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Workshop planned for Confinement Site Manure Applicators

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension and Outreach say Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in order to maintain or renew your confinement site manure applicator certification. The Shelby County workshop will be offered on January 29th, 2013 at 1:30 pm in Harlan at 906 Sixth Street.

Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension and Outreach program specialist and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program, says “Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or take and pass the exam once every three years. “If applicators fail to get the two hours of continuing education each year, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify.”

The workshop serves as initial certification for those applicators that are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and as continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license. Operators must be certified to handle, transport and apply manure if the confinement livestock operation has more than a 500 animal unit capacity, unless the manure is applied by a commercial manure applicator. The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate. The fee is paid when applicators initially get certified and then every three years when they re-certify to apply manure.

Confinement site applicators are also required to pay an annual education fee of $25. All fees and application forms must be sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to complete certification requirements. ISU Extension and Outreach will charge a $10 fee to applicators choosing to view the certification materials on a non-scheduled reshow day at the county office. For this reason all applicators are encouraged to attend the workshops or to plan to view training materials on the scheduled reshow date at their local county extension office. This fee will not apply to workshops or scheduled reshow dates. Contact the county extension office to determine which days are scheduled for the manure applicator certification programs.

Applicators are encouraged to complete certification requirements prior to March 1st to meet certification deadlines and avoid being assessed a $12.50 late fee for re-certification.

For more information about meeting dates and locations, or to schedule an appointment to attend training, contact the ISU Extension – Shelby County office at 712-755-3104 or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confdates.html to see the 2013 workshop schedule.

Vote to avoid fiscal cliff is “fiscal farce,” according to Sen. Grassley

News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation split on party lines in last night’s (Tuesday) vote to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of tax hikes and budget cuts. All three Iowa House Democrats voted for the measure while both Republicans opposed it. Earlier in the day, Iowa’s two U-S senators voted against the legislation. Democrat Tom Harkin and Republican Chuck Grassley said “no” to the measure. Senator Grassley says President Obama has made his position obvious. “Already in addition to what was passed yesterday, the president has made it clear he wants to raise taxes even more,” Grassley says. “You can’t raise taxes high enough to satisfy the appetite of Washington to spend money.”

Strong presidential leadership is what the nation needs, Grassley says, to bring about what he calls fiscal restraint. “Everybody knows the problem is spending,” Grassley says. “Because, raise all the taxes the president wants and it only takes care of about 10% of our annual deficit of over a trillion dollars. We’ve got a spending problem, not a taxing problem.” It’s a “fiscal farce,” according to Grassley, to raise taxes and hurt economic growth only to fuel more government spending with record deficits and debt. The New Hartford native says President Obama focused on raising taxes and failed to put Washington on a new path toward “fiscal discipline.” Grassley says, “If he wants to make history and have a legacy, then it would be nice to have presidential leadership in helping us solve this spending problem, the deficit problem and in particular, with the 44% of the spending that is Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, bring that to the table.”

In a statement, Senator Harkin said he is –quote — “All for compromise, but a compromise that sets a new tax threshold for the wealthiest Americans while neglecting the very backbone of our country – the middle class – is a compromise I simply cannot support. This is the wrong direction for Iowa and our country, and at a time when our fragile economy cannot sustain further damage.”

In the House, Democrats Bruce Braley, Dave Loebsack and Leonard Boswell all voted “yes” on the measure, while Republicans Tom Latham and Steve King voted “no.” Democrat Braley, in a news release, said: “The legislation would cut taxes for over 99 percent of Iowans, help keep food and milk prices low by renewing the Farm Bill for nine months, encourage Iowa investment by extending the wind energy production tax credit, help more children find loving homes by permanently extending the adoption tax credit, keep doctors practicing in Iowa by preventing a cut in Medicare reimbursements, and reduce the cost of college tuition for Iowa families. For the first time in 20 years, Congress will have acted on a bipartisan basis for significant new revenue, resulting in the most progressive tax code in decades.”

In his statement, Republican Latham said: “The White House-Senate compromise contains some good provisions I agree with, such as preventing massive tax hikes on most families and finally making the cuts permanent, extending the farm bill, and maintaining the wind energy tax credit. However, it lacks a critical component: necessary spending cuts to address our exploding debt. Our $3.5 trillion budget is and will continue to be our primary fiscal obstacle.”

(Radio Iowa)

Student Financial Aid Applications now available for 2013-2014

News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) has announced the release of the 2013-2014 Iowa Financial Aid Application.  The application, which can be accessed through the state-designated career information system, www.IHaveAPlanIowa.gov, allows students to apply for five state-administered financial aid programs through one application process.  Collectively, the programs provided almost $8 million in funding for students during the 2011-12 academic year.

The Iowa Financial Aid Application serves as the application for the following programs:

  • All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
  • All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant
  • Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship
  • Education and Training Voucher Program, and, the Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP)

The Iowa Financial Aid Application does not replace the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.  Students who complete their FAFSAs online will have the opportunity to link directly from their FAFSA confirmation page to the Iowa Financial Aid Application

Deadlines play a critical role and often determine the amount of financial assistance available to help students pay for college.  Students are encouraged to apply early to meet the priority deadlines associated with different programs.  The Iowa Financial Aid Application indicates the priority application deadlines for each of the five programs included in the application.  More information about financial aid and products and services that help Iowa families plan, prepare and pay for college is also available on Iowa College Aid’s website at www.IowaCollegeAid.gov.

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News, Podcasts

January 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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January 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Dunlap structure goes up in flames Monday night

News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As many people celebrated ringing in the New Year, several fire departments were called to the city of Dunlap for a building fire. The structure fire was located in the 100th block of 3rd Street at the intersection of Highway 30 in Dunlap. According to officials with the Dunlap Fire Department, the call came in around 7:20pm Monday.

Crews from Denison, Dow City and Woodbine were called in to help with the fire. The Denison Fire Department had to use their ladder truck to help with the fire as flames were shooting out of the top of the building. The building, once known as Linda’s Drapery in Dunlap, was a total loss. No injuries were reported as no one was inside. The Dunlap Fire Department was on scene for 5 hours. During that time, traffic was re-routed around Highway 30 with the assistance of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and Dunlap Police Department.

The building is said to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown and officials say an investigation is being conducted by the State Fire Marshall’s Office.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Lavonne Klinkefus, 93, of Exira (Svcs. 1/4/13)

News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LAVONNE KLINKEFUS, 93, of Exira, died Sun., Dec. 30th, at the Exira Care Center. Funeral services for LAVONNE KLINKEFUS, will be held 11-a.m. Fri., Jan. 4th, at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held one-hour prior to the service (10-a.m.), Friday.

LAVONNE KLINKEFUS is survived by:

Her daughter – Judy Nelson, of Atlantic.

‘Tis not the season for bicycling, but it is if you have a bike simulator

News, Sports

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

You may’ve heard there’s a high-tech automobile simulator at the University of Iowa, but the campus is also home to a bicycle simulator. Dr. Jodie Plumert is co-director of the sophisticated virtual environment which is used to study how children make decisions in heavy traffic without being at risk. Plumert says the simulator immerses bicycle riders in a city-scape. “There’s a bicycle that sits in the middle of these three very large screens that are placed at right angles to each other so it completely wraps around the person who’s riding the bike,” Plumert says. “As you pedal the bike, you actually appear to be moving through the environment. As you turn, you appear to be turning and so on.”

She says one focus of the bicycling simulator is to compare how kids and adults cross intersections filled with virtual on-coming cars and trucks. “They bicycle up to an intersection and they see traffic that’s coming on the cross street,” Plumert says. “They just watch the traffic and then they cross when they think they can cross without getting hit by a car. They go on and do that again at the next intersection and they do that for 12 or 14 intersections.”

From the recent research, Plumert says they’re seeing a pattern in the children bicyclists, ages 10, 12 and 14. She says they choose the same gaps in traffic as the adults to cross, but they tend to hesitate before pulling out. “What happens is that they end up with less time to spare than the adults have,” Plumert says. “One thing we’ve been able to pinpoint is that kids, even at these older ages, when you put them in a fairly challenging traffic situation, are not coordinating their movements with the traffic as well as the adults are.”

There are some 600-thousand bicycle-related injuries treated in emergency rooms nationwide each year. Children ages five to 15 years old represent a particularly vulnerable segment of the cycling population. Motor vehicles are involved in about one-third of all bicycle-related brain injuries and in 90-percent of all fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak resident arrested on Trespassing & O/C charge

News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest this (Wednesday) morning of 50-year old Janis Kyle Hunt. Hunt, who’s from Red Oak, was taken into custody in the 15-hundred block of North 4th Street, on charges of Trespassing and Open Container.  Hunt was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 cash bond.

Adair County Board of Supervisors hold 1st meeting of the year today

News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will hold the first meeting of the month and year this morning, in Greenfield. Like their counterparts in Cass County, the bulk of their duties today are administrative, including: the election of a chair and vice-chairperson; approval an organizational resolution; approval resolutions pertaining to travel policy and the  Master Matrix, and designation of the official newspapers for 2013.

In other business, the Adair County Supervisors will hold a public hearing beginning at 9:30-a.m., with regard to a Fiscal Year 2013 budget amendment, followed by action on a resolution to approve the amendment, an appropriations and transfer resolution, and the assignment of fund balances.

The Supervisors’ meeting begins at 9-a.m. in their boardroom at the courthouse in Greenfield.