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Thursday Afternoon News, September 13

Beef Products, Incorporated Suing ABC News

(Dakota Dunes, SD) -- Dakota Dunes based B-P-I has filed a $1.2 Billion  lawsuit against ABC News and the American Broadcasting Company for knowingly and intentionally publishing false and disparaging statements regarding B-P-I and its product known as lean Finely Textured Beef.  The 250 page lawsuit was filed in Union County District Court in South Dakota Thursday morning.

Dan Webb, chairman of the Winston and Strawn law firm that is representing the company, says ABC News launched a long term sustained vicious attack of misinformation against B-P-I.

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Webb says the lawsuit takes issue with the term "Pink Slime" which how many of the news reports referred to B-P-I's product.

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Webb says he will tell a jury that 30 years of hard work and production of a good product were decimated in the 30 days of ABC's reports.  

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The company estimates it lost $400 million in profits, so they are asking for triple damages as specified under South Dakota's food disparagment statute, as well as additional punitive damages.

A statement from ABC News says the lawsuit is without merit.


Correctionville To Get New Grocery Store

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Community volunteers in the  town of Correctionville are building a new grocery store to replace one destroyed in a 2009 fire.
For the last three years, Correctionville residents have had to make a near hour-long round trip to neighboring towns to buy groceries.
But in May, volunteers came together to build a new store in downtown Correctionville.
The new store, called "The Mercantile," will be managed and owned by Mark and Dawn McCrea of Correctionville. It is set to open around Christmas or early next year.
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Floyd Valley Garden Club To Give Away Daffodils

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau has again awarded a Daffodil beautification grant to the Floyd Valley Garden Club.  Last fall, residents along Central Avenue South were offered 20 free King Alfred daffodils by the two groups.  Those flowers bloom in April.  Beginning Sunday, September 16th, and continuing next week, club members will canvas this year's planting routes.  Frank Summerside of the Floyd Valley Garden Club explains why the club decided on daffodils.
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The Floyd Valley Garden Club distributed 1200 bulbs last year along Central Avenue South.  Residents were given 20 free bulbs along with planting instructions.  This year, Summerside says the club wants to focus on Central Avenue North

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In addition to Central Avenue North, the local garden club will also focus on Highway 3.

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Summerside says if you passed on the opportunity last year, you can contact the Floyd Valley Garden Club and be included in the project for this year.


Iowa Health Officials Want Students To Be Immunized Against Whooping Cough

(Des Moines) -- Iowa public health officials want next year's seventh-graders to get a booster shot for whooping cough to boost their immunity before they go to school.
Iowa has seen a surge in the disease over the past year, especially among adolescents.  State
medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says the increase is because their immunity wanes in the years after they're vaccinated as babies and toddlers.
So far this year, Iowa has had 1,085 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis. That's up nearly five times the number reported in 2011.
Quinlisk spoke Wednesday to the Iowa Board of Health, which will decide later this year whether to add the middle-school pertussis booster to the vaccinations young children are required to have
before entering grade school.

 

Iowa DHS Failed To Guard Against Fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new federal report says the Iowa Department of Human Services has failed to adequately guard against fraud in its state-run child care program for the poor.
The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the report Monday. It says the state agency's process of paying claims within the program has left it vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse. The program provides about $88 million worth of assistance to families
each year.
The report estimates that between April 2010 and March 2011, the state agency had paid out $21.7 million in questionable claims.
The state agency agreed with most of the inspector general's recommendations, but said some of the criticisms were unfounded.

 




 

   

Thursday News, September 13

B-P-I To File Defamation Lawsuit

(Dakota Dunes, SD) -- Beef Products Incorporated will announce a major lawsuit regarding defamation of their Lean Finely Textured Beef.  The company will conduct a news conference this morning at its corporate headquarters in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota to discuss details of the lawsuit.
The company was forced to close three of its four beef processing plants this past year after national media reports referred to its beef in derogatory terms and alleged that the meat was potentially unsafe.
B-P-I has provided consumers with safe lean beef for 30 years.


Third Grade Students To Participate On Farm Tour

(Le Mars) -- Third grade students from Le Mars Community, Gehlen Catholic, Remsen Union and Remsen St. Mary's will have the opportunity to visit four different farms today.  Its all part of the Elementary Agricultural Tour sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee.  The tour will include four different types of farms, a dairy operation, a beef operation, a swine farm, and a sheep farm.  The tour is to teach the students about where our food comes from and to learn more about Iowa agriculture.  The tour has been active for several decades.  Mark Loutsch owns a sheep farm and has hosted the agricultural tour for more than 15 years. He says he wants the students to get a better understanding of how his farming business works, and how the crops he grows has a relationship with his livestock.
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He says the students ususally ask several questions, and he says that helps them better understand agriculture.
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Teachers and administration officials like the tour.  After the tour, the students will gather at the Cleveland Park for a picnic meal consisting of grilled hamburgers.

 

Despite Drought, Ag Exports Still Holding Strong

(Boone) -- Iowa farmers have benefited in recent years from both grain and livestock agricultural exports that have been on the rise.  However, with the summer drought, there is some concern that Iowa farmers may not be able to meet the demands from foreign nations, and those customers may go elsewhere to purchase grain, oilseeds, and meat products.  Grant Kimberly serves as the Marketing Development Director with the Iowa Soybean Association.  He says foreign nations are still coming to the United States for their food supply.

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Besides China, Kimberly talks about other nations that are buying U-S agricultural goods.

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The drought has slowed down some transportation of ag goods, mainly because of the lower levels of the Mississippi River which has prevented barge traffic.  However, Kimberly says farmers are instead looking to market their products through the Pacific Northwest.

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Kimberly says 25 to 30 percent of all soybeans and soybean meal is exported through the Pacific Northwest.

 

Fall Clean Up Days

(Le Mars) -- Two days remain for the Le Mars clean up.  The city has declared an amnesty from the landfill disposal cost, therefore, up to 1000 pounds per household of "throw away" material delivered to the landfill will be paid by the city of Le Mars.  Items that are included with the amnesty are furniture, construction and demolition that includes wooden items like fence posts, scrap lumber, windows, doors, sinks, toilets, and screens.  Metal items are being accepted, and white goods are also being accepted during this amnesty clean up week, although there is a $10 charge per item demanufacturing charge at the time of drop off.  Normal household garbage and yard waste are NOT included or are tires, and hazardous waste.  A year ago, Le Mars residents threw away more than 107 tons of waste products, which was the most in the five year history of the program.  Residents are asked to take the waste items to the Plymouth county landfill themselves, as there is no curbside pickup for this program.  The county landfill is open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday.


Latinos Encouraged To Vote During November

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - Political strategists and a prominent advocacy group say Iowa's growing Latino population could play a more powerful role in this year's presidential campaign.
Iowa's Latino population increased 84 percent between 2000 and 2010, to more than 151,000. That's about 5 percent of the overall total.
The League of Latino United Citizens is conducting a first-of-its-kind effort to identify Latino voters in Iowa and increase their turnout. The group says it has identified 35,000 Latino voters from previous elections, and is aiming to sign up 15,000 more before November.
While the Hispanic community might still only make up 3 percent of Iowa's electorate, strategists say even a modest increase could be meaningful if the race here is close between President Barack
Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

 

Search Group Organized For UNI President

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A 21-member committee has been formed to search for the next president of the University of Northern Iowa.
The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the members of the search and screen committee, which includes regents, professors, administrators and leaders of faculty, staff and
student groups. The public members of the committee are three
leaders from the business world.
The group will search for a replacement for President Ben Allen, who has announced plans to step down when his successor comes on board. It will evaluate and filter out candidates and recommend a
handful as finalists to be brought to campus for interviews.
The board will make the final hiring decision.


Des Moines Selected For EPA Project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it has chosen Des Moines to participate in its Greening America's Capitals project making the city available for technical help to
improve an area of downtown.
The EPA will provide a team of designers and landscape architects that specialize in green infrastructure to help produce schematic designs and illustrations for improvements along a
one-mile stretch of Sixth Avenue.
The team will hold a three-day design workshop in Des Moines later this year or early next year.
Project designs include wider sidewalks, narrower traffic lanes, better lighting, improved bus stop shelters, permeable pavement, and rain gardens that can minimize storm water runoff.
The city plans to use the project to guide designs for other street improvements.

 







 



   

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