Arrests made in connection with theft of mail in Council Bluffs


December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs said Thursday two arrests have been made in connection with the theft of mail from mail boxes in the community. Bluffs Police Capt. Todd Weddum reports 45-year old Eric J. Kriegler, and 30-year old James A. Whitsel, both of Council Bluffs, were each charged with four counts of Theft. Kriegler also faces charges associated with four traffic offenses.

According to Weddum, a Council Bluffs resident called 9-1-1 today (Thursday), to report they had eye-witnessed a white Toyota sedan in their neighborhood. The occupants of the vehicle were allegedly stealing mail from residential mailboxes. A short time later, a Council Bluffs police officer saw a vehicle matching that of the suspects, and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Bluffs and Willow Streets.

The driver, identified as Eric Kriegler, was subsequently arrested for several traffic offenses. Upon further investigation, it was determined the vehicle contained pieces of mail stolen from three different neighborhoods in Council Bluffs. Kriegler and his passenger were then taken into custody.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Council Bluffs Police Department is continuing to look into the case, to see if any additional charges will be added. The U-S Postal Service Inspector’s Office was also notified of the incident.

NEVA JEAN MANZ, 84, of Avoca (Svcs. 12/22/14)


December 18th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

NEVA JEAN MANZ, 84, of Avoca passed away Wednesday at the Avoca Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral Services for Neva Manz will be 10-30 Monday at the Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca who also has the arrangements.

Visitation for Neva Manz with the family will be Sunday from 5 until 7pm at the Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca. Burial will be at the Shelby Cemetery in Shelby.

Neva Manz is survived by

Her husband Lee of Avoca

Son Larry (Debbie) Manz of Avoca; daughters Ronda (Craig) Davis of Shelby; Coleen (Charles) Schumacher; Karen (Delbert) Turner both of Shelby; Sherry (Trevor) Pfaff of Raytown, MO; Sister Hyla Nash of Atlantic; Brothers Bill (Maye) Babbitt of Avoca and Dell (Sharon) Babbitt if Estes Park, CO,

New report offers economic development strategies


December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report says Iowa should invest more in business development, education and infrastructure to boost the state’s economy. The nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute released the report Thursday. It was commissioned last year by an economic advisory board co-chaired by Gov. Terry Branstad. Overall, the report said the state has seen job growth and wages increases in recent years. Still, there is room for improvement. As of 2013, Iowa ranked 23rd nationally for per capita income.

Recommendations in the report included simplifying the state tax code and providing more funding to programs that offer support to businesses. It suggests increasing educational opportunities to develop more skilled workers. The report also cites Iowa’s infrastructure needs, stressing the need for more funding for roads and better broadband infrastructure across the state.

MADGE FISCUS, 88, of Ames (Svcs. 12/20/14)


December 18th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

MADGE FISCUS, 88, of Ames passed away Wednesday at Israel Family Hospice House. Funeral Services for Madge Fiscus will be 1pm Saturday at the Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan who also has the arrangements.

Visitation for Madge Fiscus will be Friday between 4 and 9pm with family present between 6 and 8pm at the Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan.

Burial will be at the Harlan Cemetery.


Madge Fiscus is survived by:

Sons Randy (Shryl) Fiscus of Iowa Falls and Barry Fiscus of Atlantic. Granddaughters Casey (Matt) McNeal and Nikki (Ryan) Allen both of Iowa Falls.

5 Great grandchildren

2014-15 FOURTH Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings


December 18th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 5-A
1. Waukee 4-0 2
2. West Des Moines Valley 6-0 3
3. Dowling Catholic 5-2 1
4. Iowa City West 7-0 4
5. Southeast Polk 4-1 8
6. Johnston 5-1 5
7. Iowa City High 6-1 9
8. Linn-Mar 5-1 6
9. Ankeny Centennial 3-2 7
10. Cedar Falls 6-1 NR
Dropped Out: Cedar Rapids Kennedy (10)

Class 4-A
1. Harlan 3-0 1
2. North Scott 6-0 2
3. Western Dubuque 5-0 3
4. Ballard 7-0 4
5. Bishop Heelan 3-0 5
6. Carlisle 6-1 7
7. Perry 5-2 6
8. Keokuk 6-0 8
9. Waverly-Shell Rock 6-0 9
10. Davenport Assumption 3-3 12
11. Indianola 5-2 10
12. Lewis Central 6-1 11
13. Davenport North 6-0 15
14. Cedar Rapids Xavier 4-3 13
15. Pella 5-2 14
Dropped Out: None

Class 3-A
1. Pocahontas Area 7-0 1
2. Mediapolis 6-0 2
3. Hampton-Dumont 7-0 4
4. Spirit Lake 5-1 3
5. Sioux Center 5-1 5
6. Kuemper Catholic 4-1 8
7. Red Oak 5-1 9
8. Nevada 6-1 7
9. Crestwood 5-1 10
10. Shenandoah 4-2 6
11. Solon 7-0 13
12. Osage 6-0 15
13. Saydel 7-1 11
14. Cherokee 4-2 14
15. Center Point-Urbana 5-3 12
Dropped Out: None

Class 2-A
1. Western Christian 5-0 1
2. Unity Christian 6-0 2
3. North-Linn 7-0 3
4. South Central Calhoun 8-0 4
5. Panorama 7-0 6
6. Dike-New Hartford 6-1 7
7. IKM-Manning 4-1 8
8. Cascade 5-0 9
9. Okoboji 7-0 11
10. Iowa City Regina 6-0 12
11. Maple Valley-A-O 5-1 13
12. Des Moines Christian 5-3 14
13. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 2-2 5
14. Manson-NW Webster 5-2 15
15. Hinton 7-0 NR
Dropped Out: West Branch (10)

Class 1-A
1. Burlington Notre Dame 8-0 1
2. Colo-Nesco 7-0 2
3. Bedford 7-0 3
4. Grand View Christian 5-0 4
5. Kingsley-Pierson 6-0 5
6. Fremont-Mills 6-0 6
7. Newell-Fonda 5-2 8
8. Exira/EHK 6-0 9
9. Lynnville-Sully 8-0 11
10. AGWSR 5-1 NR
11. Rockford 6-1 7
12. Central Lyon 4-2 14
13. Springville 5-0 15
14. Tripoli 5-1 10
15. Midland 5-2 12
Dropped Out: Marquette Catholic (13)


Trading Post

December 18th, 2014 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: Horse quality small grass hay bales. $4 per bale. Located near Hamlin Iowa. Call 712-268-5560.

WANTED: Someone to pick up an old non-working refrigerator. 712-250-0788.

HOWARD C. PAULSEN, 89, of Atlantic (Svcs. 12/22/14)


December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HOWARD C. PAULSEN, 89, a life-long resident of Atlantic, died Wed. Dec. 17th. Funeral services for HOWARD PAULSEN will be held 11-a.m. Mon., Dec. 22nd, at the 1st Baptist Church, in Atlantic. Roland Funeral Service in Atlantic has the arrangements.

The family will meet with friends from 4-until 6-p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.

Burial, with military honors, will be in the Atlantic Cemetery. Lunch will be served at the 1st Baptist Church, following services at the cemetery.

HOWARD PAULSEN is survived by:

His wife – Janet Paulsen, of Atlantic.

His son – Thomas (Micki) Paulsen, of Carroll.

and 4 grandchildren.

Minor injuries reported after Creston accident Wed. evening


December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered what were described as “non-incapacitating” injuries during an accident Wednesday evening, in Creston. Authorities say vehicles driven by 84-year old Norma Orth, of Creston, and 19-year old Tanner Davidson, of Afton, collided at around 6:45-p.m. at the intersection of Townline and Sumner Streets.

The accident happened at Orth turned was turning from westbound Townline onto southbound Sumner Street, and cut the turn too sharply. Her 2008 Pontiac hit Davidson’s northbound 2012 Ford head-on, causing $3,000 damage altogether. Orth suffered minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital. Davidson was uninjured in the crash. No citations were issued.

Omaha company proposes vegetable oil plant in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) – An Omaha, Nebraska soybean processing company plans to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in western Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that Ag Processing Inc. plans to build the refinery at its complex near Sergeant Bluff, creating at least 20 new jobs. The information comes from documents by Ag Processing seeking nearly $1 million in Iowa loans and tax breaks released by the state Wednesday.

The company’s complex in Woodbury County currently includes a soybean processing plant, biodiesel plant and grain storage facilities. The vegetable oil refinery proposed for the same 85-acre site would be designed for 30 rail tank cars per day. Estimated project costs include $2.5 million for site preparation, $14.5 million for construction and $71.5 million for new machinery and equipment..

Backyard and Beyond 12-18-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

December 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Cody Ihnen, member of the local band Popcorn Button, about a holiday ball this Sunday, December 21st.