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1st Lady Michelle Obama to speak in Sioux City, Monday

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Obama campaign have announced  First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Iowa, where she will speak to grassroots supporters in Iowa City and Sioux City, Monday. With early voting underway in Iowa, the First Lady will speak about what’s at stake in this election for Iowans and ask them to help organize their communities and get out the vote between now and Election Day. Early vote ends on November 5th in Iowa.

The events featuring Mrs. Obama are free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space, and will be available to the public starting on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available for the Sioux City event at the  Sioux City Convention Center beginning today (Friday, Oct. 26th)  from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM, and will continue if tickets are still available on Saturday, October 27, from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM and on Sunday, October 28, from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

The tickets can be found at Organizing for America – Sioux City at 520 14th Street, and at 4106 Morningside Avenue, in Sioux City. Tickets will also be available online at http://OFA.BO/FLOTUS-SC.

8AM Newscast 10-26-2012

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October 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Colleges, including U of I, offer veterans classes to ease transition

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – Colleges and universities around the country are offering veterans-only courses as a way to cater to military students.  The classes are one way to accommodate a student population that tends to be older, more experienced and further removed from the classroom than the typical undergraduate.  Advocates say the classes can ease the transition from military to civilian life. But not all courses have had staying power, and there’s some concern that veterans-only courses don’t necessarily help re-integrate veteran students into the broader student population.

George Washington University offers a weekend writing seminar for veterans. Wright State University in Ohio offers a psychology class, and a class at the University of Iowa covers everything from reading comprehension to healthy sleep habits.

Cass County Health Care provider celebrates 40th Anniversary

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, and it marks 40 years since Cass County Home Care first began providing home health care for patients and their families in southwestern Iowa. CCHC  will commemorate its anniversary with an open house for the public on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1500 E. 10th Street in Atlantic. Cass County Home Care first opened its doors in November 1972, at Cass County Memorial Hospital.

Over the years its services have expanded to include wound care; physical, occupational and speech therapies; public health; telehealth monitoring; palliative care and hospice care. In 2010, Cass County Home Care became part of Iowa Health Home Care, the largest home health care provider in the state of Iowa, and an affiliate of the Iowa Health System. This past year, Cass County Home Care has been recognized for its quality care and service by being ranked in the top five percent of home health care agencies in the United States by HealthInsight.

Denise Coder, site manager of Cass County Home Care says they are proud to have served the community for four decades, helping patients and their families achieve their goals of optimal health, well-being and independence, in the comfort of their homes. She says the open house event is a way to say ‘thank you’ for all of the support residents of the area have given them over the years.

National Home Care and Hospice Month was designated to recognize the work of home health care professionals, including administrators, nurses, clinicians, therapists, aides, homemakers and companions, who bring comfort and compassion to patients and families. To learn more about Iowa Health Home Care and its services, visit www.yourhealthcareathome.org. For more information about Cass County Home Care and its services, call 712-243-8006.

No injuries following rollover accident in Montgomery County

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A deer in the road was partly to blame for a Villisca teen losing control of the vehicle he was driving Thursday night. The 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by 17-year old Cole Louis Sunderman, of Villisca, was traveling north on Union Avenue at around 10:45-p.m., when he swerved to avoid a deer. The pickup got too close to the soft shoulder of the gravel road, and slid into the ditch before rolling over and coming to rest on the driver’s side. The pickup, registered to Denise Sunderman, sustained $2,000 damage. There were no injuries reported, and no citations issued.

Shenandoah pair arrested for Fremont County burglaries

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says two arrests have been made in connection with burglaries that occurred on or about October 16th, in the Locust Grove Township. Officials said Thursday afternoon, that 19-year old Colton Frank Sederburg, and 42-year old Shantel Leigh Johnson, both of Shenandoah, were arrested following an investigation into the theft of items from the Raymond Welchans residence and Brad MacDonald farm.

The stolen property was recovered from a home at 602 Illinois Street, in Essex, following the execution of a search warrant. Sederburg and Johnson were charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft. They were being held in the Fremont County Jail on $5,000 bond each.

Earlier in the week, 21-year old Michael Lee Glenn, of Shenandoah was arrested in connection with the thefts, following the execution of search warrants at 306 West Washington Street in Randolph, and 1114 West Sheridan, in Shenandoah. Glenn faces a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge.

Farmland in NW Iowa sells for nearly $22K an acre

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BOYDEN, Iowa (AP) — Some farmland near Boyden in northwest Iowa’s Sioux County may have set a new sale record. The Sioux City Journal reports the 80.5-acre plot sold on Thursday for $21,900 an acre. The auction company, Vander Werff and Associates Incorporated, says the land has an estimated corn yield of 110 bushels and soybean yield of 43 bushes. Auction spokesman Todd Hattermann declined to name the buyer. The seller is Henry Boelsman, a longtime farmer.

In December, a 74-acre plot near Hull, also in Sioux County, sold for $20,000 an acre. A survey of real estate agents estimated the average farmland value in 2011 was $6,708 an acre. That’s up over 32 percent from 2010.

Wait on election night could be long due to mail in ballots

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

State election officials say there’s a chance that mail-in ballots could delay the results in races that are close on November sixth.
Chad Olsen of the Iowa Secretary of State’s office says Iowa is on pace to set a new record for early voting — and most of those are coming in by mail. “Hopefully it goes one way or another. But it is really amazing that we start things off. Iowa’s first in the nation. But it may end up this year coming down to Iowa and one or two other states to decide who is president, and we may be one of the states to finish the race as opposed to just starting it,” Olsen says.

Under state law, county auditors must count absentee ballots they’ve received by 10 p-m on election night, but ballots that are postmarked by November fifth can be received up until noon on November 13th and still be counted. Olsen says races up and down the ballot could be impacted.  “In a case where we have an election — whether it’s for a county supervisor, or state rep or senator or even the race for president — where the race is very, very very close, that’s the situation where everybody will be holding their breath to see what happens the following week when those stragglers are counted,” according to Olsen.

But Olsen says past history does show that Iowans are generally good about turning in absentee ballots early and he’s hopeful the results will be clear on Election Night. About one half-million Iowans have already requested absentee ballots.

(Radio Iowa)

King, Vilsack stand-off over contraceptives

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October 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King and Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack debated for the sixth time last night (Thursday), both portraying themselves as in step with Iowa values, but taking one another to task on a host of issues. “I would like to know whether he believes that women in this community have the opportunity, have the right– the legal right — to go into the drug store down the street and fill a prescription for birth control pills…and get some of the new, long-acting, reversible contraceptives…and I don’t think he’s made his position clear on that,” Vilsack said.

King responded: “And I’d say that’s really brazen to make such of a misstatement here in front of everybody in Iowa and the country. That’s manufactured from the other side of the aisle. It’s a manufacture that even flows as far as the president of the United States in a tweet that his people put out earlier today.” King said he “accepts” a 1965 Supreme Court ruling that prohibits states from banning contraceptives, like “the pill.” “I think that you need to let the people of Iowa know whether you believe in the right to privacy,” Vilsack said. “…Do we have the right to privacy under the constitution to allow us to go into the local pharmacy and.purchase contraceptives?” King answered: “If you were listening, you heard me say that I accept the decision.”

Vilsack said: “I take that as a no.” King replied: “Well, you misunderstand it.” The two addressed a host of issues raised at previous debates, from inaction on the Farm Bill to U.S. tax policy. When it came to foreign policy, both expressed support for Israel’s stand against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and King said he’s like to see a new constitution in Afghanistan, to change the centralized government in the country which King argues is abusing its power.  “I’d like to look at offering them a new constitution that would represent the people in Afghanistan far better than it is today,” King said. Vilsack said the sooner the U.S. can withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the better. “‘And we need to build schools here,” she said. “And we need to built infrastructure here.”

Last night’s (Thursday’s) debate was held in the Santa Maria Winery in Carroll and broadcast live on Iowa Public Television and on C-SPAN. It will be rebroadcast tonight (Friday) at 7:30 on I-P-T-V. The two debate a seventh and final time on Tuesday, in Mason City.

(Radio Iowa)

Clarinda man arrested for allegedly sending threatening text messages

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October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports a Clarinda man was arrested Monday, for allegedly sending threatening text messages to a 51-year old female. 24-year old Jeremiah Kalish faces a charge of  harassment in the first degree, after he allegedly threatened an unidentified woman with bodily injury. He was brought to the Page County Jail, and later posted bail in the amount of $2,000.