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Arrests made in 2011 Cass County Motorcycle thefts


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says deputies with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, arrested two men wanted for the 2011 theft of motorcycles from Cass County. 27-year old Jason Kyle Bruns, of Menlo, and 31-year old Daniel Joseph Bruns, of Fontanelle, were taken into custody on Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrants. The warrants  were issued in connection with the theft of two motorcycles from a rural address in Cass County on November 30, 2011.

Jason Bruns was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree, and Altering a Vehicle ID Number, all “D” Felonies. Daniel Bruns was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree, both “D” Felonies. Both were taken to the Cass County Jail where Jason Bruns was released on $15,000 bond and Daniel Bruns was released on $10,000 bond the following day.

Atlantic man dies in rollover crash Thursday morning


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren has released additional information about a fatal accident that occurred early this (Thursday) morning. South of Wiota. McLaren says 23-year old Nicholas Herman Baier, of Atlantic, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. An investigation revealed the vehicle Baier was driving had been traveling west on Lansing Road, when it drove onto the shoulder/ditch area east of 680th Street. The vehicle came back onto the roadway at 680th Street, slid across into the south ditch off of Lansing Road, and rolled three times before coming to rest on its top. Baier suffered fatal injuries when was ejected from the vehicle. The accident was reported at 6:50-a.m.

Nissen named to IA Council of Foundations Board


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Council of Foundations today (Thursday) announced Dennis Nissen, Director of the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa, based in Omaha, is joining the ICOF’s Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 calendar year. Nissen was one of two new members named to the Board. He joins Jerry Mathiasen, Senior Vice President of the Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs, on the eight-member Board.

The ICOF was founded in 1998. It promotes philanthropy and effective grantmaking in Iowa, and serves as the state’s leading philanthropic entity. To learn more, go to www.iowacounciloffoundations.org.

Shelby County Fire Danger remains HIGH despite recent rains


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency say the recent rains which fell over the County were very much appreciated, but they didn’t result in a reduced fire risk. As a result the Fire Danger Index will remain in HIGH Category.  Most of the rain fell in the central and northeast parts of the County, and rain is in the forecast for Saturday or more likely on Sunday, which will certainly help.  Regardless, and while Shelby County is not in an official burn ban, EMA officials remind citizens and businesses who need to burn, to call the Emergency Management office at 755-2124.

Officials say there were some unannounced burns held over the last few weeks, to which Fire personnel responded. Those volunteers all have regular jobs, and reducing these types of calls is essential to good employee-employer relations. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says “Those employers who support their personnel, by allowing them take time to fight fires are going the “extra mile” and should be commended.” Seivert say also, volunteer firefighters shouldn’t have to take time from work attending to unnecessary and unannounced controlled burns.

Car vs. bicycle accident in Atlantic


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says only minor injuries were reported following a car versus bicycle accident Wednesday evening, at 7th and Walnut Streets. Official say a vehicle driven by Aaron Page, of Urbandale, was traveling west on 7th Street at around 7:25-p.m., when his vehicle was hit on the side by a bicycle, as Page was in the middle of the intersection. The rider of the bike, Arthur Davis, of Atlantic, refused medical treatment. Davis was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. Damage from the collision amounted to $600.

The Atlantic P-D reports also, 32-year old John Knight, of Atlantic, was arrested Wednesday on Cass County warrants for Driving While Barred, Driving While Suspended, and Failure to have S-R 22 Insurance on File. Knight was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Vilsack announces funds to improve rural electric service


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (Thursday), announced that rural electric utilities in 18 states will receive loan guarantees to make improvements to electric lines, transmission facilities and to reduce peak electric loads by deploying smart grid technologies. Vilsack said “Maintaining and upgrading rural electric systems improves system reliability, creates jobs and supports economic development. With these loans, we are continuing to help cooperatives provide reliable service to rural residents. A significant portion of this funding will go to smart grid technologies, helping consumers lower their electric bills and reducing peak demand for producers.”

Today’s announcement includes support for nearly $29 million in smart grid projects. In all, USDA is investing more than $420 million in rural electric infrastructure. Included among the utilities slated to receive USDA funding, is the Sioux City-based Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc, which will receive just over $39-million.  The funds will be used to serve over 1,400 consumers, build and improve 618 miles of distribution line, and make other system improvements. The loan amount includes $3,585,806 in smart grid projects.

The funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan agreement. The money is being provided by USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The loans help electric utilities upgrade, expand, maintain and replace rural America’s electric infrastructure.

Cass County sees rise in percentage of college graduates


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Information released by the Center for Rural Strategies says Cass County has experienced a “brain gain” in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees. In 1970, 8.4 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Cass County. By 2010, 14.5 percent of adults here had completed college. The percentage of adults with college degrees in Cass County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate was less than the Iowa average of 24.5 percent.

The number of adults in the United States with college degrees has nearly tripled since 1970, when only 10.7 percent of adults had graduated from college. But the percentage of adults with degrees in rural counties, such as Cass County, while increasing, has generally fallen behind the proportion of college-educated residents in urban counties.

In 1970, 7.8 percent of adults in rural counties had some education after high school, but less than a college degree. By 2010, 27.4 percent of rural adults had attained some post high school education without earning a college diploma. That level of education was close to the national average of 28.1 percent. In Cass County, 10.6 percent of adults had some college in 1970, rising to 31.8 percent in 2010. The Iowa average in 2010 was 31.0 percent. Cass County had 10,357 adults (those over 25 years of age) in 1970 and 9,805 adults in 2010.

Only 8.9 percent of the adult population in Cass County had failed to graduate from high school in 2010. Nationally 15 percent of adults had not completed high school; in Iowa, the rate was 10.1 percent. The report was compiled by Bill Bishop, editor of the news site DailyYonder.com, and Robert Gallardo, an associate professor at Mississippi State’s Southern Rural Development Center.

The source data, charts, and a map may be downloaded at http://www.dailyyonder.com/education-and-rural-america-data-page/2012/07/06/4165.

Map shows drought slightly worse in Neb., Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows conditions have worsened in the Corn Belt states of Iowa and Nebraska.  The map shows extreme drought has spread further into the western half of Iowa and covers all but a small section of southeast Nebraska, where severe drought is occurring. A few counties in central Nebraska are still listed as being under exceptional drought conditions.  The drought map is a project shared by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Weather Service. The latest map is based on conditions as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, so it doesn’t reflect rainfall from storms that passed through parts of both states later Tuesday and on Wednesday.

8AM Newscast 08-09-2012

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August 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament is this Saturday, in Atlantic

News, Sports

August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 4th Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament, set for Saturday, is drawing near and organizers are inviting the public to attend. Melanie Petty with the Trevor Frederickson Foundation, says there’s a lot going on that day, and the event “Is definitely not just for golfers.”

A silent auction to be held in the Nishna Hills Club House will be set up by approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, with the tournament set to start at 9-a.m. The auction will end after the last score card is turned in, and organizers say an announcement will be made to let individuals know when the auction is officially closed. Bidders do not have to be present to win, and individuals have the opportunity to call or text Caryn Just at 254-0989 to place a bid or check on an item, even those out playing in the tournament. Just a few of the 40-plus items up for auction include a Yeti cooler, an Echo gas powered blower, a grilling basket, a Derrick Johnson autographed Kansas City Chiefs wall hanging, tickets to Iowa and Iowa State football games, a Weber charcoal grill, a quilt, a Coach purse, and a Craftsman tool chest.

In addition to the auction, a 50/50 raffle will also be held throughout the day. Tickets are $1 each or 6/$5 with the drawing held after the last score card is turned in. Tickets will be available on the course and in the club house. The person whose name is drawn must be present to win.

New to the event this year will be a beer sampling hosted by Doll Distributing. Current plans are to start the sampling at around 10:30-a.m. Also new this year will be County Artist and Atlantic native, Randy Burk, who will be performing live on the back patio from 4-6 p.m. Petty says while the silent auction, 50/50 raffle, free will donation lunch, beer sampling and live entertainment are open to the public, organizers have some things lined up for just the golfers too. Prizes will be awarded on every hole and for the top three places in four flights, bets can be placed on the betting hole, and a 2012 Chevy Cruze is ready to go home with anyone making Deter Motor Company’s Hole in One.

The T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament is the only fundraiser for the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund which was formed to give back to the projects and organizations Trevor loved. Photos recapping the over $42,000 in donations given to date will be on display in the Nishna Hills club house.