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Estherville Case Renders a Conviction

Estherville Case Renders a Conviction

A jury has found an Estherville man guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a woman. An Emmet County jury has convicted Scott Sudbeck in the killing of Michaela Jordan last February at her Estherville home. Sudbeck says that his gun went off as he was turning to leave and that he didn’t


Swanson Named Assistant Program Director at the Forest City YMCA

The YMCA announces that Jody Swanson has been promoted to Assistant Program Director. Swanson will be responsible for helping to plan, organize and implement programs and will also manage youth building supervisors and KidKare staff. Swanson has been employed at the Forest City Y as a member service representative since 1987 but her contributions to


The Clear Lake Mystery Business is Solved

After months of secrecy, the name of the Fortune 100 company that’s building a huge distribution center in north-central Iowa is finally being unveiled. The announcement was made Thursday during a press conference by Clear Lake Mayor Nelson Crabb. Pharmaceutical giant McKesson Corporation will locate in Clear Lake. The 65-million dollar project includes hiring 164

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Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Course Offered March 4

Winnebago County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team. The local attendance site is Winnebago County Extension Office.  The course


Buffalo Center Board Meets to Accept Balvance Resignation

The North Iowa Community School Board of Education met in special session on February 19, 2015, in the Middle School Principals Office. Board members Duve, Holstad, and Sachs attended via telephone conference. Also in attendance were Superintendent Myer, Secretary Meinders, and Jon Potter representing the North Iowa Education Association. The board went ahead and approved the resignation of board

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Water and Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict with Pig Farms

Federal lawsuits from Washington state to North Carolina are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may

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Farmer Awareness of Nutrient Reduction Strategy Spikes, Finds ISA Survey

Farmer awareness of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy nearly doubled during the past year according to a statewide survey of more than 350 farmers funded by the soybean checkoff. This familiarity, say farm and environmental leaders, is key to increasing the pace and scale of adoption of on-farm conservation practices proven to have a positive

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Hancock County Supervisors Talk Drainage

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday in adjourned session with a busy agenda consisting mostly of drainage business and a culvert replacement.  The board appointed engineers for drainage districts 82 and 44.  Supervisor Jerry Tlach tells who the board appointed. The Hancock County Supervisors signed the final plans for a culvert replacement project