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(LeMars) -- Today is election day and polls in Plymouth County will open at 12:00 noon and continue until 8:00 p.m.  LeMars has the mayor and two council members seeking re-election, without opposition.  But other surrounding communities have some races to watch.  In Remsen, they will be choosing a new mayor.  Seeking the position of Remsen mayor is Jeffrey Cluck and Dennis Gralapf.  Craig has seven candidates running for council positions.  Struble has five people running for council members.  Merrill has Michael Lindsey and Richard Husman both seeking the mayor's position, while six others are running for a seat at the city council.  Four people are seeking a city council position for Hinton. 


(LeMars) -- A reminder that LeMars residents will cast their vote at the LeMars Convention Center.  Stuble residents will vote at the LeMars Public Library.  Oyens will cast their votes at the Oyens Town Hall.  Hinton will go to the Hinton Community Center.  Merrill residents will vote at the Kissinger Civic Center.  Kingsley Community Center will serve as the polling place for Kingsley voters.  Remsen will go to the Remsen Public library.  Akron will go to the Akron Public Library.  Brunsville Legion will serve as the polling place for Brunsville residents. Westfield residents will cast their votes at the Westfield Community Center.

 

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that it completed the work on Dogwood Avenue between 180th and 190th streets.  The county roads department replaced a wooded bridge with a culvert pipe. 

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers are wrapping up the harvest as field work progresses, but some farmers are delaying applying fertilizer because of the dry weather.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in the weekly crop report on Monday that Iowa finally received some rain last week, easing moisture concerns slightly. Even so, topsoil moisture levels are 68
percent very short or short.
     Fall tillage continues, but some farmers are waiting to apply anhydrous due to concerns of the dry conditions preventing sealing and causing nitrogen losses. More corn stalks are being baled this fall because of concerns about hay supplies.
     Rain fell across the state last Wednesday and Thursday, ranging from a trace at Sheldon to 2.3 inches at Keokuk. Rain is forecast starting Tuesday, with snow possible in northern Iowa.

 

   

Richter Found Guilty of Murder

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa jury has convicted an Early woman of murder in the 2001 death of her neighbor, rejecting her claim that she shot him in self-defense during a home invasion.
     Forty-five-year-old Tracey Richter says she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde to protect herself and her three children after he and another man broke into her home in December 2001. She says the
second intruder fled.
     But Monday's verdict supports prosecutors' claim that there was no home invasion and Richter shot Wehde to keep him quiet about his role in a plot to frame her ex-husband. Richter was involved in a custody battle at the time.
     Richter later moved to Omaha, Neb., where she was arrested last summer. She faces life in prison at sentencing.

(Orange City) -- As harvest comes to a close, producers, ag lenders, and suppliers turn their attention to planning ahead for the next production cycle.  Iowa State University Extension will host two separate Pro-Ag Fall 2011 Outlook meetings.  Both meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th.  The first meeting will take place at Sheldon beginning at 9:00 a.m. then a repeat of the program will occur at Cherokee at 1:30 p.m. 

The opening speaker will be Shane Ellis, ISU Livestock Marketing Specialist. Ellis will review the livestock profit potential focusing on volitale beef and pork prices driven by demand and world economy factors, including exports, herd size, and feed costs. Melissa O'Rourke, ISU Farm and Agri-business Management Specialist will follow with an update and outlook on Iowa land values.  Land Values are capturing the attention of a lot of people, not just farmers.  Recent sales in Sioux County had a parcel of land sell for $16,750 per acre.  O'Rourke says there are several reasons why land prices continue to go higher.

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How long can we expect to see land values continue to go higher?  O'Rourke says indications are that the trend will last for a while.

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With land values exceeding $16,000 an acre, can farmers actually expect to get the land to produce enough in order to pay for the investment?

 

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The ISU Farm Management Specialist says many times, farmers are able to acquire the land, without having to have as much financing.

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The program will conclude with Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Specialist.  Hart will review the harvest along with the export demand for grains and oilseeds.  The Sheldon meeting will be held at the Northwest Iowa Community College at the Life-Long Learning Center, and the Cherokee meeting will take place at the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus. Registration is $20.

 

   

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