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South Sioux Slain Woman Identified

(South Sioux) -- South Sioux City Police have identified the slain woman who was murdered in her home on Friday, but they are still looking for the South Sioux City man accused of killing his live-in girl friend.  The victim has been identified as  47 year old Kelly Alspach.  Alspach, who resided at 300 East 23rd street, was first reported missing on Oct. 13 because she hadn't shown up for work for four days.   When the Police and Dakota County sheriff's deputies checked out the residence, they noticed several days worth of newspapers had piled up at the door.  The police entered the home and found the body of Alspach,inside an enclosed space under a window seat. She wouldn't have been able to breathe.   An autopsy revealed that Alspach died from  a blow to the head and positional asphyxia.  An arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of 53 year old John P. Baker for second degree murder. The court affidavit says Baker has medical problems, including depression.  The investigation is still ongoing.

 

(Des Moines) -- Due to cooler temperatures and some scattered showers, there has been some confusion as to whether or not the burn ban still exists.  Officials with the state fire marshall's office say the burn ban for 28 Iowa counties, including Plymouth County, and most of all northwest Iowa does indeed still remain in effect.  State Fire Marshall spokesman Ron Humphrey says dry vegetation is only part of the problem.  He says strong winds can add to an already dangerous situation.

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Many of the counties have had the bans in place for three weeks due to little or no rain.  Humphrey says much of Iowa could use a good soaking.

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Officials this month have responded to several fires in farm fields that were sparked my the combination of dry vegetation, overheated machinery, and strong winds.   

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the 2012 Farm Bill must stay focused on providing effective aid to farmers affected by natural disasters, while increasing research
funding and maintaining a commitment to conservation.  Vilsack says Congress also needs to focus on improving markets for U.S. products.
     He outlined his priorities for the Farm Bill during a speech Monday at the John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny.  He says research funding has been stagnant since the 1990s and without increasing funding, productivity could suffer at a time when global demand for food is rising.
     The current $284 billion bill, approved in 2008, expires in September 2012. About 75 percent of funding goes toward food nutrition programs but it also supports commodity crops, livestock,
research, energy and rural development.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is creating a new advisory board that will offer ideas for creating jobs, finding new markets for Iowa goods and improving the state's economy.
     Branstad announced the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress board Monday, saying it would take a proactive approach to economic development.
     The board will have up to 15 members, including the governor or someone designated as his representative and three other state officials. The other members will be people from businesses or
others with experience in private-sector job creation and economic development.
     Apart from the officials, board members won't be paid. The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

    

 

 

   

EPA Finishes Testing LeMars Soil

(LeMars) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it has completed the initial passive soil gas sampling in support of a preliminary assessment in LeMars.  The EPA will analyise the recent soil tests conducted around the downtown region of LeMars to assess the potential contamination in soil and ground water which may have originated from a subsurface source.  Initial tests found the chemical tetrachloroethene or PCE.  PCE is a chorinated hydrocarbon solvent commonly used in dry-cleaning fluid, spot removers, and degreasers.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening, and they will hear a report from Williams and Company concerning the school's audit.  The financial highlights show the school district had an increase of revenue during this last year over the previous year, while expenditures had decreased last year from the previous year.  In addition to the audit report, the school board will hear a report about the pre-school program at Clark Elementary.


(South Sioux) -- South Sioux City Police are investigating a homicide of a woman.  Police were notified that the owner of the residence at 300 East 23rd street had not been seen for several days.  When the Police had gone to the residence, they noticed several days worth of newspapers had piled up at the door.  The police entered the home and found the body of a woman.  An autopsy revealed that the resident did not die of natural causes and an arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of John P. Baker for second degree murder.  Reports indicate that Baker was last seen in the Norfolk area.  The investigation is still ongoing.

 
(LeMars) -- Today is the last day to make reservations for the Floyd Valley Hospital's "Pink Ribbon Night".  The Breast Cancer Awareness program will feature two speakers, LeMars' own Dr. Aquino who will talk about how breast cancer does not discriminate, as it can strike anyone, females and even males.  The keynote address will be delivered by author and image consultant, Jill Swanson of Rochester, Minnesota.  Tickets are $20 and for more information contact Kari Daale of the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Pink Ribbon Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at the LeMars Convention Center.


(Des Moines) -- Pork producers, through the efforts of the national pork check-off program, have been working with several fast food restaurants getting them to offer more pork-related sandwiches.  With few exceptions, it seems as though the fast food restaurants choose not to offer the pork sandwich entrees as a full-time menu item.  Rather it is offered as a special promotional item for a limited time.  The best example is McDonald's McRib sandwich.  McDonald's have announced the popular boneless barbecue pork sandwich that is not always available in stores will be sold at all U.S. locations, starting today, but only until November 14th.  Joyce Hoppes is the consumer information director with the Iowa Pork Producers Association and offers an explaination as to why restaurants may not offer pork on a full-time basis.
 

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Hoppes says several restaurants have introduced a pork item recently, including McDonald's with its sausage burito wraps, Burger King with rib bits,  Hardee's/Carl Jr with the Ham and Swiss cheese sandwich along with the Bacon cheeseburger, Subway with its shredded pulled pork sandwich, and most recently KFC.  The restaurant best known for serving chicken is using bacon bits as a sprinkeled topping for its all in one meal.  Hoppes says bacon is the one pork item that seems to appeal to everyone.

 

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The pork official says the pork industry continues to work with restaurants introducing new types of pork products.

 

   

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