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Iowa State University installing water monitors

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 Iowa State University is installing water quality monitors 16 Iowa lakes to help find out what causes harmful algal blooms. Some types of blue-green algae, for example, can produce dangerous toxins. Drinking toxin-tainted water can cause vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory failure and, rarely, death.

Among the western Iowa lakes that will be part of the monitoring study is: Arrowhead and Black Hawk Lakes in Sac County; Lake Orient, in Adair County; and, Springbrook Lake, in Guthrie County. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is cooperating in the study. The monitoring equipment will be underwater and will be marked by hazard buoys.

8AM Newscast 04-16-2012

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April 16th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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CAM School Board to meet this evening

News

April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM Community School District’s Board of Education will meet this evening, in Anita. During their 7-p.m. session, the Board will act on: Open enrollment applications; Approving the 2012-2013 Master Contract; Resignations and Contracts; the 2012-2013 School Calendar; and matters pertaining to Conference affiliation.

The meeting takes place in the Media Center at the CAM High School.

Griswold School District to act on Redistricting Resolution

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April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold Community School District’s Board of Education is expected to act on passing a resolution during their meeting this evening, pertaining to Redistricting on Director Districts, District Maps and the Method of Election. The discussion leading up to tonight’s vote was made necessary following the results of the 2010 census.

If the Board votes to re-district, there would be four geographical districts and three board members elected At-Large, instead of the current seven different districts and one person from each district on the board.  In other business, the Griswold School Board will act on executing a service agreement with Piper Jaffrey, and set May 1st as the sale date for Public Bonds. The bonds would allow the district to borrow against the penny sales tax revenue into the future, on approximately $2.2-million, so that the money is available for current and future projects.

The Board will also act on approving the list of 2012 graduates, garage door bids, and the setting of bid specifications for buses. The meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. in the Central Office Board Room at the Middle School/High School Building.

Branstad issues Emergency Proclamation for Fremont & Union Counties

News

April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Governor Terry Branstad has issued an emergency proclamation for two southwest Iowa counties in the wake of Saturday’s severe storms. The declaration allows state resources to be used to help communities in Fremont and Union counties recover. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds reviewed the damage in Creston yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

Creston Tornado packed winds of up to 130-miles per hour

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April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says Saturday’s tornado in Creston was packing winds of up to 130-miles per hour when it destroyed or damaged several buildings, and flipped over parked cars. The tornado was classified as in E-F 2 on the Fujita Scale. Officials say

It began at around 6:55-p.m., about 1.5-miles east of Cromwell, and tracked through northwest Creston at around 7-p.m. Saturday, destroying the Green Valley Area Education Agency (AEA) building, damaging structures on and near the Southwestern Community College campus, and causing significant damage to the Greater Regional Medical Center.

The twister continued to track northeast and damaged several farmsteads northeast of Creston before dissipating about 10-miles north of town, at around 7:15-p.m. The overall path of the tornado measured 14-miles. It was approximately 600-yards wide and lasted for about 20-minutes. Initial reports suggest 10-people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

Trespassing arrest in Montgomery County

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April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Stanton man was arrested Sunday afternoon on a Trepassing charge. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year old Joshua Edward Mastin was taken into custody at around 3:40-p.m. Mastin was being held Sunday in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Corps reduces releases at Gavins Point after rains

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April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the amount of water released into the Missouri River following heavy rains this weekend in Nebraska and Iowa. The corps says that releases from the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota were lowered Sunday from 28,000 cubic feet per second to 26,000 and will be lowered Monday to 22,000. Similar reductions are under way at other upstream reservoirs. The corps’ Jody Farhat says the reductions are needed to prevent flooding along the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The river is expected to temporarily fall below the navigation target of 31,000 cubic feet per second in Sioux City.

Iowa (early) News Headlines: Mon., April 16th 2012

News

April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

THURMAN, Iowa (AP) — One resident says it looks “like World War Three” in Thurman following a tornado that damaged at least 75 percent of homes in the small town. Thurman Mayor Rod Umphreys says city officials sounded the tornado sirens seven minutes before the twister packing 135 mile-per-hour winds swept through town Saturday night. He says no one was killed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued an emergency proclamation for two southwest Iowa counties in the wake of Saturday’s severe storms. The declaration allows state resources to be used to help communities in Fremont and Union counties recover. State officials say a hospital suffered roof damage and had its windows blown out in the Union County town of Creston. Governor Branstad reviewed the damage yesterday afternoon.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the amount of water released into the Missouri River in light of the heavy rains that fell this weekend in Nebraska and Iowa. The corps says that releases from the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota were being lowered yesterday to prevent flooding along the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

HICKMAN, Iowa (AP) — One man has died after a car struck a utility pole in Hickman. Des Moines police, responding to a report of downed power lines, found the crash about 2:20 a.m. yesterday. Police say one man was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to hospitals.