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Flood Damage at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Officials at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge say flooding from the Missouri River caused about $3 million in damage. That led to the park temporarily closing. Typically the park sees hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Flooding at the park in Missouri Valley Park tore down massive trees, split roads and dropped sand everywhere. Rushing water also carved new channels, with some being 25 feet deep and a third of a mile long.

The flooding will cause park officials to look for new ways to attract more wildlife. Wildlife refuge manager Tom Cox tells KETV in Omaha the refuge managers are looking at new ways to manage the land and attract more wildlife. That could include making changes to the grassland, forest and wetland regions of the park.

Despite the flooding, DeSoto’s visitors’ center will be back because its exhibits are safe.

Early estimates show the park fully re-opening sometime next spring.

Adams County Elections

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

The final list of candidates appearing on the November 8th ballot for both City and County government positions in Adams County have been announced.

In Corning, two people will be running against incumbent mayor Gay Brace. Judith Butcher and Janet E. Scheilz-Wood will attempt to unseat Brace.

Also in Corning, three people will be running unopposed in three separate city council elections. Wayne Moore will be running in Ward 1. Warren G. Blaisure will be running in Ward 3, and Bert Peckham will be running for an at-large council seat.

In Nodaway, Patricia A. Shipley will be running unopposed for mayor.

Meanwhile on the Nodaway City Council, four candidates will be running for five positions. The fifth position will be filled by write-in. The four people running include Hartford Cooper, Christine Dunn, Becky Poen, and Chris Wiechman.

In Carbon, Brian Corpe will be running unopposed for mayor.

Also in Carbon, four people will be running for five potions on the city council, with the fifth position filled by write-in. Those running for the council include Richard Avila, Jauson King, Donna Rochau, and Dwight Sunderman

In Prescott, nobody filed to run for mayor, so the position will be filled by write-in.

Also in Prescott, two at-large positions are open for the city council. John Grossnickle filed to run for one of the positions, while the other will be filled by write-in.

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Meeting Thursday about Cumberland Post Office

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

A meeting will be taking place tomorrow regarding the possible closure of the city’s post office.

Cumberland Mayor Virginia Coughlin called the special meeting which will take place Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Cumberland Community Building.

Coughlin says the focus of the meeting is to answer questions from the public about the possible post office closure.

Iowa Announces Grants for Small Businesses

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is pleased to announce the receipt of a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant in the amount of $370,258.00 from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The STEP Pilot Grant Initiative provides grants to states for small business exporting assistance programs. The aim of the STEP Initiative is to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and increase the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority will disburse grant funds via the following programs to help eligible Iowa companies develop or expand their export markets:

Technical Trade Assistance Program (TTAP) – Iowa Economic Development Authority’s International Trade Office will provide an assessment of a company’s export needs, provide consultation and linkage to a variety of export resources at the local, state and federal levels

Domestic Trade Assistance Program (DTAP) – Provides up to $3,000 assistance per occurrence to participate at a domestic trade show with an international buyers program

Expanded Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) – Provides up to $4,000 per occurrence, up to three times in the fiscal year, to help defray expenses when participating at a trade show or on a trade mission outside of the U.S.

Product Trade Assistance Program (PTAP) – Provides up to $5,000 per occurrence to assist a company in adjusting product or product certification to expand export opportunities

Funding will be available October 1 through the International Trade Office of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. To learn more about the STEP grant , e-mail: international@iowa.gov or contact Lisa Longman at 515.725.3139.

New Iowa State President Announced

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

The Iowa Board of Regents has chosen University of North Carolina Vice President for Research Steven Leath to be the president of Iowa State University.

The regents made their decision Tuesday afternoon at a meeting at the Ames campus after meeting with Leath and Kumble Subbaswamy, provost at the University of Kentucky.

Leath will replace current Iowa State President Gregory Geoffrey, who has announced he will retire next year. Leath will become the 15th president in Iowa State history.

–AP

Lt. Gov. Reynolds in SW Iowa Today

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be in southwest Iowa today.

At about 1:00 this afternoon Reynolds will hold a town hall meeting at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

Reynolds will then tour flood affected areas this evening starting at about 5:00 in Fremont County.

Following her tour she will speak with the media in Pacific Junction near County Highway L 40.

Reynolds had also been in southwest Iowa earlier this week when she held town halls Monday in Jefferson, Guthrie Center, and Winterset.

Adair County 4-H’ers at Ak-Sar-ben

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Adair County 4-H’ers claimed two championships at the Ak-Sar-ben Livestock Exposition held in Omaha this past weekend. Tyler Long of Creston exhibited the top Simmental heifer. Long is the son of Rob and Gina Long and is a senior at Orient-Macksburg. Kysa Downing of Creston earned her championship title in the feeder calf division with her steer calf. She is the daughter of Steve and Karen Downing and a junior at Nodaway Valley. Kysa also won her class with her feeder calf heifer.

Adair County exhibitors also picked up more honors. Chisum Downing won a 2nd place purple with his feeder calf enter and Heath Downing claimed 3rd place purple in the same division. Leah Gilman of Stuart also captured a purple with her shorthorn breeding heifer. Adding the Adair County collection of purple ribbons was Cody Long of Creston with his market lamb.

Adair County Crash Claims Life of a Teen

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September 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

A crash in Adair County has claimed the life of a teen and injured two others Monday afternoon.
At approximately 2:45 Monday afternoon, a 2003 Acura RSX driven by 21-year-old Boby Vangkham of South Sioux City, Nebraska was eastbound on Interstate 80 near mile marker 75 in Adair County. Meanwhile, a semi driven by 33-year-old Shayne Clousing of Ida Grove was westbound on Interstate 80.

Vangkham’s vehicle crossed the median on the interstate and crashed into Clousing’s semi.

A 17-year-old passenger from Des Moines in Vangkham’s vehicle was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. The passenger was transported by Life Net Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, where she was pronounced dead. She was not wearing her seatbelt.

Also injured in the crash were Vangkham and another passenger in the vehicle. Vangkham was transported by Anita Rescue to Cass County memorial Hospital while the other passenger was transported by Life Net Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Vangkham was wearing a seatbelt while the passenger was not. The status of their injuries is unknown.

The accident remains under investigation.