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Grand Opening Celebration Planned for Museum’s Curatorial Center


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ELK HORN, IOWA — A grand opening celebration for the Museum of Danish America’s Curatorial Center will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. The recently completed 8,000-square-foot curatorial addition now houses many of the museum’s
largest and most fragile artifacts. The Curatorial Center also features workspace for staff, interns, and volunteers.

The Museum of Danish America is currently in the process of re-landscaping its front entry in order to integrate a pathway to the green roof that sits atop the new Curatorial Center which will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 18. Outdoor informational signage will also be put into place throughout the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park by the time of the Grand Opening.

The Museum of Danish America is currently in the process of re-landscaping its front entry in order to integrate a pathway to the green roof that sits atop the new Curatorial Center which will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 18. Outdoor informational signage will also be put into place throughout the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park by the time of the Grand Opening.

Visitors to the museum will also notice new interpretive signage around the 30-acre site. The durable outdoor signs provide context and explanation for the many features of the park including the council rings, rose meadow, outdoor fitness equipment, and native plants. Community members and tourists are encouraged to use this privately-owned park responsibly at their leisure.

A program will be held from 2-2:30 p.m, followed by appetizers and libations. Admission to the museum will be waived for everyone that day in honor of the opening. Museum guests will be free to explore the exhibits Danish Children Growing Up American, Nude Vases, Cubist Faces: Modernism at Rookwood Pottery, Exploring Danish Happiness, and Across Oceans, Across Time.

The grand opening coincides with the museum’s 31st Annual Meeting and 98th Regular Board Meeting in Elk Horn. The 25-member board includes regional representation from throughout the United States.  More information about the Museum of Danish America can be found at
danishmuseum.org or by calling 712.764.7001.

Understanding Your Lab Results – What do all those numbers mean?


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Health System will be hosting a community event, Understanding Your Lab Results – What Do All Those Numbers Mean?, to assist area residents in interpreting results from blood analysis testing. Sara Nelson, CCHS Public Relations Director, says “We have recently completed community blood draws so we know all of those people have just received their results. This program will help them to better understand what those results mean for them and their health.”

The program will be offered twice: Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00 am and Thursday, October 16th at 5:30 pm. Each session will last about one hour and will be held in the Cass County Memorial Hospital Conference Room 2. There is no charge and no preregistration is necessary.

The sessions will be presented by CCMH staff from the Cardiac Rehab, Diabetes Center and Clinical Nutrition Departments:
· Peggy Perkins, RN,
· Barbara Petersen, RN, CDE,
· Emily Krengel, and
· Aubrey Molgaard, RN, CDE.

Nelson pointed out the information will be valuable to people who did not participate in the blood draws, too. “At some point, everyone has blood tests done and this will prepare them to understand those results and discuss their health with their personal medical provider.” For more information or questions about this event, call the CCHS Public Relations Department at 712-243-7408.


ISU student found dead in apartment on campus


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University student has been found dead in her apartment on campus, but authorities say no foul play is suspected. University police say the woman was found unresponsive Tuesday night in a University Village apartment on the Ames campus. Authorities and medical personnel responded to the scene but the woman was pronounced dead.

Police say a resident reported finding the woman inside the locked apartment. No foul play is suspected, but additional information is not available. The student’s name has not been released pending family notification.

Slater woman injured in Pott. County accident Wednesday


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Slater was injured during an accident this (Wednesday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 70-year old Mary Crawford suffered minor injuries but did not require transported to the hospital. The accident happened on Interstate 680 at around 10:46-a.m.

Officials say Crawford was traveling eastbound in a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, when she swerved to avoid a semi tire rim on the road. Her vehicle hit the rim and was disabled before coming to rest on the right shoulder of the interstate.

DEA Sponsored Prescription Drug Take Back Semi-Annual Events


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Over the past 4 years the Council Bluffs Police Department has participated with the Drug Enforcement Agencies semi-annual (fall & spring) sponsored prescription drug take back program. This year’s fall event on Saturday, September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Walgreens at 535 E. Broadway. Saturday’s event produced 355 pounds of prescription drugs and over the counter medications dropped off by 157 from vehicles or by people.

The Council Bluffs Police Department says they deeply appreciate everyone who took the time to drop off items during the event. In each case it prevents the accidental or intentional use of these medications for non-intended uses.

Since 2010, while participating in a total of 10 events, the Council Bluffs Police Department has collected over 3,000 pounds of prescription drugs and over the counter medications with over 1,750 vehicles driving through the collection sites to surrender these unwanted drugs. Authorities say those results were only possible with the collaboration of several community organizations and volunteers within the community who have assisted in this endeavor.

Beginning October 9, 2014, the DEA will authorize various pharmacies and hospitals that are registered with them to collect unwanted medications/prescriptions from the public. That change should make it easier for citizens to drop off medications and prescription drugs like these at their convenience, instead of on specific dates and locations. As of this date the DEA is still working to identify those pharmacies in Council Bluffs that will collect the unwanted drugs.

Officials encourage the public to go to the DEA website at www.dea.gov to find a location close to them.

Villisca woman arrested on drug charges


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Montgomery County at around 9:30-a.m. Wednesday (today), resulted in a woman being arrested on drug charges. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a Ford Explorer running without license plates was pulled over on Highway 71, just outside of Villisca.

Upon further investigation, the driver and registered owner, 38-year old Misty Herring, of Villisca, was found to allegedly be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was booked into  the Montgomery County Jail on the possession charges. Bond was set at $1,000.

Harkin to pay a “Farewell” visit to Atlantic


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle says Iowa Senator Tom Harkin will be at the Cass County Democratic Headquarters, 511 Chestnut in Atlantic, on Monday, October 6th at 12:30 PM for a farewell meeting with his constituents.

Harkin served as a Congressional aide for several years before running for the US House of Representatives in Iowa’s old 5th District, serving from 1975 to 1985. In 1984, Harkin won his election bid for the US Senate from which he is retiring when his current term ends in January 2015.

Toelle says the Senator firmly believes that government can do good for its people. His major accomplishments include the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, after which he became a global leader for equal rights for people with disabilities. He was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act.

Toelle says Senator Harkin hopes that he can visit with many of his Cass County supporters at this event. A light lunch will be provided as well as snacks and refreshments. For more information, contact the Democratic HQ at 243-4480.

Flood Warning for the East Nish at Red Oak until Friday morning

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October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a Flood Warning for the East Nishnabotna River at Red Oak, until Friday morning. The river is projected to rise to 19.2 feet however, additional rain and severe weather could increase this amount over the next day or two.

Should additional warnings and flooding concern occur, information will be posted immediately. At 19.2 feet, very minor lowland flooding will begin.10703685_717476625013065_2785822741052193179_n

Public Hearing in Walnut on CDBG application


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Walnut will hold a public hearing Thursday evening on a proposed application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) pertaining to Downtown Revitalization. Later on during the session, the Council will hold discussion about a possible Streetscape Enhancement Project, and they’ll hear from Matt Roth with The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), with regard to the submission of the CDBG application and additional discussion on the matter. Afterward, the Council will consider and likely act on the adoption of a Resolution demonstrating local support and participation in a CDBG Downtown Revitalization grant application, and an application for CITIES Funds along with the commitment of local funds for the project.

In other business, the Walnut City Council will hear from SWIPCO’s Jeremy Middents, with regard to the submission of a CDBG application on behalf of a Walnut Housing Rehabilitation Program. They’ll also act on a request to close a street in conjunction with the Sept. 19th through 25th Walnut Antique Festival.

The first reading of several ordinances will be held, as well. Included among them: An amendment to the City’s Code of Ordinances with regard the addition of “Vapor products and alternative nicotine products”; Amended provisions pertaining to Off-road Utility Vehicles (UTV’s); and, the first reading of an amended ordinance pertaining to persons under legal age/social hosts.

In other discussion, the Council will hear about Operation EDITH and the Fire Station Open House, which is set for 6:30-p.m. Oct. 8th, and, the Fireman’s Funfest set for Sun., Oct. 19th.  The Walnut City Council meeting begins 5-p.m Thursday in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.

Clown convention opens in Davenport


October 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Although some might consider the prospect frightening, more than one-hundred clowns from seven states are gathering in eastern Iowa today (Wednesday). The Midwest Clown Association is opening its 41st annual convention in Davenport. Event spokesclown Angie Gonzalez says for some members, clowning is a full-time job, while many others just consider it a hobby or vocation.  “It brings out your creative side,” Gonzalez says. “Creative people are really into clowning because it lets you create a character. If you’ve ever been in drama or a skit or any kind of performance art, clowning is a great new avenue to exercise those creative skills and talents that you have.”

The convention will feature continuing education classes that range from make-up and costuming to juggling, balloon sculpture, magic, slapstick comedy and even how to “clown” in parades. Gonzalez calls herself a “ministry clown” and goes by the name of “Q-T Pie.”  “I do a lot of hospital clowning,” she says. “You go into those places and see people who are so sick and so hurting and you can make them smile and their mother says, ‘That’s the first time I’ve seen my child smile since they’ve been in the hospital,’ it just brings such joy to my heart and continues my calling to do it more.” She admits there are a few people who are scared by clowns, mostly due to some books and movies.

Even though it’s not recognized medically, Gonzalez and other clowns call it coulrophobia (COAL-roe-FOE-be-ah) and they also teach their members how to handle it. The Midwest Clown Association Convention runs through Sunday at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center in Davenport.

(Radio Iowa)