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Monday Afternoon News, September 17

Orange City Competing For "Prettiest Place"

(Des Moines) -- Orange City, Iowa is one of seven Iowa communities competing for the title of "Prettiest Painted Places in America."  The contest is sponsored by Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings.  The other Iowa communities vying for the title include: Adams County, Albia, Decorah, Greater Des Moines, Grinnell, and Pella.  Over the next few weeks, the Iowa communities will compete against nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research, and make selected site visits.  Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation's 12 "Prettiest Painted Places" will be revealed in mid-October.


Predicted Frost Should Not Harm Crops

(Le Mars) -- The weather forecast calls for some patchy frost that may occur this evening. Iowa State University crops specialist, Joel DeJong says the crops have matured to the point that a light frost perhaps would not do any damage.  DeJong says the corn is of full maturity, and soybeans have begun turning color.  He says once soybeans turn yellow and lose their leaves, frost usually doesn't hurt the yield potential.  DeJong warns gardeners may want to consider covering their sensitive plants.


Missing Missouri Man Found Near Onawa

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A missing Missouri man has been found by some hunters in western Iowa.
Authorities say 36-year-old Daniel Stockwell, of Meadville, Mo., was found Sunday morning near the Missouri River, west of Onawa.
He'd last been seen walking at the Whiting Marina on Wednesday.
Stockwell was taken to a hospital for observation.

 

Branstad Comments On BPI Lawsuit Against ABC News

(Des Moines) -- During his weekly news conference, Governor Terry Branstad was asked to comment on the Beef Products, Incorporated lawsuit against ABC News and ABC Network.
Branstad says the lawsuit filed by meat processor B-P-I will be hard to win, but it's a legal fight worth waging.

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B-P-I is suing A-B-C and others for repeated use of a derogatory term to describe the company's lean, finely-textured beef.

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Branstad says there "ought to be consequences" for broadcasting "inaccurate" information about lean, finely-textured beef.

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An A-B-C vice president has said the lawsuit is "without merit" and said the company will "contest it vigorously." According to court documents, B-P-I lost 80 percent of its business in a month because of the negative publicity and closed three of its four plants, including one in Waterloo where 220 people were employed. Iowa's governor suggests lean, finely-textured beef could make a comeback on the market.
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Most legal experts say for B-P-I's defamation lawsuit to succeed, the company will have to prove the defendants intended to cause harm with their reports.

 

Vice President Candidates In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Both vice presidential candidates will spend their afternoon in Iowa, with Democrat Joe Biden in Burlington and Republican Paul Ryan in Des Moines.
Biden will speak Monday afternoon at the Port of Burlington in the Mississippi River town as he begins a two-day trip to Iowa.  He'll hold events Tuesday in Ottumwa and Grinnell.
Ryan will hold a Monday afternoon event at a downtown Des Moines hotel. That's a change from earlier plans to hold an outdoor rally at the downtown Simon Estes Amphitheater.
The stops continue a string of visits to Iowa by the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Iowa is one of about six battleground states that likely will decide whether Democratic President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins the Nov. 6 presidential election.

 

 

   

Monday News, September 17

Akron Fire Department Responds To Two Calls

(Akron) -- Akron's Fire Department had to respond to two calls over the weekend.  The first fire was a ditch grass fire that happened at about 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning.  The fire was located at 23908 Highway 12.  The second fire was called in at about 1:45 a.m. this morning.  Akron assisted the Ireton Fire Department with a grain bin fire.  Fire officials were on the scene for about an hour.


Successful Chalk Art Festival

(Le Mars) -- Several hundred chalk drawings can be seen at the Olson Cultural Events Center as numerous people participated in the weekend's successful Chalk Art Festival, sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  There are drawings depicting comic book heroes, cartoon characters, exotic animals, as well as one drawing that depicts Harry Carey, the once famous Chicago Cubs baseball announcer.


Americorps Assisting Plymouth County Conservation Board

(Hinton) -- An Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is working with the Plymouth County Conservation Board from now to November 1st.  The NCCC team is helping to conserve and provide an educational environment to the public.  The NCCC team is treating 450 acres of land with prescribed burns to enhance prairie remnants and repairing and replacing a bison fence to enclose 2500 acres.  They are also cleaning and removing invasive species on park land as well as helping construct a warming hut for winter sledding and tubing.  The Plymouth County Conservation Board manages more than 2200 acres of recreational and natural lands including native and restored prairies, upland forests and river bottom woodland.  The conservation board provides to the public areas for picnics, camping, fishing, hunting, winter sports, bird watching, hiking, and equestrian trails.


More Fruits and Vegetables Required For School Lunches

(Le Mars) -- In an effort to fight child obesity, the U-S Department of Agriculture has stipulated more fruits and vegetables need to be included as part of a student's school lunch plan.  Judy Lubben, the Food Service Director for the Le Mars Community School District says the new rules have made a difference in how she prepares meals.
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Lubben says the calorie target for Kindergarten through 5th grade is between 550 to 650 calories, 6th through 8th grades is 600 to 700 calories, and the high school is 750 to 850 calories.  She says students are offered more fruits and vegetables than in past years.
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Is the food that is offered enough to satisfy a growing student's apetite?  Lubben believes it is enough food, if the student chooses to consume all the food that is offered.

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The Le Mars Community School District serves approximately 1400 meals each day. Lubben says since the students are given a choice, there isn't as much food that is wasted.

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The food service director offers a fruit bar every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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Lubben says she sees different schools have different tastes for favorite fruits.  She says the price for lunch meals has increased due to the requirement for fresh fruits and vegetables. Each lunch meal costs $1.80.


Maryland Governor Attends Harkin's Steak Fry


INDIANOLA
, Iowa (AP) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is walking an early - and tricky path - into presidential proving ground Iowa on Sunday, less than 60 days before the 2012 election.
The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association says he is focused on helping Iowans elect a Democratic governor in 2014, not sowing seeds for his own presidential ambition.
O'Mally tells reporters before speaking to hundreds of Iowa Democratic activists that he's attending the fundraiser because his friend, Senator Tom Harkin, who asked him come to Harkin's annual
fall fundraiser.
The steak fry has been a common stop for early White House aspirants in Iowa, where the presidential caucuses are scheduled to begin the 2016 Democratic nominating process.


ISU Veterinary Technician Steals Painkillers

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State veterinary technician has been accused of stealing painkilling drugs from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames.
Iowa State police say 35-year-old Kari Boyer, of Boone, stole the medication several times, starting in December.
Story County jail records say Boyer isn't in custody. A public phone listing for her can't be found. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.
The felony charge against her carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.


New Veteran Patients Denied Medicare and Medicaid

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - The federal government says it won't pay Medicare or Medicaid bills for new admissions to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
The home has been fined $7,500 for violations of care standards and other deficiencies in two recent inspections.
The federal moratorium begins Saturday on new admissions for residents whose care is billed to Medicare or Medicaid.
The home's commandant, David Worley, doesn't dispute the inspection reports and says he and his staff "need to keep working hard and getting better at what we do."
The Iowa Veterans Home is run by the state.
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