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Cass Co. Supervisors to act on policies and CDBG application

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, are expected to act on a handful of matters to come before them. One is approval of a flow-through application for a Multi-Family New Construction Project in Woodbine, whereby Cass County is the Local Government Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Recipient.

Other action items include approval of an office equipment item for the County Recorder’s Office, and revisions to the County’s burial and cell phone policies. During their meeting last week, the Board opted to take under consideration, proposals for changing the County’s Indigent Burial Policy. The proposals included: adding a cremation alternative with a maximum contribution by the County of $1,500; Changing the maximum payable amount for a burial to $2,000; and, setting the maximum costs for a grave opening, at $550.

The Supervisor’s meeting begins at 9-a.m., in their board room at the Cass County Courthouse in Atlantic.

Adair Co. Supervisors to set the date for public hearing on budget amendment

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors are expected to set the date for a public hearing on a Fiscal Year 2012 Budget amendment during their meeting Wednesday morning, in Greenfield. Other business during the session, which begins at 9-a.m., includes: discussion with regard to the County’s roads and jail/public safety center; appointments to the County’s Veteran’s Affairs Commission; the 2011 Annual Weed Report; and, talks with Auditor Mindy Schaefer, with regard to a 12-month wage increase, and HAVA Election Equipment Annual Certification.

The meeting takes place in the Adair County Board Room, at the courthouse in Greenfield.

Bachman begins 99 county tour of IA Friday

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann will hit each of Iowa’s 99 counties between Friday of this week and the end of the month. Bachmann’s campaign said Monday that she plans to spend 10 days crisscrossing the state. Her bus tour begins in northwest Iowa this Friday, with stops in Le Mars, Orange City, Rock Rapids, Sibley, Primghar, Cherokee and Storm Lake.
 
On Saturday, the Iowa native will spend some time in Spencer, the Iowa Lakes region, Estherville, Emmetsburg, Algona, Humbolt, Pocahontas, Rockwell City, Sac City, Ida Grove, Denison, Carroll, Jefferson and Fort Dodge. She’ll roll into seven more citys in northern Iowa, on Sunday.  Specific details on the Saturday stops have not yet been released.
 
With a break for Christmas, Bachmann’s bus tour is expected to stop in every Iowa county by Dec. 28th. The Minnesota congresswoman is hoping to pull off a surprise win in the first caucus state. Bachmann won a nonbinding Iowa GOP straw poll in August but her standing has slipped since then. Polls show former House speaker Newt Gingrich leading his rivals in the state.

 Iowa opens the GOP nominating push with its precinct caucuses in about three weeks, on Jan. 3rd.

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Iowan makes plea deal after prosecutors’ mistake

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — A delay in charges being filed against an Iowa man has let him escape the possibility of more than 10 years in prison.Des Moines television station KCCI says James Eagle had led police on a high-speed chase through Dallas County on Sept. 11. He’d faced more than 30 traffic charges and two felony counts of assaulting an officer.But Eagle’s attorney, Bill Kutmus, told the station that the county attorney’s office didn’t file the charges in court within 45 days.So Kutmus began bargaining with the prosecutors and managed to get most of the charges dropped. Eagle pleaded guilty to eluding and got 180 days in jail, 90 days suspended.The Dallas County attorney has declined to comment.

Red Oak woman arrested on theft charge

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local woman was arrested Monday on a warrant for 5th degree theft.  28-year old Ann Marie Reed, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at her home on North 2nd Street. Reed was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Red Oak man arrested for burglary

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested one-person Monday afternoon following a break-in which occurred at a home on Coolbaugh Street. Officials say 26-year-old Joshua Alan Goolsby, of Red Oak,  taken into custody at around 2-p.m., on a charge burglary in the Second-degree. The man being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

Corps short on Missouri River levee-repair money

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that it has money available so far to fix only 11 of 68 Missouri River levees and is draining extra water from upstream reservoirs to nurse the flood-battered system through 2012. The damaged levees are in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas, officials announced during a meeting of the Missouri River Flood Task Force in suburban Kansas City. About half are federal levees and the other half are part of a program in which the corps helps pay for flood repairs if the levees pass routine inspections. “The reality is that not all damages can be repaired this year because of funding and time limitations,” said Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon, commander of the corps’ northwestern division office.

The $68 million available is only sufficient to help pay for the 11 most crucial projects. The goal is to fix those levees at least enough to protect against a 25-year flood, although many provided 100-year flood protection previously, said John Leighow, chief of the readiness and contingency operations division in the northwestern division of the corps. It would cost $253 million to make all the Missouri River Basin repairs. That money is part of the more than $2 billion the corps estimates it needs to repair the damage to the nation’s levees, dams and riverbanks caused by this year’s excessive flooding. A supplemental appropriation bill is stalled in Congress, and the corps has been focusing its limited money on fixing levees that protect communities and facilities such as water treatment plants. For now, the corps has been shuffling money around in its existing budget to pay for the levee fixes, Leighow said. “We are trying to be in the best possible position come March 1,” he said.

One step the corps has taken to help is to wait an extra week to drop to lower winter-release levels on the Missouri River, allowing it to empty extra water from the six upstream reservoirs. The corps has been stepping down the releases slowly and plans to hit the target level Wednesday. “We don’t anticipate that we will have a repeat of this year next year,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management office. “But the system is vulnerable and that is why we are releasing this additional water. The levees aren’t repaired, so having some additional storage … may allow us more flexibility to operate next summer.”

Water levels must be dropped in winter to avoid flood-causing ice jams, but this year’s mild fall weather allowed the corps to delay the reductions. Besides the helpful fall weather, Farhat also found hope in the relatively light snowpack. “It’s still very, very early,” she said. “There is some snow out there, but isn’t as heavy as going into last winter or the winter before it.”

Little Mermaid Trail Committee receives $15k – 1st phase set for completion in June

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Efforts to construct recreational trails in Elk Horn and Kimballton received a big boost from local and state officials, last week. Several members of the Little Mermaid Trail Committee were joined last Friday at the offices of Marne Elk Horn Telephone Company (METC) by Rod Rowland, President of Landmands Bank of Kimballton, and Sue Cosner, Vice President of Iowa Area Development Group, in Des Moines, to receive a total of $15,000 in donations for the projects.

Rowland pledged $10,000 over a period of three-years. The funds will be shared by the trail project and the Danish Immigrant Museum’s Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park. Cosner presented the Iowa Network Services Ripple Effect check in the amount of $5,000 for the trail project, to be matched by METC.  The group is also receiving an INS Charity grant of $1,000, also to be matched by METC.

L-R Sue Cosner, Glennda Mortenson, Janell Hansen, Terri Johnson, Jill Madsen, Bob Mortenson, Rod Rowland.

The Little Mermaid Trail is designed to be built in phases. Thanks to the mentioned recent gifts and grants, including $75,000 from Iowa Great Places and $25,000 from Lynette Rasmussen/The Rasmussen Group in Des Moines, officials say “Phase One” will be completed by June, 2012.

That means that by summer of next year, there will be a recreational trail ready for use in Kimballton, from the Little Mermaid Statue to just past the ball fields, with further expansion planned, and, in Elk Horn, from College & Union Streets to The Danish Immigrant Museum (currently known as the Atlantic Friends of the Museum Friendship Walk).