Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., June 21st 2012


June 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Workers at a Quaker Oats plant sharing a record $241 million Powerball jackpot in Iowa are demanding anonymity following a day of public celebration. The 20 workers say they’ll go to court to get an injunction ensuring their last names aren’t released. It’s believed to be the first time an Iowa lottery winner or group of winners have taken legal action to stay confidential.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $8.3 million in contracts to restore the navigation channel along a nearly 120-mile stretch of the Missouri River. The corps says the project is to repair a 300-foot-wide by 9-foot-deep channel between Sioux City, Iowa and Rulo, Nebraska damaged by last year’s flooding. Work is set to begin within the week.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Valero Energy has temporarily halted production at its ethanol plant in Albion in eastern Nebraska because shrinking margins, due in part to rising corn prices. A company spokesman says a glut of ethanol also played a role in the decision. Valero is the second Nebraska ethanol plant to temporarily stop production in the past month.

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota man has been given a suspended 10-year prison sentence for stealing hundreds of hogs in Iowa and Minnesota. Forty-four-year-old John Arndt of Hayfield, Minnesota was sentenced on a theft charge earlier this month in Iowa’s Mitchell County. The thefts happened at hog confinement operations between November 2010 and September 2011.