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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.

 







 



   

Wednesday News, September 12

Dr. Doorenbos Announces Retirement

(Le Mars) -- A longtime health care professional to the Le Mars community has decided to retire.  After 41 years, Dr. Daryl Doorenbos will leave his practice.  Dr. Doorenbos has announced his last day as a physician is scheduled for November 29th.


Floyd Valley Hospital Contributes To Community

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital provides $842,000 in community benefits to Plymouth County according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services.  That amount, based on 2011 figures, includes $640,000 in uncompensated care $202,000 in free or discounted community benefits that Floyd Valley Hospital specifically implements to help Plymouth County residents.  Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care.  Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt) community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.


Akron-Westfield Approves Physical Plant and Equipment Levy

(Akron) --  Akron-Westfield voters approved the school district's Physical Plant and Equipment Levy during a special election held yesterday.  A total of 387 people cast their vote during the special election, and the measure was approved by a 76 percent to 24 percent margin.  Home owners and land owners will be assessed one dollar for every $1,000 of value.  Officials believe it will generate about $160,000 on an annual basis for the Akron-Westfield school district.  School officials say the levy will help with the purchase of new computers and other needs for the school.

 

Farmers and Fire Officials Fight Field Fire

(Le Mars) -- Farmers and fire officials alike were battling the strong winds Tuesday afternoon when a soybean field caught fire.  Le Mars and Merrill fire and rescue units responded to the scene located near the intersection of County Roads K-42 and C-16, or about three miles north of Brunsville. The call came in at about 2:30 p.m. and within a half hour, fire officials were fortunate to have contained the fire.  Farmers from the area assisted fire officials by providing a bobcat skid loader and two large tractors pulling tandem disks to help smother the flames.  Approximately six acres of soybeans were lost to the fire.  It is not known how the fire started.  No farm equipment was lost as a result of the fire.

 

Le Mars Fire Department and Dean Foods To Hold Training

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will hold a special disaster training session in conjunction with Dean Foods scheduled for Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This training program was re-scheduled from two weeks ago.  The simulated disaster will deal with a truck carrying corrosive materials that is involved with an industrial accident.  Besides the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Departments, other area fire departments, along with the Sioux City Hazzard Materials Team will participate in the drill, as will the Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Police, and Floyd Valley Hospital.  The drill will be on the south side of Dean Foods, next to 12th Street Southwest.


Plymouth County Supervisors Hear Road Employees Contract Requests

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors heard the contract requests from the Plymouth County Secondary Road Employee Association during their regular meeting this
morning.  Curt Sitzmann was representing the employee association, and he spelled out the various requests.

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The other requests was to have a four hour minimum for on-call pay during the time when snow
and ice was to be cleared, and a two hour minimum for any other on-calls.  The county road employees were asking for an increase of pay from forty cents an hour to a dollar an hour pay increase when performing duties while on-call.


Judge Orders Hog Producer To Pay For Manure Spill

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - A Clay County judge has ordered a northwest Iowa hog producer to pay a $15,000 penalty for an illegal manure application last year that led to a fish kill.
The civil penalty was assessed Tuesday against Bruce Click, who owns and operates a 4,000 hog operation in Peterson, for applying the manure last September. Authorities say the manure flowed into a tributary of the Little Sioux River, resulting in water quality standard violations and a fish kill.
In the consent decree filed Tuesday, Click admitted to the violations and agreed to the penalty and a permanent injunction against further violations.

 

Spencer Police Looking For White Van

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Spencer police are searching for the driver of a white van who tried to make contact with some students at a playground in Spencer.
Police say a man in his 60s stopped at an elementary school Tuesday afternoon and motioned for the students to come over. Some teacher aides came outside and the man left.
Three similar incidents have been reported in Lyon and Dickinson counties in the past few weeks.
Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson says the suspect and vehicle description in Tuesday's incident are a close match to the others, but he can't say if the cases are linked.


DNA Proves Man's Guilt Of A Ten Year Old Rape Case

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are crediting a federal DNA database for nabbing a Nebraska sex offender in a 10-year-old Iowa sexual assault case.
The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/U7nPA9 ) that Mark Sands, a registered sex offender from Omaha, Neb., pleaded guilty to third-degree kidnapping and third-degree sexual
assault before his trial in Pottawattamie County was set to begin Tuesday. He had been charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, burglary, sexual abuse and three assault charges for a 2001 home invasion in which a Council Bluffs mother was raped and beaten and her 16-year-old disabled daughter tied up.
Sands was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.
The 51-year-old Sands was arrested last year after police said the national DNA database identified him as the man who raped the woman in October 2001.


Branstad Names New Public Safety Commissioner

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has named a new commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Branstad on Tuesday appointed 59-year-old K. Brian London to the post, replacing Larry Noble, who retired in July.
London has over 30 years in law enforcement, including the California Highway Patrol, the CIA, the Secret Service, the International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL, in France and with Florida's Department of Financial Services. Most recently, he was an independent security consultant in Florida.
Branstad says London has a "wealth of experience" to bring to Iowa. London begins his new job on Oct. 8.


Iowans Arrested For Transporting Juvenile Girls For Prostitution

CHICAGO (AP) - Two people in Iowa and one in Ohio have been arrested for allegedly transporting underage girls to Chicago for prostitution.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago said in a Tuesday statement that authorities launched an investigation in April after a 14-year-old girl snuck out of a hotel and called her mother in Iowa City. The mother then contacted police.
There are two other alleged victims - both 16 years old. The suspects are aged 19, 23 and 41. Federal authorities are seeking to have them sent to Chicago.
A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago charges each with one count of conspiracy to transport minors across state lines to engage in prostitution.
If convicted, each faces a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence and a maximum sentence of life.

 

 

   

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