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Sioux City considers ban on feeding deer, turkeys

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City leaders will consider a measure that would make it illegal to feed deer and wild turkeys within city limits. The City Council will vote on the proposed ordinance on Monday. Violators would be fined. Assistant City Attorney Connie Anstey says the measure is meant to reduce traffic accidents and damage to plants caused by the wild animals. In July, about a dozen residents from a northern area of the city told the council that deer pose a problem in their area. Drought conditions this summer forced the animals into Sioux City neighborhoods. The council considered a similar ban in 2010, but the measure was opposed by people who wanted to feed the animals.

Iowa schools to report, track bullying on database

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa public schools have a new database to report and track bullying incidents in detail as they happen throughout the year.  The Iowa Department of Education launched the database on Friday.  The state has relied on one annual set of reports, logged under four labels, each spring to track bullying in schools. That was prompted in 2007 by a state anti-bullying and anti-harassment law. The new database will have schools report bullying based on one or more of 17 student traits explicitly named in state law – including sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or political belief.

Fly Iowa Air Show 2012

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here are just some of the images from the Sat., Sept. 12 2012 “Fly Iowa – Heritage and Homecoming” airshow, in Atlantic, IA. (Photo’s by KJAN News Director Ric Hanson)…

More military vehicles on display at the airshow

The Iowa State Patrol’s aircraft, based in the Atlantic Airport hangar.

Western IA berry farm wins IA Farm Bureau Award

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Farm Bureau have announced Sawmill Hollow in Missouri Valley, the country’s first aronia berry farm, is this month’s Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa entrepreneur award winner.

Aronia Berries

The organic berry operation is a family farm run by Vaughn and Cindy Pittz and their son, Andrew.  In 1997, the Pittzes planted 207 aronia berry plants and have since expanded the farm to 26 acres and more than 13,000 plants. The berries, also known as black chokeberries, can be made into a variety of products, including syrup, sauce, powders and wine.

After looking into a number of value-added ideas, ranging from Christmas trees to pumpkin patches, the family found aronia berries offered the best potential.The business is a benefit to Iowa’s ag industry and to the Missouri Valley economy with its annual festival. Sawmill Hollow’s fifth annual North American Aronia Festival is this weekend, Sept. 15-16, featuring children’s activities, wine tasting, recipe contest, farming and gardening workshops and more. (For a full schedule, go to http://sawmillhollow.com/.)

Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources. To learn more, visit www.renewruraliowa.com.

8AM Newscast 09-15-2012

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September 15th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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September 15th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Iowan who traveled the world and showed his home movies at schools is remembered

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa man who brought the world to thousands of Iowa students over three decades will be remembered in Stuart this weekend. Al Bell traveled all over the planet and filmed his adventures, then visited schools across Iowa and made grand presentations. His daughter, Becky Bell-Greenstreet, says the film festival of her father’s work is the second one they’ve held in the past few years. Bell-Greenstreet says Sunday’s event will feature films that were not shown two years ago as there’s now a complete film library of her dad’s movies. Bell made his appearances in schools across Iowa between 1949 and 1979, highlighting his trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

She says her father was always well-received whenever he visited a rural Iowa school. “Those gyms and auditoriums were just packed to the rafters,” with kids from kindergarten through high school in one assembly, she says, “and my dad’s job was to teach them about a particular country. She says her dad would go all out for the films and for the assemblies. He would come out in costume and taught the students words in foreign tongues while the movies were well-produced and funny, artistic and sometimes bringing screams of surprise from students. T

he Al Bell Film Festival will be held at the Saints Center in Stuart, opening at noon, with artifacts, costumes, photos, foreign dolls, original posters and films on display. Films will be shown at 1 and 3 PM. Learn more at: “www.albellremembered.com”

(Radio Iowa)

Assault and theft arrests in Montgomery County, Friday

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report two arrests on Friday. Officials say 54-year old Charles James Netherton, of Red Oak, was arrested just before 3-p.m., on a charge of Serious Assault. His arrest was the result of an investigation into an incident at 2037 Highway 71, in Tenville. Officers with the Red Oak Police Department assisted sheriff’s deputies, in making the arrest. Netherton was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond. And, at around 6:40-p.m., 50-year old Gary Lee Mattson, of Villisca, was arrested on a valid warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. Mattson was brought to the jail, posted a $300 cash bond, and was released.

Iowa News Headlines: Sat., Sept. 15th 2012

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The campaign for President Barack Obama has released more details about Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Iowa next week, which includes events in Ottumwa and Grinnell on Tuesday. Biden will arrive in Iowa on Monday and hold an event at the Port of Burlington.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Former Davenport Mayor Pat Gibbs has been sentenced to three years of probation for stealing thousands of dollars from a pawn shop where he worked. Fifty-three-year-old Gibbs received a deferred sentence Thursday in Scott County District Court. If he violates probation, the deferred judgment will be revoked and he could face up to five years in prison.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport Police say no one was injured when a car ran a stop sign and hit a school bus, then fled the scene. Davenport television station KWQC reports the crash happened Thursday morning. The school district says the bus had six kindergartners on board and was on its way to Buchanan School when the crash happened.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa store where a clerk was attacked with a stun gun in robberies just days apart is now under police scrutiny. Exotic Gifts in Council Bluffs and other stores with similar names in the Nebraska cities of Omaha and Lincoln were raided Thursday by agents with the federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau. The Council Bluff store’s clerk was led away in handcuffs during the raids.

Rural Safety Daycamp planned for 4th & 5th graders in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Extension Service say they will be hold a Rural Safety Day Camp for Local 4th & 5th Grade Youth, on Sept. 22nd.  The camp comes on the heels of National Farm Safety and Health Week, which runs from September 16th-though the 22nd. The Extension and its local business partners are hosting the Rural Safety Day Camp from 8:30- to 11:30-a.m. September 22nd, at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Atlantic. The camp is open to any local youth in 4th or 5th grade, and will focus on general rural safety topics such as ATV safety, basic first aid, animal safety, machinery safety, hidden hazards and more.

There is no cost to attend the camp, and campers will be provided with a snack during the camp. To register call the Cass County Extension Office at 243-1132 or email smmck@iastate.edu before 4:30 on September 20th. Students will need to fill out a medical information and release form to participate in the camp. This form can be printed off and filled out prior to camp by visiting http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass, or filled out when the camper is dropped off the morning of camp (must be signed by a parent or guardian, so make sure someone who can sign is the one who plans to drop off at camp).

Extension staff and local business partners will be presenting basic safety information on a variety of topics and campers will have opportunities to participate in several group activities focused on thinking and acting safely. A resource book with more rural safety information and an informational DVD will also be provided to all attendees. Be sure to dress in comfortable clothes and layers for fall weather as we will be indoors and out, and please, no open-toed shoes. For more information, to register, or with questions, please call the Cass County Extension Office at 243-1132.