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Harkin apologizes for remark about Ernst’ looks

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst says she’s “greatly offended” by a remark Democratic Senator Tom Harkin made last week in Ames and Harkin has issued a written apology this afternoon (Tuesday). Video of Harkin’s remark at a gathering of Story County Democrats was posted online by Buzzfeed yesterday (Sunday). Harkin said Ernst was “really attractive” and “sounds nice” in her campaign ads.

“I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa,” Harkin said, to extended applause from the Democratic crowd. Ernst was asked about Harkin’s remark this morning (Monday) during an appearance on FOX News.

“I was very offended that Senator Harkin would say that. I think it’s unfortunate that he and many of their party believe you can’t be a real woman if you’re conservative and you’re female,” Ernst said on the “FOX & friends” morning show. “Again, I am greatly offended about that.” Ernst said if her name were “John Ernst” Harkin would not have said those things. Harkin issued a written apology this afternoon, saying he “shouldn’t have said those things” and he regret that Ernst feels offended by what he said.

Harkin added that he has complimented Ernst for running “a very good campaign,” but Harkin said he is “only human and can make mistakes” sometimes in how he expresses himself.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Pheasants Forever to hold youth pheasant hunt

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold a youth pheasant hunt on Sunday November 16. The event is open to Cass County youths who have completed hunter safety training. The hunt will take place in the afternoon from 1 pm until 5pm. Participants will be provided a box of either twenty gauge or 12 gauge ammunition. If there are youth who would like to attend, but don’t have a shotgun, the PF chapter will provide one.Pheasants 4 ever

Parents or guardians of youth who want to participate need to contact Tom Hurford, Cass County PF Youth Coordinator prior to Friday the 14th @ 712 249 5356. The youth will meet at the Atlantic Hy-vee parking lot at 1pm.

Lawsuit stalls work on planned sports complex

News, Sports

November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A court challenge has largely stalled the proposed development at the “Field of Dreams” movie site. In September 2012, a group of nearby property owners filed a lawsuit against Dyersville, claiming the City Council didn’t consider the impact commercial development would have on the surrounding area by rezoning the property from agricultural use.

Both sides are expected to appear in court next year for the case. Dyersville Mayor Alvin Haas says all local officials can do now is wait. Tentative construction deadlines have passed for the All-Star Ballpark Heaven project, a proposed $74 million baseball and softball complex for traveling youth tournament teams.

Creston man arrested Monday for escaping custody

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a man wanted on a warrant for escaping from the Iowa Department of Corrections was arrested late this (Monday) morning. 45-year old Fred William Still, Jr., of Creston, was taken into custody at around 11:35-a.m. on Highway 71 in Villisca.

Still, Jr. was being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Exira-EHK Schools to start 2 hours late Tuesday morning

News, Sports

November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Due to the distance patrons of the Exira/Elk  Horn Kimballton School District will have to travel after tonight’s football game versus Lamoni, Superintendent Dean Schnoes says classes will start 2 hours late Tuesday morning.

Sioux City police release info on wild chase

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sioux City police have released video of a chase where parts of a car flew off and hit a police cruiser before officers were able to stop the driver. The lead officer in the pursuit, Ryan Morritz, tells the dispatcher what is happening when the wheel comes off the car he is chasing. “His rim just went through my windshield, ” the officer tells the dispatcher. Another officer asks if Morritz can still see and he responds, “Yeah it’s the passenger side.”

Suspect Chad Hughes

Suspect Chad Hughes

The officer is then told it’s okay to do a maneuver to cause the car to spin out, as the chase has gotten dangerous with car parts flying. The video from a squad car behind the action shows the car spinning out in a burst of sparks and the officer reports the driver is fleeing. “The guy is running east through the corn,” the Morritz says.

The suspect tries to hide, but Morritz has a police dog with him and the dog quickly locates the man. Morritz then reports the man is in custody and they are putting handcuffs on him. The chase started after the report of a suspicious vehicle driving without its lights on around 3:20 A-M Friday. Police charged 31-year-old Chad Hughes with felony eluding, possession of meth, O-W-I and five misdemeanor counts. Hughes is also wanted by the U-S Marshal’s Service. Morritz was not hurt and there was around two-thousand dollars in damage done to his patrol car.

(Radio Iowa)

Audit: Sac County employee promoted personal work

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) – An audit shows a former employee at the motor vehicle department in Sac County was fired because officials suspected she was promoting a personal business while at work. A state audit released Monday says the department for the Sac County Treasurer’s Office had more than $3,500 in improper disbursements and deposited collections between January 2010 and the end of February of this year. Most of the money was paid to Lisa Phillips, the department’s former deputy treasurer, for compensatory time.

Phillips is accused of promoting a personal business during normal working hours. County workers told officials they saw her spending two to three hours per day doing non-county activities. The audit has been sent to the county attorney’s office and other agencies.

Congressional races highlight Tuesday’s General election

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Tuesday’s General Election will be watched closely in Iowa, where six candidates’ names are on the ballot for the U.S. Senate seat held since 1984 by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. Recent polls have shown Republican Joni Ernst and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat neck-and-neck in the race.

Democratic state Rep. Pat Murphy and Republican businessman Rod Blum are facing off to replace Braley in a tossup in District 1. GOP U.S. Rep. Tom Latham’s District 3 seat also is open and a tossup. Candidates include former Democratic state legislator Staci Appel and Republican David Young, the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. Experts say the 4th District in conservative northwestern Iowa appears likely to stay with Republican Representative Steve King.

The Secretary of State’s office is open, where incumbent Republican Matt Schultz stepped aside to make an unsuccessful bid for Latham’s congressional seat. Candidates include: Paul Pate; Brad Anderson; Jake Porter and Spencer Highland.

The State Auditor’s race pits Republican Mary Mosiman against Democrat Jonathan Neiderbach. Three candidates are running for Treasurer of State, including incumbent Democrat Michael Fitzgerald, Republican Sam Clovis, and Independent party candidate Keith Laube. Incumbent Republican Bill Northey is running for re-election against Democrat Sherrie Taha and New Independent Party of Iowa candidate Levi Benning for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. And, incumbent Democrat Tom Miller faces a challenge from Republican Adam Gregg, for the Iowa Attorney General’s job.

Incumbent GOP Gov. Terry Branstad faces four candidates, including Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch. Incumbents also are up against challengers in races for auditor, treasurer, agriculture secretary and attorney general. State Senate and House seats also are on the November ballot.

The stage is set for Tuesday’s General Election in the KJAN listening area

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who have grown weary of the constant advertising leading up to Tuesday’s General Election have only to endure the barrage of mailings and on-air assaults a little longer. And, while most eyes in Iowa will be on the polling numbers where candidates are running for Congressional and State offices, there are some races we’ll be following locally here at KJAN, as well.

In western Iowa, incumbent Republican Jack Drake from Griswold is being challenged by Democrat Tim Ennis, of Corning, for State Representative in District 21. Republican Tom Shipley is unopposed in his bid for State Senate in District 11. Meanwhile, Republican Brian Best, from Glidden, is running against Democrat Dan Mulhbauer, from Manilla, in District 12. Also, incumbent Republican Clel Baudler, from Greenfield, faces a challenge from Steve Roe from Lake Panorama, for State Representative in District 20.

There are no contested races here in Cass County. Supervisors Gaylord Schelling and Mark Wedemeyer are running unopposed in Cass County Districts 2 and 3. There will be a Public Measure on the ballot however, for residents living in the Edna and Union Townships, calling for a vote on whether or not the Trustees and Clerks of Court in those townships should be appointed by Board of Supervisors as the terms expire.

In Adair County, Republican Clint Hight and Democrat Incumbent Mike Maynes are vying for the County Attorney’s job. There’s also a race for one seat each on the Board of Supervisors in Districts 2 and 4 in Adair County. In District 2, Republican Ralph Lents faces a challenge from Incumbent Democrat Steve Shelley. And in District 4, Democrat Jodie Hoadley hopes to defeat her Republican opponent Brian Rohrig. Jeff Vandewater is running unopposed to fill a vacancy as Adair County Sheriff.

In Adams County, Republican Doug Birt faces a challenge from Democrat Larry Sawyer for the Board of Supervisor’s seat in District 1. In District 3, there’s a race between Republican Linda England and Democrat Kevin Wynn. And in District 4, Republican Leland Shipley is running against Democrat Tyler Edwards, in Adams County. There’s also a race for County Treasurer between Republican Jamie Stargell and Democrat Iona Allen. Voters in Adams County will also act on a Public Measure asking if the County shall issue General Obligation Capital Loan Notes in an amount not to exceed $1.3-million, for improvements to the Lake Icaria Timber Ridge Campground, managed by the Adams County Conservation Board. Tthe full-service campground has been untouched since it was first constructed 35 years ago. The renovation would include new electrical services and sewer hookups to about 40 spaces. The bond issue’s passage requires a 60 percent supermajority.

In Audubon County, there is a race between Republican Gary VanAernam and Democrat Jerry Carter, for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. In Guthrie County, Republican Cliff Carney is being challenged by Democrat Kerry Sheeder for the Board of Supervisors in District 2. In District 3, Republican Everett Grasty and Democrat Kathy Miller are vying for a seat on the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors. And, there are six candidates vying for five seats on the County Agricultural Extension Council.

In Montgomery County, Republican Joshua Wiig is being challenged by Karen Blue for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, in District 2. Six candidates are running for five seats on the County Agricultural Extension Council, and four people are in the running for two seats on the Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

There’s only one contested race in Shelby County, where Democrat Jessica Gessert faces a challenge from Republican Geralyn S. Greer, for the title of County Recorder. In Pottawattamie County: Democrat Flory Blount and Republican Mark Brandenburg are running for County Recorder; Incumbent Republicans Scott Belt, Loren Knauss and Justin Schultz are running for three seats on the Board of Supervisors, along with former Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, who has no party affiliation.

Page County Sheriff’s report 11/3/14

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports one person was transported to the hospital following an accident Sunday afternoon near the intersection of 201st Street and Page/Taylor County Avenue. Palmer says 37-year old James Allen Edward O’Connor of New Market, was operating a 1998 Saturn car when he lost control of the vehicle. The car slid into a ditch and landed on its top. Injured in the accident was 13-year old Paytan Hiatt, also of New Market. Hiatt was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center by Clarinda Ambulance Service for unknown injuries.

Sheriff Palmer said also, that deputies on Saturday recovered a stolen John Deere 825i Gator UTV in the city limits of Coin. The Gator had been reported stolen from a rural residence in Montgomery County on October 31st. The recovery is under investigation with the Page and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offices.