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Inmate dies in northwest Iowa jail this weekend

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August 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old man died inside a northwest Iowa jail this weekend. The man was found dead Saturday in his cell at the Woodbury County jail in Sioux City. Authorities did not immediately release the man’s name, and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations is looking into the man’s death.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to discuss/act on Tobacco Free Policy

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August 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board of Directors will meet Monday evening at City Hall. Among the items on their agenda for discussion and/or possible action, is a Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Policy for Sunnyside Park. During their meeting last month, a public hearing was held with regard to the proposed policy, but the matter was tabled, in favor of obtaining more information and input from the public, as well as looking more closely at Iowa’s Smoke Free Air Act.

The Board will also hear regular updates on the Schildberg Recreation Area campground, Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction project, Park Maintenance building construction, and other projects. Discussion and old business includes a request from the Cub Scouts to camp overnight at the Camblin Shelter area on Sept. 7th & 8th, and information on a Bike Racks Project. The meeting in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, begins at 5:15-p.m.

Area School Board meetings set for Monday evening

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August 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A trio of area school district Boards of Education are set to meet during separate sessions Monday evening. The Griswold School Board meeting gets underway at 5:30-p.m. On their agenda is updates on the boiler system, restroom locker remodel, the track, and a proposal from Massena Telephone Company. The Board will also receive information on bakery bids, and act on what to do with Senior Meals for 2013-2014.

The CAM School Board will meet at 7-p.m. Monday, at the High School in Anita. The big topic of discussion and possible action, will be with regard to Tax Increment Financing on wind turbines, for the City of Massena. Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports the CAM School board had earlier filed a resolution opposing use of TIF.  Massena council member Linda Reineke and John McCurdy stated at a recent Board of Supervisor’s meeting, that the CAM School board was not in opposition to the use of TIF by Massena.  County Engineer Charles Marker said at the same Supervisor’s meeting, that he would rather see the county implement tax increment financing (TIF) in lieu of Massena doing so.  Before the county could include 38 wind turbines in a TIF area, the city would have to give its consent.

The CAM School Board will also discuss and possible act on a “Race to the Top” consortium grant. Prior to adjournment, they will move into a closed session for an evaluation of Superintendent Steve Pelzer.

And, the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will meet at 7-p.m. Monday at the High School in Elk Horn. The Board will act on approving the resignation of P-E & Health Teacher Scott Yates and Para Educator Andrea Welch, along with assigning contracts to seven individual instructors and/or staff members. The EHK Board will also discuss Bus pickups, activity practices, the National FFA Conference, and discuss and possibly take action on: approving a bid for the driveway into the Sports Complex; a revised Superintendent contract; and matters pertaining to buses and an SUV.

Missing person cases often neglected in Iowa

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August 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 350 people are considered missing in Iowa on any given day, but most of those receive little attention from police. The Des Moines Register investigated how missing-person cases are handled in Iowa and identified several concerns about the system. Although every missing-person case could have a tragic ending, most are resolved simply when a runaway child returns home or an adult who left intentionally is found.

Gerard Meyers with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says it’s a challenge for law enforcement to stay vigilant about these cases. The newspaper found that many cases are largely ignored as runaways. And the missing-person database is often outdated and lacks detailed descriptions and photographs. Some police departments do little follow-up.

4 arrests Saturday in Red Oak

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August 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Four people were arrested Saturday on varying charges, in Red Oak. According to Red Oak Police, Samuel Maurice Branigan, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 4:15-p.m. on a charge of Trespass. Branigan was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

At around 5:35-p.m. Saturday, Red Oak Police arrested 35-year old Timothy Orville Welch, of Red Oak, on a warrant for Contempt of Court/Failure to Appear, on an original charge of 3rd Degree Harassment. Welch was being held on $300 bond.

Red Oak Police say Randi Lynn Vanleuven, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 6:25-p.m Saturday, for Simple Assault. Her bond was set at $300. And, officials say Richard Dean Pierce the 3rd, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11:30-p.m., Saturday, for Theft in the 5th Degree. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Aug. 18th 2013

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August 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The largest food bank in the Iowa City area is asking for donations after seeing record demand for July. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank in Iowa City logged 4,400 uses in July, a record high. Food bank director Sarah Benson Witry says summer usually brings only moderate demand for food.

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa skydiver has died in an accident near Brooklyn, about 60 miles east of Des Moines. Officials say the skydiver was in a plane that took off around 5:30 p.m. Friday when his parachute accidentally deployed, pulling him from the plane. The man’s body was found in a field near Brooklyn. Officials have not released the man’s name, but the Des Moines Register reports he is from Brooklyn.

GARNER, Iowa (AP) — After a 40-year hiatus, movies are again being shown at the Avery Theatre in the north-central Iowa town of Garner. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Friday was the official opening of the restored art deco movie theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety says she’s leaving after more than six years with the agency. DPS information specialist Jessica Lown said Friday that she has taken a job with a Des Moines marketing firm ZLR Ignition, and her last day with the state will be Wednesday.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 8/17/13

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Loess Hill Wine Festival slated for Sept. 21st

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Western Iowa Grape Growers Association (WeIGGA) is sponsoring the 2013 Loess Hills Wine Festival.  The festival will be held on Saturday September 21st , 2013 from 2-pm to 10-pm at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park (Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey walking bridge), Council Bluffs.

The grapes have been harvested, the wine is fermenting. This year will feature 5 Western Iowa Wineries including, Prairie Crossing, Sugar Clay, Vine Street Cellars, Prairie Hawk and Wabash Wine Company and 1 local brewery, Keg Creek Brewery. Three bands will be providing live music during the festival including, JB Acoustic (2-pm to 4-pm), MoJo Bag (4-pm to 6-pm) and Pink Kadillac (6-pm to 10-pm).

The Loess Hills Wine Festival is a fun event for the entire family.  Activities will include craft and local food vendors, hayrides, a grape stomp, food, live music and wine and beer tasting for the adults.  Adult admissions receive a souvenir wine glass and 10 tasting tickets.

Advance tickets for ages 21 and over (normally $30) are $15 per person if purchased before September 1st at WeIGGA’s web site http://www.weigga.org/html/admission.html . VIP Tickets are $50 and Children ages 10 to 20 years old are $10. Children under 10 are free.

Music at the Hitchcock House this weekend

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Friends of Hitchcock House near Lewis, will sponsor The Blue Tones in a free concert on the lawn at Hitchcock House, this Sunday, August 18th. Their concert last year was the high point of the season, and The Blue Tones are returning by popular demand.
The Hitchcock House is located one-mile west of Lewis. The House was a Station on the Underground Railroad, and is a designated National Historic Landmark. You’re invited to come early and take a guided tour of the House. Tours are $5 for adults, children free.
In case of rain, the event will be held in the Red Barn. Bring comfortable lawn chairs if you have them. Join the crowd for a free concert at Hitchcock House. The music begins at 2.

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m News, 8/17/13

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….