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Danish Immigrant Museum changes its name & welcomes new board members

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Danish Immigrant Museum have announced the change of its name to “Museum of Danish America,” and have elected six new members to the board of directors. The change came during the museum’s annual meeting on October 11th.

New logo for the Museum of Danish America (formerly the Danish Immigrant Museum)

New logo for the Museum of Danish America (formerly the Danish Immigrant Museum)

Since it was founded in 1983, the focus of the museum has been to tell the story of the Danish immigration around the turn of the 20th century, but Executive Director Dr. John Mark Nielsen said they began to recognize that the immigrant experience was changing. Nielsen says “In strategic planning meetings beginning in 2004, board members recognized the decline in immigration from Denmark and the need to expand the museum’s focus to include documenting the evolving relations between our two countries.”

Nielsen said that many supporters of the museum had come to feel that the name, The Danish Immigrant Museum, placed too much emphasis on the immigrant generation – it was not inclusive enough for the future. At the October 2012 meeting of the Board of Directors, a committee was charged with the responsibility of soliciting, reviewing and proposing possible new names for consideration at its February 2013 meeting in Houston, Texas. The committee considered fifteen different names and recommended “Museum of Danish America,” which was officially adopted on Oct. 11th, 2013.MuseumofDaishAmerica

Six new board members join a group of 17 led by President of the Board Dagmar Muthamia of Long Beach, California. The new members include: Daniel Christensen, of West Des Moines; Bente Ellis, of San Jose, CA; Bill Jensen, of Urbandale; Carolyn Jensen, of St. Paul, MN; Brent Norlem, of Monticello, MN, and Craig Molgaard, of Missoula, MT.

(9-a.m. News)

Fremont County Sheriff’s report

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County report deputies arrested four people last week. 33-year old John Bosco Lukas, of Omaha, was arrested Saturday on charges that include OWI/2nd offense, Failure to have insurance, open container, no valid driver’s license, and speeding.

36-year old Roger Eugene Straw and 39-year old Kara Marcine Straw, both of Sidney, were arrested last Tuesday (Oct. 15th). Roger Straw was charged with simple assault and interference with official acts. Kara Straw faces  simple assault and public intoxication charges.

And on Monday, Oct. 14th, 32-year old Jeremy Scott Carnes, of Pacific Junction, was arrested in Fremont County for aggravated assault.

8AM Newscast 10-21-2013

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October 21st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Audubon man dies in Sunday morning rollover accident

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report a fatal, single-vehicle rollover accident occurred early Sunday morning, south of Gray. 21-year old Michael Dean Schmidt, of Audubon, died at the scene of the crash off 120th Street. The accident was reported at around 3:30-a.m.

Officials say Schmidt’s vehicle was traveling west on 120th Street when it crossed the center line of the road and continued onto the left shoulder following a curve. Schmidt was ejected from the vehicle as rolled down a ditch and landed in a field.

The accident remains under investigation. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by officers with the Audubon Police Department and crews from the Audubon Fire and Rescue Department.

(8-a.m. News)

7AM Newscast 10-21-2013

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October 21st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Stuart Police investigate report of shots fired, and pot belly pig capers

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police Officers in Stuart Officers responded Sunday to a report of a disturbance in the 600 block of North Gaines St. The 911 caller said they heard an argument, yelling and gun shots coming from a neighbor’s house. After investigating the incident, officers discovered that the 911 caller was allegedly suffering from an altered mental state, and that the shooting/argument had never actually occurred.

And, Stuart Police say they have received another report of a pot belly pig running lose in the downtown area. Authorities say it’s the 5th pig call of the summer, and they’re not sure where the pigs are coming from. The pig was captured unharmed by Stuart Officers and taken to the Stuart Vet Clinic.

Nebraska woman arrested in Stuart has BAC more than 3x the legal limit

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Stuart Police Department reports a woman from Nebraska was arrested at around 6-p.m. Sunday, after she was pulled over for allegedly driving erratically on Interstate 80 in Adair County. Motorists reported the woman had come close to crashing several times. Iowa State Troopers and Adair County Deputies were not in position to stop the vehicle at the time of the reports, but Stuart Police Officers stopped Melissa Ruge of Decatur, NE, after her vehicle exited I-80 at the Stuart exit.

Authorities say Ruge was determined to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) nearly three and a half times the legal limit. She was charged with OWI 1st offense and booked into the Adair County Jail.

Red Oak pair face felony burglary & other charges

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man and a woman from Red Oak face felony Burglary and other charges, after police responded to a report of two subjects making a forced entry into a residence. Officials say 26-year old Christopher James Colebank and 24-year old Megan Renea Guffey, both of Red Oak, were charged with Burglary in the 3rd degree, a class-D felony, and a serious misdemeanor charge of Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree. Colebank and Guffey were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond, each.

The pair were taken into custody at around 5:40-p.m.  One of the suspects was caught leaving the property in the 100 block of East Joy Street. The other was apprehended about a block away, on East Corning Street. Red Oak Police were assisted in making the arrests, by deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Officials also thank the public for its assistance in nabbing the suspects.

 

Red Oak woman arrested Sunday night

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest at around 10:40-p.m. Sunday, of a Red Oak woman. 37-year old Angela Elizabeth Baier was charged with Driving While License Revoked. Baier was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Cass County Public Safety/E-911 Boards to meet tonight

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The topic of privatizing Cass County’s 9-1-1 calling center operations will be the subject of two separate meetings tonight (Monday). The Cass County Public Safety Commission is set to take up the matter during their meeting, which begins at 5:30-p.m. in the Supervisor’s Board room at the Courthouse. And, the County E-911 Service Board will discuss the issue during their meeting at 7-p.m., in the same location.

The Cass County Board of Supervisors briefly discussed the possible privatization of 9-1-1 services during their meeting last Wednesday, in Atlantic. Board Chair Mark Wedemeyer said he had been looking into using the services of the Cranston, New Jersey-based iXP Corporation. Since many questions still remain regarding the potential use and cost of the service, and benefit or lack thereof to the County, no action was taken, and several more meetings are planned to discuss the privatization issue.

The Public Safety Board is also expected to discuss and possibly act on the proposed new communications center and location options, which includes the Cambridge Law firm building almost directly across the street from the courthouse, and a report on a tour of the Rutherford building at 2410 East 7th Street, as another possible site for a new comm. center.

Cass County 911 Director Rob Koppert will update the E-911 Service Board on the 911 system upgrade during their meeting tonight, along with information on the radio system upgrade and other matters.