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Arrests reported this week in Cass County

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested a couple of people this week. On Tuesday, 28-year old William Daniel Mendez, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Mendez was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held on $10,000 cash bond. 

On Thursday, 40-year old Daniel Dale Laws, of Atlantic, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for a Child Support Hearing. Laws was taken to the Cass County Jail, and he was released on his own recognizance later that day.

And, officials say an Anita man arrested May 19th following a domestic incident during which a shot was fired, remains in the Cass County Jail. 39-year old Michael Wayne Luke, of Anita, faces charges that include Intimidation with a Weapon, and Aggravated Misdemeanor charges of Reckless Use of a Firearm and Domestic Assault 2nd Offense. He was being held in the jail on $12,500 bond.

No injuries after rollover accident in Cass County, Friday

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a rollover accident early this (Friday) morning, southeast of Marne. Officials say the accident happened on Marne Road near the intersection with 580th Street, at around 6:45-a.m.   A 1991 Ford Bronco owned and driven by 20-year old Lucas Kristen Nelson, of Marne, was traveling north when it went onto the grassy median area as Nelson attempted to avoid a deer. The SUV went across and into the south ditch, before rolling onto its top. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3500.

Another warning issues about spreading emerald ash borer through firewood

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

As you make out your list of things to take on your holiday camping trip, don’t put down “firewood.” The U-S-D-A is trying to warn people of the danger of spreading the emerald ash borer. Sharon Lucik oversees the emerald ash borer program and says the destructive pest hides in firewood and hitchhikes to new territory. “When people inadvertently move infested firewood from one place to another, they are spreading the beetle,” Lucik says. “What we’re trying to get people to do, is instead of transporting firewood, we want them to buy firewood at their destination. When they get to their campground, when they get to their destination, buy it then.”

The agency has declared this “Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.” Lucik admits loading up a few logs to take along for the campfire is a habit that’s tough to break.
“We’ve been traveling with firewood for so many years, it’s almost an innate right to take firewood with you when you go camping,” Lucik says. The emerald ash borer was first discovered in North America in Michigan in 2002. “And since that time, it has been detected in 15 states,” according to Lucik. She says Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois all have infestations.

The larvae of the beetle was discovered on an island in the Mississippi River off Allamakee County in May of 2010. “Even though we have been surveying for the pest in Iowa, we have not found any other sightings of it. So to date, the state only has the one county that is known to have an emerald ash borer infestation,” Lucik says. She says the pest moves very slowly and the best way to stop it from spreading is to not help it along by moving infested firewood. Officials estimate Iowa has some 88 million ash trees. Many cities have already identified the ash trees and some have cut them down as a preventative measure to keep the ash borer from spreading.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Cong. Steve King gears up for re-election battle

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King opened a campaign headquarters in Ames this week — the city where his Democratic opponent, Christie Vilsack, moved last year to launch her run in Iowa’s new fourth congressional district.

Congressman Steve King

King says he has a solid base of support in conservative northwest Iowa, so he’s been focused on introducing himself to people in the 20 counties that are part of the new district that he’s never represented before.  “And the communities that are new and those who present the greatest challenges are Fort Dodge, Mason City and Ames,” King says, “in ascending order.”

King’s visit to Mason City this week featured a confrontation with someone who called King a “professional liar.” “No,” King said, adding: “You’re done.” The man was escorted from the room by police. Democrats also blasted King for comments he made this week in Pocahontas. King suggested the best immigrants to the country are those who are like “bird dogs” with an “aggressive…frisky” demeanor. While the new fourth district is not as heavily Republican as King’s current congressional district, it still has a sizable Republican voter registration edge with about 40-thousand more Republicans than Democrats. And some areas like Story County where Democrats have held an advantage in the past have seen margins narrow.

Cory Adams is chairman of Story County Republicans. “The Democrats only have…less than 600 voters over us and we’re going to do our best to find 601 Republicans,” Adams says. King in the past has relied on a core of volunteers to run his reelection campaigns and his son has served as campaign chairman.

Christy Vilsack

This year — with the well-financed challenge from former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack — King has raised more money and hired two of Governor Branstad’s aides to work on his campaign.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

5th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Field Day to Focus on Soil Stewardship

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 5th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Demonstration Field Day, scheduled for June 12th at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead south of Shelby, Iowa, will address a wide variety of topics for anyone interested in learning more about soil stewardship practices on the highly erodible soils of western Iowa. The day starts at 8 AM when registration and vendor displays open. A wide variety of local agribusinesses will be on hand to visit with producers in the morning and demonstrate their services/equipment.

The field day begins at 9 AM with presentation topics including planter settings for heavy residue areas, use of cover crops to improve soil structure, a marketing update and weather outlook. Keynote speaker Paul Jasa will address the crowd over the lunch hour to discuss techniques for success in long term no-till systems for a corn/bean rotation, as well as continuous corn on corn. Lunch will be provided free of charge to all in attendance, including steak sandwiches grilled by the Harrison County Cattlemen.  

Anyone with an interest in soil stewardship, whether looking for basic management ideas or a long-time no-till producer, is encouraged to attend the daylong educational event.  In addition to the educational sessions at the 2012 WIN Field Day, there will be plenty of time for farmers to visit informational displays, vendor exhibits and network with other producers. 4 hours of CCA Credits will also be available at no cost for Certified Crop Advisors needing additional continuing education units this year. 

There is no charge to attend the event, but pre-registration is requested by June 7th to ensure a lunch will be available.  Registration can be completed by e-mailing csgorham@iastate.edu or by calling the Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. Registrations may also be faxed to 712-644-2100 or mailed to: ISU Extension Harrison County, 304 East 7th St., Logan, IA 51546. Registration forms and more information are available at many local ISU Extension and NRCS offices, or can be found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass

The field day is brought to you by NRCS, ISU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, Pottawattamie, Cass and Shelby Counties, along with many local supporting agribusinesses.

Car hits woman before hitting a bank in Avoca

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Walnut was injured early Thursday afternoon when she was hit by a car that crashed into a bank in Avoca. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN News the incident happened at around 1:15-p.m., in front of the U-S Bank, in Avoca. He said the driver of a 1997 Buick LeSabre, 85-year old Dennis Allgood, of Omaha, was pulling into a parking stall in front of the bank, when his foot slipped-off the brake and onto the gas pedal.The car jumped the curb and struck a pedestrian.

Sarah Nelson, age 32, of Walnut, was hit and knocked over by the car, which continued across the sidewalk and hit the front of the bank, causing an estimated $100 damage. Nelson was transported by Avoca Rescue to Myrtue Memoral Hospital in Harlan, for treatment of back pain, left arm and right leg injuries. Sgt. Riche said the woman’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Allgood was cited by authorities for Failure to Maintain Control. His vehicle sustained an estimated $5,000 damage.

8AM Newscast 05-25-2012

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Tower manufacturer gets expansion approval from Sioux City

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Sioux City city council has approved the expansion of Sabre Industries into a new business park. Economic Development director Marty Dougherty says Sabre is anxious to get started on the new facility. “Sabre is doing a major expansion they are actually going to build a whole campus,” Dougherty says. He says the campus will have seven buildings and be the first business in the new Southbridge Industrial Park. The company makes cellphone and other types of towers. “They have about 200 jobs currently in Sioux City that will move over to the site when it is completed, and they will be adding an additional 200 jobs in phase one,” Doughterty says. He says they are skilled, well-paying jobs.

Sabre’s Darwin Gamm says the company hopes to have the first production plant ready by mid-November. “This facility will be utility pole structures that will complement our Sabre facility in Alvarado, Texas,” according to Gamm. Gamm says the company is experiencing a growth period with orders increasing. “And especially in the utility segment, the energy grid is so far behind, that there is a lot of business to update transmission lines. Especially when the renewable energy continues to be an issue, then you have to move that electricity to the open markets,” Gamm says. A second phase of the project could bring in another 100 jobs.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Fatal bicycle crashes brings renewed call for state law

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Mark Wyatt, is renewing his call for a new state law that would require motorists maintain a distance of three feet between their vehicle and a bicycle they’re passing on the road.”We had two fatal crashes over this past week where a bicyclist was hit from behind while the motor vehicle was passing,” Wyatt said. “I think that provides an opportunity to reinforce that we really need this education out there and to let people know that at least three feet is a safe passing distance.” Initial report indicate the two bicyclists who were killed last weekend were both operating lawfully. A 37-year old man was struck from behind on a rural Clayton County road and a 67-year old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in rural Dallas County. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has pushed for the three-foot passing distance law over the past four years.

Critics of the proposal have said the safe passing of a bicyclist should be common sense and it shouldn’t have to be written as a law. Wyatt agrees it should be common sense, but he believes reminding motorists with a three-foot passing law could help save lives. “This is a number that can be taught in driver’s education. This is something that can be on the driver’s ed exam and included in the driver’s ed manual,” Wyatt said. “I think there’s an education component, along with that common sense component, that we should be giving bicyclists some space.”

Other states have enacted the three-foot passing law and Wyatt said it’s time for Iowa to follow suit. “Approximately half of the states have passed something, including our neighboring states of Nebraska and Minnesota,” Wyatt said. “Wisconsin has had it on the books since 1973.” The League of American Bicyclists recently issued their annual ranking of states according to “bicycle friendliness” and Iowa dropped from 6th to 16th on the list. Wyatt said Iowa’s failure to approve a three-foot passing law contributed to the state’s fall in the rankings.

(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa)

7AM Newscast 05-25-2012

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May 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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