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Grain Dust Explosion In St. Anne

A driver who was dumping grain into a pit in St. Anne is recovering after a grain dust explosion. Officials say the driver was taken to the hospital just after 2 pm Monday. No word on the driver's condition.

Emergency responders report the explosion, on E. Station Street, was contained within the pit and did not go into any of the storage bins. Officials are taking a closer look to determine if the explosion will impact the elevator's ability to accept or deliver grain.

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Boil Order in Buckley

ERH Enterprises issued a boil order this (Mon) morning for the entire community of Buckley. The Boil order will be in place until further notice.

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Loda man faces obscenity charge

A Loda resident allegedly exposed himself to a group of people Sunday. 58-year-old Steven DeGeere was arrested by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police. Police received a complaint of a man exposing himself repeatedly to a small gathering outside an apartment complex in the 200-block of N. Oak Street in Loda.

Police made contact with DeGeere inside his apartment and charged him with obscenity and disorderly conduct.

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Danforth apartment fire, no injury

An apartment complex fire Saturday afternoon in Danforth affected two families. Fire Chief Jason Brown reported no injury. The cause is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall's Office. Damage estimates were unavailable.

Ashkum and Gilman fire and Riverside EMS provided mutual aid. Danforth firemen answered the call to 204 W. 5th Street around 2 pm. Brown said the fire started in the attic of the three-apartment complex.

One family of five lost everything. They're in need of housing and furniture. The Red Cross is providing temporary sheltering. Chief Brown reported a second apartment sustained minimal smoke damage; the third unit was vacant.

Help can be provided by contacting the Red Cross.

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Cool temps may bring record harvest


DES MOINES, Iowa — A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S. is looking at busting records come harvest time.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture already has predicted a record soybean crop of 3.8 billion bushels. And the corn crop, it said in July, would be large but not bigger than last year's record of 13.9 billion bushels. However, many market analysts and some farmers expect the USDA to revise expectations upward in a report based on field surveys that's due out Tuesday.

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