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Friday Afternoon News, July 27th


Ellensohn Wins Market Beef Championship

(Le Mars) — The 4-H and FFA Market Beef Show was held Friday morning at the Plymouth County Fair.  After careful consideration of the quality beef exhibited, the judge awarded the over-all championship to the steer that won the Heavy-Middle Weight class.




Cherokee Partners With Western Iowa Tech Community College with “Cherokee Promise”

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – A new program in northwestern Iowa provides financial support for residents enrolled in West Iowa Tech Community College programs.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the Cherokee County Promise program covers the cost of tuition and fees after financial aid has been applied. Students enrolled in the program commit to working and living in Cherokee County for three years after they graduate.
Dr. Matt Johnson is the CEO of the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. He unveiled the incentive program at the college on Wednesday.
Iowa Workforce Development says the county is projected to lose 14 percent of its workforce in the next decade. The agency says those expected losses are mostly attributed to an aging population and young professionals leaving the area.



Iowa State Researcher Studies Social Activity Between Men and Women

(Ames) — An Iowa State University study finds if a man opens the door for a woman while on their first date or offers to pay for dinner, some women admire that behavior, while others find it insulting. Pelin Gul (PELL-in GOOL), a social psychologist and postdoctoral researcher at I-S-U, is the study’s lead author. Gul says some women find men who make those gestures more attractive, even though their actions may also be seen as “benevolent sexism.”

The results of the study may appear contradictory, Gul admits, and it sends a very mixed message to men about how they should behave.

Much of the research was done while Gul was studying at the University of Kent in England. She says the work confirmed women prefer men to be benevolent, but contradicting previous assumptions, they found women also recognized the potential harm.

Gul is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, and has studied at several universities around the world. Being new to the United States and Iowa, Gul was asked what her perception is when people hold the door for her as she’s entering or exiting the buildings on the Ames campus.

She says other studies have found that women tend to prefer men who make these gestures, and note that women aren’t aware of any negative consequences of men’s attempts at kindness.