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Tuesday News, September 18

Train - Car Collision At Hinton

(Hinton) -- Another car and train collision occurred last evening.  This time it was at County Road C-60 and Highway 75 at the intersection in the middle of Hinton.  Little is known about the accident at this time, other than it happened at about 7:50 p.m. and injuries were involved.  The Hinton Fire and Rescue Department was at the scene for nearly an hour.

 

Plymouth County Supervisors To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet today.  The supervisors are expected to certify and canvass the results of the Akron-Westfield Physical Plant and Equipment Levy vote for the Akron-Westfield school district.  The supervisors will review a letter to the Northwest Iowa Development regarding Foreign Trade Zone.  The supervisors will also review and approve the resignation of Blaine Donaldson for various county committees. County engineer, Tom Rohe will update the supervisors on construction projects, as well as review a request from Southern Sioux Rural Water association.


City Council To Discuss Westmar Buildings During Council Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will again discuss the Madison Avenue water main extension and improvements during their regularly scheduled meeting for today.  In addition, the city council will review a purchase proposal for the former Westmar College Charles Mock Library, as well as take action on the Kime Science Center asbestos removal.

 

National Farm Safety Week

(Le Mars) -- This week marks National Farm Safety Week.  A week devoted to the awareness of the many dangers on the farm.  La Vonne Galles, local coordinator of Agri-Safe of Plymouth County, a part of Floyd Valley Hospital, reminds farmers to know at all times where  children are located.  She says the grain trucks and wagons, and grain bins can often times be a "playground for children".  Tractor roll-overs, according to Galles,  still ranks as the top cause for farm related fatalities.  Galles says farmers need to keep all shields in place and to stop the machine before working on it to prevent entanglements.  Galles reminds farmers that they should have their equipment properly marked with slow moving vehicle signs and amber flashing lights when traveling on the roadways.  Since we have another dry year, Galles suggests farmers equip their combines with a fire extinguisher.  She also asks farmers to take some breaks during the hectic harvest season.
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Because of the drought, there are many corn fields that are affected with aflatoxin.  Galles says this year, farmers should wear a mask or a breathing apparatus when entering grain bins.
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Each year, there are more than 300 deaths due to farm-related accidents.

 

Farmers Are Three Weeks Ahead of Normal Schedule With Harvest

(Des Moines) -- Farmers are about three weeks ahead of normal harvesting schedules, according to the latest weekly crop report, and many farmers are reporting this year has been the earliest that they have been in the fields.  Farmers have been able to harvest at least 22 percent of the corn crop, and six percent of the soybean crop.  Northwest Iowa is leading the way for the soybean harvest with 12 percent already harvested.

 

Voters Choose Early Voting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Early voting appears to be gaining in popularity, with requests for ballots in Polk County about 30 percent higher than they were at this time in 2008.
Polk County Jamie Fitzgerald says that there had been 21,995 requests as of Monday. That's far ahead of the total in 2008 at this point, with about seven weeks before the election.
The secretary of state's office says more than 128,000 Iowans had requested ballots as of Friday. Nearly 70 percent were by Democrats and 12 percent Republicans.
David Kochel, with the Romney campaign, says the difference in the parties' early voting numbers is because Republicans focus on supporters who are less likely to vote, while Democrats encourage
early voters by anyone in the party.


Biden and Ryan Campaign in Iowa

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told voters in Iowa that the nation needs Mitt Romney to reduce government spending.
Vice President Joe Biden was in Iowa too, telling voters that Romney is "totally out of touch" with the realities that everyday Americans face.
The running mates visited Iowa on Monday to present two widely different views on the nation's future. They are scheduled to meet in a nationally televised debate next month.
Biden visited the Mississippi River town of Burlington while Ryan spoke to voters in the capital of Des Moines.
Ryan says that cutting back on government spending makes sense to the frugal residents of Iowa and those in his home state of Wisconsin. Biden assures Iowans that President Barack Obama
understands their lives.

 

 

   

Monday Afternoon News, September 17

Orange City Competing For "Prettiest Place"

(Des Moines) -- Orange City, Iowa is one of seven Iowa communities competing for the title of "Prettiest Painted Places in America."  The contest is sponsored by Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings.  The other Iowa communities vying for the title include: Adams County, Albia, Decorah, Greater Des Moines, Grinnell, and Pella.  Over the next few weeks, the Iowa communities will compete against nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research, and make selected site visits.  Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation's 12 "Prettiest Painted Places" will be revealed in mid-October.


Predicted Frost Should Not Harm Crops

(Le Mars) -- The weather forecast calls for some patchy frost that may occur this evening. Iowa State University crops specialist, Joel DeJong says the crops have matured to the point that a light frost perhaps would not do any damage.  DeJong says the corn is of full maturity, and soybeans have begun turning color.  He says once soybeans turn yellow and lose their leaves, frost usually doesn't hurt the yield potential.  DeJong warns gardeners may want to consider covering their sensitive plants.


Missing Missouri Man Found Near Onawa

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A missing Missouri man has been found by some hunters in western Iowa.
Authorities say 36-year-old Daniel Stockwell, of Meadville, Mo., was found Sunday morning near the Missouri River, west of Onawa.
He'd last been seen walking at the Whiting Marina on Wednesday.
Stockwell was taken to a hospital for observation.

 

Branstad Comments On BPI Lawsuit Against ABC News

(Des Moines) -- During his weekly news conference, Governor Terry Branstad was asked to comment on the Beef Products, Incorporated lawsuit against ABC News and ABC Network.
Branstad says the lawsuit filed by meat processor B-P-I will be hard to win, but it's a legal fight worth waging.

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B-P-I is suing A-B-C and others for repeated use of a derogatory term to describe the company's lean, finely-textured beef.

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Branstad says there "ought to be consequences" for broadcasting "inaccurate" information about lean, finely-textured beef.

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An A-B-C vice president has said the lawsuit is "without merit" and said the company will "contest it vigorously." According to court documents, B-P-I lost 80 percent of its business in a month because of the negative publicity and closed three of its four plants, including one in Waterloo where 220 people were employed. Iowa's governor suggests lean, finely-textured beef could make a comeback on the market.
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Most legal experts say for B-P-I's defamation lawsuit to succeed, the company will have to prove the defendants intended to cause harm with their reports.

 

Vice President Candidates In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Both vice presidential candidates will spend their afternoon in Iowa, with Democrat Joe Biden in Burlington and Republican Paul Ryan in Des Moines.
Biden will speak Monday afternoon at the Port of Burlington in the Mississippi River town as he begins a two-day trip to Iowa.  He'll hold events Tuesday in Ottumwa and Grinnell.
Ryan will hold a Monday afternoon event at a downtown Des Moines hotel. That's a change from earlier plans to hold an outdoor rally at the downtown Simon Estes Amphitheater.
The stops continue a string of visits to Iowa by the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Iowa is one of about six battleground states that likely will decide whether Democratic President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins the Nov. 6 presidential election.

 

 

   

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