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Nebraska-based tribe reopens damaged Iowa casino


January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – Nebraska’s Omaha Tribe has reopened its flood-damaged Iowa casino under a new name and with plans for a new building.  Sioux City television station KCAU says the Blackbird Bend Casino greeted old and new customers when it reopened its doors Saturday. It was known as CasinOmaha when it was shut down by Missouri River flooding in June 2011.      Blackbird Bend is temporarily located in the old restaurant of CasinOmaha.

A new building will be built just southeast of the old casino and will be built six feet higher in case of future flooding.  The new casino will have more than 150 employees. Construction is scheduled to begin in March and take about 13 months.  The casino is situated near Onawa, between Omaha, Neb., and Sioux City.

Red Oak man arrested on burglary charge


January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say one person was arrested early Sunday afternoon on a burglary charge. 21-year-old Cody Keen Blystone, of Red Oak,  faces a charge of 3rd degree burglary. Blystone was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Officials say Blystone was also arrested Saturday, on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Interference with Official Acts, and Possession of Stolen Property charges.

Report: Snowfall still too low to overcome drought before spring

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Just because there’s snow on the ground in Iowa doesn’t mean the drought is over. Experts at the National Drought Mitigation Center are keeping a close eye on conditions across the Midwest this winter. Center spokesman Mark Svoboda says dry weather still plagues the region’s producers who desperately need to feed livestock. “Pasture, range and forage for livestock producers all across the heartland here and they’re coming off already two pretty bad summers especially in the Southern plains and there has been no chance for that pasture and range to recover and there hasn’t been precipitation to do that,” Svoboda says. “That doesn’t just pop right back in a couple of weeks. That can take years to recover.”

It’s still too early to know if the drought will continue well into 2013 but Svoboda says there are already some foreboding signs. “We’re not running with an abundance of precipitation over the fall period so that’s strike one,” Svoboda says. “Then you look at snow. Last year was a low snowpack year that fed the Missouri basin which feeds into the Mississippi. We had low snowpack across the Great Lakes where levels are very low, almost historically low, which feeds into the Mississippi. That was strike two, and so far this year, we’re seeing a repeat of that in a lot of ways.”

There has been a good amount of snowfall already this winter in some northern states, but he says we’ll need a lot of rain this spring or we’ll likely have a repeat of last year. Svoboda says the lack of snowfall for a second consecutive year will cause a lot of problems for some farmers, like wheat producers. “You want that snow not just for moisture but for insulating that crop, helping with emergence,” Svoboda says. “Back in the fall, we didn’t get a lot of widespread good rains to help with the emergence, so we had a lot of exposed soil that was blowing around in the fall, that was still a concern. Because of the lack of forage, they were bailing a lot of the cornstalks to get forage and feed. Without that on the field, you have less stuff to capture that snow when it does fall.”

A federal report last week found more than 60-percent of the country is still under drought conditions, including all of Iowa. That report also said it would take a total of eight-feet of snow this winter to overcome the drought by spring. The National Drought Mitigation Center is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Jan. 14th 2013


January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police are trying to determine why a vehicle crashed into a creek early yesterday morning and killed three of the five people inside. The vehicle crossed a residential yard and crashed into Perry Creek shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. Two of the occupants escaped the creek on their own.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Miss Iowa managed to finish fifth at this year’s Miss America pageant, but she may be remembered more for her answer to a question about marijuana. Near the end of the night Mariah Cary of Burlington was asked whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. Cary is a junior at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Miss New York Mallory Hagan of Brooklyn won the Miss America title.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The murder trial for the man accused of killing a 23-year-old northern Iowa man is set to begin today. James Farnsworth the Second of Waterloo is schedule to be tried in the April 14th slaying of Ian Decker. The 22-year-old suspect is free on a $200,000 cash bond. Jury selection starts at 9 a.m. in Cerro Gordo County.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Aaron White led a balanced attack with 17 points as Iowa snapped a 3-game Big Ten losing streak with a 70-50 victory over Northwestern yesterday afternoon. Iowa hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, then hits the road for Big Ten games at Ohio State and Penn State.

NW Iowa crash kills 3 when vehicle hits creek


January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police are trying to determine why a vehicle crashed into a creek early Sunday morning and killed three of the five people inside. The Sioux City Journal reports that the vehicle crossed a residential yard and crashed into Perry Creek shortly after 3 a.m. Neighbors say they awoke to a loud scraping sound and a bang. Police say the vehicle landed upside down and was partially submerged in the creek. Two of the occupants climbed out of the creek on their own.

The other three passengers in the vehicle were pulled out by rescuers. Those three all died later, but weren’t immediately identified. Neighbor Beth Bowman says she said many prayers while she watched emergency workers try to help the people in the vehicle.

Adair County Board of Supervisors to receive budget requests Monday


January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will hold another Special Session to hear departmental budget requests. During their meeting at the courthouse in Greenfield at 9:30-a.m. Monday, the Board will receive Fiscal Year 2014 Budgetary requests from the Veterans Affairs, Recorder and Treasurer’s offices, and the County Custodian, with regard to General Services and E-911 budget requests.

A session held last Friday morning saw additional departmental budget requests presented before the Adair County Supervisors, whose next regular session takes place Wednesday morning.

Atlantic School Board to discuss budget and Activities survey


January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening in a regular session in the High School Media Center.  During the meeting, which begins at 7:30-p.m., the board will hear an update from Design Alliance Architects’ Jerry Purdy, with regard to the Atlantic Middle School (AMS) Renovation Project, reports from Assistant High School Prinicipal/Activity Director Josh Rasmussen, with regard to the AHS Study Table,  and three teachers, with regard to the Lindamood Bell instructional program.

The Board of Education will also act on approving an agreement with the Fremont-Mills District for Chemistry instruction, and t he Nutrition Fund paying one-half the cost of a Lunch Bus purchased last Fall. They’ll also act on approving 2013-2014 At-Risk Modified Allowable Growth, a bid for bleachers at Schuler Elementary, and a Change Order for the AMS Renovation project.

Following the conclusion of regular business, the Board will discuss the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, and Atlantic High School (AHS) Activities Study.

CAM School Board meeting preview for Mon., Jan. 14th 2013


January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM School District’s Board of Education will hold a work session Monday evening, in Anita. During their 7-p.m. session in the CAM High School Media Center, the Board will hear from Larry Sigel, President of the Iowa School Finance Information Service (ISFIS), with regard to district finances. The Board will also review the CAM Education Association’s initial proposal.

No action is typically taken during school board work sessions, which are designed for information and discussion.

Audubon City Council to meet Monday evening


January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday evening. On the agenda for the 7-p.m. session at City Hall, is approval of specific liquor licenses for Cliffs and the Dollar General Store, along with four resolutions assessing unpaid utility bills at 106, 206 and 312 Second Avenue, as well as 512 1st Avenue, and the adjustment of three utility billings according to Council Policy, of 25% of the overage where a leak has occurred (at 511 E. Division St., 711 1st Avenue, and 708 Brayton Street).

In addition, the Audubon City Council will hear from Adam Schweers, with Computer Concepts of Iowa, prior to the conclusion of regular business and adjournment.

Bird watchers look to Iowa skies for bald eagles

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bird watching enthusiasts around Iowa are looking to the skies this weekend for a glimpse of thousands of bald eagles making their way across the state. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says wildlife workers and volunteers are tallying reports of bald eagle sightings around the state as part of the national Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. The annual event is coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Surveyors had most of early January to complete their reports, though target dates are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

An Iowa DNR spokeswoman says migration patterns show the eagles are being spotted in other places besides stronghold spots along the Mississippi River. That includes more appearances along the Des Moines River. More than 3,000 eagles were counted in the state last year.