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Survey shows Iowa moves up deer/car hit list


October 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An annual survey by State Farm Insurance on deer/vehicle crashes shows a mixed result for Iowa. State Farm spokesperson, Ann Avery, says they survey their claims and accident reports from federal officials to make an annual ranking of states where hitting a deer is most likely. “Iowa has moved up one spot to third this year,” Avery says. But the good news is the overall chance of hitting a deer in any state is down.

“We find that U-S deer/vehicle collisions have declined overall, and in Iowa the likelihood has declined as well, despite the fact that they have moved up one spot in the rankings,” Avery says. The likelihood of hitting a deer declined by nine-percent in Iowa. West Virginia topped the list of states where you are most likely to run into a deer for the seventh year in a row. Hawaii was again at the bottom of the rankings. Avery says they can’t say how the individual deer populations in each state impact the rankings — but does say efforts to let people know about the dangers of such collisions can help in any state reduce its collisions.

“We liked to think it’s due in part at least to the amount of attention that’s being drawn to this issue — because awareness is very important,” Avery says. “Especially in these coming months when the likelihood (of a collision) is at a peak.” She says avoiding collisions is important for safety reasons and it can also prevent costly repairs. “They average property-damage costs of these kinds of incidents during the final half of 2012 and the first half of 2013 was three-thousand-414 dollars — up three-point-three percent from the year before,” Avery explains. Avery has these tips for drivers to avoid hitting a deer.

“Deer generally travel in herds — so if you see one, there’s a strong possibility that others are nearby,” Avery says. She says be aware of the deer crossing signs as they indicate areas where the deer are known to roam. “And we also want you to remember that deer are most active between six and nine p-m.” State Farm estimates there were one-22-million deer collisions between July first of 2012 and June 30th of 2013, a three-point-five percent reduction compared to last year.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Oct. 1st 2013


October 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge will decide Tuesday whether to sanction former attorneys for Sholom Rubashkin for contacting jurors after the verdict that landed the former kosher slaughterhouse executive in prison. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade says the juror contacts were done without permission. One attorney says he believed Reade authorized the contacts when she told jurors they could speak with anyone or no one.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City man wants his conviction and sentence thrown out in a fatal 2012 traffic accident. The Globe Gazette newspaper reports 34-year-old Jason Glenn Genzler has filed an application in district court seeking the post-conviction relief. Genzler claims his attorney didn’t properly investigate and defend him and that the victim may have contributed to his own death.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines officials are beginning the process of removing memorial decorations from gravesites in municipal cemeteries as part of a cleanup. The city’s Park and Recreation department will remove the decorations beginning Tuesday. They will be cleared by Oct. 18. The public will be able to place decorations again after the staff is done with clearing. They will be left in place until the spring cleanup in March.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines Register is moving its 150-pound globe, which was a fixture in the newspaper’s lobby since the 1950s, to the State Historical Museum in the city’s East Village. The Register reports a ceremony is planned Wednesday morning. After being temporarily stored in the museum’s basement, the globe will be installed in the building’s lobby later this year. The Register donated it after moving into new offices a few blocks from its old building.

Passing incident results in rollover accident


September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a rollover accident Monday morning, in Page County. The Sheriff’s Office reports 27-year old Christy Dawn Gordon, of Essex, was transported to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital by Essex Fire and Rescue, after the pickup she was a passenger in went out of control and rolled over and came to rest on its top. The woman  was wearing her seat belt during the accident, which happened at around 9:35-a.m. on Highway 48.

Officials say the 1998 Chevy pickup, driven by 33-year old Nathan Rick Gordon, of Essex, was traveling south on the highway and passed a slower moving, blue van. Christy Gordon said she told Nathan that the van was gaining on their pickup. He responded by reportedly having “tapped” the brakes on his truck and pulled the vehicle to the side, where it went out of control on the gravel shoulder.

The vehicle slid into the ditch and rolled. The blue van, meanwhile, continued past the crash without stopping. An investigation determined the pickup left 155-feet of skid marks on the road before it entered the shoulder and left the road. There was no contact made with the other vehicle.

Damage from the crash amounted to $3,500. No citations were issued.

Massena woman arrested for stealing lottery tickets


September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a Massena woman was arrested Friday as a result of an investigation into a report of stolen lottery tickets at the Massena C-Store. Deputies arrested 45-year old Lisa Ann Herrmann, of Massena, on a charge of Felony 1st Degree Theft. Herrmann was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $10,000 bond.

On Saturday, deputies arrested 51-year old Robert James Williams, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for Child Support Hearing. Williams was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $2,000 bond.

That same say, 25-year old Cody Lee William Lillard, of Carter Lake, was arrested in Cass County on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for Child Support Hearing. Lillard was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $500 bond.


Cass Co. man charged in connection with stolen/wrecked semi


September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a Cumberland man faces charges in connection with a semi that was stolen and later found wrecked and abandoned. 30-year old Daniel Floyd Edwards, of Cumberland, was charged with Theft 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree in regards to the 2005 Freightliner semi that was discovered on Tucson Road in Cass County on September 18th, 2013.

Upon investigation, it was determined that Edwards was the driver of the semi, which had been stolen from a location in Creston, and driven to Cumberland, where the driver struck the corner of the roof at the Cumberland Community Building and left the scene, then wrecking the semi against a utility pole on Tucson Road east of 690th Street. The semi, which was owned by Mark Edward O’Reily, of Creston, sustained an estimated $65,000 damage. Damage to the Cumberland Community Center was estimated at $2,100.

An area of a corn field was also damaged in the amount of $2500. Damage to the utility pole is yet to be determined. Edwards remains at the Cass County Jail without bond from his arrest on September 20, 2013, for a Parole Violation.

Ballots available for City Elections in Cass County


September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports ballots for the Nov. 5th, 2013 City Elections in Cass County (for the cities of Anita, Atlantic, Cumberland, Griswold, Lewis, Marne, Massena and Wiota), are available at the Cass County Auditor’s Office. Absentee ballots may be requested by registered voters who will not be going to their assigned voting sites on election day.

The polls will be open on November 5th from Noon to 8-p.m. for all cities in the County. Persons unable to go to the polls on election day, may vote prior to election day by paper ballot, either by mail, or in person during normal business hours, at the Auditor’s Office at the Cass County Courthouse. The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you, is Friday, November 1st.

Absentee ballots may also be cast on Election Day from 8-a.m. to 11-a.m.

Polling site information:

Anita – The Anita Community Center; Atlantic – Ward 1, Zion Lutheran Church. Ward 2, Atlantic Public Library. Ward 3, Cass County Community Center. Ward 4, United Church of Christ. Ward 5, Heritage House; Cumberland – Cumberland Community Center; Griswold – Griswold Community Center; Lewis – The Lewis Public Library; Marne – The Marne City Hall; Massena – at the Massena Public Library; Wiota – at the Wiota City Hall.

In Atlantic, two current members of the City Council won’t seek re-election this fall. Shawn Shouse, in Ward 5, and At Large Councilman Steve Livengood, did not file their nomination papers for re-election.

Two persons have filed nomination papers for those respective seats on the Council, however. Lori Stuart has filed to run for the 5th Ward seat, and Bob Cord has filed for the At Large position. As previously mentioned, Mayor Dave Jones and 2nd Ward Councilperson Kathy Somers, have filed their papers for re-election on November 5th. Charlene Beane is the lone candidate running for the Parks and Recreation Board, leaving a second seat open to a write-in candidate.

In Anita, there are three seat open on the City Council. The candidates include Mark Harris and Incumbent Dennis L. Zimmerman. In Cumberland, Nancy Virginia Coughlin is running unopposed for Mayor. And, running for the three open seats on the City Council, is incumbent Gary Cooper and Douglas C. Neiner, who was appointed. In Lewis, incumbents Matt Klein and Marilyn Mundorf are running for re-election to fill the two seats on the Council. In Massena, Linda Reineke (who was appointed as Mayor), is running unopposed. Four people are running for 2 seats on the Council in Massena, including Jackson R. Bissell, Kevin McCunn, incumbent Robert McKnight, and Doug Venteicher.

In Griswold, where there are two seats open on the City Council, Incumbent Jared Wyman has filed for re-election, along with Barry Moore. In Marne, Mayor Randy Baxter will be unopposed in his bid for re-election, but there is a six-way race for five seats on the City Council. Four incumbents: Alan Cranston, Randy Henningsen, Lanny Kite and Angela Redler, have filed for re-election. Two others are challenging the incumbents, including Lori Holste and Randy L. Fischer.

And in Wiota, Mayor J. Ford Lillard is unopposed for his re-election bid, while four people are running for two seats on the City Council. They include incumbents Kathryn Havens and Deanna Spry, along with Jeff Lillard and Lamar K. Spies.

“Danes on the Prairie” to be shown tonight in Elk Horn


September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A movie filmed in Elk Horn by a Danish film production crew will be shown tonight at the Elk Horn Town Hall, beginning at Seven o’clock. Elk Horn Mayor Stan Jens says the film, with English subtitles, runs the gamut of emotions, from sad to happy and funny, and is also very informational. He says the producers didn’t even know the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton existed, until a chance encounter.

Jens said a Danish film maker was in a bar in Kansas City, and ran into a Nick Jensen, an EHK graduate. Jensen told him about Elk Horn, and it wasn’t long before a crew came to the area with their cameras and filmed a one-hour documentary.

Jens says 750,000 people saw the film in Denmark, and word spread quickly among family members in the County to those back here in the U-S.  Jens said the response to the film was incredible, and resulted in him and Jordan Hansen being flown to Denmark for the film’s premiere and a media blitz.

Jens said one of the things a popular talk show host in Denmark hopes the people of his country will get from the film, is that Danes need to be a little more laid back, in their approach to life. The host said also, that the people of the Danish Villages in Iowa are trying to hard to hold onto their Danish heritage, and that’s something the Danes in his county should endeavor to do as well, and not let the old world traditions slip away. He said they “Should try to keep it Danish in Denmark.”

Jens said the film has resulted in a new, open line of communication with Denmark, and may result in increased tourism in Elk Horn and Kimballton, and give a new spark to the annual TivoliFest Celebration, with volunteers coming from across the country and possibly abroad to help out with the event.

It may even result in romances forming between residents of both countries. Jens says there’s been talk of a dating service between Elk Horn and Denmark.

Shelby Co. EMA to begin monitoring local fire danger this week

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says his agency will begin monitoring the local fire danger potential, beginning this week. Twice weekly updates will be provided by the EMA staff in Shelby County, with data supplied by the National Weather Service forecast products, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), and close monitoring of local conditions. The updates will be provided to help residents in Shelby County to determine if it is safe to conduct outdoor burning.

Seivert says Shelby County sees an increase in fire activity every year in the spring and fall when residents start igniting burn piles, or prescribed fires on CRP land to meet land management objectives. Often time’s fires are ignited on days when weather conditions are less than favorable. When the burns are started they can cause escape fires which put lives, environment, and property in danger.

The Shelby County Emergency Services Association, in coordination with local Fire Chiefs are asking you to call the Shelby County Emergency Management Office at 712-755-2124 to report your controlled burning projects. When you call in you will simply be asked the size of your project, a number you can be reached at, start and stop times of the planned burn. The Shelby County Emergency Management Office will also ask that you provide the local fire chief with notification.

An electronic copy of the Fire Danger Rating Board can be found at www.shelbycountyema.com. The purpose of this system is to visually let the public know when the conditions are safest to carry out your burning projects. This system is not a permitting process, or authorization to burn, it just lets you know if conditions are favorable.

Shelby Counties cooperative system will allow the authorities to dispatch Emergency Resources immediately on report of smoke when the fire danger is determined to be HIGH or EXTREME. On HIGH days fire resources will be dispatched and make a decision on whether it is safe to continue the burning. If the Fire Chief or his designee think conditions are not safe they may extinguish the fire.

On EXTREME days all fires will be extinguished unless a permit or waiver has been signed by the Chief of the local fire department.

Branstad/Reynolds to tour area manufacturers


September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today (Monday) marked the start of National Manufacturing Week at their weekly news conference, highlighting the contributions made by manufacturers and their employees through a proclamation, and launching a tour of various facilities throughout Iowa. Among the facilities is: Agri-Drain, in Adair;  Bohlmann, Incorporated, in Denison; The Lisle Corporation, in Clarinda; Red Oak Manufacturing, in Red Oak; The Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Quality Machine of Iowa, in Audubon (See below for the dates and times).

The Governor said “Though we appreciate the contributions of manufacturers each and every day, Manufacturing Week will give us a special opportunity to highlight and celebrate Iowa’s manufacturing sector.”

There are over 3,500 companies engaged in manufacturing in Iowa, employing over 211,000 Iowans with an average wage of more than $51,000. All told, the manufacturing sector contributes over $27.6 billion, or 18 percent, to Iowa’s Gross State Product.

Branstad/Reynolds tour dates & times:

Monday, Sept.30, 2013

11:15 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds visit Agri-Drain at  1462 340th St. in Adair.

1:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds visit Bohlmann, Inc.,  2302 Yellow Smoke Rd. in Denison.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

8:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds visit Lisle Corporation, 813 E Main St., Clarinda.

10:15 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds visit Red Oak Manufacturing,   2400 N. Broadway, in Red Oak.

12:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds visit Atlantic Bottling Company,   4 E. 2nd St.,  Atlantic.

2 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds visit Quality Machine of Iowa, 1040 4th Ave., in Audubon.

Parking restrictions in Clarinda this Saturday


September 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda are issuing a reminder to residents about special parking restrictions that will be in effect this Saturday, Oct. 5 for the 2013 annual Southwest Iowa Band Day Jamboree parade. No parking is allowed on the following streets in Clarinda, from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th, 2013:

The 100 through 800 block of W. Main Street; The 100 block of E. Main Street; The100 block of N. 15th St.; The 100 block of E. Washington Street; The 100 block through 300 block of W. Washington Street; 24th Street (Cardinal Drive) from Garfield Street to State Street

Police Chief Keith Brothers says his department appreciates the cooperation of all citizens in removing their vehicles from the parade route. Vehicles that are not removed from the parade route by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 will be towed at the expense of the vehicle’s registered owner(s).

Anyone having a question about the parking restrictions can contact the Clarinda Police Department at 712-542-2194.