Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., April 14th 2013


April 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill approved by the Legislature and headed to Governor Terry Branstad would give school districts more authority in dealing with parents who enroll their children in the state’s voluntary preschool program but then fail to bring the youths to class. Supporters say the measure is needed because many districts have waiting lists for preschool. If parents enroll their children but don’t bring them to school, they’re still taking spots that could go to others.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – Police in central Iowa city of Marshalltown say a 14-year-old boy found collapsed on a bike trail has died. Police say officers went to the trail Friday night after getting a report about an unresponsive person lying on the trail. An autopsy has been ordered.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A 36-year-old Glenwood man convicted in February of first-degree murder for the death of his 5-month-old son has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jason Curtis was sentenced Friday for the death of Jackson Curtis on July 14th, 2011.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Union workers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who have been locked out of their jobs for 20 months at American Crystal Sugar Company have voted to ratify the company’s proposed contract. Fifty-five percent voted this weekend to accept the contract offer. It was the workers’ fifth time voting on the contract. American Crystal is the country’s largest sugar beet processor.

Wainwright, Cardinals whip Brewers 8-0


April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Adam Wainwright threw a four-hitter and drove in two runs with three hits, two in a seven-run sixth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals shut out the Milwaukee Brewers for the second straight game with a 8-0 victory on Saturday.  Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo (0-1) endured yet another setback against his nemesis, falling to 1-10 with a 6.83 ERA against St. Louis after getting charged with five earned runs in 5 1-3 innings. Gallardo, a 16-game winner coming off his fourth consecutive 200-strikeout season, was 0-2 with a 12.34 ERA in three starts against St. Louis last season.

The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 23-1 the last three games and are 4-1 on their opening homestand heading into the finale Sunday. The Brewers, minus injured sluggers Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez, haven’t scored in 25 straight innings and are 1-8 since winning opening day.

ISU QB Richardson adapts to “Pistol” attack


April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson is nearly finished with his first spring as the Cyclones starter.  A new role and a new system haven’t slowed down the sophomore.  Richardson earned high praise yet again Saturday from Iowa State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham for his work in spring ball.

Both Messingham and Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads say they’re pleased with what they’ve seen so far out of Richardson, who took over the starting job at the end of last season and entered the spring atop a thin depth chart. Messingham says Richardson is a smart quarterback who’s shown he can operate schemes under heavy pressure.

HUGH “RUSTY” BAILEY, 60, of Council Bluffs & formerly of Atlantic (Svcs. 4/18/13)


April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HUGH “RUSTY” BAILEY, 60, of Council Bluffs & formerly of Atlantic , died Thu., April 11th, at his home in Council Bluffs. Funeral services for “RUSTY” BAILEY will be held 11-a.m. Thu., April 18th, at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Visitation, with the family present, will be from 9-to 11-am Thu., April 18th, at Zion Lutheran Church (Prior to the service).

Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

HUGH BAILEY is survived by:

His sister – Cathie (Leroy) Littlefield, of Strawberry Point, and his brother – Richard Bailey, of West Des Moines.

VIRGIL CLEMSEN, 90, of Coon Rapids (Svcs. 4/15/13)


April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

VIRGIL CLEMSEN, 90, of Coon Rapids , died Thu., April 11th, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids. Funeral services for VIRGIL CLEMSEN will be held 10:30-a.m. Mon., April 15th, at the Central Church of Christ in Carroll. Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held on Sun., April 14th, from 3-to 5-pm at the funeral home. The family will greet friends at the Central Church of Christ on Monday, from 9:30-a.m. until the time of service.

Graveside services with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #120 in Audubon, will be held 2-p.m. Monday, at the Arlington Heights Cemetery in Audubon.

VIRGIL CLEMSEN is survived by:

His wife Violet, of Coon Rapids.

His daughters – Vickie Jorgensen, of Carroll; Virlee Sklenar, of Carroll & Vilinda Gleason, of Audubon.

His brother – Lyle Clemsen, of Ft. Dodge.

8 grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren.

RICHARD EUGENE DORAN, 85, of Harlan (Svcs. 4/15/13)


April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

RICHARD EUGENE DORAN, 85, of Harlan , died Thu., April 11th, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. A Mass of Christian Burial service for RICHARD DORAN will be held 11-a.m. Mon., April 15th, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, in Harlan. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home is from 2-until 9-pm Sunday, with a Wake service at 6-p.m.

Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery at Westphalia.

RICHARD DORAN is survived by:

His wife – Rita Doran, of Harlan.

His sons – Richard (Carol) Doran, Ralph (Shirley) Doran, and Randy (Ann) Doran, all of Harlan, and Ronald (Linda) Doran, of Dallas, TX.

His daughters – Colleen Ashmere, of Dallas, TX.; Carolyn (Roy) Haynes, of Midland, TX, & Shirley Doran, of Kansas City, Mo.

His brothers – William Doran, of Creston, and Russell Doran, of Ava, MO.

His sister – Marcelline (James) Hudson, of Ava, Mo.

13 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.



5th Annual Tour de Tivoli ride deadline approaches

News, Sports

April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Monday is the deadline for anyone interested in riding in this year’s 5th Annual Tour de Tivoli bike ride, that takes place May 26th, as part of TivoliFest. This year’s ride is being held in memory of Cheryl Swearingen, co-creator of the event. It features 26 and 50-mile loops. Both loops begin at 9-a.m., with riders heading north out of Elk Horn on Main Street, then west on County Road F-58. Riders on both loops will then travel on M-47, with a stop at Prairie Rose State Park if necessary, before continuing onto Highway 44 enroute to Kimballton, where there will be another break offered at the Little Mermaid.

From there, riders have the option to split-up to complete a 26-mile leg, which takes them on Highway 173 back to Elk Horn, or a 50-mile route that continues east on Highway 44 to Hamlin, with a stop at the T-Bone Trail head, before proceeding south on the trail to Exira. After another brief rest, riders on the 50-mile leg will proceed west to Elk Horn on F-58/Littlefield Drive. Danish flags will mark the entire route.

Anyone who registers for the event by April 15th, has an opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind classy, bike jersey featuring the 2013 Tivoli Fest logo and theme, and, on the back, a picture of Cheryl Swearingen. The cost prior to the ride is $65 each. Early registration costs $35, and includes a Tour de Tivoli t-shirt, SAG stations/refreshments, chances to win door prizes, a meal or post-ride meal, and free “Music at the Mill” entertainment.

For more information, call Debbie McClain at 712-249-7257.

National 911 Telecommunications week


April 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The week of April 14th through the 20th is “National 911 Telecommunicator Week,” an opportunity to recognize and thank those persons who spend a great deal of their time answering emergency calls at communications centers across the country.

Cass County 9-1-1 Director Rob Koppert was manning the 9-1-1 Center Saturday morning, in Atlantic. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Cass County 911 Director Rob Koppert says the dispatchers in the Comm Center receive a variety of calls. They include emergency and calls from land-lines and cell phones, along with non-emergency, administrative-type calls. After hours, those same 9-1-1 operators answer calls for the Atlantic Police Department and Sheriff’s Office. Those calls are coordinated with the various law enforcement and fire/rescue departments within the county. Koppert says 9-1-1 operators, especially those in Cass County, have years of experience, which allows them to deal with many types of stressful situations.

He says “It really takes a special person to do this job. You have to have a ‘thick skin’ because you’re dealing with every type of person out there in every type of stressful situation.” Many times, callers’ emotions are high, they scream and yell, or don’t know where they are at, because of the prevalence of cellular technology. Koppert says dispatchers have to know how to handle those calls, “Without getting involved emotionally or personally involved,” and so the stress doesn’t affect how they handle their job. He says all of the dispatchers in Cass County have served for five-years or longer, which is phenomenal, because the typical turnover in the business is every two- to three-years. Some of the dispatchers in the County have served for as many as 16-years.

The main thing to keep in mind if you are calling for help, according to Koppert, is to try and remain calm, and answer the dispatcher’s questions, without providing a gamut of information from the moment your call is answered. He says the dispatchers are trained to ask questions in a certain order, which will enable them to send the appropriate, closest help to the scene. The first question is “Where is the situation located?” Koppert says that’s a key component of any call, because that’s where the help is going to go. That’s especially true if you are calling on a cell phone, because there are times when your cell will not indicate where you are. They will also want to know who is involved, and as much detail as possible, in the order their questions are asked. They will also ask for your callback number, especially if it’s a cell phone.

The technology he says is constantly changing, and will eventually allow cell phone users to send text messages with regard to emergencies, and even pictures at the scene. It’s known as “Next Generation 9-1-1.”  He says those newer technologies will require the County to hire additional staff for its 9-1-1 Center. Between now and July, a total of three new dispatchers will have been hired to handle the call volume, bringing the number of dispatchers in the County, to six. Koppert says Cass County has “Some of the best operators” in the State of Iowa, and he’s thankful for their work, along with those persons at State Radio, near Lewis. He says if you know a dispatcher, “Tell them ‘Thank you, and give them a pat on the back, because they really, really deserve it.”

Friday Soccer Results


April 13th, 2013 by Jim Field

Boys Soccer:

  • Riverside 5, Atlantic 4
  • Glenwood 3, Harlan 1

Girls Soccer:

  • Riverside 1, A-H-S-T 0
  • St. Albert 5 Tri-Center 2
  • Glenwood 3, Harlan 2
  • Thomas Jefferson 5, Missouri Valley 0
  • Abraham Lincoln 5, Omaha Roncalli Catholic 1

Griswold Boys Win Underwood Track Meet


April 13th, 2013 by Jim Field

The Griswold boys track team claimed the team title at Underwood on Friday night. In their second meet of the season, the Tigers topped the 14 team field with 116 points. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson took second with 74 points.

Four first place finishes highlighted the cold, windy night for the Tigers. Taylor Briles handled the 100 meter field with a time of 11.97. The senior sprinter also anchored the top 4×200 team of Derek Kirchoff, Kenneth Clary, and Grant Haynes. Haynes returned to the track to win the open 200 in :25.26. Aaron Metheny leaped 19’04” for a gold medal.

Double scoring in 5 individual events gave the Griswold squad a boost. Clary took 3rd in the 100 and Devin Bates claimed 4th in the long jump to earn big points for the Tigers in those events. In the 800 open it was Xavier Olivio, 2nd and Jacob Maass 6th. Mason Anstey and Tanner Potter took 2nd and 4th in the 400 low hurdles. In the 3200 meters Zach Vance earned 3rd and Brighton Brandt took 6th.

Additional Griswold scoring included:
2nd place 4×100 Kirchoff,Clary, Haynes & Briles
2nd place shuttle hurdle. Kirchoff,Tyler DeWitt, Hadley Ogg & Anstey
2nd place Distant medley Kirchoff, Clary, Briles & Jordan Vetter
3rd place 4×800 Maass, Olivio, Vetter & Potter
3rd place 1600 meter run. Vance
5th place. Discus Collin Fast
6th place. Shot put. Fast

The Tigers are scheduled to run at Treynor on Monday night.

(Coach Jane Chaillie)