(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., 10/27/14

Podcasts, Weather

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic.

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Monday Regional Volleyball Schedule

Sports

October 27th, 2014 by Jim Field

(All begin at 7:00 pm)

Class 3-A
Atlantic @ Red Oak
East Sac County @ Kuemper Catholic
Clarinda @ Shenandoah
Saydel @ West Central Valley

Class 4-A
Denison @ Carroll
Glenwood @ Creston
Norwalk @ Winterset

Class 5-A
CB Thomas Jefferson @ Sioux City West

New three-wheeled roadster being made in Spirit Lake

News

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The factory in northwest Iowa’s Great Lakes region that produces the popular Indian and Victory lines of motorcycles is now making a new three-wheeled machine called the Slingshot. Chris Doucet, Slingshot’s commercial director at Polaris headquarters in Minneapolis, says the futuristic-looking roadster has two front wheels and one in the back, with an open two-seat cockpit, giving it a sleek appearance. (View the video at http://www.polaris.com/en-us/slingshot )

2015 Polaris Slingshot (Image from Polaris.com)

2015 Polaris Slingshot (Image from Polaris.com)

“You sit in the vehicle, not on the vehicle, compared to motorcycles,” Doucet says. “What most people tend to love about this vehicle is the side-by-side seating so you’re talking, you’re engaged with your partner all the way through the ride. It isn’t front and back like your standard motorcycle where you talk at various stops, you’re engaged with your partner the whole way through the ride.”

Production of the Slingshot is already underway at the 23-acre factory in Spirit Lake. Another Polaris plant is in nearby Milford and combined, they have more than one-thousand employees. Doucet says, “Over the last six months, the ramp-up has led to 300 incremental jobs, some of those directly related to Slingshot, some directly related to the supporting features that go to having us increase businesses down there, welding and painting and those types of things.” While the Polaris factory produces about 60 of the Indian and Victory motorcycles per day, Doucet wouldn’t elaborate on production numbers for the Slingshot.

“We do know how many we’re going to be making, that is proprietary information, but I will tell you we are all in on this investment,” Doucet says. “We’re very excited about it. Since the launch, since we’ve shown it to our dealers, the response has been overwhelming. Consumer demand, dealer response, can’t wait to get it, you’re not building enough of them.” Two models will be offered, ranging from around 20- to 24-thousand dollars. The vehicles should begin arriving in dealerships nationwide later this month.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested on drug charges Monday morning

News

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red  Oak man was arrested early this (Monday) morning on drug charges. Authorities say 20-year old Henrry Abnau Monroy Fuentes was taken into custody at around 12:20-a.m. near the intersection of east Linden and north 4th Streets in Red Oak. Fuentes was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 cash bond.

Police chief to reopen grocery store in Iowa town

News

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

TABOR, Iowa (AP) — The police chief in the small Iowa town of Tabor has agreed to take on another role by reopening the grocery store. The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports Tabor residents have had to drive to larger towns for groceries since the Tabor Market and Deli closed.

Tabor Police Chief Mike Wake says he agreed to reopen the store after a group of local investors bought the store from Treynor State Bank. Wake is leasing the store and plans to work with his son, Steven, who lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Wake says he has never worked in a grocery store, but he plans to hire people with experience in the store. Wake will serve as the store’s manager and the city’s police chief.

NWS forecast for the KJAN listening area: 10/27/14

Weather

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

356 AM CDT MON OCT 27 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN CLEARING. COLDER. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

TUESDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. WEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. WEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.

Flurry of weekend campaign activity, but pace intensifies today

News

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democrats gathered Saturday night for a fundraiser in downtown Des Moines while at the same time Iowa Republicans gathered in a Des Moines suburb for Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign fundraiser. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — the big name get for Branstad’s “Birthday Bash” — used most of his 15-minute speech to blast President Obama.  “We’ve now had six years where the world has been adrift because of the lack and failure of American leadership,” Christie said.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was the keynote speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. “Chris Christie is actually here to film a movie sequel: ‘The Closed Bridges of Madison County,'” Klobuchar said. Last fall aides to Christie ordered lanes on a heavily traveled bridge to be blocked, causing traffic snarls in a town where the mayor had not endorsed Christie’s bid for reelection.

Christie has said he had no knowledge or involvement in the bridge closure. On Sunday at noon, Iowa Democrats launched a tour designed to hold an event in each of Iowa’s 99 counties within 24 hours. The blitz will conclude with a rally in Davenport at 10 a.m. today (Monday) featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Also on Sunday Republican House Speaker John Boehner campaigned with David Young, the G-O-P candidate in Iowa’s third congressional district.

Boehner plans to campaign with Republican Rod Blum in the first district and Mariannette Miller-Meeks in the second district today (Monday). Senator Chuck Grassley will make eight campaign stops with G-O-P Senate candidate Joni Ernst today (Monday), plus Arizona Senator John McCain and Florida Senator Marco Rubio are due to campaign with Ernst this week as well.

On Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will headline two campaign rallies in eastern Iowa for Bruce Braley, the Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, then her husband will campaign here for Braley on Saturday.

(Radio Iowa)

Water quality key issue in ag secretary contest

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Water quality is a key issue in this year’s race for state ag secretary. State leaders, including Republican State Ag Secretary Bill Northey, have been encouraging farmers to voluntarily adopt new practices that will reduce fertilizer run-off and soil erosion. “For the most part, I think we’ve got good recognition within the farm community that it’s an issue,” Northey says. “I think we’ve also had to reach out to the community and say, ‘There are some solutions, there are some strategies that work.”

Sherrie Taha, the Democrat who is running against Northey this November, says the voluntary approach isn’t working. “I understand nobody likes to be told what to do. I’m definitely in that category, too, but you still have to be responsible to our neighbors and the impact of what’s happening when we do something on the rest of society or our neighbors down the road.” Northey says making certain conservation practices mandatory could be a significant expense and might not ensure the right steps are taken based on things like the type of soil and drainage patterns that are unique for every field. Northey’s department has been handing out “cost-sharing” grants to Iowa farmers for conservation practices.

“To be able to do a better job of keeping those nutrients — that nitrogen and that phosphorous — on the farm and in the crop rather than having it leave the farm,” Northey says. Taha says there should be more focus on soil health. “We’ve got to do something more than currently,” Taha says. “The voluntary approach has what has brought us to the position where we have serious pollution problems.” Taha points to what’s happening in Iowa’s largest public drinking water system.

In 2013, the Des Moines Water Works saw record nitrate concentrations in the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers and the utility reports nitrate levels last month set a new record. Taha, an artist who is from Des Moines, is a commissioner for the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District. Northey, who is from Spirit Lake, is a corn and soybean farmer who was first elected state ag secretary in 2006.

(Radio Iowa)

Giants beat Royals 5-0 for 3-2 World Series lead

Sports

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner smothered the Kansas City Royals for the second time in a week, pitching a four-hitter that led the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 victory Sunday night and a 3-2 World Series lead. Bumgarner struck out eight and walked none in improving to 4-0 in four World Series starts. He has allowed one run in 31 Series innings, an astonishing 0.29 ERA.

Brandon Crawford drove in three runs and Juan Perez hit a two-run double for the Giants, seeking to become only the second NL team to win three titles in a five-year span. James Shields lost to Bumgarner for the second time, allowing eight hits and two runs in six innings.

In the 41 previous instances the World Series was 2-2 in the best-of-seven format, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times. After a day off, the Series resumes Tuesday night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. In a rematch of Game 2 starters, Jordano Ventura pitches for the Royals and Jake Peavy for the Giants.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 27th 2014

News

October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DURANT, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa city may ban pets from its parks because of complaints about owners failing to pick up after their dogs. The Muscatine Journal reports the Durant City Council will vote Monday on the ban.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies. The rule, which took effect Wednesday, establishes new inspection and permit procedures. It does not impose mandatory permits for farms that repeatedly spill manure, a measure some environmental groups including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement want.

TABOR, Iowa (AP) — The police chief in the small Iowa town of Tabor has agreed to take on another role by reopening the grocery store. The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports Tabor residents have had to drive to larger towns for groceries since the Tabor Market and Deli closed. Wake will serve as the store’s manager and the city’s police chief.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two days after an Iowa fast-food worker’s bicycle was stolen from outside the Culver’s restaurant where he worked someone surprised him with a new one. The Globe Gazette reports Nathan King came out of the Mason City restaurant Saturday and found a new silver Schwinn hybrid bike waiting for him.