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2 Red Oak men arrested on drug charges Tue. morning in Adams County

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August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says two men were arrested on drug charges early this (Tuesday) morning. 27-year old Kyle Wayne Pack and 29-year old David Andrew Strange, both of Red Oak, were arrested at around 2:42-a.m. following a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 34 and Locust Avenue, in Adams County.

Pack and Strange both face Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. Strange was also charged with Possession of Meth. Both were brought to the Adams County Jail.

UTV theft investigation results in 2 arrests in Montgomery County

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August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County into the theft of UTV’s and other machines, resulted in the arrest of two men for possession of stolen property, with additional charges pending. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, 29-year old Jessie Fitzwater, of Villisca, and 32-year old Kale Briner, of Grant City, MO., were arrested in connection with the incidents. Authorities say additional arrests are possible, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Fitzwater was arrested Friday evening, in Grant. Briner was arrested in Villisca Saturday evening. Officials say at around 1:43-a.m. Friday, deputies investigated in the northeast part of Montgomery County, the location of a John Deere Gator reported stolen from Adams County. When they came into contact with the machine at about 110th and V Avenue, the person operating the UTV led deputies on a short pursuit ending in a corn field. The suspect, later identified as Fitzwater, took off on foot but was apprehended without further incident, just after 7-p.m., Friday.

Additional information in the case led to the search for Kale Briner, who was already wanted on various charges out of Ringgold County, Nodaway County, MO., and Grant City, MO. He was also a suspect in numerous burglaries. Saturday evening, deputies went to Briner’s residence in Villisca. When he saw them, Briner took off on foot and disappeared. A perimeter was set up and a K-9 search conducted. The K-9 unit located Briner hiding under a tarp next to some vehicles. After initially resisting arrest, Briner was taken into custody.

Deputies made contact with the tenant of the property and discovered multiple stolen and believed to be stolen items, located in a garage. The suspected stolen items were seized and taken into evidence for identification. Sunday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office followed-up on information involving a golf cart stolen from Taylor County, and as a result, the cart was recovered at a  residence in Adams County, at around 12:15-a.m., Sunday.

Agencies involved in the investigation include: The Montgomery, Adams, and Taylor County Sheriff’s Offices, with assistance from deputies in Cass and Fremont Counties.

Clinton calls for upgrades to power grid, to send wind energy farther

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August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Hillary Clinton campaigned in Omaha late Monday afternoon, vowing to push for an upgrade to the nation’s electrical grid if she’s elected president — to better distribute the power generated by wind turbines. “I know because I’ve seen them in the crowd. There are a few people from Iowa here today and your neighbor Iowa is already getting one-third of its energy from clean energy, primarily wind energy,” Clinton said. Clinton says the wind industry is part of a “diverse economic development” strategy that keeps small town America going.

“They’re also giving farmers extra income for hosting the turbines on their farm and they are taking abandoned factories and actually assembling the wind turbines, putting people to work in Iowa to produce the energy in Iowa,” Clinton said, to cheers. Clinton is calling for more federal investment in the nation’s aging infrastructure, like electric transmission lines, as well as bridges, roads and water treatment systems.

Clinton spoke to a crowd at Omaha North High School late Monday afternoon, then attended a private fundraiser. It was held at the home of Susie Buffett, the daughter of investment guru Warren Buffet.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Aug. 2nd 2016

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August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 2:40 a.m. CDT

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — A bus driver charged in the hit-and-run death of an Iowa State University student has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. KCCI-TV reports 23-year-old Benjamin Clague, of Gilbert, pleaded guilty Monday to failure to report a crash. Prosecutors will recommend he serve 30 days in jail and pay a $100 fine. Police arrested Clague more than a month after Iowa State student Emmalee Jacobs was found in the middle of a street bordering campus. She died at a hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Machinery located at three oil pipeline construction sites in central Iowa has been extensively damaged by fire. Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty says it appears the fires were intentionally set along the Dakota Access pipeline.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s meeting with Iowa groups this summer to float around a new proposal to fund water quality initiatives in the state, but it’s unclear if he’ll have backing in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Branstad told reporters Monday he’s traveling Iowa to meet farmers, educators and community leaders to pitch a plan that would use some money typically designated for school infrastructure to pay for water improvement.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The executive editor of The Des Moines Register has been promoted to a new position with Gannett. The Register announced Monday that Amalie Nash, its executive editor and vice president for news and engagement, has been named Gannett’s west region executive editor. The Register is owned by Gannett, a media company based in McLean, Virginia. In her new role, Nash will oversee about 50 news organizations in the Midwest and West.

Grassley to Hold Town Meetings in Shelby, Harrison and Guthrie Counties August 10, 11

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August 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley will hold town meetings in Shelby, Harrison and Guthrie counties on August 10-11, 2016, as part of his annual 99 county meetings.  His office says “With these meetings, Grassley will continue his long-standing practice of holding meetings with Iowans in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties every year. Grassley has held a meeting in every county, every year since he was first elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. His question-and-answer sessions are open topic and cover whatever subjects those attending choose to raise.”

Grassley’s town meeting schedule for Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11, is as follows:

Shelby County

Wednesday, August 10, 2016: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Shelby County Farm Bureau (908 6th Street), Harlan.

Harrison County

Wednesday, August 10, 2016: 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m., Main Street Station ( 303 Walker Street), Woodbine. 

Guthrie County

Thursday, August 11, 2016: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Guthrie County Hospital – Conference Room 710 (North 12th Street), Guthrie Center.

ISU graduate becomes a “Purple Squirrel”

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August 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa State University graduate is paving the way as a new type of designer in the auto industry. Adam Carlson from Davenport graduated from Iowa State with dual degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial design, which earned him the nickname of “Purple Squirrel” when he went to work at Ford Motor Company. “A purple squirrel is actually an H-R term to basically let management know that they are looking for something that is very hard to find,” Nelson says. He says the nickname was as unusual, but he knows why he got it.

“It was very hard to find somebody with an industrial design as well as mechanical engineering, so the nickname stuck. At this point they just call me Adam, it’s understood what I do, but it was quite the nickname to have right from the git go,” Nelson says. He says the work involved in dual degrees may be a reason why there aren’t more people like him.

“I think a lot of it is education, both degrees are each a four-year degree,” according to Nelson. “And it is very hard to find somebody who does both the technical side of the engineering as well as the aesthetic side of the design. So, it is utilizing both sides of the brain– both right and left.” Nelson says there also seems to be a tendency to have people focus on just one area of expertise.

“Yeah, I think we definitely pigeonhole individuals into a certain field,” Nelson says. “…For me it was something that I didn’t want, I wanted to do both. I wanted sketch and draw and create, as well as to actually understand the mechanical principles. To actually bring a product to life.” Nelson says knowing mechanical issues can help you create something on the design side quicker with less mistakes that have to be redone. For example, if a certain angle looks good on a car, but you know mechanically it may create more drag and higher gas mileage, you can change it early on.

“In the automotive industry prototypes are incredibly expensive. Usually you go to market and the first round of prototypes you use hard tooling, and if you make a mistake somewhere along the way and you have to throw out millions of dollars of tools for production, that gets incredibly expensive,” Nelson explains. While he may be a purple squirrel now, Nelson says there will be more and more openings for people who have the same skills.

“What we’re finding, is that we need more people who have an understanding of the virtual world and drawing up shapes, but also people can talk the language of engineering and communicate well. And it may not just be between design and engineering, but it also may be between design and business or engineering and business,” Nelson says. Nelson is 24-years-old and his work involves designing and building to deal with wind noise in cars.

(Radio Iowa)

Northey comments on the latest crops & weather report

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Monday) commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. Northey said “In general, crops remain in very good condition with both 83 percent of corn and soybeans rated in good or excellent condition.  Fortunately, most areas of the state have adequate moisture as we head into August, which is a critical time, especially for soybean development.”

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov or on USDA’s site at www.nass.usda.gov/ia.  In summary…Relatively dry conditions throughout the week were ideal for crop development and allowed Iowa farmers 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 31, 2016, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included cutting hay and aerial spraying of corn with fungicide and insecticide.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.

Ninety-five percent of the corn crop reached the silking stage, five days ahead of last year and almost two weeks ahead of the five-year average. Thirty-five percent of the corn crop reached the dough stage. Isolated reports of corn starting to dent were received from across the State. Corn condition rated 83 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming reached 90 percent, 6 days ahead of the previous year. Sixty-four percent of soybeans were setting pods, 5 days ahead of last year. Soybean condition rated 83 percent good to excellent. Seventy-eight percent of the oat crop for grain or seed was harvested, 2 days ahead of both last year and the average.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 93 percent, more than 2 weeks ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of normal. The third cutting of alfalfa hay was 28 percent complete, 6 days ahead of average. Hay condition was rated 73 percent good to excellent, while pasture condition was rated 61 percent good to excellent. Reduced temperatures improved livestock conditions which were reported to be good.

The statewide average precipitation last week was .18″ (of an inch), while normal for the week is .94″ (of an inch). It was the driest week in eleven weeks (since mid-May).

Armed robbery in Council Bluffs Monday afternoon

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August 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating the armed robbery of a convenience store. Authorities say at around 1:26-p.m. today (Monday), officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department responded to the Shell Speedy Mart (at 3624 9th Avenue) for an armed robbery at the business. The suspect had fled the area prior to the arrival of officers. A cashier at the business told officers that the suspect entered the business and pointed a handgun at him stating “Give me the money”.

The suspect fled with an undetermined amount cash belonging to the business. The suspect is described as a Black male 5’8” to 6’0” tall, approximately 250 lbs., estimated to be in his mid-twenties and wearing dark clothing. This case remains under investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Department.

Anyone having any information about the robbery is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (712) 328-4728 or Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-7867

Branstad meets with groups to pitch new water quality plan

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August 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s meeting with Iowa groups this summer to discuss a new proposal to fund water quality initiatives in the state, but it’s unclear if he’ll have backing in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Branstad told reporters Monday he’s traveling Iowa to meet farmers, educators and community leaders to pitch a plan that would use some money typically designated for school infrastructure to pay for water improvement.

The idea is similar to a funding proposal that didn’t pass during the legislative session. The new plan would use a different funding formula and go into effect later. Branstad was vague about whether he has support in the Democratic-led Senate, where leaders haven’t commented on the plan. Branstad noted he may have more success if Republicans take control of the chamber.

Montgomery County Auditor releases General Election info.

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August 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Auditor Stephanie Burke said today (Monday), the filing period for all counties with regard to the November 8th General Election, will begin on Monday, August 8, 2016 and will run through August 31, 2016 at 5 P.M.  This applies to NPPO candidates and candidates nominated by petition for county and township officers. Anyone with questions regarding the number of signatures necessary for each petition should contact the Montgomery County Auditor’s office 712-623-5127 or visit the Secretary of State website www.sos.iowa.gov

Saturday, October 29, 2016: VOTER PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE for election.  There is Election Day registration, but specific documentation must be provided.  If possible, register before Election Day.

Friday, November 4, 2016: Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016   ELECTION DAY:Polls open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Polling Places: Red Oak Gold Fair Building, Red Oak Fire Station, Red Oak First Christian Church, Elliott Community Building, Stanton Fire Department, Grant Fire Department and Villisca Community Building

ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER SEPTEMBER 29, 2016, AT THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE TO BE VOTED THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016. Those requesting by mail should send requests as soon as possible.

Party Affiliated Candidates On Ballot:

County Offices

Montgomery County Auditor

Stephanie Burke (Rep) – Incumbent

Montgomery County Sheriff

Joseph Sampson (Rep) – Incumbent

Supervisor District #3

Bryant Amos (Rep) – Incumbent

Supervisor District #5

Donna Robinson (Rep)- Incumbent

Interested candidates may also file papers for the following offices: Township Trustees, Township Clerks, County Hospital Trustees, Soil and Water Conservation Board, and County Agricultural Extension.

Other offices on the ballot will include:

Red Oak School District -a School Board Vacancy on the General Ballot.

Montgomery County Supervisor District #2 vacancy.

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  If anyone has questions about voter registration, absentee ballots, or voting, call the Auditor’s office—712-623-5127 or visit www.montgomerycountyiowa.com.  Montgomery County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections also has a Facebook page.