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Saturday News, August 20



Former Vice President Mike Pence says the F-B-I search of Donald Trump’s Florida home is troubling, but he’s urging Republicans to tone down the anti-F-B-I rhetoric. Pence, who is at the Iowa State Fair Friday with Senator Chuck Grassley, says the Republican Party stands for law and order.

Senator Grassley has said there’s evidence of political bias in the F-B-I. Grassley and Pence support release of more information to explain why it was necessary to conduct a court-ordered search of a former president’s home.



The Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society meets this afternoon the first floor music room at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Guest speakers Glen and Judy Hayworth will give some history of Kingsley and talk about notable people of the town. The event begins with a business meeting.  It includes refreshments. Admission is free, and is open to the public.



As tomatoes start to ripen in gardens, salsa is one of the favorite things Iowans like to make with them. An Iowa State University Extension food specialist, Renee Sweers (like cheers) says if you want to save some salsa for later canning is an option. But she says there are a lot of variables that include the variety of the tomato, the weather, the soil, and whether that tomato actually has a high enough acid content.

Sweers says you should use lemon juice, or powdered citric acid you are purchasing with your canning supplies to add to the salsa to be sure the acidic mix is right.  And she says to use a recipe that is one that you trust.

Sweers says without taking these steps you could end up wasting the effort. If you don’t want to get that detailed, you can just make a batch and enjoy.

A third option is to freeze the salsa.

Storage can be an issue if you want to make a big batch.

And the taste of the frozen salsa will be different than the canned option, and she says you may have to drain some water off when you thaw it out.