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More details released on fatal SW IA plane crash


February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A 53-year-old Clarinda man was killed in a plane crash in southwest Iowa’s Page County. Jac Crain, the owner of Crain Construction, left the Clarinda airport around 1:25 Sunday afternoon. The Clarinda 911 center got a call about a crash two miles southwest of Clarinda around 1:33 p.m. Upon arrival, officers determined that Crain was the only occupant of the crashed aircraft. Clarinda Airport Manager Milo Beery said the accident appears to have been a “stall-spin” mishap. 

The FAA has been called to investigate and Beery says while it is too early to tell, he believes something other than pilot error will be ruled as the cause of the crash. Crain, who has been a licensed pilot for “15-20″ years according to Beery, has owned the BD4 airplane for about 5 years now. However, Beery says the BD4 has only been in the Clarinda hangar for about the last six months. 

Beery says the plane was considered to be an experimental aircraft because it was not factory built, but rather built by an aviation enthusiast.

(Chuck Morris/Radio Iowa, Shenandoah)

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Nominations sought for Iowa’s “Best Burger”


February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An annual competition is under way to find Iowa’s best burger. Nominations are being accepted in the contest sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Beef Council spokesperson Michelle Baumhover says although hamburgers are included on most restaurant menus, the top burgers usually feature a unique twist on the all-American classic. “That is the great thing about a burger – it’s just a blank palette and people can put on the toppings and different condiments that appeal to a wide variety of tastes,” Baumhover said. “We’ve had burgers with peanut butter on them or eggs on them…all kinds of really creative and unique burgers.” The winner of the 2011 Iowa’s Best Burger Contest was the Bacon Cheeseburger at the Rusty Duck in Dexter.

Best Burger 2011 - Rusty Duck/ Dexter, IA

The winner of the inaugural contest in 2010 was the Mushroom Swiss Burger at the Sac County Cattle Company in Sac City. One of the restaurants in the competition, is the Farmer’s Kitchen, in Atlantic. 

There are only a few contest rules, including all entries must be burgers made from 100% beef. “Any burger, as long as it’s a patty, can qualify…and it can have any type of condiment or bun. It has to be an Iowa restaurant and it needs to be open at the time of the contest,” Baumhover said. Nominations will be accepted through March 16 and can be submitted through the Iowa Beef Industry Council’s website or Facebook page. Last year, 275 restaurants were named by roughly 35-hundred (3,500) nominations. Judges narrowed the list to a “top 10″ and later selected the Rusty Duck as the winner. This year’s winner will be announced the first week of May to kickoff “Beef Month.”
(by Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa)




Taxing, spending agreements elusive at statehouse


February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Fundamental disagreements over taxing and spending policies continue to divide the two political parties in the Iowa legislature — and the disputes threat to derail key initiatives. Iowa’s Republican governor is even at odds with his fellow Republicans on some key spending priorities, like a 25-million dollar state grant program for businesses that promise to expand in Iowa. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha, the top Republican in the Iowa House, says that money is not included in the House G-O-P’s budget plan. “It’s not a hard no,” Paulsen says. “But we’re going to have to get some more detail on it.” Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal suggests it’s not a new concept to set aside state tax money for direct grants to businesses.

“If you look at our state, over the last 30 years we have provided somewhere between $15 and $50 million every year for job creation,” Gronstal says, “though Democratic administrations, through Republican administration.” Gronstal says it would be a “disaster” to discontinue that program as House Republicans suggest. “While some might say we shouldn’t be engaged in that game, I think to unilaterally disarm…when 49 other states have those kind of programs, I think that is foolhardy,” Gronstal says. The top Republican in the House, meanwhile, is critical of Gronstal and his fellow Democrats for not considering the property tax reform plan House Republicans have crafted.

“Unquestionably there is tax relief in that bill for every single taxpayer in the state of Iowa,” Paulsen says. “Over $400 million for homeowners and you can try to slice it up any way you want, but at the end of the day, that’s just simple facts.” The Democratic leader in the Senate disputes those numbers and Paulsen says voters in November may have to decide which party has the right answer, as legislators may not be able to come to an agreement on property tax reform.

(by O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 20th, 2012


February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old Iowa man is in custody in the shooting death of a 26-year-old man. Adel Police officers and the Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting report around 11 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say Brandon Madren is jailed in Iowa’s Dallas County on suspicion of slaying Nathan Greene of Adel, who died at a hospital.

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) — Officials are investigating a small plane crash in southwest Iowa that killed the pilot. Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 53-year-old Jac Crain of Clarinda was killed in the crash around 1:30 p.m. yesterday. The wreckage of Crain’s BD-4 plane came to rest about 100 yards away from a farm house about 2 miles southwest of Clarinda.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are unsure whether to support or oppose a proposed increase in the fuel tax. The tax, which stands at 21 cents a gallon, was last raised in 1989. A Senate panel has approved a 10-cent-per-gallon increase and a House panel has backed an 8 cent increase. It’s a difficult issue for lawmakers, especially Republicans, because powerful GOP groups have taken strongly opposing views on the issue.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa senior Matt Gaten scored a career-high 30 points and Iowa beat No. 18 Indiana 78-66 yesterday. Melsahn Basabe had 13 points for the Hawkeyes, who beat the Hoosiers in Iowa City for the seventh time in eight tries.

Powerball Ticket Sold in Western IA worth $1-million


February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery say someone in Guthrie County bought a two-dollar Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing, that earned them a cool $1-million. The lottery says the ticket was purchased at a Casey’s convenience store in Guthrie Center. Officials say the lucky player matched the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing but missed the Powerball. The entire $50 million jackpot went unclaimed. So far, no one has fessed up to owning the winning $1-million ticket. In January, the cost to play Powerball increased to $2 from $1. But the prize for matching the first five numbers increased to $1 million from $200,000, the lottery said. Saturday’s winning numbers were 23, 28, 50, 56, 59 and Powerball 5.

Adel man arrested after 26-year-old man found dead


February 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – A 24-year-old Iowa man is a suspect in the shooting death of a 26-year-old man.  Adel Police and the Dallas County Sheriff’s office responded to a shooting report around 11 p.m. Saturday.  Officers found Nathan Greene, of Adel, wounded outside an apartment complex. Greene died later at a hospital. Investigators say Brandon Madren is suspected of shooting Greene. Madren is being held on suspicious of first-degree murder and a weapons charge.  Madren is being held in the Dallas County Jail.

(Update 5:33-pm) Clarinda man dies in small plane crashe


February 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) – Officials are investigating a small plane crash in southwest Iowa that killed the pilot.  Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 53-year-old Jac Crain, of Clarinda, was killed in the crash that happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Crain’s BD-4 experimental, single-engine plane came to rest about 100 yards away from a farm house that’s about 2 miles southwest of Clarinda. The plane was registered to Crain Construction, Incorporated. It was manufactured in 2005.

A BD-4 experimental aircraft similar to one that crashed (from BD-4.org)

Sheriff’s Officials couldn’t say Sunday evening if Crain had issued a distress call, or if there was any indication of engine failure prior to the crash. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will work with local officials on Monday, to determine what caused the crash.

FAA records show the BD-4 Crain flew had a Lycoming engine capable of producing up to 200-horsepower.

Villisca men arrested


February 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports two Villisca men were arrested over past few days. Sunday afternoon (Feb. 19th), 30-year old Adam Leroy Mattson, of Villisca, was taken into custody on a charge of Simple Assault, following an incident in the 400 block of 3rd Street, in Villisca. Mattson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

And, late Thursday morning (Feb 16th), 28-year old Chad Allen McCuen, of Villisca, was arrested for Breach of Public Peace, following an incident in the 300 block of South 3rd Avenue, in Villisca. McCuen was also being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Minor injuries during rollover accident in Montgomery County


February 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says minor injuries were reported following a single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday afternoon. Officials say at around 12:30-p.m., an investigation into the crash determined a 1998 Dodge  Caravan operated and owned by 73-year old Philip Larry Turner, of Elliott, was traveling west on 120th Street, when the van got too close to the shoulder of the road.

The vehicle sustained $3,000 damage after it entered a ditch and rolled over.  Turner was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by private vehicle, for treatment of minor injuries. No charges have been filed.