Friday News, October 26
Record Land Sale in Sioux County
BOYDEN, Iowa (AP) - Some farmland near Boyden in Sioux County may have set a new sale record.
The 80.5-acre plot sold on Thursday for $21,900 an acre.
The auction company, Vander Werff and Associates Inc., says the land has an estimated corn yield of 110 bushels and soybean yield of 43 bushes. Auction spokesman Todd Hattermann declined to name
the buyer. The seller is Henry Boelsman, a longtime farmer.
In December, a 74-acre plot near Hull, also in Sioux County, sold for $20,000 an acre.
A survey of real estate agents estimated the average farmland value in 2011 was $6,708 an acre. That's up over 32 percent from 2010.
Auditor's Office To Be Open On Saturday
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Auditor's office will be open tomorrow, as well as next Saturday for the purpose of registering people to vote, and to have people vote absentee. Stacy Feldman, Plymouth County Auditor says Saturday is the last day to register, however, you can register the day of the election under certain circumstances.
Feldman says if you have moved to Plymouth County, you can use your Iowa driver's license.
Feldman says if you are a new resident to Plymouth County, you may need to show a recent utility billing statement, or a lease, to verify your new address. The auditor's office will be open on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The auditor's office is located at the Plymouth County courthouse.
Iowa Great Lakes Sees Fish Kill
OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) - A fish kill at the Iowa Great Lakes in northwest Iowa has stumped experts.
White and yellow bass in the lower part of the chain are being affected.
Iowa Natural Resources Department biologist Mike Hawkins says that preliminary results from samples don't show any killer virus or bacteria. He says there's no danger to humans.
The fatality rate has dropped, but dead fish are still surfacing. Hawkins says the number is significant, but he doesn't have an exact count.
The Iowa Great Lakes are composed of several glacial lakes in Dickinson County. The three principal lakes are Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake.
Davenport To Purchase Casino
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport is moving ahead with a $46 million plan to buy the Rhythm City riverboat casino.
The Quad City-Times (http://bit.ly/XZxi07) says the City Council on Wednesday voted 9-1 in favor of the purchase term sheet.
Most aldermen see the deal as a way to gain control over a revenue stream. The city received $1.6 million in debt service casino tax and leases in fiscal 2012. The casino earned over $10 million such things as interest and taxes.
The Isle of Capri owns the casino. The nonprofit Riverboat Development Group holds the gambling license. The city plans to pay for the casino through the sale of general obligation bonds to be
paid for with casino revenue.
The city would operate the casino in the riverboat until a land-based casino could open.