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June 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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June 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Vandalism/theft incidents reported in Creston


June 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department received two reports of vandalism, recently. On Tuesday, a resident in the 600 block of N. Elm Street reported her shed was vandalized sometime between 8:45- and 10-p.m., Tuesday, and air was let out of her vehicles’ tires. The damage was estimated at $100. And, a resident of Prescott reported a padlock was cut-off of a shed in the 500 block of S. Vine Street in Creston. The incident happened sometime between 3-p.m. Sunday and 3-p.m. Tuesday. A Stihl 18-inch chainsaw and Stihl weed eater were stolen. The loss was estimated at $260.

Creston Police said also, 44-year old Shane Jeromie Hoyle, of Creston, was arrested Tuesday night for Public Intoxication, second-offense. He was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Hit-and-run accident reported in Montgomery County


June 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are investigating a hit-and-run accident that took place sometime between 10:30-p.m. Tuesday and 5:45-a.m. today (Wednesday). Authorities say a 2001 Ford Taurus was legally parked in the 1100 block of N. 2nd Street, when an unknown vehicle collided with the left rear corner of the car, causing about $2,000 damage.

There is no information available as to the make and model of the vehicle responsible for the incident. If you may have seen the accident or have information regarding the incident, call the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500.

Primary election summary


June 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

There won’t be a need for a special, Republican nominating convention in Cass County. With six candidates on the ballot for the Board of Supervisor’s race in District 4, there was a chance none would obtain the required 35-percent of the vote needed in order to avoid a special convention, but that situation was averted, when Steve Baier, of Griswold, came away from Tuesday’s Primary Election with 170 votes, or 39.8-percent. In District 1, Steve Green grabbed 59.1-percent of the vote, ensuring there would be no need for a convention in that three-man Republican race.

In Cass County District 5, incumbent Republican Frank Waters garnered 56-percent of the vote in his three-man race, and incumbent Republican Auditor Dale Sunderman received 54.1-percent of the votes cast, in his win over Wendy Richter.  Green, Baier and Sunderman move on to represent the Republican party in the November General Election. Voter turnout in Cass County was 20.5%, or 1,982 ballots cast out of 9,884 registered voters.

Elsewhere, in Audubon County, incumbent Republican Sheriff Todd Johnson was defeated by his deputy, and fellow Republican, Brian Juelsgaard. Juelsgaard came away with 53-percent of the vote (705) to Johnson’s 47-percent (624 votes). And, incumbent Republican Todd Nelson, along with Rick Thompson, both received the most votes in the three-man race for 2 At Large seats on the Audubon County Board of Supervisors. Thompson received 711 votes (36.4%), while Nelson received 658 votes (33.7%). Doug Sorensen garnered 572 votes (29.3%).  (*This is a correction from earlier reports and posts)

In Guthrie County, Jack E. Lloyd won the three-way Republican race for the Board of Supervisors in District 1, when he received 46.1-percent of the votes cast. In Shelby County, incumbent Republicans Steve Kenkel and Charlie Parkhurst were the winners in the three-way race for the Board of Supervisors. In Montgomery County, incumbent Bryant Amos got the nod for re-election over his Republican opponent, Mike McCunn, with his 16-percent margin of victory in the District 3 race for the Board of Supervisors. Voter turnout in Montgomery County was only 12.39%.

And, in Pottawattamie County, Republicans Marilyn Jo Drake and Tim Wichman moved on to the November General Election, where they will face Democrat Bart Randolph for two seats on the Board of Supervisors. Five candidates had been vying for the chance to move on to November, in Tuesday’s Primary.

There were no contested races in Adair and Adams Counties to report.

Iowa (Statewide) Primary Results


June 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, overcoming a challenge from three lesser-known candidates and setting up a matchup with longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. Judge won the primary election Tuesday over state Sen. Rob Hogg, attorney Tom Fiegen and former state legislator Bob Krause. She now will face an even harder task as she runs against Grassley, who is seeking his seventh term and has never lost an election since he first ran for the Iowa Legislature in 1958. Judge was a late entry into the race, announcing she was running in March after Grassley’s refusal to hold hearings for President Barack Obama’s pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy led Democrats to feel more optimistic about their chances of winning.

Former Iowa National Guard soldier Jim Mowrer has won the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District and will face Republican David Young. Mowrer won the primary election Tuesday over Desmund Adams and Mike Sherzan in a district that stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs. Mowrer, of Des Moines, served in the National Guard in Iraq and later worked in the Pentagon. He received the Democratic nomination in the 4th District in 2014 but lost to Republican Steve King. The three Democrats seeking the nomination agreed on most issues, and the campaign largely focused on who was the best candidate to run against Young, a longtime aide to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley who is seeking a second term. Republicans hold a registration edge in the district, but the general election is expected to be competitive.

Monica Vernon has won in her second try at the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District and a chance to face Republican Rep. Rod Blum. The former Cedar Rapids City Council member won Tuesday’s primary election against former state Rep. Pat Murphy, who beat Vernon in 2014 before losing to Blum.

Republicans in Iowa’s sprawling 4th Congressional District have chosen outspoken conservative Rep. Steve King over a state senator. King won the primary election Tuesday over state Sen. Rick Bertrand, who had argued that voters were tired of the seven-term congressman’s brash statements on topics ranging from immigration to abortion. King gained the endorsements of most Iowa elected Republicans, including U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The primary campaign was focused more on candidate styles than policy positions because they agree on most issues, although Bertrand called for more emphasis on Iowa’s agricultural economy. Since being elected to Congress in 2002, King hasn’t faced a close general election. Republicans hold a significant voter registration advantage over Democrats.

Republican David Young has easily won his party’s nomination as he seeks a second term representing Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Young won the Republican primary Tuesday over retired educator Joe Grandanette. Young will face the winner of a three-person Democratic contest. Young was a longtime aide to Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley who returned to Iowa in 2014 to run for the U.S. House. He won in a crowded GOP field and then went on to win a convincing general election victory. Republicans hold a registration edge in the district, which stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs, but the general election is expected to be competitive.

Montgomery County Primary results – FINAL (Contested races)


June 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Party candidates

Board of Supervisors, District 3

*Bryant Amos (I)           145      (58.0%)

Mike McCunn              105      (42.0%)

Shelby County Primary results – FINAL


June 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Board of Supervisors (elect 2)

 *Steve Kenkel (I) Rep.             540      (40.6%)

*Charlie Parkhurst (I) Rep.       478      (36.0%)

 Loren Christensen (Rep.)          310      (23.3%)

Cass County Primary Election Results – FINAL


June 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Party candidates

Board of Supervisors, District 1

*Steve Green   169 (59.1%)

David Jones      62        (21.7%)

Dale Retallic     55        (19.2%)

Board of Supervisors, District  4

Rocky Anderson          19

Ryan Askeland 127

*Steve Baier                 170 (39.8%)

Todd Hansen                31

Nick Hensley                48

Barry Moore                30

Board of Supervisors, District 5

Ford Lillard                   84

Bernard Pettinger          65

*Frank Waters (I)          191 (56%)

County Auditor

Wendy Richter 765      (45.9%)

*Dale Sunderman (I)      900      (54.1%)

Primary Election Results – Guthrie County (FINAL)


June 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Board of Supervisors, District 1 (Republicans) – Select 1

Jim Carroll                    21        (20.6%)

Jerri Christman            33        (32.4%)

*Jack E. Lloyd               47        (46.1%)