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Friday Afternoon News, October 26

Romney Calls for 'Bold Changes' For Economy

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for "bold changes" to help revive the nation's economy. He spoke today during a speech in Iowa as he outlined a closing economic argument ahead of the November election.
Romney didn't unveil specific plans, but is heaping criticism on President Barack Obama for trying to "distract our attention from the biggest issues to the smallest."
Earlier in the day, Romney said a new report on the nation's economic growth is "discouraging."

Deputy Smells Smoke Alerts Family of Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A sheriff's deputy in western Iowa followed his nose to smoke pouring from a house and alerted its residents of a fire.
Deputy Jason Rokke (RUK'-ee) of Audubon County smelled the smoke around 4 a.m. Friday while on patrol in the Brayton area.
Sheriff Todd Johnson says Rokke checked nearby houses and found one that had smoke coming out of attic vents. Rokkee woke up the residents, and the two adults and two children fled safely.
The fire cause is being investigated.

Two People Face Arson Charges

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Two Omaha people face arson charges for a fire that damaged a house in western Iowa.
Twenty-seven-year-old William Kautter (KAH'-tur) has been charged with arson and six counts of attempted murder. His wife, 29-year-old Elizabeth Kautter, has been charged only with arson.
Prosecutors say the two are responsible for a fire on Dec. 14, 2010, that damaged a home in Atlantic. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says three adults and three children escaped without injury.
Investigators say gasoline was splashed across the front door and porch of the house and then set aflame.
The Kautters remain jailed. Bail reduction hearings for both are scheduled for Monday. Their attorneys declined to comment on Friday.


Lawyer Asking For A Re-trial For Passed Over U of I Candidate

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A lawyer for a conservative passed over for University of Iowa law school jobs is asking for a retrial on both counts of her lawsuit and raising criticism about how a judge oversaw the mixed verdict.
Attorney Stephen Fieweger on Thursday asked to reinstate Teresa Wagner's claim of discrimination under the 1st Amendment and vacate the verdict throwing it out. He says that claim should be retried
with the claim that her equal-protection rights were violated, which deadlocked jurors.
Fieweger says Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields accepted the verdict Wednesday on count 1 without allowing him to be present to poll jurors to ensure they were unanimous and hadn't been coerced.
Shields initially declared a mistrial on both claims. He later called jurors back and accepted their verdict on count 1.


Former Scout Camp Purchased For County Park

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - A Boy Scout camp near Marble Rock in northern Iowa has a new future as a park.
The Winnebago Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to sell the 320-acre camp to the Floyd County Conservation Board for $750,000.
The Winnebago Scout Reservation includes a swimming pool, dining hall, shooting ranges and buildings for year-round camping.
The council decided to sell the camp to be in compliance with a mandate requiring all camping operations be self-sustaining by 2013.  Executive Director Todd Wordel says the camp was underutilized, requiring it to be subsidized.
Officials say the scouts unloaded a financially burdensome piece of property but still get to use it. The county will provide move outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone.




Friday News, October 26

Record Land Sale in Sioux County

BOYDEN, Iowa (AP) - Some farmland near Boyden in Sioux County may have set a new sale record.
The 80.5-acre plot sold on Thursday for $21,900 an acre.
The auction company, Vander Werff and Associates Inc., says the land has an estimated corn yield of 110 bushels and soybean yield of 43 bushes. Auction spokesman Todd Hattermann declined to name
the buyer. The seller is Henry Boelsman, a longtime farmer.
In December, a 74-acre plot near Hull, also in Sioux County, sold for $20,000 an acre.
A survey of real estate agents estimated the average farmland value in 2011 was $6,708 an acre. That's up over 32 percent from 2010.


Auditor's Office To Be Open On Saturday

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Auditor's office will be open tomorrow, as well as next Saturday for the purpose of registering people to vote, and to have people vote absentee.  Stacy Feldman, Plymouth County Auditor says Saturday is the last day to register, however, you can register the day of the election under certain circumstances.
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Feldman says if you have moved to Plymouth County, you can use your Iowa driver's license.
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Feldman says if you are a new resident to Plymouth County, you may need to show a recent utility billing statement, or a lease, to verify your new address.  The auditor's office will be open on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The auditor's office is located at the Plymouth County courthouse.


Iowa Great Lakes Sees Fish Kill

OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) - A fish kill at the Iowa Great Lakes in northwest Iowa has stumped experts.
White and yellow bass in the lower part of the chain are being affected.
Iowa Natural Resources Department biologist Mike Hawkins says that preliminary results from samples don't show any killer virus or bacteria. He says there's no danger to humans.
The fatality rate has dropped, but dead fish are still surfacing. Hawkins says the number is significant, but he doesn't have an exact count.
The Iowa Great Lakes are composed of several glacial lakes in Dickinson County. The three principal lakes are Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake.



Davenport To Purchase Casino

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport is moving ahead with a $46 million plan to buy the Rhythm City riverboat casino.
The Quad City-Times ( says the City Council on Wednesday voted 9-1 in favor of the purchase term sheet.
Most aldermen see the deal as a way to gain control over a revenue stream. The city received $1.6 million in debt service casino tax and leases in fiscal 2012. The casino earned over $10 million such things as interest and taxes.
The Isle of Capri owns the casino. The nonprofit Riverboat Development Group holds the gambling license. The city plans to pay for the casino through the sale of general obligation bonds to be
paid for with casino revenue.
The city would operate the casino in the riverboat until a land-based casino could open.




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