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Western Iowans appointed to various IA Boards & commissions

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad today (Monday) announced his appointments of Iowans to fill various seats on Iowa’s Boards and Commissions. Among them, are three people from Atlantic: Teresa Kanning was appointed to the Mental Health Risk Pool Board; Dr. Keith Leonard was appointed to the Board of Veterinary Medicine, and John Krogman was appointed to the Iowa Workforce Development Board.

Other appointments include:

Stacey Loftus, of Missouri Valley – Board of Dietetics; Jerry Shellberg, of Red Oak – Engineering and Land Surveying Board; Lori Goetzinger, of Carroll – Grain Indemnity Fund Board; Dr. Mary Mincer Hansen, of Panora – HAWK-I Board; Patricia Roberts, of Carroll – State Judicial Nominating Commission; Gloria Rodriguez, of Denison – Latino Affairs Commission; Dr. Ronald Cheney, of Carroll – Board of Medicine; Lynn Grobe, of Oakland, and Thomas Bouska, of Council Bluffs – Mental Health & Disability Services Commission; Dr. Micheal Portz, of Red Oak – Board of Optometry; Dr. Carl Heinrich, of Council Bluffs – Racing & Gaming Commission; Janet DeMott, of Bedford – Real Estate Commission; Kenneth Pangburn, of Corning, & Brian Wiegert, of Winterset – Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Board; and, Brent Welsch, of Council Bluffs – Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators.

The appointees’ terms begins May 1st, 2014, and are subject to Senate confirmation.

Former HCSD teacher to stand trial Tuesday

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The trial for a former Harlan Community High School teacher accused of the sexual abuse of a teenager, is set to begin Tuesday morning at the Shelby County Courthouse, in Harlan. 73-year old Lee Gordon Nelson, of Harlan faces sexual exploitation by a school employee and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse charges. If convicted of the charges, Nelson could face a maximum 7 year prison sentence and fines of $7,500.

Nelson was arrested on July 23rd 2013, following an investigation by the Harlan Police Department, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reported in May 2013, that a 17-year old female and her parents had contacted police and reported Nelson had been saying rude and inappropriate things to the victim as well as touching her inappropriately since October, 2012.

At the time, Nelson was employed by the Harlan Community School District as a mentor. The Harlan PD requested the DCI’s assistance in June, 2013. The report from the DCI stated between October 2012 and April 2013, Nelson allegedly committed assault by touching the female victim who Nelson was mentoring with intent to commit sexual abuse and engaged in a pattern or scheme of conduct to engage in sexual conduct with the victim.

Nelson was employed with the Harlan Community School District for 35 years before resigning from his mentoring position on April 22nd, 2013.

Firefighters battling flames in frigid Sioux City

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Firefighters have been battling flames and the cold at an apartment complex in north Sioux City.  The fire was reported a little before 7 a.m. Monday at the Glen Oaks Apartments. There’s no word yet on any injuries.

The complex’s gym has been opened to provide shelter for residents, and city buses have been taken to the site to provide warming stations for firefighters. The National Weather Service says the Sioux City temperature around 6 a.m. was 12 below zero with a wind chill of 26 below.

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Record Low temperatures in Atlantic 2 consecutive days

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic broke two consecutive days of record low temperatures today and Sunday. For the 24-hour reporting period that ended today at 7-a.m., the low in Atlantic for March 2nd was -12. That broke the old record of -11 set on that date in 1913. The record low for today, March 3rd, was also broken at 7-a.m., when we recorded a temperature of -11. That broke the record set on this date in 2002.

For the month of February, the average High was 25.1 degrees, which was 10-degrees below normal. The average Low was -1, which was 16 degrees below normal. Precipitation for the month amounted to just under an inch, at 0.93, which is near normal.

The normal, average High for the month of February is 35.4, with the normal average Low 15.2.  Precipitation is normally .96.  KJAN is the OFFICIAL National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic.

Griswold man arrested Monday on drug charges

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest early this (Monday) morning of a Cass County man on drug charges. 45-year old Kenneth Dale Schooling, of Griswold, was taken into custody at around 2:30 a.m. in the 200 block of east Nuckols Street, on a Possession of Methamphetamine charge. Schooling was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $1,000 bond.

Midwest economic survey index drops slightly

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dropped slightly but still suggests growth over the next three to six months. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.4 in February from 57.7 in January.

Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index also dropped last month. It hit a still strong 59.7 from January’s 62.2. The survey results from supply managers 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.

Ag Dept. energy analyst predicts days of cheap propane are gone

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An energy analyst with the Iowa Department of Agriculture is predicting higher prices for propane are here to stay. Harold Hommes says prices in Iowa have dropped dramatically since hitting the $5 a gallon level in late January, but Iowans should expect to pay more than they did last summer when the average price was around a dollar. “We’re not going to return to the prices we saw this past winter, we’re far from that, but I believe higher prices are here to stay in that market,” Hommes says.

Traditionally, domestic customers have held down values, according to Hommes, but the marketplace is evolving and producers now send the propane to places like Asia where they can make the most profit. “We now export about 400,000 barrels a day and that demand is likely going to continue for the foreseeable future. I don’t see that situation changing,” Hommes says.

This week’s survey places the average price per gallon of propane at two dollars and 59 cents ($2.59). About 15-percent of Iowa homes are heated with propane, mainly in rural areas.

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Pott. Co. residents to vote on $1.5-million bond issue Tuesday

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March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Voters in Pottawattamie County will be heading to the polls Tuesday to decide on a $1.5-million bond issue proposal for the building of a new veterans center. The Omaha World-Herald reports the Pott. County Board decided in January to present a proposal to the voters during a special election. 60 percent approval is required for the measure to pass. County officials held an informational meeting Saturday on the proposal.

The new building would be located on what is now a county parking lot at Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street. The 6,300-square-feet building would include meeting rooms, a computer lab and handicapped-accessible restrooms.

The current 1,600-square-foot veterans affairs office is located in a former Sunday school at 223 S. Sixth St. The agency helps the 8,000 or so Pottawattamie County veterans apply for federal benefits, navigate government paperwork, arrange food, shelter and utilities if needed and receive other services. It also helps surviving family members of deceased veterans. The staff handles about 300 veteran visits and fields about 670 phone calls per month.

A current lack of space means that donated clothing for veterans has been moved to the hallway outside of the office.There is also no computer lab, meaning it’s difficult to provide veterans privacy when filling out the government paperwork that must be done online. Many of the elderly veterans don’t understand computers, but even the younger and computer-savvy may need the staff’s help. There is also no private place for veterans to meet with outside counselors.

County officials estimate that if the bond issue passes, someone with a house valued at $100,000 will pay an additional $5.92 per year in property taxes for the next three years, assuming that the bonds are sold for a three-year period.