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2 arrests in Mills County, Saturday

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August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests over the weekend. Saturday night, 27-year old Nicholas John Horgdal, of Henderson, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear. His bond was set at $2,000. Earlier that same day, 32-year old Timothy Eugene Truhlicka, of Malvern, was arrested on 2nd degree theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), and Interference with Official Acts charges. His bond for those offenses was set at $8,000. In addition, Truhlicka was wanted on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County, for violation of his probation, which carries a $10,000 bond.

Numerous thefts and/or attempted burglaries reported in Page County

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August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s office is investigating numerous reports of thefts. Friday morning, officials with the Windstream Company called to report customers in the Hawleyville area were without phone service. An investigation determined that about 300-feet of telephone wire had been stolen from a conduit which runs along the railing of a bridge at Hawleyville. The incident remains under investigation. A dollar amount of the loss is currently not available.

That same day, deputies responded to Mount Arbor Nurseries, in Shenandoah, where representatives with the Nursery reported a break-in. Entry to the building was made through a window. Property removed from the building was found outside the structure, but nothing appeared to have been missing.

Friday evening, a Shambaugh resident reported to Sheriff’s officials in Page County, that someone had tried to gain entry to a garage on West Street. Persons unknown tried to pry on the door to get inside, but their efforts failed. Damage to the building was estimated at $200.  Another Shambaugh resident reported the theft of a pocket knife from his 2005 Chevy Impala, sometime on July 31st or early August 1st. The loss was estimated at $10. Two knives were also reported stolen from a 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup in Shambaugh, during the same time frame. The loss was estimated at $100.

And, on August 2nd, a total of 17 twine-wrapped round bales of hay were reported stolen from an area along Highway 2, between O and P Avenues in Page County. The loss was estimated at $1,200. The following day, the complaintant’s father reported that someone took about 100-gallons of fuel stored in a fuel barrel on a trailer parked in a ditch along Highway 2. The trailer was located about one-mile west of Yorktown. The owner said he would offer a substantial reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or person responsible for the thefts.

Deputy puts out house fire in College Springs

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August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Page County Sheriff’s Deputy is credited for helping to extinguish a house fire early Friday morning. According to Sheriff Lyle Palmer, deputies responded to a report of a fire at 711 Oberlin Street in College Springs at around 12:55-a.m., Friday. A sheriff’s deputy who saw flames on the west side of the unoccupied structure used his patrol vehicles’ fire extinguisher to knock down the flames. The College Springs Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and finished extinguishing the flames. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Palmer says the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to conduct a further investigation.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests

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August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s office reports four people were arrested over the course of the past few days. This (Monday) morning, 27-year old Frazer A J Werts, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Werts was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was later released on his own recognizance. On Sunday, 32-year old Matthew Bernard Steffens, of Wiota, was arrested  on a charge of Aggravated Child Endangerment. Steffens was brought to the Cass County Jail where he posted $2000 bond and was released later that day.

Saturday, deputies arrested 24-year old Jesse Cavin Meier,  of Lewis, on Sheriff’s Office warrants for Disorderly Conduct and Simple Assault. Meier was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released the following day. And, last Friday, officers with the Atlantic Police Department arrested 33-year old Randall Craig Larson II, of Atlantic, on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Criminal Trespass. Larson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled not guilty and was released the following day.

No injuries reported following Friday accident in Griswold

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.