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Wednesday News, November 27

City Council Sets Date For Public Hearing On Pedestrian Bridge And Trail

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council has established December 17th as the date for a public hearing regarding the Highway 3 West recreation trail which would include a pedestrian bridge allowing residents living west of the Floyd River to cross the river without having to use the highway bridge that is used by vehicle traffic.  A few residents appeared before the council asking questions about the project.  City Administrator Scott Langel made the comparison of this proposed pedestrian bridge and trail to others that have been previously built.  He urged the council to consider where future expansion may take place.

Ken Nelson favors the project and represents the area for the proposed pedestrian trail and bridge. He says the trail and pedestrian bridge are needed for safety purposes.

The proposed trail and pedestrian bridge is estimated to cost more than $205,000.


Tips On Thawing The Thanksgiving Turkey

(Le Mars) -- So, you have that prized turkey at home and you want to cook it for Thanksgiving, but there is just one is frozen hard as a rock, and you're not certain if it can thaw in time for you to prepare it for your dinner.

Renae Swears, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Nutritional Health Specialist has some suggestions.  Swears says having a frozen turkey in a refrigerator may not be enough to adequately thaw the bird.  She suggests to place the frozen turkey in a sink of cool water.  Swears says you will need to drain the sink every 30 minutes and refill it again with cool tap water.  She suggests to keep the wrapper on the turkey when thawing.

Swears says larger and heavier turkeys will take longer times to adequately thaw.  She says a 12 to 15 pound frozen turkey may take between six and eight hours to thaw.  Larger birds may be up to twelve hours to thaw.

The Iowa State Extension Nutritional Specialist says to make certain your turkey is completely thawed before cooking, otherwise your Thanksgiving entree' could encounter other problems.  Swears says a turkey that is not completely thawed will be dry.

Swears says Iowa State University has an Answer Line available for questions relating to preparing the Thanksgiving meal.  That number is 1-800-262-3804.  Staff will be available to on Wednesday from 9-12 and again from 1 to 4.


DNR Establishes Deer Donation Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A popular deer donation program is starting up again in Iowa.
     The state Department of Natural Resources says the program, Help Us Stop Hunger, involves hunters bringing in a whole deer that will be processed into packages of ground meat.
     The Food Bank of Iowa coordinates the distribution of the meat to local food pantries.
     Jim Coffey, who coordinates the program, says hunters simultaneously reduce the deer herd and provide needed protein to the food bank.
     Iowa hunters have donated more than 56,000 deer to the program since it began. More than 5,200 deer were donated last year, resulting in 800,000 meals.


Grain Bin Fire

SHELBY, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters from several departments have been battling a blaze in a grain bin near Shelby in western Iowa.
     Atlantic radio station KJAN says ( ) fire crews from Shelby and Avoca were on the scene east of Shelby on Wednesday morning. The bin sits about a half-mile north of Interstate 80.
     The Harlan, Minden and Defiance departments were asked to send pumper trucks and other fire vehicles to help fight the flames.
     No injuries have been reported.


Theft Of Copper Wire Results In Burned Hand

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man suspected of trying to steal copper is being treated in Omaha, Neb., for a badly burned hand.
     A power pole was cut down northeast of Council Bluffs on Saturday. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says deputies soon learned that a man in his 40s had been admitted to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment of a burned hand. 
     Danker says investigators think the man and an accomplice cut down the pole to gain access to copper in a transformer. Danker says the burned man was driven to the hospital and dropped off by his accomplice. 
     The injured man was taken to a burn unit in Omaha for further treatment, which could include amputation of parts of the hand.

Fluoride In Drinking Water Revisited

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The issue of water fluoridation has bubbled up in Des Moines.
     A period of public comment runs through Saturday for customers of Des Moines Water Works. CEO Bill Stowe says sentiment is running 3-1 against adding fluoride to water used by more than 500,000 people in the Des Moines area.
      Dentists and some health experts say fluoridation dramatically reduces tooth decay. Opponents say fluoridation has harmful consequences and also amounts to forced medication of people. Des Moines has been adding fluoride since 1959.
     The issue has been raised elsewhere in Iowa. In April the Hampton City Council decided to continue adding fluoride to city water. The mayor had raised objections to fluoridation, saying that adding such medicine infringed on the rights of residents.





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