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Friday Afternoon News, July 26

Remsen Fire Department Responds To Structure Fire

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department responded to a structure fire last evening at about 6:15 p.m.  The fire was located at 23274 Highway 140.  Fire officials were at the scene for nearly an hour and a half.  Two small outbuildings were a part of a control burn.

 

Nick Schroeder Wins Plymouth County Fair Livestock Judging Contest

(Le Mars) -- Livestock judging plays a key role of any county fair, and at the Plymouth County Fair, 4-H and FFA youth are able to test their juding skills in the livestock judging contest.  Nick Schroeder with the Union Vikings 4-H club won this year's livestock judging contest.  He says the livestock judging contest consists of several different classes of swine, sheep, and beef cattle.  Each class features four animals from the species which requires the youth judge to place in the appropriate rankings. Schroeder explains what's involved when judging livestock.

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The 4-H member says he prefers judging cattle most and sheep the least.  He says a judge views similar characteristics to all types of livestock.

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Branstad Appoints Supreme Court Chief Justice To Investigate Firing Of DCI Agent

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has appointed former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice, Louis A. Lavarato to conduct an independent review into the firing of DCI Agent Larry Hedlund.  The governor is commissioning this review to put to rest any lingering questions or doubts
as to whether or not retaliation was the cause of Larry Hedlund’s termination from the Iowa
Department of Public Safety.

The governor believes all Iowans deserve complete transparency, deserve the truth, and
deserve the whole truth. The governor believes transparency will be achieved with this independent review.

Branstad says “Iowans may continue to have questions and doubts about the allegations made
until they know the whole story. I want Iowans to know the truth. Former Chief Justice Louis A. Lavarato is a respected and impartial statesman, and will offer a fresh, independent review of this matter. He will share his findings with Iowans, and will bring to light the full truth.”

The governor has asked for the review to be fully independent, allowing Iowans the opportunity to review former Chief Justice Louis A. Lavarato’s findings as early as possible once the full review concludes.


Iowa Department Of Public Health Reports Salmonella Cases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Public Health says state and local agencies are seeing a surge in reports of illness related to an uncommon strain of salmonella.
The department says in a news release Friday that officials have received 26 reports from 19 counties of illness related to a salmonella strain that is often associated with improper cooking of
poultry or eggs.
Public health department Medical Director Patricia Quinlisk says the salmonella cases aren't related to an outbreak in cyclosporiasis (sy-kloh-spor-EYE'-uh-sis) cases, though the symptoms are often similar.
The public health department recommends people be sure to grill chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees and reheat leftovers to that same temperature. Eggs used in potato salad or other dishes also should be cooked until the yolks are firm.


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