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Man charged after Fort Dodge college lockdown gets probation

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – An 18-year-old who’d been charged with robbery after a lockdown at Iowa Central Community College has been given probation. The Messenger reports that Garhoth Dak, of Storm Lake, was sentenced on Monday to two years of probation and five years in prison, suspended. Dak pleaded guilty last month to one count of extortion.

Prosecutors say Dak admitted threatening someone at an Iowa Central apartment on Nov. 10. College officials placed the school on lockdown when the student reported that men were in her room. Dak surrendered to Fort Dodge police the day after the incident. Robbery charges against three others arrested in the case have been dropped. The three are Joseph Odir and Molong Deng, of Des Moines; and Juma Deng, of Urbandale.

Atlantic man arrested Friday morning

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested this (Friday) morning on a charge of Public Intoxication. The A-PD says 24-year old Levi Stice was booked into the Cass County Jail.

(9-a.m. News)

Iowa needs more mentors for children, teens

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders for volunteerism but an official with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service says more help is urgently needed in one area — mentoring our youth. Mary Sheka, director of the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, says a study finds more than nine-million children are considered “at-risk” nationwide and the numbers are just as staggering in Iowa. “We just know there are tens of thousands,” Sheka says. “We talk about one in three children growing up without a mentor. Really, we’re just talking about youth in general. It’s not just at-risk kids. Every child needs to have a caring adult in their lives that is willing to help them grow up to be self-sufficient, responsible adults.”Mentoring

When hearing about being mentors, many people will think of Big Brothers-Big Sisters, but Sheka says there are around 80 other mentoring programs statewide, based in schools, community groups and faith-based organizations.  “Really, the requirement is to be a caring adult,” Sheka says. “There are no special talents or abilities someone has to have. Just that they are interested in being that caring person and making a difference in the life of a child. Of course, there’s an application process and safety standards that programs need but just wanting to make a difference in the life of a child is the main requirement.”

Mentoring is proven to increase school attendance, academic achievement, social behaviors and responsible decision-making. Sheka says the mentors also reap benefits, with a new perspective on many issues, including their own standing in life. With many tens of thousands of Iowa children in need of strong role models, she says more Iowans need to step forward. “Right now, with our certified mentoring programs, we know we have over 8,000 mentors,” Sheka says, “but obviously, with those numbers, there’s still a huge need with youth on waiting lists in these programs across the state.”

A report released in December by the Corporation for National and Community Service ranked Iowa 7th in the country for the percentage of residents who spend time volunteering. Learn about the many mentoring options at: www.iowamentoring.org.

(Radio Iowa)

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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ISU study: just 10 minutes of physical activity improves a kid’s ability to learn

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Researchers at Iowa State University are finding physical activity is a boon to the brains of elementary school students. ISU kinesiology assistant professor Spyridoula Vazou says short bouts of skipping or jumping combined with academic learning can lead to improvement in kids’ cognitive abilities. “We always have the traditional perception that kids need to sit down to learn or they need to stand still to learn better and that is not accurate,” Vazou says. A group of children around 10 years old took part in a study conducted by Vazou and associate professor Ann Smiley-Oyen.ISU kinesiology research

The kids were given a test measuring cognitive function while sitting at a table. They then were asked to do physical activities like crab walking or skipping around obstacles – while they answered math problems. When they stopped the activity to do the test again, they performed better than they had while simply sitting. Vazou says it’s important that the activities are not too physically demanding.
“So, as long as the intensity is moderate, they benefit during exercise and they benefit even more right after (the exercise) because they can absorb the information even better,” Vazou says. Many other studies have found longer bouts of aerobic activity can improve cognition in children, but Vazou says the research at ISU suggests even short periods of activity can improve a child’s working memory, self-control, and focus.

Vazou hopes parents and teachers take notice of the study’s findings.  “We shouldn’t suppress the desire of children to move, we should encourage them to move, because that is how their brain will function better,” Vazou says. The research at ISU also found that overweight and obese children showed even more cognition improvement after physical activity than their peers.

(Radio Iowa)

2 arrests overnight into Friday morning, in Montgomery County

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested during separate incidents overnight into early this (Friday) morning, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say at around 1:30-a.m., deputies arrested 37-year old Roger Lynn Gibson, of Stanton. Gibson was taken into custody in Stanton, on a valid Montgomery County warrant for Probation Violation. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, at around 10:45-p.m. Thursday, Red Oak Police arrested 17-year old Nicholas James Terry, of Red Oak, for being a Minor In Possession of tobacco, and careless driving. Terry was taken into custody in the 1500 block of Broadway in Red Oak, and subsequently released on a citation.

Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla coming to Iowa State Fair

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State Fair officials have revealed another Grandstand act for this year’s fair and it should please fans of hard rock from the 1980s. Def Leppard will perform on Saturday, August 15. The English rock band previously played the Iowa State Fair Grandstand in 2008 and opened for KISS last summer at Wells Fargo Arena. The opening acts for Def Leppard on August 15 will be Styx and Tesla.

Previously announced Grandstand acts for the 2015 Iowa State Fair include Casting Crowns on August 13 and Alabama on August 20. Tickets for the shows will go on sale later this spring. This year’s Iowa State Fair is scheduled for August 13-23.

LINK: http://www.iowastatefair.org/on-stage/grandstand/

(Radio Iowa)

Number of Iowa high school students taking college level courses on the rise

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A report from the Iowa Department of Education shows the state leads the nation in the percentage of students under age 18 enrolled in college level courses. Jeremy Varner of the department’s Division of Community Colleges, says another report shows the number of students enrolled in both high school and community college classes or “jointly enrolled” hit a record of nearly 43-thousand. “It is pretty significant, Iowa has some great policy in place that gives students the opportunity to get a jump start on their college education, which saves them money, reduces student debt, provides them a lot of opportunity,” according to Varner.

Varner says Iowa provides opportunities to students across the spectrum. “Many states focus on kind of elite students and giving them kind of a jump on a liberal arts education,” Varner explains. “But we, 42-percent of the courses that are offered are in the career and technical areas. And so Iowa provides students broad access to career tech opportunities as well.” Iowa students enrolled in an average of seven-point eight (7.8) credit hours, or two to three college courses during the 2013-14 school year.

“It’s an opportunity for students to reduce their debt, get a jump on college, maybe get some general education courses out of the way that might help them to reduce their time to degree — or maybe take on a second major,” Varner says. “It also allows students to start down a career pathway in career technical areas, so students can make progress toward a nursing degree or a degree in information technology or something like this.” There is another advantage for students who take a college course while still in high school.

“They get a sense of what college is about before they show up,” Varner says, “so it reduces that shock when students matriculate. They get a sense of what those expectations are, get some success under their belt, especially for first-generation students.” Students take college courses in three ways: through joint programs at their high school, through colleges where the courses aren’t available at the high school, or by paying tuition on their own to attend. Varner says 88-percent of the students take the college courses through a joint relationship with their high school, which they can take for no cost.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa couple charged in Va. with sex trafficking

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An Iowa couple are being charged in Virginia with sex trafficking after a woman found in their recreational vehicle said they were holding her against her will. The U.S. attorney’s office says 36-year-old Aldair Hodza and 31-year-old Laura Sorensen of Clive, Iowa, made in an initial appearance Thursday in federal court.

The two were arrested on Jan. 6 east of Richmond in New Kent County after police said a frightened and malnourished 20-year-old woman told officers the couple had physically and sexually abused her. She also said she had been forced to engage in prostitution during the trip from Iowa to Virginia.

The government said Sorensen and Hodza told officers they were on vacation.