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Ethanol producers work to “rebrand” gas pumps nationwide

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa and Nebraska, the nation’s two largest ethanol-producing states, are launching a joint effort to “rebrand” gasoline pumps nationwide with stickers promoting the American Ethanol brand. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, says the project stems from the past five years of partnership with NASCAR and the pro stock car racing circuit’s use of E-15 fuel.

“This American Ethanol brand has really started to stand out as a very recognizable brand within NASCAR,” Brunkhorst says. “As states work in partnership with NASCAR through this, we thought this was a great opportunity to continue that brand awareness, now on pumps.” The plan is for stickers with the red-white-blue and green logo to be placed on gas pumps nationwide that offer the ethanol blends. Brunkhorst says this initiative will help provide consumers with a consistent experience at the pumps, whether they choose E-10, E-15, E-30 or E-85.

“As consumers pull up to the pump, they can see that American Ethanol brand and that American Ethanol label and understand the value it brings to them,” he says. “As they travel across the United States, they’ll be able to consistently see this label on blends, especially in states that require labeling such as Nebraska and Iowa, and they’ll know the consistency of a home-grown, renewable-based biofuel that’s grown right here in Nebraska and Iowa.” Brunkhorst says the stickers are already going out to hundreds of retailers.

“For those retailers who haven’t submitted their requests for those new, updated American Ethanol labels, they can just go to Nebraska-Corn-dot-org,” he says, “and there’s a form they can fill out and submit to us and we’ll get them sent out.” Iowa is the nation’s leading ethanol maker, producing 3.8 billion gallons a year, while Nebraska is second with more than two-billion gallons a year. Iowa has 42 ethanol plants and Nebraska has 24.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man sentenced to 75 months in prison for firearms possession as a felon

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Pottawattamie County was sentenced Thursday in U-S District Court to 75-months in prison for possession a firearm after a felony conviction. In addition to the nearly six a a-half year prison term, 50-year old Timothy Andrew Frieze, of Council Bluffs, was ordered to serve a term of three years of supervised release when he completes his imprisonment.

On August 14th, 2014, Frieze pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon. The charge was the result of an investigation being done by the Southwest Iowa
Narcotics Task Force into drug trafficking in Council Bluffs. On October 11th, 2013, he was seen leaving a residence that was under law enforcement surveillance for suspicion of narcotics trafficking. Frieze was stopped by law enforcement and found to be carrying a Raven .25 caliber handgun. The man was prohibited from possession of the firearm based on several prior convictions for felony offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, the
Council Bluffs Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

No injuries reported following crash between 2 semis in Mills County

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say no injuries were reported after two semis collided south of Malvern Wednesday morning. A 2014 Kenworth semi driven by Norman Bebout, of Thurman, was traveling north on 310th Street at around 11:10-a.m. and rounding a curve, when Bebout fell asleep at the wheel. The truck crossed the center line of the road on a curve, where the road becomes Mahr Avenue, and struck a 2002 Freightliner semi driven by Luann Kahl, of Hastings. Kahl told authorities she wasn’t able to move too far to the right and avoid the collision because her trailer was loaded with rock. Both rigs collided on their left front sides.

Following the collision, the Kenworth went into the north ditch off Marh Avenue. The Freightliner came to rest on the shoulder of the road near the intersection with 312th Street.

Iowa’s 1st West Nile Virus case of 2015 confirmed in Ringgold County

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today (Friday) announced testing by the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Iowa this year. The case is an adult female (18 to 40 years of age) from Ringgold County, who is recovering. IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says “This West Nile case should serve as notice that the virus is out there and Iowans should take precautions.”

West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquitoes. The best way to prevent the virus is to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and to use insect repellent when outdoors. Iowans should take the following steps to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.
Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

Quinlisk notes that using an insect repellant containing DEET provides protection against both mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus and ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. So far this year, there have been 111 cases of Lyme disease in Iowa.

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely someone dies. Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. In 2014, there were 15 human cases of West Nile virus and zero deaths.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit http://bit.ly/1iTO2Vc. To learn about Lyme disease, go to http://bit.ly/1MSWe4G.

Governor’s Charity Steer Show celebrates 33rd year at Iowa State Fair

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 2015 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will take place 4-p.m. Sat., Aug. 15th, at the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair. It’s the 33rd consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.

Celebrities will lead 25 steers around the ring, vying for the championship designation, as well as appealing to the crowd for a showmanship award. Among the steer being shown are those owned by….

Hayden Van Meter, of Red Oak – shown by Mike Pearson, from IPTV’s Market-to-Market.
Nick Pedersen, of Underwood – shown by Chris Edgington, President, Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Sadie Graham, of Stanton – shown by Jim Miller, Wartburg Wrestling Coach Emeritus
Mitch Holcomb, of Winterset – shown by Des Moines radio personalities
Reagen Miller, of Charter Oak – shown by Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Immediately following the competition the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Both the show ring event and the auction are open to the general public.

Since the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association began the Governor’s Charity Steer Show in 1983, the effort has raised more than $2.5 million for the Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City Ronald McDonald House Charities. The houses provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children being treated in area hospitals.

Youth participating in the 2015 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will also be learning additional information about the beef industry on Thursday and volunteer some time at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Des Moines on Friday, Aug. 14th .Any individual or business interested in participating in future shows, can contact Doug Bear at IBIC, 515 296-2305.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/7/2015

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Decatur County man arrested in Creston

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a Decatur County man was arrested Thursday morning on charges that include Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree and Burglary in the 3rd degree. 37-year old Jared Johnson, of Garden Grove, was arrested at around 4:50-a.m. at 208 Maple Street, in Creston. Johnson was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And a Creston woman reported to police on Thursday, that her red, 2003 Ford F-150 pickup, had been stolen from the parking lot at R Realty (114 N. Elm St.), in Creston. The theft happened sometime between 10-p.m. Wednesday and the morning hours on Thursday. The loss was estimated at $11,000.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/7/2015

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Indecent exposure & meth-related arrest in Red Oak Thu. night

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested on separate drug and incident exposure charges, Thursday night, in Red Oak. Authorities say 27-year old Jacob Nathaniel Forward, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 600 block of Broad Street at around 8:45-p.m., on a Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, charge. Forward was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And, 61-year old James Donald Uhlmann, Sr., of Red Oak, was arrested for Indecent Exposure Thursday, after allegedly exposing himself to his neighbor ladies in the area of E. Grimes Street. Uhlmann was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Board of Education approves new science standards

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The State Board of Education unanimously adopted new state standards Thursday for what Iowa school kids in kindergarten through high school should know and be able to do in science. The Education Department’s Bureau Chief for Standards and Curriculum, Erika Cook, says the new guidelines are the result of months of work from a state review team.

“We are hoping with the performance expectations that classrooms teach kids to think like a scientist when that is appropriate, and also have also integrated engineering concepts that will be integrated throughout the classrooms,” Cook says. She says the goal was to refocus the way science is taught. “We are hoping the classrooms continue to come alive for out students and they can learn to behave like scientists,” Cook says. “And the most important thing is so they can become excited about science and engineering and can continue learning and studying about that throughout their lives.”

Cook says each individual district will determine how the new guidelines are implemented. She says the Department of Education will put together guidance for districts and put together opportunities to help teachers learn about the new standards. Cook says they got a lot of input majority of public comments on the Next Generation Science Standards were favorable. She says it is important to review standards.

“Because times do change and we want our students of Iowa to be up on the strongest standards in each of the core content areas. And we want to be leaders in education,” Cook says. The core content she talked about also includes statewide academic standards in social studies, English-language arts, math and the 21st century skills of civic literacy, employability, financial literacy, health literacy, and technology literacy.

(Radio Iowa)