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Hunters on pace to kill roughly same amount of deer in Iowa as last season

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Last year, hunters in Iowa killed fewer than 100,000 deer for the first time since the mid-1990s. Jim Coffey, forest wildlife research technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says it’s possible hunters will harvest a similar number of deer this season. “We’re right on pace for where we were at this time last year with almost 24,000 deer being harvested so far,” Coffey says. Only bow hunting of deer is allowed right now in Iowa and the bow hunting season is about halfway complete.

The reported number of bucks taken this season has increased by 1,000 compared to last year, while the reported doe harvest is down 1,000. “That’s not too uncommon because of the way we’ve changed regulations this year, plus a lot of our bow hunters are out there seeking that buck,” Coffey says. The number of deer killed by hunters in Iowa has declined for eight consecutive years. But, Coffey says hunters are still getting plenty of chances to fire their weapons.

“We’ve been hearing good reports from our hunters. The deer have been active. The cold spell starting Sunday kind of slowed things down…but with the warm spell coming up this weekend and the rut going on, it’ll be a good weekend to be out,” Coffey says. Iowa’s first shotgun deer hunting season begins on December 6, with the second shotgun season starting December 13. Most hunters are hoping to spot a big buck, but probably won’t see anything like the one shot just southeast of Des Moines back in October.

“Probably the biggest buck that’s been talked about was the one in Marion County. That was shot fairly early in the season and has been creating quite a stir on the Internet,” Coffey said. That buck was shot with a muzzleloader by Joe Franz on his property. The website trophy pursuit dot com ( http://www.trophypursuit.com ) posted video of Franz’s hunt and claims the buck could be “the largest ever taken on professional video.”  You can view the video on the link below:


Atlantic City Council to act on street closures for Grand Lighting event


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will meet Wednesday evening at City Hall. During their 5:30-p.m. regular session, the Council will act on approving a request from the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, for the closure of Chestnut Street between 6th and 7th Streets, in preparation for this Thursday’s Annual Christmas Grand Lighting event at the Atlantic City Park. If approved, Chestnut Street will be closed from 4-p.m. Thursday through 9-a.m., Friday.

During the Grand Lighting ceremony at 5:30-p.m. Thursday, visitors and citizens can enjoy a sparkling cider toast while welcoming Santa and his reindeer to town, and watch the unveiling of Santa’s new hand-built chair. There will also be free horse-drawn carriage rides, hot coco and popcorn in Santa’s Cabin, a photo booth and the Chamber’s Annual Recipe Walk from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The Chamber has also requested Chestnut Street be closed from 6th to 2nd Streets on Dec. 6th, for the Lighted Christmas Parade.

In other business, the Council will act on approving a change order amounting to $3,900, for additional design services that include plan preparation and making the sanitary sewer improvements a separate division of work. The change order affects the 2014 Highway 6 reconstruction program.

They’ll also act on approving an Engineering Contract with Snyder and Associates, for the 2015 Street Improvement Project, in the amount of $127,750, and a similar contract with Snyder’s for the Sanitary Sewer Relining Project, in the amount of $21,850.

The Street Improvement Project will include: 5th Street, from Walnut to Mulberry; 6th Street, from Spruce to Walnut; 8th Street, from Palm to Poplar and Walnut to Cherry Streets; 14th Street, from Linn to Olive; 16th Street, from Oak to Olive; Laurel Street, from 8th to 10th; Linn Street from the railroad tracks to Commerce; and Spruce Street, from 5th to 7th.

The sewer relining project includes  the following streets: Teresa Drive, from 14th to the cul-de-sac; Bryn Mawr Blvd., from Ridge Road to the apartment complex parking lot; 18th Street, from Hillcrest to Fair Ridge Circle; Fair Ridge Circle, from 18th to Oak Streets; Walnut Street, from 9th to 11th; 19th Street, from Hemlock to Bryn Mawr Circle; Chestnut Street, from the 1901 to 2001 addresses; and 8th Street from Cherry to Plum.

Minnesota Avian Adventure Trip Offered by Conservation Boards

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass, Sac, and Carroll County Conservation Boards have teamed up to host a fun birding trip to northeast Minnesota and the world famous Sax-Zim Bog and Duluth area. Officials say they’re excited about this opportunity and look forward to showing folks lots of amazing birds, as well as enjoying some of northeast Minnesota’s culture and charm. The trip will be held Jan. 16th through the 19th, 2015. The registration deadline is Dec. 31st. Cass Co Conservation Board

The cost is $480 for a single person, or $645 for double occupancy ($322.50 per person). Your registration fee covers transportation, three nights of hotel rooms, guides, one lunch, and snacks/refreshments on the bus.

Informational sessions about the trip will be held in Cass County:

  • December 1st Lewis Public Library 5 PM
  • December 8th Anita Public Library 6 PM
  • December 9th Atlantic Public Library 5 PM

For more information regarding a full itinerary and registration information, please contact Lora at lkanning@casscoia.us or 712-769-2372

Among the birds participants should expect to see is: Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Snowy Owl, Evening Grosbeak, Pine Grosbeak, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Red and White-winged Crossbills, Bohemian Waxwing, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Goshawk,  Black-billed Magpie, Common Redpoll, and possibly Hoary Redpoll and Boreal Owl. Also, numerous loons, gulls, and scoters are hoped to be seen on Lake Superior near Two Harbors and Duluth. Other sea ducks, including Long-tailed Duck and Harlequin Duck are sometimes seen, too.


U. Iowa president cool to broader tuition freeze


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – University of Iowa President Sally Mason says she would have concerns about extending a tuition freeze to cover nonresident and graduate students. The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to set tuition rates for next school year Dec. 3.

Key members have indicated support for a third straight freeze for resident undergraduate students, but have been considering what to do with others’ rates. The board is planning a media availability later Tuesday. Mason told reporters that she supports the resident undergraduate freeze but would be “less enthusiastic” about extending it to other students.

She says the state has always required nonresidents to pay the full cost of their education, and should continue that policy. She says graduate education is “very expensive” to deliver, given the faculty support and equipment required.

Rep. Steve King to host political summit in Iowa


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Congressman Steve King will host several potential 2016 presidential candidates at a political summit in January. King on Tuesday announced he will hold the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines. Conservative group Citizens United will co-host the event.

Confirmed guests include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. All are considered possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

In a news release, King says this is the right time to bring leaders to Iowa in advance of the state’s leadoff caucuses in early 2016. He says the event will “energize conservatives.”

Casey man arrested for Child Endangerment


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Casey was arrested last Friday on a charge of Child Endangerment. 45-year old Michael George Dennis was also arrested for OWI 1st Offense. The man was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Last Thursday (11/13), deputies in Cass County arrested 23-year old Haylee Marie Thompson, of Exira,  on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Thompson was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on her own recognizance.

And on November 10th, 20-year old Sunnie Jo Marie Peck, of Walnut, was arrested in Cass County on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Peck was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $10,000 bond.

Authorities say woman ‘bumped’ by train in Iowa


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a woman who was “bumped” by a train in Sioux City has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Sioux City police Lt. Rex Mueller says the woman stepped onto tracks Monday as a train was approaching. The engineer was able to slow down the train, and Mueller says it “bumped her.”

The Sioux City Journal reports the woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Additional information about her condition is not available. Mueller says the woman appeared to be emotionally distressed prior as she walked on the tracks. No other information was released about the circumstances of the incident.

Atlantic Police report 2 arrests, 2 accidents


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department today (Tuesday) reports two arrests over the past few days and two accidents. On Sunday, 21-year old Curtis McCoy, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and on Friday, 30-year old Gwen Vanderhoof, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. Both subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

An accident Sunday morning at 7th and Chestnut Streets in Atlantic caused $13,500, but no one was injured. Officials say vehicles driven by Peter Smith and Nancy Reynolds, both of Atlantic, collided at around 10:30-a.m., when Reynolds failed to obey a stop light. She was subsequently cited for the infraction.

And on Saturday, vehicles driven by Jessica Mack and Joseph Fredericksen, both of Atlantic, collided at 7th and Linn Streets, at around 1:15-p.m. The P-D says Fredericksen was cited for having no proof of insurance, after his vehicle rear-ended the Mack vehicle after she lost control on the icy road as she applied her brakes. Her vehicle’s rear end spun around and was hit by Fredericksen’s vehicle on the right side. Damage from the collision amounted to $7,100.

Pest Control Operators Course Offered Dec. 3, 2014

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County will host a Pest Control Operators Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program.

The local site for the Dec.3 CIC is 906 6th Street, Harlan. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $60 on or before Nov. 26 and $70 after Nov. 26. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Shelby County by phoning 712-755-3104.

The 2014 course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 7A, 7B, 8, and 10. The course will cover topics such as effects of pesticides on groundwater and other non-target sites; effective bed bug and termite treatments, new and efficient cockroach and rodent control, and pesticide application techniques that limit human exposure.

Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered through the PME Program can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PME.


County inmates in Sioux City lose cable TV


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Inmates at the Woodbury County Jail in northwest Iowa will have to survive without cable television. Sheriff Dave Drew says Cable One had provided free cable service to the jail for 24 years. But he says the company has decided to soon start charging the jail $68 a month. The cable was turned off on Friday.

Drew told county supervisors on Monday that he’ll have an antenna bought and installed so the jail’s television can pick up free channels. He says a federal court ruling requires that jails provide inmates with television entertainment.