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Red Oak woman arrested on drug charges, Tuesday

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a 52-year old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon, on drug charges. Michelle Renee Solt, of Red Oak, was taken into custody just before 3-p.m. in the 1200 block of Broadway. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance/marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance/methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication, Driving While Suspended, failure to give notice of an address change, and failure to display a registration plate.

Solt’s bond was set at $1,000.

Earth Day groundbreaking on new trail system near Coon Rapids

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new back-country trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders at the Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids. Conrad Kramer, the conservancy’s executive director, says construction of the new trail system should take much of the summer and into the fall, following a five-year effort to raise four-point-eight million dollars. Kramer says, “We’ve got five miles of really nice trail here and about nine miles of old farm lanes and basically what we’re doing is trading in our nine miles of old farm lanes for 35 miles of new trail.”

The five-thousand acre non-profit land trust is Iowa’s fourth largest park. Kramer says he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than starting construction for a trail system that will allow many more Iowans to experience the beautiful natural landscape the conservancy was created to protect. “We believe it’ll be the best destination trail system in the state,” Kramer says, “and also the best destination mountain bike trail within 400 miles.” When complete, the 40-mile trail system will give visitors the opportunity to experience being surrounded by nature.

Winding through seven square miles of the Whiterock Conservancy, visitors will see oak savanna and prairie restoration areas, forests, ponds, stunning vistas, pastures and sustainably-farmed land in the Middle Raccoon River Valley. “We will have 16 miles of single track specifically designed for mountain bikers,” Kramer says. “We will also have six miles of single track specifically designed for equestrians to enjoy, and then we’ll have 12 miles which we’re calling our main track, a double track. Everyone can use it, mountain bikers, horseback riders and pedestrians.”

Low-powered “Gator” vehicles will be available to rent for anyone with mobility issues, senior citizens and families with young children, who would still like to see the sights. The groundbreaking was followed by the planting of at least 100 trees at the Bur Oak Visitor Center.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., April 23rd 2014

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The interim police chief in Council Bluffs has been given a unique opportunity to formally welcome his son as an officer. Capt. Ray Mabbitt swore in his son, Christopher Mabbitt, on Monday as the newest member of the Council Bluffs Police Department. The elder Mabbitt, who took the interim role in March, called the situation one of his most memorable on the job.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would make sweeping changes in some state government practices has been backed by a legislative panel. The bill would make personnel settlement agreements subject to review by the attorney general, prohibit confidentiality provisions, and post all agreements on a state website. The legislation that also would revise state hiring and firing practices goes to full committee Wednesday.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A Manchester woman has been arrested after her toddler fell from a second-story apartment window. The Manchester Police Department says 27-year-old Stacy Neuhaus was arrested Monday in Iowa City. She faces charges of child endangerment.

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — A boil advisory has been issued for the central Iowa city of Madrid. The state Department of Natural Resources says the water’s level of cloudiness, also known as turbidity, is currently above the standard. That can interfere with disinfection and increase the chances for disease. The boil advisory is expected to last several days. Residents are encouraged to boil their water. Tap water can be used for bathing and similar uses.

Out of control grass fire south of Wiota

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Wiota, Atlantic, Cumberland and Anita have been called to a grass fire that got out of control. The blaze was reported at around 7:11-p.m. in the vicinity of 670th and Lansing Road, or about 3-miles south/southwest of Wiota. Some structures were said to be nearby the location of the fire. No other details are currently available.

Spring corn planting still sputters in key states

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Efforts by the nation’s corn growers to get their crops planted in key grain states continue to sputter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 6 percent of this year’s corn crop is in the ground. That compares to the average of 14 percent over the previous five years and 4 percent a year ago, when one of the wettest springs on record got farmers in many states off to the slowest start in decades.

The sluggish start to corn season is especially pronounced in key farming states. Illinois growers have planted just 5 percent, while Iowa is at just 2 percent and Nebraska is at 4 percent. The USDA says corn planting traditionally is in full swing from this time through May 23.

Interim Council Bluffs police chief swears in son

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The interim police chief in Council Bluffs has been given a unique opportunity to formally welcome his son as an officer. Capt. Ray Mabbitt swore in his son, Christopher Mabbitt, on Monday as the newest member of the Council Bluffs Police Department. The elder Mabbitt, who took the interim role in March, called the situation one of his most memorable on the job.

Christopher Mabbitt is a third-generation officer, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He is a former corrections officer for the Pottawattamie County Jail. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports a 14-week stint at the state police academy is up next for the younger Mabbitt, followed by 17 weeks of on-the-job training.

USDA awards $6 million for climate change study

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to 10 universities to finance the study of what climate change means to agriculture and strategies for helping farmers and ranchers deal with weather changes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants Tuesday during a conference about climate change held at Drake University in Des Moines.

Vilsack told the audience the grants would lead to information and developments that would be essential to farmers. The grants were made through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grants will go to the University of Colorado, Cornell University, Florida International University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, Montana State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University.

 

3 Indiana men arrested on drug charges in Cass County

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 80 Monday in Cass County resulted in the arrest of three men from Indiana on drug charges. The Sheriff’s Office says 21-year old Zachary Allen Bushong, of Hamlet, IN., 21-year old Jason Robert Bazemore, of LaPorte, IN, and 21-year old Shane Matthew Reiter, of South Bend, IN, were taken into custody.

Bushong and Bazemore were each charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, Prohibited Acts, and Interference with Official Acts. Reiter was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, and Prohibited Acts. All three were taken to the Cass County Jail where Bushong and Reiter were released on $5000 bond; Bazemore is currently being held on $12,000 bond.

Iowa State says data breach could affect thousands

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University has reported a data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers of nearly 30,000 people enrolled at the school over a 17-year period. The university said Tuesday that five information technology servers on the Ames campus were hacked. They contained the Social Security numbers of people who took certain classes at the school between 1995 and 2012. The servers also had university ID numbers for nearly 19,000 additional people.

Officials say an unknown person or persons intended to generate enough computing power to create the virtual currency bitcoin. But officials do not believe the personal information was a target. There is no evidence that any of those files were accessed.

Officials have notified law enforcement. Individuals with exposed Social Security numbers will be offered free credit monitoring.

$110,139 Granted to Audubon County Nonprofit Agencies

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Last week we told you the Cass County Community Foundation had awarded $110,139 to eligible non-profit organizations who had submitted grant applications request funds for various projects. This week, Brett Irlmeier, Chair of the Audubon County Community Foundation, has announced grants totaling $110,139 have also been awarded to Audubon County nonprofit agencies.

Nonprofit representatives receiving grant awards.  1st row, left to right: Maddie Christensen, Bradley Nissen, Sandy Nissen, Audubon Tennis Association; Jenny Smith, Audubon Recreation Foundation; Genelle Deist, Friendship Home Association; Jill Hermansen and Bob Gust, Audubon Youth Softball/Baseball.  2nd row: Sandy Bauer, Exira Public Library; Pat Curtis, Audubon Downtown Revitalization Committee; Tom Nielsen, Secretary/Treasurer, Audubon County Community Foundation; Jonnie Meislahn, Vice Chair, Audubon County Community Foundation; Troy Wessel, Audubon Youth Softball/Baseball.

Nonprofit representatives receiving grant awards. 1st row, left to right: Maddie Christensen, Bradley Nissen, Sandy Nissen, Audubon Tennis Association; Jenny Smith, Audubon Recreation Foundation; Genelle Deist, Friendship Home Association; Jill Hermansen and Bob Gust, Audubon Youth Softball/Baseball. 2nd row: Sandy Bauer, Exira Public Library; Pat Curtis, Audubon Downtown Revitalization Committee; Tom Nielsen, Secretary/Treasurer, Audubon County Community Foundation; Jonnie Meislahn, Vice Chair, Audubon County Community Foundation; Troy Wessel, Audubon Youth Softball/Baseball.

Nonprofit organizations which submitted applications to the Audubon County Community Foundation by the February 1st deadline, were awarded grants by the ACCF Board of Directors. They include:

  • The Audubon Recreation Foundation, $50,000, for the construction of a recreation center.
  • The Audubon County Downtown Revitalization Stage Committee, $20,000, to complete the stage structure in the John James Audubon City Park.
  • The Audubon Youth Softball/Baseball League, $14,864 for facility improvements, including batting cages, bleachers, a backstop, dugout benches and concession stand.
  • The Friendship Home Foundation, $10,000 toward a Capital Campaign for a new Memory Care Unit.
  • The Exira Park Committee, $7.775 for an LED programmable sign for the town park.
  • The Audubon Tennis Association, $5,000, for repairs to four courts.
  • And, the Exira Public Library, $2,500, for equipment to focus on teens & children.

All grantees met the criteria as Audubon County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services. Only organizations providing services in Audubon County were eligible. Audubon County agency representatives received their checks on April 18th.