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Sioux City Police Set Up Drug Drop Off

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the fall National Prescription Drug take-back program.  The program takes place today between 10:00 and 2:00.  This is an opportunity for millions of Americans  to turn in their unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications.  Expired medications are a public safety issue, often leading to accidential poisoning, overdose and abuse.  The four Sioux City locations include the downtown Walgreens, Southern Hills Hy-Vee, Westside Fareway, and the Floyd Blvd. Wal-Mart store.  According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most prevalent category of drug abuse in the United States. Studies also showed that the majority of teenagers using prescription drugs got them from family and friends.  Recent Environmental Protection Agency studies have detected pharmaceutical drugs in varying concentrations in our nation's ground water supplies, so safe disposal is preferable to flushing medications down the toilet.

 

(LeMars) -- LeMars Fire Chief, Dave Schipper wants to remind Plymouth County residents that the county still remains in a burning ban.  Strong Winds and continued dry conditions have prompted authorities to continue the burn ban.  Anyone that disobeys the county-wide burn ban could be subject to fines and even possible jail time.  Sioux City and other neighboring fire departments had to fight a large grass fire that had burned nearly 30 acres of land near Stone Park on Thursday evening.


(LeMars) -- Today is the start of pheasant hunting season for Iowa.  Bob Peutz serves as the president of the Plymouth County chapter of Pheasants Forever.  He believes the pheasant population may be down this year, but he says he was surprised last weekend.

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Peutz says hunters will benefit from the early harvest.

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Peutz says since there are fewer birds, that may lead to fewer hunters on opening weekend.  He says the lower pheasant populations are due to the harsh winters and wet springs, along with the loss of habitat.  Peutz says because of higher land prices and commodity prices, farmers are tempted to remove their land from the Conservation Reserve Program, and place those acres back into production.  Peutz says the local Pheasants Forever chapter have teamed up with surrounding counties to hire a biologist to help reverse the declining pheasant population.

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Peutz believes farmers will be asked to place grass filter strips along creeks and streams, and he thinks that may bring back the pheasant populations.

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa transportation officials say a flood-damaged stretch of Interstate 680 north of Council Bluffs that links Iowa and Nebraska will reopen much sooner than expected.
     Officials say all four lanes on a 3-mile stretch of I-680 from I-29 to the Missouri River will reopen on Wednesday. Officials had targeted the end of the year, but crews have been working almost 24-hours a day on the $19 million project since Sept. 28 to get the highway ready for traffic.
     The highway had some of the worst damage from a summer of flooding on the Missouri River.
     Gov. Terry Branstad will be joined by Victor Mendez of the Federal Highway Administration and officials from Iowa and Nebraska during Wednesday's ceremony.

 

   

Civil War Presentation at Plymouth Co. Museum

(LeMars) -- 150 years ago the Civil War began and this Sunday at the Plymouth County Historical Museum local Civil War historian Nathan Summerside will give a presentation about Iowa's role in the Civil War.  Summerside says Iowans entered the war in May of 1861 after President Lincoln had asked for 75,000 volunteer soldiers.  Through a series of companies and regiments, Iowa would put together about a 1000 men which would fight the battle of Wilson's Creek in Missouri which would be the first battle west of the Mississippi River.  Summerside says there were about 20 people from Plymouth County, and several others from Sioux City, who participated in the Civil War. 

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At the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Summerside says there was some confusion over who was fighting on which side.  He also says both the Confederate and the Union sides claimed victory at Wilson's Creek.

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Summerside says General Nathanal Lyon was the first Union general to lose his life during the Wilson's Creek battle.  For Summerside, he says his interest of the civil war began while he was a pre-teen and looking at old copies of National Geographic magazines in his grandparent's attic.

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Summerside says he will place on display a model of the battlefield and using a pointer, he will show how the two forces marched into battle at Wilson's Creek.  That presentation is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Attendees are encouraged to also visit the Civil War trailer, compliments of the Iowa Historical Society which will remain on display through Sunday.   

 

   

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