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Most storm debris cleared from battered Iowa town

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April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

THURMAN, Iowa (AP) – Most of the storm debris and downed trees have been cleared from tornado-ravaged Thurman. Volunteers have been working since last weekend’s storm to help the town of 229 get back to normal. The tornado ripped through the town, damaging most homes but causing only a few minor injuries. Mayor Rod Umphreys Jr. says most roads were clear and most debris removed after a hundred volunteers turned out Saturday.  The town has been inundated with volunteers since the storm, some coming from as far as Wisconsin and Montana.

220 members of Iowa National Guard return home

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April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Some 220 members of the Iowa National Guard have returned home from Afghanistan. The 132nd Fighter Wing arrived in Des Moines late Saturday, after several flight delays.  Tina Claus, of Omaha, Neb., told the Des Moines Register that the wait was worth it to see her husband, Lt. Col. Brian Claus. She says their children, ages 11 and 7, had been looking forward to it all day, and they would have been there even if the wait extended into Sunday.  Fifty members of the unit were sent to Afghanistan in November. The rest deployed in February.  The 1,000-member unit has flown more than 8,000 combat missions. Congress is considering a proposal to cut the size of the unit and remove its 21 F-16 fighter jets in favor of unmanned drones.

Red Oak woman arrested on a drug charge

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April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Saturday morning, of 24 -year-old Megan Mae Rose Ross, of Red Oak. Ross was taken into custody on a possession of a controlled substance charge. She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail, on $1,000 bond.

Lawmakers optimistic about property tax changes

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April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After decades of failed attempts, lawmakers say this could be the session they succeed in at least beginning to overhaul Iowa’s property tax system. With hopes of adjourning this week, legislators are running out of time, but they express optimism that Republicans and Democrats will reach a deal. Lawmakers have considered changing Iowa’s property tax system for at least 30 years, but the issue is a nightmare for politicians because in Iowa, farmland, businesses and residential property are all taxed differently. To tinker with one means shifting the burden onto the others. This year, though, veteran legislators have reached a bipartisan agreement to address the matter. Republican Rep. Stewart Iverson of Clarion speculates there is a 60 to 70 percent chance that lawmakers will get something done on property taxes.

Iowa News Headlines: Sunday, April 22nd 2012

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April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — Two apparent tornadoes have touched down in northwest Iowa but no damage has been reported. National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Temeyer says that one twister touched down east of Spencer about 4:30 p.m. yesterday and the second was spotted 15 minutes later about 10 miles southeast of Dickens. Temeyer says the tornadoes were in rural areas and no damage was reported.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Caterpillar dealer is expanding its Sioux City business, creating up to 20 jobs. William Hoeft, chairman and CEO of Zeigler Caterpillar, says that the $6 million expansion will help the company offer more equipment and services in western Iowa. The city will vacate two acres of unused land along Interstate 29 and turn it over to Zeigler for the project.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A man has died after falling from a four-story balcony in Ames. Police say the 21-year-old man was found just before 2 a.m. yesterday outside an apartment building. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say the man was visiting Ames and was not a resident. His name has not been released.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — One person has died and another has been injured in a crash at an Atlantic intersection. The Iowa State Patrol says that 84-year-old Norma Jean Sothman of Atlantic pulled out of the intersection and into the path of another vehicle. She was killed in yesterday morning’s crash.

NWS: 2 twisters spotted in NW Iowa but no damage

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April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — Two apparent tornadoes have touched down in northwest Iowa but no damage was reported. National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Temeyer said one twister touched down east of Spencer about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the second was spotted 15 minutes later about 10 miles southeast of Dickens. Temeyer says the tornadoes were in rural areas and no damage was reported. The storm system also brought hail, heavy rain and several funnel clouds that didn’t reach the ground.

Western Iowa Boat Ramp Reopens After 2011 Flooding

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April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri River boat ramp in Pottawattamie County has reopened almost a year after it was closed by flooding. Park Ranger Brian Orth said that it’s been a bad year or two for boating at Narrows River Park, so it’s exciting that the ramp reopened Wednesday. Pottawattamie County Conservation was forced to close the ramp after the river swelled last May. The water eventually filled the whole park. The ramp was also closed for several weeks in 2010 because of high water. Mark Shoemaker, executive director of Pottawattamie County Conservation, called the reopening of the boat ramp a good step toward recovery. He says there is still a lot of work to do in the park, such as fixing park shelters and playground equipment.

1 killed, three injured in separate Cass County crashes, Saturday

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April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman was killed during one of two separate crashes in Cass County, Saturday. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 84-year old Norma Jean Sothman of Atlantic died,  and 48-year old Julie Nash, of Walnut, was injured during one of the crashes, which took place 10:30-a.m., Saturday at the intersection of 4th and Poplar, in Atlantic. Officials say Sothman’s 2005 Buick LeSabre was westbound on 4th Street, when she stopped at the intersection before proceeding across the street and into the path of Nash’ northbound 2007 Toyota Tundra. The pickup hit the car broadside in the intersection. Sothman was wearing her seat belt, but Nash was not. Both women were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, where Sothman died from her injuries.

The second accident happened at around 12:25-p.m. Saturday, about 10-miles south of Atlantic, near the intersection of Highway 71 and Pella Road. Officials say a 2011 Buick Enclave SUV was traveling east on Pella Road at the same time a 1994 Olds Cutless was traveling west. The vehicles collided head-on at the crest of a hill, located about one-half mile east of Highway 71. The vehicles were driven by 51-year old Lori Johnson and 17-year old Bryce Wernimont, both of Atlantic. Neither driver suffered life-threatening injuries. Wernimont was transported by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, while Johnson was taken by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Both accidents remain under investigation.

8-a.m. Local/State News, April 21st, 2012

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April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

More local and State news from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….

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Carson-Macedonia Alumni Banquet set for May 25th

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April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Graduates of the Carson, Macedonia and Riverside School System are invited to attend the 2012 Carson-Macedonia Alumni Banquet scheduled to take place May 25th, at the Carson Community Center. The event starts at 6-p.m. with a social hour, with the dinner served by Hodges Smoke House Catering from Minden, beginning at 7-p.m.

Honored guests will include the 50-year class of 1962, and all graduates of the C-M-R School systems from past years. All guests will be honored throughout the evening, by recognizing their years of graduation.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the quartet “Reconciled,” from the Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak. The group includes Mike Harvey, Jim Dunbar, Tim Marsden, and Terra Marsden, along with Pat Dunbar, on the piano.

Tickets are $15 per person. To reserve your place at the banquet, call Pat Parry at 712-484-3450, or Jackie Fox at 712-484-3873, by no later than May 15th.