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3 proposed bridge replacements on Ia HWY 141 in Guthrie Co. to be discussed April 26TH

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports a public information meeting will be held Thursday, April 26th, to discuss three proposed bridge replacements on Iowa 141 in Guthrie County. The public is invited to attend the meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids City Hall, Council Chambers, 123 S. Third Ave., in Coon Rapids. 

Officials say one of the bridges is located over the Middle Raccoon River, 0.4 mile east of the Carroll County line and near the east city limits of Coon Rapids. The second bridge is over Willow Creek, 1.6 miles west of Bayard. The third bridge is over a tributary of Mosquito Creek, 1.2 miles west of Guthrie County Road P-18. 

During construction of the Middle Raccoon River bridge, traffic would be detoured using Carroll County Road N-44 (Velvet Avenue) starting at the junction of Iowa 141 and continuing north into Coon Rapids. The detour would continue through Coon Rapids on West Street to Elm Street, and then to Sumpter Avenue (becomes Carroll County Road E-63). East of Coon Rapids, the detour would continue two miles on Carroll County Road E-63 and then turn south on Carroll/Greene County Road N-58 to the junction of Iowa 141. For the Willow Creek bridge project, traffic would be detoured using Guthrie/Carroll/Greene County Road N-58, Greene County Road E-63 and Iowa 25. Traffic would be maintained during construction over the tributary of Mosquito Creek.

The public information meeting will be conducted in an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements, but no formal presentation will be made. For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Tony Gustafson, assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 1 Office, 1020 S. Fourth St., Ames, Iowa  50010, telephone 515-239-1635 or 800-899-0623, email tony.gustafson@dot.iowa.gov. Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at www.iowadot.gov/pim for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa DOT during the development of certain projects.

Drug arrest in Mills County

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mills County said Thursday, a Malvern man was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 51-year old Daniel Keith Vanderpool II was taken into custody at around 9:30 pm, on a felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver/Methamphetamine and a drug tax stamp violation, along with charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, and for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Vanderpool’s initial appearance in court took place Thursday, after which his bond was reduced from $62,300 to $22,000. He remains in the Mills County Jail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 23rd.

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K-9 Teams searches Red Oak High School for illegal substances

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 An unannounced visit by three K-9 teams at the Red Oak High School Thursday resulted in a temporary lock down of the school, but no illegal substances were found. The teams searched the school building and parking lot. According to Red Oak Superintendent Terry Schmidt, there was no advance notice to parents or students the searches would be conducted. It wasn’t until the K-9 teams showed up that notices were sent to parents about the lockdown, to ease any fears they may have had by their children texting them about the lockdown.

Drug tests for parents who collect child support

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa parents paying child support could go to court and ask to have their ex-spouse submit to drug tests every six months under a proposal advanced, but then withdrawn by a Republican in the Iowa Senate. Senator Mark Chelgren, a Republican from Ottumwa, got the idea from a constituent. “Because of some consternation and some problems that have arised with his ex-wife, there is a strong belief on his part that she may have gotten involved in drugs,” Chelgren said during debate, “and that the money that is going to the children is instead being diverted to this drug habit.” Chelgren told his colleagues he wouldn’t name names and didn’t know if the drug-use allegation was true, but he proposed that a person paying child support could get a court order requiring the person who has custody of the kids get a drug test. If that person failed the test or refused to take it, the child support would be paid to a custodian appointed by the court.”This way the money is actually going for the children and not necessarily to be used on drugs,” Chelgren said.

A few Democrats in the Senate openly laughed as Chelgren explained his proposal. Senator Jack Hatch, a Democrat from Des Moines, suggested ugly divorces and break-ups would get uglier if this proposal became law. “We know that it will be used defiantly against one of the parents — ususally against the woman,” Hatch said. “And it would cause the damage not only to the woman but also to the family and to the children to have one parent inappropriately every six months ask for a screening.” Chelgren responded. “You know, we do have a drug problem in this state,” Chelgren said. “It doesn’t mean everybody in this state, obviously, is on drugs. It doesn’t mean that every single individual or family member or someone who’s taking care of families is on drugs — clearly, but we shouldn’t be ducking our head and running away every time there’s a difficult issue coming up.”

Chelgren then withdrew his drug-testing proposal, which he was trying to tack onto a much larger bill that outlines state spending for the Iowa Department of Human Services. Chelgren has another proposal he hopes to add to that bill — a requirement that all Iowa welfare recipients submit to random drug tests.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Corps to release another report on 2011 flooding

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release another report examining last year’s flooding along the Missouri River. The Corps will release a report Friday looking at how much free space it would have needed in reservoirs along the river to handle last year’s deluge of water. The report will also look at how other uses of the river, such as navigation and recreation, would have been affected by storing that much floodwater. A report from outside experts released in December said the corps did the best it could to deal with last year’s record flooding. Officials have said nearly all of the 16.3 million acre-feet of the planned storage space for floodwater is available in reservoirs along the Missouri River thanks to recent warm, dry weather.

House explodes Thursday evening in C.Bluffs: 1 critically injured

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An explosion at a home in Council Bluffs Thursday evening resulted in one person being sent to the hospital, suffering from severe burns. Witnesses told Omaha television station KETV that a man came running from the house shortly after the fire occurred. Council Bluffs Fire Chief Alan Byers confirmed the victim suffered critical burns to 50-percent of his body, and was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center. The man’s name and a report on his condition are not currently available.

The blaze at 310 South 10th St. was reported at 7:45 p.m.  Byers said both neighbors and police reported hearing a number of explosions coming from the second floor of the home, which is located a short distance west of Bayliss Park.

The blaze was snuffed out in about a half hour. Chief Byers couldn’t say for sure what started the fire, but he indicated there were combustible materials inside the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Iowa Early News Headlines: Fri., April 13 2012

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is denouncing criticism of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s wife by a Democratic consultant who said Ann Romney “hasn’t worked a day in her life.” Obama says there is no tougher job than being a mom. Obama’s remark to Cedar Rapids television station KCRG yesterday was in response to comments by Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen on Wednesday that sparked a political furor.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The sale of a rare pipe organ built in Mason City more than a century ago has saved it from being dismantled and sold for parts. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the organ was bought by VIVA! Performing Arts School and will be moved to Philander Hall in Dixon, Illinois.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Charles City man has been given 10 years in state prison for selling cocaine. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that 31-year-old Nicholas Pipes was sentenced in Floyd County District Court this week. He’d pleaded guilty in February to four counts.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Olympic gold medalist and WWE star Kurt Angle says he is pulling out of next week’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa. The 43-year-old Angle was planning on competing for a spot on the U.S. freestyle team headed to the London Games this summer. But Angle says on his Twitter page that hamstring and knee injuries forced him to pull out of the trials.

Iowa issues order to Nebraska-based contractor

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April 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Polk County judge has ordered a Nebraska-based contractor to follow Iowa’s consumer fraud and door-to-door sales laws.  A news release from the office of Iowa Attorney General Thomas Miller says the judge also ordered the company, NationWide Construction Inc. to reimburse a Council Bluffs resident more than $7,000.  The release says the company is owned by Mark Schneidewind and does business in Omaha, Neb., as Midwest Restorations Inc.  Miller’s office has investigated complaints that Schneidewind and his company failed to provide services following payment, provided substandard services and made misrepresentations to customers.  The news release says Schneidewind and NationWide denied the allegations but agreed to comply with the order, which is in the form of a consent decree.