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Preparations Being Made For GOP Debate

(Sioux City) -- All eyes will be on Sioux City today for the last Republican presidential debate before the January 3rd Caucuses.  Six candidates have agreed to be at the debate being held at the Sioux City Convention Center.  As you might imagine, its taken a lot of work to transform the Sioux City Convention Center into a stage for tonight's nationally televised GOP debate on Fox News Channel.  Convention facilities director Aran Rush says the national work crew has experience with big events.

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Fox has been broadcasting live reports since completing set up earlier this week.

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Rush says his local workers have combined with national crews to set the stage for a great showcase event for Sioux City.

 

(Ames), Iowa (AP) - The value of Iowa farmland is up 32.5 percent from last year to a record of over $6,700 an acre.
     The annual survey by Iowa State University also shows the percentage increase breaks a 38-year-old record of 31 percent set in 1973.
     The survey released Wednesday shows the average price rose from $5,064 an acre to $6,708 an acre from November 2010 to last month.
     Before this year the previous high average, adjusted for inflation, had been $5,770 per acre in 1979.
     ISU economist Mike Duffy, who conducts the survey, says farmland values have surged along with the surge in commodity prices and farm incomes.  Scott County saw the greatest percentage increase in land values at 37.7 percent.  Scott County average land is valued at $9,233.  O'Brien and Sioux Counties have the highest price land valued at $9,512 and $9,419 per acre.  Each of the 99 counties in Iowa saw an increase in land values.

 


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Chamber of Commerce has named a second person as "Employee of the Month".  Today, the honor is awarded to Noelle Kneip.  When Noelle graduated from Iowa State University a few years ago, her first priority was to relocate back to her hometown of LeMars.  In addition, to being in love with her future husband, Troy, and having great family support, she needed a job and was looking for a career in banking. Upon expressing her interest in First National Bank, she accepted the bank's employment offer as a customer service representative.  Soon after, she was promoted to a personal banker, spent some time in one of the bank's Sioux City locations and today is a very successful mortgage lender, located at the South Bank location in LeMars.  Now married, and mother of two sons, Noelle Kneip continues to be a tremendous asset to First Naional Bank.  She is an outstanding employee who makes great impressions each and every day with her co-workers and with her many valued, repeat customers.  With her professional and ever-caring service, customers know they are in good hands when it comes to their mortgage needs, consumer loans, or any deposit services.  In addition to being a very knowledgeable personal banker, Noelle demonstrates a high degree of honesty and dedication in everything she does.  She is especially good at finding satisfying solutions and putting her customer's needs first.  Congratulations to Noelle Kneip for being the recognized as the Chamber's Employee of the Month.
    

   

Floyd Valley Hospital Updates Electronic Records

(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is updating its computer software programs that will enable patients and health officials to have better access to medical records.  Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin says the hospital is progressing towards an all electronic medical record system.

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The Family Clinic will be the first to incorporate the new system, then followed by the hospital.
 

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In other action during last evening's meeting, the Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees approved the new medical staff officers.  Donlin says in 2012 a new era will begin with the medical staff officers.

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(Sioux City) -- A Pocahontas county farmer has been sentenced to three years probation after he had converted property that he had pledged as collateral for USDA government loans.  Andrew Frerk, age 34, of rural Havelock received the prison term after entering a guilty plea to one count of converting to his own use nearly $60,000 worth of property, which were mortgaged or pledged to, or held by the Commodity Credit Corporation through the Farm Service Agency and the U-S Department of Agriculture.  Frerk made false statements to secure FSA loans, used the proceeds from the sale of FSA mortgaged property for his own use, and concealed his acts of conversation from loan managers.  Frerk was sentenced in Sioux City by U-S District Court Judge Mark Bennett.  Frerk paid $58,339 in restitution costs.

 

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Chamber of Commerce has named a second person as "Employee of the Month".  Today, the honor is awarded to Noelle Kneip.  When Noelle graduated from Iowa State University a few years ago, her first priority was to relocate back to her hometown of LeMars.  In addition, to being in love with her future husband, Troy, and having great family support, she needed a job and was looking for a career in banking. Upon expressing her interest in First National Bank, she accepted the bank's employment offer as a customer service representative.  Soon after, she was promoted to a personal banker, spent some time in one of the bank's Sioux City locations and today is a very successful mortgage lender, located at the South Bank location in LeMars.  Now married, and mother of two sons, Noelle Kneip continues to be a tremendous asset to First Naional Bank.  She is an outstanding employee who makes great impressions each and every day with her co-workers and with her many valued, repeat customers.  With her professional and ever-caring service, customers know they are in good hands when it comes to their mortgage needs, consumer loans, or any deposit services.  In addition to being a very knowledgeable personal banker, Noelle demonstrates a high degree of honesty and dedication in everything she does.  She is especially good at finding satisfying solutions and putting her customer's needs first.  Congratulations to Noelle Kneip for being the recognized as the Chamber's Employee of the Month.

 

(Ames) -- State and city road crews are saving a lot of money due to the lack of snow this December.  Annette Dunn is the Iowa Department of Transportation's winter operations director.  She says she is relieved with this week's rainy weather.
 
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At this time last year, Department of Transportation plows had already spent around 400 hours clearing snow and ice covered highways.  So far this year, crews have only spent 57 hours clearing roads.

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MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - Deere & Co. spent $374,000 to lobby Congress and federal regulators during the third quarter to protect the signal for GPS systems and express concerns about farming
regulations.
     The Moline, Ill., company is the world's largest maker of agricultural equipment. The amount Deere spent on lobbying is more than the $350,000 it spent in last year's third quarter and more than the $340,000 it spent in this year's second quarter.
     Deere said in a report filed Oct. 20 that it lobbied Congress and the Federal Communications Commission about the use of spectrum rights for communication because it is worried that LightSquared's proposed new nationwide Internet network could threaten the GPS signals many Deere tractors use.
     Deere also said it lobbied on financial reforms, crop insurance and efficient water use standards.
    

 

 

   

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