STEM Kids Afterschool Program


January 18th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The East Pottawattamie County Extension and Outreach and 4-H program are offering “STEM Kids” afterschool program on Wednesday’s in February from 3:00 – 4:30pm at the Carson Fire Station Meeting Room for all 4th grade youth.

Youth will spend the afternoon learning about science, technology, engineering and math through hands on activities, teamwork and experiments.  The program will cost $10.00 per youth to attend the 4 sessions held on February 7, 14, 21, and 28.  All 4th grade youth interested in participating will be required to complete and submit a registration form, available on the website: Registration forms, payment and health forms will be due to the East Pottawattamie County Extension Office, PO Box 187, Oakland, Iowa 51560 by Monday, January 29th.  STEM Kids registration will be on a first come, first served basis, as spots are limited.

The Cooking with Kids Afterschool program will be offered to 4th graders attending the AHSTW Schools on Tuesdays during the month of March.  Registration forms and additional information will be sent home with 4th grade students and available on our website in February.

JANICE JOY FERGUSON, 77 of Audubon (1-20-2018 & 1-27-2018)


January 18th, 2018 by Jim Field

JANICE JOY FERGUSON, 77 of Audubon, died Tuesday, January 16th at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon.  Funeral services for JANICE JOY FERGUSON will be held on Saturday, January 20th at 1:00 pm at Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home in Maxwell.  There will also be a memorial service Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Audubon.  Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home in Maxwell has the arrangements.


Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Maxwell.

Following the graveside service, everyone is invited to join the family at Loring United Methodist Church for a luncheon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW.

JANICE JOY FERGUSON is survived by:

Husband:  Dwayne of Audubon

Daughter:  Faith Anthony of Audubon

Sons:  Timothy (Lori) Ferguson of Aberdeen, MD & Matthew (Beka) Ferguson of Washington D.C.

Brothers:  Richard (Jody) Sargent of Fountain Hills, AZ & Jerold Sargent of Tulsa, OK

Sister:  Robin Iiams of Kansas, OK

10 grandchildren

5 great-grandchildren

IGHSAU girls basketball rankings 01/18/2018


January 18th, 2018 by Chris Parks

2018 Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings
Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
Thursday, January 18

Class 1A

1 Springville 14-2 1
2 Central Decatur 15-0 2
3 North Mahaska 15-0 3
4 Newell-Fonda 14-0 4
5 West Hancock 13-1 5
6 Kingsley-Pierson 13-2 6
7 AGWSR 12-1 7
8 Exira-EHK 12-1 8
9 Montezuma 13-2 9
10 Kee 13-1 10
11 Janesville 12-1 11
12 Bishop Garrigan 10-4 12
13 Seymour 15-0 13
14 Boyer Valley 13-1 14
15 Colo-Nesco 12-2 NR

Class 2A

1 North Linn 16-0 1
2 Treynor 13-0 2
3 Panorama 15-1 5
4 Western Christian 11-2 3
5 Logan-Magnolia 12-2 4
6 Cascade 13-3 6
7 Iowa City Regina 10-3 8
8 Grundy Center 12-1 10
9 North Union 13-0 11
10 Bellevue 11-4 9
11 Dike-New Hartford 13-2 13
12 West Sioux 12-2 7
13 Pekin 15-1 NR
14 IKM-Manning 10-3 NR
15 Mediapolis 12-2 12

Class 3A

1 Crestwood 13-0 1
2 Sioux Center 12-2 2
3 Clear Lake 13-1 3
4 Cherokee 13-1 4
5 Osage 15-0 5
6 Nevada 13-1 6
7 Davenport Assumption 9-5 7
8 Roland-Story 13-2 8
9 South Central Calhoun 15-0 12
10 Monticello 11-4 15
11 Camanche 11-4 11
12 Forest City 11-3 13
13 Kuemper Catholic 10-3 9
14 West Marshall 11-3 14
15 North Polk 11-3 10

Class 4A

1 Marion 14-0 1
2 Lewis Central 14-0 2
3 Grinnell 13-1 3
4 North Scott 12-2 4
5 Center Point-Urbana 13-2 5
6 Boone 13-1 6
7 Mason City 8-7 7
8 Le Mars 12-2 8
9 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 9-4 10
10 Cedar Rapids Xavier 8-7 12
11 Fairfield 10-3 11
12 Denison-Schleswig 10-4 13
13 Dallas Center-Grimes 8-5 15
14 Pella 10-4 9
15 Waverly-Shell Rock 10-4 NR

Class 5A

1 Iowa City High 13-0 1
2 Cedar Falls 13-1 2
3 Iowa City West 10-3 3
4 Pleasant Valley 14-0 4
5 Dowling Catholic 13-1 5
6 Johnston 13-1 6
7 Southeast Polk 12-2 8
8 Ankeny Centennial 11-3 9
9 Waukee 11-2 7
10 Cedar Rapids Prairie 9-4 10
11 Indianola 10-3 11
12 Cedar Rapids Washington 7-5 14
13 Bettendorf 10-3 15
14 Ankeny 7-7 NR
15 West Des Moines Valley 7-8 12


Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops


January 18th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers.

The provision from Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and John Hoeven of North Dakota surfaced in the final days of the debate over the tax bill. Companies that aren’t co-ops include local grain companies as well as agribusiness giants such as Cargill and ADM.

The senators say they didn’t intend to give co-ops and their farmer-members a competitive advantage over other companies. They say they just wanted to make sure farmers’ taxes didn’t rise.

But observers say it’s not clear if a fix can pass, given the partisan divide on Capitol Hill.

Fatal accident in Sac County


January 18th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports one person died during an accident Wednesday afternoon, in Sac County. Authorities say the accident happened at around 12:06-p.m., when a 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 77-year old Dennis Paul Gosch, of Sac City, stopped at the intersection of Rolfe Avenue and Highway 20, but then proceeded into the intersection. His pickup was struck on the driver’s side by a 2009 Peterbilt semi driven by 61-year old Robert Brown, of Kiron.

The impact pushed the pickup into the median. Gosch died at the scene. Brown was not injured. Both men were wearing their seat belts.

3 fired in cronyism scandal at Iowa communications agency


January 18th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The executive director of Iowa’s state-run broadband network and two subordinates have been fired after state auditors discovered a range of misspending and cronyism during his tenure. A report by State Auditor Mary Mosiman released Thursday says that Iowa Communications Network executive director Ric Lumbard improperly awarded jobs and contracts to individuals associated with a nonprofit Christian ministry he also leads.

The report says that Lumbard and two associates he hired, Jessica Jensen and T.J. Boulet, were fired earlier this month ahead of the audit’s release. A criminal investigation is ongoing. Mosiman’s report says Lumbard repeatedly circumvented rules requiring competitive bidding on government contracts, created unnecessary jobs, hired unqualified individuals and awarded Jensen excessive pay increases. A company associated with Lumbard sold more than $2,000 in state-owned equipment on eBay.


Trading Post

January 18th, 2018 by Jim Field

WANTED:  tire link rubber floor mats, various sizes.  Price?  New or used.  Call 243-4132 with information.

Mason City police partner with mental health officials


January 18th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police and mental health professionals in northern Iowa have agreed to more closely work together on difficult cases in an effort to improve outcomes and reduce costs. The Mason City Council approved a plan Tuesday for the local police department and County Social Services to collaborate on creating a law enforcement mental health care coordinator position. The role will serve under County Social Services but will work with police on mental health situations.

Police Chief Jeff Brinkley tells the Globe Gazette that calls for service related to mental health have increased by 22 percent over the last three years. Brinkley says the challenge is reducing the impact on public safety resources while offering better care for mental health patients. He says they aim to work with patients before they reach crisis status.

Woman gets probation for using counterfeit cash at casino


January 18th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A woman accused of passing counterfeit cash at a Sioux City casino has been given two years of probation. Court records say 28-year-old Jackelen Hartsock, of Le Mars, pleaded guilty Tuesday to forgery after prosecutors dropped a theft charge as part of a plea agreement. She also was given a five-year suspended prison term.

Police say Hartsock, 29-year-old Brittany Derby and 27-year-old Kurt Jones made several cash transactions Aug. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Police say the bills were later found to be counterfeit. The records say Jones has pleaded not guilty to forgery and is scheduled to begin trial Tuesday. A Feb. 28 hearing is scheduled regarding a plea deal pending for the 29-year-old Derby.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report: Griswold man arrested


January 18th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Cass County was arrested Wednesday afternoon. 30-year old Jacob William Earl Dofner, of Griswold, was arrested for Driving While License Denied or Revoked. He was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Treynor. A man from Carson was arrested at around 12:30-a.m. today (Thursday), following a traffic stop for speeding 82 in a 55-mph zone. The Sheriff’s Office said 28-year old Jared Tyler Hiser was driving his vehicle near the intersection of Highway 59 and Chestnut Road, when he was pulled over. Hiser was subsequently arrested for OWI/1st offense, after displaying clues of impairment.

And, a man from Council Bluffs was arrested for OWI/1st offense, after he was found walking in the 23,000 block of Highway 92 at around 3:20-a.m. today (Thursday). An investigation determined 26-year old Nathan Daniel Kantor was walking away from a motor vehicle accident.