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Atlantic Med. Center’s Dr. Mark Johnson to switch to CCMH E-R Dept.

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic said today (Thursday), patients in the CCMH Emergency Department will be seeing a familiar face when they visit the Cass County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (ED).

Mark Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Mark Johnson, M.D., will be transitioning from his full-time position as a family medicine physician at Atlantic Medical Center (AMC) to working full-time in the CCMH Emergency Department. Dr. Johnson came to AMC in June 1987. His final day at AMC will be Friday, August 3rd, 2012.  Dr. Johnson has provided some ED care throughout his time at AMC, and officials say the change will expand his role in that department.

CCMH Administrator Pat Markham says some other changes are happening with Emergency Department staffing.  According to Markham, currently a staff of five medical providers, including two physicians, one nurse practitioner and two physician assistants, provide care in the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  And, since that sometimes that can involve a provider working some long shifts, the medical staff and hospital administration have decided to increase the number of providers to decrease the length of shifts worked, which will improve quality of patient care and patient safety.

Audubon County Men Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Manufacture Marijuana

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said today (Thursday), two rural Audubon County men have pled guilty to their role in  a conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.  44-year old Paul Joseph Irlmeier and his co-defendant, 62-year old Randy Frank Irlmeier, both pled guilty on May 30th, to charges they conspired to manufacture at least 100 marijuana plants.   Based upon their pleas of guilty, the Irlmeiers face a mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment up to a maximum of 40 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $2,000,000, at least 4 years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

In addition, Paul Irlmeier has agreed to forfeit $104,503. The forfeiture allegations against Randy Irlmeier will be resolved at a
later hearing. Both defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on September 28th, 2012, before Chief District Court Judge James E. Gritzner in Council Bluffs.

As part of their guilty pleas, the Irlmeiers admitted to conspiring to grow, harvest and distribute marijuana at their respective rural Audubon County residences between approximately 2005 and October 27th, 2010. On October 27th, 2010, law enforcement located evidence of a sizable marijuana growing operation, including a large quantity of mature marijuana plants at the
residence of Randy Irlmeier in Audubon County. Both men admitted responsibility for at least 100 marijuana plants during the conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Audubon County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Romney returns to Iowa: stops in Council Bluffs Friday

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Mitt Romney is returning to Iowa with a visit to Council Bluffs.  Friday’s visit will be his second trip to the state since effectively locking up the Republican presidential nomination. Romney will hold a roundtable discussion at 10:30 a.m. followed by an event at Bayliss Park at 11:15 a.m.
 
Iowa is among roughly a-half dozen states where Romney and President Barack Obama are expected to campaign most aggressively for the November election.  Romney came to Des Moines on May 15, his first trip to Iowa since campaigning for the January caucuses.

Riverside High School students recognized in financial literacy challenge

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

More than a dozen students at the Riverside High School in Oakland have received recognition for their performance in a voluntary online, national test for financial literacy. According to Riverside Social Studies Teacher Mandie Reynolds, students at Riverside High School were among the over 80,000 students from across the country who participated in the 2012 National Financial Capability Challenge organized by the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Education. 

13 of the schools’ students were recognized as being in among the top 20% of all students taking exam nationally, which represents 40% of the students who took the exam at Riverside scoring in the top 20% of the nation. 

The high-achieving students included: Kevin Collins; Dannielle Easton; Jacie Feigenbutz; Brea Fender; RJ Griger; John Gunderson; Clay Harris; Mack Housman; Samantha Keast; Alexander McLaughlin; Joshua Mills; Marissa Rose, and Elisabeth Seifert.  In addition, students who scored in the top 10% of the nation were given special recognition, and two students from Riverside achieved the honor: Jacie Feigenbutz and Alexander McLaughlin. 

In addition, as part of the National Financial Capability Challenge, students as well as school districts were eligible for a drawing for scholarship money and prizes.  Riverside was fortunate enough to receive a $1,000 cash prize from Iowa Student Loan, in coordination with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Jump$tart, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, and the Iowa College Access Network.

Reynolds said in the Riverside Community School District, they know that financial education is important, as often times, too few students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to make basic financial decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

For more information on the NFC Challenge, go to http://www.challenge.treas.gov/

Atlantic Community Protection Committee to talk about regulating cats

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Community Protection Committee will meet next Wednesday afternoon (June 13th) at City Hall, to discuss regulating cats. KJAN News Director Ric Hanson asked City Administrator Doug Harris if there was a big cat problem in town. Harris said no, but one of the Council members received a complaint from a woman who operates a wild bird sanctuary.

The matter was referred to the CPC to see if there is a problem with cats on the loose. Harris said he’d be surprised if the committee puts forth any recommendations to the City Council. He said “It’s pretty hard to regulate cats.”

The City doesn’t have a license requirement for cats. Harris said that could be one option, but it doesn’t mean it would solve the problem, if indeed one exists. He questioned how cats could be caught, and how likely it would be that they could be kept on a leash.

The CPC’s meeting begins at 4:30-p.m., Wednesday.

Atlantic Community Development Committee to meet today

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Community Development Committee will meet this (Thursday) afternoon, at City Hall. During the 4:30-p.m. session, the CDC is scheduled to meet with local insurance company owner Kent Gade about his request for a property tax abatement for his new building, located on East 7th Street. The Committee will also discuss modifications to 2nd Street, from Buck Creek Road to Chestnut Street, to accommodate bike lanes. City Administrator Doug Harris has held discussions with the Iowa Department of Transportation about converting a section of road from 2nd Street to Chestnut – which is currently a 4-lane road – into a two-lane road with a center turn lane. Bicycle lanes would then potentially be painted on the sides of those roads. The conversation was initiated at the behest of the local Bicycling Committee. Harris said he received approval from I-DOT to make the change. The Atlantic City Council may act on a resolution during its next regularly scheduled meeting, to support the change. Harris said some lane striping changes and signage required, part of the expense of which could be paid for by the local trails group. Doug Harris acknowledges there are “pro’s and con’s” to making the change, such as businesses who would lose parking spaces along the road by Chestnut Street. A benefit is the potential of linking the lanes to the Schildberg Trail, and eventually the T-Bone Trail, which could draw more bicycling tourists into town. 

The CDC will also discuss the cost estimates for needed repairs to the Bull Creek Storm Drain at 2nd and Poplar, and, the upcoming (June 12th) Downtown Revitalization meeting.

‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ Attempts to Break Record

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Safe Kids Greater Des Moines, Altoona Aquatic Park, Algona Family YMCA, and the Norman D. Stamp Aquatic Center in Harlan, are joining top water safety and training organizations around the U.S. and world on Thursday, June 14th, for the World’s Largest Swimming LessonTM (WLSL).  On that day, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host WLSL lessons simultaneously at 10-a.m Central Time, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record TM. The event is designed to build awareness about the importance of teaching young children to swim to help prevent drowning.   

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children between the ages of 1 and 5. A study published by the Archive of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine showed participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88 percent reduction in the risk of drowning in children aged 1 to 4 years. IDPH Environmental Specialist Debbi Cooper says “Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will.” 

The event on June 14th will feature a 30 minute swimming lesson, occurring simultaneously at pre-registered locations around the world. In 2011, the Guinness World Record TM for the largest swimming lesson ever occurred on June 14th, when more than 20,000 people representing 45 states and 14 countries on five continents participated. This year, there are more than 500 official WLSL host locations around the world, representing 24 countries on five continents and 46 states in the U.S. 

For more information on WLSL, visit www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org/.

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Atlantic City Council adopts speed limit and deer hunting ordinances

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June 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Wednesday adopted on the third and final readings, ordinances pertaining to a reduction of the speed limit on East 22nd Street from Highway 71 to Olive Street, and, Urban Deer Control. Approval of the speed limit ordinance means the speed limit on the affected portion of East 22nd Street will be reduced from 45-to 35-miles per hour, and comes after discussions between the Community Protection Committee, Police Chief Steve Green, and residents in the area. 

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones warned citizens that speeding is still a problem on other portions of 22nd Street, and the Police Department will be stepping-up patrols and issuing tickets for those who try to skirt the law. Jones saod the speed limit on 22nd Street between Chestnut and Olive is 25-miles per hour, and he’s received calls about problems with persons traveling in excess of the posted speed limit, especially certain persons on motorcycles. 

The Deer Control Ordinance will allow for bow hunting of antlerless deer within the City limits of Atlantic, but there are certain restrictions and conditions associated with the ordinance, which is designed to reduce the deer population officials say poses a threat to property and public safety.