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State Fair camping ground already full

Ag/Outdoor, News

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


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


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.

Drought reduces amount of water in Missouri River

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers is again reducing its prediction for how much water will flow down the Missouri River this year because of the drought.  The corps now predicts 21 million acre-feet of runoff this year in the 2,341-mile-long river that flows from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. That forecast is about 85 percent of normal, and well below last year’s record amount of 61.2 million acre-feet of runoff. Flooding along the river last year caused massive damage, but this year the amount of snowmelt and rain flowing into the river is below normal.  Some of the extra water stored in reservoirs along the river has been used to provide enough water for navigation, power and other uses of the river.

Accident in Atlantic, Monday…no injuries


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An accident in Atlantic Monday morning caused $3,500 damage, but no one was injured. The police department reports a vehicle driven by Marilyn Spatz, of Urbandale, had stopped at the intersection of 2nd and Poplar Streets headed north, but then pulled out in front of another vehicle. Officials say Spatz didn’t see the vehicle driven by Todd McDermott, of Walnut, which was traveling east on 2nd Street. Spatz’ bumper hit the McDermott vehicle on the right side. The accident happened just before 10:30-a.m. Officials say Spatz was cited for Failure to Yield upon entering a through highway or street.

Iowa State Fair officials watching for swine flu

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State Fair officials are on alert but not overly worried about swine flu cases showing up at the fair as it begins Thursday. Animals have been passing a new swine flu strain on to humans. Officials say more than two dozen human cases of the new strain have been confirmed in the U.S. in the past year. Ten cases confirmed last week were linked to the Butler County Fair in southwest Ohio.

Iowa State Fair manager Gary Slater, says that the state veterinarian has been checking fairground preparations before up to 3,500 pigs start arriving today (Tuesday). Each animal must have papers from its local veterinarian, attesting to the animal’s health. Slater says any pig that appears to be sick will be sent home if necessary.

Car crashes into Clarinda funeral home, guns reported missing


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle which had been parked in the driveway of a Clarinda funeral home was driven through a garage door, last Tuesday (July 31st). The Clarinda Police Department says the owner of the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home reported a burglary and theft had occurred at the funeral home. Officials say a BMW parked in the drive had been crashed through a garage door at the funeral home. The owner of the business said two firearms that had been in the vehicle were stolen. No damage estimates to either the building or the BMW were given at the time of the report. The incident remains under investigation.

Police in Clarinda also report no arrests have been made in connection with a series of vandalism incidents which occurred the week of July 22nd through the 28th. The damage amounted to more than $2,500, and included an incident which took place at the Meadow Run Apartment Complex, where a sign designating the location of the business office had been deliberately set on fire.

Officials say also, no arrests have been made in connection with several incidents of theft that occurred that same week. Items stolen include: the hood to a riding lawn mower; cash, a cell phone charger and CD’s taken from a vehicle, and, an I-Pod. The loss amounted to more than $730 altogether.

8AM Newscast 08-07-2012

News, Podcasts

August 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Clarinda Police chase, but are eluded by, a prowler


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda were involved in the foot pursuit early Sunday morning, of a person suspected of being a prowler. Police Chief Keith Brothers says his officers responded to a report of prowler in the area of the Clarhaven apartment housing complex on west Willow Street. During a search of the area officers became involved in a foot pursuit with a white male in his late teens or early twenties. The suspect managed to elude the police and was not apprehended. The incident remains under investigation.

In other news from the Clarinda P.D., Chief Brothers says officers investigated a shoplifting incident at the Alco Store, Saturday.  Store staff reported that an unknown female had shoplifted a fold up bed valued at $400.00 from the store. The incident remains under investigation.

Late Friday night, Clarinda Police  responded to a report of a disturbance and fight in progress at the City of Clarinda softball field complex. Officers were able to diffuse the situation that stemmed from an altercation during a slow pitch softball tournament game and no arrests were made.

And, on Friday, personnel at Johnson Tire & Muffler in Clarinda, reported that two 26-inch, ten bolt, yellow John Deere wheels to a combine implement, had been stolen from outside the business sometime during the early morning hours. The wheels are valued at $800.00. The incident remains under investigation.

Better than Anything Dessert (8-7-12)


August 7th, 2012 by Stacie Linfor

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 3 oz. instant pudding (any flavor)
  • 3 bannanas, sliced
  • 8 oz. whipped topping
  • coconut
  • chopped pecans

Bake cake as directed in a deep 9×13 inch pan. When cake is done and still warm, poke holes in top with wooden spoon handle. Heat pineapple and sugar together. Stir until dissolved. Pour over cake. Prepare pudding mix according to directions. Pour over cooled cake. Cover with bannanas. Put whipped topping on top. Sprinkle coconut on top. Top with pecans.