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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Icy roads blamed for 2 Page County accidents, Wednesday

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say rapidly deteriorating road conditions were to blame for two, separate non-injury accidents late Wednesday morning.  The first happened at around 10:55-a.m., east of Shenandoah on C Avenue, just south of Highway 2. Officials say a 2010 Ford pickup driven by 46-year old Donald Wayne Lindquist, of Red Oak, was traveling south on C Avenue, when the roadway became  slick very quickly. The pickup went out of control and into a ditch where it rolled over. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

The second accident happened at around 11:50-a.m., Wednesday, also on C Avenue, about one-half mile north of 250th Street. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 62-year old Dasie Mae Richt, of Northboro, was traveling south on C Avenue, when her 2001 Mitsubishi went out of control and entered a ditch, where it rolled over and landed on a fence before coming to rest on its top. Damage was estimated at $7,000.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 5th 2013

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A wintry storm that heaped snow on the Rockies has pushed east into northern Nebraska and northwest Iowa. NWS meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said 4 to 6 inches of snow had fallen in northwest Iowa on Wednesday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved plans to freeze tuition rates for undergraduates — and reduce them for law students. The regents voted yesterday to keep tuition steady for resident undergraduate students at Iowa’s three public universities for the second straight year. The freeze is contingent on the schools receiving a 4 percent general funding increase from lawmakers next year. Without it, the regents warn they may have to approve a hike later.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The ambassador of Nigeria is coming to Dubuque. Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe will address an audience December 12th at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center as it celebrates the history and culture of Africa. The reception and program, titled “All Africa” will include opening remarks by Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting at passing vehicles in a Des Moines neighborhood is in custody and injured. Police Sergeant Jason Halifax says officers exchanged gunfire with the man yesterday afternoon on the city’s south side, following multiple reports of shots being fired in the area. He was injured and taken to a local hospital.

(Update) Harlan man killed in crash north of Avoca Wed. afternoon

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier story, the Iowa State Patrol Wednesday evening released more information about an accident which occurred Wednesday afternoon that killed one person and injured two IA DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers. Officials say 52-year old Bruce Coenen, of Harlan, died in the crash. DOT officers Brian Rink, age 40, of Griswold, and Kent Liebe, age 58, of Carter Lake, were injured.

The Daily NonPareil, quoting Police dispatch reports, said Coenen had left a behavioral facility in Harlan, smelling of alcohol. The 2003 Pontiac Bonneville he was driving travelled south on Highway 59 for nine-miles at speeds of up to 100-miles per hours, with a Harlan Police officer in pursuit. The car slammed into the DOT enforcement officers’  2012 Chevy Tahoe, about one-mile north of Interstate 80, at around 12:25-p.m., after the SUV did a U-turn in an attempt to block the Bonneville using a rolling stop, according to authorities. The Bonneville caught fire, and state troopers who arrived on the scene put out the blaze.

Coenen died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. His body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, for autopsy. The Patrol says Brian Rink was also not wearing a seat belt. He was transported by private vehicle to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Kent Liebe was wearing a seat belt. He was transported by Avoca Rescue to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. A report on both officers’ conditions, was not available.

Highway 59 was closed for more than two hours as the crash was investigated. It reopened at about 2:30 p.m. Assisting at the scene, was Avoca Fire and Rescue, Harlan Fire and Walnut Fire and Rescue.

“Grand Child in trouble” scam strikes again

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports the old “Grandchild in trouble” scam is making its way around the area….again. Brothers say he was recently made aware of an elderly Clarinda couple who was called by someone who said that the couple’s grandson had been involved in a serious accident and that $2,400.00 needed to be wired immediately to the grandson.

The grandson had not been in an accident and the money was ultimately sent to the country of Chile.` The scam sometimes involves a person who claims to be, or is representing, a grandchild who is supposedly in jail, and needs to be bonded out. The “grandchild” in most of those cases, is in another country, like Canada, or Mexico.

The bottom line grandparents need to be aware of, is to VERIFY information with another family member. Or, in the case of a supposedly arrested grandchild, call the law enforcement agency or your local law enforcement agency, to have them verify the claim. NEVER give personal banking or credit card information to someone claiming to be or representing a relative, especially if you are not certain the circumstances are real.

Neb. utility says idle nuke plant ready to restart

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska utility that owns a nuclear power plant that has been idle since April 2011 says the troubled plant is now ready to be restarted, but federal regulators will make the final decision. The Omaha Public Power District submitted a 139-page report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week making the case that Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is ready.

Lou Cortopassi manages the nuclear plant 20 miles north of Omaha that sits across the Missouri River from Iowa. He says OPPD addressed Fort Calhoun’s problems, and it is ready to operate safely.

Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed.

Fatal accident south of Harlan may have been due to intoxicated driver

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An accident this (Wednesday) afternoon south of Harlan has claimed one life and injured two Iowa DOT Enforcement officers. The Harlan Police Department reports at around 12:15-p.m., the H-PD received a call about a possibly intoxicated driver. A Harlan Police Officer located the suspect vehicle as it was traveling south on U-S Highway 59.

The driver of the vehicle ignored the patrol vehicles’ lights and sirens, and continued southbound for about nine-miles. Other units were called to assist in the traffic stop. A DOT enforcement vehicle responded with lights and sirens activated. The suspect vehicle collided with the DOT car, injuring both officers in the vehicle just north of the Shelby/Pottawattamie County line.

The driver of the suspect vehicle died at the scene of the crash from injuries suffered in the collision. The Iowa State Patrol is conducting an investigation into the incident. Additional updates will be released from the Patrol, when available.

Templeton Rye releases millionth bottle in Iowa

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Templeton Rye whiskey fans have more to celebrate this week than just the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. After seven years of legal production, the one millionth bottle of the Prohibition-era spirit will be released. Templeton Rye is now available in more than 40 states, but founders Scott Bush and Keith Kerkhoff want to give back to the fans at home where it all started and will release the bottle in Iowa to say thanks.

Gov. Branstad putting the label on the millionth bottle at the Templeton Rye distillery in Templeton, Iowa, Wednesday morning.

Gov. Branstad putting the label on the millionth bottle at the Templeton Rye distillery in Templeton, Iowa, Wednesday morning.

“We are very grateful for all of our devoted fans for the success of Templeton Rye throughout the country, but it wouldn’t have been possible without our fans in Iowa,” said Scott Bush, president and co-founder of Templeton Rye Spirits, LLC. “We thought about keeping the millionth bottle for our own collection, but instead, we decided it would be most rewarding to share it with those who helped us achieve this remarkable milestone.”

Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition on Dec. 5, the millionth bottle, with a special nine-digit numeric code printed on it, will be shipped to the state warehouse and enter the Iowa distribution system, along with other bottles featuring nine-digit codes. At an event in Templeton celebrating the milestone, the first number of the special millionth bottle code was announced: 5.

Each week, another digit of the numeric code will be released on the Templeton Rye website, Facebook and Twitter pages and through emails to the Templeton Rye Bootleggers Society. The full unique numeric sequence will be revealed on Jan. 17, 2014, what would have been Al Capone’s 115th birthday.

The lucky fan who discovers the millionth bottle will not only receive a piece of history, but will be invited to the Templeton Rye distillery for a tour and tasting with Keith Kerkhoff, master distiller and co-founder of Templeton Rye. The fan who finds the millionth bottle is encouraged to send an email to millionthbottle@templetonrye.com.

IA Finance Authority awards over $7.5 million to 26 Local Housing Trust Funds

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors today (Wednesday) approved a total of more than $7.5 million in grants to 26 Local Housing Trust Funds to support local affordable housing initiatives, which will assist more than 2,000 Iowa families. The funding is provided from the State Housing Trust Fund’s Local Housing Trust Fund program. The grant funds will be used for initiatives such as preserving aging housing stock, subsidizing local down payment assistance programs, providing low-interest loans or grants to assist Iowans in home rehabilitation, financing construction of new single-family housing for low-income Iowans and supporting transitional housing and homeless assistance programs.

Here are some of the grant recipients, grant amount and what the funds will be used for, in the KJAN listening area:

  • Council Bluffs Housing Trust Fund, Inc. – $198,903. The Council Bluffs Housing Trust Fund will use the grant to promote the development and preservation of affordable single-family and multifamily housing units through the financing of rehabilitation, new construction or direct assistance activities. The trust fund will also promote home buyer and tenant education.
  • Council of Governments Housing, Inc. – $305,674. The grant will assist 34 low-income households through a combination of grants and low-interest loans. Eligible activities will include lead hazard remediation, owner-occupied rehabilitation, down payment assistance for home buyers and emergency relocation and foreclosure prevention assistance.* Area served: Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Sac Counties.
  • Southern Iowa COG Housing Trust Fund – $295,951.The grant will focus efforts on seven affordable housing activities to assist an estimated 35 households: owner-occupied rehabilitation in support of homeownership, first-time home buyer assistance,transitional/special needs housing (including assisted living), infrastructure for new development/infill housing, lead-based paint remediation, demolition and lot clearance for new construction and rental projects.* Area served: Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties.
  • Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund, Inc. – $387,014.The grant will assist an estimated 60 households by providing down payment assistance and owner-occupied and rental rehabilitation assistance to low-income households. Lead-based paint stabilization assistance will also be available to eligible households.* Area served: Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie (excluding the city of Council Bluffs) and Shelby Counties.

Carson Christmas celebration tonight (12/4)

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Grand Ole Christmas can be experienced this (Wednesday) evening in Pottawattamie County. The 20th annual Carson Christmas Celebration will commence with activities for the whole family. Wilma Laughlin, chairperson of the Carson Christmas, says the event begins with a soup supper from 4-to 7-pm. They will also have kid’s activities assisted by Riverside students, beginning at 5-p.m.

The Carson Community Center will host the soup supper, kid’s activities along with a bake sale and a craft and vendor show. The businesses will hold an open house from 5- to 7:30-pm, and  Santa will arrive at around 7:05pm downtown. Laughlin says you can get your picture taken with him at All 4 You Photography.

The main staple at the Carson Christmas for the past few years has been the shows inside the Dreamland Theatre. Laughlin says We are going to have two shows this year. The theme is of course the Grand Ole Opry. The first show doors open at 5:45 with the show starting at 6pm. The second show the doors will open at 6:45 and the show start at 7:30.”

Laughlin is the play’s writer, but she  said this will be her final year doing the Christmas play. Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door for $4.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)