Senate committee sets hearing for Branstad’s ambassador post

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April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has scheduled a hearing to consider Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination as ambassador to China. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Tuesday it will hold a hearing May 2 to discuss Branstad’s nomination. A spokesman for the Republican governor says it’s unclear if the committee will vote that day. Branstad will also need approval from the full Senate.

Branstad is scheduled to be in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings related to his confirmation. Branstad has served as Iowa’s governor for 23 years, making him the longest-serving governor in U.S. history. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to become governor if Branstad is confirmed to the diplomatic post.

Short Harlan P-D report released 4/25

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April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department released an uncharacteristically short report, today (Tuesday). In the report, authorities said 44-year old Larry Monroe Lange, of Harlan, was charged Saturday with Public Intoxication, 3rd Offense, after an officer was called to the 1100 block of 9th Street.

Last Friday, 26-year old Timothy McFarland, of Dunlap, was arrested following a traffic stop in the 2300 block of 7th Street, in Harlan. McFarland was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Revoked, Failure to Secure Child, and Windshield/Window Requirements.

And, on April 20th, 28-year old Christopher Lawrence Lappe, of Manilla, was cited by officers following a traffic stop on Highway 59 north, of Highway 44.  Lappe was cited for Driving While Suspended, and Failure to Secure Security Against Liability.

Welcome to the neighborhood – 10 swans to be released in southern Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports they will be releasing swans at four locations in southern Iowa in May, as part of its statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort. Swans will be released on May 6 at Pin Oak Marsh at 1:30 p.m.; on May 11 at Viking Lake State Park near the restaurant beach area at 1:30 p.m.; on May 12 at Lake Icaria Recreation Area on the north side of lake at the east boat ramp at 9:30 a.m.; and on May 12 at Lake Anita State Park, at 1:30 p.m. Each location will receive two swans except Lake Icaria, which will receive four swans.

Directions to each release site are available on the calendar of events listing on the Iowa DNR’s website at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation.

Filmmaker Steve Harryman plans to collect video footage and conduct interviews at Viking Lake State Park, Lake Icaria, Lake Anita State Park and at a restored wetland with nesting swans, for his upcoming documentary “Return of the Trumpeter Swans.” Harryman is working in conjunction with the Trumpeter Swan Society.

Each release will feature a program on trumpeter swans and an opportunity for attendees to see, touch and get photos with the largest waterfowl in North America. The all-white birds can weigh up to 32 pounds and have a wingspan reaching up to eight feet.

Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s. By the early 1930s, only 69 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states.

Bank files for foreclosure on historic Sioux City building

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April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A California-based developer has defaulted on a $6 million bond agreement, raising questions about the future of a 12-story art deco structure built in 1933 that has fallen into disrepair in Sioux City. The Sioux City Journal reports that Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust filed for foreclosure on the building earlier this month, saying Mako One Corp., its managing partner Bruce DeBolt and two other limited liability companies owe more than $4.4 million in principal, interest and advances.

Officials with the bank say the default puts the issuance of state and federal tax credits in jeopardy, leaving it at risk of losing “a significant portion” of collateral. The bank has asked a judge to appoint a receiver to take over the property.

The Bachelor’ arrested in connection with fatal accident

News

April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An Iowan who gained fame as “The Bachelor” and a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” has been arrested in connection with a deadly traffic accident in Buchanan County. According to sources, Chris Soules, who starred in a past season of the television series “The Bachelor”, was the driver of a pickup that rear-ended a farm tractor on County Road W-45, north of Aurora, at about 8:30pm Monday. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch.

The driver of the tractor, whose name has not been released, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, but died from the injuries. Soules allegedly fled the scene of the crash, but was later arrested.

After receiving medical treatment, Soules was taken into custody by the Buchanan County Sheriff on a charge of leaving the scene of a deadly accident. The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the fatality.

(Radio Iowa)

Backyard & Beyond 4-25-2017

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

April 25th, 2017 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Dan Witt, President of the Iowa Barn Foundation.

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Man who stole drugs while working at pharmacy gets probation

News

April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska man has been given two years of probation for stealing prescription painkillers while working at a pharmacy in Council Bluffs. Court records show 24-year-old Justin Gardner, of Omaha, pleaded guilty Monday to possession for sale. Prosecutors dropped two other counts in exchange. Gardner was granted a deferred judgment. Under a deferred judgment, the conviction will be removed from Gardner’s record if he successfully completes the terms of his probation.

Gardner also is awaiting trial in Council Bluffs on a charge of sexual abuse. Prosecutors say a woman reported that she had been drinking the night of Feb. 25 and woke up at a friend’s apartment as Gardner sexually assaulted her. She told police he didn’t stop when she told him to. He told investigators the sex was consensual.

Atlantic City Councilperson accepts Chamber Program Director position

News

April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic 3rd Ward Councilperson Ashley Hayes said today (Tuesday), she has accepted a position as Programs Director for the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. In the announcement she made on her Facebook page Hayes said she is “Very excited for this opportunity & to serve the Atlantic community in this way!”

The Program Director’s position was previously held by Bailey Smith, who was hired earlier this month as Executive Director of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce following the departure in February, of former Director Quida Hargens.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25th

Trading Post

April 25th, 2017 by Jim Field

WANTED:  Topper to fit 2010 Silverado. Prefer red or black. Call 641-740-1058.

FOR SALE: DYNA-GLO KEROSENE HEATER 23,000 BTU. Like new condition. Moving sale. $60.00 obo.  Call 712-254-6936 Massena.

Teenager killed in ATV accident near Forest City

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April 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The name of the teenager is being released who died in a weekend all-terrain vehicle accident near Forest City. Family members are on record as having identified the victim as Colby Schleuger. The Iowa State Patrol says an ATV being operated by the teen went into a ditch on a gravel road west of Forest City about 6 o’clock Sunday evening. Schleuger was a freshman at Forest City High School.

It’s the second fatal incident in just over two weeks in Winnebago County involving a child on such a vehicle. 11-year-old Carter Trunkhill of Woden was killed in a Utility Task Vehicle rollover west of Forest City and north of Crystal Lake on April 8th.

(Radio Iowa)