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Farmer corn trade lawsuits against Syngenta reach 2,000

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 2,000 farmers, grain handlers and corn exporters have filed lawsuits against Swiss biotechnology company Syngenta now that a federal judge has ruled their cases have merit and will move forward. The lawsuits allege Syngenta’s introduction of Agrisure Viptera, a new genetically modified corn seed, interrupted trade with China in 2011, costing the U.S. corn industry an estimated $1 billion to $3 billion.

More than 1,860 cases have been filed since December from 22 states including Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. The cases have been consolidated before a Kansas City, Kansas judge. Syngenta argues it had no duty to protect farmers from a drop in corn prices but the judge has ruled the law requires manufacturers to exercise reasonable care not to create a risk of widespread harm with products.

 

SW Iowa dentist trades cash for Halloween candy

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November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In the unlikely event your child collected more Halloween candy than he or she can eat, a dentist in southwest Iowa is willing to take the excess sweets off their hands to keep it out of their mouths. Dr. Cary Jackson, at Broadway Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Council Bluffs, says he’s trading cash for candy.

“We are accepting candy from trick-or-treaters,” Dr. Jackson says. “Each pound they bring in, they get a dollar.” The dentist says the surplus chocolate bars, suckers and candy corn will be brightening the day for American troops who are stationed far from home. “We’re participating in Operation Gratitude,” Jackson says. “That’s based in California. We’re one of the local branches. We’ll ship the candy to California and they’ll ship it overseas to the troops.”

The candy will be accepted at the dentist’s office through November 13th.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man injured in vehicle-vs-deer accident in Mills Co.

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November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was injured when the vehicle he was driving struck a deer on Highway 34 last Thursday morning, in Mills County. The Mills County Sheriff’s Offoce says Brian Bray, of Council Bluffs, was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital by Glenwood Rescue, after his 2013 Chevy hit a deer that entered the road at around 7-a.m., Thursday.

The impact caused severe front end damage to Bray’s vehicle.

Clarinda P.D. make Felony Assault Arrest & Drug Arrests

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November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports his officers made arrests over the past weekend for assault and drug offenses. At around 12:25-p.m., Wednesday, October 28th,  officers in Clarinda responded to a report of an assault taking place at 417 E. Garfield Street. Upon further investigation, it was determined a resident of the home, 24-year old David Gene Gaunt, was assaulted with a blunt object. Gaunt was taken by ambulance to the Clarinda Regional Health Center and later transported by air ambulance to Nebraska Medicine for treatment of significant head trauma.

Early Saturday morning (October 31st) Police in Clarinda arrested 35-year old Eric Brandon Wise, of Clarinda, on an arrest warrant alleging Wise committed the offense of Willful Injury, a class “C” felony. Wise was arrested pursuant to a traffic stop at 12th & State. The warrant was issued subsequent to the investigation of the assault on David Gaunt. Wise was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Page County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, pending an initial appearance before a magistrate.

And, Clarinda Police responded Saturday morning to a report of an individual attempting to enter vehicles in the parking lot at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. Officers arrested 52-year old Robert Clark Goff, a homeless man, for allegedly tampering with vehicles in the parking lot and for possession of a controlled substance believed to be marijuana.

Goff was taken into custody and booked into the Page County Jail, where he was being held on $1,000 bond, pending an initial appearance before a magistrate.

Pott. County City Elections set

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November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

There really aren’t a whole lot of contested races in eastern Pottawattamie County for Tuesday’s City Elections. Most of the communities have uncontested races for Mayor and City Council positions, and in some cases no candidates have filed to run for office. Those positions will have to be filled by write-in vote.

In Avoca, former Councilman Jerry Espeseth has filed to fill the seat of Mayor Jennie Maassen, who is not running for re-election. Two City Council persons have also decided against running for their seats, with Lori C. Hansen and former Councilman Fred G. Miller III running unopposed for those positions. Incumbent J. Christopher Olesen II will also run unopposed for another term on the Park Board, in Avoca.

In Carson, Tim Todd is running for Mayor. Michael Knudsen is running for one of two seats on the City Council. A write-in candidate will fill the other seat. In Crescent, Brian M. Shea is running for Mayor. Charles Hildreth and Jack Powers are the two candidates who have filed to run for three open seats on the Council.

In Hancock, no one has filed to run for Mayor. Current Mayor Jeff Gress is not seeking re-election. There are also three seats open on the City Council, with one incumbent, James Kock (coke) filing for re-election. Write-in votes will fill the Mayor’s job and remaining Council seats.

There are no candidates for Mayor in Macedonia, and two people, Shoan McCready and Bradley Swope, running for three seats on the city council. No candidate has filed to run for Mayor in McClelland, and one only candidate. Michael A. Kay, has filed for two seats on the Council. And, Kevin Dee Zimmerman is running for Mayor in Minden, while Timothy Ploen and Jason Schneckloth are running for two seats on the Council. Gerald McCool is the lone candidate to fill a vacancy, At-Large seat on the Minden City Council.

In Neola, Deb Schierbrock and Pete Sorensen are running for Mayor. Five people are vying for three seats on the City Council. The candidates include: Darrl Scott Brooks; Greg Heine; Austin Kay; Joseph Munch; Karla Pogge; Ty Ungrad and Ryan Ward. In Oakland, Betsy Moniz and Jeremy Perkins are running for the two open Council seats. Bryce Poland is the lone candidate for Mayor in Treynor, while Allen Hadfield and Megan Beattie Heath are running for the two open Council seats.

Underwood has two candidates for three seats on the City Council: Robert W. Dose, and Edward Freuck. And in Walnut, Mayor Gene Larsen filed papers for re-election. He’s unopposed in for his seat. Only one Council member, Trace Frahm filed nomination papers for re-election, with Karol Calabro filing to fill a seat being vacated by Kathy Humann.

Election Day preview: Guthrie & Shelby Counties

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November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Election Day Tuesday in the listening area features several races to watch in Guthrie County. In Bagley, where there are two city council seats open, Emily Chapman-Olesen, Kristi S. Irving and Vickie Sellers are the contenders. In Casey, there’s a three-way race for Mayor, where incumbent Forrest P. Schnobrich is running against David L. Kuster, Sr., and Barry Chalfant. There’s also six people running for three seats on the Casey City Council.

Names on the ballot will include Cris Ketchum, Nicholas Lindberg, Travis Peterson, Clair Richard Richter, Bruce Vorm, and Bret M. Wedemeyer. Voters in Casey also get to decide on Public Measure A, which asks if the Mayor’s term in office shall be two-years instead of 4, and, Public Measure B, which asks if the Library Board should be comprised of five members, with two members being non-residents of Casey, and the other three residents of the community.

In Guthrie Center, there are five candidates for three city council seats, including: Patrick Halsey; Michael A. Herbert; Carolyn J. Masters; Ian Steensen, and William T. Wagner. The situation is nearly the same In Menlo, with five candidates for three city council seats. On the ballot is Shannon M. Behnken, Michael J. Culver, Deanna L. Harwood, Dorothy Korradi, and Troy L. Miller. Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Panora City Council, including Andy Carson, Ryan M. Ketelsen, Kim Smith, and Rachel Vogel.

The only race of real interest in Shelby County, comes in the City of Shelby itself, where five persons, including Incumbents Sheila Rihner and Bob Richmond, along with Jackie Hursey, Doyle Gilland, and Kathie Pitt, have filed to run for three open seats the City Council.

City election preview: Cass County

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November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

City Elections will be held across the area, Tuesday. The polls will be open from Noon until 8-p.m. In Cass County, there are contested races to follow in Anita, Lewis and Wiota. In Anita, Ben Daughenbaugh has filed for Mayor. Incumbent Mayor Timothy MIller faces a challenge from Ben Daughenbaugh. In Lewis, where there are three seats available on the City Council, Incumbent Duane Scott Anderson hopes to hold onto his seat, while Leroy Easter, Marvin Bradfield, Kristy Bassett and Nona Erickson are in running for those same seats. And, in Wiota, two seats are open on the City Council. The candidates include incumbent Jon Schwarte, along with Steven R. Havens and Jim Fischer.

Voters in some Cass County communities will also have to decide on a variety of Public Measures. Residents of Atlantic will have Public Measure B on the ballot, which asks “Shall the City of Atlantic, in Cass County, Iowa, issue its bonds, paid with local option sales tax (LOST) revenue in an amount not exceeding the amount of $875,000 for the purpose of paying for the cost of restoring the historic ballroom/theater and creating a multi-purpose facility on the second and third floors of City Hall?”

Lewis voters have Public Measure D in front of them, which asks if an annual levy, the amount of which will not exceed a rate of twenty-seven cents per thousand dollars of assessed value of the taxable property, is authorized for providing moneys for public library services? Residents of Griswold will cast their votes on Public Measure C, which asks if the City should change the Mayor’s term from a two-year term to a four-year term. And in Marne, Public Measure E asks “Shall an annual levy, the amount of which shall not exceed a rate of one dollar and fifty cents per thousand dollars of assessed value of the taxable property in the unified law enforcement district be authorized for providing additional moneys needed for unified law enforcement services in the district?”

Other election notes for Cass County include:

In Atlantic, incumbent City Council persons Dana Halder, Ashley Hayes, Linda Hartkopf and Chris Jimerson are unopposed to retain their seats. Dick Casady, who was appointed by Mayor Dave Jones earlier this year, is also unopposed in his bid for the 5th Ward. Incumbent Stuart Dusenberry in the lone candidate to appear on the ballot for the Parks and Rec Board.

In Cumberland, incumbent Mayor Nancy Virginia Couglin is unopposed in her bid for re-election, as are City Councilpersons Sandra K. Eversole, and Scott W. Becker. Catherine Landstreet-Howard is unopposed in her bid to fill a 4-year vacancy term on the Council. In Griswold, no one has filed to run for Mayor, so the position is expected to be filled by a write-in candidate. Incumbents Ryan Askeland and Lisa Cook are unopposed in their bid for the City Council, while Carmen Sorensen is unchallenged for the third of three open seats.

In Lewis, Jon E. Mosier is the only candidate to run for Mayor. And as mentioned, there is a 5-way race for three seats on the Lews City Council. In Marne, incumbent Mayor Randy Baxter is running unopposed for re-election. Three incumbents: Alan Cranston, Lori Holste and Angela Redler, along with Michael Jensen and Kyle Frederiksen, are running for the five open seats on the City Council.

In Massena, incumbent Mayor Linda Reineke in running un-opposed. Incumbents Kevin and Adam McCunn are running for re-election to one of three seats on the City Council, with Micah Lee running to fill the third seat (an Appointed position) on the Council. In Wiota, incumbent Mayor Ford Lillard isn’t facing a challenge for re-election. And, as mentioned earlier, three men are running for two seats on the Wiota City Council.

Voting center information for the November 3, 2015 CITY ELECTION in CASS COUNTY, IOWA:

NOTE: Voting centers for all Cass County cities open at 12 noon and close at 8 P.M.
Absentee voting available Tuesday morning, November 3, 2015 from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M.

VOTING CENTERS:
ANITA: Vote at the Anita Community Center, 805 Main St.

ATLANTIC:
Places to vote are:
FIRST WARD – Zion Lutheran Church, 9th St between Linn St & Oak St
SECOND WARD – Atlantic Public Library, 6th & Poplar St
THIRD WARD – Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th St
FOURTH WARD – United Church of Christ, 1607 Hazel
FIFTH WARD – Heritage House, 1200 Brookridge Circle

CUMBERLAND: Vote at the Cumberland Community Building, 200 W 2nd St

GRISWOLD: Vote at the Griswold Community Center, 601 2nd St

LEWIS: Vote at the Lewis Public Library, 412 W Main St

MARNE: Vote at the Marne City Hall, 402 Washington

MASSENA: Vote at the Massena Public Library, 122 Main St

WIOTA: Vote at the Wiota City Hall, 311 Center St

Nov. 3rd City Elections: Audubon County

News

November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The stage is set for Tuesday’s City Elections in Audubon County. When voters head to the polls, residents of Audubon will be choosing a new Mayor, as Sam Kauffman has decided not to seek re-election. Kauffman has served the community for 30-years, and prior to that, was a city councilman for a little more than seven and one-half years. Barbara Jacobsen is the only candidate to have filed papers to be the City’s next Mayor.

There are also three seats up for election on the Audubon City Council. Brad Hemmingsen, who is currently filling out a vacancy created by the retirement of Tom Nielsen, is on the ballot for a two-year term ending in 2017. Robert A. Jacobsen and John Whetzal III are both running for re-election, while former Audubon councilman Andy Griffifth is hoping to unseat one of the two incumbents and return to service on the council.

In Brayton, incumbent Mayor Cally Christensen is unopposed in her bid to retain the title. Steve Fister, Tanya Marshall and Steven L. Sykes are running to fill three, four-year terms on the council, while David L. Hansen is running to fill a two-year vacancy term ending in 2017. Voters in Brayton will also be asked to approve a public measure that would increase the tax levy in order to pay the Audubon County Sheriff’s Department for police protection, in lieu of having their own police force, as required by State Code. The levy will not exceed $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

In Exira, Mayor Brenda Bengard is unopposed for re-election, and Michelle Phippen is on the ballot to retain the vacancy term she was appointed to, following the death of Jeff Jensen. The term will expire in 2017. Peggy Toft and Mike Huegerich have filed to run for the city Council in Exira, with a third seat left open for a write-in candidate, if available.

In Gray, there are three seats open on the City Council, with Penny Schmidt the only candidate whose name will appear on the ballot. No one has filed to run for the two-year Mayor’s term, in Gray.

There’s also no candidate for the Mayor’s position in Kimballton, where one seat on the city council is also open. Justin Larsen will appear on the ballot for re-election to another four-year term, along with Millette Shores, who hopes to finish out a two-year vacancy term she is currently serving.

Write-in votes for any open ballot positions would win by a simple majority. The candidate who receives the most votes wins, with ties determined by the Board of Supervisors through a drawing of lots.

Adair, Adams, and Montgomery County Election Preview

News

November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Taking a look at some of the candidates whose names are on the ballot Tuesday for office Adair, Adams and Montgomery Counties….

In Adair County, there are no contested races. In fact in Bridgewater, no one is running for Mayor or the three open city council seats. All will be decided by write-in vote.

The situation is a little different in Adams County, where two people are vying for the lone At-Large seat on the city council in Corning. They include incumbent Bert Peckham and challenger Ranae Nicholson. In Prescott, no one has filed papers to run for Mayor or the two city council seats. Only incumbent April Damewood is on the ballot for a seat on the council to fill a vacancy. The rest will be write-in’s.

In Montgomery County, the races we’ll be watching include those in Stanton and Grant. Four people are in the running for two seats on the city council in Stanton, including Incumbents James Cavner and Ray Guffey, and their challengers Eric L. Paulsen and Tysen Sederburg. Mayor Kirk Requist is unopposed. In Grant, incumbent Mayor Andrea J. Holldorf faces a challenge from Laurena Mifflin and Michael A. Ford. There are also 5 seats open on the city council, and six people in the running. They include incumbents Lyn Sliger, Jeff Brown, Nancy L. Taylor, and Michael B. Amos, along with Robert Scott Molnar and Steve Williams.

Info. released on high-speed Adair County chase

News

November 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Information was released today (Monday) about a high-speed pursuit that spanned two southwest Iowa counties before the suspect vehicle crashed off a dead-end road. According to reports, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper tried to stop a car for speeding on the Stuart Road in northeastern Adair County, at around 8:45-p.m., October 25th.

As the Trooper tried to catch up to the vehicle, the driver, identified as 20-year old Nathan Paul Butler, of Des Moines, sped-up to 100-mph in a 55 zone. The chase continued from Adair County into Union County and into the Creston city limits before Butler crashed the vehicle.

He fled on foot but was quickly apprehended. Butler was subsequently booked into the Adair County Jail, where his bond was set at $2,000.