BARBARA STRACKE, 85, of Harlan (Svcs. 5/3/16)


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BARBARA STRACKE, 85, of Harlan, died Sat., April 30th, at Myrtue Medical Center, in Harlan. A Mass of Christian Burial for BARBARA STRACKE will be held 10-a.m. Tue., May 3rd, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, in Defiance. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home today (Monday, May 2nd), from 2-until 9-p.m.  The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6-until 9-p.m. (5/2), & a Wake service will be held at 7-p.m. (5/2).

Burial will be held at a later date, in the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery at Defiance.

BARBARA STRACKE is survived by:

Her sons – Bob (Jeanne) Stracke, of Edmond, OK; Paul (Cheryl) Stracke, of Graham, WA; Ed (Kris) Stracke, of St. Cloud, MN; Larry Stracke, of Sauk Rapids, MN; Jerry (Janet) Stracke, of Cary, NC., & Phil (Sara) Stracke, of Manilla (IA).

Her daughters – Jane (Joe) Herbers, of Manning, & Ann Langenfield (& Curtis Custer), of Harlan.

Her sisters – Phyllis (Darrell) Hansen, of Woodbine, & Mary (Ray) Wildwerding, of Earling.

32 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

MARK J. KEMP, 80, of Atlantic (Svcs. Pending)


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MARK J. KEMP, 80, of Atlantic, died Sunday, May 1st, at the home of his daughter, in Dallas Center. Services for MARK KEMP are pending at the Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home, in Atlantic.

Creston man arrested on drug charge near Villisca; Red Oak teen charged w/assault


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a man from Union County was arrested this (Monday) morning on a drug charge, north of Villisca. 32-year old Jason Michael Merboth, of Creston, was arrested at around 1:45-a.m., following a traffic stop at the intersection of Highways 34 & 71. Merboth was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

And, Police in Red Oak, Sunday, arrested, cited, and then released from custody, a 17-year old from Red Oak. Coltan James Wasson, of Red Oak,  was arrested at around 5:20-p.m. at a residence in the 100 block of E. Joy Street in Red Oak. He was charged with Simple Assault and later released to the custody of his mother.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties: 5/2/2016


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Early This Morning: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Northwest wind near 5 mph.
Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog through mid morning. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Warmer. High in the lower 60s. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 40s. West wind near 5 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny. High in the upper 60s. West wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 40s. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny. High in the mid 60s. North wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Low in the lower 40s.
Thursday: Sunny. High around 70.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 2nd 2016


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drunken driving deaths in Iowa increased to 123 last year, but the number of driver’s license revocations is down. Officials say the decline is likely a result of having fewer officers on the road, so there are fewer arrests. More people may also be taking cabs instead of driving after they have been drinking.

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley will join a national group in southwest Iowa to talk about taxpayer preferences. The National Taxpayer Advocate Service has announced it will hold a public forum at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Red Oak. Those who attend will get the chance to talk about what how the IRS can better help them comply with their tax obligations.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Center for abused children in Sioux City raising $2 million to expand the facility. The project will triple the space at the Mercy Child Advocacy Center and make the facility more confidential and secure.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences to adjourn the legislative session, because at one point their disagreements came down to less than $15 million. There were lengthy private meetings over less than $500,000 given to family planning facilities like Planned Parenthood. Lawmakers were also at odds over $9.7 million for salaries to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Iowa center for abused children raising $2 million to expand


May 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A center for abused children in Sioux City is raising $2 million for an expansion project. The Sioux City Journal reports the project will roughly triple the size of the Mercy Child Advocacy Center to 9,000 square feet. The project will create a stand-alone facility and add two more interview rooms and another examination room.

Plus, it will make the facility more secure and give it a separate entrance. Currently families enter the center through the endoscopy unit at the hospital. The facility serves 40 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and has seen over 15,000 children since it opened in 1989.

Scherzer, homers help Nationals sweep Cardinals, 6-1


May 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings to beat his hometown team for the first time, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory Sunday. Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa hit back-to-back home runs, providing the power for Washington on a day when NL MVP Bryce Harper struck out all four times up.

Scherzer (3-1), who grew up in suburban St. Louis, struck out nine and scattered four singles. He didn’t allow a runner past first base, earning his first win in five career starts against the Cardinals.

By finishing the weekend sweep, the Nationals emphatically ended years of frustration at Busch Stadium. It was their first series win in St. Louis since May 2007. Washington improved to 17-7 overall, the best start in club history through 24 games.

MARGE PORTER, 93, of Greenfield (Svcs. 5/7/16)


May 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MARGE PORTER, 93, of Greenfield, died March 30th, at the Greenfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Celebration of Life services for MARGE PORTER will be held 11-a.m. Saturday, May 7th,at the United Methodist Church, in Greenfield. Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held on May 6th, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield, with the family greeting friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be left to the family at

Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery.  A luncheon will be held following the committal services at the Greenfield United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be directed to the Greenfield United Methodist Church.

MARGE PORTER is survived by:

Her son – Gary (Lois) Roberts of Decorah.

Her step-children: John (Kathy) Porter of Greenfield; Gary (Melissa) Porter of Hudson, WI.

4 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Atlantic City Park restroom fire under investigation


May 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Atlantic responded to a report of smoke in the restroom at the Atlantic City Park Shelterhouse/restroom facility, Sunday afternoon. A person in the men’s restroom saw and smelled smoke a little after 2:30-p.m. Firefighters arrived on the scene and saw no visible flames, but a metal trash receptacle in the women’s restroom showed evidence a fire had started there, and that someone used water to try and put it out. The smoke wafted into the adjacent, men’s restroom.

Ric Hanson/photo

Ric Hanson/photo

Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson said they would inspect the trash can to try and determine if the fire was intentionally set, or the result of a carelessly discarded cigarette. Crews were on the scene for about 25 minutes.

Damage to the shelter appeared to have been limited to the trash can.

Iowa drunken driving deaths up but license revocations fall


May 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of drunken driving deaths on Iowa roads has been increasing over the past few years, but the number of driver’s license revocations is down. The Des Moines Register reports there were 123 drunken driving deaths last year. That’s up from 110 the year before and 114 in 2012.

Last year, 13,938 driver’s licenses were revoked for drunken driving in the state. That number has been steadily declining. In 2014, 14,515 licenses were revoked and in 2012, 17,708 licenses were taken.

Officials with the state Transportation Department and law enforcement say the decline is a result of having fewer officers on the road because of budget cuts and fewer arrests. Also, more people may be getting rides home after drinking.