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Heartland Co-Op CEO announces his retirement

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Heartland Cooperative Wednesday, announced he will be retiring at the end of this year. Larry Petersen informed the Co-Op Board of his decision earlier this week. Petersen has spent the last 31-years with the Heartland combined companies, and his served in the agricultural-related industries for more than 42-years. He became the General Manager of the Panora Farmers Cooperative in 1981, and is the first and only CEO of the Heartland Co-Op since its inception in 1987.

During his tenure, Heartland has grown to become one of the largest local cooperatives in the nation, according to Board President Art Churchill.  Churchill says the Heartland Board of Directors has begun the process to secure a replacement for Petersen, and they fully expect to have a new CEO in-place before Petersen’s departure on December 31st.

The Heartland Co-Op has corporate offices located in West Des Moines, and consists of a total of 51 locations in Central and Eastern Iowa. The organizations serves more than 4,500 members with operations in grain handling and marketing, fertilizer and application, Ag chemicals and application, livestock feed and processing, agricultural products, and propane.

7-a.m. SW IA Web News (Podcast), June 14th 2012

News, Podcasts

June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The top area News (podcast) from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…


Child abduction attempt reported in Bedford


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Bedford are asking for your help in locating a red, 4-door pickup believed to be involved in an alleged abduction attempt. According to Bedford Police Chief Jeremy Holben, the driver of the pickup is wanted for questioning in connection with Wednesday’s incident.

Holben says an “older looking” male tried to entice a child to his vehicle by offering candy. The child’s mother was nearby, and escorted her child away from the scene. Chief  Holben says since the man’s intentions are unclear, authorities  want to question him about the incident. He was last seen driving the pickup in the 1100 block of Bent Street in Bedford. No other description of the vehicle is available. Anyone with information about this person in-question, is asked to phone the Bedford Police Department at 523-2128.

Other attempted child abductions were reported over the past couple of weeks in the Union County communities of Lorimor and Afton. In those instances, a man in a white van stopped children and attempted to lure them into his vehicle by asking the kids if they would like to buy a puppy, or help him locate a lost dog. A man whose vehicle matched the description given by the children was questioned, but denied any wrongdoing.

Attempts to abduct children were also reported to have occurred last month, in Perry, and Pleasant Hill.

Bluffs woman critically injured during cycle-vs.car crash


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Council Bluffs residents were injured when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car Wednesday night in Council Bluffs. A passenger on the cycle, 26-year old Kristine Freeman, suffered life-threatening injuries. She, along with the driver of the 2006 Suzuki, 39-year old Jeramy McCollum, were transported to the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue. McCollum’s injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. Officials say neither of the riders were wearing a helmet.

According to Council Bluffs Police, the accident happened just after 9:45-p.m., when a 2000 Dodge Intrepid driven by 23-year old Joshua Ourada, of Omaha, attempted to turn left onto MidAmerican Drive from northbound South 24th Street. Investigators say when he turned in front of the southbound motorcycle, the vehicles collided. Ourada was not injured.

McCollum and Freeman were ejected from the cycle. Speed and alcohol were NOT believed to be factors in the crash. Citations were being withheld, pending completion of the accident investigation.

Clarinda hospital to have air ambulance


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hospitals in Clarinda and Des Moines and an air ambulance service are teaming up to bring a helicopter to southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. The partners are Clarinda Regional Health Center, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and Air Methods Lifenet. The companies say the new service will be based in Clarinda and will serve an area within 40 miles of the city. It will also transport patients to hospitals in Des Moines, Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska and St. Joseph, Mo. Mercy Medical Center, which has two helicopters, will staff the helicopter’s medical crew, and will be hiring flight paramedics and flight nurses who will be based in Clarinda. Air Methods will hire pilots and a mechanic. The Clarinda program is to start in September.

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new study suggests cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region. The findings by a University of Minnesota doctoral student, a Southern Illinois University wildlife ecologist and the Cougar Network are detailed in the latest Journal of Wildlife Management. The study showed 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest and as far south of Texas between 1990 and 2008. Confirmed sightings of Midwest cougars were sporadic before 1990, when there were only a couple of big cats spotted. The study shows that number spiked to more than 30 by 2008. Sixty-seven confirmations were in Nebraska, 31 in North Dakota, 12 each in Oklahoma and Texas, 11 in South Dakota and 10 in Missouri. Other states had single-digit tallies.

Make a splash! Iowa pools take part in world’s record swim lesson attempt

News, Sports

June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Students in at least three Iowa swimming pools will be taking part in today’s (Thursday’s) attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest swimming lesson. Pools in Algona, Altoona and Harlan are among those in 46 states and 24 countries on five continents taking part in the world’s record attempt. They’ll be holding simultaneous lessons at 10 A-M. Debbi Cooper, an environmental specialist at the state health department, says the half-hour lesson will cover the basics. “For beginners, all the way down to blowing bubbles to how to stay safe in the water, never swim alone,” Cooper says. “They’ll be doing front floats, back floats and maybe even get into the crawl and back stroke and things like that.” The goal, she says, is to convince parents learning to swim is important.

Cooper says, “Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and five and it’s shown that if a child does not participate in swimming lessons by third grade, chances are, they never will learn to swim.”  A study from the Archive of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine showed participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88-percent reduction in the risk of drowning in children between one and four. Learn more at: www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org

(Radio Iowa)

Driver blacks out, rolls his car in Adair County


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Only minor injuries were reported following a rollover accident Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80, in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol says 61-year old Timothy Turk, of Adair, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire eastbound on the interstate, when he reportedly blacked-out for a moment. His car entered the median and crossed into the westbound lanes of travel before Turk over-corrected. The action caused his vehicle re-enter the median and cross both eastbound lanes of traffic before it rolled over and slid into the south ditch. The accident happened at around 3:55-p.m.

$240-million Powerball jackpot goes to an Iowa winner!


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — One of the tickets sold in Iowa for the Powerball game Wednesday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 07-10-14-33-57 (Powerball 18). The player matching all five numbers and the Powerball won the $240 million jackpot.Lottery  officials had not said by early Thursday morning where the ticket was purchased.

The prize goes to an estimated $40 million for Saturday. Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $1 million each, and there were six of those. They were sold in: Florida(3), Missouri(1), North Carolina(1) and New York(1). There was one Power Play Match 5 winner in Florida(1).

Reward offered for return of graveside bench


June 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Businesses and individuals from Atlantic to Red Oak have banded together to offer a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of a three-piece concrete garden bench that sat next to the grave of a woman who died in a rollover accident in August, 2011. Patty Amos suffered the loss of her 21-year old daughter Kayleen in the crash. She said the bench located at the Whipple Cemetery northwest of Griswold, was a gift to her family from a cousin. She says the family visits the cemetery frequently, and uses the bench when they visit Kayleen’s grave. Patty says her second daughter discovered the bench was missing when she went there to put roses on the grave, on the date of the Griswold Junior Prom on April 28th.

She says they’ve narrowed down the dates of the theft from April 23rd to the 28th. Patty says she has no idea why anyone would steal the nearly 100-pound three-piece garden bench, or how they would know it was there, because of the remote location. The bench has three separate concrete legs and a curved seat which sits on top of them. Patty says her brother-in-law put a protective coating on the bench to seal it from the elements. There’s also an inscription engraved into the bench. The verse was similar to an Eskimo proverb that says “The stars in the sky are like openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon to let us know they are happy.”

If you have any information which may lead to the return of the stolen bench, please call the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office at 712-328-2200. Patty says letters have been written to many areas news papers and other media have been contacted, but so far there’s been no luck in getting the graveside bench returned to the family, so they hope by spreading the word even further, someone will step forward with information that leads to its return.