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Bake Sale to Stop Hunger

Bake Sale to Stop Hunger

The Waldorf College Committee on Vocation and Service and Immanuel Lutheran Church are sponsoring a bake sale on February 21, 2015 beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Bill’s Family Foods in Forest City, Iowa. Proceeds from the bake sale will be used to fund Stop Hunger, the food-packaging event, scheduled for March 4, 2015. Donated baked


Area County Health Agencies Encouraging Measles Vaccinations

The United States is currently experiencing a large scale measles outbreak. Health officials have found a common link to an amusement park in California. It has affected over 100 people in 14 states. As a result, both Winnebago and Hancock County health officials are encouraging everyone to make sure that they are vaccinated against the disease. Officials are

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USDA Farms in Iowa Statistics Released

The total number of farms in Iowa in 2014 was 88,000, down 500 farms compared to a year ago, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Upper Midwest Regional Office. The largest decrease in number of farms came in the $1,000-$9,999 range with a decrease of 400 farms from 27,500 in 2013 to 27,100


2014 County Soybean Harvest Estimates Released

In 2014, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Kossuth and Sioux were the four largest soybean-producing counties in Iowa, with Plymouth the largest, producing 11.2 million bushels, according to estimates released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Iowa’s soybean production of 506 million bushels was the third largest on record, behind only 2005 and 2006. Five of Iowa’s

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Iowa Corn Sileage Numbers Released

Iowa corn growers produced 6.2 million tons of silage in 2014, 16 percent below 2013 according to estimates released by the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Northwestern District, with 2.06 million tons of corn silage produced, led all districts in 2014 and accounted for 33 percent of the State total. The Northeastern District produced

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Confinement Site Manure Applicators Workshop Scheduled

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop to maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification scheduled for February 24 from 1:30-3:30 pm at Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach, 2023 S. Federal Ave., Mason City. Applicators should call their ISU Extension Cerro Gordo office, 641-423-0844 for more information and

New Communications Director & Legislative Liaison for the Iowa Insurance Division

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced that Chance McElhaney will serve as Communications Director & Legislative Liaison for the Iowa Insurance Division.  McElhaney succeeds Tom Alger, who retired from the position in mid-January. “I look forward to Chance being a key resource in the Iowa Insurance Division for members of the media and legislators,” Gerhart


SATURDAY MORNING “NO…REALLY? FILE”: Fargo Man Pleads Not Guilty to Driving Zamboni While Drunk

A Fargo man accused of being drunk while operating a Zamboni ice-grooming machine during a high school hockey game has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence. Steven Anderson allegedly was drunk on Jan. 30 when he was smoothing the ice for a girls’ game between Davies High School and Williston High. Spectators alerted

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Hancock County Rural Recycling Continues As Is

The rural recycling program in Hancock County will continue for now with the four recycling dumpsters residing in Kanawha, Crystal Lake, Klemme, and Miller.  In January, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors met with Gary Heinzig of Waste Management to discuss the county’s fees and overall recycling program.  Heinzig initially said it may be less