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Local 4-H’ers attend annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

Posted August 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Eight hundred high school students from every corner of Iowa attended this year’s conference, June 23-26 at Iowa State University.

“The conference gives these youth the opportunity to meet new friends, find new opportunities, and learn about the community and themselves in the process,” said Brenda Allen, conference coordinator and 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The conference included workshops, keynote sessions with motivational speakers, mixers and dances, a banquet and community service projects. The students stayed in the residence halls at Iowa State University, getting a taste of campus life.

The 2013-2014 State 4-H Council students created the three-day 4-H Youth Conference programming.

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    EPC to consider CAFO rules at Aug. 19 meeting in Des Moines

    The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission will consider adopting rules for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) at its Aug. 19 meeting.

    Commissioners moved the meeting to the Wallace State Office Building Auditorium, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines.

    If adopted, the rules will incorporate by reference the federal rules that require CAFOs to comply with national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits. The Iowa Legislature directed adopting the federal rules. Adoption was also a condition of a work plan agreement

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    Iowa’s June rains ranked fourth wettest month in 141 years

    June rainfalls brought precipitation during the first half of 2014 to above normal levels for the state. The June statewide average rainfall was almost ten inches, and for the most recent two weeks the rainfall of 4.3 inches was nearly double the normal of 2.2 inches.

    Although most of Iowa received very wet weather during this period, there were exceptions: the far northwest portion of the state received a welcome reprieve from mid-June flooding, and in far southeast Iowa a few areas — centered on Van

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    Iowa’s top grillers to compete at Iowa State Fair

    Recent studies from the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association found that nearly three in four Americans own a grill, and consumers find outdoor cooking to be convenient, pleasurable, and one of the best ways to spend quality time with family and friends.

    The smells of smoked meat and sweet barbecue sauce are sure to make fairgoers’ mouths water when the state’s best grillers gather to compete in the 51st annual Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest on Aug. 12 during the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

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    River’s Bend Wildlife Area officially opened Tuesday

    River’s Bend Wildlife Area, just south of Akron, officially opened Tuesday. On July 10, Plymouth County Conservation Board members and guests held their monthly meeting at the site and decided to open the lake area to the public for limited use as soon as the signs were installed. On Monday, Conservation employees installed the “rules and regulations” signs. At this time, there is no swimming, boating or hunting. People may walk along the berm, which goes around the 21-acre lake. The uses

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    Fire destroys vacant Akron house

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At 1:58 a.m., July 10, Akron firefighters were called to 500 S. Eighth St., in Akron.

    According to Akron Fire Chief Shane Coyle, the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

    The house, which had just been red-tagged by city officials July 7, was a total loss.


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    Brule Creek Lutheran to celebrate 150th

    Brule Creek Lutheran Church congregation is planning a two-day celebration for their church’s 150th Anniversary.

    The public is invited to attend the festivities, which will be held the weekend of Aug. 9 and 10 at the church property, 31398 474th Ave., rural Elk Point, S.D. The church is located one mile south and one mile east of Spink, S.D.

    Saturday, Aug. 9

    The celebration begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with fellowship events

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    Union County Fair Tractor Pull set for Aug. 1 in Alcester

    The Union County Fair will have its annual Tractor Pull at the Fairgrounds in Alcester on Friday, Aug. 1.

    Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the pull starting at 7:00 p.m.

    Kyle Hoffman, Akron, is in charge of the pull. The Tractor Pull will be held at the fairgrounds and will have several classes to participate in the pull including non turbo tractors, stock tractors, 3000 RPM tractors, modified 2- and 4-wheel drive trucks, dual tractors, and hot farm

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    July Activities at the Union County Museum

    The Union County Historical Society is sponsoring a book club, Hello History, for children ages 7 through 10 (second through fourth grade) Saturday, July 26, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the museum located at 707 W. Main Street in Elk Point. Each session will include group reading, a hands-on activity, and education on topics such as U.S. Independence, gold mining in SD, the prairie, wildlife, and other topics.

    Books to be used are a part of the children’s collection at the museum. Everything will be

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    Learn about moths at Hillview

    Hillview Recreation Area near Hinton will host Moth Mania, a program during National Moth Week, at 8:30 to 10 p.m., Monday, July 21.

    National Moth Week is July 19 through July 27. Finding moths can be as simple as leaving an outside light on and checking it after dark. Logan Cress will guide participants through finding and identifying the different moths that come to light. Scientists estimate that there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species. They are among the most diverse and successful organisms

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