Thursday Afternoon News, October 1
Woof Stock Scheduled For Saturday
(Le Mars) -- The seventh annual Woof-Stock event is scheduled for Saturday and will be held at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The dog-themed program is normally held in the spring, but due to the dog flu outbreak earlier this year, organizers decided to move the event to the fall. Museum administrator Judy Bowman says this year's Woof-Stock will focus attention on area service dogs.
Bowman talks more about this year's honored guest: Jim Mason and his dog Skeeter.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Poochi Parade. Bowman says owners can have their dogs be blessed by Pastor Jan Christiansen of the Le Mars Presbyterian Church of Christ. Woof-Stock will also feature dogs that are needing a loving home through Noah's Hope.
Bowman says in addition to Noah's Hope being at Woof-Stock, the Sioux City Humane Society will also be at the event. Bowman says the event has attracted up to 100 dogs and their owners.
Gehlen To Celebrate Homecoming
(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, with coronation to begin at 12:00 noon, and the Homecoming parade to start at 1:45 p.m. Lisa Niebuhr, Gehlen's Development Director, explains Friday's schedule.
Niebuhr says this marks the third year for Gehlen and Spalding Catholic to celebrate Homecoming. She says the chosen theme is Jay-rasic Park, featuring dinosaurs. The Gehlen Homecoming parade will start on 6th Street Northeast and then follow Central Avenue north to the 8th Street Blvd. KLEM radio will be broadcasting the parade on Friday afternoon.
Gehlen Benefits Financially From Bishop's Annual Dinner
(Sioux City) --The Sioux City Catholic Diocese will hold a major fund raiser for Catholic Schools located in northwest Iowa through the Bishop's Dinner scheduled for Sunday evening at Sioux City. Lisa Niebuhr says the annual event helps Gehlen Catholic's financial status.
Niebuhr says a majority of the money derived from individuals who purchase tickets for the annual Bishop's Dinner is also directed back to the Catholic schools.
Gehlen is again fortunate to have one of its faculty members be honored at the Bishop's Dinner through the Excellence in Education award.
ICON Ag And Turf To Raise Money For Breast Cancer Research
(Le Mars) -- During October, ICON Ag & Turf farm equipment dealership, is again
joining the fight against cancer and asking its employees to wear breast cancer T-
shirts on Fridays. This is the fourth year the company and staff have participated
in the fund raising event, and they hope to support breast cancer prevention
awareness and research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All funds raised
will be donated to The Siouxland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help
increase awareness of the disease, raise funds for research, offer helpful
information to support those affected by breast cancer, and remind women of the
importance of early detection.
In 2014 ICON Ag & Turf was able to raise $6,300 from the employees with the company
donating an additional and the cost of the T-shirts. ICON Ag & Turf has already
received a donation amount of $2,585 directly from employees in 2015, which will be
donated to The Siouxland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Funds will be
kept local; impacting Sioux, Lyon, Plymouth and Woodbury Counties in Iowa as well
as Union County in South Dakota and Dakota and Thurston Counties in Nebraska.
Midwest Economy Shows Sluggish Signs
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A second straight monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states suggests a slowdown in the region's economy.
A report issued Thursday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 47.7 last month, compared with 49.6 in August.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he cited the strong U.S. dollar and global economic weakness among the reasons for the
region's economic slide.
The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests
economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North
Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Deere And UAW Reach Contract Agreement
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - Deere & Co. says it has reached a tentative agreement with
the United Auto Workers union, which represents 10,000 Deere employees at 12
factories in three states.
The Moline-based manufacturer of farm equipment and other motorized gear
announced the agreement Thursday. The new contract replaces a six-year contract
that expired Wednesday at midnight.
The new contract is for six years and will be voted on by union members. It
covers manufacturing employees at John Deere facilities in Davenport, Ankeny,
Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Moline and Milan (MY'-luhn),
Illinois; and Coffeyville, Kansas.
Terms of the agreement weren't released.
Con-Agra Announces 1500 Layoffs
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - ConAgra is cutting about 1,500 jobs, or approximately 30
percent of its global, office-based workforce, and moving its headquarters to
Chicago from Omaha, Nebraska.
The company said the job cuts exclude plant positions and do not include any
impact from the planned sale of its private label operations. It anticipates about
$345 million in one-time charges over the next two to three years related to the
ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that its plans should result in about $200
million in cost savings, with most of that realized in fiscal 2018. The company
said the savings are in addition to approximately $150 million in cost cuts over
the last two years.