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Iowa Youth Straw Poll: Trump, Grassley, Young & King winners


November 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the Iowa Youth Straw Poll held Monday, was a resounding success with more than 57,000 students from more than 250 schools across the state participating. Most of the schools cast their ballots on November 1st. Pate said “I think it was a great opportunity for them to see first-hand how the process works. It also gives them a running start for the next election cycle and also receive a little tutoring at the same time, so they’ll have a good base of knowledge for Iowa’s elections process. I hope this fired them up and will also spur them to encourage their parents, neighbors and friends to get out and vote.”

The results of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll showed:


Donald Trump-46%

Hillary Clinton-36%

Gary Johnson-7%


Charles Grassley-62%

Patty Judge-25%

Charles Aldrich-5%

Jim Hennager-5%


David Young-56%

Jim Mowrer-31%4

Bryan Jack Holder-6%

More than 13,750 votes cast


Steve King-75%

Kim Weaver-25%

More than 11,950 votes cast


Rod Blum-59%

Monica Vernon-41%

More than 12,200 votes cast


Dave Loebsack-50%

Christopher Peters-50%

Loebsack leads 3,234-3,230

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Nov. 2nd 2016


November 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES – (Update 4-a.m.) Multiple metro police departments are searching for a suspect in the ambush-style fatal shooting of two Des Moines Police Officers. According to a press release from the Des Moines Police Department, an Urbandale Police Officer was shot just after 1-a.m. in the area of 70th & Aurora Avenues. And, a Des Moines Police Officer was shot at 1:25-a.m. at Merle Hay & Sheridan Avuenue. The suspect was reportedly driving a dark colored Ford F-150 pickup truck. Additional information was expected to come from a 5-a.m. Press Briefing.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A business group is scrapping plans to borrow $175,000 from Iowa State University to pay for its share of a new terminal at the Ames airport. Ames Economic Development Commission president Dan Culhane says securing a bank loan instead of university funds makes more sense given “the recent scrutiny of the Ames airport.” Iowa State’s role in financing renovations at the city-owned airport has faced questions amid a scandal involving President Steven Leath’s use of university planes.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell apologized Monday for offending some city employees last month during a discussion of a 7.2 percent raise given to City Manager Jim Ferneau. Some noted the raise far exceeded the 2.5 percent raise given to other city employees, but McCampbell says Ferneau is involved in the city’s most important decisions. He contrasted that with other workers, saying, “They take a week off and maybe a few blades of grass don’t get cut.” Burlington’s firefighter union objected.

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — A rural Fayette man charged with murder has been found dead in the Fayette County Jail. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that jail staff found 39-year-old Matthew Braun unconscious in an inmate shower area around 9:45 p.m. Monday. He was accused of beating to death 57-year-old Kris Simpson, a fellow resident at Prairie View Residential Care Facility, in 2012.

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) — A proposed $500 million high-voltage power line stretching through multiple counties in Iowa and Wisconsin drew few people to a public hearing. The Telegraph Herald reports that six people attended the first two hours of a three-hour open house by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. The agency is gathering feedback from the public as it begins assessing the project’s environmental impact. The proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line will stretch 125 miles.


Mills County Sheriff’s report (11/1/16)


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports five recent arrests, with three of them taking place on Monday (Oct. 31st) including: 31-year old Frank Moises Torres, of Council Bluffs, who was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a warrant for Probation. His bond was set at $10,000; 27-year old John Morgan Johnson, of Omaha, was arrested Monday for being a Fugitive from Justice. He was being held in the Mills County Jail without bond; and, 18-year old Tanner Lee Anthony Bailey, of Carter Lake, was arrested Monday for Possession of Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $2,000.

On Saturday, 25-year old Colby Ryan Malone, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/1st Offense. His bond was set at $1,000. And, last Thursday, Mills County Deputies arrested 21-year old Mackenzey Lee Sangrait, of Minto, ND, for Possession of Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $1,000.

Sheriff’s official say there was also a non-injury accident Sunday night in Mills County. A 2002 VW Beetle driven by 33-year old Zachary Anderson, of Glenwood, was traveling south on 221st Street near Goode Avenue at around 8:30-p.m., when the car went out of control and entered the west ditch before rolling onto its driver’s side. Anderson fled the scene before authorities arrived, but was later located. He was subsequently cited for leaving the scene of an accident, and Failure to Maintain Control.

Absentee voting still available in Cass County; 303 ballots still need to be returned!


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports absentee voting is still available for the November 8 GENERAL ELECTION.  IF VOTING BY MAIL: Deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed is 5 PM on Friday, November 4.

All BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED whether they are voted or not voted.  A postage paid return envelope is provided with each absentee ballot mailed out.  As of Tuesday, November 1st, 303 ballots mailed out before today had not yet been returned.


Deadline to vote in the Cass County Auditor’s office is Monday, November 7 at 5 pm. The absentee voter may come to the CASS COUNTY COURTHOUSE during the regular office hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday, and cast a ballot. In addition to regular office hours, the office of Cass County Auditor will be open Saturday, November 5 from 9 AM to 5 PM and open until 5 PM on Friday, November 4 and Monday, November 7.

VOTER REGISTRATION: A voter may register to vote and then vote an absentee ballot on the same day. In order to vote in Iowa a person must be registered in the person’s current county of residence, under the person’s current name, and at the person’s current address.

To register to vote on the day you vote, you must:

Provide proof of Identity (photo ID),

Provide proof of Residency (your current address in Cass County), and

Sign an oath (attesting that the information you give is true)

The address for the Cass County Auditor / Election Commissioner is: CASS COUNTY AUDITOR, COURTHOUSE, 5 W 7TH ST, ATLANTIC, IOWA 50022 (Phone:712-243-4570;   Email: auditor@casscoia.us)

Atlantic Public Library to host meetings about plans for a Memorial Reading Garden


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Public Library will host a number of Community Meetings in the coming weeks to share a conceptual design for the new Memorial Reading Garden that is expected to be installed on the east side of the library building. The project will serve to highlight the original library entrance and changing the landscape of the front lawn.

The garden will include seven different levels of Memorial options. Pavers, planters, benches and tables are all available for memorial purchase.

Memorial Reading Garden concept

Memorial Reading Garden concept

The Atlantic Rotary Club is also raising money for the garden through raffle ticket sales. The raffle drawing will be held at the Rotary Auction in Saturday, Nov. 19th.

During the Community Meetings, community members are welcome to share their feedback and see how you can be involved in the project. If you have any questions, call Atlantic Public Library Director Natalie Struecker at 712-243-5466, or e-mail atlanticpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

The Community Meetings will take place:

  • Nov. 3rd, at 10-a.m.
  • Nov. 7th at 1:30-p.m.
  • Nov. 9th at 4:30-p.m.
  • Nov. 15th at 6-p.m.
  • Dec. 8th at 5-p.m.
  • Dec. 14th at 2-p.m.
  • Dec. 20th at 6-p.m.

Walnut man arrested on assault & drug charges


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports a Pottawattamie County man was arrested last week on assault and drug charges. 25-year old Hans Cox, of Walnut, was arrested Oct. 26th, when officers were dispatched to a domestic situation in the 600 block of Dodge Street.  Cox was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with domestic abuse assault, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of  drug paraphernalia.

On Oct. 27th, 49-year old Timothy Turner, of Harlan, was taken into custody after Harlan Police were dispatched to investigate a burglary alarm at 706 Victoria.  Upon arrival, officers found Turner on the ground.  Turner was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with intoxication in public, 3rd offense.

Last Saturday, Harlan Police arrested 28-year old Charlie Hadfield, of Earling, following a traffic stop.  Hadfield was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving under suspension. That same day, 62-year old James Todd, of Harlan, was taken into custody when officers were dispatched to the Durant Street Country Store for a subject who had been banned from the property and would not leave.  Todd was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with trespassing.

And, on Oct. 3rd, a Harlan resident reported to police that three of the tires on her car had been sliced.  The case remains under investigation.

Audubon County temporary road closure


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Emergency Management Agency says beginning Wednesday, and lasting approximately one week, Audubon County Secondary Roads crews will be replacing a culvert in the 3200 block of Lark Ave. The culvert is located just south of the intersection of Lark Ave. & 320th Street. The road section runs between Exira Township sections 21 and 22.

A building site at 3225 Lark Ave. will only be accessible from the south. The County Engineer recommends using Kingbird Ave to gain Access.  If you have any questions, please call the county engineer at 712-563-4286.


Open enrollment is underway for Medicare


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Open enrollment is underway for Medicare — which is the federal insurance program for people who are 65 and older. Elissa Balch is a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “It’s an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to compare the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans that are offered in their area to see if there is one that meets their needs in both cost and coverage compared to what they may have currently in 2016,” Balch explains. She says it’s a good idea to check over your plans every year.

Balch says if you are happy with the plan you have, you don’t have to make a change and the plan will roll over to the next year. “But it’s still an opportunity for them to compare pricing,” Balch says. “A lot of people can find a plan for the following calendar year that’s at a lower cost to them.” Balch says there are a lot of resources to help people. “First we have our website, which is www.medicare.gov. There is a tool online for people who are comfortable using the computer where they can go in and input their Medicare information so it looks at what their specific Medicare situation is,” Balch says. She says you can use the site to compare the cost of drug plans.

“It allows them to enter the prescription drugs that they currently take or that they think that they’ll be taking for the following calendar year,” according to Balch. “And then they can do side-by-side comparisons all of the plans that are available to them where they live in Iowa.” Balch says you can also go the state health insurance website.

She says it lists volunteers throughout the entire state which provide one-on-one counseling to help you compare plans for the next year, and they can assist you in enrolling in a plan. Balch says “There are a few plans that are currently offered in Iowa that are not going to be offered in 2017. Those individuals would have received a notice by October 2nd that provided them that information and then gave them the information about needing to find a new plan for 2017. And those individuals do have a little bit more time to make an enrollment with Medicare because they are in a plant that’s not being offered in 2017,” Balch says.

She says all people enrolled in Medicare should have received an update on their plan that indicated if there would be any changes in premiums.

(Radio Iowa)

Numerous drug-related arrests in Cass County


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s office today (Tuesday), reports numerous drug-related arrests occurred over the past week.  On Monday (October 31st) at approximately 12:25-a.m., Cass County deputies conducted a traffic stop at Olive and 9th Streets in Atlantic. A passenger in the vehicle, 30-year old Melaney Lynn White, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on Cass and Pottawattamie County warrants for Probation Violation. During the stop, a Sheriff’s Office K9 alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle, and a search was conducted.

Evidence was found during the stop, as well as information from the Council Bluffs Police Department, that led officers to a residence in Atlantic, where the Atlantic Police Department located a vehicle stolen from Pottawattamie County. Sheriff’s Office deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence. Cass County deputies and Atlantic Police officers conducted the search warrant which resulted in the discovery of more narcotics.

Melaney White and 26-year old Lea Jean Wiersema, of Atlantic, were charged with Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth, Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substances, three counts of Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Tax Stamp Violation, Prohibited Acts, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were taken to the Cass County Jail, where White was being held on $65,000 bond, and Wiersema’s bond was set at $36,000.

Last Saturday, Deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53-year old Milton Milligan, Jr., of Atlantic, on two Sheriff’s Office felony warrants for Delivery of Meth and Possession of Meth, 3rd/Subsequent Offense. Milligan was taken to the Cass County Jail, where he remains held on $55,000 bond.

Last Thursday (Oct. 27th), Cass County Deputies arrested 61-year old Ricky Lee Roby, of Atlantic, on a Sheriff’s Office felony warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth, and additional new charges of Possession of Meth 2nd Offense, Prohibited Acts, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Roby was being held in the Cass County Jail on $55,300 bond.Also arrested last Thursday, was 69-year old  Arma Re Fouts, of Atlantic, who was taken into custody on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Prohibited Acts, and Possession of Meth 1st Offense. Fouts was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $3,000 bond.

And, on October 26th, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 32-year old Nathan Patrick Kinzie, of Atlantic, on two Sheriff’s Office felony warrants for Possession with Intent to Deliver Oxycodone and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine. Kinzie was being held at the Cass County Jail on $50,000 bond.

2 accidents in Atlantic; 1 minor injury


November 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says a pedestrian in an electric wheel chair suffered minor scrapes and injuries after being struck by a vehicle. The accident happened at around 12:15-p.m. Friday, in the 1200 block of Roosevelt Drive. Officials say Lisa Riggs, of Elk Horn, pulled into a private driveway to drop off a passenger. Afterward, she began to back up when her vehicle hit the unidentified pedestrian in the wheelchair that was directly behind Riggs’ vehicle. The wheelchair occupant was transported by Medivac ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. Damage to the wheel chair amounted to about $200.

And, an accident Monday evening at 7th and Chestnut Streets in Atlantic, caused $2,000 damage, but no one was hurt. Atlantic Police says a vehicle driven by Jane Becker, of Atlantic, was traveling east on 7th Street and had stopped at the stop light at the intersection with Chestnut. Myles Hetrick, of Atlantic, was also traveling east on 7th and failed to stop in time. His vehicle struck the rear of Becker’s vehicle. The accident happened just after 5-p.m. Hetrick was given a warning for Failure to Stop in an assured safe distance.