University official: let the athletic departments decide game schedules


January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The president of the board that oversees the University of Iowa is stiff-arming a state legislator’s attempt to forbid the Hawkeyes from hosting a Friday night football game. “The University of Iowa is part of the Big Ten. The Big Ten’s going to have Friday night games. The University of Iowa probably needs to do that.”

That’s Board of Regents president Bruce Rastettter, who says there’s an important tradition of having high school football games on Friday nights in Iowa, but this is a unique situation. The Big Ten plans to schedule six Friday night games per season, though at least the 2022 season. State Representative Peter Cownie of West Des Moines has sponsored a bill that would forbid the Panthers, Cyclones AND the Hawkeyes from hosting home games on a Friday night.

Rastetter said during a weekend appearance on Iowa Public Television that each athletic department should make those kind of scheduling decisions. The bill, if it became law, would ban the Iowa-Nebraska game that has been held on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the past several years.

(Radio Iowa)

Ag Department looking for new century farms

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is looking for eligible farm owners to apply for this year’s Century and Heritage Farm Program. The Iowa Department of Agriculture’s program coordinator, Becky Lorenz, says there are a couple of requirements to gain the designation. “They honor folks who have kept their farm — of at least 40 acres — in the same generational families for at least 100 years or more,” Lorenz says.

A ceremony is held at the Iowa State Fair to recognize those who’ve had the farm for 100 years as Century Farms, and those who hit 150 years are named Heritage Farms. Lorenz said the programs were started in 1976. “Over 19-thousand Century Farm awards have been issued and we are up to 940 heritage farms,” Lorenz says.

There were 320 Century Farms and 103 Heritage Farms were recognized last year. Lorenz has been involved in the program the last six years. “It always amazes me, we always have over 300 Century Farms each year, and now our Heritage Farms are starting to increase in numbers too. The last two years we’ve been over 100.” Lorenz says.

She says it’s a fun day to share the recognition with the farm owners. Lorenz says applying for the Century and Heritage Farm program is easy. She says you can go to the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s website at to apply online on call Lorenz at 515-281-3645.

The recognition ceremony this year will be Thursday, August 17th at the Iowa State Fair in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.

(Radio Iowa)

Board of Regents leader on ‘stupid’ bills in legislature


January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The president of the board that oversees the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa says a few ideas coming out of the legislature aren’t that “brilliant.” Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says “The reality is everyone, just on some of those bills, needs to take a deep breath…It might even be a stupid bill, but you know what? They have the right to do that and we don’t the right to control that, so we’ll all just deal with that and we’ll have reasonable conversations.”

One bill Rastetter has criticized would end tenure for professors at the state’s public universities. Republican Senator Brad Zaun says he’s frustrated by some of the sabbaticals professors take and the number of classes taught by graduate students. Rastetter says Zaun’s bill is “not the appropriate way” to deal with those concerns. “He should know that the universities are focused on, and the faculty is, on wanting high-quality people that work every day and are there to make the university better and the student experience better,” Rastetter says, “and that learning experience better.”

Tenure is “an important part” of the universities, according to Rastetter. “Tenure should be maintained…It’s a part of the national system,” Rastetter says. “For us to have high-quality professors, we’re going to have to have tenure. That’s a reality and we’re going to have to pay people well that are very good at their job.”

Another high-profile proposal targeting the universities came from State Representative Bobby Kaufmann, the son of Iowa G-O-P chairman Jeff Kaufmann. In December, the younger Kaufmann vowed to send a “suck it up, buttercup” message by cutting the budgets of universities that had set up counseling for students upset by Donald Trump’s victory. Kaufmann later announced he’d scale his bill back, to impose tougher penalties on political protesters who shut down interstates. Rastetter says it WAS “inappropriate” for protesters in the Iowa City area to close down Interstate 80.

“We will all win some in life. We lose some in life and we all try to move forward together,” Rastetter says, “so I think that’s the key message that I heard being sent that I’d continue to support.” Rastetter made his comments during a weekend appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. Rastetter, an agri-businessman from Alden, served on Trump’s ad advisory group before and after the election.

(Radio Iowa)

EDWARD G. JOHN, 94, of Harlan (Svcs. 2/3/17)


January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

EDWARD G. JOHN, 94, of Harlan, died Sunday, Jan. 29th. Funeral services for EDWARD JOHN will be held 2-p.m. Friday, Feb. 3rd, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-until 8-p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2nd, with the family greeting friends from 4-until 6-p.m.

Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery.

EDWARD JOHN is survived by:

His wife – Donnabelle John, of Harlan.

His daughter – Deborah John, of Timnath, CO.

His brother – Harold John, of Council Bluffs.

His sisters – Phyllis Hardisty, of Las Vegas, NV; Margaret Hough, of Des Moines, and Marjories Adair, of Mondamin.

Other relatives and friends.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties, 1/30/17


January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Early This Morning: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Southwest wind near 5 mph.
Today: Partly sunny in the morning then clearing. Breezy, warmer. Patchy fog through mid morning. High in the lower 50s. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to west 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy until early morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Breezy. Low in the lower 30s. West wind 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Colder. High around 40. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of light snow through midnight. Low in the mid 20s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. High in the lower 30s. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low around 15.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 20s.

No. 3 Maryland beats Iowa 100-81 to stay unbeaten in Big Ten


January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Brionna Jones scored 28 points, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 18 and No. 3 Maryland completed a season sweep of Iowa with a 100-81 victory Sunday. Freshman Destiny Slocum had 11 points and 11 assists for the Terrapins (21-1, 9-0 Big Ten), whose nine-game winning streak includes a 16-point rout of Iowa on Jan. 14.

Maryland reached the midpoint of its league schedule as the only unbeaten team in conference play. Since joining the Big Ten three years ago, Maryland is 43-2 in the league and 6-0 in the conference tournament.

The Terrapins blistered Iowa with 60 percent shooting, including 76.5 percent in the pivotal second quarter. Jones fought off an early ankle sprain to make 12 of 13 shots and help Maryland reach the 100-point mark for the fifth time this season.

Iowa (13-8, 4-4) has won three of five; both losses in that span are against Maryland. Kathleen Doyle led the Hawkeyes with 21 points and Ally Disterhoft had 16.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, Jan. 30th 2017


January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The man who disrupted a flag-burning protest in Iowa City with a fire extinguisher last week won’t lose his job. FedEx said in a statement that Matt Uhrin remains a driver with FedEx Express, and the company has no plans to change that.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will soon become Iowa’s governor, but she isn’t in a hurry to draw attention to herself or point to changes she plans in priorities or style. For weeks since Gov. Terry Branstad was nominated as ambassador to China, Reynolds has said little more than that she’s ready to be governor and intends to implement Branstad’s policies. She says, “There’s one governor at a time.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating a homicide after a resident found a neighbor dead in his apartment. Police say officers were called Sunday afternoon to an apartment in north Des Moines. A resident had noticed a window at the apartment was ajar on Thursday and then were puzzled to see it was still open Sunday. The resident checked and found a male person dead in the apartment. Investigators hadn’t made an arrest, and they declined to release the victim’s name.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says he would like to see tuition at state universities rise no faster than the average income of Iowa residents. The Des Moines Register reports that Rastetter made the remarks Friday during and after his appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press.” Rastetter says any tuition increase higher than the rise in average state income would dramatically affect Iowa families’ ability to access the public universities.

CANDISE BEA RINK, 68, of Griswold (Svcs. 2/1/17)


January 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CANDISE BEA RINK, 68, of Griswold, died Sunday, Jan. 29th, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. Funeral services for CANDISE RINK will be held 11-a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1st, at the Griswold Community Building. Rieken-Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family is from 5-until 7-p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be held at a later date.

CANDISE RINK is survived by:

Her husband – Phil Rink, of Griswold.

Her children-  Brian Rink and wife Tracy, of Atlantic; Sheri Vierkant and husband James of Sumner, IA, and Meghann Vasquez and husband Bobby of Council Bluffs.

Her sisters – LeAnn Hamilton, Francene Hermanson, Cheryl Johnson, and Bonnie Desault.

Her brother – Ronald Nelson.

5 grandchildren her sisters, other relatives and friends.

Set to become governor soon, Reynolds doesn’t seek spotlight


January 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will soon become governor of Iowa, yet it’s unclear how she wants to distinguish herself from Gov. Terry Branstad. For weeks, the 57-year-old Reynolds has avoided answering questions about specific plans once she’s in charge. It’s an unusual style for a politician, but Reynolds it’s simply a reflection of there being only one governor at a time.

Branstad is waiting to be confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China, a process that could take several weeks or longer. Reynolds does intend to carry out all of Branstad’s legislative initiatives if he leaves before the legislative session ends. That includes cutting state funding for Planned Parenthood and removing the rights of public workers to bargain for their health insurance.

Man who rescued burning US flag from protest keeps his job


January 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The man who disrupted a flag-burning protest in Iowa City with a fire extinguisher last week won’t lose his job. FedEx said in a statement that Matt Uhrin remains a driver with FedEx Express, and the company has no plans to change that.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports pictures and video of Uhrin rescuing a U.S. flag Thursday spread quickly on the Internet, and he was wearing his FedEx uniform at the time. Uhrin has declined the newspaper’s request for comment.

Protest organizers say they were trying to make a statement about racial and social injustice and U.S. imperialism by burning the U.S. flag.