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Hampton man injured pheasant hunting in Franklin County

HAMPTON – A Hampton man was injured Saturday while pheasant hunting approximately three miles east of Faulkner near the Franklin-Butler County line.

Bob Abbas, 76, was hunting with three others when a pellet from a shotgun being fired at a pheasant hit him just above the right eye at approximately 3 p.m. He was transported by private vehicle to Franklin General Hospital in Hampton where the pellet was removed and he was released.

The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

— Iowa DNR

Floyd, Ionia and Nashua win grants for wildfire fighting

The fire departments of Floyd, Ionia and Nashua have been awarded 2015 Volunteer Fire Assistance grants. They are among the 74 rural Iowa departments to receive more than $173,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.

The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression, personal protective and communications equipment.

The grants are made possible through the Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau, in cooperation with US Forest Service.

— Staff Report

Area snowmobile trails closed for hunting Dec. 5-20

Local snowmobile trails are closed Dec. 5-20 during shotgun deer hunting season, the Floyd County Groomers Association announced.

The organization asks that drivers respect the closure, or trails may be closed permanently.

— Staff Report

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