Posted County Grain Prices: 4/23/2018


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.31, Beans $9.54
Adair County: Corn $3.28, Beans $9.57
Adams County: Corn $3.28, Beans $9.53
Audubon County: Corn $3.30, Beans $9.56
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.34, Beans $9.54
Guthrie County: Corn $3.33, Beans $9.58
Montgomery County: Corn $3.33, Beans $9.56
Shelby County: Corn $3.34, Beans $9.54

Oats $2.50 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices)

Agreement on taxes among 88 Republicans in legislature elusive


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Republican lawmakers say they are “close” to a deal to cut Iowans’ income taxes, but it’s taken a while to find the method and the depth of cuts that all feel “comfortable with” according to House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake. “I think the thing we have to remember here is that Republicans have waited a lot time to do some tax reform and some tax cuts and there are 88 Republicans here and so it’s not surprising, perhaps, that there are many ideas on how you might approach this,” she says. Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, says it’s been two decades since Republicans controlled both the legislative and executive branches of state government and had a “serious discussion” about tax policy. “So these conversations don’t happen very often and we want to make sure we get the policy right,” Schneider says. “There are a couple of things we agree on even though we don’t have a final plan in place.”

There is universal agreement among Republicans that the state shouldn’t get a windfall after federal tax cuts were enacted in December. Without any changes that would happen, because Iowans get a deduction on their state income taxes for their federal tax bill. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she does not have a “timeline” for having a final deal emerge from these private talks — and she’s been reluctant to make public pronouncements about what should be in the tax plan. “When you start drawing lines in the sand, that makes it hard to have those conversations,” Reynolds says.

House Republicans have voted for a five-year plan that would cut taxes by one-point-three BILLION dollars. Republicans in the SENATE have proposed two-billion dollars in cuts over the next five years. Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines says “there is room” for a tax cut this year, but the size of the deal that may emerge from the G-O-P’s closed-door negotiations is worrisome. “The tax plan is still kind of a mystery to us, as to Iowans, and what we’re actually going to see,” Petersen says. “…Democrats have said all along we’d be willing to work on a tax plan as long as it’s fair and takes into account our current budget situation.”

Petersen and Schneider made their comments during an appearance this past weekend on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program.

(Radio Iowa)

DNR expert says hold off on hitting the water until it warms up

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The extended cold spring weather has many people looking to get outside and active at the first sign of a warm day. Iowa D-N-R River Programs Outreach Coordinator Tom Robertson is worried some people may be in too big a hurry to get out on the water. “We’ve had such a long, drawn out winter that the water has never been given a chance to heat up at all. We’ve had no consistent warm days,” Robertson explains. “The big worry right now is people with the spring fidgets who’ve been cooped up all winter just want to get out on the water as quick as possible.”

Just having the sun’s rays poke through the clouds and the air temperatures rising is not enough to warm the water. “They see the first 60-degree day come along and they think that is the perfect time to go paddling. But they need to remember that the water is freezing,” Robertson says. Water temperatures need to be up in the 70’s to make it safe. “I don’t know exactly what the temperature is — but I do know a good guess is probably in the mid 40s — and that is ice water. So that’s definitely cold enough to cause hypothermia,” according to Robertson. “And then you’ve got to factor in what the air temperature is. It’s pretty cool, it’s been very windy. All that combined is a very, very, dangerous thing.”

He says cold temperatures can combine with inexperience and improper equipment to become deadly. “If you don’t have a wet suit and you don’t have a dry suit and if you don’t have the proper boat control skills — that is we are recommending that people just wait until it warms up a little bit before they head out onto the water,” Robertson says. There’s also issue with the uncertainty of water levels. He says it depends on which stream you are on as some are running, normal, some low and some are running high, depending on where you are in the state. “Our precipitation recently has just been so scattered that it’s just really hard to tell. It’s something you have to plan for and look out.”

Robertson says it’s just not worth it to risk you safety right now. “Right now it’s just too darn cold to be messing around with kayaking and paddling , I think until it warms up a little bit. And it’s going to take several weeks of consistently warm temperatures and sunshine to get that water heated back up,” Robertson says.  He says if you need something to do while you wait you should take the time to check your canoe or kayak for any needed repairs or maintenance. Look for holes and leaks, make sure all hatch lids fit snug and securely and check your paddle blades for signs of cracking or splitting. Dust off your life jacket and make sure all buckles and zippers work properly and look for holes and tears. Replace the life jacket if it has damage that cannot be repaired.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa avoids sweep by topping No. 25 Minnesota


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa baseball team salvaged the final game of a Big Ten series at 25th ranked Minnesota, Sunday. Cole McDonald allowed one run in seven innings of work to get the win as the Hawkeyes edged the Gophers 5-3. McDonald improves to 3-1 on the season. The Hawkeyes avoided the sweep and improved to 7-6 in the Big Ten.

ORLAND FARA, 86, of Manning (Svcs. 4/26/18)


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

ORLAND FARA, 86, of Manning, died Sunday, April 22nd, at the Manning Plaza Nursing Home. Funeral services for ORLAND FARA will be held 10:30-a.m. Thursday, April 26th, at the First Presbyterian Church, in Manning. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Wed., April 25th, from 3:30-until 7-p.m.; A Masonic Memorial Service will take place at 4:30-p.m. Wed. at the funeral home. Visitation will resume 9:30-a.m. Thursday (Prior to the service), at the 1st Presbyterian Church.

Burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.

ORLAND FARA is survived by:

His wife – Ona Dean Fara, of Manning.

His sons – Aland (Laura) Fara, of Manning, and Michael (Kathy) Fara, of Irwin.

His brothers – Jack Fara, of Akron, OH., and Jim (Joanna) Fara, of Cincinnati, OH.

8 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and daughter-in-law Dr. Kim Fara, of George.

EILEEN DENNIS, 100, of Atlantic (Mass of Christian Burial pending)


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

EILEEN DENNIS, 100, of Atlantic, died Sunday, April 22nd, at Caring Acres Nursing & Rehab Center. A Mass of Christian Burial for EILEEN DENNIS is pending. Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Burial will be in the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Fatal officer-involved shooting in Boone


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

More information is expected to be released today (Monday) about the fatal shooting of a man by police in Boone. It happened Saturday. In a news release issued Sunday, Boone Police said officers were sent a home (at 620 2nd Street) on a report of a “domestic situation.” Upon arrival, the officers encountered a man who was shot and killed by the officers.

The news release did not identify the man or provide other details about whether the man was armed or what led to the shooting. The Iowa DCI is helping with the investigation.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., April 23rd 2018


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The only certainties in the Republican-controlled Legislature appear to be figuring out a state budget amid tax cuts. Other bills are expected to come up, too. But with legislative leaders focused on high-level negotiations this week, it’s not clear what else will appear on the calendar before adjournment.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating a weekend fire that killed a woman and child in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the fire was reported around 6:30 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A riverfront amphitheater that draws thousands of people to downtown Des Moines will close for two years to accommodate the construction of a bridge. The Des Moines Register reports that Simon Estes Amphitheater will be closed from 2019-20. Bridge construction is expected to start August and estimated to cost up to $9 million. The new bridge will replace the downtown Locust Street bridge.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a former central Iowa high school educator who taught for 30 years with multiple child pornography counts. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that federal investigators say 67-year-old Glen Sedlacek, of Marshalltown, had numerous computer files containing pornography of children younger than 12, dating back to March 2013. Sedlacek retired from the Marshalltown Community School District in 2010.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area, 4/23/18


April 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 72. NE @ 10.

Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 50. Winds light & variable.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy w/a chance of afternoon shwrs. High 68. SE @ 10.

Wednesday: Shower possible early, otherwise P/Cldy. High 63.

Thursday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/a chance of afternoon showers. High 68.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 70. Our Low this morning (as of 4:55-a.m.) was 34. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 71 and the Low 32. The Record High here, for April 23rd, was 88 in 1950, and the Record Low 19, in 1893.

PCL Baseball Scores from 4/22/18


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Oklahoma City at New Orleans, ppd.

Colorado Springs 6, Round Rock 5, 10 innings

Memphis 8, Iowa 6, 12 innings

Salt Lake 11, Albuquerque 9

El Paso 9, Las Vegas 6

Omaha 4, Nashville 1