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Pedal power! Iowa cycling enthusiasts gather for Iowa Bike Expo later this week

News, Sports

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

It’s the middle of winter but Iowa’s bicycling enthusiasts are already thinking about the summer ahead. The 10th annual Iowa Bicycle Summit will be held this weekend in Des Moines. Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, says Friday is the first day of the gathering and it will feature guest speakers, an all-day workshop and breakout sessions on a host of bicycle-related topics.

“That’s our opportunity to have a lot of education,” Wyatt says. “It really focuses on community planning, bike lanes, bike facilities, trails, that sort of thing. We’re really excited because it’s really some of the best formal education communities are getting.” The other half of the weekend is the Iowa Bike Expo, a free event on Saturday featuring more than 100 exhibitors.

“You’re going to be able to see the latest bikes, gear, destinations, trails, events,” Wyatt says. “They’re all going to be at this expo. It’s a great time to come down and plan your summer vacation.” After the expo, there’s also the route announcement party for RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, on Saturday at 8 P-M. “That’s a ticketed event that happens in the ballroom at the Iowa Events Center,” Wyatt says. “A lot of fun will be had there but most of all, the evening caps off with the eight overnight towns announced.”

The reception will feature live and silent auctions, door prizes and more. All activities are at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Learn more at: www.iowabicyclecoalition.org

Six candidates for GOP’s US Senate nod meet in Council Bluffs

News

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Six candidates who’re competing for the Iowa Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate met last night (Sunday) in a 90-minute debate in Council Bluffs. It marked the first time retired business executive Mark Jacobs joined the field in that kind of a forum and Jacobs stood out from his competitors when Jacobs said he would have voted for the recent federal budget deal, although he would have sought some changes in it. “My entire career in the business world has been working with people who had different points of view and figuring out how you bring people together and get things done,” Jacobs said. “…We have to have the right principles, but we also have to have leaders who are able to take those principles and build coalitions and turn those into concrete results.”

Joni Ernst, a state senator and Iowa National Guard soldier, said she would have opposed the budget deal, partly because it reduced military pensions. “I do believe in working together towards a balanced budget, but as a veteran I will not do it by balancing our budget on the backs of veterans,” Ernst said. Sam Clovis, a retired soldier who’s taken a sabbatical from his job as a Morningside College professor, said he would not have voted for the two-year budget deal either. “This is the very problem that we face in Washington, D.C. as we continue to kick the can down the road because we lack leadership,” Clovis said. “We lack leadership on both sides of the aisle, frankly.”

Matt Whitaker, a lawyer who is a former federal prosecutor, would have been a “no” vote, too. “I would support a budget that makes the tough choices,” Whitaker said. “…I would support a budget that brings fundamental tax reform. You know the tax code has five times the words of the Bible and none of the ‘Good News.'” Scott Schaben, a former soldier and car salesman, argued the G-O-P must do more to reach out to new blocks of voters, especially “millennials.”  “We have to choose our rhetoric wisely,” Schaben says. “Our competition loves to paint as the party of old, rich, white people out of touch with women and minorities.”

Paul Lunde, a lawyer from Ames, also participated in the debate, arguing the U.S. constitution should be “modernized” with amendments that make Social Security and Medicare permanent. The event was organized by Pottawattamie County Republicans and broadcast live on WHO and KMA radio stations.

(Radio Iowa)

Sidney man arrested on drug charges in Hamburg

News

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Friday afternoon in Hamburg, of a Sidney man on drug and other charges. Authorities say 36-year old Shannon Dell Rutledge, of Sidney,  was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, along with a charge of Careless Driving.

Rutledge was taken into custody at around 4:45-p.m., after they received a complaint about a vehicle being operated carelessly on North Street, in Hamburg. Rutledge was arrested in the 700 block of Main Street and brought to the Fremont County Jail. He later posted bond, and was released.

Suspicious vehicle leads to Clarinda man’s arrest in Fremont County

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January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A report of an occupied vehicle in the Nishnabotna High School parking lot in Farragut led to the arrest of a man on drug charges, Sunday night. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says at around 11-p.m., they received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked between the buildings. When deputies arrived the 2005 Dodge Neon was parked unattended, near the entrance of the fitness center.

A search of the area resulted in the owner of the car, 27-year old Jeffrey Allen McClarnon, of Clarinda, being found walking from behind a residence at Phillips and Lincoln Streets, in Farragut. McClarnon was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was brought to the Fremont County Jail and held on $1,300 bond.

Redfield man arrested in Adair County

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January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adair County report an 18-year old man from Redfield was arrested Friday for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The unidentified male was taken to the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and held pending an appearance before a Magistrate.

Last Thursday, deputies in Adair County arrested a 37-year old woman from Adair, for Failure to Appear on a Violation of Probation, charge. The female was taken to the Adair County Sheriff’s Office where she held pending an appearance before a Magistrate. Her name was also not released.

Shenanadoah man arrested for failure to appear on drug charges

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January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Shenandoah Saturday, arrested 41-year-old Craig Edward Wallace. The Shenandoah man was taken into custody at around 8:30-p.m., on  outstanding warrant out of Pottawattamie County, for failure to appear Possession of Methamphetamine-related charges. Wallace posted a $2,000 bond and was released, with orders to appear in court at a later date.

 

ISU & IWCC team up to allow transferrable credits in engineering

News

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Western Community College has teamed up with Iowa State University to provide students with a fully transferable pre-engineering program. Officials at Iowa Western told The Daily NonPareil an agreement between the schools will allow students to take two semesters of engineering and general education classes before transferring to ISU to complete a bachelor’s degree. The new program allows for all credits to be transferred, and will benefit students who need extra time to increase college entry exam scores while providing courses at a lower rate.

Once a student transfers to Iowa State, he or she can enroll in one the university’s many engineering programs, which include agricultural, bio-renewable, aerospace, mechanical and several others. Students in the program have an academic advisor at both schools. School officials say the agreement could open the door for similar sharing programs between Iowa Western and Iowa State.

About 30 students have already enrolled in pre-engineering program. Iowa Western has just fewer than 7,000 students. The engineering enrollment at Iowa State this year is 8,284.

Fire destroys western Iowa manufacturing plant

News

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CARTER LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a manufacturing plant in western Iowa. The fire started around 9 p.m. Saturday inside the General Manufacturing plant in Carter Lake. Firefighters from Carter Lake, Omaha and Council Bluffs worked for several hours Saturday night to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported.

The Fisher family has owned the business that made bar stools and stacked chairs for more than 50 years. Arlene Fisher says the family plans to rebuild the plant. Twelve people were employed there. The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office is trying to determine what caused the fire.

Teen critically injured during skiing accident in Pott. County

News

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HONEY CREEK, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition at an Omaha hospital after a skiing accident in western Iowa. The boy was hurt Sunday in an accident at the Mount Crescent Ski Area near Honey Creek. The 17-year-old was flown to an Omaha hospital for treatment. Officials did not immediately identify the boy, who was knocked unconscious during the accident.

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Jan. 20th 2014

News

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

POCAHONTAS, Iowa (AP) — Forty soldiers in a National Guard unit based in northwest Iowa are getting ready to head to Afghanistan. KTIV reports that family members said goodbye to the members of the Army’s 415th Military Police Detachment in Pocahontas on Saturday.The soldiers flew out of Des Moines Sunday for 10 weeks of training before heading to Afghanistan.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The CEOs of two nonprofit casinos in Iowa both make more than $650,000 a year because their boards believe competitive pay is needed to keep the executives in Dubuque and Altoona. The Des Moines Register reports that Prairie Meadows CEO Gary Palmer made $652,747 in 2012 and Mystique Casino CEO Jesus Aviles received $708,899 that year. The 2012 figures are the most-recent available, and both totals include six-figure bonuses both men received.

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating the death of a 15-month-old child. Paramedics were called to a home in Spencer Friday evening, and the child was taken to a hospital. The baby died at the hospital. The baby’s name wasn’t immediately released.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aaron White scored all of his 18 points in the second half and Josh Oglesby added a season-high 17 points as 14th-ranked Iowa blew past Minnesota 94-73 on Sunday. Devyn Marble had 15 of his 16 points after halftime for the surging Hawkeyes, who moved into third place in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Michigan.