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Shelby County Fire Danger Index: HIGH


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

While Shelby County is currently not included in a ban on open burning, Emergency Management Officials have set the County’s Fire Danger Index “High” category.  Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says conditions are deteriorating, and the environment is conducive to the rapid spread of fire of any type.

Burning of any kind is restricted unless approval is received from your local Fire Chief.  Controlled burns which are not reported will result in Fire Department being dispatched, and Fires extinguished if determined to be unsafe.  Please call 712-755-2124 with questions.

Another SW Iowa County is under a burn ban


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Fire Marshal’s office said today another southwest Iowa County has been included in a ban on open burning. The latest addition is Taylor County. The ban went into effect at 2-p.m. today (Tuesday). Taylor County joins the neighboring Counties, of Page and Montgomery Counties in the ban. Also covered under the ban on open burning is Fremont, Mills, Pottawattamie, Cass, and Audubon Counties.

Currently 58 out of Iowa’s 99 Counties are under a burn ban, which prohibits open burning during extended periods of elevated fire danger due to wide spread amounts of dry natural vegetation compounded by contributing weather conditions and/or outdoor activities.

During the extremely dry conditions, citizens are reminded to:

  1. Not throw out cigarettes from moving vehicles.
  2. Avoid the use of fireworks and celebration items that produce flames or sparks.
  3. Discontinue burning yard waste, piled tree debris or other items during the ban.

Small recreational camp fires are permitted only if they are conducted in a fire place of brick,  metal or heavy one-inch wire mesh. Any camp fire not in an outdoor fire place is prohibited. Violation of a burn ban can subject a person to citation or arrest for reckless use of fire or disobeying a burn ban. For more information on burn bans and the law contact the State Fire Marshal Office at 515-725-6145 or go to www.dps.state.ia.us.

Harlan Teacher to take leave of absence to pursue NFL career


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Harlan Community School teacher is taking a leave of absence to pursue the NFL. Dan Hoch, who was recently hired by the School District for High School Social Studies, requested the leave of absence after being contacted for a tryout with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The leave of absence is until September 1st, 2012. Hoch spoke with High School Principal John Connell and said he has about a 10 percent chance of making the team.During the school board meeting Monday, the board approved the leave of absence and placed Brian James as the substitute teacher for Hoch. The leave of absence had to be approved by the union, administration and board.

In other business, the school board approved the AEA School based Interventionist Contract. The contract is for a $29,750 grant from the AEA and is matched by the school district for the Interventionist. Superintendent Justin Wagner spoke with the board about the Iowa Association School Board Membership. Wagner said the administration agreed to stay with the IASB as they continue to provide much needed updates in an ever changing educational landscape. The membership costs $4,653.

In the final act of board approval, the school board approved the handbooks for the 2012-2013 school year. Normally this is an easy item on the agenda, however with the implement of the new 1 to 1 earlier this year, the handbooks had several policy changes. Lisa Swanson, technology director for the Harlan Community School District, gave a report on the new Mobile Computing Handbook. The handbook was written largely due to the new 1 to 1 so all the policies, procedures and agreements could be in place for students, parents and the district. Students and parents will need to sign an accountability agreement in order for their student to receive their laptop.

The handbook is rather long with several policies focusing on lost or stolen equipment, website usage and more. The Harlan Community School District is uploading a video for parents and students to watch for mobile computing. The first chance parents have of watching the video is August 3rd. The entire Mobile Computing Handbook will be given to parents and students before the school year starts.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

2 RAGBRAI bicyclists hurt in northwest Iowa crash


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two bicyclists participating in The Des Moines Register’s annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa have been injured in collision with a car near Sac City in northwest Iowa. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says the two bicyclists were hit while riding about four miles south of Sac City around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The office says 66-year-old Michael Judd, of Sac City, told deputies he didn’t see the bicycles. Neither bicycle had a headlamp or rear lamp. Thirty-eight-year-old Dennis Murphy, of Urbandale, was taken to Loring Hospital in Sac City, and then flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He’s listed in good condition. The other bicyclist suffered only scrapes.

Tall corn and weeds may have contributed to Page Co. crash


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A two-vehicle, non-injury accident Monday morning about four-miles northwest of Clarinda may have been caused in-part, by sun glare, tall corn and an overgrowth of grass or weeds. The Page County Sheriff’s Department says vehicles driven by 32-year old Joshua Bolton, of Clarinda, and 30-year old Patsy Orr, of Villisca, collided at the intersection of M Avenue and 180th Street, at around 8-a.m., Monday.

Sheriff Lyle Palmer said Bolton was traveling south on M Avenue in a Ford pickup, while Orr was traveling east on 180th Street in a Chevy Monte Carlo. Bolton told authorities that as the vehicles approached the intersection at the same time, he couldn’t see Orr’s car, because of overgrowth in a ditch, and a field of corn. Orr told deputies she couldn’t see Bolton either, because of glare caused by the rising sun, and the field of corn. Neither driver was cited after their vehicles collided, causing a total of $3,500 damage.

Continued Heat Raises Food Safety Concerns


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Continued excessive heat across Iowa not only raises concerns about heat-related illnesses, it also makes food-borne illnesses, like salmonella, more likely due to improper food handling. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that hot weather makes it even more important to ensure food is properly transported, cooked and stored.

IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says especially during warm weather, food safety begins at the grocery store. “When shopping, buy cold foods like meat, poultry and dairy products last, right before checkout. Plan to drive directly home from the grocery store so the food doesn’t sit in a hot car any longer than necessary. You may also want to take a cooler with ice or insulated grocery bags to transport perishables home – especially if your drive home is more than half an hour.” Once home, place cold foods like meat, poultry and dairy products in the refrigerator right away.

A good rule to remember for food safety is to keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Whether in your car or on the picnic table, illness-causing bacteria can grow in many foods within two hours and during the summer heat, that time is cut down to within one hour. When planning on eating outdoors, keep meat and poultry refrigerated until ready to use. If using a marinade, marinate the food in the refrigerator, not on the counter or outside. When cooking on the grill, cook the meat thoroughly -  then keep it hot until served, either by moving it to the side of the grill rack, or in an oven set at around 200 degrees. Keep cold food cold when outdoors by nesting the serving dishes in bowls of ice, or by keeping the food in a cooler until ready to eat.

No matter what the weather, it’s always important to wash your hands before and after handling food. In addition, always keep your kitchen, dishes and utensils clean, and always use one plate for raw foods and another for cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination. For more information on hot weather food safety, visit www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Barbecue_Food_Safety/index.asp.

2 accidents in Atlantic, Monday


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following two separate accidents Monday, in Atlantic. The Atlantic Police Department says the first accident took place at around 10-a.m., at the intersection of 14th Street and Roosevelt Drive, when vehicles driven by Larry Reimer and Stacey Mauk, both of Atlantic, collided, after Mauk failed to yield. The crash occurred as Reimer was traveling east on 14th Street, and Mauk was traveling south on Roosevelt Drive. Mauk was cited for Failure to Yield upon entering a through highway. Damage from the accident amounted to $3,000.

The second accident happened at around 12:10-p.m., when Michelle James, of Atlantic, became distracted as she was traveling south in the 11-hundred block of Plum Street. Her convertible left the road and hit a light pole, before hitting a moped parked in a yard at 1107 Plum. Damage to the moped, owned by Richard Ryan, was estimated at $800. The City of Atlantic light pole also sustained $800 damage during the mishap. James’ vehicle sustained $3,000 damage. No citations were issued.

New Intern at the Danish Immigrant Museum


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Natalie Smith (photo courtesy Danish Immigrant Museum)

Officials with the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, say Natalie Smith, who graduated in May from the Museum Studies program at New York University in New York City, has begun her one-year position in the museum’s collection department under the supervision of Angela Stanford.  Smith said the internship is a unique opportunity for her to be immersed in artifacts pertaining to one cultural group while gaining additional experience interacting with a historic house collection. 

She says through her engagement with the museum and the community, she hopes to learn how present day Elk Horn and the surrounding area were influenced by the settlement of Danish immigrants.  Smith will be tasked with inventorying and cataloging the entire collection of 1200 artifacts in the Museum’s 1908 Victorian home known as Bedstemor’s House.  By the end of the summer of 2013, the object inventory will be completed.  After that, museum staffers will complete the photos and archival and library materials, giving them a 100% collection inventory.

Names released in Pott. Co. crash


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released more information on three-vehicle crash that caused several people to be sent the hospital Monday morning, in Pottawattamie County. The Patrol told the Omaha World-Herald, that 18-year-old Alexandra Peterson of Neola, and 16-year-old Victor Pano-Guijardo of Omaha, were critically injured and flown by  Lifenet Helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Among those transported by ambulance to hospitals in Council Bluffs, was 38-year-old Cornelio Santos-Bautista, 29-year-old Genaro Ortega and 42-year-old Mario Cardonia-Donis, all of Omaha. Officials say 25-year-old Malory White, of Treynor, was also injured in the crash. She was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.

Authorities say five vehicles traveling east on Highway 6, just  east of Council Bluffs, were at a standstill when the lead vehicle attempted to make a left turn onto northbound Hunt Avenue, at around 7:25-a.m. Peterson, who was driving a Honda Accord, failed to stop and veered left, but clipped the rear end of a Mazda, driven by White. The Accord then came to rest in in the westbound lane of Highway 6, where it was hit broadside on the driver’s side door by a Honda Odessy van, driven by Santos-Batista.

9AM Newscast 07-24-2012

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