Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Friday in observance of Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today (Wednesday) ordered all flags on the Capitol Complex to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6th, in observance of the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony which is to be held at 10-a.m. on Friday, May 6th, at the Oran Pape State Office Building of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, on the Capitol Complex.

Flags at the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial, located at the Oran Pape State Office Building, will be flown at half-staff the week of May 16-20, 2016, in honor of National Peace Officer Week.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays on the Capitol Complex.  Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

High School Track Scoreboard Tuesday 5/3/2016


May 4th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Western Iowa Conference Co-Ed Meet at Tri-Center


  1. Treynor 159
  2. Logan-Magnolia 109
  3. Underwood 88
  4. Missouri Valley 85
  5. IKM-Manning 73.5
  6. Tri-Center 51.5
  7. Audubon 48
  8. AHSTW 43
  9. Griswold 39
  10. Riverside 38

Treynor won 5 events on their way to the team title: Noel James won the 800m and the Cardinals won the Sprint Medley, Distance Medley, 4x100m Relay, and 4x800m Relay.

Full results here.


  1. Underwood 113
  2. Audubon 100
  3. Treynor 99
  4. Logan-Magnolia 76
  5. Missouri Valley 66
  6. Tri-Center 60
  7. AHSTW 58
  8. IKM-Manning 47
  9. Riverside 43
  10. Griswold 40

The Underwood Eagles took wins in the Shuttle Hurdles, 4x400m Relay, and had Nick Pedersen win the 400m on their way to the team crown.

Audubon’s Mitchell Nelsen won the 110m Hurdles and the Wheelers won the 4x100m Relay.

AHSTW got wins from Spencer Symanowicz in the Shot Put and Gage Clay in the 100m and 200m.

Griswold’s Jadon Jahnke won the High Jump.

Full results here.

Corner Conference Co-Ed Meet at Fremont-Mills


  1. Sidney 168
  2. Essex 124
  3. Fremont-Mills 114
  4. East Mills 69
  5. Stanton 62
  6. Clarinda Academy 17
  7. Nishnabotna 12
  8. South Page 4
  9. Heartland Christian 3

Sidney picked up wins from Lexy Larsen in the 100m and 200m, Mackenzie Daffer in the 400m and 400m Hurdles, Jaden Daffer in the 100m Hurdles, Maryn Phillips in the Discus and Shot Put, 4x400m Relay, and Sprint Medley.

Full results here.


  1. Fremont-Mills 157
  2. Nishnabotna 116.5
  3. Sidney 70.5
  4. East Mills 64
  5. Stanton 58
  6. Clarinda Academy 41
  7. Essex 37
  8. Heartland Christian 10

Fremont-Mills took the conference crown on their home track with wins in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay, Parker Powers in the 110m Hurdles and High Jump, and Jaeger Powers in the Long Jump.

Full results here.


Backyard & Beyond 5-4-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Obituaries

May 4th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Julie Tjepkes about the Atlantic Public Library One Step Registration.


40th Annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar set for June 3-5

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, sponsored annually by the Northwest Area Education Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Monona County Conservation, is June 3-5, beginning at West Monona High School, in Onawa, and then moving to the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area campground, near Castana.

Now in its 40th year, the popular seminar has programs and activities for every age and all levels of physical abilities. Participants may choose among field sessions covering plants, insects, birds, explore nature photography or writing, prairie management and ecology, and more.

There is no cost to attend and registration is not necessary, unless participants plan to order meals. Educators may register for credit through the Northwest AEA at a reduced fee. There are special programs for children and families, and for adults and older students. More information is available online at

Food Preservation 101 Class to Be Held May 17 in Red Oak


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Food Preservation 101 is a two-hour overview of general food preservation principles. The class includes current recommendations for canning, freezing and drying, display of equipment and utensils and sources for safe and tested food preservation information.  The class will be held May 17th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at ISU Extension and Outreach, Montgomery County Office in Red Oak. There is a $5 registration fee to cover the costs of the class. Register by calling 712-623-2592 by May 16th.

After participating in Food Preservation 101, individuals may choose to increase their knowledge.  Preserve the Taste of Summer consists of an online course and hands-on food preservation workshops. Fuller said it’s a great opportunity for those who want to go beyond the basics. Register online at

The ISU Extension and Outreach food preservation publications can be viewed or printed at this website: Search by publication number or title to find them.

  • PM 638 Canning and Freezing Tomatoes
  • PM 1043 Canning Fruits
  • PM 1044 Canning Vegetables
  • PM 1366 Canning Fruit Spreads
  • PM 3021 Canning Meat, Poultry, Wild Game and Fish
  • HS 21 Canning Salsa
  • PM 1368 Canning Pickles
  • PM 1045 Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

A copy of these publications will be provided at Food Preservation 101.  Get answers to food preservation questions year round by calling ISU Extension and Outreach’s toll-free AnswerLine. Experts answer questions Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and from 1– 4 p.m. In Iowa: 1-800-262-3804; Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals, 1-800-735-2942.  Questions can also be emailed to .  Frequently asked questions and other resources are available at the AnswerLine website,

Give blood with the Red Cross during Trauma Awareness Month


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies. Donors of all blood types are needed this May. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions.

Schedule your appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then also visit to enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.

Some upcoming blood donation opportunities….

Adair County:

Orient – 5/17/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Orient Macksburg High School

Audubon County:

Exira – 5/23/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Exira Recreational Center, 106 N Jefferson

Cass County:

Atlantic – 5/26/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Atlantic Catholic Parish Center

Montgomery County:

Red Oak – 5/16/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Faith Community Church, 2701 North 8th Street

Stanton – 5/31/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Vikiing Center, 501 Elliot

Villisca – 5/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 201 S. 3rd Ave

Pottawattamie County:

Council Bluffs – 5/16/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 5/17/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fox Run Assisted Living, 3121 Macineery Drive; 5/17/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 5/22/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Community of Christ, 140 Kanesville Blvd; 5/23/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 5/24/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hy-Vee Broadway, 2323 West Broadway; 5/24/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 5/31/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street

Shelby – 5/21/2016: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Shelby Community Building, 500 East Street

Walnut – 5/19/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 406 Antique City Drive

Shelby County:

Elk Horn – 5/17/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Elk Horn Lutheran Church, 4313 Main Street

Westphalia– 5/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Boniface Parish Center, 305 Duren St.

To donate blood, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Council Bluffs man gets 25 years in attack on estranged wife


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 40-year-old Council Bluffs man accused of trying to kill his estranged wife had been imprisoned. David McKee was given 25 years at his sentencing hearing Tuesday. He’d pleaded guilty to a burglary charge after prosecutors dropped charges for attempted murder and other crimes.

Police say McKee a year ago broke into a home where his estranged wife and another woman were living. The wife told officers that he threatened to kill both of them and grabbed her by the throat. She stabbed him with a knife she was holding and the other woman struck him with a weight. He was hospitalized.

High School Golf Scoreboard 5/3/2016


May 4th, 2016 by Chris Parks


Rolling Valley Conference at Crestwood Hills

  1. Boyer Valley 208
  2. CAM 246
  3. Glidden-Ralston 261
  4. Exira-EHK no team score
  5. Adair-Casey no team score

Medalist: Morgan Ferguson, CAM 49.  Runner-Up: Brooke Hast, Boyer Valley 49.

Pride of Iowa Conference Meet at Bedford

  1. Pleasantville 397
  2. Mount Ayr 449
  3. Lenox 475
  4. Central Decatur 501
  5. Southwest Valley 529
  6. Wayne 543

Medalist: Hannah Gordon, Pleasantville 85.  Runner-Up: Avari Heinz-Pence, Pleasantville 93.


Rolling Valley Conference at Crestwood Hills

  1. Coon Rapids-Bayard 175
  2. Glidden-Ralston 177
  3. Exira-EHK 190
  4. Boyer Valley 194
  5. CAM 195
  6. Adair-Casey 245

Medalist: Colton Lenz, Coon Rapids-Bayard 41.  Runner-Up: Drew Olberding, Glidden-Ralston 42.

Pride of Iowa Conference Meet at Corning

  1. Nodaway Valley 344
  2. Pleasantville 356
  3. Central Decatur 358
  4. East Union 367
  5. Bedford 372
  6. Martensdale St Marys 374
  7. Mount Ayr 380
  8. Wayne 380
  9. Southwest Valley 395
  10. Southeast Warren 402
  11. Lenox 519
  12. I-35 no team score

Medalist: Spencer Lamb, Nodaway Valley 77.  Runner-Up: Grant Crowell, Martensdale St Marys 78 and Jackson Lamb, Nodaway Valley 78

High School Tennis Scoreboard 5/3/2016


May 4th, 2016 by Chris Parks


Glenwood 6, St. Albert 3
Shenandoah 5, Denison-Schleswig 4
Southwest Valley 5, Audubon 4


Creston 5, Chariton 4
Glenwood 6, St. Albert 3
Maryville 8, Clarinda 1
Southwest Valley 8, Audubon 1

2 arrests in Creston Tue. evening/night


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Tuesday, in Creston. Creston Police report 36-year old Ryan Rinehart, of Creston, was arrested a little after 11-p.m., for Driving While Suspended. He was later released on $300 bond. And, at around 7-p.m., Creston Police arrested 51-year old Martin Feliscian, of Mt. Ayr, for OWI/1st offense. Feliscian was being held in the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond, and on a warrant out of Bates County, MO.