• Four people injured in a two vehicle accident in Franklin County on Wednesday.
Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident late Wednesday afternoon on County Road C-13 in rural Franklin County. The Iowa State Patrol reported a westbound 2005 Dodge Minivan operated by Lisa Ann Cook of Thornton lost control and swerved into traffic. The Cook minivan collided with an eastbound 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by James Harle of Kanawha. The impact sent the Cook minivan into the south ditch. Both drivers and their passengers Steven Cook of Meservey and Mike Foell of Thornton were transported to Mercy North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City for treatment of their injuries. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department assisted the Iowa State Patrol at the accident scene.
• Informational meetings for a new nitrogen plant set for next week.
Northern Plains Nitrogen, the region's newest nitrogen manufacturing plant project to be built in North Dakota will host two informational meetings on Wednesday, December 11. The meetings are to inform growers and other interested parties about the opportunity to invest in NPN's Seed Capital round of funding for the world class new project. The Northern Plains Nitrogen Plant plans to begin operation in 2017 and will greatly benefit Iowa's growers by providing a reliable domestic source for Nitrogen based products. The meetings will be held in Hampton at 9:00 a.m. at Maynes Grove located at 948 Highway 65 and in Fort Dodge at 2:00 p.m. at the Webster County Fairgrounds. The plant's site was selected because of its unique location as one of the few places worldwide to have millions of acres of farmland next to rich deposits of the raw material for nitrogen fertilizer,Natural Gas, making it the perfect location for a new nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility. The recent increase in corn and canola production coupled with the fact that new varieties of wheat require a higher input of Nitrogen illustrates the steadily increasing demand for Nitrogen. Currently over 50% of Nitrogen used domestically is imported from foreign plant locations including Trinidad, Canada, Russia and the Middle East. Because of its centralized Midwest location, Northern Plains Nitrogen has a strategic advantage over foreign suppliers by being able to offer Nitrogen-based products to domestic growers and ag distributors without significant transportation costs. The plant will produce approximately 2,400 tons of ammonia per day which will be converted to additional nitrogen based products.
• Bridge Replacement meeting for Beaver Bridge set for December 18.
• Fort Dodge Police arrest an individual for a Tuesday night burglary.