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No injuries reported following Friday accident in Griswold


August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident in Griswold, Friday. Officials says the accident happened at the intersection of Highways 92 and 48.  According to the Sheriff’s report, a 2001 Subaru owned and driven by 53-year old Joy Anada Rubenking, of Norwalk, was traveling east on Highway 92,  when a 2007 Chevy HHR owned and driven by 49-year old Raymond Gene Ficek, of Griswold pulled away from the stop sign southbound, into Rubenking’s path.

The Subaru hit the HHR on the rear passenger side, causing a total of $3,900 damage.  Authorities say Ficek was given a warning for Failure to Yield.

Bullying prevention summit to be held in Des Moines Nov. 27th


August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds at their weekly news conference today (Monday) announced that they will host the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit this fall, and encouraged all Iowans to engage on the important issue of bullying prevention. The summit will be held on Nov. 27th, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, and will feature a number of speakers from Iowa communities who will present their strategies at the summit. Also featured will be state and national experts about how to combat bullying, both offline and online.

Dr. Paul Gausman, superintendent of Sioux City Schools, joined Branstad and Reynolds at the news conference. He will talk about community involvement and efforts his community has taken to combat bullying. The luncheon speaker will be Rosalind Wiseman, whose book became the basis of the movie, “Mean Girls.” Registration will begin in September, and further details will be announced as that date gets closer.

In the most recent Iowa Youth Survey of students in grades six, eight and 11, half of those surveyed reported being bullied in some way, and most youngsters witness the bullying of their peers sooner or later.

The summit will be paid for with funding from the Iowa Department of Education, registration fees ($30 for adults older than age 22 and $20 for students) and generous support from the private sector. For more information go to: https://preventbullying.iowa.gov.

Greenhorn Grazing Class being offered in Adair County

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the USDA and ISU Extension are inviting livestock producers to attend the 2012 Greenhorn Grazing series of seminars at the Adair County Extension office. The sessions will build on those sessions that were held in May and June, and will especially be of interest to new participants. The sessions take place August 23rd, September 13th and November 15th, beginning at 10-a.m. each day. The cost of $20 per person for each session, includes lunch.

Organizer Joe Sellers, and ISU Extension beef program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, says the August 23rd session features several presentations on fencing and watering technologies, fence laws, and forage quality, which includes harvesting drought crop silage and green chop. A pasture walk-through will include a display and demonstration of electric fencing and watering options.

The September session will cover such topics as pasture leasing, planning for stockpiled grazing, mineral supplements, winter feed planning and, a weed and brush control demonstration. The final session in November, covers stockpiled grazing, cornstalk grazing, and winter feeding strategies that include drought corn silage.

For more information about the southwest Iowa Greenhorn Grazing sessions, call Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270, or e-mail him at sellers@iastate.edu, or NRCS Grasslands Specialist Rick Sprague at 712-542-8765 (e-mail richard.sprague@ia.usda.gov).

Webinar Looks at Grain Quality, Marketing Options during Drought

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa crop and livestock producers are invited to attend an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach webinar Tuesday, Aug. 21st, to learn about grain quality issues and marketing options related to drought. The Guthrie County extension office will be hosting the 1-3 p.m. webinar. There is no charge to attend the webinar.

Mark Licht, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist specialist, says “As we near harvest, the attention has shifted to grain quality issues,” said. “ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will talk about the quality issues farmers can expect, their marketing options and how crop insurance will address reduced value. Just as important, livestock producers should be prepared for potential feeding challenges of off-quality grain.”

In addition, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will look to the future and provide the outlook for crop and livestock prices. They also will discuss planning for the 2013 crop, including land lease considerations and the impact of drought on fall fertility decisions for the 2013 crop, according to Licht. Farm safety considerations during drought also will be discussed.

The Guthrie County extension office and county extension offices around the state are hosting the webinar. The Guthrie County Extension & Outreach office is located at 212 State St., Guthrie Center, Iowa. Time has been allowed for questions and answers following the presentations. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the ISU Extension and Outreach website www.extension.iastate.edu/.

Neb. tribe wants to build Sioux City, Iowa casino


August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska wants to develop a casino and hotel in downtown Sioux City if it wins the rights to Woodbury County’s gaming license.  Lance Morgan is CEO of the tribe’s economic development firm, Ho-Chunk Inc., and he confirmed the tribe’s interest. Missouri River Historical Development has said it’s considering a new partner to run a casino in Sioux City because it couldn’t agree on the details of a land-based casino with Penn National Gaming, which runs the current river boat casino.

The Winnebago Tribe already operates the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan in western Iowa. Several companies are expected to bid on the gaming license. Morgan says he believes the tribe would be best partner because it is based nearby in northeast Nebraska.

Nominated by Petition filing begins today


August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A reminder today from Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman: Today (Monday, August 6th) is the first day to file nomination papers for “Nominated By Petition” candidates seeking election to County and Township offices in the November General Election. The last day to file papers in the office of the Cass County Auditor, is Wednesday, August 29th.

Nomination papers may be circulated prior to the first date for filing, as well as during the filing period. Nominating papers are available at the office of the County Auditor and from the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.iowa.gov A candidate’s guide is also available on that website.

The non-partisan  Township positions to appear on the Cass County ballot for the 2012 General Election are: Benton and Edna Townships, which each have – 1 trustee position, one vacancy term through 2014 trustee position, and, one vacancy term through 2014 Clerk position; and, the Union and Victoria Townships – which each have one trustee position available.

Non-Partisan Offices to appear on the General Election ballot in Cass County include: Ag Extension (4-year term); Soil and Water Conservation (4-year term) and,  Hospital Trustee (6-year term). For additional information, contact Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman, at 243-4570, or by e-mail at auditor@casscoia.us.

Fire Danger rating in Shelby County Continues to be HIGH

News, Weather

August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Emergency Management Officials in Shelby County said today (Monday), that the Fire Danger rating will continue to be in the HIGH category until further notice. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said the probability of precipitation of a significant amount is unlikely through Thursday. Seivert warns it is very likely they will move the danger index into the “Extreme” range, within the next few weeks.

Under “High” Fire Danger conditions, burning of any kind is restricted unless approval is received from a local Fire Chief.  Controlled burns that are not reported will result in the Fire Department being dispatched, and Fires extinguished, if determined to be un-safe.  Call 712-755-2124 is you have any questions.

8AM Newscast 08-06-2012

News, Podcasts

August 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Author working on book about Flight 232 survivors


August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An author from Chicago is writing a book about the passengers who survived the crash of Flight 232 in Sioux City. Laurence Gonzales has interviewed over 30 survivors of the crash landing at the Sioux City airport on July 19th in 1989. Gonzales says he was inspired to write the book after reading the story of Jerry Schemmel, a crash survivor who rescued a baby from the wreckage of the plane.

“And as I read his story I thought my goodness a 184 people survived this and there’s dozens of them still out there. And some of them were kids at the time of the flight and are now grown up adults and they must have amazing stories to tell,” Gonzales says. “Just as soon as I started talking to people I found out how amazing those stories really are.” Gonzales has previously written the best seller “Deep Survival” and has a sequel to that book coming out this fall.

“Deep Survival is about why some people survive and others don’t, and how we make mistakes, what goes on in our brain when we’re making mistakes that get us into trouble,” he explains. “The new book in September ‘Surviving Survival’ is about what happens when the surviving event is over. You’ve gone through the traumatic event, you’ve live through it, and now how do you get back to your life.” Gonzales says the Flight 232 book will chronicle how the survivors have dealt with the plane crash and gone on with their lives. Gonzales hopes to finish the book in the next year in time to publish it around the 25th anniversary of the crash in 2014.

(Radio Iowa)

Awareness campaign urges Iowans to stop at red lights


August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

We’re supposed to stop at red lights, but some motorists ignore the law and blast right through, risking at least a ticket, and at most, killing someone. This is National Stop On Red Week.

Melissa Wandall, outreach director for the National Coalition for Safer Roads, is urging Iowans to become more aware of the deadly risks. “The goals for National Stop On Red Week are to educate, encourage and empower the motorists on our highways to make better decisions when stopping on red,” Wandall says. “We want to make sure that’s what they’re doing. So many people unfortunately have forgotten that we have laws in place to keep us all safe.”

A federal study of Iowa crashes in 2009 found intersection-related crashes claimed 87 lives. Nationwide, that same year, 87-hundred people were killed in such wrecks at intersections. While some drivers make a conscious choice to run a light because they’re running late, others might not realize they’re blowing through a stoplight because of their cell phone, G-P-S or something else.”It has more to do with distractions than it has to do with people just not stopping on red,” Wandall says. “It doesn’t just have to be a gadget. You can be distracted in your mind, with your kids in the car, with your radio, it’s thinking about something else other than the fact of where you’re going.”

Wandall’s husband, Mark, was killed by a red-light runner two weeks before their daughter was born. Wandall has since become a leading voice for intersection safety. She helped spark passage of Florida’s “Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act,” which expanded the use of life-saving red light camera technology. She’s been telling her story for eight years now. “I’ve actually have had people who’ve come to me and said, ‘I’ve always ran lights. I didn’t care and I never got caught and I never hurt anybody else but after hearing your story, it really made me think I have to change my behavior because I might just take some innocent child’s life or I might take a dad out of some family’s life.’”

The study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes, while more than two-point-three million drivers received a red-light citation last year. Learn about this week’s campaign at: www.StopOnRedWeek.com

(Radio Iowa)