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Spencer Hunting Accident Injures Missouri Man

(Spencer) -- A hunting accident near Spencer, left a Missouri man injured after accidentially being shot.  Steve Nelson, 37, of Independence, Missouri, was hunting with two other people.  Nelson, and his hunting party were walking a fence line, hunting for pheasants when a 12 year old accidently discharged his shotgun.  Nelson was hit with shotgun pellets from a 12-gauge shot gun in the right hip, right wrist, and right arm.  He was transported to the Spencer Municpal Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Iowa Department of Natural Resources safety officer Marty Eby says the incident underscores the need for hunters to always be sure that their firearm is pointed in a safe direction.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - One person was injured in a house fire in Sioux City.
   Firefighters were called to the home Friday morning.
     Officials say three people were home. One resident suffered smoke inhalation but didn't go to the hospital. The homeowner's dog died as a result of the fire.
     Heat and smoke damage were reported throughout the home.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say no one was hurt after shots were fired outside a West Des Moines mall. Black Friday shoppers at Valley West Mall reported hearing three gunshots just before 4 a.m. The mall remained open and police say they've increased their presence around shopping areas.

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are facing a concern that is common for all county leaders.  Roads and bridges that need repairs, but there are not enough funds to finance every project that needs attention.  Craig Anderson, a supervisor from Merrill says the state has reduced the budget for road repairs and that places an added burden on county governments.  The county supervisors had to turn down a request by Eugene Plueger who was asking that a stretch of road measuring about a mile and a half be paved.  The road, is 150th Street and it goes by a cemetery.  Anderson says he understands the request for the road to be paved, and he agrees that if the road were paved, it would be nice, but it doesn't meet the critical priority needs. Anderson says Plymouth County is in perhaps a better financial position for road and bridge repairs than other counties.   Still, priorities need to be set.

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Anderson says the county was able to save some money with its own crew installing culverts in place of worn out bridges, and with a gravel project.

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Anderson says with the added heavier traffic on the county roads today, roads tend to be needing repairs on a more frequent basis.


(Des Moines) -- A special state committee is putting together specifications that will be followed for the sale or lease of Iowa's statewide fiber-optics network.  The committee was authorized by Governor Terry Branstad and the legislature to formulate the parameters that officials will use to solicit offers from private vendors who might be interested in leasing the Iowa Communications Network or buying it outright.
The network, which was built in the 1990's with federal money, is based in the Iowa National Guard headquarters.  It consists of more than 8,600 miles of fiber optic cable in public transportation right of ways.  Branstad has said he believes it can be transferred into private hands and that he is willing to entertain any viable offers.

(Undated) -- Yesterday was known as "Black Friday" but today is known as "Small Business Saturday".  It is a time when retailers want holiday shoppers to also think about buying their gifts from your local small business retailer, as opposed to a box store franchise outlet.  Kristin Kunert, Iowa's state director for the National Federation of Independent Business says "small business Saturday is about Main Street, not Wall Street.  She says small businesses constitute 97 percent of all of Iowa's employers, providing 51 percent of all private-sector jobs.  Kunert says Small Business Saturday is also about supporting the local economy.  She says the chain stores are owned by bigger companies that are probably based somewhere other than your hometownm but small businesses are usually owned by your neighbors.  Kunert says "when you shop at a small business, you're supporting your local economy and your local job base."




Customers Take Advantage of Black Friday Sales

(LeMars) -- Today is black Friday, a day when retailers open their stores at an earlier hour and offer sales and other reductions on goods.  It has become known as black Friday, because for many retailers they hope the sales will put them in the "black" or on the positive side of the financial balance ledger.  For many retailers, today's sales may mean the difference between having a good fourth quarter, or having a negative fourth quarter of sales. The LeMars Wal-mart store offered sales that started at 10:00 p.m. last evening.  Store officials report a rush of customers that took advantage of the early sales.  A store employee who wished not to be identified said the LeMars Wal-mart store had at least 500 customers.


(Sioux City) -- The Republican Party of Iowa will present the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate in Sioux City Convention Center on Thursday, December 15th at 8:00 p.m.  The debate will be moderated by Fox News' Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.  Tickets are now available for the debate.  Aran Rush, Director of the Sioux City Events Facilities Department says there is only one way that you can attend the event.  Rush says you have to become a sponsor of the debate.
Sponsorship starts at fifty dollars, which gets you a pair of general admission tickets to the debate.  Rush says 8 candidates are expected for the nationally televised debate and he's working to ensure proper security is in place.
Rush expects under 2000 people will be allowed into the debate.  The debate is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. but doors will open at 6:00 p.m.


(LeMars) -- We are starting to get a better picture as to how many traffic accidents occurred last weekend as a result of the ice covered roads.  The Iowa Highway Patrol has issued reports for 12 accidents within northwest Iowa.  Sioux County Sheriff's department is reporting that last Saturday and Sunday their communications center received 28 calls of accidents or vehicles in the ditch.  Plymouth County sheriff's department has not yet been able to finalize all of their reports, but the communications center thought they had at least 15 calls of people sliding off the road as a result of the ice.

(Lincoln,NE) -- The Iowa Hawkeyes will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in what many are calling the start of a new rivalry between the two college teams.  The American Red Cross, along with Hy-Vee supermarkets are promoting the game to be referred to as the "Heroes Game", and will honor two citizen heroes.  Representing Iowa will be Gary Launderville, the Buena Vista County sheriff from Storm Lake.   Launderville was chosen as the hero from the state of Iowa for his concern for children and for putting community safety ahead of personal safety.  Launderville and his wife, Sandy have fostered 125 children, seven of which they eventually adopted and joined their family of six.  Last January, Launderville was hit by an SUV and thrown 20 feet into the air when he was rescuing a mother and child stranded in a raging snowstorm.  At halftime, Launderville will be introduced to the crowd of 80,000 plus fans.  Prior to kick-off HyVee will present a check to the American Red Cross recognizing the important work of the American Red Cross in Iowa and Nebraska.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have noticed a spike in area counterfeiting cases.
Most of the cases involve counterfeit $20 bills. But Des Moines detective Tarry Pote says a man tried to use a counterfeit $100 at a convenience store on Monday. The clerk noticed it was a fake bill and kept it. The man left the store.
     Police say they have some leads and have made an arrest in one case.  The counterfeits will be given to the U.S. Secret Service which investigates counterfeiting nationwide. 





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