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On a rainy Friday night, the Storm Lake Tornadoes traveled to Fort Dodge to go against the Fort Dodge Dodgers for a scrimmage. It was an early test for the Tornadoes, who according to head coach Rudy Wieck, went well. "We...
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Veterans make topnotch employees (08/18/16)
Politicians call them heroes and strangers thank them for their service. But when their enlistment comes to an end, veterans need more than a pat on the back as they return to civilian life. They need jobs. And increasingly, they seem to be getting them because the unemployment rate among veterans has been on the decline in recent years. ...
A farm crisis in the making? (08/16/16)
Only 35 years after the 1980's farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11% from last year. This crop, possibly over 15 billion bushels will include a market-killing overhang of nearly a billion bushels. Corn exports are not performing well due to the strong US dollar, and all sectors of the livestock market are struggling...
Please Mr. President (08/16/16)
Dear Friends, An article in The Guardian reads, "As the string of record-breaking global temperatures continues unabated, June 2016 marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat." If Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, the monster typhoon to decimate the Philippines, and the raging wildfires in the Western states didn't do it, then perhaps this new indicator of the world of hurt coming our way as climate change progresses will spur America to action...
About respect (08/16/16)
Entitlement is the word we are hearing every day. "I am entitled to _ ". (Please feel free to fill in the blank.) I want to add RESPECT to that category maybe even put it at the top of the list; it might shorten some of the list. RESPECT is the one thing we all seem to have lost sight of. We are all deserving of this. I have seen too many people in the past weeks forget about respect. We are all doing the best that we can...
Why volunteer use of the fire station makes sense (08/11/16)
Greetings. I am writing this letter in regards to the usage of the Alta Fire Station by department members that has been brought to the forefront over the last couple of months. I would like to clear up a few things. First and foremost, the "private parties" that are held at the station by the members occur about 15 times per year and include family holiday gatherings, graduation parties for our junior firefighter members as they graduate high school, and baby showers and birthday parties for the next generation of volunteer firefighters. ...
BBC News
India investigating French submarine company data leak
Leaked documents from French shipbuilder DCNS reveal crucial details about submarines that the company is building for India, Malaysia, Chile and Brazil.
Syria Jarablus: Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria
A dozen Turkish tanks roll across the Syrian border after a heavy bombardment of positions held by so-called Islamic State.
Backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung stabbed to death at Australian hostel
A 21-year-old Derbyshire woman dies after she was attacked with a knife at an Australian backpackers' hostel.
Earthquake leaves at least 21 dead in central Italy
At least people 21 die and others are trapped under rubble as a magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes central Italy, reports say.
Italy earthquake: Race to rescue survivors
Survivors of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in the Italian town of Amatrice have been pulled to safety by rescuers.
34kg pearl found in Philippines 'is world's biggest'
Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world - weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone).
North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, which flew for 500km (300 miles) before falling in the sea, say the US and South Korea.
Italy earthquake: 'We have so many houses destroyed'
Resident of the village of Arquata del Tronto, Sabrina Sbermola, describes the damage caused by an earthquake which has struck central Italy.
Inside quake-hit Italian holiday home: 'It stood up pretty well'
Deputy editor of The Times, Emma Tucker, shows the BBC the damage caused by an earthquake in the house where she is staying in the Le Marche region of Italy.
Ghost weddings
The alleged murder of two women in China, reportedly so their bodies could be used in ghost weddings, shines a light on an ancient and enduring Chinese ritual.
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Davenport man convicted of sexually assaulting woman
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- A Scott County jury has found a Davenport man guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in December....
Officer testifies that man admitted killing woman in Hampton
OSAGE, Iowa (AP) -- A police officer testified that when he arrived at a deadly shooting of a woman in Hampton last December, the victim's boyfriend was hunched at the end of a couch and stated he'd killed her....
2 companies managing Iowa Medicaid report millions in losses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Two of the three private companies that manage Iowa's Medicaid program say they have lost tens of millions of dollars since taking over....
Lawsuit claims police were duped in Iowa jury tampering case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- After Iowa lawyer Raymond Tinnian was found guilty of disorderly conduct, investigators had an obvious suspect when jurors and witnesses started receiving threats. Other than Tinnian, who else would leave a type-written note threatening to kill a juror for "your verdict"?...
Feds force Waterloo to close yard waste dump, official says
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- A city official says federal flood levee rules are forcing Waterloo to close its yard waste dump....