Friday Afternoon News, May 6
Hundreds Help Pack Meals For Honduras
(Le Mars) -- Several hundred people from Gehlen Catholic School, Opportunities Unlimited, and from the general community are busy packing meals as part of the "Then Feed Just One" program. The packaged meals consist of rice, soy protein, freeze dried vegetables and a powdered vitamin supplement. As of 11:30 this morning, the gathering were able to package over 100,000 meals that are destined to Honduras. The "Then Feed Just One" program was also able to achieve another milestone. At about 9:30 this morning, the one millionth packaged meal was sealed in a box. Richard Sievert, the coordinator for "Then Feed Just One" says the one millionth meal represents the entire year's of meal packaging events that included Remsen St. Mary's and Granville Spalding. The event continues this afternoon. If you would like to participate in the "Then Feed Just One" program, or donate, you can contact Gehlen High School at 546-4181.
Sioux City Hard Rock Casino To Host 9-11 Exhibit
(Sioux City) -- An exhibit highlighting the heroism and tragedy of the September 11th attacks on America has opened at Sioux City's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is on display at Battery Park now through next Wednesday. It's presented by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a New York firefighter who gave his life on 9/11 responding to the World Trade Center attacks. Lisa Reese is the coordinator for the traveling exhibit, and says Siller had just ended his shift and was headed to play golf with his brothers, when he heard of the planes striking the Twin Towers.
Four retired New York City firefighters that were there that day will guide the tours at the exhibit and speak of their own experiences on that fateful day. Reese says we should recall how the emergency responders lived and performed in the face of danger during the events of 9-11.
The 11-hundred square foot exhibit includes steel beams from the towers, videos, and recordings of first-responder radio transmissions. The 9/11 exhibit is free of charge and will be open to the public weekdays from 2:30 p-m to 9 p-m, and on the weekend Saturday from 10 a-m to 9 p-m and Sunday at 9 a-m. Morning weekday hours are reserved for school children tours.
Former Hostess Bakery Turns Into Brewery
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Falls brewery's planned renovation of the former downtown Hostess Wonder Bread building is set to receive $1.24 million in historic preservation tax credits.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced Thursday that Single Speed Brewing would receive the tax credits for the project.
The brewery is planning a $6 million renovation of the former Campbell Baking Co. building to house a production brewery, beer garden, restaurant and coffee shop.
Single Speed founder Dave Morgan says the approval and a pending report on eligibility from the National Park Service were vital to starting construction.
The tax credits can be sold to investors to assist with the cost of the project. They require that the work meets historic design standards.
Powerball Jackpot Passes $400 Million
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $415 million, making it the largest since a record-setting prize in January.
Winning numbers for the game will be drawn Saturday night, and if no one has the lucky ticket, the prize will likely grow substantially by the next drawing Wednesday.
Although $415 million is nothing to turn your nose up at, it's far smaller than the largest-ever $1.6 billion jackpot that prompted some to wait in hours-long lines outside lottery retailers. Three people bought winning tickets for that prize in January.
Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million