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Rain Barrel Workshop made possible due to a grant

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March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Conservation Board say a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ REAP Conservation Education Project, will allow a Rain Barrel Workshop will be held in Atlantic next month. The workshop is being held as a partnership between the West Pottawattamie Coil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) and the Cass County Conservation Board.

“The Rainscaping Loess Soils” Rain Barrel Workshop will be held from 9:30-a.m. until Noon Saturday, April 14th, at IWCC, in Atlantic.The workshop will include a program about rainwater harvesting, and will include a chane to build a rain barrel that you can take home. The barrels work best, when connected to a downspout.

The cost to build a rain barrel is $40 for supplies. For other class dates and times, and to register for the free classes, go to www.iwcc.edu/ce/classes/GoGreen.asp . Or, for more informaton, call your local USDA-NRCS Office. Locally, information can be obtained from Cass County Naturalist Lora Schwendinger, at 712-769-2372.

Talks continue at Exira-EHK about Whole Grade Sharing & reorganization

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March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Exira-and Elk Horn Kimballton School Districts’ Boards of Education held a joint meeting earlier this week. Superintendent Dean Schnoes said the boards talked about how things were going with the Whole Grade Sharing arrangement between the districts. He says none of the board members expressed any concerns, and they plan to continue moving forward with Whole Grade Sharing, because the arrangement is working well with both the teachers and students.

Schnoes said also the districts will continue with their 1-to-1 incentives with regard to computers, and will constantly keep working to bring the faculty members from both districts together on future projects. Schnoes says there may still be some adjustments on staffing, as far as placement is concerned, but there are no big changes planned for the immediate future.

He says the process has also begun on getting together the paperwork necessary, with the intent of having the districts reorganized by July 1st, 2014. That’s the date when money for Whole Grade Sharing will run out. The districts can still Whole Grade Share, but Schnoes says there are no incentives after that point.

The next incentive would be to look at reorganization, because the tax rates would likely go down from $5.40 per thousand valuation, but a reorganized district would see those rates dropped to $4.40 per thousand for the first year, with incremental increases each year thereafter until it reaches $5.40 again, in the fourth year of organization. He says the goal is to have the petitions completed and vote taken by July 1st, 2014 to make reorganization official.

Schnoes said the joint boards Monday also discussed the hiring of a business manager. There are three applicants for the job, with interviews slated for next week.

Griswold school bus & pickup collide Wednesday – no injuries

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March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported when a Griswold Community School District bus and a pickup collided late Wednesday afternoon. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened on 650th Street, about one-half mile south of Victoria Road. Officials say the northbound 2011 Freightliner school bus with 11 students on-board, was stopped when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup was identified as 39-year old Susan Mae Lane, of Griswold. Damage from the accident amounted to $7,000. No citations have been issued. The accident however, remains under investigation.

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Iowa (early) News Headlines: March 29, 2012

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March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he’ll eat some of the so-called “pink slime” meat to demonstrate that it’s safe and nutritious. Branstad joined his predecessor in Iowa’s statehouse, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for a Des Moines press conference yesterday to fight “misinformation” about the food products. Besides the meat tasting, Branstad will join other governors to tour Beef Products Incorporated plants in South Sioux City, Nebraska today.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — West Des Moines based grocery chain Hy-Vee says some customers were unhappy with the grocery chain’s decision this week not to sell ground beef with the ingredient known as pink slime. So the company now plans to offer beef with and without the ingredient. A Hy-Vee spokeswoman made the announcement yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cable television provider Mediacom says customers in 17 counties in central and Southern Iowa whose televisions are not yet digital ready have been given a two-week extension before analog reception is fully eliminated. The company says the upgrade to all-digital channels will be completed by April 10th.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A former Fort Dodge police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at a bar has been given probation. Forty-six-year-old Galen Hindt had pleaded guilty to extortion. Judge Michael Moon gave Hindt three years of probation on Tuesday. The alleged sexual assault happened in April 2011 before Hindt resigned from the police force.

Cass & Montgomery County Primary elections set

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The deadline to file papers for the June 5th Primary has passed. Persons interested in filing for County Offices had until the end of the business Wednesday to file with their County Auditors. In Cass County, as previously mentioned, incumbents Duane McFadden, Charles Rieken and Frank Waters have filed for re-election to the Board of Supervisors, Dale Sunderman filed for re-election to his County Auditor’s post, and Darby McLaren filed for re-election as Sheriff. All five men are Republican, and none will be opposed in the Primary. Also on the ballot in Cass County, are various candidates for the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives.

Among them, are Republicans:  Tom Latham, U-S Representative – District 3; Jake Chapman & Matthew T. Mardesen, State Senate – District 10; Clel Baudler, State Representative – District 20, and Jack Drake, State Representative – District 21. Democrats having filed for the June 5th Primary include: Leonard Boswell, U-S Representative – District 3; Greg Nepstad, State Representative – District 20, & John Rose, State Representative – District 21.

In Montgomery County: Republican Ted Schoonover has filed for County Auditor; Incumbent Republican Joe Sampson faces a challenge from fellow Republican Chris Stephens, for the job of Sheriff;  Republican Bryant Amos has filed for Supervisor – District 3; and Republican Donna Robinson has filed for a Supervisor seat in District 5.

SW IA and MO men Sentenced For Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports two men, one from southwest Iowa, the other from northwest Missouri, were sentenced Tuesday in U-S District Court, to a total of nearly 21-years in prison for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. 54-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., of Coin, Iowa, and 47-year old Wilbur Leo Long, III, of Elmo, Missouri, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey.

United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt said Gray, Sr. was sentenced to 150 months (12 1/2-years) imprisonment, and Wilbur Leo Long, III, was sentenced to a term of 100 months (8-years, three months) imprisonment. Both men were also sentenced to five years supervised release following their incarceration.

Klinefeldt says from approximately January of 2005 until November of 2010, Gray, Sr. & Long were involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri areas with co-conspirators: 56-year old Orvis Lee Wagaman, of College Springs, Iowa; 34-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., of Clarinda, Iowa; 23-year old Levi Edward Gray, of Clarinda, and others.

Gray, Jr. was sentenced on February 21st, 2012, to 15-years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and 5-years for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense, for a total sentence of 240 months imprisonment. Levi Gray was also sentenced on that date to a term of 48 months in prison, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Orvis Lee Wagaman, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22nd, 2012.

The case against the men was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office (MO), Buchanan County Drug Strike Force (MO), NITRO Task Force (MO), Tri County Task Force (Adams, Ringgold, and Taylor Counties), Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ringgold and Taylor County Attorneys’ Offices. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

IA DCI identifies Clarinda shooting subjects

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Wednesday evening released the names of the Police Officer and a man he shot during an incident early this (Wednesday) morning.  Officials say at approximately 3:19 AM, Clarinda Police Department Officer Justin Ridnour, went to 110 North 16th Street in Clarinda.  He was responding to a 911 call received from a female in the residence.  The caller, Alisha Michaelson, indicated there was a man with a hammer outside her window.

Upon arriving at the residence Officer Ridnour observed 40 year old Jason Cieslak using a hammer to break the window of a first floor apartment, and Ms. Michaelson inside the apartment.  Officer Ridnour approached and engaged in a conversation with Cieslak.  This dialogue continued as the confrontation traveled down the block.  Officer Ridnour repeatedly commanded Cieslak to drop the weapon (hammer). These commands were ignored. Eventually, Cieslak advanced on Officer Ridnour with the raised hammer.  Officer Ridnour then fired his duty weapon once to stop the threat, striking Cieslak.  Cieslak was immediately transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for treatment.  He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

An arrest warrant for Jason Lee Cieslak has been filed. After his release from the hospital, Cieslak will be arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary, a class “B” felony. Additional charges are pending the results of the investigation.

Arrest Warrant and Criminal Complaint

Clarinda Police Officer Justin Ridnour was not injured in the incident.  He has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.  Officer Ridnour is a two year veteran of the Clarinda Police Department. The Clarinda Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and Iowa State Patrol continue to investigate the incident.

2 NE residents injured in Fremont County crash, Wednesday afternoon

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Nebraska City, NE residents were injured this (Wednesday) afternoon when the vehicle they were in went out of control for reasons unknown, entered a ditch and rolled over multiple times, in Fremont County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of the 2002 Cadillac DeVille, 78-year old Elizabeth L. Davis, and her passenger, 62-year old Christina Weber, were transported by Sidney rescue to St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City, following the crash that occurred on westbound Highway 2. The accident happened just after 2-p.m. Both women were wearing their seat belts. The accident remains under investigation.