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Clarinda Police Chief re-issues Snow Ordinance reminder

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With the chance of accumulating snowfall to occur in Clarinda this week the Clarinda Police Department is reminding citizens of the community about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance says: “No person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more.”

“Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.”

8AM Newscast 02-03-2014

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February 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Special election set for Tuesday in Exira-EHK District

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School Districts will head to the polls Tuesday (Feb. 4th), to act on a Public Measure adopting a Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS). The polls will be open from Noon until 8-p.m. Exira-EHK Superintendent Dean Schnoes has said the election is required by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) and Department of Education (DOE).

The RPS will allow the districts to authorize the expenditure of revenues from the State of Iowa to secure an advanced vision for the education fund received by the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Community School District. The RPS specifies how the One-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) can be used, including, but not limited to: Property Tax relief; New buildings or additions to current facilities; the lease or purchase of buildings or equipment, and more.

The RPS is typically in effect for 10-years, which for each district independently is currently in 2020. Schnoes said “Because it’s a new district, it’s just another one of those things you have to have in-place, like a school starting brand new.” He said “If we’re going to continue on with the education that we have here providing the facilities, the curriculum, the things that we need to provide education…we still need to have [the RPS] in-place.”

If the measure fails to win voter approval, it will not terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to expend receipts from the “secure an advanced vision for education,” fund. If it’s approved, it will remain in effect until replaced or amended by the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School District.

You can read details about the Special Election on the Exira-EHL website under “Public Notices,” or click on this link to the PDF: http://swmcdn.com/site_0244/EXIRAEHK_RevenuePurposeStmt_111813.pdf

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February 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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64 jobs lost with closure of Sioux City bakery

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – More than five dozen people will be losing their jobs with the closure of a Sioux City bakery.  Bimbo Bakeries USA says it will close its Sioux City operation March 28. A company spokesman says 64 people and their union representatives have met with company personnel officials to discuss severance and other benefits. Production will move to other Bimbo bakeries.

A regional vice president, Didier Moleres, says the company concluded that the aging Sioux City facility “could not compete in the marketplace.”

January economic survey suggests growth in Midwest

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead.  The monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 57.7 last month, compared with 53.2 in December.  Looking six months ahead, the business confidence index dropped to a still strong 62.2 from 66.5 in December.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

BBQ food record tops off Nebraska eater’s weekend

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – A 120-pound Nebraska woman has set another record during the Adam Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro’s BBQ n’ Pork Chop Grill in Johnston.  The Des Moines Register says Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Neb., on Sunday downed the 5-pound championship meal in four minutes and 50 seconds, paring more than 2 minutes off her old record. The competition is named for a former Drake University basketball player.  Schuyler says she wasn’t feeling so well after so much competition over the past few days.

On Friday she won $22,000 at Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl by consuming 363 wings in 30 minutes. On Saturday she won the Pancake Bowl at the International House of Pancakes in Urbandale. Later in the day she won again at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

Red Oak Police arrest 2 this past weekend

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested over the weekend on separate charges, in Red Oak. Authorities say 43-year-old Shelby Joann Olivares Carmack, of Red Oak was arrested on a Trespassing charge.  And, 43-year-old Clinton Joe Hans England was arrested Sunday night on a Public Intoxication charge. Both persons were being held in the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond each.

New York woman injured in a collision with a horse, Sunday

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A 24-year old woman from New York was injured during a collision Sunday evening in Fremont County, after the vehicle she was driving hit a horse that escaped from a fenced-in field. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2003 Nissan Murano driven by Jessica Strope, of Addison, NY, was traveling south on Interstate 29 at around 6:40-p.m. just north of Exit 20, when two horses in a field west of the Interstate got loose and ran onto the traveled portion of the road. Strope was unable to avoid hitting one of the animals. After the collision, her vehicle drove off the road to left and came to rest in the median.

Strope, who was wearing her seat belt, was transported by Tabor Rescue to the UNMC in Omaha.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 3rd 2014

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press….

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the 2014 election cycle takes shape, no clear leader has broken out in the Republican race to take on Democrat Bruce Braley in the fall. At least six candidates are competing to run against Braley, a congressman from Waterloo and the only Democrat in the field to replace retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Muscatine County officials are refusing to release the medical records of a woman who was shocked with a stun gun four times last fall as officers tried to get her to change clothing. The Des Moines Register reports the woman, Marie Franks, has asked officials to release the records to the newspaper but so far officials have refused. Franks suffers from bipolar disorder and was off her medication at the time of the altercation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at this weekend’s bacon festival at the state fairgrounds. The Des Moines Register reports Tricia Snider and Tom Watson were the first to wed Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Craig and April Rouch got married a short while later.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — One man was hospitalized and another suffered less serious injuries in a house fire in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports firefighters were called to the fire late Friday and found flames in a basement. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.