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Saturday Afternoon News, January 6th


Fareway Tells Employees No More Tobacco

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A major Iowa grocery retailer has announced it will no longer allow its employees to use tobacco products on company property, including stores in Nebraska.
Fareway Food Stores implemented the policy, effective Monday. Under the new policy, smoking and the use of any other tobacco or tobacco-like products such as electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco is banned on all company property.
Store officials say employees will only be allowed to use FDA-approved nicotine products aimed to help smokers quit.
Caitlyn Ferin, a member of Fareway’s Corporate Wellness Team, says it’s important to the company to “create a healthy work environment for our employees.”
Fareway operates more than 100 stores in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and Minnesota.



185th Air National Guard Unit Honored

(Sioux City) — Sioux City’s 185th Air National Guard Refueling Wing has received a special honor.  Base Commander Colonel Larry Christensen made the announcement at the 185th Headquarters:


Christensen says this is the 9th time the unit has earned the award:

The 185th’s main mission is mid-air refueling, flying and maintaining 8 KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft.  They have personnel stationed all over the world on a constant rotational basis and some will soon go on a new mission:


The 185th Air Guard unit is comprised of over 900 full and part time members.



DNR Wanting To Harvest Trees In State Park

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold an informational meeting in West Des Moines to discuss a planned tree harvest from a central Iowa state park campground site.
The meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Walnut Woods State Park Lodge.
The public is invited to the meeting to discuss 13 hazard trees located in Walnut Woods’ campground. The DNR hopes to sell the trees to a timber buyer rather than paying to have them removed.
Officials say any questions about the plan can be directed to the Walnut Woods park manager, Tim Gedler, at 515-285-4502, or district forester Aaron Wright at 515-993-4133.



Omaha To Celebrate New Year, Tonight

(Omaha) — While the world welcomed 2018 last week, Omaha residents will celebrate New Year’s Eve about a week late. Severe cold temperatures on December 31st forced organizers of the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular to be postponed. The fireworks show is now being held tonight in Omaha’s downtown Gene Leahy Mall, with a brief ceremony and countdown by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.