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Deer Causes Motorcycle Accident

(Sioux City) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department is investigating a motorcylce accident that occured Thursday afternoon leaving the driver injured.  Tracy Ehlers, age 38, of Sioux City was riding his motorcycle on county road C-80 near Grouse Avenue when a deer entered the roadway. Ehlers struck the deer and was thrown from the motorcycle.  Ehlers was not wearing a helmet during the accident.  Ehlers was treated at the scene and transported to Mercy Medical Center by Siouxland Paramedics.  Ehlers had what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.  A check with Mercy Medical Center indicated a condition report was not available for Ehlers.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Hinton Fire and Rescue Department, the Iowa Highway Patrol, and the Siouxland Paramedics.

 

(LeMars) -- Van's Sanitation will be conducting a special "trash pick-up" the week following Thanksgiving on an "as needed and as requested basis."  The week after Thanksgiving is scheduled to be a recycle pick-up week, and Van's will pick-up recycled products.  As an added service, Van's will empty your trash tote that week if you call and request the service.  Residents will need to call Van's Sanitation at 548-4644 in advance to request the special trash pick-up.  There will be no additional charge to the residents for this service, but it will only be provided for those people who call and request it.

(LeMars) -- LeMars City Hall has available free of charge, the 2012 recycling/garbage schedules.  The schedules are a handy pocket-sized magnet detailing which week is scheduled for recycling and which week is scheduled for trash pick up.  The recycling/trash magnets can be picked up at the city hall office.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A report shows that public school enrollment in Iowa is projected to rise 2.4 percent during the next five years.
     If that happens, it will break a trend of declining enrollment stretching back more than a decade.
     A  preview of the state's annual education report notes that Iowa has about 1,000 fewer public school students than 20 years ago.
     During the last school year, the biggest enrollment gains were in metro areas of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
     The report shows students are increasingly concentrated in urban areas, with 9 percent of districts now educating 49 percent of Iowa students.
     Some of the biggest gains have been among minority students, who make up 19 percent of Iowa's student population.
    

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says he was stunned by the incredible legal work done by attorneys who settled a class-action lawsuit alleging price-fixing conspiracies in the concrete
industry.
     U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett said that in his 36 years as a lawyer, he's never been prouder than when he saw lawyers for both sides "plying their chosen craft" and putting their clients'
interests ahead of their own.
     He compared watching them work to seeing famous pieces of art such as the Mona Lisa and said he was "overcome with a rare and gargantuan sense of awe that will likely last a lifefime."
     Bennett made the comments in an order last week awarding $6.7 million in legal fees to attorneys who represented customers who overpaid for concrete. They negotiated an $18.5 million settlement.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the Northern District of Iowa collected nearly $6 million in criminal and civil actions during the most recent fiscal year.   U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose said Thursday that of that amount, more than $4 million was collected in criminal actions and another $1.8 collected in civil actions. Additionally, the office collected nearly $2.4 million in criminal and civil forfeitures.  The U.S. attorneys' offices are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims.  The Department of Justice says it collected over $6.5 billion in debts nationwide in fiscal 2011. It was the second consecutive year the amount surpassed $6 billion.

 

 

   

LeMars Police Investigate Auto Burglaries

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Police Department is seeking assistance from the community for information in a recent string of vehicle burglaries.  Since the first of November, numerous vehicles have been entered in various locations throughout LeMars.  Item taken include electronic devices, cash, and miscellaneous items.  In almost every case of these burglaries, the vehicles were left unlocked.  The LeMars Police Department recommends that citizens lock their vehicles at all times.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the LeMars Police Department or Crime Stoppers.


(LeMars) -- LeMars City Hall has available free of charge, the 2012 recycling/garbage schedules.  The schedules are a handy pocket-sized magnet detailing which week is scheduled for recycling and which week is scheduled for trash pick up.  The recycling/trash magnets can be picked up at the city hall office. 

(Sioux City) -- SIOUX GATEWAY AIRPORT WILL LIKELY HAVE NEW AIR SERVICE TO CHICAGO BEGINNING EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE AIRPORT BOARD UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO RECCOMEND THAT AMERICAN EAGLE AIRLINES BECOME SIOUX CITY'S NEW AIRLINE REPLACING DELTA'S MINNEAPOLIS ROUTE WITH TWO DAILY FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO.

THE CHANGE TO AMERICAN EAGLE WAS CAUSED BY DELTA THREATENING TO PULL OUT OF SIOUX CITY WITHOUT A FEDERAL SUBSIDY.

AIRPORT BOARD PRESIDENT DAN KAPLAN SAYS THAT LACK OF COMMITMENT FROM DELTA WAS A FACTOR IN CHANGING AIR CARRIERS.


AIRPORT BOARD MEMBERS WERE IMPRESSED WITH AMERICAN'S OFFER WHICH INCLUDED A PROMISE TO MARKET THE CITY AS A DESTINATION AND CONSIDER ADDING A SOUTHERN ROUTE TO DALLAS IF THE CHICAGO FLIGHTS ARE SUCCESSFUL.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION  WILL SOON ACT UPON THE RECCOMENDATION TO PROVIDE A TWO YEAR FEDERAL SUBSIDY FOR AMERICAN EAGLE.  Meanwhile, Delta Airlines that currently serves the Sioux Gateway airport at Sioux City is dropping a couple of flights next week.  A move that isn't going over too well with airport and city officials, especially when it comes during the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

 

 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Creighton University economist says the rural economy for 10 Midwestern states appears to be on the upswing. The survey of bankers released yesterday finds the farm
economy growing at a "very healthy pace."
     Creighton professor Ernie Gross in Omaha says the results were helped by higher prices for farmland.
     The survey of bankers released Thursday finds the farm economy growing at a "very healthy pace." The Rural Mainstreet Index jumped from 52.9 last month to 58.4 this month, the highest since
June 2007. Anytime the index, which ranges from 1 to 100, is above 50, it suggests the economy in the states surveyed will grow.

 

(Omaha) -- Farmers National Company, the nation's leading agricultural services company, reports that demand for farmland is at an all-time high -- based on a record number of transactions, pushing sales prices up 20 percent, on average over 2010.  Strong grain prices and farmland profits are fueling record demand, sales volumes and land prices.  These same factors are also resulting in record increases in cash rent levels.  Jim Farrell, president of Farmers National Company, says cash rents in the top production areas have increased by 25 to 40 percent in 2011, some of the largest jumps the market has ever seen.  On the real estate side, market dynamics indicate there are still more potential buyers than sellers, with the possibility to push land prices higher.  Fiscal year sales at Farmers National Company increased by 17 percent over 2010 transactions.  The company sold over $450 million in real estate, with over 750 farm and ranch units.

(Undated) -- The auto club AAA is predicting 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holdiday weekend.  That's a four percent increase from the 40.9 million people who traveled one year ago.  The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 23rd to Sunday, November 27th.  AAA is projecting an increase in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year, due mostly to pent-up demand from Americans who may have foregone holiday travel the last three years.  While primary economic drivers continue to show improvement from one year ago, growth levels are not high enough to support a quick return to pre-recession levels of holiday travel.  Rather a slow climb back is expected from 2008 which was a decade-low year Thanksgiving travel with only 37.8 million Americans taking a trip.  With volumes still below historical averages, pent-up demand will be a contributing factor in increased holiday travel, despite current economic conditions.

 

   

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