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July 5th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Council Bluffs fatal accident (update 8:44-a.m.)


July 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed during a two-vehicle accident early this (Friday) morning, in Council Bluffs. According to Bluff’s Police, officers responded to a crash off Interstate 29 and Highway 92, at around 1:20-a.m. Authorities say a van traveling east in the westbound lanes of traffic collided with a westbound vehicle carrying four people. A passenger in the westbound car died at the hospital. The victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Two men remain at a local hospital, while another woman was treated and released. The driver of the van was arrested. Authorities say alcohol played a role in the crash. No other details have been released at this time.

Lullabye Foundation names golf tournament after 2 Atlantic residents

News, Sports

July 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with “The Lullabye Foundation” have announced that their 2013 Annual Golf Tournament has been named to honor the memories of two long-time Atlantic residents and community benefactors, James and Gertrude Hunt. The 4-person, “Texas Scramble/Best Ball” Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 20th, at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club.  Registration begins at 8:15am.  Play – with a shot-gun start – begins at 9:00am.  All players will receive a meal ticket for a picnic lunch, which will be available between 10:30-a.m. and Noon. 

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams; those prizes being gift certificates for a foursome and two carts to Lake Panorama National in Panora, and Fox Run and Bent Tree Golf Courses in Council Bluffs.  There will be individual hole prizes on ten of the courses’ 18 holes.

All proceeds from Lullabye’s Jim and Gert Hunt Memorial Golf Tournament will be used to support the Lullabye Foundation’s mission of helping CassCounty children. Since 2007, nearly $65,000 has been given to deserving children to help them achieve a dream they might never experience without Lullabye’s intervention.

Lullabye’s Pastors Dennis and Sally Meyer, say their mission is one Jim and Gert Hunt’s family believes reflects the kind of care, concern, and personal mission their parents were committed to as they lived and served in the greater Cass County community for many years.  Gertrude was a teacher, and saw first-hand the needs of many kids and tried to address them as best she was able.  The Hunt’s were generous supporters of numerous programs that built stronger kids in the community, including the Lullabye Foundation.

Opportunities remain available to enter teams into the tournament and/or to step up to be hole sponsors for the event, or both.  Questions about the tournament can be directed to Mike or Pam Koranda at 243-2982, or at 2705 Palm Street in Atlantic.

Humane Society lists 8 Iowa dog breeders on “Horrible Hundred” list


July 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Eight dog breeders in Iowa are being named to the national “Horrible Hundred,” a list of so-called puppy mills put out by the Humane Society of the United States. Kathleen Summers, spokeswoman for the organization, says the facilities on the list have slews of issues including thousands of dollars in fines for Animal Welfare Act violations, dead dogs and neglected puppies in need of urgent veterinary care.

“We selected 100 puppy mills that have been cited for multiple problems over the last couple of years and in some cases, over more than a decade,” Summers says. “What we’re trying to do is show the types of problems that are out there, not just with these 100 puppy mills, but actually at hundreds and hundreds of additional puppy mills across the country.” The 100 facilities listed are located in 20 states, with many of them in the Midwest, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri.

With eight, Iowa is one of the worst states on the list. Summers says the region is home to so many puppy mills because the central location is key to shipping animals to pet stores all across the nation. In most cases, Summers says the facilities listed have been cited for violations by the U-S Department of Agriculture. “The USDA regulates puppy mills that sell to pet stores but there are hundreds of additional puppy mills that sell over the internet through websites that make it look like it’s a small family breeder,” Summers says. “They sell puppies sight unseen to people across the country and many of those puppy mills are never inspected at all.”

For Iowa families who are in the market for a canine companion, Summers recommends never patronizing a puppy farm and never buying a dog over the internet.  “If you do decide to go to a breeder, make sure you visit in person and see how the puppy’s mother is living, see where the puppy was born and raised and see if it’s the kind of place you really want your dollars supporting,” Summers says. “Another fantastic option is going to an animal shelter. Your money there will be used to help save more animals instead of supporting a potentially cruel facility.”

The facilities in Iowa on the Humane Society list include: David and Joane Cline in Sully, Doug and Wendie Dettbarn at the Purple Heart Kennel in Strawberry Point, Gary Felts at the Black Diamond Kennel in Kingsley, Connie and Harold Johnson of CW’s Quaint Critters in Melvin, Kenneth and Leatrice McGuire in North English, Debra Pratt of New Sharon, Lennie and Lonnie Rumley at Tripple L Kennels in Leon, and Linda Thorpe of Sky Blue Ranch in Winterset.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., July 5th 2013


July 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — The central Iowa city of Marshalltown skipped its usual summer practice of spraying for mosquitoes last year, as drought substantially curbed the pest’s population. Not this year. Heavy rains this spring and summer have the town scrambling to control an onslaught of the bloodsucking insects. The Marshalltown Times-Republic reports that crews sprayed along the town’s streets Wednesday and into Independence Day.

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a small town just south of Iowa City have been advised to drink bottled water until repairs can be made on a broken water line. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a line burst yesterday in Wellman. The water is now bypassing the reverse osmosis system used to reduce nitrates. The department says repairs are being made and that the water has to be tested to make sure it’s safe.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport police have identified a man shot to death earlier this week. The Quad-City Times reports that the death of 30-year-old Zachary Thompson of Rock Island has been classified as a homicide. Thompson died Tuesday morning at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A former Dubuque cafe owner who was granted the nation’s first riverboat gambling license has died. The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports that 78-year-old Bob Kehl died at home on Wednesday morning shortly after being released from a local hospital.

Man suspected in police officer hit-and-run is caught in Omaha


July 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man suspected of stealing a vehicle and striking a Council Bluffs Police officer last month was apprehended Thursday afternoon, in Omaha. According to the Council Bluffs NonPareil, 24-year old Andrew M. Brown was taken into custody following a pursuit that reached speeds of up to 80-miles per hour. He was arrested after being found under a porch and a short scuffle with police, following the chase. An unidentified 22-year old female passenger in the vehicle was also apprehended.

The incident involving the injured Council Bluffs officer began on June 25th. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputies were pursuing a vehicle Brown allegedly stole out of Omaha. As he entered the Council Bluffs city limits, Council Bluffs police officers were in the area and attempted to disable the vehicle with stop sticks. Officials say Brown directed the vehicle toward several officers before striking one. The officer was flipped in the air and against a utility pole before landing in a ditch. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.  Brown then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Council Bluffs Police Department had obtained and issued warrants for Brown. He faces attempted murder, assault on a peace officer and first-degree theft charges.

State’s “Healthy & Happy Outdoors” program offers prizes to participants

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

State officials have created a new on-line contest to encourage Iowans to spend more time outdoors. Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp says it’s called the “Healthy and Happy Outdoors” program.  “Getting people more involved with outdoor recreational activities has always been an essential goal of the Department of Natural Resources,” Gipp says. “…Outdoor activity has proven advantages in improving physical and mental health.”

Gipp says there are more than 30 different types of outdoor activities available in more than 16-hundred state parks and public areas around the state, ranging from hiking and biking to bird watching and horse riding. Gipp and others in his agency are calling their “Healthy and Happy Outdoors” program H-two-O (H2O), the chemical compound known as water. “H2O allows people to sign up and keep track of the activities they do and the places they visit,” Gipp says. “Those who register and log activities will also be eligible for some prize drawings that will be donated from private sources.” 

People who log their activities on the state’s “Healthy and Happy Outdoors” website between now and the Iowa State Fair will be entered in a drawing. One of the prizes is a six-hour “how to kayak” course, valued at 575 dollars. There’s also a “photo quilt” competition on the website through July 22nd. One photographer from each of Iowa’s 99 counties will win a free subscription to the Iowa Outdoors magazine. For more information: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Recreation/HealthyHappyOutdoors.aspx

(Radio Iowa)

Book spotlights the disappearing Iowa tradition of supper clubs


July 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The vanishing Midwestern tradition of supper clubs is the subject of a new book that features stories and photos of the remaining relics across the region.

The Supper Club Book

The Supper Club Book

Author Dave Hoekstra says supper clubs were much more than just restaurants. Giving a clear definition of one is a bit challenging, but he says it starts with a great view in a typically rural location. “It would always have linen napkins, relish trays — that’s a good sign of a supper club, Friday night fish fry and prime rib on Saturdays,” Hoekstra says. “Clumsy furniture, like old orange naugahyde chairs and things like that.” 

Hoekstra, who’s a writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, spent three summers visiting the aging establishments from Iowa to Ohio to create “The Supper Club Book.” Some remaining supper clubs have been given new life with new owners, up-scale menus and more “farm to table-style” cooking, but most still have the look and feel of T-V’s “Mad Men,” somewhat lost in a by-gone decade. “Back in the day, people would go to a supper club at suppertime, around 4 or 5 o’clock,” Hoekstra says. “You’d have a couple of Old Fashioneds, a couple of drinks, sometimes there’d be live music, you’d go sit down have a nice, leisurely dinner, take their time, look out at that beautiful view, then come back and adjourn to the bar, have a couple more drinks and listen to the music. It would be a six- or seven-hour evening.”

 Today’s fast-paced lifestyle helped to doom many of the region’s supper clubs, he says, as well as stricter laws about drinking and driving. Some of the clubs have their roots in the 1930s and began as speak-easies and Prohibition-era roadhouses, complete with gambling. Hoekstra says many were, and still are, dimly lit. “The dim lighting and just the escape, that you’re going somewhere different, exotic, you’re taking a little trip in a short while,” Hoekstra says. “The definition of a supper club, it just seems like you’re going out for this really enchanting evening and the dim light plays into that.” 

The book contains more than a hundred pictures and interviews with club owners and patrons. Hoekstra calls it a combination travel guide and social history.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested for railroad trespassing


July 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report one person was arrested this (Thursday) afternoon, for trespassing on railroad property. 20-year old Kyle Robert Danick, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 3:05-p.m. in the vicinity of Marsden Avenue and Coolbaugh Street. He was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center in $300 bond.

Having a rare disease is especially hard for rural Iowans


July 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

There are thousands of rare diseases and it can be a frustrating, expensive challenge for people to get the proper diagnosis and treatment, especially in rural states like Iowa. Nicole Boice is the founder of Global Genes, an advocacy group for people with rare illnesses. Boice says their new survey finds many patients are usually sent from one doctor to the next. “It takes, on average, seven years for a patient to actually receive a proper diagnosis,” Boice says. “While they’re on that seven-year journey, they typically see up to eight different physicians and they are misdiagnosed two to three times.” 

She says some Iowans who live in remote areas have to travel long distances to see a specialist to get the tests or the treatment they need. “You’re tested, you’re re-tested, it’s very trying financially for these families,” Boice says. “From this survey, we’ve seen that about 40% of the patients have had to borrow money from family or friends to pay for their health care and over half have had to dip into their savings. There’s a tremendous amount of medical bankruptcy within the rare disease community.” 

Rare diseases affect about one in ten Americans so Boice says it’s likely everyone knows someone suffering from such an illness. Some of the diseases are more well-known, like cystic fibrosis or muscular dystrophy. The report also shows 92-percent of physicians report they find it difficult to address the needs of rare disease patients in a typical office visit. 

More than seven-thousand distinct rare diseases exist and about 80-percent are caused by faulty genes. The National Institutes of Health estimates 50-percent of people affected by rare diseases are children, making rare diseases one of the most deadly and debilitating for children worldwide.

(Radio Iowa)