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Grants available to Cass & Audubon County Non-profit groups

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The chairpersons of the Cass and Audubon County Community Foundations, are reminding non-profit groups and organizations in their respective counties, that grant funds amounting to $102,000 for each county, are currently available for your projects.  Applications to receive a portion of those funds, are due by no later than February 1st, 2013.  Detailed application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to the application form can be obtained online at http://omahafoundation.org/swiowa.

Applications will only be accepted through the online system.   Contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or dennis@omahafoundation.org or Denise Cardos at denise@omahafoundation.org with grant application-specific questions.  All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.

Only organizations providing charitable services in Audubon or Cass County are eligible.  They must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support and supply a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.  Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.

Board members of the Audubon County Community Foundation are Chair, Brett Irlmeier of Audubon, 712-563-2644; Vice Chair, Jonnie Meislahn of Audubon, 712-563-2009 Secretary/Treasurer, Thomas Nielsen of Audubon, 712-563-2742; Joanie Heuton of Kimballton, 712-773-5291;; Jay Nelson of rural Brayton, 712-549-2277; Daryl Olsen, DVM of Audubon, 712-563-2080; and Joseph T. Rasmussen, Esq. of Exira, 712-268-6357.

Board members of the Cass County Community Foundation are Chair, Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic, 243-5485; Vice Chair, Gary Maas of Anita, 762-3434; Secretary/Treasurer, Roland K. Landsness, Esq. of Atlantic, 243-4154; Royal Bierbaum of Griswold, 778-2586; Beulah Follman of Massena, 779-3457; and Mark D. Kyhnn, CPA of Atlantic, 243-1800.

Iowa cousins’ death causes won’t be released soon

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities won’t be releasing details anytime soon about what caused the deaths of two cousins whose bodies were found in a park about 25 miles from their homes in northeast Iowa.  Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock told The Des Moines Register on Wednesday that the causes and other details about the deaths of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins will be kept confidential in order to protect the investigation.

Smock says “the only people that are going to know this information are the people who are responsible.”  He says tests on the girls’ bodies aren’t finished yet. Lyric was 10 and Elizabeth was 8 when they disappeared from Evansdale on July 13. Their bodies were found on Dec. 5.  No arrests have been reported as the investigation continues.

Vehicle reported stolen from Union County

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County are asking for your help in locating a vehicle reported stolen sometime Wednesday night or early this morning, from a residence about four-miles north/northeast of Creston.

A vehicle similar to this, was reported stolen from rural Union County.

The Sheriff’s Department described the vehicle as a red, 4-door, 2000 model-year Oldsmobile Alero. It’s license plate reads 184 WZD.

The vehicle was reported missing from 1131 Hawk Avenue. If you have any information about the car, call the Union County Sheriff’s Department at 1-641-782-8402.

8AM Newscast 01-03-2013

News, Podcasts

January 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

OWI arrest in Atlantic, Thursday

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest early this (Thursday) morning, of 21-year old Cheyenne Register. The Atlantic woman was charged with 1st offense OWI. She was booked into the Cass County Jail pending an appearance before the magistrate.

(8-a.m. News)

7AM Newscast 01-03-2013

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January 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Drug-related arrest Wed. in Red Oak

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Montgomery County was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges. According to the Red Oak Police Department, 23-year-old Edward Taylor-Harmon, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11-p.m., Wednesday.  Taylor-Harmon faces a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge when he appears before a magistrate later this (Thursday) morning. He was being held  in the Montgomery County jail on a $1,000 cash only bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 3rd 2013

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

(MASON CITY) — Three people are dead after a medical helicopter crashed in northern Iowa, while flying from Mason City to Emmetsburg.  Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Matt Klunder said the helicopter was affiliated with Mercy Medical Center and that a pilot and two nurses were killed. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday near Ventura.

(DES MOINES) — Four people were injured and an 11-year old girl was killed, during a single-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday afternoon on Des Moines’ northeast side. Four of the victims were from Virginia, while the other was from Illinois.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A public hearing is scheduled today on the Iowa secretary of state’s proposal to purge people from voter rolls if they can’t prove they are citizens. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and other civil rights groups claim the rule intimidates voters. They also say Matt Schultz doesn’t have the authority to impose it without the approval of lawmakers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tax collections in Iowa are up compared to the same halfway point a year ago. Net state receipts totaled more than $3.1 billion from July through December. That’s about $264 million, or about 9 percent, higher than the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge in northern Iowa has denied a man’s request to delay his upcoming murder trial. Judge Colleen Weiland ruled yesterday that James Farnsworth II will stand trial starting Jan. 14th in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Farnsworth is charged with first-degree murder in the April 14th slaying of Ian Decker.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says state-issued identification cards that meet new federal security standards will be available soon. The agency will begin issuing driver’s licenses and nonoperator’s identification cards on Jan. 15th that comply with the REAL ID Act. The card verifies a person’s identification and legal presence in the United States.

Crash on I-80 in Polk County injuries 2 adults and 2 children, while another child dies

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Polk County resulted in the death of an Illinois girl, and injuries to four people from Virginia. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the victims were traveling in a 2007 Mitsubishi Gallant on I-80 westbound, northeast of Des Moines, when it went out of control and collided with a guardrail, at around 2:30-p.m. The vehicle flipped over the guardrail and rolled one and one-half times before coming to rest on its roof, in a ditch.

Eleven-year old Jacquelle McDonald, of Chicago, IL, was ejected from the car and died at the scene. Officials say she was not wearing a seat belt. Four other people in the car, including the driver, 24-year old Brittany Moore, of Newport News, VA, were injured and transported by Saylor Fire and Rescue to a hospital in Des Moines. The victims were identified as 21-year old Spencer Moore, one-year old Naliya Moore, and 4-year old Jadyn Lindsey, all of Newport News.All four of the injured were wearing their seat belts.

The accident remains  under investigation.

December wraps up among the wetter, warmer Decembers on record for Iowa

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s weather went from one extreme to the other in December, as a very warm start was followed by a harsh blizzard. After so many months of drought, state climatologist Harry Hillaker says that big storm dumped almost 14 inches of snow on parts of central Iowa, moisture that was much-needed.  “Overall, December was a wetter-than-normal month, preliminarily ranking 35th wettest in 140 years of records,” Hillaker says. “Southeastern Iowa, much of that precipitation came in the form of rain. Elsewhere in the state, it was about equally divided between rain and snowfall.” Hillaker says December kicked off being quite warm but the temperature dropped like a rock.

“The month got off to a very mild start and then the more seasonal temperatures arrived during the last week and a half or so of December,” Hillaker says. “Overall, we averaged almost five-degrees warmer than normal and it was the 38th warmest December in 140 years of records.” As for the month ahead, January is shaping up to be quite cold but Hillaker predicts a slow warming trend in the first few weeks along with drier-than-normal conditions.

In Atlantic, the average High for the month of December was 38-degrees, which was three-degrees warmer than normal. The average low was 16, which was just one-degree warmer than normal. Precipitation (both rainfall & melted snowfall) amounted to 1.55-inches.  Actual snowfall for the month was 9.1-inches.

(Information from Radio Iowa & KJAN records)