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Thursday Afternoon News, August 29th


Gehlen Catholic Changing Date For Homecoming

(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic High School is changing the date of its Homecoming. According to Lisa Niebuhr, Development Director with Gehlen, Homecoming will now be celebrated on October 18th, as opposed to the original Homecoming date of September 27th.



Grassley Comments On Agriculture Issues During News Conference

(Washington) — U-S Senator Chuck Grassley spoke about agricultural issues during his weekly news conference with reporters held Thursday. Grassley says leaders at Washington are now paying more attention to the effects to farmers after the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to grant
waivers to oil refineries allowing them not to include ethanol to be blended into gasoline.

Grassley says officials are proposing up to five different ways to help the ethanol industry, and reverse the actions of the granted waivers. The Iowa Republican Senator says his main concern is that the EPA and the oil industry live up to the renewable fuels standard as established by Congress that requires 15 billion gallons of ethanol be blended with gasoline.

Grassley says the other suggestions will benefit the ethanol industry, but they will be phased in over a period of several years, and those benefits may not be noticed for several years.

The proposed trade agreement with our best trading partners, Mexico and Canada, is waiting for Congress’s approval. The measure first needs to be introduced in the House before the Senate can act on it. Grassley believes the trade agreement will pass both chambers, and was asked when he thinks
Congress will vote on the USMCA agreement.

Grassley says the comments he has heard regarding the trade agreement have all been positive.

Grassley says he has been working with former USDA Secretary and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and other agriculture officials with advocating passage of the trade agreement.



Funeral Home Asking Families To Claim Their Dead Relatives Remains

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa funeral home is calling on families to pick up the unclaimed cremated remains of nearly 100 people that it has been keeping in a locked closet for years, some since the mid-1990s.

Lanae Strovers, of Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, told TV station KCCI that she has been trying to reach the families for two years and has had some success, making arrangements for 200 sets of the ashes. But the funeral home is still trying to make arrangements for 91 others.

She says in the immediate aftermath of a death, some families aren’t emotionally ready to take home a loved one’s remains and eventually forget to pick them up. Others mistakenly think another family member picked them up.

Remains that aren’t claimed in the coming weeks will be buried during a mass service on Sept. 26 at Avon Lake Cemetery.



Eastern Iowa Farm Becomes “Green Business Park”

PRINCETON, Iowa (AP) – After a three-year process, a one-time 400 farm in eastern Iowa has become the second site in Iowa certified as a green business park.
The Quad-City Times reports that Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday announced the certification of the Anderson 400 near Princeton. Nearly 150 people gathered to celebrate the long-awaited designation, which was formally presented to the Anderson family by Reynolds and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham.
A green business park is a commercial development that’s built
following written, environmentally-friendly standards. Iowa’s first to get that designation is the Woodward Eco Business Park in Woodward.
Nearly 285 acres of the Anderson 400 now are available for a
business, such as a corporate headquarters. The remainder of the site will maintain the natural rolling hills, wetlands and woodlands.