Monday News, November 5
King Stops In Le Mars On Campaign Tour
(Le Mars) -- Congressman Steve King made a campaign appearance in Le Mars on Saturday afternoon. King, a republican, who is running for his sixth term, spoke to about 50 of his supporters at the Plymouth County Republican Headquarters. King criticized the president's past four years and he informed the group what another four years may be like if President Obama wins the election. King called Obama a "Keynesian Economist on steroids"
King says for people who still remain undecided, he says there are two competing philosophies between himself and his opponent, Christie Vilsack.
Tuesday Is Election Day
(Le Mars) -- Tomorrow is the long-awaited election day. Voting stations will open at 7:00 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m. Here in Plymouth County voters will decide upon a president, congressional member, state representative, a sheriff, three supervisors, soil and water conservation representatives, and the extension council. Voters will also have the opportunity to decide whether judges will be retained.
Iowa Election Officials Report Record Number of Absentee Ballots
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has set a record for early voting, reflecting a push by the major political parties to lock in votes from supporters.
As for Friday, 613,749 Iowans had voted, already exceeding the 2008 record of 545,000 early votes.
About 70 percent of the votes were absentee ballots sent by mail to the voter's home. Another 20 percent were cast at county auditor's offices and about 10 percent at satellite locations
designated by local election officials.
A significant number of ballots remain in the hands of voters and could still be returned. Nearly 700,000 voters have requested ballots. They can be returned in person by 9 p.m. Tuesday. If they're mailed, they must be postmarked by Monday.
Merrill Fire Department Has Busy Weekend
(Merrill) -- The Merrill Fire Department had a busy weekend, responding to three separate fires. On Saturday, the Merrill Fire Department responded to a ditch grass fire located at 20725 Kestrel Avenue. That fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Later that evening a car fire required the services of the Merrill Fire Department. The car caught on fire on Highway 75 at about midnight. On Sunday, a blown transformer caught on fire on Impala Avenue near County Road C-38. That fire was reported at about 8:45 p.m.
Oyens Fire Department Fights Grass Ditch Fire
(Oyens) -- The Oyens Fire Department responded to a grass ditch fire reported on Saturday at about 5:37 p.m. The fire was at 38509 County Road C-44. Fire officials were on the scene for about 20 minutes.
Searchers Find Alzheimer's Patient
MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) - A missing 74-year-old woman with Alzheimers has been
found near a cornfield in southern Iowa.
Shirley Martin, of Mount Ayr was last seen at her home Friday afternoon. Ringgold County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rob Haley says Martin has Alzheimer's disease.
A search party gathered Saturday morning, and one of its members, a relative of Martin, found her lying in a shallow hole at the edge of the cornfield.
Martin was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and was listed in good condition.
Hunter Falls From Tree Stand and Dies
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hunter who appeared to have fallen from his tree stand in Henry County.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 38-year-old Clint Michael Lawrence was found dead near Mount Pleasant around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Authorities say it looks like Lawrence fell 17 feet from his tree stand while he was deer hunting. Lawrence was from Vinton, Iowa.
Crop Insurance Payments
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers who chose to pay more to insure their crops at harvest prices will receive $7.50 per bushel for corn.
That should be welcome news for corn farmers in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska, the nation's three largest corn producers, respectively.
The Des Moines Register also reports that the harvest price payout for soybeans will be $15.39 per bushel.
Farmers who elected to be covered by the less expensive non-harvest price coverage will receive the $5.68 per bushel for corn and $12.55 per bushel for soybeans. Those prices were set in
March at the time of insurance sign-up.
USDA figures show crop-loss insurance payments through October 29th totaled $3.5 billion nationally, including $1.63 billion for corn and $247.6 million for soybeans.