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Cass County Families Invited to “Celebrate STEM” Event May 22nd

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Extension and the Southwest Iowa STEM Hub are bringing science, technology, engineering and math fun to Cass County.Web-Rotator2 The “Celebrate STEM” Festival is set for May 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Cass County Community Center. Youth and families of all ages are invited to come explore STEM through hands-on learning and investigation. Cass County Extension and the Southwest Iowa Regional STEM Hub are partnering with local community organizations and educators and host the “Celebrate STEM” Festival.

Attendees will receive a “passport” at the front door to help them explore the many exhibits from throughout Cass County and southwest Iowa. There will be opportunities to learn more about STEM programs happening for local youth, sign up for upcoming summer events in the county, and also learn about STEM in local businesses and careers. A variety of activities will also be available to spark student and parent interest with hands-on learning ranging from testing chemical reactions to flying flight simulators.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Anyone interested in learning more about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math in Cass County is encouraged to attend. No pre-registration is required, and attendees are invited to stop in and stay for as long as they can. Any local business or organization that would like to participate is encouraged to call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 for more information on this event!

Epic Iowa Road Trip makes stops at local attractions

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Epic Iowa Road Trip made its journey into Western Iowa today (Friday).MotorcoachImage A specially wrapped motor coach is traveling 2,100 miles promoting more than 60 tourism destinations in 33 counties and 46 communities across the state of Iowa. The trip began earlier this week in Eastern Iowa and made several stops in the area today. The Epic Iowa Road Trip ventured into Shelby County Friday afternoon. The first stop was at the Danish Windmill Welcome Center.

The motorcoach then stopped in Avoca at Farmall Land USA. Shawna Lode, Iowa Tourism Office Manager, said they have seen all portions of Iowa. “We started on Friday, May 2nd in Ottumwa and since that time we have traveled to all parts of the state from the eastern side to the central side and we are concluding on the Western side of the state.” She says the tour group has seen a lot of diversity.  “We were at Pella Tulip time and we visited the Iowa Speedway in Newton. Those are two big name destinations in the state. But we have also visited some of the unknown places like the little Brown Church or here at Farmall Land that is a hidden treasure and we want Iowans to know about.”

Lode says the Tourism committee had a great response and the road trip could become an annual event. “We have had a tremendous response and we are really happy with how the nine days have gone. We will sit back in a week or so and then talk about next year.”

On Saturday, the Epic Iowa Road Trip will head towards the Loess Hills with stops at the Council Bluffs Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Harrison County Visitor’s Center on Highway 30 and the Twisted Tail in Beebeetown. The Road Trip will conclude Saturday in Sioux City. The Epic Iowa Road Trip is a partnership among the Central Iowa Tourism Region, Eastern Iowa Tourism Association, Western Iowa Tourism Region and Iowa Tourism Office to promote tourism destinations in the state and raise awareness of tourism’s impact on Iowa’s economy.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Agency on Aging seeks Board members

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Connections Area Agency on Aging (AAA) say the organization is looking to fill open positions on their Board of Directors. The opening are for professional volunteers who want to help develop and approves the service planning and the budget for 20 counties in western, southwestern and southern Iowa.

Board members meet on the last Thursday of each month, and serve three year terms of service. Connections AAA is looking for candidates with the following skills: Marketing, strategic planning, fund development, and disability services but we also value other unique skill sets and the commitment to make a positive impact on seniors is critical.

If interested, please contact Kelly Butts at Connections AAA – email to kbutts@connectionsaaa.org or phone 800/432-9209 ext. 1013 to declare your interest and receive an application form. If you’ve been looking for some place to apply your leadership skills, and if you care about quality of life for Iowa’s seniors, you should consider applying for a Board position.

Nodaway Valley moves forward with Superintendent sharing

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Nodaway Valley and CAM School Districts are closer to an agreement that would allow the districts to share one Superintendent, save money and receive incentive funds. The Nodaway Valley School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to enter into a sharing agreement for the services of a superintendent, with the CAM School District.

It’s expected the CAM School Board will approve the agreement during their meeting this coming week. If that happens, the arrangement would help to off-set recent budget cuts at Nodaway Valley, and maybe reverse some of those decisions.

Both districts stand to benefit from a superintendent sharing agreement, because the Iowa Legislature approved a new five-year program for operational sharing that allows cooperative districts to count eight additional students for each of the next five-years, which amounts to about $50,000 per year.

YPA and YMCA host Mentor Activity

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic spent an evening flying kites with kids at the YMCA, recently. YPA President Kevin Weiser said “It is great to spend quality time with these kids. We want to give them fun, positive activities to look forward too.” mentor 2014 ANT

The next YPA mentorship activity will be May 20th at the YMCA. YPA Civic Engagement Chair Hans Krengel said “We are just getting started and hope to recruit more YPA mentors for the program.”

If you are interested in joining the YPA Mentor Program contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-2017,  or e-mail chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

Veterans in Cass County needed to apply for Commission seat

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Veterans Affairs Director Mitch Holmes is putting out a call to all honorably discharged veterans in the County, in hopes they will apply to fill a seat on the Cass County Veterans Commission.  Applicants must be honorably discharged veteran who reside in Cass County.

The three-year Commission term begins on July 1st, 2014. To apply for the position,  you must provide provide proof of military service, and meet the requirements outlined in Iowa Code 35.1.

The deadline for applications is May 30th, 2014. For applications and more information, contact the Veterans Affairs office at the Cass County Courthouse, 5 W. 7th St., Atlantic, IA 50022, or call 712-243-6662.”

Accident in Atlantic causes $7k damage

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A collision in Atlantic Thursday afternoon caused $7,000 damage altogether, but no one was injured. The Atlantic Police Department reports a vehicle driven by Ty Jordan, of Atlantic, rear-ended a vehicle driven by Tammie Jens, of Lewis, at the intersection of 7th and Olive Streets. The accident took place at around 4:20-p.m., as Jens was stopped at the traffic lights headed eastbound on 7th Street. Jordan was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, and No Proof of Insurance.

Exira man arrested early Friday morning on assault charge

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson reports one-person was arrested early this (Friday) morning following an investigation into an incident in Exira that allegedly occurred late Thursday night. 49-year old David Lee Nelson, of Exira, was arrested at around 12:50-a.m. on a charge of Domestic Assault.

Nelson was being held without bond in the Audubon County Jail, pending an appearance before the Magistrate.

(9-a.m. News)

Harlan Municipal Utilities announces rate hike

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May 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Residents in Harlan will see an increase in electricity rates starting in July. In a board of trustees meeting Thursday, Harlan Municipal Utilities set in motion to approve a four percent increase in electric rates starting on July 1st. The board approved the recommendation from John Burmeister of Public Financial Management (PFM). Burmeister proposed the recommendation at a previous HMU board meeting in April.

In other news, HMU said a transformer along Industrial Avenue in Harlan failed on Wednesday afternoon causing a disruption in the distribution system. The failure led to a loss of power to customers in the south 12th Street area of Harlan. The outage began around 3:40pm on Wednesday and crews were able to restore power to all customers by 4:30.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

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