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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.

 

   

Healthy Holiday Eating Without Depriving Yourself

(Le Mars) -- What's that statistic?  The average American gains 7-10 pounds

between Thanksgiving and Christmas?  Don't be a part of the statistic, there are

ways to enjoy your favorite holiday foods, without packing on so many pounds.

Here's some tips from Tonya Huenink, registered dietician with Le Mars Hy-Vee, regarding how to

make holiday eating a little healthier.  Before you go grocery shopping for the big meal this week,

Huenink says to consider some ingredient substitutions that no one will notice.

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Another way to get more out of your foods and save on sodium is to use fresh

ingredients.


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Huenink says one of her favorite substitutions is Greek Yogurt in exchange for

sour cream or mayonnaise.


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Greek Yogurt is not only fat free, but it adds protein to the recipe, which

helps make you feel more full.  In regards to baking, you can substitute half your oil or butter with

unsweetend applesauce.  Huenink says you can also reduce sugar by a quarter without anyone

noticing.

 

PART 2

(Le Mars) -- Whose not guilty of standing by the food table and grazing all night long?   Tonya

Huenink, registered dietician with Le Mars Hy-Vee, suggests in preparing for

such a party to eat BEFORE you go! She says not to save up the calories by

skipping meals.

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Another way to not tip the scale at a holiday party is to survey all the options

before you start filling your plate.  Huenink explains...

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Two final thoughts on holiday party eating...share!  Potluck portions should be

smaller.  If you only want a taste of a dessert, cut it in half.  Some one is

bound to grab the other portion.  Finally, get your treats and walk away from

the food table.  Strike up conversation on the other side of the room instead of

hovering over the goodies.


PART 3

(Le Mars) -- We continue our tips for healthy holiday eating with another

tip for watching the calories at holiday gatherings.  Fun with family and

friends this time of year often involves beverages that we don't normally

consume.  Before you sip on that ice cream drink or egg nog, Tonya Huenink,

registered dietician with Le Mars Hy-Vee, says to keep in mind that just because

it's a beverage, doesn't mean it's calorie free.

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PART 4

(Le Mars) -- Here's a re-cap of a few of the tips. 

Substitute a few ingredients here and there to make a recipe a little better for

you: use low sodium cream of mushroom soup in the green bean casserole, or Greek

yogurt instead of sour cream in your veggie dip.  When baking, substitute half

the butter or oil with applesauce and cut down your sugar, nobody will ever

know.  When heading to your a holiday party, don't show up starving.  Eat a high

fiber breakfast that morning, and a snack before you go.  Also, be mindful of

high calorie holiday drinks like egg nog, or anything ice cream based.  Opt for

a glass of wine and save yourself about 200 calories!

Huenink says that regardless of whether or not you eat yourself silly this

Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the best thing to do is move on

the next day and get some exercise.

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And hey, don't worry about waiting for the close parking spot...park far away

and walk yourself to the after-Thanksgiving sale!

   

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