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July 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Cass County Fair – Thursday Schedule 7/25/13

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July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The first full day of the 2013 Cass County begins today, in Atlantic. Activities later today include the Food Sale at the Community Center on the fairgrounds, beginning at 10-a.m. All 4-H baked goods will be for sale, with a sample of every item kept for exhibit purposes, and displayed in the club booth, and recipes of each baked item will be available. Baked products selected for the State Fair will not be offered for sale, however. Proceeds from the sale are used to help support the 4-H program in Cass County.

Entertainment this evening begins at 7, with music from the “Blue Tones,” followed by the Cass County Fair King and Queen contest on the north garden of the Community Center at 8, and Senior Recognition at 9.

This year’s Queen candidates include Emily Jacobsen, Amber Stender, Hannah Ankenbauer, Larissa Backhaus, Tierney Sothman, Diana Perkins, Heather Reyna, Valerie Watson, and Mikayla Somers. King candidates include: Tanner Potter, Clint Hansen, Justin Somers, Blake Miller, and Luke Frisbie.

Preliminary judging of all candidates was held on July 15th. As always, there is NO Charge to attend the Cass County Fair, but your purchase of meals at the food stand are very much appreciated, to help support the Fair and continue to make it a unique, free event each year.

View the complete Cass County Fair Schedule here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/cass/2013%20Schedule_Cass%20County%20Fair%20Updated.pdf

T-bone accident in Red Oak, but no injuries


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A t-bone style accident at an uncontrolled intersection Wednesday afternoon in Red Oak caused $6,000 damage, but no one was injured. Sheriff’s officials say a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup driven by 16-year old Eric A. Goodwin, of Red Oak, was traveling east on East Valley Street at around 2:15-p.m., and didn’t see a 2013 Hyundai Accent traveling north on North 2nd Street, Goodwin failed to yield to the car driven by 21-year old Alexandra Marcel, of Red Oak, and struck her vehicle near the middle of the intersection. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts. Goodwin was cited for Failure to Yield to a vehicle on the right.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., July 25th 2013


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa trooper and a state gaming agent are seeking their jobs back after being fired following an investigation into a hazing incident at an Iowa police academy in 2008. Former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Andrew Harrelson said yesterday that he was accused of hazing and verbally intimidating a 21-year-old recruit. No charges were ever filed in the case.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines police officer has been transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with injuries he suffered earlier this month. Police spokesman Sergeant Jason Halifax said yesterday that Lieutenant Joe Gonzalez’s condition worsened and he was transferred to the Minnesota hospital. A fund has been established at the Des Moines Police Officer’s Credit Union to help pay for the Gonzalez family’s travel expenses.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have charged two people with driving off with a bag of money that fell out of an armored van near downtown Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports the incident happened yesterday morning as the armored van was leaving the Community Choice Credit Union. Samantha Jackman of Des Moines and Tyler Critchlow of Dallas Center, both 20 years old, have been charged with first-degree theft.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A bank is foreclosing on the Elks Club’s historic downtown lodge. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Community National Bank filed a petition on July 5th to foreclose on the 89-year-old lodge. Elks officials couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday.

Atlantic Council approves ESU rate increase


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council held a brief, special session Wednesday evening, to act on approving the third and final reading of an amended ordinance calling for an increase in the ESU, or Storm Water Equivalent Service Unit rate. The ESU rate, which has not changed in over 10-years, will increase 35-cents per month, to $2.85, effective August 1st. The rate increase should generate $25,000 in additional revenues, which will be used to cover the net increase in debt service cost of $15,000 for repairs to the Bull Creek Underground drainage system and continued funding for annual repairs to the City’s storm water management system.

No one from the public was present to object to the increase or voice their opinions. And, when polled by the Mayor, only one of the Council members, Linda Hartkopf, mentioned she had heard anything from the public about the increase. Hartkopf said the person she spoke with opposed the move. Hartkopf told the individual the only other option was to raise taxes. She said “He didn’t like that idea, either.”

During the Council’s regular meeting on July 17th, prior to the second reading of the ordinance, a letter written by Atlantic resident Charles Griffin was read, which indicated he was opposed to the increase, because he claimed, it was not a “fee.” Instead, Griffin said it was an illegal tax because the citizens of Atlantic were not allowed to vote on it.

Snyder and Associates Engineer Pat Hall, one of the creators of the storm water fee system approved by the Council in 2003, said the intention of a storm water utility is spelled out in the Code of Iowa,  along with a city’s responsibility for utilities, and services provided to the citizens of the community. Therefore, according to Hall, it is a fee, and not a tax. Hall said by setting up a utility fee, the City provides itself with a certain amount of flexibility, when it comes to payments for capital improvements, such as the Bull Creek storm sewer improvement project. The ESU is based on the amount of square footage on a parcel of property. Those who have more square footage would always pay more than those who have less.

Study: Iowans are rotting their teeth from drinking so much pop


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans are being reminded to think before they drink. The warning has nothing to do with alcohol, but instead the sugary, carbonated beverages we slug down. Dentist Kim McFarland says more people are developing sensitive teeth and the likely cause is drinking way too much pop, with each Iowan drinking an average of 44 gallons a year. “I am seeing a lot more tooth erosion,” Dr. McFarland says. “The patients that have erosion often share with me the fact that they do drink a lot of pop and not just one or two a day but all throughout the day, drinking soda pop.”

It doesn’t matter if it’s “regular” or “diet” soda because the acid in all sodas alters the p-H balance in the mouth which can erode a tooth’s enamel. McFarland says the best way to prevent enamel loss is to give up soda, or to at least cut back. “Limit consumption of soda to mealtime,” McFarland says. Don’t drink soda throughout the day and brush your teeth afterwards with a fluoridated toothpaste, she says. If you can’t brush your teeth, rise your mouth out with water. If you chew gum, chew on that’s sugar-free or a gum containing Xylitol, a natural compound that’s said to reduce the chances of tooth decay.

Dr. McFarland says once tooth erosion starts, it can’t be stopped. “Tooth erosion or a weakening of the outer surface of the tooth causes the tooth to become sensitive, so things like hot and cold can be rather painful,” she says. “Once erosion occurs, it cannot be reversed and effects people their whole life.” She says one other option is crowning all your teeth but that’s a costly, extreme solution.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested


July 24th, 2013 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest today (Wednesday) of 23-year old Bruce Anthony Kaimann Jr. of Red Oak on a charge of Simple Assault. Kaimann reportedly struck an unnamed victim causing pain and a laceration. Kaimann is being held at the Montgomery County Law Center on $300 cash bond.

Accident Near Hamlin


July 24th, 2013 by admin

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports being called to an accident around 10:00-a.m. this (Wednesday) morning at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 44 near Hamlin. 55-year old Roxane Hansen of Audubon was traveling northbound on Highway 71 and 84-year old Howard Rand Petersen of Harlan was traveling eastbound on Highway 44 when he stopped his 2009 GMC at a stop sign and didn’t see Hansen’s 2000 Toyota when he left the stop sign. Hansen was taken to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital by private vehicle for minor injuries. Petersen refused any medical treatment. Damage to Hansen’s vehicle was estimated at $4,000. Damage to Petersen’s vehicle was estimated at $3,000. Petersen was cited for Failure to Yield from Stop Sign. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Audubon Fire and Rescue.

CDC: More than 275 have unidentified stomach bug


July 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health authorities say more than 275 people in seven states have now been sickened with an unidentified stomach bug. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past. It causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the infection has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut and New Jersey. Most of the illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July. The CDC says it isn’t clear whether the cases are all linked.

The illness is spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces. The agency said it isn’t clear whether the cases are all linked.

Massena looks to TIF wind turbines for infrastructure & growth


July 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mayor Pro-Temp of Massena has received the blessing of the Cass County Board of Supervisors, to continue with the process of establishing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) on the 38 wind turbines located within a two-mile radius of the City, to help pay for infrastructure needs, and grow new business. Mayor/Councilperson Linda Reneke appeared before the Board during their meeting this (Wednesday) morning. Reneke appeared before the Board last Winter as well, and expressed the City’s interest in deriving TIF from the turbines, but was unable to provide specifics on what the funding was needed for. Today (Wednesday), she provided the details.

One of the projects is a Sewer relining project, which will cost $800,000. The City has a a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), but they will have to pay the remainder, in excess of $500,000. The sewer relining project is necessary because of excess storm water inflow and infiltration (I&I) problems with the system, the result of which is an overwhelming of the City’s lagoon system.  In addition, the aerator system for the lagoons are very old, and require an additional $577,000 upgrade.

Reneke says the I & I problems are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the City’s infrastructure needs. She says because storm water drainage is such a problem, street, curb and gutters issues also need to be addressed. The current curbs and gutters are also are not ADA compliant. Reneke says it will cost over $10.5-million dollars to correct those problems. Another reason the TIF dollars would benefit the City, is it would bring younger families who are willing to build new houses. An improved infrastructure would expedite that process and grow the community, according to Reneke.

She said the number of available residences in Massena has declined from 220 in 1990 to 190 at present. There is a lot of interest from young families wanting to live in the community. Reneke said one home is being built in a new addition, while a second lot has been sold. The City’s portion of the cost to bring water and sewer into the new housing district, would be $294,000. Some of the City’s newest residents work for Siemens, the company responsible for constructing and maintaining the wind turbines. Some of those same workers also want to own their own businesses in town, but there is a lack of structures available. Reneke says TIF funds could be used by the City to purchase additional land, for which those businesses could built on. Reneke said there are smaller issues that can be addressed as well, through the use of TIF funds, such as expanding the City’s Fire Station, which is very cramped.

With the Supervisor’s blessing, the City of Massena can now proceed with the legal process necessary to obtain a 6-to 10-year TIF on the turbines, through the implementation of an Urban Renewal Plan.