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2014 County Soybean Harvest Estimates Released

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

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Mason City Man Arrested on Felony Charges

A Mason City man has been arrested and charged after a standoff with police at a Mason City residence. Fifty-four-year-old Philip Todd Geilenfeld is charged with felony domestic assault strangulation. Sgt. Steven Klemas of the police department says dispatchers received a report about an assault on Saturday and that firearms were involved. Authorities were able