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Corn crop in, small amount of beans remain

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 25th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The latest crop report shows the corn is planted across the state and beans are not far behind. Just two percent of the corn planting remained going into last week and farmers are now looking for some good warm growing days. Ninety-six percent of the crop has emerged. That’s two weeks behind where we were last year at this time and 15 days behind the five-year average.

The report shows still about five percent of the soybeans still remain to be planted. Eighty-one percent of the beans that have been planted have emerged. That’s also two weeks behind last year. The corn condition improved slightly this week — with 62 percent rated good to excellent. Sixty-three percent of the beans rate in good to excellent condition — up from 61 percent last week.

1 dead, 1 injured in Story County crash

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June 25th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

One person died, another was injured during a collision Monday evening, southeast of Ames. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by 63-year old Gayle Lawton, of Collins, was traveling south on 580th Street at around 5:05-p.m., and had stopped at the intersection with Highway 30, before proceeding across the road.

Lawton failed to yield, and was struck by a westbound Cadillac Escalade, driven by 44-year old Amanda Christine Wierson, of  Collins. Gayle Lawton was transported to Methodist Hospital by Life Flight, and later died. Wierson was transported by private vehicle to Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames. The Patrol says Wierson was wearing her seat belt.

The accident remains under investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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June 25th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:33 a.m. CDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Construction is expected to begin next year on a multi-million dollar trail connecting Sioux City and Le Mars. The Sioux City Journal reports that the estimated cost of building the 16-mile PlyWood trail is $18 million. Lesley Bartholomew with the PlyWood Trail Committee says the trail connecting Plymouth and Woodbury counties should be completed by 2025. The committee is seeking state and federal grants to complete the project.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake University says it is selling or leasing more than four acres of land on the east edge of its Des Moines campus to a developer for construction of apartments, townhomes, commercial space and a parking garage. Drake President Marty Martin said Monday the proposed development valued at more than $63 million will help create a “walkable, vibrant hub of retail and restaurant options” for the private university located northwest of city’s central business district.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A court challenge to a 2017 law that changes voting in Iowa has begun. The trial that began Monday in Polk County District Court in Des Moines is focused on portions of the law that require a voter to show an ID at the polls before voting, require an ID number on absentee ballots and allow election officials to throw out absentee ballots if election workers were to decide the voter’s signature doesn’t match those on file. A lawsuit says the law makes it too hard for some people to vote.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak has become the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race. The retired Navy admiral who calls himself “Admiral Joe” on his campaign website joins a crowded Democratic field seeking the nomination to challenge President Donald Trump. He was launching his longshot candidacy Sunday afternoon at a veterans’ museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

Ernst to serve as Grand Marshall of Red Oak parade on Saturday

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst, a native of Red Oak, will serve as the Grand Marshall of the Red Oak Junction Days Parade this Saturday. The parade will begin at 10:30-a.m.

Later in the day, Senator Ernst will be speaking at the dedication of the Cedar County Freedom Rock in Cedar County as part of her 99 County Tour for 2019.

Both events are open to the public.

Glenwood Police report (6/24)

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Four Glenwood residents  were arrested on separate charges over the past four days, in Glenwood. The Glenwood P-D reports 52-year old Sherry Harvey was arrested Saturday for Public Intoxication/2nd offense. And, 32-year old Ryan Miller was arrested Saturday for OWI/1st offense.

On Friday, Glenwood Police arrested 29-year old Thomas Cash for Driving While Barred, and 27-year old Samantha Teegarden was arrested for Driving While Revoked.

Each of those individuals have since posted a cash or surety bond, and were released.

Atlantic Pre-RAGBRAI clean-up set for July 6th

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce hopes you’ll lend a hand and help make the City RAGBRAI ready, beginning 9-a.m. Saturday, July 6th. Starting at the Atlantic City Park, individuals will walk the route through town picking up trash, spraying and pulling weeds, sweeping off road shoulders, etc.

Trash bags, trimmers, Roundup, shovels, rakes, etc. will be needed. Participating people/businesses that donate product and/or their time will be mentioned on Around Atlantic, Atlantic RAGBRAI and Atlantic Chamber Facebook pages.

If you can help and/or donate items needed, please contact Nick Harris at nicholasj7@yahoo.com, call 402-981-8876 or message Around Atlantic on Facebook.

RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa), begins Sunday, July 21st in Council Bluffs. The riders and their entourage will stay overnight in Atlantic before departing the next day on their way to Winterset.

Klobuchar to hold a Meet and Greet in Atlantic on July 1st

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle said Monday, Democrat Senior Senator and Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota will be at The Venue (307 Walnut in Atlantic) on Monday, July 1, from noon until 1-p.m., for a Cass County Meet & Greet.

(D) Sen. Amy Klobuchar

The Cass County Democratic Party will provide a lunch for $10, starting at 11-a.m. that day. Proceeds go to the county party.

Senator Klobuchar is serving her third term in the US Senate after having served as the Hennepin County Attorney for seven years. Her primary policy issues include infrastructure, dealing with the opioid crisis, health and mental health issues, dealing with the climate change crisis, and making America a stronger democracy.

As of June 24th, Klobuchar was among a field of 25 Democrats who have either entered the 2020 for President, or who have formed a presidential exploratory committee.

Clarinda area man arrested Monday on a Page County warrant

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Deputies in Page County, Monday, arrested 46-year old Kyle Lee Woldruff. The rural Clarinda man was taken into custody at the Page County Courthouse, on a Page County Warrant for Failure to appear.

He was transported to the Page County Jail and held on a $100 cash bond.

2 escape serious injury during an accident S. of Stanton, Sunday

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, that the use of seat belts and airbag deployment prevent serious injuries during a collision Sunday evening, south of Stanton. Authorities were notified at around 5:25-p.m. about a two-vehicle accident near 240th Street and O Avenue.

When Deputies arrived, they determined a 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by a juvenile female, was turning around on the road on the backside of a hill near the intersection. A northbound 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by 96-year old Alice Erickson, of Essex, crested the hill and struck the SUV.

Erickson and a female passenger in her vehicle, suffered minor injuries, and were transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital  by private vehicle. Damage from the collision amounted to $8,000. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Stanton Fire and Rescue along with Red Oak Fire and Rescue.

Drake University unveils $63 million housing, retail project

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake University says it is selling or leasing more than four acres of land on the east edge of its Des Moines campus to a developer for construction of apartments, townhomes, commercial space and a parking garage.

Drake President Marty Martin said Monday the proposed development valued at more than $63 million will create a “walkable, vibrant hub of retail and restaurant options” for the private university located northwest of city’s central business district.
Cedar Falls-based Merge Urban Development Group will get federal tax incentives for developing in the federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zone, a program for improving low-income areas.

The new announcement follows a new Hilton hotel and restaurant already under construction in the area and a planned $8 million new Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, a center named after former Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.