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National Bike month: Safety Tips

News, Sports

April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

May is “National Bike Month.” The Iowa Department of Transportation says with the weather finally warming up, more and more people will be pedaling down the streets on two wheels. The DOT is joining the League of American Bicyclists to promote May as National Bike Month. Officials say you can check around your workplace or community for activities related to these dates:

  •   Bike to School Day – May 8 (Be sure to register at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/)
  •   Bike to work week May 13 – 17 
  •   Bike to work day – May 17

If you are heading out on two wheels, here are a few safety tips from the Iowa DOT.

  •          Always wear a helmet.
  •          Wear bright colored clothing, rather than dark colors, especially at dusk and dawn.
  •          Ride on the right. Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn, or avoiding hazards.
  •          Never ride against traffic. Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  •          Obey traffic signs and signals. Use hand signals to advise motorists you plan to turn, change lanes or stop.
  •          Make eye contact with motorists. Never assume a motorist sees you or that you have the right of way. Expect the unexpected such as: parked vehicles pulling into traffic; vehicle doors opening into your path; and debris on the road.
  •          At night use a headlight, taillight and reflectors.

For motorists, safely sharing the road with bicycles includes:

  •          Not honking your horn at bicyclists. They may be startled and lose control.
  •          Using extra caution when passing bicycles. Move entirely into the left lane; on a two-lane road, do not pass a bicycle if oncoming traffic is near.
  •          Being aware that bicyclists might swerve to avoid road hazards. Common road hazards for bicyclists are potholes, debris, drainage grates, railroad tracks and narrow bridges.
  •          Being careful when opening your vehicle door. Road widths often force bicyclists to ride close to parked vehicles where they may be injured by an opening door.
  •          And, when in doubt, yield to bicycles. 

Car vs. bicycle accident in Atlantic


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered knee and other possible injuries Monday evening in Atlantic, when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car near 7th and Plum Street. The Atlantic Police Department reports the bicycle driven by an unidentified individual, was traveling westbound on the sidewalk near Great Western Bank at 1407 E. 7th Street at around 5:55-p.m., when a vehicle struck the bike’s rear tire, causing the bicyclist to fall off. The person was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of possible injuries.

The accident happened as a vehicle driven by Pamela Skow, of Atlantic, was traveling north in the exit drive from the bank. Skow stopped, but then continued forward, striking the bike. Damage from the accident amounted to $800. No citations were issued.

8AM Newscast 04-30-2013

News, Podcasts

April 30th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Sioux City woman makes pleas in fatal collision


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City woman has been convicted of three charges stemming from a fatal collision between her pickup and a motorcycle.  The Sioux City Journal reports that 37-year-old Kimberly Pauley pleaded guilty last week to not having a valid driver’s license and not having insurance. She entered an Alford plea to a charge of failing to yield while making a left turn. Under the Alford plea, Pauley didn’t admit guilty but acknowledged the prosecution likely could prove the charge.

Police say that on Sept. 27, Pauley turned her truck left in front of the motorcycle being driven by 25-year-old Cody Harris on the east side of Sioux City. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.  Pauley’s sentencing is set for June 27.

Frederickson Funds donates to NVF YMCA


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $1000.00 to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA’s 2013 Partnership with Youth Campaign as Chairman’s Roundtable Members.

Pictured: Melanie Petty, Grant Petty, Darrin Petty and Laena Frederickson. (Photo courtesy Melanie Petty)

This is the 4th year the fund has supported the YMCA. The fund was named in honor of Atlantic graduate, 21-year old Frederickson, who lost his life during a Council Bluffs apartment fire in 2009.

Nominations sought for Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Nominations will be accepted beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) for the 11th annual Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest. Ron Birkenholz is with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, which sponsors the contest.

Breitbachs Country Dining in Balltown, was last year’s Iowa “Best Bread Pork Tenderloin” winner.

“Any restaurant, cafe, tavern…you know, anyone who serves a breaded pork tenderloin is eligible to be nominated,” Birkenholz says. “We encourage tenderloin lovers to get their nominations in on May 1st.” In addition to statewide publicity, the winner of the contest receives a plaque and $500.

“All the past winners have always told us they see a major influx of business,” Birkenholz says. “We’ve got people from all over the Midwest who follow this contest. We’ve had people from Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri go to these restaurants that win to try (their pork tenderloin).” Iowans who want to submit a nomination can do so online at www.IowaPork.org. Entries are due by June 11.

Last year, Iowans submitted a record 993 nominations naming 65 restaurants. Judges visited the restaurants and ultimately chose Breitbach’s  Country Dining in Balltown as the 2013 winner of “Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin.” The winner of this year’s contest will be named in October, which is “Pork Month.” The winner of “Iowa’s Best Burger Contest” will revealed this Thursday. That competition is sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Traffic stop in Adams County results in an arrest


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop at around 8:15-p.m. Monday in Adams County resulted in an arrest. Sheriff’s officials say 21-year old Christopher Cerda-Romo, of Lenox, was taken into custody after it was determined he was Driving While Suspended. Cerda-Romo was booked into the Adams County Jail and held pending an initial court appearance.

Red Oak man arrested on a drug charge


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Monday night on a drug charge. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year old James Donald Uhlmann, Jr., was taken into custody in the 1800 block of east Summit Street, in Red Oak, just before 9-p.m.  Uhlman was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and released on $300 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tues., April 30th 2013


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A truck carrying a backhoe crashed into an overpass spanning Interstate 35 in Warren County, causing police to close the northbound lanes of the freeway. Officials closed the lanes after determining the overpass wasn’t safe to drive on or pass beneath.

GILBERT, Iowa (AP) — High school students in the Story County city of Gilbert are looking forward to moving across the street for classes in the fall. The students will pick up their desks and chairs on the last day of school this year and carry them to waiting trucks. They’ll be moved across the street to the new high school.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A real estate agents group estimates high quality crop land in Iowa is worth $11,515 an acre. The Realtors Land Institute, made up of people specializing in farm and land sales, management and appraisal, say the average value is up 9.4 percent from September 2012.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The owner of Henry’s Turkey Service testified during a trial in federal court that he didn’t strike a disabled man who worked for him. Kenneth Henry spoke yesterday during the trial in Davenport, where the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking compensation for 32 former employees whom it claims were mistreated.

Group estimates Iowa crop land at $11,515 an acre

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A real estate agents group estimates high quality crop land in Iowa is worth $11,515 an acre. The Realtors Land Institute, made up of people specializing in farm and land sales, management and appraisal, say the average value is up 9.4 percent from September 2012. The Des Moines Register reports northwest Iowa had the most expensive land, at $13,387 an acre.

Those surveyed were asked to estimate average values as of March 2013. The soaring prices are due largely to high prices for commodities, such as corn and soybeans, that have put farmers in position to buy land as well as low interest rates.