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FREMONT, Iowa-Wednesday was the last day of combining corn for Mark Hedge, who has farm ground on the Mahaska and Wapello county line.

Hedge farms along with his brother and a nephew, they cover around 1200 acres of farmland. He saw a twelve-inch snow cover his fields with corn still standing.

On the last day there were eight rows of corn in a couple of foot-tall snow drifts along the fence. Other corn in the field had been laid down, due to the snow.

“It’s just frustrating you think you’re going to get something done and the mother nature has other plans for you just gonna have to work around it,” said Hedge. “We had to wait for that to melt off in order to get back in the field and continue harvest.”

“The last probably five days a lot of corn has been combined,” said Charles Brown of Iowa State University Extension in Oskaloosa. “But there’s still, more to go here and south, you’ll see there’s still a lot of corn and some soybeans not combined yet.”

Hedge still has grain to haul to Cargill in Eddyville. He said he was unable to dump grain there on Wednesday, so he would be getting trucks of grain down there.

Weather has been a big challenge this year for southern Iowa.

“Here in southern Iowa we were dry this summer, and then later part of August it started raining so we got a lot of rain,” said Brown.

Then 12 inches of snow- in November. Mark Hedge keeps moving, despite any weather setbacks.

“It’s always a challenge this part of the job, you either accept it or do something else.”

NEW JERSEY — A disturbing viral trend called the “Momo Challenge” centers around a creepy image of a woman. Children as young as 6 years old have reportedly been swept up into the challenge, which promises death to victims who don’t follow the orders of the character.

The Brick Township Board of Education, in New Jersey, sent home a warning letter stating, “the ‘Momo Challenge’ can be found on Facebook or through WhatsApp, and is disturbing in nature.”

It starts out by challenging the receiver to perform small tasks and quickly “escalates to more serious violent acts and request photographs for proof.”

First-graders at Warren H. Wolf Elementary School, in Brick, have faced bullying and threats of violence because of “Momo,” the Asbury Park Press reports.

Other school officials have been reacting quickly.

This includes Corpus Christi Montessori School, in Texas, which compared the ordeal to “Slender Man” — the  fictional horror character that inspired two 12-year-old girls to attack another girl, stabbing her 19 times in 2014. The victim survived.

In Colombia, a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy killed themselves after participating in the challenge, the Daily Mail reports, citing local media.

The “game” starts when a person adds a phone number belonging to “Momo,” a woman with large eyes and a sharp grin. The participant is then sent various challenges before ultimately being told to kill themselves. If they do not, they are threatened with a curse, the Daily Mail reports.

The Brick Township letter offered the following takeaways for concerned parents: if your children already have social media accounts, you need to be talking to them about this, as well as smartly monitoring what’s happening on their pages.

Web sites such as the Child Mind Institute, Safe Search Kids and Parenting offer more information on monitoring children’s social media use.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) . It is a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within your state.