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KLEM News for Monday, December 26


Due to all that cold and wind last weekend, few people ventured out on the roadways, but there were few accidents.  There was one accident of note early Friday morning in Sioux County.  The Sheriffs Department says a one vehicle rollover occurred on Iowa Highway 10, two miles west of Orange City.  32 year old Jorge Martin-Martin of Orange city was driving an SUV east on the highway, when he lost control of the vehicle, went into a ditch and rolled.  No injury was reported.  The driver was cited for failure to maintain control, and no valid driver license.



Iowa State University Extension will host “Farm Couple Getaways” in Dubuque and Holstein in early 2023. Fred Hall, a dairy program specialist with I-S-U Extension, says the program began several years ago.

Couples pay a 50 dollar deposit that’s refunded at the end of the second day. Food, lodging and other expenses are covered by event sponsors.

Hall says feedback from couples who’ve attended previous get-aways indicates the weekend helped them fully step away from the chores and everyday emergencies on the farm.

The Dubuque get-away is scheduled for February 10th and 11th. The second one will be March 3rd and 4th in Holstein. Once 10 couples have signed up for each event, registration is closed.



Iowans struggling to pay to heat their homes during these bitterly cold conditions may quality for financial assistance. The State of Iowa gets federal funds to distribute as grants the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. There are income restrictions, however. For example a family of four with an annual income at or below 55-thousand dollars may apply. Natural gas costs are expected to be about 22 percent higher than last year. Home heating oil prices declined over the past week, but are still higher than a year ago.



The Internal Revenue Service is looking to hire more workers to fill positions to meet the demand of the upcoming tax season. I-R-S Christopher Miller says it’s a good opportunity.

He says they are particularily looking for employees to staff their Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country.

Miller says they offer comprehensive training for all employees.

Miller encourages anyone who is interested to check out the I-R-S jobs.

Miller says offers a variety of benefits to its employees, including flexible work positions.



It’s the season for stuffy noses, coughs and sneezes, but common colds may not seem so common with the flu, COVID-19 and R-S-V still rampant, and Iowans are reminded to take care with the meds they swallow. Dr. Wendy Mobley-Buckstein (MOB-lee BUCK-steen), a pharmacy professor at Drake University, says if you’re taking over-the-counter cold or flu drugs, take heed if you’re also popping acetaminophen. She warns, don’t exceed four-thousnad milligrams a day of acetaminophen, as more than 600 pain relievers and multi-symptom cold and flu medicines contain that ingredient. She says it’s safe and effective when used as directed, but there’s a limit to how much you can take in one day, so reading labels is important.