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Groups asking younger veterans to serve in a different way

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

HOLSTEIN, Iowa (AP) – Veterans of service in Iraq and Afghanistan are being asked to serve in a different way. The Sioux City Journal reports that membership in groups such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, is shrinking as World War II and Korean War veterans age and die. That leaves the groups with fewer members to carry on basic functions such as providing color guards at veterans’ funerals.

The groups have met varying degrees of success as they try to attract younger veterans. In the American Legion’s northwest Iowa district, 18 of 89 posts have met their 2016 membership goals ahead of the June 30 deadline.

Of Post 225’s membership of 130 in Holstein, nearly a third served in what’s termed the Persian Gulf era.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/30/2016

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Work Release escapee in central Iowa

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Corrections reports a man was placed on escape status Sunday, after he failed to return from an authorized furlough to the Marshalltown Work Release Facility. Authorities are searching for 29-year old Michael Alan Compston, who was serving a 10-year sentence for 2nd Degree Robbery out of Cerro Gordo County. His sentence began on April 4th, 2006.

Compston was transferred to the Marshalltown WRF after being granted a work release February 5th, by the Iowa Board of Parole. Work Release is a minimum security setting which allows offenders an opportunity to gradually adjust to the transition between prison, and the community.

Compston

Compston

Compston is a white male, 6-feet tall, weighs 175-pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. He also has a tattoo on his neck, piercings in both ears and left eyebrow. Anyone with knowledge of his location should call the Marshalltown Police Department or Marshal County Sheriff’s Office.

Memorial Day activities in the area

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

On this Memorial Day, activities are set for several area communities. Among them, services in Atlantic take place at the Field of Glory in the Atlantic Cemetery, beginning 10-a.m.. The service will be broadcast on KJAN and videocast on our video channel.

In Adair, a program will begin at 10-a.m., at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at the Sunnyhill Cemetery.

In Anita, the events get underway at 10:30 in the Anita Evergreen Cemetery (In the event of rain the event takes place in the CAM High School Commons). The Cumberland First Baptist Church will host their annual Memorial Day Service at the Cumberland Community Building, beginning at 10:30-a.m.

In Casey,  the Casey United Methodist Church is the site for refreshments from 9:30-until 10-a.m., followed by services.

In Griswold, the day includes a ceremony at the Griswold Cemetery Circle of Flags beginning at 11-a.m. There’s also a luncheon at the Griswold American Legion, at 11:30.

Join the Lewis Town & Country Boosters and the Pancake Man on May 30th for a breakfast of pancakes & sausages, juice and coffee. They’ll be serving from 7:30-10:30 am at the Lewis Community Center for a free will donation.

In Massena, a program will be held at the CAM Middle School Commons, beginning at 10:30-a.m. hosted by American Legion Post #693.

Grant Community Preservationists (GCP) will hold an 11-a.m. service to honor lost veterans at the Grant Cemetery. The service will include music, readings, and an honor roll. Small individual flags will be available for families of veterans to place on their graves; GCP will be responsible for collecting them after the holiday. Following the cemetery service, Grant United Methodist Church will hold its annual Memorial Day Dinner from 11:30 am-to 1 pm for a free-will offering.

Memorial Day Services in Audubon County will be held on May 30th at 10:00  in Audubon at the Arlington Cemetery, 10:00 am in Brayton, 10:00 am and 9:30 am in Exira at the Exira Cemetery (Rain location the Exira Rec Center). Exira Lions Memorial Breakfast will be held on May 30th at the Lions Community Center in Exira.  They will be serving pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, French toast, juice and coffee from 8 am to 1 pm for a free will offering. From 11 am to 1 pm they’ll be serving Rueben sandwiches with chips and drink to be served for $6.50.

World War I exhibit now open at Iowa military museum

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is featuring a new exhibit about World War One on this Memorial Day weekend. Bob Holliday is chairman of the museum’s board of directors. “One of the missions of this museum is to honor and recognize any Iowan who’s ever worn a uniform. There’s no distinction made between branch of service or rank. We don’t care if you’re a two-star general or a brand new buck private,” Holliday says. “If you’re an Iowan, we want to recognize you and honor you.”

About 114-thousand Iowans served during what was called “The Great War” and more than 35-hundred of them died. Holliday says today is set aside to honor the war dead. “Memorial Day was born shortly after the Civil War. It was indeed first called Decoration Day,” Holliday says. “It’s a day set aside to remember those who have given their very lives to protect our freedoms and our very way of life. You have to stop and think what these people gave up so we can live the way we do today.”

The museum’s new exhibit focuses on “life in the trenches” in France during World War One. The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum opens today (Monday) at 5 a.m. and closes a 1 p.m. It is located at Camp Dodge in Johnston, the home base for the Iowa National Guard. Holliday says the museum has grown from modest beginnings. “It started with a mandate from the Iowa Legislature in 1986,” Holliday says. “It was located in the basement of the base chapel, a very small room.”

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is now a free-standing building that covers 28-thousand square feet.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa prisoners training rescue dogs to become pets for vets

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Four dogs from the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Iowa are living with prison inmates at the Clarinda Correctional Facility as part of a program that will ultimately benefit veterans. The program was launched on May 11 and involves inmates who train the dogs, so they can eventually become well-mannered pets for veterans. The A-R-L’s Mick McAuliffe says the dogs will live with the offenders, in their cell, for six weeks.

“It’s to get these dogs more adoptable…to sit calmly. Our end goal, we’d like to pair these dogs up with…veterans in need. These aren’t service dogs. They are purely trained shelter dogs for companionship and comfort,” McAuliffe says. Eight prisoners were selected for the program — four are primary handlers and four are backup handlers. McAuliffe says the dogs are not aggressive, but do need some intense training.ARL Pets for Vets

“These guys are rough and rowdy,” McAuliffe says. “They’re jumping, pushy, they may mouth you when playing, and they pull extremely hard on leash.” McAuliffe says the ARL has seen the benefit of having offenders work with animals through previous partnerships with the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville and the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City. The program is funded entirely by private donations.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Memorial Day, 5/30/16

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:30 a.m. CDT

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A Freedom Rock completed last fall in Cedar Falls has been vandalized days before Memorial Day. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the vandalism occurred Saturday night at the Freedom Rock in Cedar Falls Veterans Park. Spray paint was used to damage the rock, along with a fence and utility box. Greenfield artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II painted the rock as part of his effort to create Freedom Rocks in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

SABULA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old Clinton man has drowned in a lake near Sabula in eastern Iowa. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Eugene A. Kemp Jr. was pronounced dead at a Clinton hospital. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says Kemp was taken to the hospital after being found in a small lake Saturday afternoon.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials and resident have spent nearly $10,000 on a 3-D image of a historic statue to ensure the artwork can be restored if it’s ever damaged. Residents wanted to be sure the 96-year-old Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial could be restored if it was damaged, so they worked with the city to raise $9,750 for a California company that scanned the sculpture over several weeks, giving officials an exact replica of the artwork.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who was shot to death in Omaha had been acquitted of first-degree murder in the 2001 death of his girlfriend. The Omaha World-Herald reports 40-year-old Carlos A. Alonzo, who was killed early Saturday, was acquitted in 2005 in the death of his girlfriend, Teresa Windham. The 17-year-old Windham disappeared from a Council Bluffs motel where she was staying with Alonzo. Her body was found near Fremont. Prosecutors allege Alonzo killed Windham at the motel, but a judge acquitted him.

Van carrying 13 people rolls over on I-29 in s.w. Iowa, injuring 8

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports eight people out 13 people riding in a van, were transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, following a rollover accident Saturday afternoon, in Fremont County. None of the victims were wearing seat belts. One of the children was flown from the scene by LifeNet helicopter.

The Patrol says a 1997 Dodge Ram van driven by 38-year old Tomas Matias, of Omaha, was traveling south on Interstate 29 near the Percival exit at around 4:25-p.m. Saturday, when the right rear tire blew out. The van went out of control, entered the median and rolled onto its top.

The Patrol says among the injured was: 1-year old Edwin Garcia-Zacarias; 6-year old Edwardo Garcia-Zacarias; 5-year old Carolina Garcia-Zacarias; 38-year old Hilario Garcia-Paiz; 35-year old Miguel Garcia, and 37-year old Maria Zacarias, all from Omaha.

Man shot to death in Omaha was acquitted of Iowa slaying

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who was shot to death in Omaha had been acquitted of first-degree murder in the 2001 death of his girlfriend. The Omaha World-Herald reports 40-year-old Carlos A. Alonzo, who was killed early Saturday, was acquitted in 2005 in the death several years earlier of his girlfriend, Teresa Windham.

The 17-year-old Windham disappeared from a Council Bluffs motel where she was staying with Alonzo. Her body was later found near Fremont. Prosecutors allege Alonzo killed Windham at the motel, but a judge acquitted him of the first-degree murder charge. Saturday’s killing was the 11th homicide in Omaha in 2016.

Cedar Falls Freedom Rock vandalized by spray paint

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A Freedom Rock completed last fall in Cedar Falls has been vandalized days before Memorial Day. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the vandalism occurred Saturday night at the Freedom Rock in Cedar Falls Veterans Park. Spray paint was used to damage the rock, along with a fence and utility box.

Tom Hagarty, commander of the Cedar Falls American Legion No. 237, said a Memorial Day ceremony planned for Sunday night was going ahead. Greenfield artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II painted the rock, which includes images of the Five Sullivan Brothers killed in World War II and Taylor Morris, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert who lost portions of all four limbs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Sorensen wants to paint Freedom Rocks in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.