Archive for June, 2014

PAUL A. PETERSEN, 56, of Exira (Svcs. 7/3/14)

Obituaries

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PAUL A. PETERSEN, 56, of Exira, died Sun., June 29th, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Funeral services for PAUL PETERSEN will be held 10:30-a.m. Thu., July 3rd, at the Fellowship of Faith Church near Oakland. Kessler Funeral Home in Exira has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home, where the family will be present from 5-to 8-pm Wed., July 2nd.

Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery west of Exira.

PAUL PETERSEN is survived by:

His wife – Laurie Petersen, of Exira.

His sons – Nicholas (Janell) Petersen, and Benjamin (Vera) Petersen, all of Omaha; Joel (Faith) Petersen, of Treynor.

His mother – Ruth Petersen, of Exira.

His brother – Jon (Katie) Petersen, of Riverside.

3 grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Harlan Police warn of possible roof inspection scams

News

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan have issued an alert to area residents about possible roof inspection scams. Officials say people are calling from the 402 area code wanting to come out and inspect roofs damaged by recent hail and wind events. The calls were directed at elderly individuals.

Additional information is expected to be released later, with regard to the validity of the roof inspection requests.

Disaster Proclamation for Adair and Guthrie Counties

News

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Monday, issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five counties in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather that took place beginning on June 26th. Locall, Adair and Guthrie Counties are included in the proclamation, which allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms.

In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program (IAP) for Adair and Guthrie Counties. The IAP provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available of the Iowa Department of Human Services website:  http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs

Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Adair hit hard by wind, hail and rain

News

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Adair-Guthrie County Emergency Management Director Bob Kempf is asking people to stay away from the City of Adair due to the damage that resulted from hail ranging in size from ping pong balls to eggs, and heavy rain that hammered the area late Monday morning.

Flooding southwest of Adair near the Jesse James marker.

Flooding southwest of Adair near the Jesse James marker.

 

Exchange State Bank sign riddled by hail

Exchange State Bank sign riddled by hail

Tree down across a yard and street in Adair

Tree down across a yard and street in Adair

Flooding southwest of Adair along White Pole Rd at Afton Road.

Flooding southwest of Adair along White Pole Rd at Afton Road.

Leaves littered nearly every single street, stripped from the trees.

Leaves littered nearly every single street, stripped from the trees.

Kempf says there is lots of hail and wind damage to residents, businesses and vehicles, power lines and trees are down, and debris litters the streets. Unless you know someone in Adair, avoid coming to town. If you live in Adair and you need help cleaning up, call City Hall at 641-742-3751. Likewise, if you want to help with the clean-up process, call the Adair City Hall to sign-up. Work will begin Tuesday on the massive undertaking.

Kemp says there were no injuries reported. Evidence of the storm was visible west of town, along interstate 80, where a semi was blown into the median near the 71-mile marker westbound. There was also extensive crop damage from the hail, heavy rain and wind. Crops west of Adair were shredded and water gushed down through fields and out of normally dry creeks. Just south of the Jesse James train robbery marker along White Pole Road, washed roared across Afton Road just east of White-Pole near the railroad tracks. Construction signs and cones were tossed about on Interstate 80, making for some tricky driving until road crews could put them back in place.

In Adair, massive trees blocked roads, leaves were shredded and littered nearly every single street. Even the Fire Station got hit. Adair Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Jordan Smith told KJAN News there was significant damage, including shattered windows, paint stripped from siding and numerous power poles toppled. He said shortly after the storm went through there was a 9-1-1 call about a person trapped in their vehicle after a tree limb fell on top of it. Powerlines were entangled in the mess, and crews had to wait nearly 90-minutes for power crews from Alliant to arrive before the victim could be extricated. Fortunately, the person in the vehicle was not injured.

Smith’s 2007 pickup, which never had a scratch on it before the storm, was pock-marked from hail damage, and some security lights outside the fire station lay shattered on the ground. IMG_20140630_144537_230

The huge flag flies nearly untethered.

The huge flag flies nearly untethered.

The Caseys canopy is shredded in Adair

The Caseys canopy is shredded in Adair

Field1More damage in Adair

More damage in Adair

 

2014 IHSBCA Baseball Week 5 Rankings

Sports

June 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

CLASS 4-A
1. Dubuque Hempstead
2. Waukee
3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
4. DM East
5. Iowa City West
6. Cedar Falls
7. Urbandale
8. Sioux City North
9. Dowling Catholic
10. Ankeny Centennial

CLASS 3-A
1. Clear Lake
2. Waverly-Shell Rock
3. Bishop Heelan
4. West Delaware
5. Fairfield
6. Harlan
7. Saydel
8. Wahlert
9. Winterset
10. Centerville

CLASS 2-A
1. North Polk
2. Van Meter
3. Beckman, Dyersville
4. Wilton
5. Roland-Story
6. St. Albert, Council Bluffs
7. Mt. Vernon
8. South Winneshiek
9. Cascade, Western Dubuque
10. New Hampton

Others receiving consideration:
Monticello; Regina, Iowa City; Clayton Ridge/Central; Treynor; Alburnett

Class 1-A
1. Twin Cedars
2. Mason City Newman
3. LeMars Gehlan
4. Van Buren (Keosauqua)
5. St. Mary’s, Remsen
6. Martensdale-St. Mary’s
7. Don Bosco (Gilbertville)
8. BGM (Brooklyn)
9. Exira/EHK
10. Janesville

Others receiving consideration: Coon Rapids-Bayard; Glidden-Ralston; Lawton-Bronson, Lisbon; Pleasantville; Logan-Magnolia; Underwood

FREDERICK “FRITZ” SIMPSON, 86, of Omaha, formerly of Atlantic (7-3-14)

Obituaries

June 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

FREDERICK “FRITZ” SIMPSON, 86, of Omaha, formerly of Atlantic died Saturday, June 28th at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha.  Memorial services for FREDERICK “FRITZ” SIMPSON will be held on Thursday, July 3rd at 11:00 am at the First United Presbyterian Church in Atlantic.  Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

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Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Burial in the Atlantic Cemetery Thursday at 9:45 am.

Condolences may be left at www.rolandfruneralservice.com

Memorial may be made to Atlantic YMCA, Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter in Omaha or Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

FREDERICK “FRITZ” SIMPSON is survived by:

Wife:  Louise Jean “Dolly” Rohling Simpson

Son:  Ted (Mary) Simpson of Cedar Park, TX.

Daughter:  Mary (Jim) Shannon of Atlantic

Step-Children:  Julie (Keith) Connor of Kansas City, MO; Robert (Kim) Rohling; Becky (Rob) Braggins of Alma, CO; Tom (Anne) Rohling.

1 Granddaughter

10 Step-Grandchildren

RUTH L. WATERS, 85, of Atlantic (7-3-14)

Obituaries

June 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

RUTH L. WATERS, 85, of Atlantic died Sunday, June 29th at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.  Mass of Christian Burial for RUTH L. WATERS will be held on Thursday, July 3rd at 11:00 am at the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic.  Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

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Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Family will greet friends Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Burial in the Atlantic Catholic Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

RUTH L. WATERS is survived by:

Sons:  James (Sue) Waters of Overland Park, KS & Richard Waters of Council Bluffs.

5 Grandchildern

4 Great-Grandchildren

Storms cause damage in Atlantic and Adair

News, Weather

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities report extensive wind and hail damage in Adair this afternoon. There was also wind damage in Atlantic. Sherry Toelle sent these images to KJAN from the 13th Street area of town. IMG_0188 IMG_0189

Flash Flood Warning Adair/Guthrie/Dallas Counties until 7:45-pm

Weather

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
146 PM CDT MON JUN 30 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN DALLAS COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA…
GUTHRIE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA…
NORTHERN ADAIR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

* AT 145 PM CDT…AUTOMATED GAUGES AND DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT
UP TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN THE LAST HOUR AS A STRONG
THUNDERSTORM MOVED THROUGH THE AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO
BEGIN SHORTLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
WAUKEE…ADEL…GUTHRIE CENTER…STUART…DALLAS CENTER…
EARLHAM…PANORA…DE SOTO…LAKE PANORAMA…REDFIELD…ADAIR…
DEXTER…CASEY…DIAMONDHEAD LAKE…MINBURN…MENLO AND LINDEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TURN AROUND…DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

PLEASE REPORT FLOODING TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHEN YOU
CAN DO SO SAFELY.

ROBERT C. LAWSON, 92, of Dexter (Svcs. 7/3/14)

Obituaries

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ROBERT C. LAWSON, 92, of Dexter, died Sun., June 29th, at the Stuart Community Care Center. Funeral services for ROBERT LAWSON will be held 10:30-a.m. Thu., July 3rd, at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Dexter.

Visitation will be from 5-until 7-pm Wed., July 2nd, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the Dexter Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Dexter United Methodist Church, Dexter Roundhouse, or Earlham Fire and Rescue, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.