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Trio of Republicans announce plans to run for Ernst’s IA Senate seat

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November 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha World-Herald reports three Republicans have announced they will seek the Iowa Senate seat being vacated by Joni Ernst, who won election to the U.S. Senate earlier this month. Once Ernst resigns from her State Senate seat, Gov. Terry Branstad will call for a special election to fill the vacancy.

State Rep. Mark Costello of rural Imogene, Fremont County Board member Cara Marker-Morgan of Hamburg and Clarinda school board member Seth Watkins have all announced their candidacies.

Elderly man critically injured in crash SE of C. Bluffs

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November 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was critically injured Tuesday afternoon in a truck accident southeast of Council Bluffs. Officials with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office told the Omaha World-Herald, that the accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. at 22338 Pioneer Trail. 80-year old Francis Hedrick of rural Council Bluffs was taken by medical helicopter to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

The Sheriff’s Office said Hedrick was eastbound on Pioneer Trail in a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck as a 1983 GMC flatbed straight truck was backing out of a driveway. The pickup struck the back of the straight truck, the Sheriff’s Office said, and the crash left Hedrick briefly trapped in the Ford after the vehicle’s dashboard was pushed into him.

He was taken by a Lewis Township rescue squad to the Lewis Central High School parking lot, where he was transferred to the medical helicopter, the Sheriff’s Office said. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, authorities said. Hedrick was listed in good condition Wednesday.

The driver of the straight truck, 32-year old Travis Tyson, of Bellevue, was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office said Tyson cited for unsafe backing and failure to yield.

$23-to $27-million “Tiger Vision” projects subject of public hearing in Red Oak

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November 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Red Oak Community School District will be able to participate in the district’s facilities planning process, during a regular meeting of the Red Oak School Board on Dec. 15th, beginning at 6-p.m. in the Red Oak Technology Center. The Daily NonPareil reports, the district’s facility planning process, known as Tiger Vision, accelerated after Red Oak Community Middle School was temporarily shut down over the Labor Day weekend. Facility recommendations were made in September, and the board has since mulled how it wants to proceed on the project that could include a $12.5-million high school addition.

The addition would make room for middle-schoolers in the current high school classrooms. Tiger Vision proposes consolidating the district into a two-building campus instead of having separate, stand-alone buildings across the city for preschool, kindergarten through grade 3, grades 4 and 5, grades 6 through 8 and grades 9 through 12. Superintendent Terry Schmidt told the paper in an email that no decision would be made concerning “Tiger Vision” until another opportunity is given for public input – questions or concerns.

If the recommendations were adopted following the public hearing next month, the Red Oak Community High School would receive an addition that would provide a modern high school space. The elementary grades would see an addition and renovation of Inman Elementary School, located only a block away from the high school, along with a new intermediate school.

Total costs for the Tiger Vision projects are between $23 million and $27 million. Schmidt has said the district believes it could use its physical plant and equipment levy and state sales tax proceeds to do the high school component without the need to issue a general obligation bond, which would require a 60 percent supermajority approval from district voters.

Governor Branstad talks about importance of Thanksgiving

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November 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad will be hosting his family’s Thanksgiving celebration today (Thursday). “Thanksgiving is a special holiday, it’s truly an American holiday where we really celebrate the founding of our nation, the pilgrims coming to America, the hardships that they overcame,” Branstad says. He says the holiday is a time to reflect on what we have.

“I think it’s also an important time for us to just say thanks to everyone who has done so much to give us the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy in this country — especially our military veterans,” according to Branstad. The governor will be joined by his wife Chris, his kids and grandkids and some special friends for the holiday. He has this message for Iowans.

“We wish a very blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving to all Iowa families,” Branstad says. Branstad pardoned two turkeys earlier this week in an annual ceremony, but he does plan to have the traditional turkey on his plate for the big dinner.

“I’m a white meat eater, and my role is carving the turkey. Chris basically prepares it and I carve it,” Branstad explains. “We have other members of the family bring other food items as well.”
The governor is attending the annual community Thanksgiving service at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines today where parishioners dress in period garb. That service begins at 10 a-m.

(Radio Iowa)

Prospects look good for pheasant hunting during Thanksgiving

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November 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The turkey gets all the attention during the Thanksgiving holiday, but another bird is creeping back into the spotlight this year. Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist, Todd Bogenschutz, says after several years with their population being down, pheasants are making a comeback. “One of the traditions in Iowa was doing the pheasant hunt before the Thanksgiving meal and with improved bird numbers this year we’ve been getting pretty positive reports and I expect they’ll probably be a few more folks bringing back that tradition,” Bogenschutz says.

The pheasant season opened October 25th, and while the first few weekends are generally some of the best hunting, he says several factors have combined to make the prospects better for hunting now. “Our bird numbers were improved and on top of that we kind of had the late crop harvest, so it was a little challenging the opening week and week after there,” Bogenschutz says. “People had good success, but the birds figured out those crops were there, and most of those crops are gone now and that’s providing a few more birds that weren’t available to hunters.”

He says the latest snowfall also is a benefit to hunters. “Birds can make use of road ditches or even crop fields before we had snow and blend in pretty well, but now when things turn white the birds aren’t so comfortable just being out there in the open. That helps hunters, they can concentrate on the good areas of habitat, and that’s probably where the birds will move to as well,” Bogenschutz explains. A final count on the pheasant harvest won’t come until March, but Bogenschutz likes what he’s heard form hunters thus far.

“It’s just anecdotal reports, but they have all been positive. Folks are really pleasantly surprised with the bird numbers and the success they have been having,” Bogenschutz says. “I think that’s going to lead to probably our best bird harvest that we’ve had in a number of years.” Hunting hours for the pheasant season are 8 a-m until 4:30 p-m each day. The daily limit is three rooster pheasants. The season closes on January 10th.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Nov. 27th 2014

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November 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is facing hours of questions under oath about his administration’s treatment of a gay former state administrator. The governor was being questioned in a deposition Wednesday by an attorney for Chris Godfrey, the former workers’ compensation commissioner. Godfrey has filed a lawsuit against Branstad and aides alleging he was singled out for harsh treatment because he’s openly gay.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska bank president and an Iowa teenager who kept their cool and saved others will be honored during halftime of the Nebraska-Iowa “Heroes” football game on Friday. Gene Willers is president of Midwest Bank in Pilger, and on June 16th he saved eight people from an EF4 tornado. Eighteen-year-old Austin Benson of Winterset will be honored for helping a friend thrown from a horse last Fourth of July.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City clown who was in a coma for more than a week following an August car accident is on the road to recovery. As Happy the Clown, Anne Grady has been putting smiles on the faces of children and adults for the past 30 years. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports she was in a coma for 12 days after a multi-vehicle wreck on August 27th near Sheffield.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man has pleaded guilty to distributing heroin that caused an overdose death. Federal authorities announced the conviction on Wednesday. Ramon Freeman appeared in federal court Monday.

Montgomery County Arrest

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November 26th, 2014 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a Villisca man Wednesday afternoon. 23 year old Jeremy Scott Dolph was arrested on charges of domestic assault from a reported incident the evening of November 25th. Dolph is being held on 3-hundred dollar bond.

Fremont County Arrest

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November 26th, 2014 by admin

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of an Essex man. A report was received stating 37 year old Alan Burnison had followed the individual to his residence in the Barlett area from Exit 42 on Interstate 29 and would not leave. When officers arrived they observed Burnison sitting in his vehicle nearby and left upon their arrival. Burnison was stopped and found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Burnison was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Burnison is being held at the Fremont County Jail on 13-hundred dollar bond.

Glenwood woman arrested Tuesday

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November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports the arrest on Tuesday of a woman wanted on a warrant. 25-year old Esperanza Cadena, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Mills county warrant for OWI 1st offense. Cadena’s bond was set at $1,000.

8 people indicted in Sioux City officer shooting

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November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Eight people have been accused of helping a man flee Sioux City after he shot a police officer. The federal grand jury indictments charge the eight with various crimes and all are charged with conspiracy to obstruct or interfere with governmental functions.

Jamal Dean, the man convicted of shooting officer Kevin McCormick, fled Sioux City after the April 29, 2013, shooting. He was arrested five days later during a traffic stop in Riviera, Texas, 105 miles from the Mexican border. Although McCormick’s police vehicle was riddled with bullets and he was shot in the head, he wasn’t seriously injured. He’s returned to work.

Dean later pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.