Monday Afternoon News, November 10
Amy Lempares Named "Employee Of The Month"
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce named its November "Employee of the Month" this morning during the chamber coffee. Amy Lempares was honored. Amy is an employee of The Education Station and was nominated by both John McGregor and Lori Dolph. In their nomination, they say Amy has been an employee for two years, and she has become a very valuable asset to the company in that short period of time. Amy is able to multi-task and keeps the front counter running smoothly. She answers dozens of phone calls each day, processes incoming stock and outgoing orders. She helps customers with questions and is willing to help them find just the right item they are looking for. Amy is always willing to do anything that is asked of her, from cleaning the store to coming in early and staying late. She has also volunteered to work on her days off when asked and needed. The front end of The Education Station would not be the same without Amy. That is why we feel that she deserves to be recognized as the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce November Employee of the Month. Our congratulations to Amy Lempares to be honored as the Chamber Employee of the Month.
Highway Patrol Suggests Be Prepared For Winter Driving
(Le Mars) -- Northwest Iowa may see its first snowfall this evening, and officials with the Iowa Highway Patrol are reminding motorists to slow down, drive defensively, and to be aware of the changing road conditions. Trooper Vince Kurtz says many times people forget how to drive after the first snow.
Kurtz doesn't anticipate tonight's predicted snow to be of heavy accumulation. Still, he suggests motorists should equip their vehicle with a winter survivor's kit, and to have their vehicle checked by their local mechanic before dangerous winter conditions strikes.
The Highway Patrol trooper says proper maintenance ahead of time will prevent many headaches and costly bills, and it will allow you to arrive at your destination without being stranded.
USDA Increases Soybean Yield And Decreases Corn Production
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting the size of this year's record soybean crop as farmers in several states report per-acre yields surpassing earlier expectations.
The corn crop is reduced slightly but will still be a record.
In Monday's update of this year's crop, the USDA says soybean farmers are now expected to harvest 3.96 billion bushels, up 31 million bushels from the October estimate.
Fifteen states are expected to report records for the amount of soybeans grown per acre with the average yield at 47.5 bushels per acre.
The corn crop estimate was lowered slightly to 14.41 billion bushels, down 68 million bushels from the October estimate. Still, 22 states expect record high corn yields.
Dahl's Foods Files For Bankruptcy
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dahl's Foods Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and has announced its sale to a Kansas grocery organization.
The Des Moines-based company said in a news release Monday that it filed its petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 protection in Des Moines. It also said it's agreed to be acquired by Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., of Kansas City, Kansas.
Financial details were not disclosed.
Associated Wholesale Grocers is a member-owned wholesale grocery cooperative serving more than 3,000 retail member stores.
Dahl's said in August that it would close a West Des Moines store and in May announced closing of stores in Ames and Ankeny.
Woman Meets With Veteran To Learn More About Her Father
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman who never knew her father has learned about him from a veteran who'd shared a bunker with her dad.
The Marshalltown Times-Republican says (http://bit.ly/1xd9Pgv ) Roxanne Goecke was tracked down and contacted by Ron Ziolecki. He and her Marine father, Ross Hartwig, of State Center, had shared a bunker for months before Hartwig died in February 1952, during the Korean War. Goecke was only 6 months old when her father was mortally wounded.
Last month Goecke, of Nevada (nuh-VAY'-duh) went to Milwaukee to meet Ziolecki, who says he was repaying a debt he thought he owed his buddy from Iowa. Goecke described the meeting as "pretty emotional."
She says, though, that "it's not really closure, but just that little thread that connects to somebody that was actually there."