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Heavy snow, high winds expected in Nebraska, Iowa

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Residents across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa should prepare for the season’s first significant snow later this week, with weather forecasters calling for up to half a foot of snow and gusty winds. The National Weather Service says a large winter storm is expected to hit Nebraska midday Wednesday and move into Iowa by Wednesday afternoon.

Service meteorologist Van DeWald, based in Valley just east of Omaha, says heavy snow coupled with 15-30 mph winds could make travel in those areas dangerous. DeWald says eastern Nebraska can expect several inches of snow, while western Iowa could see up to six inches of snow.

Cass County Sheriff reports 2 arrests

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Cass County say two people were arrested recently on separate charges. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 22-year old Michael Jay Sherman, of Atlantic, was arrested last Friday, on a District Court Warrant for Probation Violation. Sherman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held on $5000 bond.

And, last Tuesday (Dec. 11th), deputies in Cass County arrested 42-year old Michael Maurice Croghan, of Atlantic, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Croghan was taken to the Cass County Jail, plead guilty to the charge, and was released the following day.

Atlantic man arrested in Audubon County

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report the arrest early Sunday morning, of 58-year old Bernard Dean Beach, of Atlantic. Beach was taken into custody at around 1-a.m. on a charge of OWI/1st offense. The charge was the result of a traffic stop in Kimballton. Beach was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released, after appearing before the magistrate. A preliminary hearing on the charge was set for January 3rd.

Family says Iowan…world’s oldest person has died at 115

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The family of world’s oldest person Dina Manfredini says the woman from Johnston, Iowa, has died at age 115.  Manfredini’s granddaughter Lori Logli says she died early Monday. She had lived at a care center in Johnston, just north of Des Moines. Guinness World Records had confirmed Manfredini inherited the title of world’s oldest living person less than two weeks ago.  Guinness spokesman Robert Young says a Japanese man, Jiroemon Kimura, now holds the title. He is just 15 days younger than Manfredin.

More Hans Christian Andersen bronze statues coming to Kimballton

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

For many years the bronze sculpture of the Little Mermaid sitting in a fountain on Main Street has been the pride and joy of Kimballton residents. the statue depicts the well-known fairy tale of Denmark’s famous storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen.  Now, an “Iowa Great Places Grant” has allowed Kimballton to consider adding more sculptures as part of their Park Improvement Project.

“Thumbelina” print, one of 6 sketches to be turned into a 3-D bronze sculpture.

Troy Muller, the Art Director of New Geneses Art Studio in Kimballton, is prepared to work with the town to provide 10 smaller bronze sculptures depicting other Andersen fairy tales for the park.  The Little Mermaid Trail Committee is providing an opportunity for donors to dedicate individual sculptures for their loved ones.  The artist has presented six sketches that will be turned into three-dimensional bronze statues.

Current sketches include: Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Little Match Girl, Steadfast Tin Soldier, Princess and the Pea.  These sketches are available to view at the New Century Art Guild annex, formerly Mama Bear’s, on Kimballton’s Main Street. Each sculpture will measure approximately 18” tall and sit on a concrete pedestal with a speaker so visitors may hear the story.  A bronze plaque will recognize a specific donor. Madsen says they are collecting $1,000 donations for anyone who would like to commemorate their loved ones with one of the six statues.  She says they prefer to have one family name per sculpture.

For more information please contact Pat Crosley, tcrosley@metc.net, or Jill Madsen at jill@metc.net

Influenza hits Cass County

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Health officials say the flu  has officially arrived in Cass County.  According to Denise Coder, Cass County Home Care Site Manager, a case of Influenza-B was was recently confirmed in a Cass County resident. It’s a nasty, respiratory infection that can be confused with the common cold, but which features some distinct differences. The symptoms include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, which are typical of the common cold. The difference is those symptoms are accompanied by a fever, muscle or body aches, and fatigue.

Influenza B is spread by droplets which are breathed in after an infected person sneezes or coughs. It can also be picked up from touching something that an infected person has recently come into contact with. She said the germs can live on surfaces for a little while, but not for a period of days. The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting widespread activity in all of the state’s regions, with Influenza A being the most common strain diagnosed.

Coder says there are several things area residents can do to protect themselves. First and foremost, is to get an annual influenza vaccination.  Local primary care providers have the vaccine available, and the Centers for Disease Control now recommend a flu shot for everyone ages 6 months and older. And, area residents are also encouraged to practice the three C’s, in an effort to stay healthy:  Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

For more information about influenza prevention, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm or call Denise Coder, at (712) 243-7475.

The flu isn’t the only bug for which we need to be on guard

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Flu season has arrived in Iowa a bit early, but the influenza isn’t the only germ going around. Dr. Patty Quinlisk, the state’s chief medical officer, says plenty of other viruses and bacteria flourish in the cold, dry winter months. As health officials conduct tests to track influenza, Dr. Quinlisk says they often pick up other viruses. “The thing to remember about those viruses is while they can make you feel pretty sick, they’re not the viruses that can typically put you in the hospital or kill you like influenza does,” Quinslik says. “That’s why we’re so concerned about doing good surveillance for influenza and why we are really encouraging people to get the flu shot.”

She says studies suggest that for some reason, getting the flu shot may also help protect against other viruses by keeping people healthier. Quinlisk says cold, dry air can make the nose and throat more vulnerable to a range of viruses, not just influenza. “We also know that in the wintertime, we tend to be closer to other people physically because we shut the windows, because it’s cold outside and we’re around people more,” Quinlisk says. “We also have our family gatherings for the holidays and often when people travel and have large groups of people get together these viruses just spread more easily.” Besides getting a flu shot, Quinlisk says the steps to prevent illness are the same regardless of the type of bug. She recommends frequent hand-washing and staying home if you’re sick.

(Radio Iowa)

Elk Horn teen arrested on drug charges; Atlantic man arrested on a weapons charge

News

December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports four arrests over the weekend.Last Friday, 25-year old Jeffrey Knight, of Atlantic, was arrested for Carrying a Weapon. He was booked into the Cass County Jail.

On Saturday, 18-year old Jesse Nymand, of Elk Horn, was arrested by Atlantic Police on four counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, and Prohibited Acts. Nymand was booked into the Cass County Jail.

On Sunday, 24-year old Joseph Fredericksen, of Atlantic, was arrested on Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication and Interference with Officials Acts charges. That same day, 53-year old Diane Wilson, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Both were booked into the Cass County Jail.

 

Competition to lead to higher construction costs

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sioux City education officials say that rising demand for construction in the northwestern Iowa city could lead to higher construction costs for public schools.  Board member Doug Batcheller told the Sioux City Journal that the district had been the main source of large construction projects throughout the recent recession, which helped keep bids low. But Batcheller says bids are expected to increase with a casino project, fertilizer plant, new Bishop-Heelan high school and construction at Morningside College all competing for contractors.

Batcheller says the district has averaged less than $110 per square foot to build new schools during the recession. He predicts that will increase to $130 per square foot.  Superintendent Paul Gausman says he is already seeing increased construction costs of about $113 per square foot.

Fremont County arrest report

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday) released a cumulative report on arrests and incidents which occurred over the past couple of weeks. The most recent arrests included: 45-year old Donald Linn Welch, of Hamburg, for Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, Simple Domestic Assault and Disorderly Conduct; 26-year old Matthew David Yost, of Hamburg, was arrested for Simple Domestic Assault; and, 54-year old John Wesley Kalkas, of Shenandoah, who was arrested for Driving Under Suspension.

In all, 11 people were arrested on various charges in Fremont County, between Dec. 1st and Dec. 15th.