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Harlan man latest winner in IA Lottery scratch game. Ticket purchased in Massena

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Lottery says Curtis Scheffler, of Harlan, was the latest big instant/scratch game winner in Cass County during fiscal year 2012, winning $3,000 in the “Match 2 Tripler” game, with a ticket purchased at the 21st Century CoOp C-Store, in Massena. The Lottery says Fiscal Year 2012 ended June 30th, and they released a review of its top prize winners for the year on Monday.

Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto. Players have up to 90 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Iowa’s $100,000 Cash Game and the Iowa Lottery’s Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. If the expiration date falls on a weekend or holiday when the lottery’s offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to turn in the ticket.

Prizes in instant-scratch and pull-tab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retail location where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased. Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines is invested in the lottery’s future prize pools.

Players may visit an Iowa Lottery retailer or go to one of the lottery’s offices in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes. Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery website at www.ialottery.com or calling the winning numbers hotline at (515) 323-4633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

President Obama to visit Council Bluffs next week

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Campaign aides say President Barack Obama plans to campaign across Iowa next week, visiting at least seven cities over three days. It will be the Democratic president’s fifth campaign visit to Iowa this year. It’s Obama’s longest Iowa stay since taking office in 2009 and his longest visit in one state during this presidential election campaign. Obama is scheduled to visit Council Bluffs and Boone on Monday; Marshalltown, Oskaloosa and Waterloo on Tuesday, and Dubuque and Davenport Wednesday. First lady Michele Obama will join the president for Wednesday’s stops.

Republican Mitt Romney was scheduled to campaign in Iowa later Tuesday and Wednesday morning, making his fourth visit to the state since clinching the GOP nomination. Iowa is among about a half dozen states where polls show the race very close.

Update: 4th grade western IA teacher to be arraigned Aug. 20th

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – A fourth-grade teacher in western Iowa facing misdemeanor charges, accused of possessing marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, will appear in court later this month for an arraignment hearing. 43-year-old Karen Kay Bartelson, of Blencoe, was taken into custody west of Onawa, July 21st, after authorities found her with meth hidden inside an artificial sweetener packet, tucked in her purse.  Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also allegedly found to be in her possession. She’s plead not guilty to the charges.

Bartelson is scheduled to appear in a Monona County courtroom for her arraignment, on August 20th.  The West Monona Community School District website lists Bartelson as a teacher at Central Elementary School. District Superintendent Lyle Schwartz said Tuesday that Bartelson is on administrative leave. He would not comment further. Bartelson’s attorney has not returned calls from the Associated Press, seeking comment, and a phone listed for Bartelson is no longer in service.

Clarinda and Creston receive “Branching Out” awards

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy Company, in association with the Trees Forever organization, have announced they are awarding a total of $90,300 to 23 Iowa communities or organizations, through the “Branching Out” program. Among the recipients, is the City of Clarinda, which was awarded $1,500 for the planting of trees near the Clarinda Regional Health Center, and, the City of Creston, which receives $10,000, for planting post-tornado trees, to replace those which were lost at McKinley Park, and on the campus of Southwestern Community College.

Branching Out is a nationally-recognized grant program through which Alliant Energy, Trees Forever and local community leaders work together to fund and implement tree-planting projects. The program is designed to encourage energy efficiency, environmental awareness and community involvement in Iowa.

Since the start of the Branching Out program in 1989, more than 1.1 million trees and seedlings have been planted. Branching Out grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but are considered for funding during a spring and a fall grant-making cycle. Deadlines are on June 1 and November 1 of each year.

For more information, contact Trees Forever at 1-800-369-1269. Applications are available online at alliantenergy.com/branchingout or treesforever.org.

Red Oak man cited following single-vehicle accident Tue. morning

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was cited following a single-vehicle accident this (Tuesday) morning, near Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a SWITA (Southwest Iowa Transit) bus was legally stopped at a railroad crossing about one-quarter of a mile west of the intersection of Highways 48 and 34 outside of Red Oak, when a 2008 Dodge Caravan registered to JFSCO Engineering, approached from behind. The driver of the van, 62-year old Charles Peter Crawford, of Red Oak, was checking an e-mail on his cell phone, and did not see the SWITA bus, with its 4-way flashers on.

When Crawford finally noticed the bus, he took evasive action. The JSFCO van entered the north ditch and hit the railroad tracks before coming to rest in a field. The vehicle sustained $3,000 damage. There was no damage to the SWITA bus. The accident happened at around 9:45-a.m.

Officials say following an investigation, Crawford was cited for using an Electronic Communications Device While Driving.

(12:40-p.m. News)

Federal law, named for Iowa soldier, extended for another decade

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

President Obama on Monday signed a law which extends a program named for a late National Guardsman from Iowa. Andrew Connolly of Dubuque spent 16 months in Iraq before returning home in August 2007. A year later, doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in his spine related to his military service. Andrew quickly lost his ability to walk and applied for a federal veterans grant to help build a wheel-chair accessible home. Connolly died just under one year ago. His wife, Jennifer, remains in the home. Jennifer is now caring for the couple’s son, Brody, who has a neuromuscular disorder that restricts his breathing and keeps him confined to a wheelchair.

The “Andrew Connolly Veterans Housing Act” was set to expire, but now the benefit is extended for a decade. In May of 2011, Andrew Connolly testified before a panel in Washington, D.C. about the frustration he felt when he was confined to a wheelchair while living in a duplex built in 1890. The federal grant allowed him and his family to move into the wheel-chair accessible home.

“Today, I am in my new house. Today, I took a shower by myself in a five by five (foot) roll-in shower with handicap controls. Today, I cooked my own breakfast because I was able to reach all of the ingredients. Today, I was able to watch my son sleeping in his bedroom because I could (fit) through the doorway with my wheelchair,” Connolly said during the hearing. Andrew Connolly died on August 26, 2011. He was 28 years old.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass Supervisors to act on a General Election matter Wednesday

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, are expected to act on approving a Resolution to place a public measure on the November 6th General Election ballot, calling for the appointment of township officers to occur by the Board of Supervisors, rather than by election. Auditor Dale Sunderman says 12 townships in Cass County current have their positions filled by the Supervisors. Four townships (Benton, Edna, Union and Victoria), would be affected if the Resolution is approved.

The Board is also expected to act on awarding a tuckpointing contract to one of two firms who submitted bids and made presentations to the board a couple of weeks ago. The Supervisor’s meeting begins at 9-a.m., in their board room at the Cass County Courthouse, in Atlantic.

State Fair camping ground already full

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Fair begins Thursday, but hundreds of people are already camping on the fairgrounds. Kevin Muxfeldt of Story City started setting up his family’s campsite last Saturday. “There’s so much to do here that I don’t want to have a heart attack,” he says, “so I take my time, get everything all set up and leveled up.”

The Muxfeldts have two adjacent camping spots. He and his wife stay in one camper and his mother — 80-year-old Aretta, of Webster City — stays in the other. Green indoor/outdoor carpeting covers the space between the campers and Muxfeldt tacked it down with laths so the wind doesn’t whip the carpeting away.  “This is like Grand Central Station,” he says of the spot. “We have three-quarter-inch plywood picnic tables on both sides, lawn chairs all over the place. I’ve got the ice cream maker here.”

Muxfeldt was sitting in one of those lawn chairs, relaxing underneath an awning on Monday afternoon, as an electric fan sitting on one of those picnic tables stirred up the air. Muxfeldt has two words for those who’d like to start camping at the fair.  “Good luck,” he said. “If you get these spots and you give ‘em up, it’s like Green Bay Packers tickets. You’ll never get it back because there’s a waiting list a mile long wanting to get reserved spots here because we have electricity, we have water and about 13 years ago I came in and we have sewer hook-up, so we have all the comforts of home.”

The Muxfeldt family has the two spots closest to the east gate that leads from the campgrounds into the fairgrounds. Muxfeldt’s mother secured their prime location 35 years ago, when one of the two spots was mainly occupied by a huge oak tree. That tree was knocked down by a tornado several years ago, making more room for two campers.

(Radio Iowa)

Exira man arrested on domestic assault charge

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports 20-year old Micah Blake Taylor, of Exira, was arrested Monday night. Taylor was taken into custody on an outstanding Audubon County warrant charging him with Domestic Abuse Assault. The charge stems from an incident which allegedly occurred at a residence in Exira, on Saturday, August 4th. Taylor was being held in the Audubon County Jail without bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Public hearing set for Wednesday at the Atlantic Airport

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August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing with regard to the plans, specifications and form of contract for the Atlantic Municipal Airport’s Taxiway Grading and Fuel Lane construction project will be held Wednesday morning, in the airport terminal building. Following the 9-a.m. hearing, the Airport Commission will act on a Resolution approving the plans, specs and form of contract. The City received a grant amounting to more than $510,760 last May, to help pay for the project and other improvements at the airport. The grant requires a 10-percent local match.

The Commission will also review the construction bids, and pass a Resolution awarding a contract for the project. They’ll also review the status of the City Hangar Door replacement project, before hearing other, airport-related discussion and business. The hangar door project received a $36,000 grant from the State of Iowa. The project calls for an old, manually sliding hangar door to be replaced with one that is hydraulically operated.