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Iowa DOT captures story of historic 2011 Missouri River flood

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation today (Thursday) announced the release of a Storify project, chronicling the 2011 Missouri River flooding and its impacts on Iowa’s transportation system. Photos, video and news articles are featured, along with a narrative detailing the events that unfolded as the flood waters inundated western Iowa.

Just one of the images from the historic Mo. River flood of 2011

Go to http://www.iowadot.gov/ to view the story, and take the six-month journey to recount the flood fight, extensive damage and how quickly Iowa was able to rebuild.  

The flooding in Iowa covered a distance of 150 miles from Sioux City to Hamburg. In its path roadways were turned to rubble or covered with a thick layer of sludge. Vegetation was stripped from the landscape. Closure of miles of Interstate 29, coupled with the closing of the Missouri River bridges near Decatur, Nebraska City and Omaha, Neb., left motorists searching for detours that took them miles out of their way.

If you would like to recount your personal experience with the 2011 flood, visit the Iowa DOT’s Facebook site and post a comment or upload your photos or video: www.facebook.com/iowadot.

Shelby County DevelopSource announces business competition

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Shelby County DevelopSource say their 2012 Business Plan Competition is underway. “Shelby County New Enterprises,”  is a business plan competition open to all start-up and expansion businesses located in or willing to locate to Shelby County. The competition winner can receive up to $30,000 in start up grants. Costs eligible for the funds include feasibility studies, market research, and equipment; purchase/improve property, marketing and more.

In addition, the winner or winners could receive other free items such as basic website design, office space for three months, newspaper and radio advertising, mentoring and assistance in completing finance package. Entrepreneurs with business ideas to implement in Shelby County are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit an application to the Shelby County New Enterprises is Friday, July 20th. A panel of judges will select the finalists and all finalists have the opportunity to present their business plan on Thursday, August 16th. More information and an application form can be found at www.developsource.com .

Cass Co. Supervisors sign letter of support naming 2 bridges in honor of fallen troopers

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Thursday) approved a Resolution authorizing Board Chair Duane McFadden to sign of a letter of support naming two bridges in the County in honor of two State Troopers who were killed in the line of duty 23-years ago.

Lt. Michael J. Miller, with the State Patrol, said the Iowa Legislature granted permission

ISP Lt. Michael J. Miller (left) speaks to the Cass Co. Supervisors

to rename bridges in the State of Iowa, as Memorial Bridges for fallen Troopers. Miller said since the State Patrol was formed in 1935, 10 Troopers have lost their lives in the line of duty, with two having died in Cass County. Trooper Pilot Lance Dietsch and Trooper Stanley Gerling were killed in an airplane accident on June 30th, 1989, southwest of Atlantic. The pair had been searching for an elderly man who had wandered off, and were about to call off the search when they troopers located him in a soybean field. They began to circle the area when the plane made a sudden turn and crashed vertically into the ground. Troopers Dietsch and Gerling were the first aircraft fatalities since the addition of the Patrol Airwing in 1956.

Miller said his job was to try and locate a couple of bridges close to where the accident occurred, and suggest they be named in honor of Dietch and Gerling. The two bridges he chose are west and northeast of Lewis,  and were not already named in honor of a notable individual. They included the #432 bridge west of Lewis, which crosses Indian Creek, and the #464 bridge northeast of Lewis, over Turkey Creek. The Indian Creek bridge will be named in honor of Dietsch, while the Turkey Creek bridge will be named in honor of Gerling. Printed samples of what the signs will look like (Courtesy Lt. Miller)

Miller said the 6-foot by three-foot signs were created by the Iowa Dept. of Transportation and are ready to be installed by the State.

NE man hurt in Shelby Co. tractor-trailer rollover

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Shelby County say a Nebraska man was injured when the semi he was driving rolled into a ditch Wednesday evening. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 69-year old Roger Cooley, of Valley, NE was traveling in a 2005 Freightliner eastbound on Highway 44 near Ironwood Road at around 6:15-p.m., when he lost control of the rig, which traveled into the south ditch and came to rest on its side. The semi was hauling a load of coal, which spilled into a waterway along with diesel fuel, which spilled from one of the crushed tanks on the semi’s tractor.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was called to the scene and ordered a cleanup of the water way and soil. Highway 44 was closed while the clean-up efforts were underway, and traffic was re-routed. Cooley was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment, and later released. Both the tractor and trailer were estimated to be a total loss. The Harlan Fire Department assisted the Shelby County Sheriff’s at the accident scene.

Missing Stanton Man Found Alive

News

May 31st, 2012 by Chris Parks

A Stanton man, missing since late Saturday night and possiby suffering from a health condition, was found alive Wednesday afternoon near a ditch under a tree, after a landowner discovered the mans’ burned out pickup truck on his property southwest of Brooks. 71-year-old Dennis Goodrich was conscious and breathing when he was discovered by Prescott Fire Chief Chuck Truman. Goodrich was taken to the hospital in Corning for evaluation, but no other details have been released concerning his condition.

The man was located nearly nine-hours after property owner Dave Sproles notified authorities in Adams County about a suspicious looking, burned pickup truck he found on his land west of Filbert Avenue, near 255th Road. The pickup was later determined to be a Ford F-150, and a check of the VIN revealed it was the vehicle Goodrich drove, and had been reported missing.  Following an investigation into the fire, which officials believe was accidental, authorities thought Goodrich could still be in the area so a search was conducted.  He was located at around 4:14-p.m. Wednesday.

Several agencies and individuals participated in a search for the man, including: The Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office; a pilot with Iowa State Patrol;  the Department of Criminal Investigation; State Fire Marshal’s Office; Adams County Emergency Management; the Adams County-Prescott-and Lenox Volunteer Fire Departments; Adams County Rescue, and a Ringgold County k-9 unit.

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Molestation arrest in Onawa

News

May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An unidentified 40-year old man was taken into custody Wednesday, on suspicion of molesting a six-year old. According to the Onawa Police Department, the suspect was being held in the Monona County Jail on $25,000 bond, on a felony charge of 2nd degree sexual abuse. Officials say investigators believe the incident which resulted in the man’s arrest, occurred during the course of the past couple of weeks. Authorities did not release the gender of the alleged victim.

Iowa to continue seeking federal education waiver

News

May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s Education Department director says the state will continue its effort to receive a waiver from the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday granted exemptions to eight more states, bringing the total to 19 that have been granted waivers.  Iowa Education Director Jason Glass told The Des Moines Register that state laws governing teacher evaluations likely kept Iowa from an exemption.  The federal waiver guidelines say states must adopt teacher evaluation systems that include student achievement data and say districts must rank educators’ performance levels.  Gov. Terry Branstad’s education reform bill included evaluation proposals that would have met the waiver application guidelines. But the Legislature didn’t adopt those proposals this year.

Red Oak man arrested on MO. warrant

News

May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Montgomery County said Wednesday, that a Red Oak manwas arrested that afternoon on a valid warrant out of Missouri. 51-year old James Edward Weise was wanted for resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, 1st degree property damage, and for numerous traffic and drug violations. Weise was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $20,000 bond, pending extradition to Missouri.