to reduce government spending.
Vice President Joe Biden was in Iowa too, telling voters that Romney is "totally out of touch" with the realities that everyday Americans face.
The running mates visited Iowa on Monday to present two widely different views on the nation's future. They are scheduled to meet in a nationally televised debate next month.
Biden visited the Mississippi River town of Burlington while Ryan spoke to voters in the capital of Des Moines.
Ryan says that cutting back on government spending makes sense to the frugal residents of Iowa and those in his home state of Wisconsin. Biden assures Iowans that President Barack Obama
understands their lives.



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