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Glenwood man suffers from abrasions during cycle accident


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Glenwood suffered injuries to his arms, but was not transported to the hospital, following a motorcycle accident Monday morning, about 2 miles southwest of Glenwood. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says Cody Weddon was traveling east on Highway 34 at around 7:25-a.m., and was slowing to make a right turn into the Mile Hill Lake parking lot, when his 2013 Honda motorcycle hit some loose gravel and went out of control, ending up on its side.

UNI looks at tuition discount to add enrollment


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Faced with slumping enrollment, the University of Northern Iowa is considering discounting tuition for students from neighboring states.  UNI President William Ruud says a tuition discount program for entire states or regions could help lure more students to the Cedar Falls campus, which is projected to have an enrollment this fall of 11,800 students. That’s the school’s lowest total since 1989.

The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Board of Regents would need to approve such a plan. UNI experienced a drop in student enrollment after a major overhaul last year to close a $5 million budget gap. That included eliminating low-enrollment academic programs, cutting faculty staff and shuttering the Malcolm Price Laboratory School, a popular teacher training hub.

Branstad orders flags to half-staff in honor of Sioux City native Col. Bud Day


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today (Tuesday) ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013, in honor of Iowa native, retired Col. George “Bud” Day. Day’s funeral will be on Thursday, August 1st, in Shalimar, Florida and he will be buried at Barrancas National Cemetery at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Col. George "Bud" Day (IA Aviation Museum/photo)

Col. George “Bud” Day (IA Aviation Museum/photo)

Gov. Branstad said “Bud Day loved this country and its people, and we are all better off as a result of his service. Bud Day was a hero to all, a friend to many and will be an inspiration to generations in the future.” He said also “I hope all Iowans will join me in recognizing this man and his extraordinary, unique career and contributions to his country.”

While flying a combat mission over North Vietnam, Day was shot down Aug. 26, 1967, captured by the North Vietnamese Army and spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war. During his captivity in North Vietnam, Day and U.S. Sen. John McCain were cellmates at the Plantation and Hanoi Hilton prison camps. Day was released from captivity in March 1973 and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1977.

Upon military retirement he moved to Florida, where he began a law practice that focused on advocating for veterans’ issues. Over the course of his 35-year military career, Day earned more than 70 awards for combat, including the nation’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in Vietnam. At the time of his death, Day was one of the nation’s most highly-decorated service members.

Deadline approaches for school board nominations; City nominations open


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman is reminding residents of the County that the deadline to file nomination papers for the September 10th, 2013 school board elections in Cass County is this Thursday, August 1st. All offices are four year terms. (The list of school board offices can be found below)

Sunderman says also, that City Elections in Cass County will take place on November 5th. Nomination papers for the various open offices must be filed with your City Clerk by no later than September 19th. Nomination papers may be circulated at any time. Information on how to become a candidate for elected city office can be found on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website (http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/cities.html).

In Cass County, the following offices will appear on the ballots for the respective cities on Nov. 5th, 2013….

In Anita: 3 At Large Council Seats (4-year terms); In Atlantic: Mayor, Council Wards 2 and 5, and the At Large seat (all 4-year terms); In Cumberland: Mayor (2-year term), and 3 At Large Council seats (4-year terms); In Griswold and Lewis: 2 At Large Council seats in each City (4-year terms); In Marne: Mayor (2-year term) & 5 At Large Council seats (2-year terms each); In Massena: Mayor (2-year term) and 2, 4-year term At Large Council seats; and in Wiota: Mayor (2-year term) & 3 At Large Council seats (4-year terms).

In Cass County, Iowa the following offices will appear on the ballots for the respective school districts on September 10, 2013:
Atlantic Community School District

Two At Large local directors, who are nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 50 signatures are needed for nomination) Incumbents: Kristy Pellett & Josh McLaren, both from Atlantic.

CAM Community School District

One North District, one South District local director and one At Large local Director: The nominees must live in the respective districts. They are nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 23 signatures for nomination).

North District Incumbent: Chuck Kinzie, of Anita. South District Incumbent: Gary Dinkla, of Massena. At Large local director Incumbent: Nick Kauffman, of Adair.

Griswold Community School District

One District 3 and one District 4 local director: Nominees must live in their respective districts. They will be nominated and elected by district (Minimum of 10 signatures for nomination, each.)
And, two At Large local directors, who will be nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 25 signatures for nomination).

Because the Griswold School Director District Plan has changed from seven local director districts to four local director districts and three directors elected at large, the incumbents of the new districts are not known.  The following four current directors’ terms will expire in 2013: Robert Peterson, of Elliott; Scott Peterson, Elliott; Steve Baier, of Griswold; Tom Moore, of Griswold.

Cass Supervisors to act on several matters Wednesday


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will decide during their meeting Wednesday morning, on whether or not to suspend for 30-days, a cigarette/tobacco permit for Hansen Valley Oil. In addition, they’ll discuss and act on a grant application by Cass County Emergency Medical Services to the Iowa Department of Public Health, following a presentation by EMS representative Karen Reason.

In other business, the Board will act on renewing a contract with Cass County Mental Health/General Relief Coordinator Teresa Kanning, as a follow-up to a performance review held during their meeting last week.

Their meeting in the Supervisor’s board room at the courthouse in Atlantic, begins at 9-a.m., Wednesday.

Gronstal says he won’t run for Iowa governor


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – State Sen. Mike Gronstal says he won’t seek the Democratic nomination for governor and instead will focus on maintaining a Democratic majority in the Iowa Senate. Gronstal made his announcement Monday night in Council Bluffs and then issued a news release repeating his decision Tuesday.

Gronstal, the majority leader who has represented Council Bluffs in the Legislature since 1983, acknowledged previously he was considering running for governor. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad hasn’t announced whether he’ll seek re-election, but he’s been raising money and hiring campaign workers.

Gronstal says his decision was difficult because of what he called, “Governor Branstad’s poor leadership and lack of results.”  Cedar Rapids state Rep. Tyler Olson is seeking the Democratic nomination, and Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is considering a run.

Sen. Grassley, at age 79, plans to join marathon run

News, Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The coast-to-coast fundraising marathon that passed through Iowa earlier this month is nearing the finish line and more Iowans are joining the effort. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’ll take part in one mile of the relay run tomorrow (Wednesday) morning as it winds through the nation’s capitol. “We’re going to meet at the Washington Monument at 6 o’clock,” Grassley says. “It’s for raising money for cancer. It’s bringing attention to a group coming across the country.”

Grassley says he usually runs three miles a day, four days a week, so he may hardly break a sweat on this short jaunt, yet he’s pleased to get the opportunity. “An Iowan who invited me is Steve Falck,” Grassley says. “He is a former state legislator from up in northeast Iowa. It’s part of Coast to Coast for Cancer.”

The Million Dollar Marathon is going four-thousand miles across the U-S and it’s being run by 160 cancer survivors who are each running a 26-point-two-mile leg. Grassley, who will turn 80 in September, says he’ll have his wife, Barbara, on his mind during tomorrow’s trek.  Grassley says, “I’ll be there because I run but I’ll be there also because my wife is a 25 or 26-year survivor of breast cancer.”

The senator takes part in a number of cancer fundraisers each year, including the Race For The Cure, held in Des Moines each October. Learn more about the run and make a contribution to the effort at www.aboveandbeyondcancer.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Harlan juveniles cited for Criminal Mischief


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report three juveniles were arrested, cited and later released to a parent or guardian last week, after authorities investigated incidents of vandalism. 11-year old’s Randi Hess and Klaus Staton, along with 12 year old Kira Wilson, all of Harlan, were cited July 23rd for Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree. An investigation determined the trio allegedly vandalized 7 decorative fence post toppers in the Westridge Acres trailer court, and flipped over a desk.

The Harlan P-D reports also, the arrest on July 22nd, of 31-year old Tacy Bruck, of Panama. Bruck received an enhanced Public Intoxication charge due to a prior conviction. She was arrested followed a reported disturbance, and after being found lying in a yard located in the 1900 block of 19th Street.

Police in Harlan are also investigating an incident of mailbox damage. A resident reported on Sunday (7/28), that a black SUV had run over mailboxes at the corner of 6th and Dye Streets. Officials are looking into various leads, and asking for the public’s help in investigating the crime.

(9-a.m. News)

ISU Research & Demonstration Farms to Host Crops Field Day August 1, 2013

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms (ISU Armstrong Research Farm) along with the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development is inviting the public to attend the Research Farm’s annual Crops Field Day at this Thursday, Aug. 1st, beginning at 5-p.m.

The evening will begin with a light supper compliments of the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research & Development. After supper everyone will load up on people movers and be transferred to four different stations while riding on the movers. The first station will be a demonstration of the new Weather Stations presented by Elwynn Taylor, ISU Agronomy Professor. He’ll discuss the system of the statewide weather stations and how the stations will measure soil moisture at four depths and be accessible by producers.

The second station will be presented by Mark Hanna, ISU Ag & Bio-systems Engineering. Mark will discuss the Farm Energy Project being done at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm. Mark will tell us about the new project monitoring fuel usage with farm equipment and corn drying costs. At station number three Aaron Saeugling, ISU Crops Field Specialist, will be discussing corn development at various corn planting dates. The final station on the tour will be a Cover Crop Study by Ajay Nair, ISU Horticulture Assistant Professor. He will be discussing nine different cover crops to be trialed and discussed.

The ISU Armstrong Research Farm is located 12 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and a half mile east on Hitchcock Avenue, or 13 miles east of Oakland on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and half a mile east on Hitchcock Avenue. Call 712-769-2600 is you have any questions. The field day is open to the public at no cost.

Iowa encourages applications for art grants


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials are reminding individuals and organizations to apply for grant money aimed at creating art in the state. The Iowa Arts Council says applicants can submit proposals for the project grant or job creation grant programs until Thursday. They may request between $1,000 and $10,000.

The project grant money would invest in projects that impact the vitality of the arts in the state and demonstrate public value. The job creation grant money would create jobs that contribute to the cultural vitality of the state. The money can be used for proposals occurring between October and the end of June 2014.